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OgreCave video: DunDraCon promo

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

For the Cave dwellers, the start of convention season is heralded by DunDraCon. Now that the annual gaming event and its impending awesomeness are nearly here, this seems like the time to premiere our DunDraCon promo video. Take it away, Sparky! (Be sure to subscribe on YouTube to see all of OgreCave’s video goodness.)

OgreCave Audio Report 2.0 – December 2014

Monday, December 29th, 2014

OCAR 2.0 logoWe’re back, and ready to talk all things gaming. To wrap up the year and prepare for new things, we have a brand new episode of our long-dormant (hibernating?) podcast show, the OgreCave Audio Report. Now redubbed 2.0, the relaunch episode has Mike and Allan talking of the holidays, Kickstarter goodies, interpersonal issues in game groups, and GamerGate, among other things.

A more complete write-up will follow, but for now, enjoy the new episode, and happy holidays!

If you haven’t already heard our other podcast show, OgreCave’s Gaming News Update, click through and have a listen – we’ve cornered quite a few game industry luminaries over the years.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from!

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

While some of the OgreCave crew have been taking a little time off (call ’em mental health days, call ’em school/divorce/new baby recovery days – whatever), causing us to skip this year’s OgreCave Christmas Gift Guide, longtime Cave Dweller Matthew Pook has scraped together a quick list of gift suggestions that would make any Ogre proud. Anyone still searching for beyond-last-minute gift ideas – or wondering what to spend holiday gift certificates on – should head over to read Reviews from R’lyeh: The Christmas List. The rest of the staff here at OgreCave appreciates the assist, Matthew. We’ll have your back next time, for sure.

Of course, if you really need a gift now, you can always resort to an electronic goodie or two. Pathfinder RPG fans might enjoy Hero Labs for the Pathfinder Beginner Box (Lone Wolf Development; Free!); and gamers in general are likely to find something worthwhile in the Super Indie Bundle, offered on Steam for a limited time – 10 games for $19.99 is hard to beat!

Be well, and happy holidays!

This just in from This Just In From Gen Con, Thursday 11AM, 2010

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

I love contexts where you can just say “It’s Thursday, 11AM, 2010,” and everyone knows when you mean. So yeah, it’s on once again: This Just In From Gen Con is in live-from-the-show mode, and we’re doing notes. If you’re new here, shame on you! welcome! Here goes:

Subscribe to our feed if you haven’t, because we’ll be on top of the TJI notes for the whole show, plus any other tidbits we turn up.

Ogres tweet and have Faces

Friday, March 5th, 2010

In case you aren’t in the know just yet, OgreCave’s voice is echoing in more directions than ever before. For those who have joined the massive Facebook nation, you can become our fan at OgreCave’s Facebook page,, and find bonus goodies there like our Oddness Observed by Ogres gallery. Also, most everything posted there and here on the main site gets announced on our Twitter feed, at, so if you’re inclined to be as connected as possible, we’ve established a side cavern to the Cave there. We’ll have these linked in the sidebar for future reference shortly, and if we set up shop anywhere else, you’ll be the first to know.

OgreCave – Year Ten: Let it begin, again

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

On this day in 2001, OgreCave truly got rolling. The dot-com collapse suddenly gave me a lot of free time, and with my brother Mike as my partner, we invited several collaborators from my days (and earlier) to help with a new site. Others soon joined us, and with their dedicated help, the site has spent years surging from our cavernous corner of the net to club news, reviews, and interviews over the head to mount on the Cave’s walls. We’ve made our occasionally-insightful growls echo forth in podcast form, and traveled to numerous conventions and trade shows to hunt down fresh news.

This won’t be stopping anytime soon. In fact, we have big plans. We can’t reveal too much right now, but I want to assure everyone that we’re still on the prowl. In particular, the OgreCave Audio Report, which stalled out due to software problems, will be relaunching very soon. Other features will launch this year as well, hopefully within the next several weeks. We hope you’ll help spread the word when the time comes.

Meanwhile, if you’d like to join the Cave dwellers and help out around the site, drop me a line at sven (at) ogrecave (dot) com with the title “Joining the ranks”, and we’ll chat. As for the rest of you: stay tuned.

OgreCave’s Christmas Gift Guide 2009, part 3

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

If you plan to give gifts this holiday season – or better yet, receive them – you’ve surely been perusing local stores and forming a list. The Cave dwellers have done the same, in the third section of our OgreCave Christmas Gift Guide 2009. This portion, the Twelve Boxes for Christmas, focuses on board games, in the hope of guiding some of your big-ticket expenses toward enjoyable gaming choices.

All that remains is our traditionally last-minute PDF/downloadable product list. We’ll be sure to drop it down your chimney when you’re least expecting it. … No, that’s not a euphemism for anything! Sheesh!

OgreCave’s Christmas Gift Guide 2009, part 2

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Another weekend of holiday shopping is here, and you’ve probably formed some ideas of the larger-cost items you’ll be picking up (or requesting from others). In case your mind’s not quite made up yet, the OgreCave Christmas Gift Guide 2009 continues with its second section, Twelve Days of Roleplaying. This list of gift suggestions is entirely RPG related, and the Cave dwellers have chosen a range of roleplaying goodies that would make great gifts.

Our board game list will be up shortly (work and sickness have caused delays), followed by our traditionally last-minute downloadable product list. So listen closely each night – those bells might be a jolly Ogre… or more likely, an Ogre stepping some other jolly critter.

OgreCave Christmas Gift Guide 2009, part 1

Friday, December 4th, 2009

If you haven’t noticed the holiday decorations yet, you just aren’t paying attention – around here, it started showing up Halloween morning. It seems like folks are anxious to get back to celebrating the season, and retailers are ready to receive the droves of gift givers. Don’t let the anxiety get to you, though – you’ve got the first part of our OgreCave Christmas Gift Guide 2009 on hand to help. In this first section, Twelve Stocking Stuffer Games, the Cave dwellers have selected a solid group of inexpensive gift goodies for a variety of interests, from casual gamer to hardcore.

We’ll have the rest of our ninth annual guide up in the days ahead, so be sure to check our lists, check them twice. Being naughty or nice isn’t a factor – we don’t judge.


OgreCave reviews – Terrors From Beyond

Monday, October 12th, 2009

‘Tis nearly Halloween, so the Cave dwellers thought it prudent to advise you on more of the fear-themed games out there. To that end, OgreCave’s Screams from the Cave 2009 starts off with Andy’s review of Terrors From Beyond, the recent Call of Cthulhu adventure compilation from Chaosium. Does it contain the adventure you need to inflict on your group this year? Read on to find out. We’ll have other scream-laden goodies over the next few weeks, so be sure to check back with us in the days ahead.

PAX 2009 – Gaming News Updates uploaded

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

We’ve got a trio of OgreCave Gaming News Update podcast episodes just posted from our trip up to Seattle for PAX, the Penny Arcade Expo 2009. First up, our bi-weekly update mentions a few PAX highlights (though this will be nothing compared to our upcoming PAX ’09 Audio Report episode). Then we have an interview with Will Schoonover of Steve Jackson Games, who tells us all about the current state of things for the company, and describes the upcoming Nanuk in full detail. Finally, we had a chat with Matt Forbeck about his Guild Wars novel, all the other projects he has a hand in these days, and his thoughts on PAX, the industry, and bygone companies. Have a listen, let us know what you think, and be sure to check back for more.

Preview of Catalyst’s Leviathans at TGN

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

For those of you whose ears perked up upon hearing of Catalyst Game Labs‘ steampunk airships game Leviathans, you should head over to Tabletop Gaming News for the first of three preview articles on the game. Some general development details and a few pieces of artwork are about it so far, but if they don’t whet your appetite for miniatures combat in the skies with huge battleships, we don’t know what will.

OgreCave is on Twitter

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Feel free to come follow. In addition to convenient notices of new posts, you will receive occasional witty banter, things we don’t think are quite worth a post, and some complaining when our server is slow. OgreCave: happy to be part of the problem.

Relatedly: booths at Gen Con have Twitter accounts now. Booths.

Audio Report – Rumors of demise are highly exaggerated

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Okay, mostly exaggerated. I’ve struggled to get this podcast recording functional for many moons (well, more like a couple moons). A few months and a hardware upgrade later, and we have, at long last, the DunDraCon ’09 episode of the OgreCave Audio Report. You’ll notice this episode takes the news bits we usually discuss at the beginning and formally makes them a distinct segment, which sounds suspiciously like our other podcast show, OgreCave’s Gaming News Update (because it is). We’ll still discuss the latest gaming news, don’t worry – but this show is mainly given over to interviews with Joseph Goodman and Aaron “Blackdirge” Rudel of Goodman Games, Steven Chenault of Troll Lord Games, Aldo Ghiozzi of Free RPG Day 2009, and various DunDraCon ’09 convention-goers. Have a listen, and deposit some comments if you like. We’ll have more for you soon.

GAMA Trade Show ’09 interviews, and the Gaming News Update

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

We’ve had some delays here at OgreCave, largely due to a problem with the podcasts (and with finding enough time to fix it). However, it looks like our audio software glitch is identified and quarantined, so let’s move ahead with presenting not just some episodes, but a whole new podcast! OgreCave now presents the OgreCave Gaming News Update, a short (around 5 minutes) twice monthly podcast which gets straight to the news. Some of you will recognize the GNU as an evolution of how the OgreCave Audio Report starts, or from our initial experimental run on War Pig Radio. Well, now it’s official – get your dose of quick gaming news in podcast form right here. (Yes, we’ll have more Audio Report episodes up soon as well – more file rescuing is underway.)

You’ll find our initial run of shows listed as well, but right now I’ll just highlight the recordings from the GAMA Trade Show 2009 we finally managed to wrest from the jaws of malfunction. We’ve got five interviews from this year’s show, on a variety of subjects:

Have a listen, let us know what you think, and check back for more Gaming News Updates in the weeks and months ahead. We’ll keep you as informed as we can!