Recommend
1 
 Thumb up
 Hide
11 Posts

BoardGameGeek» Forums » Gaming Related » General Gaming

Subject: Battletech Introductory Box Set Reprint? rss

Your Tags: Add tags
Popular Tags: [View All]
ben williams
msg tools
Will Catalyst reprint this box set? I am interested in getting started with Battletech but without the box set it seems like it would cost way more than the $40-60 the box set went for. I kind of think I would want to spend my money elsewhere if they are not going to reprint...

Also, any suggestions from the Battletech vets on how / where to start?

Battletech seems kind of mysterious. It is hard to find simplified information on the game. Everything I find is VERY in depth and just kind of starts out over my head. Apparently there are lots of different levels of depth that can be played but, again, that just makes me want to start with the box set which seems to be unavailable.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Thanee
Germany
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
bvak123 wrote:
Will Catalyst reprint this box set?


Well... it is referenced pretty much everywhere as the point of entry, so it would be somewhat weird, if they do not reprint it.

But other than that, I cannot really say. Maybe write them directly and ask?

Quote:
Also, any suggestions from the Battletech vets on how / where to start?


Not really, no. There is a rulebook (http://www.battlecorps.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=27...), however, it says in the description, that it is more of a rules reference for people who know the game, not an introduction.

There is this site (http://bg.battletech.com/new-to-the-board-game/), but it seems to also just point you to the introductory box set, which in turn leads to a dead link on the Catalyst shop site.

Anyways... I would just contact them, I think.

http://www.catalystgamelabs.com/contact/

Bye
Thanee
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Antonie van der Tweel
msg tools
mb
You could try the quick start rules (from Battletech.com) combined with the Vassal Module ?
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Thanee
Germany
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Which you find here... http://bg.battletech.com/downloads/

There is a download for sheets and counters from the Introductory Box Set, also. Those could be handy as well.

Bye
Thanee
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
But the drumbeat strains of the night remain in the rhythm of the newborn day.
United States
Riva
Maryland
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmb

    There's copies for sale here on BGG. Worth a look.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Ken Lewis
United States
Cumming
Georgia
flag msg tools
designer
Avatar
Is it out of print?

I picked up a copy during Barnes and Nobles red dot sale and I remember seeing it on the restock page of Board Game Bliss within the past month or so.

There should still be copies floating around the retail channel.

You might also want to research the Battletech Alpha Strike rules. Those rules offer a simplified version of the game which is supposed to get its own box set at some point.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Benjamine Allen
United States
Grand Ledge
Michigan
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Giant_Monster wrote:
Is it out of print?

I picked up a copy during Barnes and Nobles red dot sale and I remember seeing it on the restock page of Board Game Bliss within the past month or so.

There should still be copies floating around the retail channel.

You might also want to research the Battletech Alpha Strike rules. Those rules offer a simplified version of the game which is supposed to get its own box set at some point.


Alpha strike lets you play with more minis in a manageable amount of time. I played this game all the time as a teen about 15 years ago.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Roberto Lanza
United States
Connecticut
flag msg tools
bvak123 wrote:
Will Catalyst reprint this box set? I am interested in getting started with Battletech but without the box set it seems like it would cost way more than the $40-60 the box set went for. I kind of think I would want to spend my money elsewhere if they are not going to reprint...

Also, any suggestions from the Battletech vets on how / where to start?

Battletech seems kind of mysterious. It is hard to find simplified information on the game. Everything I find is VERY in depth and just kind of starts out over my head. Apparently there are lots of different levels of depth that can be played but, again, that just makes me want to start with the box set which seems to be unavailable.


Hello, long time Battletech fan playing for almost 20yrs with friends and family.

Right now the Battletech Intro box is scarce but there is another print coming as was confirmed by CSL in a video about the Battletech Video Game. There is going to be an advance of the timeline with the new edition as well as a I believe something to go along with the new video game story line.

Right now you have two options:

1) The Intro box is on Amazon.com going for $60 (https://www.amazon.com/Battletech-Introductory-Box-Set-Class...)

2) Purchase the Alpha Strike Source Book and then some Lance Packs (https://www.amazon.com/BattleTech-Assault-Lance-Board-Game/d...) and play Alpha Strike

Note, you could also purchase the Lance Packs and purchase the Total War Source Book and start playing Battletech Classic as well. Or, two Lance Packs and start with the starter rules. http://bg.battletech.com/downloads/ If you play classic battletech you can find printable maps here (http://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php?topic=21128.0)


Definitely check out these three websites:

1) The official battletech forum is here http://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php#c2 and ask getting started questions here.

2) Reddit has a group and you can search on the many "getting started" threads as well. https://www.reddit.com/r/battletech/

3) Finally, if you are interested in video games, checkout the website for the video game being released May 2017. There is an active thread there on TT as well as most everyone on the site is also a current or former TT player. https://community.battletechgame.com/forums/recent

Finally, plenty of information on YouTube as well.

If you have interest on the Battletech Universe in general, the best resource is Sarna which is actively being updated. http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Main_Page They also have a great downloads section.

One more item, Beast of War out of the UK recently did a 3 part story on BattleTech (http://www.beastsofwar.com/battletech/exploring-part-one-int...) and they also have a VERY active BattleTech forum as there seems to be a renewed interest even in game heavy UK.

Hope that helps you get started in one of best Stompy Mech games ever made. Feel free to ask questions.
4 
 Thumb up
1.00
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
David C
United States
Aurora
Colorado
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mb
bvak123 wrote:
Will Catalyst reprint this box set? I am interested in getting started with Battletech but without the box set it seems like it would cost way more than the $40-60 the box set went for. I kind of think I would want to spend my money elsewhere if they are not going to reprint...

Also, any suggestions from the Battletech vets on how / where to start?

Battletech seems kind of mysterious. It is hard to find simplified information on the game. Everything I find is VERY in depth and just kind of starts out over my head. Apparently there are lots of different levels of depth that can be played but, again, that just makes me want to start with the box set which seems to be unavailable.


I would really recommend heroscape if you haven't tried it. It's not robots, but I thought it was pretty close to the 'fun' of Battletech without all the literal paperwork. Until we had the hit tables memorized in highschool, playing battletech always had a little 'doing taxes' feel with coloring in dots and knowing hit rules.

Also good, is 'mega mek' on sourceforge. Answer 'no' to all the adware they want you to download.

https://sourceforge.net/projects/megamek/

'mega mek' is essentially battletech, but named otherwise.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Roberto Lanza
United States
Connecticut
flag msg tools
bippi wrote:
bvak123 wrote:
Will Catalyst reprint this box set? I am interested in getting started with Battletech but without the box set it seems like it would cost way more than the $40-60 the box set went for. I kind of think I would want to spend my money elsewhere if they are not going to reprint...

Also, any suggestions from the Battletech vets on how / where to start?

Battletech seems kind of mysterious. It is hard to find simplified information on the game. Everything I find is VERY in depth and just kind of starts out over my head. Apparently there are lots of different levels of depth that can be played but, again, that just makes me want to start with the box set which seems to be unavailable.


I would really recommend heroscape if you haven't tried it. It's not robots, but I thought it was pretty close to the 'fun' of Battletech without all the literal paperwork. Until we had the hit tables memorized in highschool, playing battletech always had a little 'doing taxes' feel with coloring in dots and knowing hit rules.

Also good, is 'mega mek' on sourceforge. Answer 'no' to all the adware they want you to download.

https://sourceforge.net/projects/megamek/

'mega mek' is essentially battletech, but named otherwise.



All you are doing is filling out a score sheet. The hit rules in the Intro box are on a single 8x10 foam core card and can also be found in a single page of the Total War Source Book. In Alpha Strike this has been greatly reduced and is simple straight forward skirmish game and you add advanced rules ONLY if you want to. If you purchase a Lance Pack and play Alpha Strike the Lance Packs even come with Cards that can be reused with dry erase markers. BattleTech can be played as simple or as complex as you want it is up to the players.

Yes, there is "mega mek" and is fine when it works but it is not the same as playing someone across the table. IMHO, "mega mek" is an Okay substitute but the forthcoming BattleTech Game will be better.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
ben williams
msg tools
Thanks everyone for all of the great advice. Happy Gaming.!
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.