Ok, so I was already excited when I heard that Catalyst Game Labs was coming out with a 25th Anniversary Battletech Introductory Boxed Set, but now that the reviews and un-boxing videos are starting to come in I feel like a school girl at a Justin Bieber concert. Seriously folks, I love the Battletech universe. The books, the miniatures, the tech readouts, everything related to that immersive universe originally created by FASA all of those years ago gets me excited. Recently Philip Reed of Steve Jackson Games has been posting some info and sharing some tweets about his passion for the game. This was the spark that set my Battletech itch on fire again. Thanks Philip. 🙂
So, now for a confession. I’ve never actually been able to get a game of Battletech together. It’s true. A good friend of mine and I spent a ton of money buying up books and boxed sets back when we were in high school but for some reason we just never really got around to playing a full game. We tried a few times but since neither of us was very well versed in the rules, and we didn’t have the intro box set, it was kind of hard. That didn’t stop us from talking about the game and plotting out our force organizations, we just never got around to playing.
My gaming collection has grown and shrunk many, many times over the years and Battletech books have come and gone along the way. However I keep coming back to it and each time I do I promise myself that I will eventually find someone to sit down and play a game or two with me. I won’t lie, one of the reasons I wanted a boy so much was so that I would have someone to game with in the future. And yes, this is sexist and stereotypical of me, but at least I am honest and my wife already knows. My son is only 18 months old so we still have a little while to go before we get to Battletech but its in the works. In the mean time I continue to probe the local gaming groups on the hunt for a fellow Battletech player.
While I wait I do have Battletech fiction to keep me company. The Battletech line is supported by one of the largest libraries of fiction in the form of stand alone and serial novels. In addition, the torch has passed onto Battlecorps, an amazing group of new and veteran Battletech fiction writers who continue to produce an amazing selection of tales from all eras of Battletech history. If you are new to the Battletech universe or a cagey veteran I definitely recommend checking out the awesome lineup of fiction available.
Anyways, enough of my Battletech ramblings. For now. Have you ever played or are you interested in playing? Leave a comment below and tell me what you think of Battletech.