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Our big announcement yesterday put the redesigned Timber Wolf (Mad Cat) front and center. Take a closer look at this iconic ‘Mech in this stunning 360-degree video! Here’s BattleTech Art Director Anthony Scroggins with his Designer’s Notes about how he approached refining the look of a fan favorite:

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Our big announcement yesterday put the redesigned Timber Wolf (Mad Cat) front and center. Take a closer look at this iconic ‘Mech in this stunning 360-degree video! Here’s BattleTech Art Director Anthony Scroggins with his Designer’s Notes about how he approached refining the look of a fan favorite:

I knew redesigning Clan mechs was an eventuality, we’d talked about it internally a lot, and it’s a guarantee that the Timber Wolf would be first up. So, when I was assigned illustrating the cover to Blaine Pardoe’s novel ‘Forever Faithful’, featuring the Timby front and center, I knew I had to give it a serious new look then and there.

That paid off, as just months later we launched the Clan project, dwarfing the previous box project in scale, and from there the Timber Wolf would only need some easy tweaking to cross the finish line.

Over the history of Clans in BattleTech we’ve had plenty of great iterations for this mech, so I didn’t feel compelled to include too many details out of nowhere, it was more a task of picking and choosing among several eras of art. This included TRO illustrations, book covers, various miniatures, videogames (mw4 particularly) and even large scale toys. I wanted a design that satisfied the old, current, and future. It wouldn’t be the best retro, or the best modern, but it would enjoy a classic feeling with modern flairs.

Some of my specific intentions however, were properly showing the canon prime weapons load out (fun fact, this has arguably never been done before), making the torso a little less square, bringing back the old tube arms after an era of boxy ones without them looking flimsy, maintaining the classic slick nose shape, and finally giving it a sturdy overall bulk without killing the nimble look of the old source art.

I don’t think there’s a possible ‘perfect’ look for the Timber Wolf, but I’m glad to have reinvisioned one of the most iconic faces of BattleTech.

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BattleTech: Clan Invasion Kickstarter Coming July 17! https://bg.battletech.com/news/battletech-clan-invasion-kickstarter-coming-july-17/ Thu, 13 Jun 2019 17:01:00 +0000 http://bg.battletech.com/?p=8080 In 3050, the true heirs of the lost Star League thunder forth from the depths of the far Periphery and carve deep into the quarreling Successor States. As the Clan juggernaut rolls across the coreward realms of the Inner Sphere, the House Lords scramble to shore up their defenses and devise some way to halt [...]]]>

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In 3050, the true heirs of the lost Star League thunder forth from the depths of the far Periphery and carve deep into the quarreling Successor States. As the Clan juggernaut rolls across the coreward realms of the Inner Sphere, the House Lords scramble to shore up their defenses and devise some way to halt the invaders.

The Clan spear is aimed at the heart of human-occupied space. Do you possess the bold tactics and heroic courage to defeat warriors trained from birth to conquer? Or will you uphold Kerensky’s dream to cast aside the squabbling lords of the Inner Sphere and reignite the flame of the Star League?

Hot on the heels of the wildly successful launch of two new boxed sets, the BattleTech tabletop game comes to Kickstarter for the first time ever to unleash totally remodeled Clan and Inner Sphere ’Mechs on your gaming table. Utilizing the same process that modernized the nine BattleMechs found in those bestselling box sets, each ’Mech has been painstakingly re-imagined, holding to the spirit of their original design while embracing a modern aesthetic.

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The Clan Invasion box set will add five popular Clan OmniMechs to your arsenal, including the seminal Timber Wolf (Mad Cat). It will also include a bevy of support materials, the rules needed to play Clan technology, all new maps, and more.

Stretch goals will rapidly fill the ranks with more Clan and Inner Sphere ’Mechs boasting all-new looks. The Clan Command Star expansion will include the devastating Dire Wolf (Daishi) and the ever-popular Shadow Cat, while the Clan Attack Star pack will contain the Warhawk (Masakari) and Nova Cat. Meanwhile, the Inner Sphere will take desperate action to try to stave off the invasion. The Inner Sphere Command Lance pack will deploy the beloved Marauder and Archer, while the Warhammer and Phoenix Hawk will hot-drop from the Inner Sphere Battle Lance pack. And there’s more to unlock on both sides!

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Add-ons will include a plethora of exciting new BattleTech merchandise, the latest rulebooks, sourcebooks, boxed sets, and more!

While you wait for the launch of the Clan Invasion Kickstarter on July 17, grab the brand-new and completely free Chaos Campaign: Succession Wars PDF to get a taste of campaign play using the new boxed sets!

Any able commander can win a single battle, but only true leaders with skill, guts, and vision can win a war. Do you have what it takes to change the course of the Succession Wars and add your name to the annals of history? 

Building off of the BattleTech Beginner Box and BattleTech: A Game of Armored Combat, Chaos Campaign: Succession Wars provides rules for selecting a force and embarking on a planetary assault mini-campaign, as well as tools to create campaigns of your own.

The scenarios included with those boxed sets are intended as one-off battles with no impact on the next encounter. This module introduces Chaos Campaign play, which offers consequences between individual missions, a reason to chase down specific objectives while preserving your troops, and ways to improve your force as you progress.

Be sure to sign up on the email list to have updates on the Kickstarter and other BattleTech news delivered straight to your inbox!

 

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Sneak Previews – Alpha Strike: Commander’s Edition and House Arano: The Aurigan Coalition https://bg.battletech.com/news/sneak-previews-alpha-strike-commanders-edition-and-house-arano-the-aurigan-coalition/ Sat, 04 May 2019 02:10:15 +0000 http://bg.battletech.com/?p=8052 Ready for a sneak peek? We’ve got an inside look at two eagerly-anticipated upcoming BattleTech products, Alpha Strike: Commander’s Edition and House Arano: The Aurigan Coalition. Take a look! (Click on the images to view full-size.)

Alpha Strike: Commander’s Edition

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Introduction


House Arano: The Aurigan Coalition

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Ready for a sneak peek? We’ve got an inside look at two eagerly-anticipated upcoming BattleTech products, Alpha Strike: Commander’s Edition and House Arano: The Aurigan Coalition. Take a look! (Click on the images to view full-size.)

Alpha Strike: Commander’s Edition

Table of Contents

Introduction


House Arano: The Aurigan Coalition

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“Iron Dawn” by Jennifer Brozek Now Available in Print and Digital Publication https://bg.battletech.com/news/news-and-announcements/iron-dawn-by-jennifer-brozek-now-available-in-print-and-digital-publication/ Tue, 16 Apr 2019 17:39:13 +0000 http://bg.battletech.com/?p=8042 Now Available in eBook and Print-on-Demand: “Iron Dawn,” Book 1 in the Rogue Academy trilogy by Jennifer Brozek!

Print: http://tinyurl.com/BTIronDawnPrint

eBook: http://books2read.com/BattleTechIronDawn

In Rogue Academy: Iron Dawn, it’s up to a pair of cadet siblings to stop a renegade Draconis Combine warlord when he decides [...]]]> Now Available in eBook and Print-on-Demand: “Iron Dawn,” Book 1 in the Rogue Academy trilogy by Jennifer Brozek!

Print: http://tinyurl.com/BTIronDawnPrint

In Rogue Academy: Iron Dawn, it’s up to a pair of cadet siblings to stop a renegade Draconis Combine warlord when he decides to claim a piece of the Inner Sphere for himself—starting with Federated Suns’ Emporia. The border planet looks like easy prey. They’re wrong. After the few MechWarriors on the planet are taken hostage, the orphaned cadets of the noble-sponsored Ritza ‘MechWarrior Academy fight like they have nothing to lose.

About Jennifer Brozek: Jennifer Brozek is a multi-talented, award-winning author, editor, and tie-in writer. She is the author of the Never Let Me Sleep, and The Last Days of Salton Academy, both of which were nominated for the Bram Stoker Award. Her BattleTech tie-in novel, The Nellus Academy Incident, won a Scribe Award. Her editing work has netted her a Hugo Award nomination as well as an Australian Shadows Award for Grants Pass. Jennifer’s short form work has appeared in Apex Publications, and in anthologies set in the worlds of Valdemar, Shadowrun, V-Wars, and Predator. Jennifer is also the Creative Director of Apocalypse Ink Productions, and was the managing editor of Evil Girlfriend Media and assistant editor for Apex Book Company.

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The Watch – March 2019: New Map Pack, BattleMats, Michael Stackpole Fiction Now Available https://bg.battletech.com/news/the-watch-march-2019-new-map-pack-battlemats-michael-stackpole-fiction-now-available/ Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:00:02 +0000 http://bg.battletech.com/?p=7988 BattleTech’s 35th anniversary thunders onward with the upcoming release of several new map products, a lightning-fast restock of the BattleTech: Beginner Box, and much more.

There’s been a lot going on across the Inner Sphere during this anniversary year. To help you keep all this news straight, we’re compiling announcements in this series of dispatches [...]]]> BattleTech’s 35th anniversary thunders onward with the upcoming release of several new map products, a lightning-fast restock of the BattleTech: Beginner Box, and much more.

There’s been a lot going on across the Inner Sphere during this anniversary year. To help you keep all this news straight, we’re compiling announcements in this series of dispatches from The Watch. Expect to see more official announcements from The Watch over the next few months, through the end of the anniversary year.

Here’s what’s new for BattleTech:

–The first all-new map set in nearly twenty years, BattleTech Map Pack: Grasslands ($29.99) is now available in the Catalyst Game Labs store, with a street date of April 17 to retail outlets. The perfect expansion to either the Beginner Box or BattleTech: A Game of Armored Combat boxed set, these six two-sided paper maps include 12 battlefields of the same high-quality, modern art of those box sets, offering new tactical challenges and opportunities.

 

–The next all-new, 35th Anniversary celebratory item is here. Four BattleMats (29.99 each) are available exclusively in the Catalyst Game Labs store. These high-quality 36″ x 22″ neoprene maps are durable and highly-detailed, and will make an eye-catching addition to your gaming table. Each map is twice the width of a standard BattleTech map sheet, and features a new, special terrain type on one side, and two maps from Map Pack: Grasslands on the reverse. They’re only available exclusively through the Catalyst online store, and they’ll go fast! A future release of these products to retail outlets is possible depending on customer response. The mats available include:

  • Desert & Grassland 1
  • Alpine & Grassland 2
  • Savannah & Grassland 3
  • Lunar & Grassland 4

 

 

–Another commemorative product is also available: lapel pins! Wear your BattleTech love proudly with these enamel pins bearing the 35th Anniversary logo and Warhammer.

 

 

–The first volume in the long-awaited trilogy of Kell Hounds short stories by legendary BattleTech author Michael Stackpole, Not the Way the Smart Money Bets ($3.99) will release tomorrow, Tuesday, March 19 in ebook format. The next two volumes are close behind: A Tiny Spot of Rebellion ($3.99) will be available this Friday, March 22, while A Clever Bit of Fiction ($3.99) will follow on Wednesday, March 27. Please note that these are all digital e-book format; future print format availability has not been determined.

 

The BattleTech: Beginner Box ($19.99) is back in stock through the Catalyst store, and through distribution channels to your local game store. The first print run sold out very quickly, and demand remains high for this outstanding introduction to our game of heavy metal mayhem!

 

–Thanks to the high demand generated by the new boxed sets, stock of the reprinted version of Total Warfare ($39.99) released last summer has sold out in print for the moment, but is still available in PDF format. We anticipated this increase in demand, and a reprint is already underway. (Remember, this edition of Total Warfare bore the classic Atlas artwork on the cover; the copies being printed now will have the same cover. It’s more of the same book, not a new book.)

 

 

–Production on TechManual, the second volume in the line of core rulebook reprints bearing vintage covers is now underway. We’ll bring you further updates on when they’re expected in stock as soon as possible, but the PDF is available now!

 

 

–Is that all? Nope! The first installment in the second wave of Winter 2019 PDF products is now available: Operational Turning Points: Fronc Reaches ($7.99). Recreate a young nation’s desperate struggle for survival with this scenario pack.

 

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Product Preview – March 2019: Map Set, Battle Mats, New Fiction https://bg.battletech.com/news/product-preview-march-2019-map-set-battle-mats-new-fiction/ Thu, 14 Mar 2019 01:17:21 +0000 http://bg.battletech.com/?p=7957 A DropShip load of exciting new BattleTech products is heading your way—check out this preview of what’s entering orbit, and then come back on Monday, March 18 at 11 a.m. EST for a new post with links to the new products live in the Catalyst Game Labs store.

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A DropShip load of exciting new BattleTech products is heading your way—check out this preview of what’s entering orbit, and then come back on Monday, March 18 at 11 a.m. EST for a new post with links to the new products live in the Catalyst Game Labs store.

  • The first all-new map set in nearly twenty years, Map Set: Grasslands ($29.99) will be available in the Catalyst Game Labs store, with a street date of April 17 to retail outlets. The perfect expansion to either the Beginner Box or BattleTech: A Game of Armored Combat boxed set, these six two-sided paper maps include 12 battlefields of the same high-quality, modern art of those box sets, offering new tactical challenges and opportunities.
  • The next all-new, 35th Anniversary celebratory item will be four all-new BattleMats (29.99 each), available exclusively in the Catalyst Game Labs store. These double-sided high-quality neoprene maps are durable and highly detailed, and will make an eye-catching addition to your gaming table. They’re only available exclusively through the Catalyst online store, and they’ll go fast! A future release of these products to retail outlets is possible depending on customer response. The mats available include:
    • Grassland & Lunar
    • Grassland & Desert
    • Grassland & Alpine
    • Grassland & Savannah
  • Another commemorative product will be available: lapel pins! Wear your BattleTech love proudly with these enamel pins bearing the 35th Anniversary logo and Warhammer.
  • The first volume in the long-awaited trilogy of Kell Hounds short stories by legendary BattleTech author Michael Stackpole, Not the Way the Smart Money Bets ($3.99) will be available in ebook format. The next two volumes will be close behind: A Tiny Spot of Rebellion ($3.99) will be available this Friday, March 22, while A Clever Bit of Fiction ($3.99) will follow on Wednesday, March 27. Please note that these are all digital e-book format; future print format availability has not been determined.
  • The BattleTech Beginner Box ($19.99) will be back in stock through the Catalyst store, and through distribution channels to your local game store. The first print run sold out very quickly, and demand remains high for this outstanding introduction to our game of heavy metal mayhem!
  • The first installment in the second wave of Winter 2019 PDF products will be available: Operational Turning Points: Fronc Reaches. Recreate a young nation’s desperate struggle for survival with this scenario pack for the Chaos Campaign system.
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New Turning Points Release Dates, House Arano Update https://bg.battletech.com/news/new-turning-points-release-dates-house-arano-update/ Thu, 28 Feb 2019 15:25:52 +0000 http://bg.battletech.com/?p=7924 Operational Turning Points: Fronc Reaches – March 15
Turning Points: Tokasha – March 29
Turning Points: Vega (3039) – April 12
House Arano: The Aurigan Coalition – April [...]]]>
Three new Turning Points are scheduled for release in March and April, leading up to the much-anticipated House Arano sourcebook. Mark your calendars for:

Operational Turning Points: Fronc Reaches – March 15
Turning Points: Tokasha – March 29
Turning Points: Vega (3039) – April 12
House Arano: The Aurigan Coalition – April 26

The release date for House Arano has been adjusted due to the need for additional development time, and key personnel working on other products set for later this year. Thank you for your understanding as we keep multiple projects on track and ensure a steady stream of new BattleTech product for the game’s 35th Anniversary year.
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Record Sheets: Succession Wars and BattleMech Manual Reprint Now Available! https://bg.battletech.com/news/record-sheets-succession-wars-and-battlemech-manual-reprint-now-available/ https://bg.battletech.com/news/record-sheets-succession-wars-and-battlemech-manual-reprint-now-available/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:27:44 +0000 http://bg.battletech.com/?p=7905 Want to expand your experience with the recently-released BattleTech: Beginner Box and BattleTech: A Game of Armored Combat boxed sets?

Unlock new battlefield options with Technical Readout: Succession Wars (print / PDF / combo), which contains full details on dozens of new ‘Mechs fully compatible with those in the new boxed [...]]]> Want to expand your experience with the recently-released BattleTech: Beginner Box and BattleTech: A Game of Armored Combat boxed sets?

Unlock new battlefield options with Technical Readout: Succession Wars (print / PDF / combo), which contains full details on dozens of new ‘Mechs fully compatible with those in the new boxed sets. You’ll also want the brand-new, PDF-only Record Sheets: Succession Wars, which compiles the essential record sheets for all ‘Mechs in that Technical Readout. It’s the perfect companion to the box set record sheets, which are also now available as a free download.

In addition, the new printing of the BattleMech Manual is now available in print, PDF, and a combo bundle. This essential guide to combat operations with BattleMechs incorporates all errata from the earlier volume, and features a stunning all-new cover of the ever-popular Marauder as well as the BattleTech 35th Anniversary logo.

 

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“Decision at Thunder Rift” and “A Splinter of Hope”/”The Anvil” Novels Now Available in Print-on-Demand https://bg.battletech.com/news/decision-at-thunder-rift-and-a-splinter-of-hope-the-anvil-novels-now-available-in-print-on-demand/ Mon, 11 Feb 2019 03:34:05 +0000 http://bg.battletech.com/?p=7884 Continuing the celebration of 35 years of Battletech, we’re thrilled to announce that two Print on Demand novels are available now that represent both the earliest days of Battletech fiction and the latest fiction to come out.

Decision at Thunder Rift

https://tinyurl.com/DecisionPOD (Print on Demand)

First, going back to the early days of Battletech, [...]]]> Continuing the celebration of 35 years of Battletech, we’re thrilled to announce that two Print on Demand novels are available now that represent both the earliest days of Battletech fiction and the latest fiction to come out.

Decision at Thunder Rift

https://tinyurl.com/DecisionPOD (Print on Demand)

First, going back to the early days of Battletech, we present “Decision at Thunder Rift” by William H. Keith

THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE EPIC SAGA OF FUTURE WAR…
Thirty meters tall, seventy tons of quick-striding death and destruction, the armored war machines called BattleMechs are the front-line forces of the crumbling star empire locked in the horror of the endless Succession Wars. Their pilots are MechWarriors, 31st-Century knights riding armored machines powerful enough to take a city apart.
Grayson Death Carlyle had been training to be a MechWarrior since he was 10 years old, but his graduation came sooner than expected. With his friends and family dead and his father’s regiment destroyed, young Grayson finds himself stranded on a world turned hostile. Now he must learn the hardest lesson of all: it takes more than a BattleMech to make a MechWarrior…
But to claim that title, all Grayson has to do is go out and capture one of those giant killing machines…if it doesn’t kill him first.

A Splinter of Hope / The Anvil Omnibus

Next, at the other end of the spectrum, we have the Omnibus of “The Anvil” by Blaine Lee Pardoe and “A Splinter of Hope” by Philip Lee!

https://tinyurl.com/SplinterAnvilPOD (Print on Demand)

https://tinyurl.com/SplinterAnvilDigital (Digital)

VICTORY AT ANY COST…

Jump into your BattleMech cockpit, fire up your fusion engine, and charge into the fray with two all-new BattleTech novellas from Philip A. Lee and BattleTech veteran Blaine Lee Pardoe.

A Splinter of Hope: Violent expansion of the Capellan Confederation and the Draconis Combine has cost recently crowned First Prince Julian Davion both his mentor and countless Federated Suns worlds. To rally his people, he funnels the fires of justice into an ambitious yet risky campaign to retake a vital system: New Syrtis, the occupied capital of the Capellan March. However, the Capellan people have fought dearly for their prize and will do anything in their power to hold onto it. Will Julian’s gamble preserve the future of the Federated Suns, or is the invasion doomed before it even begins?

The Anvil: Khan Malvina Hazen of Clan Jade Falcon is known throughout the Inner Sphere as a merciless, bloodthirsty tyrant. The next target for her scorched-earth, take-no-prisoners tactics is the Lyran Commonwealth world of Coventry: a persistent stain on the Jade Falcons’ history. But not all Falcons follow Malvina’s lead. Ordered to take Coventry at any cost, Galaxy Commander Stephanie Chistu wishes to see her Clan victorious, but no victory is worth the Jade Falcons losing their very soul. To stand up to tyranny and find an honorable path forward for her Clan, she must balance the razor’s edge between duty and honor—or die trying.

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“Forever Faithful” by Blaine Lee Pardoe Now Available for Pre-Order https://bg.battletech.com/news/forever-faithful-by-blaine-lee-pardoe-now-available-for-pre-order/ Mon, 28 Jan 2019 19:09:09 +0000 http://bg.battletech.com/?p=7860 Battletech’s 35th Anniversary continues with the release of the novel “Forever Faithful” by Blaine Lee Pardoe!

SEMPER FIDELIS

In the year 3060, the reborn Star League has destroyed Clan Smoke Jaguar, conquered their home world Huntress, and scattered the few remaining Jaguar warriors to the winds. Now the League seeks to end the Clan invasion [...]]]> Battletech’s 35th Anniversary continues with the release of the novel “Forever Faithful” by Blaine Lee Pardoe!

SEMPER FIDELIS

In the year 3060, the reborn Star League has destroyed Clan Smoke Jaguar, conquered their home world Huntress, and scattered the few remaining Jaguar warriors to the winds. Now the League seeks to end the Clan invasion for good by using former Smoke Jaguars against their own people.

Meanwhile, two bitter enemies seek to salvage a future for the last Jaguars in existence: Trent, who betrayed his wayward Clan to help them regain their honor, and Paul Moon, a disgraced warrior torn between his pledged loyalty to the Star League and a duty to the Smoke Jaguar civilization he was born to protect.

But power-hungry predators lurk in Clan space, waiting for the right time to strike the vulnerable Star League forces. And to the victor will go the spoils: the priceless artifacts of a destroyed Clan and the sacred genetics of the final generation of Smoke Jaguar warriors.
Trent and Paul Moon must fight tooth and nail against would-be conquerors to save the soul of the surviving Jaguar people before they are consigned to the annals of history. But will their divergent plans tear the survivors apart, or lead them toward freedom?

“Forever Faithful” will be available on February 23rd (2/23) both as an ebook and Print on Demand (PoD).

http://books2read.com/BattleTechForeverFaithful

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