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Now, you are reading the 'Featured Non-GW System of the Month - May 2009. This Months chosen system is 'Classic Battletech'. Throughout this Review you will find out a bit about the game play of Classic Battletech and the miniatures. Also, a list of stockists holding Classic Battletech products can be found at the end of this review (NOTE - I cannot guarantee a Full List)
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Battle Tech is a sci-fi table top game that involves giant man-controlled robots, called Mechs. The game is either played with actual models of the Mechs, or cut-outs diagrams of the Mechs (both are official products). Players can use all sorts of Mechs: Weak, Quick and Light Mechs, Strong, Slow but Heavy Mechs, or Average Mechs. This game has been out for over 20 years, and it is still well known today by others.
Classic Battletech Is a Game that dates back to 1984 with the game called battledroid. Battledroids is basically the same game as battletech George Lucas held the rights to the word droid so the name was changed to battletech. Game fluff there are many factions that make up the battletech universe and many time eras. There are 3 main categories The Inner Sphere, The Clans and the Periphery.
Battletech is played by dice, but it also involves alot of pencil and paper. While the actual models/map doesn't take long at all to set up, writing out all the stats, the weapons, and the armour for each of the Mechs may take awhile to beginner players. There are also numerous charts and rules that you have to follow as well, such as overheating, cover, jumping (to some Mechs), missiles fired, and targeting. While the game may seem difficult at first, all it takes is a bit of time to memorize the contents of the game, and you could eventually play Battletech without constant looking at the charts (although the paper/pencil part is pretty much as must at all times).
Games are played by players choosing Mechs. There could be two people choosing one Mech, two people choosing three Mechs, or 8 people choosing one mech each. There's no official rule to what you have to play by, it's completely up to you! Mechs are chosen by their weight catagory. They are either Light Mechs, Medium Mechs, or Heavy Mechs. You won't have one player choosing a Light Mech, while another will choose a heavy Mech. That's suicide!
The Game Box set comes with the following:
- 24 unpainted plastic BattleMech miniatures
- 12-page Quick-start rulebook
- 32-page BattleMech Record Sheet book
- 80-page full-colour rulebook
- Inner Sphere at a Glance booklet
- 16-page Painting and Tactics Guide
- Two heavy-duty reference cards
- Two 22″ x 27″ full-colour double sided mapsheets
- Two six-sided dice
- One full-colour, poster-sized map of the Inner Sphere circa 3067
In the Game the Players can face off in one on one to army vs Army There really is no number to how many people can play. The Very Basics of the game is as Followed roll for Initiative, Movement, Combat, Heat and Close Combat.The Game is not very hard to play and can be learned very quickly.
All in all the game is very fun There is a ton of source books and hundred of miniatures available for the more advanced players to invest in there is also a fairly large online community for the game
The game also has many expansions. Some dating from the 80's, other's are still coming out today! There are endless possibilites to how you want to play this game. More Mechs on the field, the funner the game is. Believe me.
The game was originally created by FASA Corporation, but they were bought out by WizKids in 2000. Wizkids was eventually bought out by Topps Inc. In 2003, as they are still the current owners of Classic Battletech. The minitures are published by Catalyst Game Labs.
I really like the Classic Battletech miniatures although they're nothing compared to the quality of GW's products.
As I'm no longer very close to Classic Battletech at all I'm not overly sure of any other sites that sell their products. If you know of any others PLEASE let them be known here or PM me them.
For each System of the Month I will give a rating of what I think the game is like (1 being terrible, 10 being excellent).