Steve Jackson Games has been teasing us with hints of a new release of Ogre for a little while now. Personally, this is a game that I’m super excited about! For those who are not familiar with it, Ogre is a hex-based war game where one side plays a futuristic, nuclear-powered, self-aware battle tank brimming with weapons and armor, and the other side plays an army of everything else.
To do the game, originally published in 1977, justice, SJG has come up with a box of goodies that I may have to build it’s own case. The game is already scheduled for release later this year. To give fans a chance, though, to help make the game even better, Steve Jackson Games yesterday launched a Kickstarter project and WOW have the fans responded. In about 48 hours, the Ogre 6th Edition Kickstarter has raised over $95,000. And to think, they weren’t sure very many people would be interested!
I’m a supporter of it. Here’s hoping they get the hint and put the miniatures back into production somehow!
Why is an established company like SJG using Kickstarter? They have sold a ton of games (Munchkin anyone?), and OGRE seems to have a built in audience, so why can’t they fund their own game? This seems like an abuse of the Kickstarter system.
On another note, $100 for a miniatures game and you can’t include some plastic minis? This is a clear money grab, capitalizing on nostalgia.
@Greyhawk Grognard – Thanks! So far response to the minis hasn’t been strong enough to push us to start rereleasing them, but things may change.
@dream spawn – We are using Kickstarter because of the pre-order system and the chance to make the game better. Our stretch goals have already improved the game for everyone; we’ve been very happy with the response.
And this is not the Ogre Miniatures game. This is the original Ogre wargame in an upgraded form.