Roster Sheet Basics
Creating a roster is pretty simple. Below I’ll walk you through the basic features of a roster sheet.
Let me preface this as well by saying that Command Center does not feed you the data. Unlike other programs where you select a unit and it adds in the unit with wargear and points, Command Center is a sandbox. So, the only data available is the data you enter.
Your first roster will have nothing saved, but as you create more rosters you will start noticing auto-completers that show up to make things faster. You can also create a preset sheet. Preset sheets are a way to save entire squads, and all data, to quickly load and build rosters from.
Roster Sheet Toolbar
The first thing you will want to do is to give your roster a name, and assign the points value for the list.
For point value, just enter in a number like 1,750 or 1750, either works fine.
Point value is used to keep track of how many points you’ve spent to show you how many points you have remaining. More on that below.
The archive feature is something you might find useful later on, but probably not initially. What it will do is hide the roster from the drop-down of your saved lists. So, instead of deleting it you can archive it to access later, but not take up space in your saved list drop down.
Sharing a roster will make your list visible to the public. A shared list shows up on the homepage, on the shared lists page, and also gives you a URL you can give you friends for them to directly view your list. People can see your list and also comment on it.
Any time you see a question mark (?) you can click it to get more information.
Next up will be adding squads and units to your roster. Before I cover that, let me briefly go over the icons on the toolbar.
- Plus sign is used to add a squad.
- Asterisk (*), will let you add a divider. Dividers are used to visually create separation.
- Floppy disk icon is to save your roster.
- Cloud will save a copy of your roster. This is great if you want to duplicate a previous roster and then modify it.
- Printer is…to print the roster!
- The PDF icon will save a PDF copy of your roster for you to download.
- Question mark, as noted above, explains features to you.
Clicking the plus sign button in the roster toolbar (image above) will add a squad.
The left most lines you see is a drag bar. You will see these in other areas.
Clicking and holding on the drag bar will let you move the squad to position it. This is very useful when you’ve added a few squads, and want to re-order them.
The squad name field is exactly that, so if I were adding Chaos Space Marines as a unit then that’s what I would enter there.
Beside the squad name is the force organization slot the squad belongs to.
On this squad toolbar are a few buttons.
- Up arrow, or you will sometimes see it pointing down, is to show and hide the units in the squad.
- Plus sign is to add units to the squad.
- Car is to add a vehicle to the squad. The only difference with this, and adding a unit, is the stats you are given to enter. A vehicle has armor, a normal unit doesn’t.
- Asterisk, same as above, is to add a divider to visually create separation.
- Double boxes is to copy the squad, and this includes any units you’ve added to it.
- Trash can is to delete the squad and units in the squad.
- Question mark gives you info about the buttons I’m referencing.
Adding Units to the Squad
Using the squad toolbar, click on either the plus or car to add a unit or vehicle to the squad.
You can see I’ve added in two units (Chaos Space Marines & Champion), plus a vehicle – the Rhino. I filled in all the fields with the information you see.
You will notice two icons already mentioned before, the double box (copy), and the trash (delete), on the units/vehicle. The double box lets you copy that unit, and the trash to delete that unit from the squad. The copy feature will save you a lot of time when creating squads.
Also, notice in the right of the squad toolbar that there is a point value. That value is updated each time you enter in a cost for a unit. The first cost box you see is for the base unit cost, where the second cost box is for the cost of wargear and upgrades. That being said, you can use those however you want. If you want to put the total cost in one of those boxes then that’s fine too. Just know the squad point total is based on those cost boxes.
Note in the wargear section that each item is separated by a comma. Using a comma to separate your wargear is important for the weapons and wargear lists, which are covered below.
Rinse and Repeat
From there you just keep adding squads and adding units to those squads.
Showing the Points
To show the overall of what I’ve done, you can see how the points all work together now. At the very top I entered in 1750 for the roster’s point value. The squad I created is valued at 225pts. So, you’ll notice in the roster toolbar that it shows a running total (225), and a Diff (difference), of 1525. Meaning, I have 1,525pts left from the 1,750pts I started with.
All of the totals you see are done in real time and are constantly updating as you create your roster.
Below the roster area is a weapons list section. You can use this to track all of your weapons and their profiles.
Here is an example where I added a Boltgun.
The lightning bolt icon on the weapon toolbar will populate this weapons section. Here’s how that works:
As you create a weapons list with your rosters, information about those weapons is saved. If you click the populate button (lightning bolt), then the program will search through the wargear entries on your units for weapons that match those you’ve saved. This is where the previously mentioned comma for wargear separation in a unit comes in. If it finds any matches then it will automatically add them to the weapons section for you. So, you won’t have to retype these in every roster. Ideally you will set up a full weapons list on a preset sheet.
The A-Z button will sort your weapons alphabetically either from A-Z.
You know what the question mark does by now, and same with the trash icon on the weapon line 😉
Wargear & Rules List
The wargear list functions just like the weapons list.
Last But Not Least
I’ll cover the final sections of a roster sheet here.
The roster notes area lets you type in whatever you want, and whatever you put in there will print out with your roster.
Review notes are shown on your roster if you share it. This way you can explain what your roster is about as people are checking it out.
Lastly, the existing rosters drop-down shows you all of your saved rosters. Clicking on load will open the selected roster to view and edit. Clicking on delete will permanently delete the selected roster.