Thursday, April 20, 2017

OGRE house rules

OGRE is the first game published by Steve Jackson.  If you're not familiar with his name, he's the publisher of the Munchkin card games.  OGRE is now 40 years old, and still a good game.  Yes, it is a two player war game, using turns and a combat results table.  It's dated, but still a gem.

I am a proud Grognard.  I simply cannot leave rules sets alone.  So, here are my favorite house rules for OGRE.

A GEV class vehicle over open water which receives a "Disable" combat result is destroyed instead.  It sinks to the bottom when the fans stop running.

That's it, really.  OGRE is nearly perfect as-is.

That being said, I do have my own set of rules for playing OGRE with unit qualities.  Each side has a quality - Untrained (1), Green (2), Seasoned (3), Veteran (4), Elite (5).  Ogres don't have unit quality, as they are practically perfect in every way as they are.

Unit quality comes into play when a unit is disabled.  A disabled unit which takes a further 'disable' combat result makes a quality check.  If it passes, it survives.  If it fails, it is destroyed as normal.

Unit quality also comes into play for recovering Disabled units.  Instead of recovering at the beginning of the second turn after being disabled, they make a quality check at the end of each of their own turns.  If they pass, they recover.  If they fail, they remain disabled.

Unit quality also applies to disabling checks for GEVs in woods, for vehicles getting stuck in a swamp, and for recovering from being stuck.

Unity quality also applies in overrun combat.  The unit with the higher morale shoots first, with defenders winning ties.

If you want to make Ogres even deadlier, more like the Bolos they are inspired by, simply have them fire in the enemy's combat phase.  Defending Ogres should fire first, of course.

In war, moderation is no virtue

We, as you may have noticed, are engaged in a cold civil war for our nation.  Not just America, but all the white peoples of the world.  There are forces among us who wish nothing less than our utter destruction and dissolution.  They do not attack us directly with swords or guns or bombs.  They can not, for militarily, we are mighty.  Instead, they attack us through our weak points - our culture of inclusivity and acceptance.

The culture wars have reached a boiling point, and the cold war is warming up.  There have been fights in the streets, and riots.  In each case, our enemies have initiated the first use of force.  They have been intimidating us for generations.  We, the normal people who love our nation, have finally had enough.  The loud-mouthed midget who would be our oppressor has poked us in the eye just a few too many times, and we are tired of it.  It is time we stood up to our full height, and showed the weak and cowardly left our true strength.

Canada's Prime Minister Trudeau famously said that your enemies win when you kill them.  He is deluded.  Your enemies die when you kill them.  They no longer attack you, your children, your spouses, your churches, your country, or your nation after they die.

We have held out tongues and turned the other cheek as small minded zealots have offended and struck us over and over, repeating their actions for scores of years.  So-called "moderates" stand aside and allow our enemies to flourish, while holding our fists behind us, preventing us from striking back at our foes in righteous anger.

The cold civil war has grown hot.  There are no longer any moderates - there can be no moderation in war.  There are only combatants and noncombatants.  When you join in the conflict, you choose a side to support, and a side to oppose.  Moderates attack us more often than they attack out opponents.  That makes moderates a third faction, allied to our deadly enemies.

We must not mistake moderates as noncombatants.  By entering into the fray, they take up arms against us.  They are, at best, quisling traitors to be purged from our ranks.  Anyone who says "lay down your arms and apologise for fighting those who want to kill you" can not be seen as anything other than base traitors.

Do not forget that we fight not just for ourselves, but for the future existence of our people and our culture.  Judge your actions carefully, for most people have not yet awoken to the reality of the existential conflict of these times.  We still need converts and recruits from among the masses of noncombatants.  Remember that Big Brother is always watching, and will always scramble your words to his will, and will show your actions without context.  We must document our actions and proactively show the truth.  We need our own journalists to counter enemy propaganda proactively - live-stream events as they happen.  Edit recordings to show conflicts and actions in the best light for us, as our enemies will certainly do so to discredit us.

Never lie - our enemies lie constantly and continuously, and truth is our greatest weapon and recruiting tool.

Never trust strangers - our enemies are legion, and lie in every word and deed.  They have spent the last century worming their way into organizations and infiltrating groups.  Judge them by their actions and their private words, not their public proclamations of good faith.