Insider 6/15/2010

When I accepted the job of Editorial Manager here at Privateer Press, I knew I had some catching up to do: I’d worked in the industry for years but had experienced little exposure to Privateer games.

Considering that the biggest portion of my time would soon enough be consumed by WARMACHINE and HORDES Mk II, that just wasn’t going to cut it. So I took home copies of the core rulebooks and dove in for a bit of immersion therapy.

My five-year-old son, Daniel, approved of this approach. Soon he was sprawling on his floor with Primal, taking in the amazing images on page after page and peppering me with non-stop questions about the inhabitants of the Iron Kingdoms. He didn’t know what this HORDES thing was; he just knew he wanted to see and hear more. And more. And more!

“How come he gets that big gun?”

“Ewww, that’s slobbery!”

“Is that thing hungry all the time?”

“I sure wish I had a sword (a gun, a hammer, claws, fangs . . .) like that.”

Once we’d worked our way through both rulebooks, I asked my burgeoning gamer which part was his favorite. Without a second’s hesitation, he rifled through Primal until he reached the Skorne section. “Those guys,” he said firmly, pointing at Archdomina Makeda. When I asked why, he stared at me with open disbelief—perhaps his first experience of being dumbfounded by the cluelessness of a parent, but surely not the last. “Because they’re pokey!” he said. Duh.

A year and a half has flown by, and while Daniel isn’t building models yet, his interest in the Iron Kingdoms and the Skorne has hardly faded. Every time I bring home a new book or an issue of No Quarter I can expect it to end up in his hot little hands, and fast. (Thanks to his picture in the painting DVD ads, Ron Kruzie is now famous in our household.) Soon after, I’ll find him with his nose buried in the pages, oblivious to the world around him. And Lord help me, he’s reading now.

It just so happens that Forces of HORDES: Skorne is due out just before my son’s seventh birthday. Believe me, it’s bristling with enough pokiness even for Daniel, but I hope he’s careful. Wouldn’t want to put an eye out with Rasheth around.