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Old 10-09-2017, 10:12 PM   #1
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Default Stupid question; manned Ogres?

So, in spite of my buying and playing the computer version of Ogre, I actually hadn't touched the game since 1984 or thereabouts, so I'm not up on my Ogre lore.

As a measure to combat cyber fortresses gone rogue, was there ever a thought within the fiction to just build an Ogre platform, but man it instead of letting a paranoid electronic brain run the thing?
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Old 10-09-2017, 11:53 PM   #2
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According to GURPS OGRE Page 16:

China fielded "cybertanks" similar to the Mark3 called Dragons. Captured Dragons were found to be crewed with AI capacity little more than that of a typical unit.

As far as I know, this is the only official mention of manned OGREs.
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Old 10-10-2017, 02:45 AM   #3
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Interesting. I snagged a copy off of Amazon after you mentioned it. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 10-10-2017, 09:37 AM   #4
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One of the (paused indefinitely) Assault Packs - _Ice Dragon_ had some proposed rules for manned Ogres. If you have access to the kickstarter I think you can see the rules.

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Old 10-10-2017, 09:21 PM   #5
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Is that the one with the big blue ice dragon monster thing?
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:32 AM   #6
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Is that the one with the big blue ice dragon monster thing?
No - that's the Board Game Geek counters.

"Ice Dragon" - "Dragon" because the manned ogres are Chinese. "Ice" because it includes rules for frozen lakes (which melts and drops units to the bottom) and tundra (which melts into swamp).
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:47 AM   #7
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It's actually "Storm Dragon", which is probably less confusing, but the rest of the info is accurate.

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Old 10-11-2017, 12:01 PM   #8
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It's actually "Storm Dragon", which is probably less confusing, but the rest of the info is accurate.
Five years and no release in sight? That is indefinitely on hold...
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Old 10-11-2017, 12:39 PM   #9
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Five years and no release in sight? That is indefinitely on hold...
Well, to be fair; they put their focus on getting non-ODE folks access to the 6th Edition, and are releasing the rest of the Battlefields content in 6th Ed scale, and doing the miniatures, and the PC game... It's not like they aren't producing anything, and this way there's a broader base of people that can actually benefit from the Assault packs when (if?) they get back to them.
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:44 PM   #10
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Well, to be fair; they put their focus on getting non-ODE folks access to the 6th Edition, and are releasing the rest of the Battlefields content in 6th Ed scale, and doing the miniatures, and the PC game... It's not like they aren't producing anything, and this way there's a broader base of people that can actually benefit from the Assault packs when (if?) they get back to them.
Indeed, I think getting Ogre into the hands of more players is better than making add-ons for the existing addicts...errr, ummm, fans. It gives us all more folks with whom to play. I hope the computer game does the same.
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