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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

OGRE Pocket Edition - $2.95 - Same Price as in 1977 (NOT PDF)


Steve Jackson Games is offering the OGRE Pocket Edition for a measly $2.95. You can order direct from them (and pay some sort of shipping, so you might want to pad that order) or pick it up at your local game store by the end of the month.

I played the shit out of OGRE and GEV back in my high school and early college days and you really can't beat the price.

From the blurb

The giant tank rumbles toward its target . . . its guns are destroyed, its movement crippled, but only a few defenders are left. Will they stop the robot juggernaut, or will it crush the Command Post beneath its gigantic treads?

Ogre was Steve Jackson's first game. First released in 1977, it set a new standard for fast, exciting boardgame play. Over 25 years after its release, Ogre earned a spot in James Lowder's popular book Hobby Games: The 100 Best.

In 2012, Steve Jackson Games launched the "Designer's Edition" of Ogre on Kickstarter. . . a 24-pound box with giant maps and several hundred counters, retailing for $100.

Now Ogre Pocket Edition takes the game back to its roots. A small rulebook, 140 counters, and the same bare-bones map Steve drew himself for the very first printing. And the price is the same as it was in 1977: $2.95. ($2.95 in 1977 dollars translates to be over $10 today when adjusted for inflation; this is Steve's way of saying 'thank you' for your support for Ogre over the last three decades.)

Despite its "pocket" size, Ogre Pocket Edition will have more than enough counters to play all five of the "Ogre vs. Command Post" scenarios. It includes two different conventional forces (a Black force and a White force), with a whopping eight White Howitzers! That's a whole lot of gameplay for $2.95.

21 comments:

  1. They had this for sale at Origins last weekend. Was tempted to pick it up, even though I've got a gigantic Ogre box unopened in my basement.

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  2. This would be perfect to just toss into my "game convention travel bag". Nothing to do? Bring that out, set it up, and invite walkers-by to play.

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  3. Man.... it gives me retro nostalgia feels...

    BUT I HATE THE GAME SO DAMNED MUCH.

    Now I end up just feeling confused.

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    1. I feel the same way. Perhaps it was caused by getting completely wiped out twice in succession as the defender, and then losing as the Ogre. Never played it again.

      I also hate microarmor miniatures.

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  4. I still have my original. Haven't played in nearly 30 years.

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  5. If I see it in a store I'll probably buy it. If it does well, maybe he'll do some more....

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  6. Holy Crap - the CHEAPEST shipping to NY was $17.87!

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    1. I'm seeing $2.50 for 1st class shipping in the US, plus $1.95 handling - $7.40 total for this game plus the shipping/handling.

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  7. I think I may still have GEV floating around in a closet at my parent's place...

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  8. Oh, my. I didn't pick this up in ancient days but should've. Now I get a second chance!

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    1. Mine's still in the infamous box in the basement. Although this probably spoils the collector's market.....

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  9. Guess I know where I'll be dropping by tomorrow. Still have my original, plus GEV and a number of theShockwave and reinforcement supplements.

    SJG seems determined to lose as much money as possible on OGRE. The copies of the Deluxe that sell through the distribution/retail chain COST them money. This must as well.

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  10. I may have to order a couple of these for my nephews. They've shown an interest in gaming, but my sister has a few 'concerns' about D&D (holdover from the 80's), and this might be a good gateway until I get time to introduce them and her to what D&D style gaming can be.

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  11. I'm going to see if I can get a copy or two from a local game store. Just so I can have an easy-to-transport copy and/or a gift version to hand off to potential players.

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  12. They have a similar thing for Car Wars: Mini Car Wars

    http://www.warehouse23.com/products/mini-car-wars

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  13. Will be ordering be getting both this and the mini car wars. The Ogre Designer Edition is awesome, but this should be a good way to introduce people without overwhelming them.

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  14. The old plastic box version is usually 10 bucks or less on ebay regularly.

    Cool for retro I guess, but I hve a copy of the old Deluxe box that I haven't cracked for a decade. No one ever wants to play it.

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    1. And there is some dick rat selling Pocket for 23 bucks already...ha.

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  15. Interesting range of postage options to the UK:

    FedEx Standard International Mail $7.00
    FedEx International Economy $42.81
    FedEx International Priority $61.94
    FedEx International First $152.51

    I assume that last option includes personal delivery by Steve Jackson, who also cuts out the counters and then challenges you to a game. :-)

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    1. Wow. Can't this fit is a normal envelope? Or a cardboard mailer.

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