Privateer: Online Warmachine Card Database Launched

Say goodbye to physical Warmachine & Hordes cards in boxes and print out your own online. Here’s the details:

It’s been coming a long time. Privateer Press is making the transition from physical cards in boxes to updated databases of cards you can print out and use on your own.

 

Out With the Old:

Part one last month was stopping the physical cards in Warmachine/Hordes products.

Discontinuation of Packaged Stat Cards

April 14, 2017 — Privateer Press has discontinued the inclusion of physical stat cards in non-starter products for the WARMACHINE & HORDES miniatures games. Beginning this month, updated cards can be found and downloaded for free at privateerpress.com/rules.

 

In With the New:

Next was spinning up the new print your own cards system. It’s up and Privateer is steadily adding cards to it.

Warmachine Hordes Card Database

You select your faction, the cards you want and press the “PDF MY SELECTION” button….

TADA! Off to the printer.

Privateer has this to say about the new system:

• To ease the community into this new system, we’re populating the card database with just the new cards from April and May (which means not every Faction has representation yet), but you can look forward to seeing the entire library of Privateer Press cards available on the database in the near future.

• To use the card database, select a Faction, the models within that Faction whose cards you’d like to print, and then hit the “PDF My Selection” button! You can also print cards from multiple Factions all onto the same PDF (you’ll notice a little number pop up next to the Faction logos to remind you that you’ve done so).

• The PDFs were designed to fit the cards on both Letter and A4 paper for our domestic and international communities, respectively!

• You can fold the cards in half as the template suggests (easy on regular paper) or cut each card face out separately and place them back-to-back in a card sleeve (ideal for card stock). Using a paper cutter (those guillotines-on-a-hinge) is recommended unless you’re amazing with scissors…

• If you print at 100% scaling, the cards are the game-standard 2.5˝ x 3.5˝. If you want to make them bigger, you certainly can. We’ve tested card legibility generated by a variety of printers from cheap home printers to professional-grade, and we have found them to be readable, but for higher print quality, nicer printers make a difference. (So, you might want to go to a print shop or use our Print-On-Demand service, once it’s available, which should also be in the not-so-distant future.)

• When you make a PDF, it generates a link at the bottom that you can share with your friends. This link will let them look at whatever cards you’ve pulled together, or you can use it to tease them with models you might be getting them for whatever special occasion.

~ What do you think of the Privateer system for getting cards to the community?

  • A day late and a dollar short, as usual. They should have launched this three months ago with the complete catalog.

    • ZeeLobby

      That’s pretty dramatic. Lol. Most people have in the past and continue to use war room.

      • marxlives

        That is what I was thinking too, when you look at the CID process and living FAQ, which is way more proactive than just collating complaints and then releasing and updated book for 50 bucks each year, they still ahead of most American companies (though American companies tend to trend close to PP) and still way ahead of anything coming out of Nottingham.

        Most players still use Warroom and I prefer it, but it is good to see that people have the option of using the printed cards. For people that don’t play Warmachine they really don’t know what this means. When FAQs come out they really don’t touch the core rules. The most is rewording to prevent RAW players from abusing the language to try to be competitive. The big update goes towards balancing models as new releases come out. Between their free (full rulebook, not 4 pages to start) getting updated digitally whenever an FAQ comes out, and the popularity of tablet devices, Warmachine and Hordes are still one of tightest rules sets around.

        Only willful ignorance would say otherwise. The only thing they really need is a Shifting Alliances type of book that Malifaux has. They have something similiar with the Company of Iron league (leagues are also free and run all year in four stages, they are not just one off summer affairs) but it would be nice for them to expand upon them. Between Company of Iron and the Crossroads of Courage leagues I feel that they are already playtesting that system now.

        • ZeeLobby

          Haha. Totally agree with all of this. Just a case of ignorant outside hate most likely. Anyone I know who actually plays WMH understands the goal of the CID and supports it, also understanding what that meant for cards. The only people who own who complained were people who didn’t like it and haven’t played in years but we’re fanboys of something else and loved to bash it. It’s scary how divided people can get these days.

      • That doesn’t make War Room NOT an overpriced piece of drek slapped together by a bunch of script kiddy wannabes. Literally every other wargame I play has a better list builder app, and every single one of those is free.

        • zeno666

          Do they also have the cards/rules?

          • ZeeLobby

            Checkers and Chess rules are free! Lol. Even AoS has micro transactions. And other companies require at least the purchase of a book or cards. That’s ignoring that costs are just built in to the miniatures to cover those “free” rules. Lol. But it’s better to live in a world of hate or ignorance I guess

          • Two of the three do. This third has rules that come on cards when you buy the model (what an unusual idea!).

          • zeno666

            Cool, which ones are you using?

        • ZeeLobby

          Never had a single issue with War Room 2 (nor has my group) and the one time fee for all factions is a small pittance compared to rules costs from other companies (easily over 1K for all 40K factions).

  • Guillermo Cordido

    i can see no convergence in there…

  • Matthew Pomeroy

    I am not a fan of printing off my own things, it was one of the many things that turned me away from AoS.

    • ZeeLobby

      Yeah. Sadly that’s a side effect of living rules. Financially it’s just not possible for a company to provide constant updates to physical material without charging, and then there has to be a significant number of player base who buys each update. I just wish digital solutions we’re as efficient when searching for information.