In a post a couple of months ago, I mentioned that my brother and I were working on a kaiju vs. mecha game inspired by Pacific Rim. We used the rules for BattleTech as a starting point and then whittled away a bunch of the complexities to try to get to a simpler core system. Our … Continue reading Kaiju vs Mecha
It's been a while since I've posted anything here, hasn't it? At this rate, I won't be anywhere close to my goal of 50 posts for the year. I'm at 14 now with the year more than half gone. So, what have I been up to the past couple months? Outside of work and other … Continue reading Where’s the Gnome Been?
One of the great things about BattleTech is the way that its setting is handled. The game's published setting started with the 3rd Succession War era where the five great powers of the Inner Sphere were fighting a low-level war consisting of border raids for food, supplies, and water. Then as new books have been … Continue reading BattleTech’s Dark Age
My gaming group played BattleTech for November’s game-of-the-month. BattleTech is a game of armored combat in the 31st century that is currently published by Catalyst Game Labs. Unlike the previous two games-of-the-month, this wasn’t the first time that I’d played BattleTech. I’ve owned various versions of the game since getting the box for the 3rd edition when … Continue reading Game of the Month: BattleTech
I've been reading a lot of BattleTech books recently, and it struck me that there is a huge difference in how recent Dungeons & Dragons and BattleTech books present their rules and mechanics despite both being very rules-heavy, combat-focused games. One of the most noticeable difference is in the balance between the amount of story and rules material in … Continue reading Fluffy Crunch
Like most game masters, I have a backlog of games that I'd love to have time to run. I'm not sure if I will actually manage to get around to all of them, but I should get a chance to run one once my current Dungeons & Dragons game wraps up (likely in a few months). … Continue reading Games I Want to Run
One of the games on my bookshelf is BattleTech. It’s a strategy game where players control opposing forces of mechs, battle armor, tanks, helicopters, and other units. It was originally developed by FASA, but the game has changed ownership several times and the books are now published by Catalyst Game Labs. How I Started Playing … Continue reading BattleTech