The AT1 release was a large introduction box set that could be played as a complete independent game that co-exists in the BattleTech universe, compatible with the regular ground game. Some individual information for dropships, aircraft, and aerospace fighters was listed in out-of-print books — Technical Readout: , Technical Readout: , Technical Readout: , and Dropships and Jumpships BattleTech by Clare Hess Paperback — April Due to balance problems, AT1 was replaced by an edition known as BattleSpace. This rule set introduced principal rules for warships to the game. It came in a large introduction box like AeroTech, and included an extensive history of the universe up to
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The game was at first called BattleDroids. The game components included: First edition: two full-color terrain maps, 48 stand-up BattleMech counters, four sheets of playing markers, plastic counter stands, dice, and a rule book. In later years, FASA abandoned these images as a result of a lawsuit brought against them by Playmates Toys and Harmony Gold over the use of said images.
Although Playmates was ordered to stop using the images in question, FASA received no financial compensation. FASA realized that the use of licensed images made them vulnerable to lawsuits and worried that such a suit would bankrupt the company. Following the suit, FASA made the decision to use only images that they owned in future products. The anime-sourced BattleMechs continued to be referenced in-universe, but their images were no longer seen in new sourcebooks.
This led them to be termed by fans as "the Unseen". When Fantasy Productions licensed the property, these "Unseen" images were expanded to include all art produced "out-of-house" — that is, whose copyrights resided with the creators, not the company.
Catalyst Game Labs has continued this practice. FASA also published numerous sourcebooks, known as Technical Readouts, which featured specifications for new combat units that players could select from. However, despite the large number of such pre-designed BattleMechs, vehicles, aerospace units and other military hardware, the creators also established a system of custom design rules, enabling players to generate their own units and field them in combat.
In addition to game rule books, FASA published several background books detailing the history, political and social structures of various factions in the game, including all five Great Houses of the inner sphere, ComStar, the Periphery States and the fallen Star League.
FASA launched two additional systems to complement the core game: BattleTroops , an infantry combat system, and BattleForce , a large-scale combat simulator governing the actions of massed BattleTech units. The Succession Wars , a board game released in , is one of only two purely strategic titles of the series the other being "The Inner Sphere in Flames" from the Combat Operations book. The Succession Wars is played on a political star map , with players trying to capture regions of space.
Recent years have seen a trend of consolidating the expansions into "core products" for efficiency. Strategic Operations SO consolidates the rules for multi-game campaigns within a single star system such as unit morale and management, repair and maintenance, equipment salvage, in-game construction, and unit-level economics with the remaining AeroTech 2 rules omitted from TW.
A revised version of BattleForce is also consolidated into the book. TechManual TM consolidates the customization rules with technical fluff from various products for units compliant to Total Warfare rules. Construction rules for the missing units are listed in TO or SO, as these units are not considered to be "tournament legal" for gameplay.
Interstellar Operations IO was originally a project that had been available in beta form. The size of the materials slated for the book forced its splitting into two volumes; the second, which was initially known as the Campaign Companion, was renamed. The book provides core rules handling player campaigns, using different rules sets.
Taking older legacy rules found in previous source books, CO presented them in a singular core rulebook for better accessibility for the player. Included in the publication are rules to build environments for players to create and maintain combat units to be played in the game universe and rules allowing them to design their own worlds and star systems if desired.
Topps bought Wizkids in , but this did not change any publishing agreements at that time. FanPro held the license to the original tabletop game which they rebranded as "Classic BattleTech" until CGL continues to hold the license to this day; with the end of the MechWarrior: Dark Age miniatures game, the name of the traditional tabletop game has reverted to simply BattleTech.
Since then, designs that originated in images from Dougram and Crusher Joe are no longer considered Unseen. Bambra concluded with a recommendation: "Try the Battletech game. If you like it, it might inspire you to form your own BattleMech unit and battle your way across the Successor States.
The RPG system has been republished in several editions and expanded by various sourcebooks and supplements. WizKids , owners of the BattleTech franchise after ,  introduced a collectable miniatures-based variant of the classic tabletop game called MechWarrior: Dark Age in later renamed MechWarrior: Age of Destruction. Both games were reasonably well received, although aside from storyline continuity the second game held few similarities to its predecessor.
The first pure simulation of BattleMech combat, however, was released for computers in Titled MechWarrior and published by Activision , the single-player game gave users the opportunity to pilot a range of Mechs and engage in combat against computer-controlled opponents. Sequels MechWarrior 2 , MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries , MechWarrior 3 and MechWarrior 4 created simulations of progressively higher technical sophistication.
The most recent commercial game was MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries IGP filed for bankruptcy and sold off the rights in December Piranha Games continued work on Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries, which is set to release as an Epic Games exclusive in December A fan community also provides an online free version of the tabletop game, called MegaMek. The game was developed by Harebrained Schemes , and led by Jordan Weisman , the creator of the series.
The BattleTech Center featured 16 networked, full-sized cockpits or "pods" that resembled a BattleMech cockpit with over 80 separate controls. Virtual World Entertainment, the company that managed the centers, later opened many other Virtual World centers around the world.
Tie-in fiction[ edit ] More than tie-in novels. The original Classic BattleTech novels were produced between and , while the Dark Age era Novels were produced from to early The subscription-based BattleCorps offers monthly stories set across the history of the fictional universe. As of mid, no new stories have been released in the first two quarters of It depicts the inception of the "Black Widow Company" in and offers a brief introduction to the BattleTech universe as a prelude on the inside cover.
Three potential game scenarios are presented in the back of the book. A series of licensed comics, published in the late s by Blackthorne Publishing under the BattleTech and BattleForce monikers. The BattleTech comics included an "annual" and a "3-D" special issue, while the third of the three-issue BattleForce comic was left unpublished. The comics are not officially dated, but due to real-life publication date and plot context, speculation suggests that setting is circa A five-issue comic book limited series, BattleTech: Fallout was published by Malibu Comics from The first issue has two special editions, one with gold print "gold edition" and one with a holographic cover.
The fifth issue titled "Issue 0" , offers three very short supplemental stories outside of the main plot of the comic.
Electric Entertainment , a company under contract to Paramount Studios , has leased the rights to produce a motion picture based on the BattleTech universe.
The game was at first called BattleDroids. The game components included: First edition: two full-color terrain maps, 48 stand-up BattleMech counters, four sheets of playing markers, plastic counter stands, dice, and a rule book. In later years, FASA abandoned these images as a result of a lawsuit brought against them by Playmates Toys and Harmony Gold over the use of said images. Although Playmates was ordered to stop using the images in question, FASA received no financial compensation.