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One of the games that's been around for as long as I can remember is Battletech. I was first introduced to it as Mechwarrior II on my computer, but it's been a tabletop game (in several forms) for just as long. Well, Catalyst Game Labs has moved around some personnel to make sure it continues to grow and thrive.
Catalyst Game Labs has a quartet of releases coming out in the next month+ that they'd like to tell you about. That way, you can save up your nickels and make sure you're at the game shop right as they open so you can be the first gamer on your block with these new books. If you're a fan of Battletech, Shadowrun, and/or the Valiant RPG, you'll want to check out what's coming up.
Yes, yes, yes. I know that March is basically over. April will be here... well... Friday. But it just means that if you didn't know about the books released for Shadowrun and Battletech the other day, you can just run yourself out and get it. Also, you can get your finances in order for all the things releasing in April. And trust me, there's a lot.
It's always pretty cool when game companies get their players involved in the game-making system. Even if you have a couple dozen playtesters for a game, there's always the chance that something can be missed. So letting a rules set go to a public beta can make it so thousands of people look over the rules. Catalyst Game Labs has done that for Combat Manual: Mercenaries, the first in a new line of sourcebooks for Alpha Strike.
With the new MechWarrior game coming out from Harebrained Schemes, there's a new and revived interest in the world. Lord knows I love Mechs, and MechWarrior in-particular. It could easily be said that MechWarrior 2 was my gateway into gaming. I'd played various video games up to that point, but it was really the one that I got really involved in. With all the new interest, there's plenty of new gamers getting introduced to the Battletech universe. And with such a rich and storied gaming universe that's been around for so long, it might be hard to figure out what all has been happening.
I know. I know. We don't usually cover video games on TGN. But this is one of those times where we make an exception. Harebrained Schemes has launched their Kickstarter campaign for a new turn-based Battletech video game. What makes this one so special? Well, Jordan Weisman is on board to help out.
Can you believe we're only a couple days away from September? We're 2/3 through the year. Oh how time does fly by. My Kroger has had Halloween candy displays for 2 weeks already. And after that... we'll start getting the 4th of July stuff...
In the meantime, Catalyst Game Labs has posted up their September releases in one, convenient place for you to check out.
There's some Battletech. There's some Bravest Warrior. There's some Shadowrun. And there's some Jarl.
Harebrained Schemes has announced their new project that they are going to be bringing to Kickstarter. It's one that certainly I'm interested in. I spent many, many hours playing Mechwarrior 2 when I was younger. Some songs I listen to now, I still think back to those days, since I listened to them a lot while playing. Now, Battletech is back in a new turn-based battle game. I can't wait!
It just wouldn't be Gen Con without Randall and Catalyst Game Labs in attendance. As they have for the past... lots of years, they will once more be at the show and they're gonna be packed with cool stuff to see and do at booths 417, 413, 509, and 617.
And now for a post that doesn't relate to Gen Con.
Ok, there's a little bit of Gen Con at the very end. But it's only a little bit.
Catalyst Game Labs has a couple announcements to make about BattleTech, the biggest of which is the Beta release of Interstellar Operations, the sixth core rulebook for the game.
If there was one video game I've enjoyed playing the most, it'd probably be Mechwarrior 2. While I might've played Diablo II more, I really think Mechwarrior 2 is the one I had the most fun with. As such, I've always had a love of Battletech stuff. Though, sad to say, I've never actually played the tabletop game, itself. I did a brief stint with the Dark Age version that WizKids put out. I really should look into the game more. And Catalyst Game Labs is here to help with some new Technical readouts.
Catalyst Game Labs has a pair of new Battletech books available over in their webshop. There's the House Kurita book, that covers the history, politics, and cultures of this feared House. Not just a history book, though, it also covers game rules for various resources for both BattleTech and Time of War. The Turning Points: Irian book takes you to the Dark Age of BattleTech and lets you create a campaign, through individual battles, to give your system an "Irian feel" to it.

From the announcement:
Catalyst Game Labs has posted up the street dates for products they'll be releasing this month. In there, we've got Shadowrun: Run Faster (in both standard and limited edition models), a book designed to expand your options with your Shadowrun character. There's also London Falling, a sourcebook for adventure in Jolly Old England. For you Battletech fans, there's a couple new lances (Battle and Support) that will be hitting store shelves.


From the announcement:
Catalyst Game Labs has posted up their November and December street dates list for various BattleTech and Shadowrun products.


Catalyst Game Labs has posted up their release dates for the rest of August and into September.
There's quite a lot these guys have headed your way very soon.



Catalyst Game Labs is taking orders for their Alpha Strike companion book over on their website.

BattleTech: Alpha Strike Companion


From the post:

Alpha Strike Companion adds legions of new rules and expanded options for BattleTech: Alpha Strike, the miniatures war game. With this expansion, players will unlock new tactical abilities, special warrior options, design quirks, and unit types. But more than that, players will find within these pages an expanded abstract aerospace system that will enable them to wage war from planet to jump point, while a handy conversion system opens the path to translating the stats for any BattleTech unit to its fast-playing Alpha Strike equivalent.

Catalyst Game Labs is showing off the table of contents for their Alpha Strike Companion. Go check out what'll be inside the book.



From the post:

I’ve seen a fair bit of discussion about what exactly will be in the Alpha Strike Companion. Well, the book was uploaded to the printer this week and will be available for PDF/print pre-order here in very short order, so thought I’d share the Table of Contents…can’t wait to try some of these out myself!

Catalyst Game Labs got some more reprints of their BattleTech introductory box sets in stock. They've also made new Lance packs to help you break into the game.


From the post:

Following on that success, Catalyst Game Labs, as part of BattleTech’s 30th anniversary, is pleased to announce the launch of a line of Lance Packs, making it easier than ever to bring additional action to your gaming table.

The line will start, following the return of the Introductory Box Set to retailer shelves, with the Assault Lance Pack and Pursuit Lance Pack. Future releases will occur every two to three months there after throughout 2015. Each $19.99 Lance Pack includes four plastic BattleMechs in the same great quality as those from the Introductory Box Set. With no parts to assemble (beyond painting if you want to add your favorite camo scheme to the mix), these are ready-to-play as soon as you open a box.

Catalyst Game Labs has released their new and improved Battletech box sets to the world. Run (don't walk) to your local gaming store and get your copy.


From the announcement:

Strap yourself into the ultimate suit of armor: the BattleMech. Thirty feet tall and weighing up to a hundred tons, this humanoid engine of destruction is a walking arsenal with enough firepower to level a city block. The BattleTech game system takes you into the world of the 31st Century, where war has become a way of life. You are a MechWarrior. You are in command of the most powerful machine on the battlefield, and hold the fate of empires in your hand!

The BattleTech Anniversary Introductory Box Set thrusts you onto the battlefields of the 31st century.

There’s never been a better time to leap into the action with the best-yet-published Introductory Box Set for the seminal BattleTech game. While our online allotment of orders is sold out, you can order it from your local hobby stores RIGHT NOW!

Go grab the best value in gaming and start clashing across alien worlds in metal titans of action-packed gaming fun!

Catalyst Game Labs has started taking orders for a new introductory box set for BattleTech. They've got a special deal going on for people who put their name on the list, too.


From the announcement:

The reprint of the BattleTech Introductory Box Set has finally hit the US port and so we’re making pre-orders available immediately! As soon as it clears customs and hits our warehouse we’ll provide a Street Date for when it’ll be available to stores as well.

However, don’t forget that this isn’t just a reprint. While all the printed material is the same, we spent the time and resources to hugely increase the quality of the 24 miniatures. So while they are the same BattleMech designs, the quality increase is shockingly awesome! And to top it off, we switched out the previous Thor andLoki for the re-seen BattleMaster and of course the seminal Mad Cat! Below is a quick photo of the quality from the previous box set and the new quality:

Catalyst Game Labs has some new BattleTech PDFs available to order over in their webshop.


From them to you:

Historical: Wars of the Republic Era describes the border conflicts that inevitably erupted in the decades after the Word of Blake Jihad. Covering the largest of these conflicts in particular—including the Second Combine-Dominion War, the Victoria War, and the Republic of the Sphere’s own war against the Capellan Confederation—this book provides a hard look at the early years of what would come to be known as the Dark Age Era.

In 2765, the Star League Defense Force was the greatest military ever assembled, unparalleled in numbers and technological prowess—but it was not alone. The House Lords and the rules of the Territorial States in the Periphery each amassed armies of their own. While none of these powers alone could challenge the sheer size and might of the SLDF, each stood ready to defend their own interests against the avarice of their neighbors.

Field Report 2765 AFFS describes the state of House Davion’s Federated Suns just before the events described in Historical: Liberation of Terra, Vol I, including the overall military and logistical condition of one of the Great Houses that would eventually survive the collapse of the Star League and face a new age of endless war.

WarGameGuru takes a look at trio of mechs from Ironwind Metals and gives you their thoughts on the subject.


From the review:

I was itching to get my hands on some newer mech models from Iron Wind Metals for some time now. With so many to choose from it was really tough to come up with an assortment I could pull the trigger on. In the end here's what I came up with...

Catalyst Game Labs is running an Open Beta for the Alpha Strike point value system. Go make sure all those mechs are properly balanced.


From the announcement:

Alpha Strike is a new, fast-playing form of the BattleTech game of futuristic, armored combat. Developed for the modern tabletop miniatures wargamer, this book brings players the ability to wage war on land, sea, and air using the Quick-Strike game system first devised for truly large-scale play, re-scaled to the tactical level of “classic” BattleTech.

An Alpha Strike Companion is in development for release later this year; check out the BattleBlog showcasing the in-progress outline for this book. And one of the key sections will be an all new Point Value system directly built for Alpha Strike game play. The community can participate directly in this play test by downloading the zip file (the description of the 3 files in the zip is found below), and then coming to the BattleTech forums to share their play testing comments!

Army Builder, the popular army-creations program, has been updated with BattleTech: Alpha Strike information. Go and get your update now.


From the announcement:

Alpha Strike is a new, fast-playing form of the BattleTech game of futuristic, armored combat. Developed for the modern tabletop miniatures wargamer, this book allows for an alternative in game play that can turn an entire evenings gaming of giant ’Mechs on alien worlds into an hour or less. Complete with sample armies and a ready-to-play campaign system, all you need besides this book are dice, miniatures, and tabletop terrain to fight for control over the Inner Sphere!

Catalyst Game Labs is extremely excited to provide another great tool in support of Alpha Strike with the release of data files for Lone Wolf Development’s brilliant Army Builder Software; and, thanks to the hard work of community volunteer Jim Williamson (thanks Jim!), they’re available for free!

If you’ve ever wanted to try out the 30-year-success of BattleTech but didn’t want to tackle all of those rules and record sheets, there’s never been a better time to dive in and give the game a try. Use the following code at during check out to receive $5 off the PDF: ALPHASTRIKEPDF. Or use the following code to receive $15 off the PDF/print combo: ALPHASTRIKECOMBO.

Catalyst Game Labs is showing off the box contents for the upcoming BattleTech Intro Box. No release date set yet, but soon.


From the article:

I got in the following photos last week to approve…then promptly got really sick. As I dig my way out of that, sharing them.

The photos came in a spreadsheet from the printer to show what the exact assembly will be. I review and then approve (or ask for a modification) and the full assembly begins.

Unfortunately they didn’t provide a photo of the 24 miniatures (which will be collated into the other brown corrugated cardboard insert) showing off the new sculpts (remember it’s the same miniatures, but newly done masters and much higher quality plastic). As soon as I have those to show off, I will.

And no, we still don’t have a release date. Once this is on a ship I’ll announce it and that’ll give us a pretty good sense of when it’ll be available again.

But thought you’d enjoy seeing it reach this stage.


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