Monday, February 6, 2012

Privateer Press releases mobile army list builder


It has always amazed me that Games Workshop didn't buy Lone Wolf Development, who makes Army Builder.  This is an indispensable tool that makes gamers lives easier.  I honestly would have a hard time getting ready for an Apocalypse game if I didn't have my trusted Army Builder to make my lists for me.

Games Workshop flirted with their own tool many years ago, but is basically sucked, and so went away.   Why not at least license this?  Seriously, sometimes Nottingham makes m wonder about who is running the place. From failure to license their IP to not making any strategic acquisitions, their strategy at times is questionable.


Well, once again, Privateer Press has beaten Games Workshop to the punch, releasing their own mobile army building app for smart phones and tablets (iOS and Android).


Here is the official Press Release:

February 3, 2012 – Seattle, WA. Privateer Press® and TinkerHouse Games™ today announced War Room™, the first official utility app released for the WARMACHINE® and HORDES™ tabletop miniatures games. This launch also marks the first time the two companies have collaborated.

"War Room represents the digital toolkit that we’ve wanted to make since apps first appeared in the mobile marketplace," said Matt Wilson, Chief Creative Officer for Privateer Press. "Thanks to our fantastic partners at TinkerHouse Games, that vision is now a reality."

Added Lane Daughtry, President and Lead Developer for TinkerHouse Games, "As an avid WARMACHINE and HORDES player, I’m thrilled to be bringing something to my fellow gamers that will greatly improve their experience at the table."

War Room, which will be available on tablets and handhelds for both the iOS and Android platforms from Privateer Press this March, gives players access to a wealth of features intended to expedite the army creation process and facilitate faster in-game rulings. In addition, users will receive regular news and rules updates from Privateer Press straight to their mobile devices.

"Users of War Room can be absolutely assured of having the most up-to-date rules and model stats," continued Wilson. "Official errata will be instantly updated in-app as soon as it’s available to the player community."

Notable features include:

• Army Creation Workshop: Players can select their faction and game size and then choose their warcasters and warlocks, warjacks or warbeasts, units, solos, and battle engines to create valid lists, all within the War Room application.

• Full Card Display: Model stat cards are shown exactly as they are printed, so players can reference them easily and with the same confidence as printed cards.

• In-Game Status Tracking: In-game damage and status tracking will give players immediate and easily accessible information on every fighting model in their command.

• In-Game List Sharing: Lists will be sharable between every player using War Room in the same game so they can quickly access each other’s model status and abilities, allowing players to keep their focus on the tabletop action.

• Turn Clock: This optional player-initiated feature allows players to keep individual turns fast but fairly apportioned.

The base app is a free download and contains cards from all current WARMACHINE and HORDES starter products.

Full faction decks for both WARMACHINE and HORDES will be available as additional downloads for $6.99. Every deck will include all currently released stat cards for that faction as well as new model updates for the life of the current rules set.


And if you didn't want to read that long press release, check out out the video:


2 comments:

Dave "Arizonasithlord" said...

i remeber the attempt by GW for and army builder program, looked cool but was so confusing that it bordered on stupid.
Units and squads had to be individually armed there was no set min or Max for weapons... very unweildy... and then was only supported for about a year after release... then dropped. no warning nada... been using Army builder since.
I happy to see privateer once again listening to its player base and locking down its IP for the better.

Sean Ireland said...

I am way excited for this as a new WM player. The fact it works on mobile is freakin' awesome. GW is just stuck in the Dark Ages. Free app, and charge for the armies...Genius.

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