OGRE and GEV are two old famous games that originated in the distant past (see their references on the Metagaming Index tab, above). Essentially the first game (OGRE) is about a giant cybernetic tank that is pitted against a team of “Davids”.. smaller ground attack units, tanks and infantry and such. GEV was the sequel, which pitted the small guys against other small guys. I owned the first versions published by Steve Jackson Games when he left Metagaming to found his own company (SJG). I played both games many, many times and probably have them downstairs somewhere in the basement in their original keen plastic pocket boxes. OGRE/GEV have been released many times since– Deluxe OGRE (with the standup cardboard pieces), OGRE and GEV Deluxe (with metal miniatures), another version of the old hex and paper version, along with SHOCKWAVE (additional units), New Battlemaps, GURPS OGRE, and a few other products in the “OGREverse”. The game is simple in itself– though I find the CRT mechanics a bit dated by the standards of today.
Today, SJG’s website “leaked” an interesting photo. (see below). OGRE 6.0, eh?
We’ll see. OGRE/GEV is a fun little system, but I don’t know what more you could do to it that hasn’t been done already. We’ve already had OGRE Miniatures, and DELUXE OGRE/GEV, and the ‘big treatment”. The only thing I think I could come up with would be to monkey with the hidebound CRT mechanics, and maybe make the game more open-ended. And plastic miniatures– give it the Fantasy Flight Games treatment, including bound boards. I’d pay for a game like that, I think. Reprinting a glitzy version of the same game I bought as a student in 1982, though? Nope, no thanks. You can have that.