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As the release of Ogre Sixth Edition draws near, Steve Jackson Games has announced they will start supporting organized play in 2017.  Fans of Ogre will have the ability to battle it out at their Friendly Local Gaming Store for Ogre Sixth Edition rewards in addition to fame and recognition throughout the Ogre community!

Starting in January, players will be able to sign up and start learning all about the program.  On February 11th, 2017, SteveJacksonGames is inviting stores to host the first ever #PlaySJGames Event to showcase the new Ogre Sixth Edition.  Ogre Launch Kits will be made available to SJG’s retailers, and the first 200 stores that request one.

Contents of the Launch Kit include:

  • Demo copy of Ogre Sixth Edition
  • Ogre Blueprint poster
  • Ogre Dice Sets of varying colors
  • Uncommon Ogre Counter Sheets
  • More items yet to be revealed!

If you are a fan of Ogre, and seek to have organized play in your area, encourage your FLGS to sign up for a kit and get registered for Organized Play!

Further information on timing, awards, and store participation is forthcoming.  You can stay up to date by following Steve Jackson Games here

It’s kind of funny that a game known more for its amazing production values than its gameplay has made the way to a medium in which cardboard doesn’t exist. How do you recreate the utter coolness of Colt Express‘ 3D train on a 2D touchscreen? Turns out Asmodee can do it pretty well, as the newly released digital version of Colt Express looks downright amazing.

That’s right, Colt Express, the 2015 SdJ winner was released for iOS, Android, and PC today. It includes online multiplayer for maximum chaos, but it also has a single-player story mode with a 30 mission campaign. Buried within the campaign are digital-only variants to unlock which will mix up what you know about Colt Express, and you might even find a variant in online multiplayer mode as well.

If you haven’t played Colt Express, it’s a programmed movement game in which each player plays a card to a central pile. Some of the cards are face up so you can see what the other players are planning, but some are face down and these tend to screw up your best laid plans. Once all cards are played, the pile is picked up and flipped over and revealed card-by-card, and now the actions are played out on the aforementioned 3D train. It’s a chaotic, yet incredibly fun, mess. Don’t sign up if you’re looking for a deep strategic or tactical experience.

Colt Express is available right now for iOS Universal, Android, and PC via Steam. It’s $7 on mobile and $10 for PC.

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Sit Down Games, publishers of Goths Save the Queenhave announced an upcoming February release of their next game, Magic Maze. Magic Maze is a real-time cooperative game for 1-8 players. The game states it to be for people aged 8 and above and will play in 3-15 minutes thus making the recipe for what appears to be a fun family game.

It turns upside down players’ habits by its unique mechanics : there are no “game turns”, everyone can play with any pawn at any time… but can only carry out specific actions, that other players can’t take. Everyone needs everyone as the actions are split between the players, so they need to find out what other players want to do and agree on a common strategy… without communicating; they must also understand by themselves when they are expected to play.

With only needing a 3 minute sand-timer, players can visit Sit Down Games’ web site here to download everything you need to play the initial scenario of the game to familiarize yourself with the mechanics prior to it’s upcoming release.

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Congratulations to Glenn P, this week’s winner of a $10.00 gift certificate at Cool Stuff Inc. Just prior to posting this article we emailed Glenn instructions on how to claim his prize!

Also, thank you to Cool Stuff Inc for providing the gift certificates. Cool Stuff Inc is the #1 place to shop for all your board gaming needs! You can visit there web site here.

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Time to announce this week’s winner of a $10.00 gift certificate good for purchases made at Cool Stuff Inc!! Congratulations to Mitchell C! Prior to sending posting this article an email was sent to Mitchell explaining how to redeem his certificate.

Every week we draw a random subscriber to win a $10 gift certificate from CSI. It’s easy to subscribe, simply fill out the short form on the right-hand side of this site.

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Hasbro has had some fairly big success with recent Star Wars-themed re-implementations of popular board games. Star Wars Risk is one of their latest examples.

Well, this time Hasbro appears to have, once again, outdone itself with a re-scheming/re-implementation of Star Wars Clue!

But the biggest twist you’ll find in this version of the game is that no one actually dies. Instead of solving a murder by figuring out who the killer was, what weapon they used, and where they committed the crime, Clue: Star Wars Edition ($25) has players trying to escape the moon-sized space station with a copy of the Death Star’s plans. (i09)

You can read more about it over at Hasbro’s site here.

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Fans of Steve Jackson Games’ Ogre Sixth Edition and Ogre Designer’s Edition, designed by Steve Jackson himself, can bling out their copy of the game with new miniatures!

Already funded on Kickstarter, this project includes miniatures for your command post, howitzers, infantry bases, the Ogre MK III, the Ogre MK V, and more. Backers can also add on extra miniatures, a copy of Ogre Sixth Edition, the Reinforcements expansion, dice, and more.

Readers interested in backing this project can visit this link for additional information. The project ends on Dec. 1, 2016 at 7AM AWST.

poker-assaultIf you thought that poker was too much bluffing and not enough attacking, then Cryptozoic Entertainment’s new release, Poker Assault, might be right up your alley.

Poker Assault, designed by Ben Cichoski and Daniel Mandel, has players taking on one of four factions, each with their own 52-card deck, trying to craft poker hands to attack their opponents. To assault your opponent, you must play cards that form at least a pair or greater. Your opponent has a chance to defend by playing cards that either match the value of your cards, or exceed it if it is in the same suit. Players that attack with a stronger hand (e.g. a Straight or a Flush) will also gain power cards unique to their faction! Each attacking card that is unblocked will chip away at your opponent’s health, the last player standing wins!

Already released and in stores, Poker Assault is for 2-4 players and plays in 15-25 minutes. It comes with the following components:

  • 1 Vampire Court Poker Deck (52 cards)
  • 1 Wolf Pack Poker Deck (52 cards)
  • 1 The Invaders Poker Deck (52 cards)
  • 1 Rocket Patrol Poker Deck (52 cards)
  • 4 Sets of Eight Power Cards
  • Lots of Hit Point Tokens
  • 1 Rulebook

For additional information, visit Cryptozoic Entertainment’s website here.

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Renegade Game Studios will be publishing Castles of Caladale in February. Castles is designed by David Wilkinson with artwork by Erin Koehler. Not much is known about the game at this point however it does look beautiful. It sports huge tiles with an interesting story-line.

Castles of Caladale is a tile-laying game set in a fantasy world where all of the castles have been dismantled by a powerful spell, their components now mixed up and scattered.  The players must attempt to rebuild their castles using these castle components.  The player who can assemble the largest and most complete castle will be the winner.

You can read the official announcement here or watch Renegade’s web site here for more information.

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Congratulations to JB H, this week’s winner of a $10.00 gift certificate to Cool Stuff Inc!! Prior to posting this article, and email was sent to JB with instructions on how to claim his prize.

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