Thursday, October 31, 2013
OGRE after all these years
Hi Kids, Something large this way comes, and its a boardgame! Fed Ex drivers are sweating under the strain, kidney belts are in sudden demand, set the shock absorbers to extra firm and rig some extra beams under the table, my copy of the Kickstarter Designer's Edition OGRE has made the trip all the way from China! Yowza!! I'm a huge fan of this game, have been ever since I bought a Metagaming copy for US$2.95 at Reed's Hobby Shop in Winston-Salem, NC back in the late 1970's. In fact, I've made a habit of continuing to buy copies of this game when I find them, so I've probably got at least one of everything, including Diceland Ogre, Gurps Ogre, Ogre Delux, Ogre Reinforcements, the Ogre Book, GEV, Shockwave, Battlesuit (yes, the Space Gamer version too), Miniatures, Macrotures* (grrrrrrrrrrr**.....), Helltank and Helltank Destroyer.*** Got a bunch of the minis too, including a ChiCub from GZG. I have even kitbashed an Ogre Ninja like the one in the Ogre Book story. ("Go Toronto Bluejays!")
And it even comes with counter trays! Yes, this edition must be the crowning glory of all sci-fi gamers! I've heard they are already starting to show up on ebay, in my humble opinion you might as well just get one direct from the manufacturer. Can you dig it? Yes, I knew that you could!
*Macrotures were a "line" of miniatures SJ released a long time ago, just like the 1/285 miniatures only bigger, they were 1/60 scale. Unfortunately, the GEV was the only vehicle ever released. Pretty weak, considering there were only three vehicles in the basic game. I would have dearly loved to have the Heavy Tank and the Missile Tank to go with my GEV's, but them's the breaks. And I would stand in line to kill or die for a 1/60 scale Ogre. Maybe I can kitbash one out of a locomotive or a lawnmower. I still have a hankerin' to use my proxy vehicles and power suited infantry and play Ogre in 25mm scale out in the yard. Maybe someday..... Armorcast used to make 6" craters out of resin. No other terrain needed!
**Yes, this still annoys me.
***Helltank and Helltank Destroyer were two games Metagaming released after they lost the rights to Ogre, both involved huge tanks in the not-too-distant future. They are pretty good games, too. And I consider them in the same ballpark as Ogre/GEV, hence their presence.