In 2018, Catalyst Game Labs built upon the thirty-five-year legacy of BattleTech with the release of the A Game of Armored Combat (CAT3500D) and Beginner Box (CAT35020M) sets. Those boxed sets included reimagined miniatures which retained the core of each ’Mech’s identity, updated with modern aesthetics. Upon that foundation, Catalyst’s Clan Invasion (CAT35030R) Kickstarter unleashed nearly one hundred additional miniatures and finished among the top 100 Kickstarter campaigns ever.
In the last four years, the avalanche of high-quality, affordable, ready-to-play plastics—coinciding with exciting original fiction and campaign play set in the new ilClan Era–has unleashed a massive wave of BattleTech interest, with more gamers of every age and type playing than ever before. In four-and-a-half years, more than five million high-quality, affordable, ready-to-play plastic ’Mech miniatures will have hit gaming tables.
How do you bring that BattleTech energy and excitement alive—or build more of it–in your store? Let this be your guide as you peruse the comprehensive list of ForcePacks, books, and more.
- All corresponding record sheets are available for free download
- More than 600,000 ForcePacks have been sold in just over two years.
|CAT35721||Inner Sphere Command Lance||$24.99|
|CAT35723||Inner Sphere Battle Lance||$24.99|
|CAT35725||Inner Sphere Dire Fire Lance||$24.99|
|CAT35720||Clan Command Star||$24.99|
|CAT35722||Clan Heavy Striker Star||$24.99|
There are four primary BattleTech experiences, each overlapping and supporting each other. Whichever way your store community interacts with BattleTech, the ForcePack miniatures are used in all four areas! They are the heart of the game—just the rules and play experience change with each form of BattleTech. The four options to play BattleTech are:
- Beginner Box
- A Game of Armored Combat/ Clan Invasion
- Alpha Strike
Option 1: Beginner Box (CAT35020M)
- For $25, players get two ’Mechs and all the materials to play the BattleTech Quick-Start Rules (QSR).
- Quick-Start Rules and half-page record sheets allow for playing within minutes.
- Players can level up into A Game of Armored Combat.
- Or, players can start purchasing ForcePacks. A free online PDF of the QSR contains more than one hundred half-page record sheets for continued QSR-level play.
- In four years, the Beginner Box has sold more than 65,000 copies.
Option 2: A Game of Armored Combat (CAT3500D) & Clan Invasion (CAT35030R)
- For $60, A Game of Armored Combat gives players eight ’Mechs and all the materials to play the standard game.
- One of the best values in the hobby.
- The Clan Invasion box, for $50, offers a perfect OpFor for the AGoAC ’Mechs.
- In four years, A Game of Armored Combat has sold nearly 70,000 copies.
- In two years, the Clan Invasion box has sold 40,000 copies.
- From here, players purchase ForcePacks & additional rulebooks.
Option 3: Rule Books
- BattleMech Manual offers all the usual play BattleMech rules in one convenient volume.
- Total Warfare & the rest of the core rulebook line create the “full” standard BattleTech experience including vehicles, infantry, and more.
- Roleplaying can be added via either MechWarrior: Destiny or A Time of War.
- From here, players purchase ForcePacks.
- In four years, the rulebook line has sold more than 70,000 copies.
|CAT35003VA||Tactical Operations: Advanced Rules||$39.99|
Option 4: Alpha Strike
- Modern, hexless, fast tabletop-style game play.
- For $80, the Alpha Strike box set delivers thirteen miniatures, 3D trees, a dozen fold-up buildings, and more—a fantastic value!
- CountersPack: Alpha Strike includes counters and buildings from the box, along with all new terrain.
- From here, players purchase ForcePacks, which all come with Alpha Strike cards.
- The Alpha Strike: Commander’s Edition rulebook massively expands players’ toolkits with the full Alpha Strike rules.
|CAT35690||Alpha Strike box Set||$79.99|
|CAT35680||Alpha Strike: Commander’s Edition||$39.99|
|CAT35191||CountersPack: Alpha Strike||$24.99|
It's Full of Miniatures!
- As you can see from the four experiences, they all build and support each other.
- They are all about selling the ForcePacks; miniatures on the table are king.
- Customers can transition easily between any of the four options.
- There are many additional products that build upon those paths, outlined below.
Game Aids expand the possibilities, while making gameplay that much easier. The following are just a few options available.
Technical Readouts are the best-selling sourcebook series ever published for BattleTech, with fans universally devouring the lore and illustrations of their favorite ’Mechs. Catalyst recently released a series of Technical Readout compilations for each Era that brings the best ’Mechs back into publication.
|CAT35135||Technical Readout: Succession Wars||$39.99|
|CAT35136||Technical Readout: Clan Invasion||$39.99|
|CAT35888||Battlefield Support Deck||$9.99|
A New Era: ilClan Sourcebooks
The ongoing story of BattleTech has always been the hallmark of the game, immersing players in a living, breathing, and ever-evolving dynamic universe. The culmination of nearly twenty years and more than fifty novels, the ilClan Era launched last year with The ilClan sourcebook.
- All-new, full-color campaign books with expansive maps bring the universe to the table.
- From the rulebooks to the sourcebooks to the fiction, the focus is always the game table.
- Each sourcebook supports game play along any of the product paths above.
2nd & 3rd Quarter 2023
This year is shaping up to be even more exciting for BattleTech!
- The much anticipated Universe book will become the one-stop, fan-favorite introduction to BattleTech.
- Brand new ForcePacks!
- All new BattleMats, Including the start of the Legendary Battles series, beginning with “Thunder Rift” and “Misery” maps.
Note: The below products will become available for pre-order in the coming months.
|CAT35139||BattleTech: Recognition Guide Vol. 1: Classics||$34.99|
|CAT35PS1||BattleTech Paint Starter (The Army Painter)||$44.99|
|CAT35800X||BattleMat: Legendary Battles: Thunder Rift / Misery||$39.99|
|CAT35770||Snord’s Irregulars Assault Lance ForcePack||$29.99|
|CAT35776||UrbanMech Lance ForcePack||$29.99|
|CAT35775||Proliferation Cycle ForcePack||$44.99|