Past Opinion Articles
Article for the week of 9/8/07
New Name…. New Look: Classic Battletech
By, Puns McKenna
In the beginning there was light… No wait! That’s not what we’re talking about here. In the beginning there were Plas-tech minis. Then cardboard became the craze. And now the minis of choice are the Metal-crack kind. Now the new product is out. That’s right, plastic minis are back.
Classic Battletech has a new look. You can find it in the new TechManual or Total Warfare. Total Warfare is the new core rulebook for the Classic Battletech universe. Rules are mixed with fiction to make it easy to understand their practical usage. The fiction also lends a hand to giving some insight into how the politics of the universe work. TechManual is the first of many supplemental books to the core rules. It offers a look at the technology available to the various factions. There are rules for constructing different vehicles and equipping the player’s characters.
And then we have the starter book. Sword and Dragon is a full-blown scenario, detailing the rivalry between the Draconis Combine and the Federated Suns. The Draconis Combine is a faction of what is called the Inner Sphere. They are a feudalistic Japanese culture, who hates pretty much everyone out there. The Federated Suns are more the Anglo-Saxons of the Inner Sphere, with French/English leanings. All three books are perfect introductions into the CBT universe.
And then we have the newest addition. The 4th Edition Boxed Set. Yep! You guessed it! Plastic minis have returned. New maps; a brief look at history; ´Mech sheets; and twenty-four plastic sculpts of some of the Universe’s most used Battlemechs. Rules for playing the board game that are simple to follow. If you’ve never played a demo game of Battletech, then you’re missing out.
At the gaming convention where this boxed set was released, there were demo games going almost constantly. Nothing beats the thrill of teaching new people how to move their thirty-foot tall walking tank across a battlefield. The minis give a good image of the machines used for death and destruction in a time when Battlemechs are the weapon of choice.
Pick up any of the products mentioned here. It’s a great way to get introduced
to the Battletech Universe. Imagine it! The thirty-first century, ten-meter
tall walking tanks, interstellar travel in the blink of an eye. Politics
that would make even Stalin blush. Highly recommended if you like futuristic
warfare and culture.
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