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NEW RELEASE: Core Rulebooks - New Printings
« on: 26 March 2018, 20:47:46 »
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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NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #1 on: 13 June 2018, 23:48:19 »
It may not be something brand new, but the BattleTech Facebook page just uploaded images of the new Total Warfare 5th edition. It even has a new throwback cover to the first Compendium.

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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #2 on: 14 June 2018, 00:16:19 »
It may not be something brand new, but the BattleTech Facebook page just uploaded images of the new Total Warfare 5th edition. It even has a new throwback cover to the first Compendium.

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Interesting what it says on the bottom-right of the book cover.

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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #3 on: 14 June 2018, 00:43:23 »
Thrifty!

Interesting what it says on the bottom-right of the book cover.

Core Game Rules? That's what TW has always said? Or am I missing something?

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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #4 on: 14 June 2018, 01:43:47 »
Core Game Rules? That's what TW has always said? Or am I missing something?

There was some thread on the forum where people were asking for more labels like that on the books. Haven't seen a Catalyst-made Total Warfare in a while, didn't know they were labeled like that.

I guess we'll see more throwback art on the new editions of Tech Manual and other core books?
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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #5 on: 14 June 2018, 01:48:11 »
Good way to save on the art budget :D I really like that art of the Atlas by the way :thumbsup:
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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #6 on: 14 June 2018, 02:39:02 »
I find it weird how the cover simply states "Total Warfare", and nothing about 2nd Edition or Update or the like, yet has a new (or at least different) cover.

I can see why they would switch to the new logo that originated with HBS, to make it a unified brand, but I liked how the previous rulebook covers and spines aligned to produce a single image - it served to drive home the point that they were individual components of one huge integrated ruleset. Now this new cover looks like they're fracturing that ruleset.
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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #7 on: 14 June 2018, 04:00:00 »
I find it weird how the cover simply states "Total Warfare", and nothing about 2nd Edition or Update or the like, yet has a new (or at least different) cover.

I can see why they would switch to the new logo that originated with HBS, to make it a unified brand, but I liked how the previous rulebook covers and spines aligned to produce a single image - it served to drive home the point that they were individual components of one huge integrated ruleset. Now this new cover looks like they're fracturing that ruleset.

Don't know about the SPINE yet....
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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #8 on: 14 June 2018, 07:10:38 »
It may not be something brand new, but the BattleTech Facebook page just uploaded images of the new Total Warfare 5th edition. It even has a new throwback cover to the first Compendium.

That is some good stuff there. Origins dont open until 10a est today. Maybe more later today.
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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #9 on: 14 June 2018, 07:39:18 »
At this point, the only new stuff is for the Dragonfire game. As far as other CGL products go, there doesn't appear anything new for BT, Shadowrun or any of their other games.

Shadowrun has their reprinted rule book and "Street Lethal" here at Origins. For Battletech we have the 5th printing Total Warfare. And Dragonfire has three supplements.
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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #10 on: 14 June 2018, 07:42:40 »
I may pickup the Total Warfare book up just sake of me not having walk around with the book with printed PDFs of the errants so i can fend off people giving me crap about rule changes.  :P

EDIT: No Sign of the new print on the CGL store sadly.  :-\
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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #11 on: 14 June 2018, 08:37:18 »
my current copy of tw is the first cgl printing from 2007 so i'll definitely pick that up. they said 3rd quarter for a release window so that could be as late as the end of september

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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #12 on: 14 June 2018, 10:03:22 »
I can see why they would switch to the new logo that originated with HBS, to make it a unified brand, but I liked how the previous rulebook covers and spines aligned to produce a single image - it served to drive home the point that they were individual components of one huge integrated ruleset. Now this new cover looks like they're fracturing that ruleset.

New Logo?  You talking about what was done with the A?  That symbol has been in PC BT since MechCommander, it was the symbol for running.
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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #13 on: 14 June 2018, 10:17:08 »
I can see why they would switch to the new logo that originated with HBS, to make it a unified brand, but I liked how the previous rulebook covers and spines aligned to produce a single image - it served to drive home the point that they were individual components of one huge integrated ruleset. Now this new cover looks like they're fracturing that ruleset.

On the facebook page they (CGL) mentioned that it is a new spine image.  8)

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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #14 on: 14 June 2018, 11:03:34 »
When you think about it, it is a good sign that the core rulebook is on its fifth printing. The brand clearly has held interest among gamers for a decade since the first printing.

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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #15 on: 14 June 2018, 11:40:25 »
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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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #16 on: 14 June 2018, 12:03:40 »
On the facebook page they (CGL) mentioned that it is a new spine image.  8)

Yes, new spine image.

Shadowrun has their reprinted rule book and "Street Lethal" here at Origins. For Battletech we have the 5th printing Total Warfare. And Dragonfire has three supplements.

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I find it weird how the cover simply states "Total Warfare", and nothing about 2nd Edition or Update or the like, yet has a new (or at least different) cover.

It's a fifth "printing." Incorporates errata, but doesn't fundamentally change any of the rules. To my marketing brain, when you start branding things with "edition" or "update," people are going to expect something more sweeping. This just isn't that.

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I can see why they would switch to the new logo that originated with HBS, to make it a unified brand, but I liked how the previous rulebook covers and spines aligned to produce a single image - it served to drive home the point that they were individual components of one huge integrated ruleset. Now this new cover looks like they're fracturing that ruleset.

This book has the first installment of a new spine art image. How many installments there will be is not currently known.

As a book, Total Warfare serves the same purpose it always has, the core rulebook for BT tabletop.
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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #17 on: 14 June 2018, 13:48:52 »
I'm not sure that retro art is ideal in today's market. I do like it, but i'm weird.
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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #18 on: 14 June 2018, 13:53:36 »
Hmmm... I had thought I was done buying physical books, but now I need to reconsider...  :-\

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« Reply #19 on: 14 June 2018, 14:11:53 »
So the 250 C-Bill question... how much?
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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #20 on: 14 June 2018, 15:52:32 »
First new release in 9 months. I assume it has some pretty big changes after so long.
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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #21 on: 14 June 2018, 15:54:14 »
So the 250 C-Bill question... how much?
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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #22 on: 14 June 2018, 16:06:33 »
First new release in 9 months. I assume it has some pretty big changes after so long.

eratta 5.0. if they went bananas, maybe some of the wording changes from BMM

i presume the 9 month freeze on any releases was to 1) get the box sets ready to roll and 2) build a strategy for sustainable product support
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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #23 on: 14 June 2018, 16:24:16 »
So the 250 C-Bill question... how much?

$39.99 USD according to the one sitting on the desk in my hotel room.

If I had to guess, I'd say the spine art is the classic TRO 3050 cover.
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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #24 on: 14 June 2018, 16:25:34 »
this guy? nice



I wonder what they'll use for the other core book covers...
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« Reply #25 on: 14 June 2018, 16:39:04 »
That's the one!  The one on this one looks like it's got the front fifth or so of the missile racks.
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« Reply #26 on: 14 June 2018, 17:14:24 »
Hmm. I still need Interstellar Ops, but it's probably $300 by now. My Total Warfare is pretty old - I think it's the first CGL printing - so I'll go ahead and pick this up when it's in general circulation.
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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #27 on: 14 June 2018, 17:27:42 »
First run fanpro/wizkids printing here.

But PDFs help and I use bmm for a lot.
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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #28 on: 14 June 2018, 17:58:42 »
I'm not sure that retro art is ideal in today's market. I do like it, but i'm weird.
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Yeah, I don't think this was the best choice for the first book. If I knew nothing of battletech and saw that on the cover, I'd probably pass by.  More so if I only new battletech from the video games. "What's this?  Are they trying to rip off mechwarrior online?"

Now as something like a con exclusive or some other kind of collectible, I could totally see it.
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Re: NEW RELEASE: Total Warfare - 5th Printing
« Reply #29 on: 14 June 2018, 18:01:52 »
First run fanpro/wizkids printing here.

But PDFs help and I use bmm for a lot.

I've got the leatherbound and regular Fanpro ones, so not averse to buying a new one.
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