The New Edition Heavy Gear Blitz! – Beta Rules are now live for Free Download

By Polar_Bear
In News
Aug 11th, 2014

Dream Pod 9 has posted up new beta-test rules for the latest edition of Heavy Gear Blitz! Go download them for free.

HGB Tabletop Wargaming Beta Rules


From the announcement:

Welcome to the NEW EDITION of Heavy Gear Blitz – Beta Rules

Development of the new edition of Heavy Gear was started in 2012 with the goal of making the game faster and easier to play. The damage system has been overhauled removing calculation that slowed the game down. This has resulted in a more dynamic game with a wider variety of weapon effects and tactical options. Model point values have been rescaled and the entire army construction system has been rebuilt. A developer’s blog and YouTube channel with Heavy Gear Videos has been launched to expand on the new concepts, discuss the process of development and improve communication between players and Dream Pod 9.

Now, after more than six months of the alpha playtest with three major rules updates in that time all the changes and lists have been consolidated into the Beta Rules. These rules have their official release at Gen Con 2014 and are available in paper and free PDF formats. These Beta Rules will form the official organized play rules for Heavy Gear Blitz until the final release of the New Edition Heavy Gear Blitz Tabletop Wargaming Core Rules at Gen Con in 2015 ready for the 20th anniversary of Heavy Gear.

The core rules are complete now and our efforts are focused on balancing model point values and specialist army list options. To do this we need as many playtest responses as we can get from you, the players. Big or small, we want to see your army lists and hear about your game experiences. Details of sending in your feedback are found inside the book. We are committed to maintaining an open dialogue with our fans because in the end this is a game for you.

Choose your side, get your Gear, and join up!

The Heavy Gear Blitz! Tabletop Wargaming – Beta Rules are the beta version of the new edition of Heavy Gear Blitz that is currently in development. The Tabletop – Beta Rules includes the following:
– New rules system, with streamlined combat resolution for faster game-play!
– New army construction system with new support unit options available to combat groups.
– New Veteran and Duelist options for your armies.
– All the faction armies in one book: North, South, Peace River, NuCoal, Leagueless, Black Talon, CEF, Caprice, Utopia, and Eden. Plus Faction Sub-Lists for the WPF, UMF, NLC, SR, MD, HA, ESE, PAK, and many more.
– Listing of all Faction Models with all the stats you need to play.

DP9-9333 Heavy Gear Blitz! Tabletop Wargaming – Beta Rules
134 b&w Pages + Color Front and Back Covers
ISBN: 978-1-927334-94-2
Free eBook or $14.99 small format b&w printed book.

Here is a direct link to the ebook ordering page for everyone to download it for free and check it out. (For best PDF viewing use of Adobe Acrobat 9 and above are suggested.)

Plus a link to printed book ordering page of the Dream Pod 9 Online Store if want to pickup a copy of the small b&w format printed book.

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  • Bad_Syntax

    I used to love Heavy Gear. I wrote utilities for it, bought lots of miniatures (right after they switched scale, and I’ve still got a dozen or so 1/87 minis).

    They came out with the Silhouette rule book which was awesome.

    But then they introduced the last version of blitz, which dumbed the game down. At that point my interest waned but I still purchased stuff.

    But now, with something dumbed down to the point of Alpha Strike or 40K, I just have zero desire to spend a dime on this IP any more. I wanted to, I loved the HG2 PC game, loved the art and consistency, loved the universe.

    But now, the rules suck hard, the game is simplified so much it is no longer fun, the miniature prices have creeped up to GW prices (they are good though), and I’ll be avoiding the IP from now on and not even go to their website anymore.

  • shiny

    wow…pretty much exactly what you said.