We wanted to catch everyone up on some exciting recent BattleTech releases, including an amazing new box set, the latest edition of Shrapnel, and the thrilling conclusion to Craig Reed’s Elements of Treason trilogy, a full-length novel finally putting Clan Hell’s Horses front and center!

Also, we’re pleased to announce that three much anticipated new ForcePacks—the Snord’s Irregulars Assault Lance, UrbanMech Lance, and Proliferation Cycle ForcePack—will be available at retail next Wednesday, June 28 and in the Catalyst Game Labs webstore on Friday, June 30. If you can’t wait to get your hands on an actual FrankenMech or need to deploy every Urbie variant, your wait is almost over!

Here’s what’s new:

BattleTech: Essentials

Target exclusive – Check your stock at your local Target store here.

Strap into your BattleMech’s cockpit and charge into the most important fight of your life! Soldiers from across the Inner Sphere are drawn to the Game World of Solaris VII, where they seek glory, fame, and fortune in live-fire arena combat before rotating back to their empires’ fields of battle. Yet only the best and most aggressive gladiators will succeed. Will you duel your way to the top of the leaderboards and be immortalized for all time, or will go down in flames to the sound of thunderous applause?

BattleTech is the world’s greatest armored combat game, filled with epic stories and gaming experiences to satisfy any player, from miniatures to RPG play, hobby painting to fiction and beyond. BattleTech: Essentials is a first step on that fantastic journey, and includes everything you need to get started: two high-quality miniatures, quick-start rules, a mapsheet, cards to represent your MechWarrior’s unique skills, dice, and more. 

Do you have what it takes to conquer the arenas of the Game World and become a legend? Leap into the action and find out! 


  • Quick-Start Rules booklet
  • 2 high-quality, fully-assembled (unpainted) plastic miniatures
  • Punchboard including additional playing pieces as well as terrain
  • 18” x 22” full color, double-sided game map
  • Instant Guide to the Inner Sphere
  • 24-page fiction novella
  • 4 Record sheets
  • 4 MechWarrior cards
  • Solaris VII Arena Map Rules sheet

Shrapnel #13

E-publication: $6.99
Print-on-Demand (via Amazon): $12.95

Push Your Luck!

Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine gives you the weapons you need to triumph when battlefield tragedy strikes and the odds are stacked against you. Forge on through the unforgiving BattleMech warfare of the 31st century and beyond!

Two brothers on opposite sides of an Inner Sphere-wide war run into each other at the flashpoint of a local struggle. A captured wet-navy vessel patrolling a critical river stands alone against the Draconis Combine’s oppressive occupation of Verthandi. A group of friends on a dying planet in the Davion Outback undertake a risky and dangerous mission to escape the system on the last departing DropShip, and a young mercenary on his first assignment must choose which inevitable losses will weigh less on his conscience.

In this issue, you’ll charge headlong into danger in the cockpit of a fragile but fleet ’Mech that loves to run at full throttle. Then you’ll confront incredible four-against-one odds in a vicious gladiatorial event that will be talked about for decades to come. Wander into a vast megaforest where brutal Marian Hegemony troops could spring an ambush at any moment, then wade through a mist-filled city guarded a mysterious protector who will stop at nothing to defend their home.

Burn some sage, grab your rabbit’s foot, and knock on wood as you march on through bad luck with a look at a cursed cooling suit, the logs of a JumpShip that misjumped on Friday the 13th, a guide to unique battlefield geography, a peek at the culture and Machiavellian politics of the Raven Alliance, a Unit Digest for the hard-luck mercenaries of Wilson’s Hussars, along with technical readouts, playable scenarios, RPG adventures, and more—all by BattleTech veterans and some newcomers:

  • Bryan Young
  • Russell Zimmerman
  • David G. Martin
  • Adam Neff
  • Joseph A. Cosgrove
  • Matthew Cross
  • Giles Gammage
  • Ben Klinefelter
  • Westin Riverside
  • Ken’ Horner
  • Wunji Lau
  • Josh Perian
  • Eric Salzman
  • Zac Schwartz
  • Ed Stephens
  • Stephen Toropov

E-publication: https://books2read.com/BattleTechShrapnelIssue13
Print-on-Demand (via Amazon): https://www.amazon.com/BattleTech-Shrapnel-Issue-Official-Magazine/dp/1638611378/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1687476106&sr=8-1

Elements of Treason: Honor

A BattleTech novel by Craig A. Reed
E-publication: $6.99
Print-on-Demand (via Amazon): $14.95

A Herd Divided…

For the entirety of its existence, Clan Hell’s Horses has been underestimated by its fellow Clans. The inclusion of tanks and infantry alongside their BattleMech forces has often unfairly forced the Horses into lopsided alliances with other Clans. As competing Clans race headlong to conquer Terra, the birthplace of humanity, the Horses must focus on survival rather than the glory of conquest. But many Horses want more, and they refuse to be shouldered aside as Clans Jade Falcon and Wolf reap the rewards of their campaign toward Terra.

Star Captain Peter Cobb, a controversial rising star and military scholar, sees a new trail for the Hell’s Horses to blaze. This path would put the Clan on a fiery trajectory to earn the victories and respect they rightfully deserve, and push the Clan toward a prosperous future. But few embrace his controversial ideas and, divided by distrust and ambition, the leadership of his Clan lacks the will to ensure that the Hell’s Horses will be strong enough to survive the tumultuous conflicts ahead.

Caught between the bloody agendas of two rival Khans—a political maneuverer and a bellicose warmonger—Peter must find a way to restore the soul of the Hell’s Horses without sullying his honor, or risk dooming his entire Clan to extinction in the face of a rising power unlike any the Inner Sphere has ever seen…

E-publication: https://books2read.com/b/BattleTechElementofTreasonHonor
Print-on-Demand (via Amazon): https://www.amazon.com/BattleTech-Elements-Craig-Reed-Jr/dp/1947335804/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1687473965&sr=8-1