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Hi all,
quick question - how well does Ogre play with Kids? Thinking 8 year old who loves Tsuro, King of Tokyo, and Ticket to Ride.
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My 8 year old plays it, but she's been gaming all her life. Learned basic math on Roll Through the Ages...
 
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It's a very simple game, with movement and odd-ratio combat. No opportunity fire, no fancy stuff. There is no line of sight--just range.

The only complexities are spillover fire, when you have fire at more than one unit per hex, and overruns, where one unit enters the opponent's hex for close combat. The base Ogre game (Ogre vs. command post) doesn't use either of these rules (it uses a simpler ramming rule for close combat) so you can certainly start without them.
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My 9 year old plays it a and likes it. I used it as a gateway, we are now playing more complex stuff..
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I play the basic Ogre scenario with my 6 year old. I help him with the combat odds, but he can still understand the ideas of the game just fine. It's a great game to play with kids.
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8 years old? Ogre (not GEV) and Memoir 44 both worked great when my son was 8 years old (it is his 9th birthday today cool).
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My 9yo loves playing Ogre with me, and she had to do a bit of math (odds calculations), so it's win win win!
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You should have no problems. My kids have been playing Ogre & other similar level complexity games for a long time.

EDIT: This is especially true if you stick to the basic "Smash the CP" Ogre scenarios for a while until they learn the ropes.
 
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Corcaigh wrote:
Hi all,
quick question - how well does Ogre play with Kids? Thinking 8 year old who loves Tsuro, King of Tokyo, and Ticket to Ride.
Thanks in advance
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My son played at about 10, I think, so I would think an 8 year old would do ok with some coaching at the beginning. Might pick it up much faster than you think!
 
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Ogre is IDEAL for kids. Ideal.

The math is simple but challenging, and they use it in an interactive way that will internalize a lot of ideas in a way that homework, which is too often just skill-building, will never do.

There's no blood, skulls, or cleavage. It's nice and clean in that way.

It's plenty stirring to the imagination. The system is something kids can master and play with. It's not a happy-ending fairy tail, but neither is it miserably dystopian.

My son has been drawing Ogres and GEVs since he was five. It's as much a part of his mental background as the Disney movies. Now he's nineteen and has his own copy of Ogre DE.
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Thanks everyone,
Just back from my FLGS, and my back is hurting LOL. Copy of Ogre in the house - now need to do lots of chores around house so that I can have lots of time with it. My son is stoked to play too. Picked up some extra dice - you can never have enough dice, and a reinforcement pack (I have no idea why

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What's a reinforcement pack?
 
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It is going back - do not need it, I believe, here is a link to it Ogre Reinforcement Pack
 
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Ogre Reinforcement Pack is a couple copies each of the countersheets for Ogre/GEV and Shockwave, and the G-1 and S-1 maps, in the original small scale format. It includes some scenarios that use 2 G-1 and/or 2 S-1 maps (one the the reasons I bought a Giant Battlefields Set for ODE) and some optional rules, but does not include the rules for Ogre, GEV, or Shockwave. (Those are covered in the downloadable PDF of the ODE rulebook).

So it's basically a travel edition of about 2/3rds of ODE. (You would need Pocket Ogre for the Ogre/Orange Map, and Battlefields for G-2 and S-2 to complete the stuff included in ODE (Battlefields also includes maps G-3 and S-3, which have not yet been released in ODE format.)).
 
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Corcaigh wrote:
It is going back - do not need it, I believe, here is a link to it Ogre Reinforcement Pack


Need is relative. It's a cost-effective way to get the G.E.V. and Shockwave maps and counters. That plus Ogre Pocket Ed gives you the majority of ODE content in the original size. I would keep it.
 
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Thanks for the info - very new to Ogre
 
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I've played 6 games with my 8y/o son now and he loves the game. We're just moving up from Ogre Map to GEV Map scenarios.
 
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