Friday Snippets

Don’t know about you, but this week seemed to rocket by for me. Just, zip, zip, zoom! And here we are at Friday. Woot!
That means we get ourselves a Friday Snippets feature. So here’s some bite-sized stories we’ve found for you over the past couple days.

This batch includes: Privateer Press Announces Updates Coming Fro War Room, Library Lovers Playing Cards On Kickstarter, Skirmisher Publishing Releases 100 Oddities for a Creepy Old House, Lands of Ruin team releases free 3D character models, Capsicum Games to launch Fleet Commander kickstarter next month, Looting Atlantis now offers a money back guarantee during final days on Kickstarter, Sengoku 15mm Japanese Fantasy – HOTT Armies now released, and Last weekend for Free Huge Glow-in-the-Dark Cthulhu Figure from Petersen Games.

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Age of Sigmar App Coming From Games Workshop

We’ve had the Age of Sigmar rules for a couple days now. It seems to be dividing the gaming community pretty heavily. Some aren’t very happy with the new rules, while others thing it brings back some of the “campy fun” of Games Workshop days gone by. Well, for those that like the game and want to play it, Games Workshop is developing an app to help.
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Divisional Commander Free Online Army Builder

Capitan Games gives you a new way to create and manage your Divisional Commander forces with their free online army builder program. Players can create their armies and even keep a record of matches with the software.

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BattleScribe Pro Half Price Sale

BattleScribe rings in the new year with a sale. They want you to be able to track your collections, create armies, and compare stats with their product, and they’re taking half off the price in order to help out. Just head over to their website and get yourself a copy.
But you’d better hurry. The sale ends on Wednesday.

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Forces Of War: NOW LIVE

Battlefront has released their Forces of War army-creator website for Flames of War. Now you can quickly, easily, and electronically create, track, and make sure you’re using the correct rules for your forces.
You can make your forces and print them out so you don’t even really need the army books anymore.
They’re working on bringing older material to the site, but already have several of the supplements up online to check out.

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Divisional & Marlburian Commander NEWS from Capitan Games

Capitan Games has some news about their Divisional Commander army-creator program as well as their Malburian Commander book.

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From the update:

DIVISIONAL COMMANDER NEWS

Online Army Builder
In a short time and with the invaluable collaboration of LITTLE ARMY BUILDER, we shall have a free online army builder, with this online facility players can build their own balanced armies for tournaments, historical games; all that you need to make preparing the game easy.
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BattleScribe 1.15.00 Released

BattleScribe Army List Creator has version 1.15.00 now available to use.

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From the update:

BattleScribe 1.15.00 is now out, bringing a big overhaul of the printout when viewing your roster. The output style has been greatly improved, and there are several new options to let you customize the output to your taste.

Special mention goes to the new “minimal” output option – it reduces the length of the output by omitting list items that aren’t relevant. This really cleans things up so that copying/pasting your list into forum posts and social networks works really nicely.

BattleScribe 1.15.00 is now out on all platforms: Android, iOS, Kindle Fire, Windows, Mac and Linux.

BattleScribe Mobile Redesign

BattleScribe has redesigned the layout for the mobile version of their army creator program. Go have a look.

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From the update:

As of versions 1.14.06 on Android and 1.14.07 on iOS, BattleScribe Mobile has had a big facelift. It’s looked pretty outdated on both platforms for a long time, but now it finally looks at home among modern mobile apps. The iOS update also includes proper iPad support – no more nasty stretched iPhone interface!

On top of this, there’s also been the usual swathe of new features, performance improvements, bug fixes and tweaks across all platforms, including desktop (see the BattleScribe news blog for full details).

This all comes together to make BattleScribe a fast and reliable army list creation tool across all platforms – iOS, Android and Windows/Mac/Linux computers.

Miniature Central now live

Miniature Central is a great, new place to help keep track of your miniatures collection and create armies, among other things. Go check it out.

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From the launch:

Dallas/Ft.Worth is well-know as the national mecca for board gaming enthusiasts and board game manufacturers. On August 1st, Miniature Central will go live and will be the connection between games, players and manufacturers. The first of its kind, MCen allows miniature enthusiasts to track and trade gaming miniatures, review games and record “clashes” between players. The database of miniatures is the largest, most complete and most accurate accumulation of information currently in existence. “Toy Industry Association’s Adrienne Appell says one of the biggest toy trends reported this year is that people are preferring more traditional toys. The reason for this, she says, is that the new generation just wants to put down the phone, put down the tablet and connect face-to-face with other people.”, says VOA news. With the hobby thriving in Dallas-Fort Worth, our city would seem to agree. On launch day, the founder, Dan “DP” Pepin, plans giveaways for hundreds of dollars of gift cards, game sets, miniatures and painting sets to get the word out. “The excitement around our site is palpable. Even before launch we have over 9,000 fans waiting to use the functionality that MCen has to offer. We are very proud to provide this service to our fellow gamers to research, catalog, trade and record all aspects of their miniature gaming life.”

Build me an army worthy of Mayhem

Bombshell Games now has their Armies of Mayhem system supported by BattleScribe army-creator.

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From the release:

Bombshell Games has harnessed the power of BattleScribe to make building your armies, strongholds, and keeps easier than it’s ever been before. ‘What is this BattleScribe you speak of?’ you ask.

BattleScribe is a fast and powerful army list creator for tabletop wargamers. It allows you to quickly and easily create army lists while validating your points limits and army selections so you can see if you’ve made any mistakes, and the easy-to-read output will summarize your units’ profiles and special rules for quick reference. You can download it for free from BattleScribe.net. That’s right- it’s free!

MAYHEM_Armies of Mayhem_BattleScribe_BrentSpiveyOnce you have BattleScribe, head over to Wargame Vault and download the Armies of Mayhem file pack. Inside, you’ll find the BATTLE CHEST. This is one large list that contains profiles for various fantasy units, creatures, and races that can be built using the rules found in the Battle Chest Edition of Mayhem. These units follow all the unit construction rules found in the book. There are over 100 unique profiles that include: Dark Elves, Dwarves, Goblins, High Elves, Human Empire, Lizardmen, Monstrous Creatures, Orcs, Pirates, Keeps, Siege Engines, Strongholds, Undead, and Woodland Elves.

BattleScribe 1.14.01 Released

BattleScribe has updated their software.

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From the update:

Version 1.14.01 has just been released and includes a handful of tweaks and bug fixes. The main thing in this release however, is a significant performance boost when adding/removing selections from your roster – especially on mobile devices.

This should go towards making BattleScribe on your mobile device an all-round more pleasant experience.

This update is now available on Android devices and desktop computers. It has been submitted to Apple and is awaiting approval – it should become available to iOS users within a week.

BattleScribe 1.14.00 Released

BattleScribe Army List Creator has updated their software to new version 1.14.00. Go update and get your armies sorted.

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From the update:

BattleScribe is a free, cross-platform, universal army list creator available on most computers and mobile devices.

Version 1.14.00 broadens BattleScribe’s support for different game systems – in particular Spartan Games’ Firestorm Armada (and their other games). Other systems that follow a similar force composition to Firestorm Armada should also be better supported, so get building those data files!

Alongside this, there is a swathe of bug fixes and improvements across the board.

Finally, the folder structure in which data files are stored has been changed allowing data file authors to make better use of source control systems such as GitHub to manage their files.

This release is now available on PC, Mac, Android, iOS and Kindle Fire.

BattleTech: Alpha Strike Data Package Available For Army Builder

Army Builder, the popular army-creations program, has been updated with BattleTech: Alpha Strike information. Go and get your update now.

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From the announcement:

Alpha Strike is a new, fast-playing form of the BattleTech game of futuristic, armored combat. Developed for the modern tabletop miniatures wargamer, this book allows for an alternative in game play that can turn an entire evenings gaming of giant ’Mechs on alien worlds into an hour or less. Complete with sample armies and a ready-to-play campaign system, all you need besides this book are dice, miniatures, and tabletop terrain to fight for control over the Inner Sphere!

Catalyst Game Labs is extremely excited to provide another great tool in support of Alpha Strike with the release of data files for Lone Wolf Development’s brilliant Army Builder Software; and, thanks to the hard work of community volunteer Jim Williamson (thanks Jim!), they’re available for free!

If you’ve ever wanted to try out the 30-year-success of BattleTech but didn’t want to tackle all of those rules and record sheets, there’s never been a better time to dive in and give the game a try. Use the following code at www.battlecorps.com/catalog during check out to receive $5 off the PDF: ALPHASTRIKEPDF. Or use the following code to receive $15 off the PDF/print combo: ALPHASTRIKECOMBO.

BattleScribe 1.13.13 Released

BattleScribe has a new update for their army creator software available.

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From the update:

The latest version of BattleScribe is now available. BattleScribe is a powerful, universal army list building app that runs on Android, iPhone and Windows/Mac/Linux computers.

Pro users can now save units as a favourite, and re-select it quickly in future rosters. This saves you re-creating that complicated Imperial Guard platoon every time you make a list. If you’re using Dropbox, your favourites are synced between your devices/computers, so you have access to your favourites at any time.

There’s also the usual round of tweaks, bug fixes and performance improvements.

The update is now available on Desktop and Android. The iOS version has been submitted to Apple and is awaiting approval – it should become available in the next few days.

Enjoy!

BattleScribe 1.13.10 Released

BattleScribe updated their software and how supports Dropbox (I love that program) integration for your rules and stats.

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From the update:

The latest version of BattleScribe (an army list creator for Android, iOS, PC and Mac) has just been released for desktop computers and Android devices!

Do you use Dropbox? Well this update is for you…

BattleScribe now supports Dropbox file synchronization on desktop and Android. This means that your computer and Android devices can share the same data files and rosters – changes to your rosters or data files will be automatically synced across all the computers and Android devices that you have. Your latest rosters will be with you wherever you go – it’ll even sync your list of repositories!

Of course there’s also the usual round of tweeks and bug fixes, so make sure you’re up to date, even if you’re not a Dropbox user.

BattleScribe army creator 1.13.07 Released

BattleScribe Army List Creator has released version 1.13.07 of their program.

From the update:

BattleScribe is a fast and powerful army list creator for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and Linux. Easily create and edit your army lists for almost any game system and share them with friends.

Version 1.13.07 has just been released and includes a batch of new features:

– Much improved performance and responsiveness on mobile devices
– Share your roster by email with your opponent over the table
– Open and view a roster, even if you don’t have the right data files to edit it
– Add and remove forces (e.g. allied detachments) as you build your roster
– Pro users can give units/models custom names and descriptions
– Plenty more additions and bug fixes

Mechworld.de relaunches with new Full Thrust shipbuilding tool

Mechworld is back and has a new Full Thrust shipbuilder program you can use to help out making new ships for the game.

From the announcement:

The time has come! We are relaunching our communitypage and we are starting with a brand new, free of charge tool for all Full Thrust-Fans!

The MECHWORLD.DE FULL THRUST SHIPYARD 1.0 allows you to construct every ship you want according to the official rules. For this, there are not only the system of the light rules of Ground Zero Games on hand but the full range of all Full Thrust handbooks. All you have to do is register at www.mechworld.de. Via Drag & Drop you are then able to build your personal spaceship very comfortable and easy in the Shipyard-area.

Have fun,

Your MECHWORLD Development Group

eKoW online now supports Kings of War Ogres

eKoW, the online army creator program for Kings of War, now support the Ogres faction.

From the update:

eKoW online (the army creator assistant for Kings of War) now supports the Ogre army list released by Mantic this week.
the Android version of the tool will be updated in a couple of weeks.

BattleScribe 1.13.05 Released

BattleScribe has the latest version of their army creator program now available.

From the release:

BattleScribe is a fast and powerful army list creator for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and Linux. Easily create and edit your army lists for almost any game system and share them with friends.

Version 1.13.05 has just been released which includes the ability to add and remove forces (e.g. allied detachments) from your army list as you create it. There are also a number of important bug fixes and minor improvements.

This version introduces ad support for the free version on desktop, with the option to purchase a “pro” license key to remove the ads and unlock additional features. License keys are on sale for £0.99 until August 11th!

Free online ‘Battle Group Overlord’ roster creator released

Battle Group Builder is a free to use force creator program you can use to make up your Battle Group Overlord armies.

From the announcement:

A community effort free on-line force builder has been released for the Battle Group series of WW II games from Iron Fist Publishing.

The builder comes with complete support for the 17 force lists from both last year’s ‘Battle Group Kursk’ and the just released ‘Battle Group Overlord’.

As well as tracking points costs and force orginization restrictions the builder can produce a handy printable roster to aid play

Hail Caesar and Pike & Shotte join Bolt Action on Army Builder

Army Builder now supports Bolt Action and Pike & Shotte.

From the update:

Dom Hine of the Army Builder community volunteered to help us and through his hard work and diligence not only has he made the army lists from the main Bolt Action rulebook & Hail Caesar rulebook armies available to download the first two Bolt Action army books can be found on Army Builder too!

Not satisfied with all of this he has worked his magic on Pike & Shotte – our rulebook covering Tudor warfare, the Thirty Years War, English Civil Wars, Italian Wars, Tudor Wars in the British Isles and War of the Grand Alliance and the data file has now been released to Army Builder, so get yourselves over to the update window and download it right now!

Mythacle tools now supports Raiding Parties

Mythacle, the army creator and collection manager tools site, has added Raiding Parties to their list of supported game systems.

From the announcement:

Today, another game joins our growing family of games supported in Battleplan and Treasury: Raiding Parties.

Raiding Parties is a pirate themed card game that takes place in the Golden Age of Piracy. As the commander, you get to select your “Raiding Party” crew and test your mettle against an opponent player. Each crew card is equipped with weapons and abilities that “hit” on certain flips from a separate deck of 52 standard playing cards. Each card features an arrangement of beautiful maritime artwork by Don Maitz, the Myth and Legend artist who created the famous Captain Morgan Spiced Rum logo.

We invite you to put on your pirate hat and browse the Raiding Parties cards in Battleplan, then head to the official Raiding Parties website where you can learn more about the game, purchase your copy, and discover what the high seas have in store for you.

Play Unplugged Review – Army Builder

Play Unplugged has a slightly different review today with a look into Army Builder, the program that helps you … build armies…
“Why do they call him ‘the bullet dodger’?”
Because he dodges bullets, Avi.

From the review:

Front and center private! Play Unplugged’s Andrew Lotz puts Lone Wolf Development’s Army Builder software through maneuvers!

Bolt Action now available on Army Builder

Army Builder now has Bolt Action as part of the suite.

From the announcement:

A few weeks ago Dom Hine of the Army Builder community volunteered to get onboard with us and through his hard work and diligence the first data file for Bolt Action has been created making the army lists from the main rulebook available.

This data file has now been released and can be download from within Army Builder, so get yourselves over to the update window and download it right now!

BattleScribe 1.13.02 Released

BattleScribe, the army list creator, has released their newest version.

From the update:

BattleScribe is a fast and powerful army list builder for tabletop wargamers. Quickly and easily design your army on your computer or phone and share your list with friends.

It’s cross-platform, so it works on Windows, Mac and Linux, and also has mobile versions for Android and iOS.

Suitable for almost any game system or army – data files exist for many of them. You can also create or edit data files using the tools that come with the desktop version.

This latest version adds support for allies as well as improved tools for data file authors.

Serious Lemon updates resources for Realm Fantasy Warfare

Serious Lemon has updated the web resources for Realm Fantasy Warfare including new downloadable tokens, a force generator and a Facebook page.

From the update:

Hi all.
I wanted to share an update on how things are going with the development Realm – Fantasy Warfare. Rules wise there hasn’t been too much change, plenty of tweaking and a heck of a lot of play-testing, which has been a lot of fun.

In related updates though, I know I’m a bit late to the party on this one, but I finally set up a Facebook page. I won’t subject you to any groveling for ‘likes’ but I’d love for you to stop by and get involved.

Back to the Realm website, head to the downloads page where you can now get the new token set to print out and assist your games.

Lastly, I’ve put together a Force Creator to help speed up the force creation process. Although I’ve tried to keep force creation a straightforward task in Realm, I find having a tool like this useful for quickly creating different combinations when deciding what to run.

So as always, I welcome and appreciate any feedback.

Cheers,
Scott.

The Black Ocean presents Army Builder Data Files for Star Wars X-wing Miniatures Game (Beta)

The Black Ocean has updated their Army Builder Data Files for the new Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game from Fantasy Flight Games.

That really is a mouthful. But the title is not the important part. What you can do with these files are!

For those of you who don’t know Fantasy Flight Games recently released the Star Wars X-wing Miniatures Game and here at The Black Ocean we have fallen in love with it. In this game we get to do what most boys I grew up with wanted to do. Pilot an X-wing!

To help with building lists with this great game we have created data files for use with Wolflair’s Army Builder. With these files you easily can make lists for tournament or casual play. It can be used to make endless “what if” pairings and “how do these work together” squadrons. Once you have just what you want you can print them out with all stats and pictures, then just grab you miniatures and go!

The Black Ocean is committed to the X-Wing Miniatures Game. As new expansion packs come out we will be updating our Army Builder files.

SteamPoweredTV reviews War Room

SteamPoweredTV over on Dice Rage put up a video review of Privateer Press’ War Room app.

We’re taking a look at the next big thing for Warmachine and Hordes: War Room! A “utility gaming app” for iOS and Android devices. We discuss its features, and compare it to other programs from the past.

Game Classy reviews War Room

Game Classy put up some of their thoughts on Privateer Press’ new app, War Room.

From the review:

As a proponent of the use of the digital medium in gaming, I was quite pleased when Steve, my co-host at “Game Classy”, told me of Privateer Press’ new app for smartphones and tablets. The War Room, as it’s dubbed by its creators, is a whole lot packed into a little bundle. It’s free no less, on both iOS and Android. After many push-backs and date changes, it has finally been released. Essentially a mobile deck protector with a fancy list builder attached, the War Room seeks to be an ingenious middle ground between lugging all your gaming materials around and being woefully unprepared for a pickup game.

Privateer Press posts up War Room FAQ

Privateer Press has put up a FAQ for their new War Room app.

We have been working around the clock with our partners at Tinkerhouse Games to address issues with the War Room app for Android and Apple devices. In order to best disseminate information to our community and keep everyone informed of the steps being taken to fix functionality and content issues, we have created this road map and FAQ. This is a living document and will be updated frequently as updates and fixes are made and any further major issues are discovered. Updates to card data and Android client updates will be available as soon as they are complete; iOS client updates will have to be reviewed by Apple before they can be made available. The Kindle Fire app is still forthcoming and is under review for the Kindle app store.

Thank you for your patience and support as we work to build War Room into the app we envisioned.

Privateer Press posts follow-up to War Room announcement

Privateer Press has a follow-up announcement on War Room regarding the problems some users seem to be having with the program.

We have received your feedback that many of you are experiencing issues with the War Room app, particularly concerning some Android devices failing to launch the app, in-app purchase issues, and other functionality issues. We have asked TinkerHouse to look into these problems, and they have issued the following statement with respect to what these issues are and how they are being addressed.

War Room now available from Privateer Press

Privateer Press now has their War Room app available.

BELLEVUE, WA, August 6, 2012 – The highly anticipated War Room app is now available for download on iOS and Android. Kindle Fire users can download the app before it appears in the Kindle store by clicking the link below.

Updated Warband builder for Song of Arthur and Merlin from Ganesha Games

Ganesha Games makes it easier to keep track of your warbands for Song of Arthur and Merlin with an updated Warband Builder that’s now available on their website.

From the release:

The free warband builder for the stand alone version of Song of Arthur and Merlin is now available on our site.

Song of Arthur and Merlin is a skirmish level Arthurian miniatures game which may be played in any scale using any figures. It is based on the popular Song of Blades and Heroes rules. Three versions of the Arthurian myth are provided (historical, Hollywood, and Welsh legend).