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.


Turning Points: Arcturus (E-Publication) [PDF]
Before Devlin Stone, before the Republic, there was Kurita.

As the Jihad unfolded, Chandrasekhar Kurita fought a one-man war against the Blakists when others would not. From the cradle of the Lyran Commonwealth, Kurita built a coalition of mercenaries to expose one of the Word’s darkest—and turn the Inner Sphere against their real enemy.

But the Word of Blake had other plans. To protect their secrets, they launched an invasion of Arcturus to punish Kurita and his mercenary cohorts. Led by a vicious Shadow Division and one of their best operatives, the battle for Arcturus became more than just survival as the very fate of the Inner Sphere hung in the balance.

This campaign series uses the Chaos Campaign rules and gives players the option of fighting individual battles, following a campaign arc, or inserting it into their own campaigns. This PDF exclusive includes a rundown of the forces involved in the conflict and several tracks that players can use to recreate the entire violent conflict on Arcturus. The only limits are the players’ imaginations.

 

Experimental Technical Readout: Republic II (E-Publication) [PDF]
PDF Released: 2 June 2015
The year is 3136. Just when it seemed certain that the Republic of the Sphere had led the Inner Sphere to a true era of peace, all hopes lie in ruins. Communications have broken down, separatist factions run amok on defenseless worlds, the Great Houses are saber-rattling like in the worst of times, and the Clans are once more on the prowl. Withering in the chaos, much of the Republic has fallen back behind the inscrutable barrier known as Fortress Republic, while its severed Remnant scrambles for its very survival. Bereft of their central authority, the surviving warriors of the RAF face uncertain times, surrounded now by enemies whose war machines have caught up with the technological leaps of the past decade.

Experimental Technical Readout: Republic (Volume 2) samples production and custom machines that have appeared in the BattleTech universe by the early decades of the thirty-second century. Each unit featured in this book incorporates some of the new technologies that debuted in Tactical Operations—now employed by the armed forces of the Republic of the Sphere and its contemporaries. Statistics and Record Sheets are included for 13 new advanced and experimental BattleMechs, vehicles, and aerospace and battle armor units, ready for play in BattleTech games up to the year 3136.

 

Handbook: House Kurita (Handbooks) [Print Preorder/PDF Available]
PDF Released: 16 April 2015
For almost a millennium, the symbol of the Dragon has struck fear into the rest of the Inner Sphere. The fearless dedication of its warriors, the devotion of its people, and the awesome ambitions of its Coordinator: House Kurita has been more reviled than any other power. Yet a new leader has arisen in the last decades, bringing about a host of reforms and reigning in the realm’s most rapacious desires. Such rebirth comes at a price, as various shadowy influencers fix their eyes on reigniting the Dragon’s glorious past. Only time will tell which path the Dragon will follow….

Handbook: House Kurita covers the pivotal history, politics and cultures of the Inner Sphere’s most feared Great Houses. Not just a sourcebook, Handbook: House Kurita covers rules for both BattleTech and A Time of War game play, including such areas as personal equipment, support vehicles, creatures and more.

 

Dark Age Turning Points: Irian (E-Publication) [PDF]
PDF Released: 16 April 2015
Devlin Stone’s Military Material Redemption Program transformed the Inner Sphere, retooling BattleMech production lines for civilian output and boosting state economies. Companies that had made their names building machines of destruction now found themselves turning more towards peaceful IndustrialMech manufacture. Downsized and heavily regulated by Stone’s policies, Irian Technologies was an exemplary model of the Republic’s new paradigm.

But IrTech has kept a secret through the long decades of peace: a fully functional Marauder II production line hidden away from the Republic’s auditors and enforcers.

In late 3133, however, that secret got out. With the Republic already torn by factional strife, the revelation of IrTech’s deception has everyone scrambling to win the prize. Who will emerge victorious from this all-out faction war?

Dark Age Turning Points: Irian uses Chaos Campaign rules and gives players the option of fighting individual battles, following a campaign arc, inserting it into their own campaigns and even creating their own scenarios with optional rules to give their games an “Irian flavor.” The ebook includes a detailed map of the world of Irian, a run down of the forces involved in the conflict, and several tracks that players can use to run simple lance-on-lance battles, or stage up to a world-wide invasion. Only the players’ imaginations are the limits.

 

E-CAT35XT021-XTRO-Republic-I-cover.jpgExperimental Technical Readout: Republic I (E-Publication) [PDF]
PDF Released: 12 March 2015
The year is 3120. Under the aegis of the Republic of the Sphere, the Inner Sphere has experienced its greatest time of peace since the days of the original Star League. Raised from the ashes of the Jihad, the Republic stands for the ideals of unity and justice, but even its triumphs have come at no small cost in blood. Entering the thirty-second century with a mixture of righteousness and hubris, the Republic remains at the forefront of a new arms race. Technologies considered experimental not so very long ago are now being fielded by line regiments as factories have retooled accordingly. For friend and foe alike, the Republic’s technological standards are definitive.

Experimental Technical Readout: Republic (Volume 1) samples production and custom machines that have appeared in the BattleTech universe by the early decades of the thirty-second century. Each unit featured in this book incorporates some of the new technologies that debuted in Tactical Operations – now employed by the armed forces of the Republic of the Sphere and its contemporaries. Statistics and Record Sheets are included for 13 new advanced and experimental BattleMechs, vehicles, and aerospace and battle armor units, ready for play in BattleTech games up to the year 3120.

 

Tortuga-Cover.jpgHistorical Turning Points: Tortuga (E-Publication) [PDF]
PDF Released: 12 February 2015
While the Jihad raged, pirates had their way with the newborn Filtvelt Coalition. Finally, the Filtvelters had suffered too much. They launched an invasion of Tortuga Prime, to punish the pirates in their den. But the force sent to exact retribution found itself mired in a close-packed city filled with traps and enemies too numerous to count. The invasion became a desperate effort to survive to return home, bearing secrets the pirates and their Word of Blake sponsors would prefer remain concealed.

This campaign series uses the Chaos Campaign rules and gives players the option of fighting individual battles, following a campaign arc, or inserting it into their own campaigns. This PDF exclusive includes a rundown of the forces involved in the conflict, and several tracks that players can use to recreate the entire violent conflict on Tortuga. Only the players’ imaginations are the limits.

 

XTRO-Most-Wanted-cover.jpgExperimental Technical Readout: Most Wanted (E-Publication) [PDF]
PDF Released: 15 January 2015
In the wake of the Word of Blake Jihad, the Republic of the Sphere has emerged from the ashes, promising hope and salvation to a universe ravaged by horror and warfare. But not everyone is ready to lay down their arms just yet, and some of the deadliest renegades remain at large, having reveled in the chaos of the Blakist holocaust. Armed with cutting-edge ‘Mechs, vehicles, and battle armor—modified with whatever experimental technology they have managed to capture or steal—these criminals represent a clear and present danger to the Republic and its people!

Experimental Tech Readout: Most Wanted samples custom machines that have appeared in the BattleTech universe since the days of the Jihad. Each unit featured in this book incorporates some of the latest technologies developed by the realms of the Inner Sphere in their war against the Word of Blake, as first described in Tactical Operations—deployed now by some of the Inner Sphere’s most dangerous criminals. Statistics and Record Sheets are included for 13 new experimental BattleMechs, vehicles, and aerospace and battle armor units, ready for play in advanced BattleTech games.