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Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 8:18 a.m. PST

Greetings, I'm just getting started in Battletech for the first time. I'm interested in building forces for a campaign and the two obvious sources of fluff seem to be the 4x Succession Wars and the Clan Wars.

Based on what is out there in the way of rules & fluff do any of you experienced players have one campaign that you prefer over any others?

It seems like a really interesting background, I'm just a bit overwhelmed by the amount of source material that's out there.

Thanks!

Stryderg13 Sep 2021 9:12 a.m. PST

I prefer the 3025 era. The introduction of the Clans just left me cold.

Here's a resource you may not know about: link
Pick your era, then pick your faction, and it gives a list of available mechs and their unit cards for Alpha Strike. Not sure where to find the classic data sheets.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 9:16 a.m. PST

That's a great resource Stryderg! Most helpful.

Thanks.

Tgerritsen Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 9:45 a.m. PST

Stryderg hit you with one of the best sources. I will also throw this out there- which is a link to the free official primer.

link

As someone who has played since the original BattleDroids, Battletech can be a lot to absorb for newbies. Still after all these years, the two most popular periods are 'Classic' which is the 3025 era, and 'Clan' which is the 3050 era.

You can go far and wide from there, but I still love gaming a good classic 3025. It's the period of the noble houses and mechs as Knights to them. You can pick your hero house and their enemy and go nuts.

These houses still exist in the other eras, but the other eras have a myriad of different factions and groups.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 9:57 a.m. PST

Many thanks Tgerritsen!

Gokiburi13 Sep 2021 1:32 p.m. PST

I'm not sure if it's the type of campaign you're interested in, but the Chaos Campaign for the Succession Wars is free.

link

They also made record sheets for everything in the Clan Invasion Kickstarter free, and that includes most of the mechs from the succession wars era. They're seperated into two Force Packs PDFs.

bg.battletech.com/downloads

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 1:36 p.m. PST

Awesome GOKIBURI, I will definitely download that package.

One off-hand question for anyone who can answer it. Why does the "Game of Armored Combat" starter box currently gor for $150 USD-200 on Ebay. Other than it comes with 7 (I think) plastic minis, what's so special about it?

Gokiburi13 Sep 2021 3:31 p.m. PST

Nothing really, it's the just current starter, and because of various factors it's out of stock most places, hence the scalper pricing.

Don't worry though, catalyst has said they'll be restocks soon (I think it's as soon as they're done with KS fullfillment). It should be back to normal in a month or two.

There's actually eight minis in aGoAC, not that that makes it worth 150-200.


Edit: I found this in the message they last sent to backers:

" A GAME OF ARMORED COMBAT

Once again, from when this was first released in early 2018, we have published 33,500 copies. The fifth reprint, of 10,000 copies (for a total of 43,500), is on a ship and scheduled to arrive into the Savannah port by September 14th. If that stays on track, it means the base game will be available again to stores and our website by early October. Based upon sales projections, we are already looking to start the sixth reprint of this box by the end of the year."

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 4:17 p.m. PST

40k sales for ANYTHIING in Wargaming is hella-good! Glad for them. Thanks for the heads up too. I'll wait out the re-stock and pick up the Clan Invasion starter box just to get familiar with the game.

Personal logo JammerMan Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 4:28 p.m. PST

Word of warning if you consider the metal mechs. Those that started the hobby in late 80s, can run to hundreds for just a couple to 3 of them. they are called unseen because of legal issues. but the plastic paint and play well.

Stryderg13 Sep 2021 4:28 p.m. PST

You can pick up the quick start rules for free. They are very basic, but you get to see how movement and firing work before digging into 200+ pages of rules.
See Tgerritsen's link above and poke around a bit.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 4:38 p.m. PST

Roger that. Yeah I'm liking the newer plastic stuff. I just have to do some research on the sets.

Lowmoonman13 Sep 2021 8:59 p.m. PST

A few things for your consideration:

Sarna.net is a great battletech wiki for lore and other info.

Camospecs online is a good resource for unit paint schemes. They have also done some good YouTube videos on some painting techniques.

Tex talks Battletech on YouTube has some good lore videos and history of several popular Mechwarrior. I found them pretty entertaining.

If you can find the 4th Succession War Atlases (1 and 2), it give a moderate detail of the whole conflict. Lots of ideas for campaigns. The are out of print though.

The Warrior Trilogy by Michael Stackpole is 3 books set in the 4th Sucession War if you are interested.

In terms of factional guides, I recommend the Combat Manuals which are focused towards Alpha Strike. They only did the first 2 (Mercenary and Kurita) but they are beautiful IMHO. There are unfinished PDFs of most of the others out there without artwork.

Just a few thoughts.

James


James

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 10:17 p.m. PST

Thank you James!

emckinney14 Sep 2021 7:48 a.m. PST

If you play hex-based, you may spend more on maps than anything else!

The selection of maps is Squad Leader in its scale. You can use the handful of basic maps, but if you use some of the pretty nice campaign booklets, you're guaranteed to want the maps that match the specific terrain.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2021 9:42 a.m. PST

So I'm planning on doing hex-map based games until I get the basics down then I'm eventually planning to pick up some terrain for the game. I already have a copy of Alpha Strike I'm looking forward to trying once I've played the basic game.

Louie N15 Sep 2021 10:40 a.m. PST

As a note the 4th succession war atlas are avaliable in PDF.

link

it is a great source for scenario ideas.

Augustus15 Sep 2021 2:00 p.m. PST

4th War atlases should be read with tongue firmly in cheek. They are seriously weak sauce and began the "War is over in a week" that is repeated everywhere that is Battletech.

The conclusions in the book are a joke and it is pretty obvious the intent was to push things along rather than get into the reality.

Case in point, Vincent's Commandos are annihilated by the Blue Star Irregulars' 1894th Light Horse in less than a paragraph. Completely ignored the house book readouts or even realistic behavior.

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