Well obviously Games workshops announcement regarding their reboot, of the Lord of the Rings franchise has got people spooked. So it should as well, because to bring a game like that back from the dead requires some serious necromancy! In all seriousness though Privateer Press dropped to well edited and shot video's on us yesterday. The first was obviously about the Colossals, the second is actually a far more interesting development for me, and something I thought we'd have seen an awful lot more of by now:
I'm sure many of you will know that I'm a huge fan of the Devil Team's Infinity army builder, or you should be. Simply put it's bloody awesome. The only downside to it, is that it isn't designed for Android or iOS devices. However, right from the off we know that Privateer Presses War Room app for HoMachine is built from the ground up to specifically work on those devices. Sweet! So lets take a closer look at the specifications and features shall we:
- Firstly the main app itself will be free. You will have to purchase the individual decks for each faction to run in War Room. These will cost $6.99US. No different to the cost of the current card decks you can buy. But boy does this option give you way more functionality.
- It's an army builder. Yeah I know it's the most obvious sodding function there is in the app, but honestly I thought I better point it out. Besides, it's as army builders that these apps serve their most useful function, allowing us gamers to build rapid lists we know are legal and then tinker with. Who doesn't like tinkering?
- The full card display is a damn clever thing. Not just because I'll have sight of all the various cards in JPEG, GIF or whatever damn format they're using either. Although that is useful, especially for quick reference. Nope it's all those hyperlinks I'm interested in. The ability to click on a rule or ability on the card and then be shown the relevant rules, damn if that's not a clever tool!
- The other nifty thing about the full card display I love is the ability to do in-game status tracking. Allowing us to mark off both damage AND status effects is brilliant. It'll make all our lives easier when playing games.
- The in-game list sharing also seems pretty sweet too, especially if we can see our opponents damage being marked off real time. I don't mind admitting that some of the people I've played at HoMachine I don't totally trust to mark off damage correctly.
- The turn clock thingy is an interesting inclusion I guess. But I'm not too sure it's something I'll be using myself. The whole timed turn thing is an interesting concept, and one that I think has merit say at a tournament, but between mates? No, I'll keep things relaxed!!!
So it looks pretty damn good to me. I've been wandering why more game systems don't produce such apps, especially as the technological devices to make use of them are so widely available now. It just seem like another wise revenue stream to tap if you're a business. Many gamers, myself included, have asked for these sorts of apps to be made available. It just seems a bit silly that some of the functions we perform in game haven't been brought into the 21st century, hell some of them have yet to be brought into the 20th century. Use of technology is something that could our hobby could exploit far better than it already has. So hopefully this app will prove popular so others follow suit with their own apps. Peace out!