OGRE Is Rolling Towards You

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A new edition of the almost 40 year old classic is headed to stores. Here’s the latest on the meanest AI tank out there.

OGRE is one of the most venerable franchises out there in boardgames.  First published in 1977 the addictive game of man vs kiling machine has been a challenge for generations. The new 6th edition is coming back to stores in the months ahead.

Steve Jackson Games has this to say about OGRE 6th Edition:

“Ogre, 6th Edition, our (much more) portable version of Ogre Designer’s Edition focused specifically on Ogre, is off at print. And as promised, we have an expansion titled Ogre Reinforcements set to come out shortly thereafter. Brandon Moore has created this amazing cover for the supplement, evoking the speed and power of GEVs racing up a slope. We anticipate Ogre Reinforcements in 2017.”

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OGRE 6th Edition $49.95

In 2085 A.D., armored warfare is faster and deadlier than ever.

The ragged group of defenders gathers around the Command Post, blocking the oncoming tank. The Ogre’s guns are destroyed, its movement slowed, but it remains a hulking behemoth as it bares down upon the surviving troops. Will they defeat it, or be crushed beneath its massive tread?

Ogre is a desperate contest between a super-intelligent, bloodthirsty AI-controlled a tank, and the squads of infantry, armor, and artillery fighting to stop its advance. You can be the Ogre and ruthlessly steamroll the humans in your way, or play the defenders, trying to defeat it at any cost.

The game is easy to learn and quick to play. It only takes a half-hour, but you’ll want to do it over and over – and with 16 unique map overlays to change up each play through, you can! Will the Command Post survive this time, or will the Ogre triumph yet again?

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The Sixth Edition is the first widely-available release of this classic wargame since 2000. Published originally in 1977, Ogre set a new standard for fast, exciting wargaming. Ogre and its sequel, G.E.V. , have more than 200,000 copies in print. Over 25 years after its release, Ogre earned a spot in James Lowder’s popular book Hobby Games: The 100 Best.

The game is fully compatible with Ogre Designer’s Edition.

Components: The Sixth Edition features large 3-D constructible models for the Ogres and Command Posts, with oversized, full-color counters for regular units. The Ogres come in a new, stylish blood-red and gunmetal-grey color scheme. The garage-style box inlay is big enough to store the constructed models comfortably.

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Here’s a peek at the game’s first 6th Edition supplement.  I see GEVs!

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OGRE Reinforcements  6th Edition – due in 2017

Steve Jackson Games reports the new edition is off to the printers, but there are reports that it will be hitting retailers in January.

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~ If you’ve never played OGRE you really should give it a try. Here’s a BoLS unboxing of the MASSIVE and INSANE Designers Edition:

 

  • Andrew Thomas

    So tempting.

  • Richard Mitchell

    Yes, yes, yes, more yes.

  • bobrunnicles

    I have the Designer’s Edition from kickstarter but I’m tempted to pick this up too cos the Designer’s Edition is an absolute pig to carry around lol. It’s seriously the size of a suitcase.

    • Sebastien Bazinet

      Wish I had it even though I never played OGRE, the DE looks just so nice!

    • Wasn’t there a “Pocket OGRE” a while back that was designed to be ultra-portable?

      • bobrunnicles

        Originally it was a pocket game, and I have the combined small box OGRE and GEV they released in the 90s. The Deluxe treatment is so nice though I want to use that, it’s just very unwieldy.

        You can also get right now pocket OGRE for something like $1.99, it’s just a reprint of the original Metagaming release that’s in black and white only….

  • Damistar

    I’ve always enjoyed the Ogre universe (Battlesuit was my first real war game), but what I really want from SJG is a new set of rules for it. For the 1980s they were good, but war games have come so far in design in the last 25+ years that the Ogre rules are downright archaic.

    • But the core game is so simple, there is a certain old-school charm to it.

      • Damistar

        For certain there is a nostalgia factor to it, but I get enough cross referencing charts with 40K. I guess they both do hail from the same era though. I picked up my first Space Marine figure because of the power armor suits in Battlesuit.

  • ForgottenLore

    Other than cosmetic alternate color schemes and portability, does this (or the first expansion) provide anything different than the KS?

    I like the game, but not, I think, enough to spend money acquiring more duplicate counters and maps than the already too many I currently have.

    • It doesn’t look like it. This seems mostly aimed at people who don’t have the monster Designer’s Edition, or who want something a bit less, ah, monolithic.