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Tabletop classic Ogre is coming to Steam this fall

Steve Jackson’s classic wargame is getting a digital release

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Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Ogre, the classic tabletop wargame designed by Steve Jackson (Munchkin, Zombie Dice), is coming to Windows PC via Steam on Oct. 5. The digital version is being developed by Auroch Digital and will help celebrate the game’s 40th anniversary.

Jackson’s turn-based strategy wargame, first published in 1977, features hovercraft, tanks, infantry, and giant cybernetic tanks called Ogres duking it out on a hex-based map. Auroch’s adaptation will feature the original game with multiple factions and maps. Players will be able to work through a single-player campaign, launch quickly into single-player skirmishes and fight multiplayer battles online. The game will also feature hotseat multiplayer, so fans can pass a single computer back and forth in person.

The Ogre franchise has seen a kind of renaissance in the last few years thanks to a smash hit Kickstarter campaign that raised nearly $1 million in 2012. The end result was Ogre: Designer’s Edition, an 18-pound box filled with thousands of cardboard counters. That game is still available from Amazon for around $225 while the game’s traditional, modestly-sized version sells for around $30.

A few years back, Steve Jackson Games released a throwback pocket edition of the game featuring the same complex ruleset. Based on the original 1977 “bagged” version, it cost $2.95 — the same as it did 40 years ago. Ogre: Pocket Edition is currently out of print, but still available on Amazon in limited quantities and at an inflated price.

This isn’t Auroch Digital’s first game. Other titles include The Last Days of Old Earth and Endgame: Syria. They are also working on a VR title called Jack The Ripper: Shadow Over Whitechapel.

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