Privateer Press

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Privateer Press Inc.
Industry Miniature wargaming
Founded 2000 (2000)
Headquarters Bellevue, Washington, United States
Key people
Owner Matt Wilson[1]

Privateer Press is a role-playing game and miniature wargame 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 also publishes a house magazine called No Quarter.


In 2000, Matt Wilson formed Privateer Press with friend Brian Snoddy and writer Matt Staroscik to publish their own d20 books.[1][3]: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.[3]: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.[3]:392 In 2009 Privateer announced a partnership with WhiteMoon Dreams intended to bring Warmachine to video game consoles.[3]:393


The company's products are distinguished by the quality of their art, production values, and game play.[4] They have received many game industry awards, including six Origins Awards[5][6] and numerous ENnies.[7][8]

List of titles

Charitable contributions

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 Rockband 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.[9][10][11]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "About Privateer Press". Privateer Press. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  2. Krahilik, Mike. "Corvis Table". Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  4. Platt, Chuck. "Tabletop Review: No Quarter#36". Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  5. "Origins Award Winners". Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  6. "2005 Origins Winners Announced". Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  7. "Privateer Press List of Awards". Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  8. "Awards". Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  9. Holkins, Jerry. "warmachine-precipice". Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  10. Polo, Susana. "PAX Is Awesome #543: If You’re Good at Rock Band, You Might Open the Omegathon". Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  11. Wilson, Matt. "Insider 9/8/2010". Retrieved 30 November 2011. 

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