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briansommers14 Aug 2020 6:30 a.m. PST

Where do I post about this?

Anyway, I'm looking for detailed rules for mech fighting. I'm thinking battletech but I have no idea of where to start.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian14 Aug 2020 7:51 a.m. PST

How detailed? Horizon Wars for a game you can play 2-3 times in an evening. Freeform (use what you like/have) with a simple design system. 8-10 mech per player is not hard

IF you want LOTS of Grit, look at CAV or Battletech, 1-4 mechs per player

briansommers14 Aug 2020 8:11 a.m. PST

yeah, i'm leaning toward Battletech, 1-4 mechs each sounds about right.

Now which do I get?
I have this in my cart:

Stryderg14 Aug 2020 11:22 a.m. PST

I would recommend the quick start rules: PDF link

Free, short, has paper map and minis. Give it a read and a play through, make sure that's what you want, then dive in.

Jacole14 Aug 2020 12:34 p.m. PST

Sounds like you're already going for Battletech but I'll put in a recommendation for Samurai Robots Battle Royal by Ganesha Games:
My gaming group have really enjoyed these rules. Not played Battletech though so I can't offer a comparison.

Todd63614 Aug 2020 2:15 p.m. PST

If your looking for fighting more mechs and enjoy Battletech, you may consider Alpha Strike. A "watered down" version of Battletech.
I too would recommend the quick start rules. I "believe" they are the same rules that come with the set you indicated. Total Warfare are the "full rules". There are a few supplements that add more/expanded options.

Chuckaroobob14 Aug 2020 9:20 p.m. PST

Don't forget "Mecha Carnage"

Brian Smaller14 Aug 2020 10:20 p.m. PST

I tried Mechs with Dirtside rules. They worked pretty well.

haywire15 Aug 2020 9:20 a.m. PST

Heavy Gear Blitz is free


mechs are smaller 6-8m tall (Votoms/O.b.s.o.l.e.t.e. sized)

Der Krieg Geist20 Aug 2020 8:52 p.m. PST

I would highly recommend C.A.V. (Combat Assault Vehicles) 1st edition, not the new "Rage Engine TM" version. You can find 1st ed and the two Journals of Recognition books, pretty cheap. There are a dozen copies on Ebay right now, most are $12 USD USD and under. The two journals run a couple of bucks cheaper.

I played BattleTech for over twenty years and I am not putting it down like it is a bad game. However, I and my friends call 1st ed CAV "BattleTech without the B.S." (none of us liked the "Rage Engine" version).
Not sure why they discarded a great game for a new set of rules that did zero, to make it a better game.
But anyway, try it and see if you find it to be a great game as we do. :D
Good gaming to you.

gekkoseba20 Nov 2020 10:01 a.m. PST

Mobile Frame Zero is very good, the game encourages you to play using lego, but you can use whatever mech you want. I particullary like the dice allocation system.
Another ruleset i liked was MS Era, again is made for gundam model kits but you can use any mech. It small brother, SD Era is perfect for some party games. It even has a mech soccer scenario.

Beaky Nose31 Jan 2021 3:31 p.m. PST

I used Future War Commander but it migght not have the level of detail you want? Depends on what you need really.

I'm expecting a similar level of detail in Xenos Rampant when that comes out but don't know much about it yet.

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