Privateer Press

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Privateer Press Inc.
IndustryMiniature wargaming
Founded2000 (2000)
United States
Key people
OwnerMatt Wilson[1]

Privateer Press is a role-playing game, miniature wargame, acrylic paint, board game and card game production and publishing studio. Privateer Press is based in Bellevue, Washington, United States, where they have their headquarters and American factory/distribution center. They have also licensed a factory in the United Kingdom to increase production capacity for worldwide markets.

The company's signature products are Warmachine and Hordes, tabletop miniatures-based war games with a steampunk/magical aesthetic. Noted webcomic creators and game critics Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik of Penny Arcade are fans of Warmachine.[2] Privateer Press used to publish a house magazine called No Quarter.[3]


In 2000, Matt Wilson formed Privateer Press with friend Brian Snoddy and writer Matt Staroscik to publish their own d20 books.[1][4]:392 Mike McVey joined the partnership early on as Miniatures Director. Wilson and Snoddy produced the covers and interior art for Privateer's first Iron Kingdoms adventures published in 2001.[4]:392 The company is currently owned by Wilson due to the departure of Snoddy and McVey.

After their first five RPG books, Privateer's next publication was Warmachine: Prime (2003), a miniatures combat game set in the Iron Kingdoms.[4]:392 In 2009 Privateer announced a partnership with WhiteMoon Dreams intended to bring Warmachine to video game consoles.[4]:393

On October 20, 2017, Privateer Press created Black Anchor Heavy Industries, an in-house production team to create huge based models while limiting production costs.[5]

In September 2018 after 12 years of publication Privateer Press announced it would be ending publication of their bi-monthly magazine, "No Quarter".


The company's products are distinguished by the quality of their art, production values, and game play.[6] They have received many game industry awards, including six Origins Awards[7][8] and numerous ENnies.[9][10]

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Charitable contributions[edit]

The company has been a longtime supporter of Child's Play, a charity which gives toys and games to sick kids in children's hospitals around the world. In 2009, Privateer Press bid on and won an item at the annual Child's Play Holiday auction, donated by Harmonix, which brought them the rights to commission a downloadable song track for the Rock Band game. The resulting song "Warmachine," written by Jerry Holkins, premiered at Pax 2010 and was made available for download that fall. All proceeds from the track are also donated to Child's Play.[11][12][13]


  1. ^ a b "About Privateer Press". Privateer Press. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  2. ^ Krahilik, Mike. "Corvis Table". Retrieved November 30, 2011.
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  4. ^ a b c d Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.
  5. ^ "Insider 10-20-2017 | Privateer Press". Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  6. ^ Platt, Chuck. "Tabletop Review: No Quarter#36". Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  7. ^ "Origins Award Winners". Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  8. ^ "2005 Origins Winners Announced". Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  9. ^ "Privateer Press List of Awards". Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  10. ^ "Awards". Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  11. ^ Holkins, Jerry. "warmachine-precipice". Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  12. ^ Polo, Susana. "PAX Is Awesome #543: If You're Good at Rock Band, You Might Open the Omegathon". Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  13. ^ Wilson, Matt. "Insider 9/8/2010". Retrieved November 30, 2011.

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