Privateer Press is a role-playing game and miniature wargame production and publishing studio founded in 2000 by Brian Snōddy, Matt Staroscik, and Matt Wilson. Mike McVey joined the partnership early on as Miniatures Director. The company is currently owned by Wilson due to the departure of Snōddy and Mike McVey.
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 (webcomic) are fans of Warmachine. Privateer press also publishes a house magazine called No Quarter.
Matt Wilson formed Privateer Press with friend Brian Snoddy and writer Matt Staroscik to publish their own d20 books. Wilson and Snoddy produced the covers and interior art for Privateer's first Iron Kingdoms adventures published in 2001. After their first five RPG books, Privateer's next publication was Warmachine: Prime (2003), a miniatures combat game set in the Iron Kingdoms. In 2009 Privateer announced a partnership with WhiteMoon Dreams intended to bring Warmachine to video game consoles.
Privateer Press is based in Bellevue, Washington, where they have their headquarters and American distribution center/factory. They have also licensed a factory in the United Kingdom to increase production capacity for worldwide markets.
List of titles
- Iron Kingdoms
- Infernal Contraption
- Level 7
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.