GTM #204 - Steve Jackson Games Organized Play Programs
by Ian Richards

Incoming Transmission from Central Command:

Commander, we’ve detected many Ogres advancing towards retail stores across the globe.

Your mission: Rendezvous with other commanders at those locations, and defeat this attack.

Success will be well rewarded. Good Luck, Commander.

Transmission ends.

Roll out to do battle at retail stores everywhere, starting in January 2017! Steve Jackson Games is launching Organized Play Programs, and the first game to enter the fray will be Ogre Sixth Edition.

Soon after, SJ Games will launch programs for other classics and hits. In March, you’ll be able to visit your local store to kick down doors, kill monsters, and collect treasure – as Munchkin Organized Play swaggers onto the scene.

And, later in the year, the long-awaited Munchkin Collectable Card Game will swashbuckle its way onto shelves, bringing organized play with it. The CCG will launch with a full suite of competitive formats, so you’ll have plenty of diabolical ways to cheat, bluff, and fight your way to victory.

Go online to sjgames.com for Organized Play updates throughout 2017.

Ogre Sixth Edition Organized Play

Lead determined troops against a cybernetic megatank designed for your total destruction. Or play the Ogre – an artificially intelligent behemoth, assaulted on all sides by waves of infantry, artillery, tactical nukes, and inferior tanks. Either way, it’ll take a lot of tactical decision making and maneuvering to outwit your opponent. This intense experience is Ogre Sixth Edition, and it’s available now in retail stores everywhere.

First released in 1977, Ogre is a classic, and remains one of the most popular tactical combat games ever published. Celebrating the game’s 40th Anniversary, Ogre Sixth Edition offers a large-format map and 3-D constructibles for the Ogres and Command Posts.

New and existing Ogre fans should head to their friendly local game stores now for casual and competitive wargame-style Ogre events. Players can track their success from week to week, and possibly win store-provided prizes. Some adventurous stores are even running month-long leagues!

Have you got what it takes to be the most heroic commander, or the most ruthless Ogre? Whichever you prefer, you’ll find willing opponents at all participating stores.

Formats supported: Casual, Leagues.

Ogre Sixth Edition Launch Event: February 11, 2017

This is a special event designed for retail stores to celebrate the launch of Ogre Sixth Edition. Players are invited to participate compete, and win Ogre Sixth Edition prizes.

If you missed this amazing day of Ogre mayhem, why not organize your very own store event and see who is victorious? Share photos of your event with #Ogre6E on Facebook or Twitter for a chance to win a copy of your own. And don’t forget to tag your friendly local game store!

Car Wars Organized Play

In this high-octane miniatures game, players meet on the freeways of the future – where the right-of-way goes to the car with the biggest guns and the best maneuvers. A new edition of Car Wars is in production, updating the classic 1980 game with modern rules geared toward high-speed action.

Players in Car Wars build vehicles complete with weapons, armor, power plants, and more. Then they take them out onto desolate roads or brightly lit arenas, there to pit themselves and their vehicles against other drivers. Will you come home an “ace,” or will you crash and burn? The winners earn fame and cash to upgrade their rides. The losers are left to ponder what to build next.

With the release of the new edition late this year, we will open our garage and roll out Organized Play support for this classic game. Wannabe aces can cruise to local stores to prove their rides deserve the most respect.

Formats supported: Casual, Competitive, Leagues.

Munchkin Collectible Card Game Organized Play

Players take on the classic heroic roles of Warrior, Wizard, Thief, Bard, Cleric, or Ranger – and then proceed to lie, cheat, steal, and bribe monsters to fight so they don’t have to. Bluffing is one of the quickest ways to win in this upcoming CCG, designed by award-winning game creators Eric Lang and Kevin Wilson. So yes, it’s a CCG – but it’s also got that mischievous Munchkin touch!

The cards are often clever sendups of well-known CCG tropes – like the Location card named “Land.” But the design is also deep enough that players will enjoy building strategic decks with powerful card combos. Try out the less-than-honest Thief, bluffing and cheating your way to victory. Or play the Wizard, with all the boom and bang spells you can muster. Avoid the strikes of the vicious Warrior or try to overcome the healing of the pious Cleric. Recycle cards for the environment’s sake as the woodsy Ranger. Or play tricks to gain fans as a rockstar Bard. Anything goes on your way to fame and fortune… it says so on the cards!

Steve Jackson Games will launch an Organized Play Program with the release of the Munchkin Collectible Card Game. Stores will be holding pre-releases and a range of competitive tournaments, giving players the chance to prove they’re the best.

Formats supported: Casual, Competitive, Leagues

WOWZERS! I want to join the fun!

To find a participating store near you, check out the Steve Jackson Games Store Locator at: storefinder.sjgames.com. Then give them a call for start times. Grab your Loaded Dice, don your Pointy Hat of Power, and head on down to the store for more fun than pulling a Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment from a loot chest.

My local store must do this!

We know! If your local store wants to offer any or all of these exciting Organized Play Programs, urge them to register as an Official Steve Jackson Retail Store at storefinder.sjgames.com. We’ll send them details about what to do next, and help them offer Organized Play for the games you love.

What other games will you be supporting with Organized Play?

A GREAT question! Throughout 2017, fans will be able to visit their friendly local game store and join the fun and excitement with Organized Play programs available for most of our brands. It’s going to be a very exciting, high octane, monster-slaying, Ogre-nuking year! Don’t miss out on our announcements regarding Organized Play programs and launch dates.

I have more Organized Play questions!

If you have further questions, suggestions, or thoughts, contact SJ Games’ Organized Play Manager, Ian Richards, at ian@sjgames.com.

Where do I get more information as it happens?

Stay in touch with all SJ Games products and Organized Play information by regularly visiting: www.sjgames.com


Ian Richards spent the first 32 years of his life in the UK, but fell in love with the USA when he moved here almost 20 years ago. Now a US national, Ian has spent all of those years developing Organized Play for leading industry companies.  Ian currently works for SJ Games and lives in Orlando, Florida, where he enjoys frequent games of Ghosts Love Candy and the Simon’s Cat Card Game with his wife and 8-year old daughter. Ian can also be found regularly visiting Orlando’s awesome games stores, demoing games and staying in touch with the region’s player communities.