BattleTech: The Board Game of Armored Combat https://bg.battletech.com Sun, 15 Jul 2018 23:47:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 146914537 Announcing Core Rulebook Reprints, with Vintage Covers https://bg.battletech.com/news/announcing-core-rulebook-reprints-with-vintage-covers/ Sat, 14 Jul 2018 01:42:31 +0000 http://bg.battletech.com/?p=7514 To celebrate the imminent release of the BattleTech Beginner Box and BattleTech: A Game of Armored Combat boxed sets, the release of Harebrained Schemes’ BATTLETECH, as well as Piranha Games hotly-anticipated MechWarrior 5, new printings of the core BattleTech rulebooks are now available in PDF from the Catalyst Game Labs store.

The PDFs feature fully-updated errata [...]]]> To celebrate the imminent release of the BattleTech Beginner Box and BattleTech: A Game of Armored Combat boxed sets, the release of Harebrained Schemes’ BATTLETECH, as well as Piranha Games hotly-anticipated MechWarrior 5, new printings of the core BattleTech rulebooks are now available in PDF from the Catalyst Game Labs store.

The PDFs feature fully-updated errata and vintage artwork covers! As each of the core rulebooks are reprinted, they’ll receive a vintage cover to celebrate the wonderful history of the BattleTech universe. Each represents the most up-to-date, polished version of the essential BattleTech rules.

Any customers who previously purchased these PDFs will receive an e-mail notification enabling them to download these updated printings.

The classic artwork gracing the covers of these products appears below. The line includes:

  • Total Warfare, the core BattleTech rulebook. Following the book’s print debut at Origins Game Fair and Gen Con, pre-orders for the print edition are now available, with an expected street date of August 22, 2018. (ARTIST: Les Dorscheid; First Publication: BattleTech Manual, 1987.)
  • TechManual, the core construction rulebook allowing players to create their own exciting units for unique BattleTech games. A companion volume to Total Warfare, TechManual provides construction rules for tournament-legal units, as well as core weaponry and equipment and the newest, bleeding edge technologies. (ARTIST: Doug Chafee; First Publication, Tactical Handbook, 1994.)
  • Tactical Operations, the advanced rules that apply to on-world operations. It includes new movement and combat options, an extensive Advanced Weapons and Equipment section, and the rules for playing and constructing advanced Support Vehicles and Mobile Structures. (ARTIST: Doug Chaffee; First Publication, CityTech, Second Edition boxed set, 1994.)

Note: the hard-copy availability of the new printings of Tactical Operations and TechManual has not been determined.

A fully-updated errata PDF of Strategic Operations, the advanced rules for aerospace combat and solar system-level campaigns, is in the works. (ARTIST: Steve Venters; First Publication: BattleForce Box Set, 1987.)

The PDFs are priced at $15 each, and are available now.

If you’re traveling to Gen Con from Aug. 2 to Aug. 5, be sure to stop by Catalyst Game Labs’ booth to check out the new BattleTech boxed sets and all of Catalyst’s great games!

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Statement from Catalyst Game Labs on Conclusion of Harmony Gold Legal Action https://bg.battletech.com/news/statement-from-catalyst-game-labs-on-conclusion-of-harmony-gold-legal-action/ Fri, 29 Jun 2018 15:14:41 +0000 http://bg.battletech.com/?p=7496 Catalyst Game Labs has issued the following statement about the recent conclusion of the Harmony Gold legal action:

“Everyone at Catalyst Game Labs is pleased to see that the lawsuit brought by Harmony Gold has been settled and that a final order of dismissal has been issued by the court. We join Piranha Games and [...]]]> Catalyst Game Labs has issued the following statement about the recent conclusion of the Harmony Gold legal action:

“Everyone at Catalyst Game Labs is pleased to see that the lawsuit brought by Harmony Gold has been settled and that a final order of dismissal has been issued by the court. We join Piranha Games and Harebrained Schemes in the delight at putting this behind us and moving forward to provide fans of BattleTech with more great product.

While we appreciate the support we’ve seen in the online community, and the celebration we’ve heard take place on our behalf and on behalf of BattleTech, we will not be commenting further on the original merits of the case nor the final order of dismissal.

Our plans for the future of BattleTech have not changed, and our work proceeds at all best speed.”

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Total Warfare – New Printing, New Cover! https://bg.battletech.com/news/total-warfare-new-printing-new-cover/ Thu, 14 Jun 2018 15:35:21 +0000 http://bg.battletech.com/?p=7486 The classic BattleTech rules, back in print!

Get back to the battlefield with this new printing of Total Warfare, the essential and complete rules for standard games of BattleTech.

Following its debut at Origins Game Fair, the new printing of Total Warfare will be available online and through local game stores at the end of [...]]]> The classic BattleTech rules, back in print!

Get back to the battlefield with this new printing of Total Warfare, the essential and complete rules for standard games of BattleTech.

Following its debut at Origins Game Fair, the new printing of Total Warfare will be available online and through local game stores at the end of July.

Adorned with a cover featuring a classic piece of BattleTech art, this new printing incorporates all current errata from previous editions of Total Warfare. It maintains the layout scheme of past printings of the book. However, it includes the first installment of an all-new image for the popular “spine art” of core rulebooks.

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Box Set Preview Content https://bg.battletech.com/news/box-set-preview-content/ Fri, 25 May 2018 02:34:33 +0000 http://bg.battletech.com/?p=7471 Production on the new box sets is underway, and they’re crammed full of so much new stuff that it didn’t all fit. To tide you over until their release, here are a bunch of the new Mechwarrior Cards and accompanying tokens for you to try out at your next game!

Get your free preview [...]]]> Production on the new box sets is underway, and they’re crammed full of so much new stuff that it didn’t all fit. To tide you over until their release, here are a bunch of the new Mechwarrior Cards and accompanying tokens for you to try out at your next game!

Get your free preview content here!

(To be clear: three of these 10 cards–Yuuya Saito, Danny Hubbard, and Kaspar Masaharu–as well as the standees available here will not be included in either box set. The other seven Mechwarrior Cards will be in the BattleTech: A Game of Armored Combat boxed set.)

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Box Set Previews https://bg.battletech.com/news/box-set-previews/ Sat, 19 May 2018 01:30:32 +0000 http://bg.battletech.com/?p=7457 It’s Friday night! How about some previews?

We’ve told you that the two new box sets, the BattleTech Beginner Box and BattleTech: A Game of Armored Combat, will include punch-out ’Mechs and terrain.

Here’s what they’ll look like!

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It’s Friday night! How about some previews?

We’ve told you that the two new box sets, the BattleTech Beginner Box and BattleTech: A Game of Armored Combat, will include punch-out ’Mechs and terrain.

Here’s what they’ll look like!

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Harebrained Studios BattleTech Game Released https://bg.battletech.com/news/harebrained-studios-battletech-game-released/ Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:55:22 +0000 http://bg.battletech.com/?p=7434 It’s a big day, as we welcome Harebrained Schemes’ BattleTech – Game to the family. If you’re new to the franchise, we make the original tabletop experience which that game is based on. We’ve assembled a primer that’s required reading for all new MechWarriors — check it out!

Or go to the forums to [...]]]> It’s a big day, as we welcome Harebrained Schemes’ BattleTech – Game to the family. If you’re new to the franchise, we make the original tabletop experience which that game is based on. We’ve assembled a primer that’s required reading for all new MechWarriors — check it out!

Or go to the forums to discuss the new game!

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Catalyst Game Labs Names Anthony Scroggins as BattleTech Art Director https://bg.battletech.com/news/catalyst-game-labs-names-anthony-scroggins-as-battletech-art-director/ Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:48:18 +0000 http://bg.battletech.com/?p=7421 Lake Stevens, WA (March 26, 2018) – Catalyst Game Labs has appointed Anthony Scroggins to the position of Art Director for the BattleTech tabletop game, the company announced today.

Scroggins is a longtime contributor to the BattleTech tabletop property, and his fan-favorite artwork has defined the game’s look in recent years.

In addition to [...]]]> Lake Stevens, WA (March 26, 2018) – Catalyst Game Labs has appointed Anthony Scroggins to the position of Art Director for the BattleTech tabletop game, the company announced today.

Scroggins is a longtime contributor to the BattleTech tabletop property, and his fan-favorite artwork has defined the game’s look in recent years.

In addition to contributing cover art to key sourcebooks, Scroggins was instrumental in redefining and updating the look of the BattleMech miniatures included in the game’s upcoming new boxed sets.

“I’ve been a fan of BattleTech for a long time, and have greatly enjoyed working on the game and with the fans,” Scroggins said. “I’m looking forward to my run as art director, and hope to oversee lots of pretty artwork for the community to enjoy.”

Former BattleTech Art Director Brent Evans now serves as line developer for the game; he remains overall Art Director for Catalyst Game Labs’ full portfolio of products.

“As Catalyst continues to expand its game lines, this move will ensure BattleTech receives the attention it deserves,” Evans said. “Plus it marks a creative shift as new blood comes in to lend their vision to a resurgent BattleTech universe and product line.”

Scroggins’ first BattleTech freelance assignment came in 2011. Since then, he has provided illustrations and miniatures work for nearly two dozen BattleTech products and approximately 30 miniatures.

Scroggins’ newest work can be found in the upcoming BattleTech Beginner Box and BattleTech: A Game of Armored Combat boxed sets, due out in late summer.

BattleTech is produced by Catalyst Game Labs under license from The Topps Company, Inc.

To discuss this news, please click here.

Below: Anthony’s cover for the upcoming sourcebook Shattered Fortress. Check out more of Anthony’s art at his DeviantArt page here.

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Coming Releases Updated https://bg.battletech.com/news/coming-releases-updated/ Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:05:28 +0000 http://bg.battletech.com/?p=7417 We’ve just made a major update and refresh to our Coming Releases page, including full details on the two upcoming box sets and much more!

Let us know what product you’re looking forward to the most, and discuss all the juicy details here.

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We’ve just made a major update and refresh to our Coming Releases page, including full details on the two upcoming box sets and much more!

Let us know what product you’re looking forward to the most, and discuss all the juicy details here.

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Passing of Victor Milan https://bg.battletech.com/news/passing-of-victor-milan/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:49:10 +0000 http://bg.battletech.com/?p=7382

Author Victor Milan passed away Feb. 13 in Albuquerque, N.M. following a short battle with cancer, his friends and fellow writers confirmed. He was 63.

Milan is best remembered by BattleTech fans as the author of three novels featuring the Camacho’s Caballeros mercenary unit, “Close Quarters,” “Hearts of Chaos,” and “Black Dragon” as well [...]]]>

Author Victor Milan passed away Feb. 13 in Albuquerque, N.M. following a short battle with cancer, his friends and fellow writers confirmed. He was 63.

Milan is best remembered by BattleTech fans as the author of three novels featuring the Camacho’s Caballeros mercenary unit, “Close Quarters,” “Hearts of Chaos,” and “Black Dragon” as well as a BattleCorps short story, “Callie’s Call.” He also penned a pair of Mechwarrior: Dark Age novels, “Flight of the Falcon” and “A Rending of Falcons.”

“News of Vic’s passing really made my head spin this morning,” BattleTech Line Developer Brent Evans said. “Victor was BattleTech family, and I always felt his contributions to the universe were huge. He had a way of bringing characters and conflicts to life that really resonated with the reader. I loved the variety of the Caballeros, the savagery of the Falcon books, and the voices he crafted for all those wonderfully flawed characters. In a universe of titans, he was one of the greats.”

BattleTech Fiction Director John Helfers likewise praised Milan’s contributions to BattleTech, adding that plans are developing to release Milan’s partially-completed final BattleTech novel, the previously announced “Case White.”

“When we relaunched the BattleTech fiction line, there were only a few names on my list for previous authors I wanted to bring back into the fold,” Helfers said. “Victor’s was near the very top. Although I knew him primarily through other IPs, the palpable fan reaction to the announcement of his return to BT fiction made me realize that we were doing something very special with him, and his excitement at revisiting the BT universe was just as great.

“Sadly, Victor passed away before he could finish his take on ‘Case White,’ which I’m sure would have been incredible. We have a partial manuscript in hand, however, and after a re-evaluation of the situation, I plan to take steps to have it completed by another author so we can bring Victor’s last BattleTech story to the fans. I just wish I could have helped him shepherd the rest of the novel to completion. And unfortunately, we will also have no more BattleTech stories from one of the true masters of the BT universe. R.I.P. Victor.”

A prolific author with approximately 100 novels and numerous short stories to his name, he won the Prometheus Award in 1986 for “Cybernetic Samurai,” and was a central contributor to the long-running “Wild Cards” shared universe. More recently, he gained recognition for his series “The Dinosaur Lords.”

A Twitter post by James S.A. Corey, the pen name of “The Expanse” authors Ty Frank and Daniel Abraham, attributed Milan’s death to a “short but tough fight with cancer.”

In a blog post, George R.R. Martin remembered Milan’s “warmth, his writ, and his talent,” and credited him with being a key force in the creation of “Wild Cards.”

“In a sense he was the father of Wild Cards,” Martin wrote. “It was Vic who gave me the Superworld game as a birthday present back in 1983, and it was those long long nights of playing Superworld that eventually inspired me to start Wild Cards. Vic was an integral part of the series right from the very start, and the characters he created were among our most popular.”

Catalyst Game Labs joins BattleTech fans worldwide in sending condolences to Victor’s family, friends, and loved ones.

Discuss this news here.

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Forum Restored https://bg.battletech.com/news/news-and-announcements/forum-restored/ Fri, 26 Jan 2018 02:51:44 +0000 http://bg.battletech.com/?p=7377 Forum access has been restored! Let us know if you have any problems.

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