While perusing the Privateer Press Forums today, I happened upon a thread from an iOS developer. While the main point of the thread was a pitch for a new app, I checked out the three existing apps this user, Paul Clark, already has on the Apple app store, Battle Track, Hit Gauge, and Battle Clock. I have to say that I was quite impressed with all three apps, and I wanted to give them a brief pitch here.
This was the first app I downloaded, and I was pretty impressed. Sure it is simple, but oftentimes simple and concise is exactly what I want from an iPhone app. Here is almost everything I need to judge the complexity of an attack in Warmachine. Easy access to common modifiers (in melee, concealment, etc) along with colored indicators make judging your attack situation a breeze. I really liked the dice odds app I used before, but this app is far cleaner and well done. Plus, it doesn’t have ads.
With the game sliding towards the death clock format, a really slick chess clock style app is a must. I have downloaded many of these, and often times the hit detection for changing sides isn’t that great. This app detected ever small tap I made, which is really important in this format. Furthermore, it has a simple style that focuses on the information at hand. You can choose to have the app show you how much time your current ‘turn’ has taken (in addition to how much death clock time you have left), and I really like that aspect. If you play timed turns, this app also has you covered with a simple configuration page.
This is the one app of the three that I have played with the least. I am still not sure about digital damage tracking, but I like how this app approaches the problem. The screenshot above doesn’t do it justice, so I suggest you download it and check it out. Although the app is generic, you can import Warmachines & Hordes information immediately, and get going on setting up your ‘rosters’. This import file seems up to date; it had the Naga Nightlurker, which is one of the most recently released warbeasts I am aware of. You can get at-a-glance army status in the general view, or examine the systems and spirals of any particular model. All in all, very well done.
Oh, and did I mention these apps are all free? Really, it is great to see a fellow player put in the time to produce utility apps like these. If you need a good timer, odds calculator, or damage tracker, I really think you should give Paul Clark a look.