MACE 2019 Cornerstone Miniature Game: Classic Battletech

From the beginning, we have had Battletech at MACE.  From the late Jerry Hensley to Bill Zeigler and his friends, we have supported one of the classic miniature games of the industry.  It returns once again to MACE 2019 with new scenarios and new terrain for another weekend of Classic Battletech madness.  See the Battletech schedule on OGRe.  You must be registered for MACE 2019 to participate.

About Classic Battletech

Classic BattleTech is a table-top wargame set in the fictional BattleTech universe that simulates combat between futuristic mechanized forces. Originally published by FASA Corporation, the game is now produced by Catalyst Game Labs under license from WizKids.


Battletech in the past


MACE 2019

November 08-10 2019
The Best & Most Organized Carolina Gaming Con
Hilton Charlotte University Place
Charlotte, NC

ConCarolinas 2019: Classic Battletech

Bill Zeigler and Allan Whittingham return once again to ConCarolinas 2019 for another weekend of Classic Battletech madness.

Friday

One on One mech battles

Saturday

4 Light, 4 Medium, 4 Heavy, and 4 Assaults a side coming in staggered over multiple turns. Team with highest number of points wins.

Sunday

Is convoy escort the Attacker is to destroy the convoy before it can escape. The defenders are to rendezvous with the convoy and escourt it to the evacuation point. This will consist of 8 mechs aside with the defender having 4 vehicles to escort. Rule set will be using Total Warfare rule book.

Any time throughout the weekend the GM’s will be glad to run a boot camp game for any player wanting to learn the basics using the beginner’s box set.

Preregister for this event in OGRe.  You must be registered for ConCarolinas 2019.

About Classic Battletech

Classic BattleTech is a table-top wargame set in the fictional BattleTech universe that simulates combat between futuristic mechanized forces. Originally published by FASA Corporation, the game is now produced by Catalyst Game Labs under license from WizKids.


Battletech in the past


ConCarolinas 2019

May 31-June 02 2019
Sci-fi Carolina Style
Hilton Charlotte University Place
Charlotte, NC

ConCarolinas is a Client Convention of JustUs Productions.  They have hired JustUs to run their tabletop gaming track.  Anything other questions should be directed to the Convention Committee of ConCarolinas.  See their website for more information.


MACE 2018 Cornerstone Miniature Game: Classic Battletech

From the beginning, we have had Battletech at MACE.  From the late Jerry Hensley to Bill Zeigler and his friends, we have supported one of the classic miniature games of the industry.  It returns once again to MACE 2018 with new scenarios and new terrain for another weekend of Classic Battletech madness.  See the Battletech schedule on OGRe.  You must be registered for MACE 2018 to participate.

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About Classic Battletech

Classic BattleTech is a table-top wargame set in the fictional BattleTech universe that simulates combat between futuristic mechanized forces. Originally published by FASA Corporation, the game is now produced by Catalyst Game Labs under license from WizKids.


Battletech in the past


MACE 2018

November 09-11 2018
The Best & Most Organized Carolina Gaming Con
Hilton Charlotte University Place
Charlotte, NC

ConCarolinas 2018: Classic Battletech

Bill Zeigler and Allan Whittingham return once again to ConCarolinas 2018 for another weekend of Classic Battletech madness.

Preregister for this event in OGRe.  You must be registered for ConCarolinas 2017.  Be sure to register for the convention using the special JustUs Productions rate.

About Classic Battletech

Classic BattleTech is a table-top wargame set in the fictional BattleTech universe that simulates combat between futuristic mechanized forces. Originally published by FASA Corporation, the game is now produced by Catalyst Game Labs under license from WizKids.


Battletech in the past


ConCarolinas 2018

June 01-03 2018
Sci-fi Carolina Style
Hilton Charlotte University Place
Charlotte, NC

ConCarolinas is a Client Convention of JustUs Productions.  They have hired JustUs to run their tabletop gaming track.  Anything other questions should be directed to the Convention Committee of ConCarolinas.  See their website for more information.


MACE 2017 Cornerstone Miniature Game: Classic Battletech

ogre.logo20.sidemenuFrom the beginning, we have had Battletech at MACE.  From the late Jerry Hensley to Bill Zeigler and his friends, we have supported one of the classic miniature games of the industry.  It returns once again to MACE 2017 with new scenarios and new terrain for another weekend of Classic Battletech madness.  See the Battletech schedule on OGRe.  You must be registered for MACE 2017 to participate.

About Classic Battletech

Classic BattleTech is a table-top wargame set in the fictional BattleTech universe that simulates combat between futuristic mechanized forces. Originally published by FASA Corporation, the game is now produced by Catalyst Game Labs under license from WizKids.


Battletech in the past


MACE 2017

November 10-12 2017
The Best & Most Organized Carolina Gaming Con
Hilton Charlotte University Place
Charlotte, NC

ConCarolinas 2017: Classic Battletech

Bill Zeigler and Allan Whittingham return once again to ConCarolinas 2017 with new scenarios and new terrain for another weekend of Classic Battletech madness.

Friday and Saturday Sessions will be one on one and multi-player battlemech combat. Each player will start out with lite battlemechs advancing to a heavier weight unit in each session. Play will take place  on a single map board. The ruleset use will be Total Warfare. Sunday Session will be a scenario involving company vs company size combat (12 units per side). Each player will control multiple battlemechs.

Preregister for this event in OGRe.  You must be registered for ConCarolinas 2017.  Be sure to register for the convention using the special JustUs Productions rate.

About Classic Battletech

Classic BattleTech is a table-top wargame set in the fictional BattleTech universe that simulates combat between futuristic mechanized forces. Originally published by FASA Corporation, the game is now produced by Catalyst Game Labs under license from WizKids.


Battletech in the past


ConCarolinas 2017

June 02-04 2017
Sci-fi Carolina Style
Hilton Charlotte University Place
Charlotte, NC

ConCarolinas is a Client Convention of JustUs Productions.  They have hired JustUs to run their tabletop gaming track.  Anything other questions should be directed to the Convention Committee of ConCarolinas.  See their website for more information.


MACE 2016 Cornerstone Miniature Game: Classic Battletech

ogre.logo20.sidemenuFrom the beginning, we have had Battletech at MACE.  From the late Jerry Hensley to Bill Zeigler and his friends, we have supported one of the classic miniature games of the industry.  It returns once again to MACE 2016 with new scenarios and new terrain for another weekend of Classic Battletech madness.  See the Battletech schedule on OGRe.

About Classic Battletech

Classic BattleTech is a table-top wargame set in the fictional BattleTech universe that simulates combat between futuristic mechanized forces. Originally published by FASA Corporation, the game is now produced by Catalyst Game Labs under license from WizKids.


Battletech in the past


MACE 2016

November 11-13 2016
The Best & Most Organized Carolina Gaming Con
Hilton Charlotte University Place
Charlotte, NC

Classic Battletech at ConCarolinas 2016

Bill Zeigler and friends returns once again to ConCarolinas 2016 with new scenarios and new terrain for another weekend of Classic Battletech madness.

About Classic Battletech

Classic BattleTech is a table-top wargame set in the fictional BattleTech universe that simulates combat between futuristic mechanized forces. Originally published by FASA Corporation, the game is now produced by Catalyst Game Labs under license from WizKids.


Battletech in the past


ConCarolinas 2016

June 03-05 2016
Sci-fi Carolina Style
Embassy Suites Concord
Concord, NC

ConCarolinas is a Client Convention of JustUs Productions.  They have hired JustUs to run their tabletop gaming track.  Anything other questions should be directed to the Convention Committee of ConCarolinas.  See their website for more information.


Classic Battletech Miniatures

Bill Zeigler and friends return once again to MACE 2015 with new scenarios and new terrain for another weekend of Classic Battletech madness.

About Classic Battletech

Classic BattleTech is a table-top wargame set in the fictional BattleTech universe that simulates combat between futuristic mechanized forces. Originally published by FASA Corporation, the game is now produced by Catalyst Game Labs under license from WizKids.


Battletech in the past

 

Shadowrun/Battletech, a Time of War Quick-Start rules

Shadowrun Quick-start Rules

Battletech, a Time of War Quick-start Rules

From: Catalyst Game Labs

Reviewed by: Joseph Martin

Everyone loves free stuff, gamers possibly more so. When that free stuff is high quality and useful it is nothing short of amazing. “Free RPG Day” products can vary greatly in quality. Over the last several years they have gone from hastily assembled cheap productions to high quality items that many would pay a small fee for. Catalyst Game Labs has hit the mark pretty closely on this two-game quick start pack.

The physical product is beautiful. It is a flipbook with full color covers outside and in. The glossy card stock cover is both eye catching and rugged. Illustrations abound inside the book itself. The layout is good, the text very readable. Overall it is an impressive quality book, especially when you consider the price!

Shadowrun and Battletech have been around for quite some time. Both have a rich history and background. Enough of that history is presented to give new players a working knowledge of the respective backgrounds. The basic rules needed are presented well and appear to be pulled directly from the rule books themselves. All required stats, abilities, gear and more are presented. From a player’s perspective you could read through either section and be ready to play in a short time. Please note that while all the basic game mechanics are explained there are no character creation rules included. Sample characters are provided. This is not an issue with this being a quick start product designed for introducing new players to the games. Being a quick start product it would help to have a Game Master who has played the game previously and has a little experience. A completely new group, including Game Master might fumble a little bit but will be able to play and hopefully enjoy the introduction scenarios.

An easy to comprehend rules set and a well written and flowing scenario to run new gamers through is a must for a quick start product. On the Shadowrun side a serious yet fun run adventure awaits the players. A quick run for some fast food, what could go wrong? The sample characters are well fleshed out. Only a few typographical errors mar their perfection from an experienced gamer’s point of view. All of the standard archetypes are presented. Players can choose from the Street Samurai, Shaman, Decker and more. The game master is given everything needed to run the game. A map, stats and motivations for opponents and bystanders and even a twist and possible lead to future adventures are included. A decent Game Master could take this cold and be ready to run it in just a few minutes.

The printed version of the Battletech scenario is a little bit of a let down. While detailed and interesting characters are given, the flow of the game is entirely up to the Game Master as no real details other than stats on opponents and a description of the area are given. There are no maps, no suggested actions for either the players or the ‘bad guys’. The story is a little weak and the objective very hard. Experienced players trying the game for the first time might be able to find a way to complete the mission. Brand new players will most likely have problems. A Game Master running the print version will need some extra time to flesh out the details and perhaps soften the adventure for the players.

However, the online PDF version (see below) has a completely different scenario with a much more playable story line. The sample characters are not quite as fleshed out as the print versions but overall a much better introduction for new gamers. The Game Master will still need to spend a little time preparing but will not have to do anywhere near the prep work as in the print edition.

In conclusion, Catalyst Game Labs has hit it out of the park with this product. With the corrected Battletech scenario the only thing that mars it are a few small errors, mostly in the fluff. If you can’t find a print copy of this, hit the online PDF’s below. They are a great read and a welcome addition to any gamer’s library.

You can check out all of Catalyst Games Lab’s products at http://www.catalystgamelabs.com/

At the time of this writing you can find PDF versions of these books at the links below. If a link is dead just search, more than likely it’s out there somewhere.

Shadowrun:

http://cdn.shadowruntabletop.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/E-CAT27QSR_SR5-Quick-Start-Rules.pdf

Battletech:

http://catalystgamelabs.com/download/Free%20PDFs/ATOW%20QSR.pdf

 

Codex Rating: 18 (print edition)  19 (Corrected PDF)

 

Product Summary

Shadowrun/Battletech, a Time of War Quick-start rules

From: Catalyst game labs

Type of Game: RPG

Writer/ Artist: No information given in product.

Number of Pages: 64

Retail Price: Free!

Item Number: None.

ISBN: None.

Email: randall@catalystgamelabs.com

Website: http://www.catalystgamelabs.com/

 

Reviewed by: Joseph Martin