We’ve been hinting about this for weeks now, but at last I can officially announce our latest Ogre 40th Anniversary release: Ogrezine! I can barely express how excited I am about this project! One of my favorite gaming publications was the original release of The Ogre Book. I must have read and re-read that book over a hundred times as a boy. Having that collection of fiction, scenarios, strategy articles and variants at my fingertips expanded the possibilities of Ogre in so many ways. I want to try to recreate that value for this generation of gamers.
I know many of you are very gifted writers and passionate about Ogre. I’ve seen the scenarios and discussion threads on the forums. Although this makes for lively and entertaining forums, so much wonderful material gradually fades into the mist of time and while not lost per se, it is buried under more recent threads making it virtually impossible for newcomers to enjoy. I explored the possibility of submitting articles to general gaming magazines, but failed to find a suitable publication. Steve Jackson Games no longer publishes this type of magazine, in no small part due to the poor response they receive in today’s market. Alas, The Space Gamer’s time has come and gone! Although I wasn’t sure that Ogre had a broad enough background to support a dedicated magazine in the same manner as Autoduel Quarterly or Pyramid, Steve and Phil pointed out that such a publication need not be more than an annual release.
Which brings us to Ogrezine and this upcoming Kickstarter. The goal of this publication is to produce an electronic “magazine” dedicated to Ogre material. Even more importantly, this is to showcase the material that you produce. Do you have a scenario that you and your gaming community have been enjoying? Write it up. Have you discovered a creative way of utilizing your forces to bring the Ogre down on its gear casings? Let us know. Do you have the exploits of a fearless infantryman’s struggles just itching to be told? Send us your story. Do you have an artistic side? We want to see your work. This Kickstarter is designed to create the publication you want; the more support it receives, the bigger Ogrezine gets.
Ogrezine has many goals. Obviously, its primary goal is to be a vehicle for the many gifted Ogre enthusiasts to share their ideas with the rest of the community. Second, this publication will expand the material available for Ogre and further the game line. Additionally, we’re offering an opportunity for those that missed the Ogre Miniatures Set 1 Kickstarter to load up on minis. Finally, it will serve as a referendum on Ogre itself; is there interest in this type of product? Will you, the fans of Ogre, support this endeavor? For now, Ogrezine is being presented as a one-time event. But . . . and this is key . . . if the support is there, this can be a yearly release. That’s my vision for Ogrezine – to create an on-going annual publication that showcases the talent and creativity of you, the many fans of our beloved game.
We’ve posted a sample article to give you an idea as to what you might expect in Ogrezine; you can find it here. We hope this is just the beginning. Stay tuned for Writer’s Guidelines which will be posted soon for those of you itching to get started. So check out our Ogrezine Kickstarter on August 7th and let your friends know about it. This is a two-week Kickstarter. Let see what we, the Ogre community, can create. I look forward to seeing it!
- Drew Metzger