Privateer Press Reveals New Game Warcaster: Neo-Mechanika

February 20, 2020 by brennon

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Privateer Press this week revealed their plans to bring a new Sci-Fi game to the tabletop which takes cues from Warmachine & Hordes but changes things up a little bit too. Warcaster: Neo-Mechanika is coming to Kickstarter soon.

Warcaster Gameplay #1 - Privateer Press

You take on the role of Warcasters, the scions and master strategists who fight at the head of empires, worlds and nations. Using the power of Arcanessence you will be able to power up and use your mighty Warjacks and command your troops on the battlefield with cunning and guile.

Things are changed up a little bit when it comes to Warcaster when compared to its older siblings. Instead of being present on the battlefield, the Warcaster takes a gods-eye view of the battlefield. You will take command of a force which can range from between twenty-to-thirty models in scenario-driven games on the tabletop.

Gameplay is focused around the use of a 'Rack' which is the command console the Warcasters are able to use in battle. This is represented in the game by a deck of cards which can be customised by the players in order to bring the right array of powers and abilities to each bout.

Warcaster Gameplay #2 - Privateer Press

Another nice twist is that the game uses an alternating-activation turn sequence which means that the action is constantly switching between players allowing you to feel more involved in the process. I think pretty much every game should look at this nowadays simply for a better sense of quality of life!

Starting Factions

It looks like we're going to get the chance to play as two different factions when the Kickstarter launches. Here we have the Alliance...

Alliance - Privateer Press

...and the Marchers. Both of the factions are looking very nice indeed and I like that there are similar qualities between them but also enough difference to make them stand out on the tabletop. I like the hyper Sci-Fi nature of the Alliance and they would be very handy for those who dislike painting anything organic!

In saying that, it would perhaps have been interesting to see them work on a faction that was a significant departure from the other. Maybe something a bit more alien looking with spikes and claws?

Marchers - Privateer Press

I am very interested to see what Privateer Press do to make this game an intriguing prospect. I already like the miniatures and the hints we've seen for gameplay are certainly leaning in the right direction.

What do you think to this new venture from Privateer Press?

"...the hints we've seen for gameplay are certainly leaning in the right direction"

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