After being removed due to a forum move to a different software, GameOgre.com’s Ogre Wars has finally returned. After nearly seven years with the previous version of the game, we have reworked the game to overcome its previous weaknesses. The game is now more team-oriented and customizable. Instead of being stuck to an outdated Vbulletin plugin where the developer has abandoned it, we are now using our creativity along with a good dice program on Xenforo to power the newest version of Ogre Wars. Also, instead of just ramping up stats with turns everyday players roll a 100 sided dice in a forum thread devoted only to that nation. Since each side can see what the other does, competition takes over to determine who does the best.
In the past, we always had three or four nations. The last season on Vbulletin we tried a few things differently, but we still had three nations. Starting with two this time makes more sense since we are starting from scratch under a new forum.
As we continue with the new game, we will establish new rules and features as we go. Eventually, it should develop into a game that we have all laid out and structured whether it is automated or not. For example, there will be battles and challenges where a dice is rolled to help determine the winner. Of course, troops and possibly more will be taken into account as well each time. Furthermore, there will be nation items that can be bought as a team for the entire nation. Some of the benefits from this will be large and instantaneous while others will be smaller but permanent. There will also be a feature where nation members can aid newbies to the game with gold and/or troops. This should help new members get up to speed much faster than they would otherwise.
Lastly, look for customizing on the forum itself for those who participate in Ogre Wars. For example, look for members to display their nation via titles or metals or even a special banner. The previous game had nothing like this and had seasons as well where players could swap sides or “retire” etc. Thus, it lacked a loyalty and team spirit. Although this version of Ogre Wars is just starting, it could be the better of the two with enough perseverance and polish.