Privateer Insider

I finished a new 75-point Khador army just in time for Lock & Load a few weeks ago, so I jumped at the chance to cover the Motherland when John asked for volunteers to write this round of Insiders.


In today’s Insider, I’ll be talking a bit about the visual development of Major Beth Maddox. For our newest warcasters and warlocks, Matt Wilson personally handled a majority of their design and by the time Matt submitted Maddox for review she was nearly a final design. Wanting a bit more information I asked Matt to tell me a little about his thought process while working on this concept and to give a bit more background on what makes Maddox tic.


My parents always told me not to play with fire. Thankfully my parents didn’t live in the Protectorate, because I’m pretty sure that viewpoint would earn you a one-way ticket to a wrack.

In today’s Insider, I present to you a list that would make any local Scrutator proud. I call it “Flame On!”


To add to our recent Insiders that take a peek at the creative process of some of our models, I thought I’d share a bit on the newest warcaster for the Retribution of Scyrah. Magister Helynna made her debut just a short time back in the new editions battlebox for Retribution.


Today, we are releasing the first errata for the new editions of the game. While we never like to be in the position where we need to release errata, it is sometimes necessary. We worked for over three years to perfect the new editions of the game, but we did so internally (out of necessity) with the resources we had available, and we focused first on the broad strokes and then on individual model interactions.


If a picture is worth 1,000 words, here is the fastest 6,314-word Insider on Malekus, The Burning Truth you will ever read.


It was almost ten years ago that I picked up my very first model from Privateer Press, a Gun Mage Captain Adept. He exemplified everything I loved about Cygnar—he was a highly trained, mobile, precision killing machine with skills honed over years of practice. He channeled magical energy through the barrel of a gun to unleash a rush of arcane power upon the world. Ever since then, I’ve been bringing the roar of gunfire and the flash of lightning to the battlefield.


When asked what blighted goodness I had been working on for the new editions, I was more than happy to share my most recent work-in-progress. With a brand new warlock—Kryssa, Conviction of Everblight—I had set out to try a few things I would not normally bring with my go-to ’caster, Absylonia, Daughter of Everblight.


Before I started work at Privateer Press, I was a sucker for the Circle Orboros. My first models were a unit of Wolves of Orboros and the Wolves of Orboros Chieftain & Standard, purchased well before I knew how to play the game. (Well, donated to me by Aeryn Rudel, actually—thanks again, Aeryn!)


Recently, Will Shick kicked off a new Insider series where staff members discuss some of the army lists they’ve been playing for the new editions of WARMACHINE and HORDES. To the shock of literally no one, I’m going to be writing today about Minions.


Players like to be rewarded.

This idea is baked into most roleplaying game design, like a Skinner box that spits out experience points, gold, and special items. While getting to play a different person with special skills and participating in thrilling adventures is a reward all its own, never seeing your character progress or gain any rewards is a fate few desire.


WARMACHINE and HORDES have a treasure trove of Organized Play options, ranging from story-driven narrative events to competitive tournament series, and everything in between. Playing in any of these events is extremely satisfying as a player, but today I want to discuss the flip side of events: running them.


With Lock & Load 2016 behind us and the official release of the new editions just scant days away, it’s my immense pleasure to kick off a new series of Insiders that cover list building in the new editions. Throughout the next few weeks I and several other staff members will be walking you through some of the lists we’ve been fine-tuning for the new editions.


Sometime after Gen Con last year, I was talking with WARMACHINE and HORDES creator Matt Wilson about what we wanted to do to make the new limited editions of Prime and Primal special. We wanted to embellish it with cool stuff to make it stand out for collectors. We talked about how we could make the art treatment different, do some gilded pages, and maybe even bind in a ribbon bookmark—all things we implemented in the LE versions of the books. I didn’t feel like this was quite enough, so I just casually said, “Too bad we didn’t think to do some cool bookends.”


Since the release of the PDF version of the core rules digests for WARMACHINE and HORDES, players all over the world have been devouring the new editions like a pack of freshly spawned shredders.


This year’s Lock & Load GameFest was a great one for fans of the Iron Kingdoms Roleplaying Game line. We rolled out two new events for the show: the four-table “Dead Reckoning” adventure and the competitive Iron Game Master event.


Last Saturday night right on the heels of the pre-release of the new editions of WARMACHINE and HORDES at Lock and Load 2016, the newest incarnation of War Room, aptly named War Room 2, launched in app stores around the world.


Not 36 hours ago, I watched as pandemonium struck the Meydenbauer Convention Center in Bellevue, Washington. I gather from all reports that similar situations occurred at our international Lock & Load Outposts in the U.K., Germany, and France as those attendees also became the very first in the world to get their hands on the new editions of WARMACHINE and HORDES.


Over the last few weeks, we’ve talked a lot about the updated Organized Play offerings you can expect: Journeyman, Steamroller, Masters, etc. What we haven’t talked about yet is the new narrative league beginning this September. So, let’s do that right now!


Very shortly (depending on when this Insider runs) the hard-working staff of Privateer Press will be toiling away to prepare the Maydenbauer Center for Lock & Load GameFest 2016. And in honor of the eve of Lock &Load, I thought I would share a little poem with everyone for the occasion.