We announced Ogre: Operation 218 earlier this year. Now, it’s time for an update!
For those who didn’t see the press release, we are working with Your Move Games, maker of the tactical card game Battle for Hill 218, to create an Ogre-themed version of the game, and we’re getting closer to the game becoming a reality!
Since this is a new game for us, we’ve packaged Ogre: Operation 218 in a new box, sized to match our Mars Attacks: Ten-Minute Takedown game box, with a two-sided rulesheet.
To make sure Brandon Moore’s new artwork stood out, we changed the card layout from vertical to horizontal, allowing the units to dominate the card space, and we redesigned the icons.
A truck now represents the Logistics icon, formerly called Supply in The Battle For Hill 218, while Support is shown with green arrows. As in the original game, there are two types of attack - combined fire and direct fire. Combined fire attacks are represented by a targeting reticule, while direct fire attacks are noted by an explosive symbol.
We enjoyed the mechanics of the Battle for Hill 218 game play, so we only modified rules when absolutely needed - primarily in the creation of new cards. Two of the new cards are the titular Ogres, and two are damaged Ogres. Those cards also have new Logistics, Support, and Attack patterns, and they can be absolute game changers.
We have finished design and playtesting, and are in the final approvals phase. The next step is moving to print. Although we don’t have a hard-and-fast date yet, we are looking at first quarter 2016 for release.
First, we’ll ship copies to Your Move Games so that Chad Ellis can reward all those folks who helped make the Battle for Hill 218 Kickstarter a reality, and then we’ll have them available for sale.