My four-year-old daughter decided that she needed to challenge me to a game of Ogre, which meant we got to play again today. My wife “helped” her play.
This time it was “better,” ending in an Ogre marginal victory. Found out too late I’d misinterpreted the rules on how to damage treads (too fast a read-through): I was rolling a 1-1 attack with the combined attack strength (once that was 19 attack strength, but with only a 1 in 3 chance of anything at all happening!). Now we roll unit by unit, and the 1-in-6 uniform distribution actually can work for you. That makes it not crazy to attack the Ogre’s mobility, which it was before.
Explaining the Rules
I still rolled nothing higher than a 3 until my CP was already destroyed. I had a much better run concentrating my forces, and my wife ran a gauntlet of 22 and 24 attack strength over two turns . . . and it cost her one freakin’ AP gun to roll through all of that.
My howitzer is always taken out by an Ogre missile; next time I’ll wipe those out early if I can. It’s the only thing on the board that can prevent the Mobile Howitzer from punishing the Ogre as it goes through to the CP
The First Move is Made
My GEV strategy was much, much saner this time, and I was able to keep 2 of the 4 alive through the entire game (or was it 3?). My Heavy Tanks fared better too, and those can keep up with the Ogre, and were used to great effect. My missile tanks were wonderful (that long range is great) but got chewed up pretty fast.
I feel like next time, especially with the “oops, that’s not how you attack treads” mistake fixed, it might go better. As an example, I’d have, on the average, reduced the Mk III to Move 2 approaching the CP, and that makes a huge difference, since it effectively increases its exposure to my fire by 1.5x.
The first flanking attacks with the GEVs
GEV Flankers, Surrounded . . . all 1s and 2s
Another Gauntlet, another set of 1-3’s rolled
And another. My goodness, this Ogre is charmed
Driving over the CP, just because she can
Jinking left to escape
By this point weaponless, it was tread-pounding time