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.


Touring the Stars: Iron Land (E-Publication) [PDF]
PDF Released: 24 February 2017

Billed as a lost world paradise for thrill seekers and wannabe explorers, Iron Land has a dark history seldom spoken of, as those who know of it either never live to tell the tale, or live to profit from it. The dark history of this tortured world both resonates with, and haunts those drawn to it from across the stars. Iron Land is a planet where you can check out any time you like, but never leave.

Touring the Stars is a whistle-stop tour of the universe! Every system and planet where mankind treads in the BattleTech universe has a story, for those with the drive to explore it. Take a tour of the stars humanity now calls home, experience awesome new worlds, immerse yourself in the local civilization, and prepare to do battle in exotic locales.

 

Touring the Stars: Noisel (E-Publication) [PDF]
PDF Released: 1 November 2016

Special super-sized issue!

You are cordially invited to visit the greatest festival world in all of Lyran space: Noisiel! Come for the pastoral atmosphere, share the local flavor, and test your skills in the galactically renowned Noisiel Summer Games! Experience the sportsmanship, the finesse, and the wonder as military technology meets friendly competition! Thrill to the spectacle of baseball, football, hockey, rugby, and even chess on the scale of titans!

Noisiel: Leave your wars behind, and let’s have some fun!

(Paid for by the Noisiel Games Authority and the Noisiel Tourism Department)

Touring the Stars is a whistle-stop tour of the universe! Every system and planet where mankind treads in the BattleTech universe has a story, for those with the drive to explore it. Take a tour of the stars humanity now calls home, experience awesome new worlds, immerse yourself in the local civilization, and prepare to do battle in exotic locales.

 

Spotlight On: Crescent Hawks (E-Publication) [PDF]
PDF Released: 17 October 2016

For every Kell Hounds or Wolf’s Dragoons, there are a hundred similar outfits that are just as talented—and just as deadly—that you have never heard of. Or worse, you have not heard enough. Sure, the glory hounds who make the evening tri-vid news are movers and shakers, and can change national borders whenever they want, but they’re not the only ones. For every Eridani Light Horse brigade, there is a mercenary crew with a storied battlefield history just as spectacular. These are the unit commands that have gone largely unnoticed in the long, bloody history of the Inner Sphere, their stories untold or nearly forgotten. Take a closer look at the battles and events that have shaped the human sphere, and you’ll find even two-bit troops like Wilson’s Hussars have made a difference.

Spotlight On: Crescent Hawks includes a Unit History, Personalities, Personnel Rosters, Mission Tracks, and data for use with all scales of BattleTech play.

 

E-CAT35XT015-XTRO-Primitives-V-CoverExperimental Technical Readout: Primitives V (E-Publication)
Ancient Wonders
Before there was even a Star League, the technologies taken for granted in the thirty-first century went through their awkward paces in a universe newly opened to humankind. In an age when the BattleMech was nearly unknown, when the DropShip was a new concept, and when tanks and fighters dominated the battle zones, the technology of the day was primitive by modern standards…and each new design with an experiment unto itself.

Experimental Tech Readout: Primitives, Volume V samples more of the early technology designs that dominated the universe of BattleTech during the pre-Star League Age of War period. Each design featured in this book demonstrates the primitive technology level of the first generation of BattleMechs, the last generation of Combat Vehicles (before the ’Mech supplanted them), and the low-tech aerospace units that flew above them. Although many were ultimately upgraded to “modern standards” and shown in Technical Readout: 3075, the units featured here reflect these designs as they were when first introduced to the universe they fought for. Statistics and Record Sheets are included for 13 Primitive BattleMechs, vehicles, aerospace units presented in this book, ready for play in advanced BattleTech games.

 

Embers of War, by Jason Schmetzer (Novel)CAT35820 EmbersofWar_Cover
For Ezra Payne and the Stealthy Tiger mercenaries, professionalism is everything. Hired to assist in the bitter, bloody fighting on the planet Hall, they quickly earn a decisive victory for their employer. They settle afterward in for a needed period of rebuilding, and a few months’ peace before moving on to the next contract.

But their respite does not last. More mercenaries, hired by the Allied Mercenary Command itself, land on Hall. They believe the Tigers’ employer to be league with the Word of Blake, a shadowy interstellar organization that worships technology, and which has been building its own empire among the worlds around Terra.

The Tigers want nothing of this battle, but war rages across the Inner Sphere. The hard-fought cease-fire cannot last, even on Hall, and when every faction is embittered and fueled by fervor, peace has no chance at all.

As a new conflict erupts, will the Stealthy Tigers’ BattleMechs be enough to save them? Or will the looming threat of renewed war engulf them in its fiery embrace?

 

 

Touring the Stars: Butte Hold (E-Publication) [PDF]
PDF Released: 26 July 2016

Touring the Stars

Butte Hold is a harsh and unforgiving world home to criminals and rogues that has long been a haven for outlaws. Drawn by rumors of hidden Throline Desert caves caches filled with looted valuables, the world became infamous for being the home of Redjack Ryan and his dreaded capital of Raider’s Roost.

Touring the Stars is a whistle-stop tour of the universe! Every system and planet where mankind treads in the BattleTech universe has a story, for those with the drive to explore it. Take a tour of the stars humanity now calls home, experience awesome new worlds, immerse yourself in the local civilization, and prepare to do battle in exotic locales.

 

Touring the Stars: McEvedy’s Folly (E-Publication) [PDF]
PDF Released: 11 July 2016

Touring the Stars

McEvedy’s Folly – a world where mad science ran rampant. In the grip of an ice age in the final years of the Star League, the planet once known as “Project SAGITARIUS UMBRELLA” was of little interest to anyone, save for brilliant xenobiologist Alpheus McEvedy. Under the aegis of terraforming, McEvedy played god with the primitive fauna, using them as vehicles to recreate long extinct species from across the Inner Sphere—as well as other rumored abominations. McEvedy and his team were eventually abandoned as the Star League fell, and the planet was lost for centuries—while only the legend of McEvedy’s Folly remained.

Touring the Stars is a whistle-stop tour of the universe! Every system and planet where mankind treads in the BattleTech universe has a story, for those with the drive to explore it. Take a tour of the stars humanity now calls home, experience awesome new worlds, immerse yourself in the local civilization, and prepare to do battle in exotic locales.

 

Combat Manual: Kurita [Book/PDF]
PDF Released: 09 July 2016

To Honor the Dragon

Some soldiers fight for money, some to spread their version of liberty, still others for a sense of adventure. For the men and women of the Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery there is only one reason for service: the honor of the Dragon.

From the moment Shiro Kurita raised the Dragon’s banner, the soldiers of House Kurita have remained dedicated to the warrior’s path above all others. For seven centuries they have spread fear and respect in equal measure, expanding and protecting the Dragon with loyalty and honor tempered by the ancient code of bushido and forged in battles on a hundred worlds.

BattleTech Combat Manual: Kurita contains information on these warriors. This manual examines the combat commands of the Draconis Combine, detailing their histories, tactics, unit crests, paint schemes, and notable personnel. This Alpha Strike expansion includes special rules for unique character abilities, faction-specific rules, force-building, and a mini-Technical Readout—everything you need to field your favorite Draconis Combine unit on the tabletop, or create your own.