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35 years after the first publication of OGRE, we're coming back with a massive new edition, and YOU can make it better.
35 years after the first publication of OGRE, we're coming back with a massive new edition, and YOU can make it better.
35 years after the first publication of OGRE, we're coming back with a massive new edition, and YOU can make it better.
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Preview of Tom Smith's Ogre Suite

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If, that is, you can come to Dallas.

I'll be the Special Gaming Guest at FenCon XI. Other guests will include Eric Flint, Rich Sternbach, Timothy Zahn, and Ookla the Mok. My inner geek is quivering with anticipation, the more so since I picked up a stack of Flint's 1632 alternate-history books last month. I have read them all; I now require another stack.

I'll do my regular "what's new?" discussion at 6pm Friday in the main programming room (Trinity I-IV at the hotel). That's just before opening ceremonies.

And Saturday at noon, also in Trinity I-IV, will be the Ogre Suite Preview. Tom Smith will present the music he's written for Ogre, in maybe-not-final form, and not only will you be the first to hear it, you'll be able to tell the composer (and me) what you like and don't like about what you hear.

After that performance, and after the feedback, Tom and I will decide how close to ready this really is, and I'll let you know. If any individual pieces are pronounced Good To Go, we'll post them.

Sabbatical

Yes, I'm taking a break for a while. Phil didn't want to make any promises about what I would or would not do while I'm not coming in to the office, but I can promise you that Ogre progress will continue. I'm well aware of the undone items, and we're going to get them done, but just as we were a year late on the game itself but got it right, we'll take the time needed on each followup item to get it right. "It's only late till it ships, but if it sucks, it sucks forever."

Counter Sheets

Yes, we've learned about third-party deals. Some of the sponsored sheets worked out perfectly, but the overall batting average has been poor, and we have classified this as a very cool idea that caused far more trouble, for both us and our supporters, than it was worth. I just saw the comment about our counter-sheet page not containing the most up-to-date information. I looked, and that's true. I'm sorry. I will send an update memo today to our webmaster, who will get it posted asap. However, to avoid any further delay, that memo will only cover what I know right now or can check in the next hour or so. So there will have to be further updates soon, as we follow up with current status on all the sponsored sheets.

- Steve Jackson

An Assortment of News

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I (finally) got my 2013 Report to the Stakeholders finished and posted.

An Ogre Built Out of LEGO!

LEGO has reworked their crowdsourcing site. Its new name is LEGO Ideas. The Ogre project by GlenBricker is still up, and as of this moment has 1,030 votes. But it needs 10,000 to advance. Can we do it? Ogre fans, please, follow the link (you'll need to take a minute to sign up) and support this project. It's a good model - it was one of the first Staff Picks posted when the new site was unveiled.

There was a very friendly message from the Ideas team at the 1,000-supporter mark:

"How can a tank named Ogre be so lovely? You've done it again! This game has a huge following and quite a history, and these models would be a must-have for tournaments...or just intimidating your opponents.

"Good luck as you battle your way to 10,000 supporters!"

Ogre is not the only excellent project proposal they have, either. When I logged in today, I saw and supported a model of the Natural History Museum in London (where I went last week!), and a nice paleontological display with several LEGO dinosaur skeletons.

Please go check it out!

Fire Mountain Counter Sheet Now Shipping

Michael Clarke at Fire Mountain Games let me know that their counter sheets "have been shipping out to customers for three months now, starting in late May. Gary ships out a batch of counters every week and is still working through the queue on a steady basis. He told me on Friday that he expects to complete all shipments by mid-September."

Interview with Winchell Chung

I can't recall if I've already pointed to Jeffro Johnson's interview of Winchell Chung. Whether I did or not, I have now, and if you haven't seen it you might find it interesting.

– Steve Jackson

German OGRE Rules Now Available!

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As part of a stretch goal, we promised to do a translation of the OGRE rules and scenario book into a European language. We did a survey to find out what language you wanted, and you chose German.

We're pleased to announce that you can now download the German translation from Warehouse 23, our online store. It includes the rulebook, scenario book, and reference sheet, and is ready for print and play!

We can't say "thank you" enough, so thank you for your support, and we're looking forward to hearing about epic OGRE games from our friends across the Atlantic.

-- Leonard Balsera

Ogre Pocket Edition Now Shipping!

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Many of you already own a copy of the Ogre Pocket Edition -- our $2.95 version of Ogre that was designed to resemble the 1977 original edition -- but for the last seven or eight months we have been hearing: "When can I buy Pocket Ogre?"

Will "later this month" work for you?

We're pleased to announce that the Ogre Pocket Edition is on its way to distributors and should be in your favorite local game store within the next week or two. If you don't know where your local games stores are ask your friends . . . or try our store finder and search for stores near you.

You can also order Pocket Ogre directly from our online store, Warehouse 23, but make sure to ask for the game at your local game store. The hobby stores are vital to the industry and a great place to find new friends . . . friends you can introduce to Ogre with the new Ogre Pocket Edition game.

- Phil Reed

Ogre Metal Miniatures Update

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As of yesterday, only three preorders for metal Ogre miniatures remain to ship. We didn't have quite enough minis to complete those three orders, but Richard is working on running the missing metal miniatures and those last preorders will ship as soon as he has finished.

All of the remaining metal miniatures are now available on Warehouse 23, so any of you looking for metal will want to hit the site soon; I noticed some of the minis are down to onesies and twosies which means that they'll likely soon be gone.

Visit Warehouse 23.
Visit Warehouse 23.

Plastic Miniatures?

No news at this time. Between preparing for conventions, shipping the last of our 2014 releases to print, and the usual day-to-day activity of running a business there hasn't been time to spend time exploring plastic Ogre miniatures options. I hope to get back to that in July when we return from our summer break.

- Phil Reed