Latest Releases

The following are the last few months of BattleTech releases by Catalyst Game Labs.

Status: If the book’s PDF is available but the print book is still only a pre-order, it will be noted as “[PDF/Print Pre-Order Available]“; if the print product has hit a Street Date (meaning it is available in a hobby store), it will be noted as “[PDF/Print Available]“; if it is an e-book only release, it will be noted as “[PDF only]“; if it is an e-pub fiction release, it will be noted as “[E-pub only]“.

Finally, a date is included for when a PDF/e-pub/print-PDF Pre-order becomes available, as well as the Street Date (i.e. when it is available on game store shelves) for print books, once that is known.

PDF Previews: Each item below has a product page organized under the main “Books” menu; the product names and covers are links to the appropriate pages, which include additional product details, as well as PDF Previews (at the current time the e-pub fiction page do not include previews).

Ordering: Catalyst Game Labs fully supports game stores and encourages players to purchase from their local retailers. If that is not possible, however, links on each item’s page for ordering print products directly from Catalyst are provided.


BattleTech: Alpha Strike CompanionAlpha Strike: Companion (Core Rulebooks) [Print Preorder/PDF Available]
PDF Released: 27 June 2014
BattleMechs clash, fighters duel, and infantry swarm across the landscape. High above the clouds, mighty WarShips emerge from hyperspace, laden with DropShips filled with reinforcements. A host of new machines, new warriors, and new tactics are unleashed as war rages from the void of space to the earth below. The BattleTech universe is yours to conquer!

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.

 

Cover-LC-2765Field Report 2765: LCAF (E-Publication) [PDF]
PDF Released: 27 June 2014
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 rulers 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 LCAF describes the state of House Steiner’s Lyran Commonwealth 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.

 

E-CAT35XT013-XTRO-Gunslingers_220Experimental Technical Readout: Gunslingers, $9.95 (EPUB) [PDF only]
PDF Released: 12 April 2014

The Peak of the Golden Age

Before the fall of the first Star League, humanity reached a pinnacle of technological development that would not be seen again for nearly four centuries. United under the aegis of House Cameron, even the states of the Periphery enjoyed a surge of industrial and scientific development that would forever be known as mankind’s greatest golden

Predictably, many of these innovations were used first to perfect the engines of war, a practice that continued even into the League’s waning years. Now, unearthed from ancient archives on Terra in the wake of the Jihad, examples of some of the more exotic prototypes from the days of the Star League have been revealed, each one pushing the envelope of Star League military design.

Experimental Tech Readout: Gunslingers samples some of the advanced technological experiments developed during the peak years of the Star League era. Each design featured in this book demonstrates the use of cutting edge Star League equipment on the BattleMechs, combat vehicles, and aerospace craft of the day. Statistics and Record Sheets are included for 13 BattleMechs, vehicles, and aerospace units presented in this book, ready for play in advanced BattleTech games.

 

E-CAT35ED003-Era-Digest-Dark-Age_220Era Digest: Dark Age, $9.95 (Era Digest) [PDF only]
PDF Released: 12 April 2014

GRAY MONDAY.

7 August 3132. On that day, eighty percent of the hyperpulse generators throughout the Inner Sphere fell silent and humanity’s communications link across the stars was severed. While many looked to the Republic of the Sphere for guidance through the darkness, others used the crisis to advance their own agendas and political ideologies. As a new era began, old hatreds and rivalries, long suppressed in the optimism of Stone’s Peace, threatened to overwhelm all that had been achieved in the new century.

A Dark Age had fallen, one that would see the death of empires and the rise of tyrants. And the seeds of destruction would be planted in these first days after the Blackout.

Era Digest: Dark Age is a mini-sourcebook that explores the pivotal developments in the immediate aftermath of the HPG Blackout, giving players a glimpse at early reactions to the crisis and the rise of the splinter factions fighting to take advantage of the chaos. Complete with rules and stats for several Dark Age units, Era Digest: Dark Age also features role-playing support for this crucial setting in BattleTech history!


2765 Field Report: FWLM, $4.95 (Field Report) [PDF only]
PDF Released: 12 April 2014
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.

2765 Field Report: FWLM describes the state of House Marik’s Free Worlds League just before the events described in Historical: Liberation of Terra, Volume 1, 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.

Experimental Tech Readout: Royal Fantasy Tournament
Experimental Tech Readout: Royal Fantasy Tournament, Free! [PDF only]
PDF Released: 1 April 2014
It’s a Whole New World (Please Don’t Sue!)

Welcome, fight fans to the annual Solaris VII Exhibition Tournament! And do we have a special treat for you this year! We guarantee that you have never seen a combination of match-ups like these, and may never see such a thing again in your lifetime! For it is this year that, of all the contestants, from all across the Inner Sphere, we find ourselves amazed by the talents and unique rides of some of Solaris VII’s loveliest lady warriors—and what’s more, each of these deadly vixens have assembled today a mix of machines custom-designed to invoke heroes and heroines of classic folklore.

So, without further ado, we present the most astounding Exhibition Tournament week ever, which we call: “The First Solaris Royal Fantasy Bout”!

Experimental Tech Readout: Royal Fantasy Tournament offers a complete list of the custom `Mechs and battle armor devised for a special Solaris VII series of exhibition bouts with a familiar theme. Statistics, record sheets, and even pilot bios are included for 19 unique new experimental units, ready for play in (really) advanced BattleTech games set in the arenas of the Solaris VII Game World.

BattleTech Historical: Wars of the Republic Era
Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, $24.99 (Historical) [Print Preorder/PDF Available]
PDF Released: 23 February 2014
In 3081, the Republic of theSphere was born from the ruins of the Word of Blake Protectorate. For an Inner Sphere devastated by the horrors of escalating war, the Republic was a beacon of hope for a brighter, more peaceful future…
For a time, it almost was.

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.

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Field Report 2765 AFFS, $4.95 (Field Report) [PDF only]
PDF Released: 23 February 2014
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.

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Field Report 2765 DCMS, $4.95 (Field Report) [PDF only]
PDF Released: 3 December 2013
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 DCMS describes the state of House Kurita’s Draconis Combine 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.

Chaos Formed: Book Two of the Chaos Irregulars
Chaos Formed: Book Two of the Chaos Irregulars, $4.99 [EPUB only]
PDF Released: 3 December 2013
The battlefields of the 31st century are commanded by the BattleMech, twelve-meter-tall, 100-ton bipedal engines of destruction. Fought by MechWarriors, commanded by neo-feudal officers, owned by national governments and band of mercenaries, loyal to one of the interstellar Successor States or the martial Clans, these ’Mechs make every other ground combat vehicle obsolete.

This is the warfare of fusion-powered giants.

This is BattleTech.

The Chaos Irregulars are mercenaries, born on the battlefields of the planet Acamar at the dawn of the Word of Blake’s horrific Jihad. Orphans of shattered mercenary battalions, they were forged in the crucible of combat into one of the most reliable mercenary battalions in the Inner Sphere.

Chaos Formed: Book Two of the Chaos Irregulars continues the fan-favorite mercenary band’s contracts, battling intrigue, betrayal and other BattleMech mercenaries. First published on the BattleCorps fiction site, these stories comprise the second half of a duology that began in Chaos Born: Book One of the Chaos Irregulars.

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Field Report 2765 CCAF, $4.95 (Field Report) [PDF only]
PDF Released: 31 October 2013
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 CCAF describes the state of House Liao’s Capellan Confederation 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.

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BattleTech Adventures: Necromo Nightmare, Free! (Adventure) [PDF only]
PDF Released: 31 October 2013
A World Gone Black…
The year is 3072. The fires of the Word of Blake’s Jihad threaten to consume the Inner Sphere. On the borders of Capellan space, the vital world of Necromo has suddenly gone silent, perhaps the victim of a Blakist strike. But what could hit such a busy and well-defended planet so hard that even the Chancellor’s best would fail to call for help?

Time to find out…

BattleTech Adventures: Necromo Nightmare takes players to the dark world of Necromo, on the Confederation’s border with the Federated Suns — a world mysteriously silenced by a lightning attack by unknown forces. Can your team discover the cause of this shipyard planet’s unexplained blackout, and live to tell the tale? Necromo Nightmare includes a guide to this important world, personal biographies on several key players, and adventure Tracks designed for use with A Time of War: The BattleTech Role-Playing Game and the A Time of War Companion, as well as special rules, terrain guides, maps, and Record Sheets for key non-player characters and equipment unique to this story.

BattleTech Technical Readout 3145: Republic of the Sphere
Technical Readout: 3145 Republic of the Sphere, $14.99 (Supplemental) [PDF only]
PDF Released: 11 October 2013

The great experiment that was the Republic of the Sphere has failed. Withdrawn behind the Fortress walls, the once-great power has become a silent, opaque remnant of its former glory. Without its influence, old hatreds have risen anew. As war once more rages across the Inner Sphere, new equipment strides across ancient battlefields. Technology, once stagnated by trade restrictions and peace treaties, now surges forward again, testing these new machines in the fierce crucible of war.

Technical Readout: 3145 Republic of the Sphere introduces the wave of new battle armor, vehicle, ’Mech, and aerospace units appearing across the Inner Sphere in the Dark Age era. Featuring new and matured technology, and presented in this series of faction-specific PDFs, these combat units will add excitement and variety to any game table.

BattleTech: Field Manual: Crusader Clans
Field Manual: Crusader Clans, $11.00 [PDF only]
PDF Released: 11 October 2013

The first of two volumes on the Clans, Field Manual: Crusader Clans describes the seven most aggressive Clans: Blood Spirit, Fire Mandrill, Hell’s Horses, Ice Hellion, Jade Falcon, Star Adder and Wolf. This sourcebook describes the tactics, uniforms and battle histories of each Clan, plus special rules that reflect the unique capabilities of each Galaxy, new weapons, equipment, exclusive Crusader BattleMechs and more.

Note: This file is scanned from the original 1998 edition.

BattleTech: Record Sheets: 3145 Unabridged
Record Sheets: 3145 Unabridged, $9.99 [PDF only]
PDF Released: 11 October 2013

The great experiment that was the Republic of the Sphere has failed. Withdrawn behind the Fortress walls, the once-great power has become a silent, opaque remnant of its former glory. Without its influence, old hatreds have risen anew. As war once more rages across the Inner Sphere, new equipment strides across ancient battlefields. Technology, once stagnated by trade restrictions and peace treaties, now surges forward again, testing these new machines in the fierce crucible of war.

BattleTech Record Sheets: 3145 Unabridged offers players the record sheets for all the ’Mech, Combat Vehicle, Battle Armor and Aerospace designs detailed in the corresponding sections of BattleTech Technical Readout: 3145.

BattleTech: Record Sheets: 3145 New Tech, New Upgrades
Record Sheets: 3145 New Tech, New Upgrades, $9.99 [PDF only]
PDF Released: 11 October 2013

The great experiment that was the Republic of the Sphere has failed. Withdrawn behind the Fortress walls, the once-great power has become a silent, opaque remnant of its former glory. Without its influence, old hatreds have risen anew. As war once more rages across the Inner Sphere, new equipment strides across ancient battlefields. Technology, once stagnated by trade restrictions and peace treaties, now surges forward again, testing these new machines in the fierce crucible of war.

BattleTech Record Sheets: 3145 New Tech, New Upgrades offers players the record sheets for all the ’Mech, Combat Vehicle, Battle Armor and Aerospace designs detailed in the New Tech, New Upgrades section of BattleTech Technical Readout: 3145, many variants making their debut here. The Technological Advances and New Design Quirk sections from BattleTech Technical Readout: 3145 are included as well.