Privateer CID: The Year Ahead

Privateer Press pulls the covers back a bit on what 2018 will hold for Warmachine-Hordes CID.

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To wrap up this series of Insiders focused on Community Integrated Development, we’re going to take a look at the future.

As Will Hungerford mentioned in the first Insider of this series, after a short break for the holidays, we’ll be returning to CID in January. Before I get into any specifics, though, I want to add a bit to what Will closed out his Insider with.

All of us at Privateer Press appreciate your involvement in this process more than can be adequately communicated with words, but remember that participation in CID is not mandatory. Even during the peak of a cycle’s activity, you should still feel more than free to take a day off. Play a game where neither army has any models being tested, or throw down with a Company of Iron force using currently published rules. Pace yourself and your involvement. It’s important to remember why we all started playing WARMACHINE and HORDES in the first place because it’s a great game with an awesome community.

So, what can you expect in the next twelve months? The answer is “all manner of awesomeness!” The year is going to kick off with a deep dive into the blighted ogrun of the Legion of Everblight. These savage warriors have always seemed to play second fiddle to the more numerous blighted Nyss that make up much of the Faction’s army, but they are roaring into the spotlight with a lot of interesting options. The first preview of the blighted ogrun CID cycle came from Gavyn Kyle at Lock & Load GameFest 2017.

The concept art showed off quite a bit but didn’t mention Gorag Rotteneye or the Blighted Rotwings. You don’t have very much time to wait until all is revealed, but we couldn’t put this Insider together without a bit of a look at what we’ve been working on since that preview video.

Next up after the blighted ogrun sweep through is the Man-O-War cycle. A lot of sculpt renders were also previewed in the Lock & Load keynote, and the concept art for Kommandant Sorscha Kratikoff (aka Sorscha 3) was previewed a few months ago. Soon you’ll get a chance to try out not just the Man-O-War Suppression Tanker and his Steamgun Tanker comrade but also a few new command attachments for the existing units in the theme force like Sergeant Dragos Dragadovich.

After that CID wraps up, we’ll be rolling out the next new Faction to join our growing family, the Crucible Guard. We’ve released very few sneak peeks for the Faction so far. The keynote showed off the sculpt for some of the Crucible Guard Rocketmen models, as well as a quick glimpse of the Railless Interceptor. In the meantime, we’ve shared concept art for one of their warcasters available through Iron Arena, and Studio Manager Dallas Kemp revealed the Prospero model while painting it at PAX Unplugged. There are so many more exciting things in store for the Faction that it is almost too difficult to choose what to show off here, but since this is my Insider, I’ll just let you see my favorite.

Anyone who’s a connoisseur of classic sci-fi literature will know where her inspiration comes from. Her name is Arum Ominus Alyce Marc, and she is a great example of the alchemical themes that resonate throughout the entire Crucible Guard Faction.

And those are only the releases up until the summer of 2018! After the Crucible Guard CID, we plan to run cycles focused on Protectorate of Menoth Exemplars, Circle Orboros Tharn, and the Mercenary Pirates of the Broken Coast.

The second year of CID promises to be an exciting time to be a part of the WARMACHINE and HORDES community as we continue refining the process of sharing development with you and looking to the future of the game. Thanks for a great 2017, and we’ll see you in a few weeks!

  • euansmith

    That new Space Wolf special character looks excellent.

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      • marxlives

        Always been a big fan of Man – o -War. I think they were actually the first real unit I bought. The idea of the armor going critical and dying in a steam bath always showed how crazy these dudes. Like that caster, reminds me a bit of the Alchemist from Asheron’s Call 2.

        • euansmith

          The Man-o-War suits look a lot more like what I imagine 40k Power Armour should look like. The actual Space Marines look too hi-tech for my liking. The Butcher is a great mini too.

          • marxlives

            I always felt that way too, even when you see illustrations of how someone fits into the armor it makes a lot of sense. Primaris marines are pretty hot though. That said, I am sucker for Scouts so in honour of my wargaming roots, I Widowmaker the heck out of my Khador force.

          • euansmith

            Scouts are always cool, even when they suck and get diced like expensive Guardsmen; I just wish that they had an option to carry flamers, it just seems the sort of thing I would want if infiltrating in to dangerous alien terrain 😉

          • marxlives

            True, scouts were always cool in fluff and I like the idea that some SMs stay scouts. I know many treat it like initiate training but I imagine there is an advantage to highly skilled people who can infiltrate and put physical eyes on some even when we can use other technologies to detect enemy movements.
            American military has some toys out there that make us look like alien creatures compared to other militaries and we still use snipers to put physical eyes on a target just in case our tech is compromised.
            I could see Scouts operating like a mixture of Widowmakers and CRS Rangers in that they would be great for sniping high priority targets and allowing vehicle template weapons or for what counts as them hit more reliably.

    • petrow84

      You mean, their take on the Lord of Change.

  • SilentPony

    Privateer wrap up! Privateer wrap up!
    Lets finish our Warmachine cheer!
    ’cause tomorrow 40k is here!

    • marxlives

      Or Star Wars Legions…just saying, new movie came out.

      • Cergorach

        Was it just as uninspiring as the previous two?

        • marxlives

          I don’t know, I am WAY more into hard sci-fi than space magic sci-fi. Basically, I was way more stoked for the new Blade Runner than any Star Wars movie ever produced. But that doesn’t mean it didn’t rake in a bunch of monies, or that a bunch of normies are not seeing it right now and talking about how great it is. OR that FFG is going to have another great year with probably three of their miniature games in the top 5 instead of 2 due to this stuff.

          • Cergorach

            I actually liked the first six movies better then #7 en Rogue One…

            Also, those icv2 stats are very inaccurate, they don’t count actual sales numbers, just interviews with a select number of retailer/distributors in the US.

          • marxlives

            I guess so, closest I get to space magic is Dune. As far as sci fi verse I really like growing up I really like Dune, Last Starfighter, Babylon 5, Earth Final Conflict, Farscape, Twilight Zone, Ray Bradbury Theater, and Battlestar Galactica (new and old).

            The tie in between ST Generation, DS 9, and Voyager were cool but not my mainstays. What can I say, never a big SW fan. It is not that it does good vs. evil, it just does it so poorly that even when it tries to be deep it is very simplistic. The most hard hitting stuff I have seen from SW is the fan stuff.

            Star Wars is really an IP that is kept alive by the fans rather than the content of its media. I probably know more lore between 40k, OW, Warmahordes, Malifaux, and Dark Age than a healthy person should and any one of those titles have richer lore, more complex character development than the whole SW franchise combined.

          • Cergorach

            Ok.. Your talking about some of my favorite shows! But how can you chuck Farscape with hard sci-fi? I love it, but it has that fantastical atmosphere around it. The old Dune movie will always be a cult classic… Oh, and Technomages… Just saying 😉

            But back to SW, I’m not a huge SW fan. I think the stories are… Weak and the acting not super spectacular. But they have some great lines, an epic feel and I think that the setting itself is super interesting.

            Rogue One had some spectacular fights, but that for me was mostly it. SW7 was me mostly thinking “Is this a remake?”.

            How is it that I think that a handful of Stormtroopers are cooler then that brat Luke Skywalker. Anakin needed a robot suit to be cool… Atleast we have Wookies: Roooarrgh ur roo.

          • marxlives

            I feel ya. Star Wars appeal is that it follows the old school Western genre practice of white hats and black hats. Good guys are good guys and bad guys are bad guys and they are very easy to spot.

            I was really sad with Force Awakens because with the whole “stormtroopers are brainwashed to do evil” was a double down of that formulae rather than saying “hey sometimes people do awful things because they see themselves as one person and are just trying to get by”. I think it is lazy storytelling, even when we look at storytelling for kids like in Enders game (especially the book, movie was good too though). But the great thing about simplicity is its general appeal.

            It is part of what makes the FFG licensing so profitable. When you think about it, whether your tea is 40k, Warmachine, etc. the very reason why we outliers love them is the same reason why our games don’t have general appeal.

            Is the Imperium good? I don’t know, America interned Asian Americans during WWII but at the same time we fought the 3rd Reich. The Imperium is fighting to save humanity but human rights have taken a back seat in that fight. Is Khador evil just cause they fight Cynar? I don’t know it really matters how you feel about Russians during and after the Cold War. I don’t think the Russians thought they were evil, but historical enmity dehumanizes a people.

            With Star Wars it is easy, the good guys are good and the bad guys are bad. And the whole brainwashed thing for the New Order is just lazy, and disturbing.
            We don’t execute the insane because they are seen as not being in control of their actions. Is it right to kill swathes of people who are no cognizant of what they are doing just because you don’t like the political party who is legislating at the time?

            The whole thing is to make us more comfortable with the death of stormtroopers in a Disney franchise but as a soldier I would rather fight soldiers who knew what they were doing. I signed up and the opponent either signed up or was drafted and we are going kill each other one way and make some history together.

            But would I feel comfortable gunning down hordes of intellectually disabled soldiers as a soldier? Heck no! We already have guys who get PTSD because real enemies arm kids, who also are not cognizant of their action, to be soldiers.

            Ya I would throw Farscape in the hard sci fi realm but I agree with you on the whole fantastical nature of it. The whole show is Alice in Wonderland in SSSPPPAAACCEE and wow such an interesting take. I don’t see too much in the way of psyker magic in it but if my butt is speaking right now rather than my mouth let me know. I know weird stuff happens because of the 5 dimensional thing, the heat wave attack of those lizard guys, and the witch does some powerful stuff with LSD. That show, Muppets, and Fraggle Rock made me into a huge Jim Henson fan.

          • euansmith

            Hard sci-fi TV? Expanse?

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          • marxlives

            Are you trying to conversate with me euansmith or are trying to woo me! I am trying to convince my wife to watch but she has to finish the newest season of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and then we can watch Expanse. I want to so bad. From what I read about it, it sounds right up my alley.

        • SilentPony

          There is a lot of contention involving Last Jedi.

          • euansmith

            I can see why people are getting up in arms about Last Jedi; particularly people who might put “Jedi” as their religion on the census. However, I enjoyed it (though the Casino City scene seemed superfluous, even though it features Rose Tino, the best character in SW), and felt that the stuff involving the Force and the future of the Jedi added some extra depth to the setting.

          • SilentPony

            Personally I didn’t like it, because I really didn’t like the direction they went with Luke Skywalker. I felt it completely invalidated his hero’s journey and all sacrifice of the first 3 movies.
            It just made the Jedi feel like complete sore losers.

          • euansmith

            I liked that aspect; that Luke looks back over the achievements of the Jedi and re-evaluates his and their place in history. I saw it as a continuation of his journey rather than an abnegation of it.

    • Apocryphus

      I don’t know why I didn’t expect this reference from someone named “SilentPony” >.>

  • Apocryphus

    That Crucible Guard preview has me intrigued. I’m not sure if I’m ready to buy another faction, but if it’s all creepy sci-fi horror like that, it’ll be hard to resist.