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Catalyst Talks About What They Brought to Gen Con [Comment To Win!]

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They guys catch up with Catalyst to talk about all the new exciting offerings that they brought to Gen Con.

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oriskany
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BattleTech … BattleTech … BattleTech … BattleTech … BattleTech …

Interesting to hear about Shattered Fortress moving the time line moving forward again. I guess this after “Gray Day” when the Hyperpulse Network went down all across the Inner Sphere?

nosebiter
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It is a considerably piece of time after that. The timeline has been moving forwards for a while now.

oriskany
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Um … really @nosebiter ? Not too sure about that.

Don’t get me wrong, I would be pleased to learn otherwise, but I’m not sure we’re talking about the same thing.

HPG network goes down in 3132.

Latest canon events I’m aware of are in 3139 (Operation Homecoming) reunification of Free Worlds League by J. Marik.

So that’s 7 years … not really a “considerable piece of time” in the BattleTech universe – unless we’re talking about this new Shattered Fortress material Randell mentions here, about which I admittedly don’t know anything. 😀

When I presented the 5-part article series on BattleTech two years ago, up to and including an interview with the BattleTech Product Developer for CGL, nothing was on the cards for new timeline / universe material. So if any new canon material for post-3132 history has been out since, I haven’t heard of it and it is less than two years old.

*and now we have Randall saying that “Shattered Fortress will finally get the universe moving again …” When nothing (??) was on the cards two years ago (??) I may be misinterpreting something here.

I always thought the BattleTech license has been focusing a little retro recently with the jump back to 3025 pre-Clan Invasion period to support the new HBS BattleTech video game release.

But of course, when it comes to BattleTech, I’ve been wrong before. 😀

oriskany
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Doing a little more digging (just to make sure I haven’t missed anything huge) …

I’m finding the novels coming out “next” by Jennifer Brozek (YA novels, but still …) are set right in the Dark Age era, so right presumably pretty close after the HPG network goes down>

From the CGL (September 2017):
We know that the new novels will certainly be set during the Dark Age era, and will share a lot of the themes explored in Jennifer’s earlier BattleTech novel. If you haven’t read Nellus Academy, I’ll let Jennifer explain:

“I’m thrilled to be writing in the BattleTech universe once more. After Nellus Academy, I thought my time for writing big, stompy ’Mechs was done. Fortunately for me, I get to dive into this universe again. I’ll be writing an ensemble piece focused on the lives of war-torn academy cadets. This coming-of-age story will forge teenagers, already wise beyond their years, into adults in a trial by fire that many won’t survive. Those who do will become the heroes of a new age.”

I’m also seeing that all the “Mechwarrior Dark Age” (MWDA / Age of Destruction / AOD) novels are also set in “early-to-mid 32nd Century” …

So right before, during, and soon after the collapse of the HPG network.

turbocooler
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I know you mostly do historic games and I read your WWII series that you post, would you even consider taking a campaign from one of the iconic BattleTech Novels and run a play through video or bang for bang report about battletech?

oriskany
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@turbocooler – many people have asked for more BattleTech content. I suppose I could, if one of two things happen:

1) I get a collaborator to help with some of the detailed lore on the episode in question.

2) The community cuts me a little slack when it comes to the detailed lore on the episode in question. I swear, some of these guys get into BattleTech history, politics, tech, strategy, and culture they way I do into World War II, Moderns, or American Revolution! 😀 I’m familiar with sarna.net, the 1980s/90s hex grid games (and the background as was presented at the time), and the more recent Battletech starter kit, and some of the more recent IronWind metals.

So I’m definitely conversant … just not an expert … at least not expert enough to immediately write front-page content for Beasts of War.

But certainly not outside the realm of possibility. Just a few hurdles to get over first.

See you on Solaris VII!

turbocooler
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> 1) I get a collaborator to help with some of the detailed lore on the episode in question.
I could help in that I have almost every novel but I do not collect all the source books because I do not play and the ridiculous fidelity some do where you are rolling for balance because you stepped onto a paved area. I can also help with mechs as I have a lot and even willing to strip and repaint them to fit a campaign from a novel ala GoT style. It will give me an excuse to try some of the Vallejo mecha paints. I would even be happy to create 3D terrain for a board.

> 2) The community cuts me a little slack when it comes to the detailed lore on the episode in question. I swear, some of these guys get into BattleTech history, politics, tech, strategy, and culture they way I do into World War II, Moderns, or American Revolution! 😀 I’m familiar with sarna.net, the 1980s/90s hex grid games (and the background as was presented at the time), and the more recent Battletech starter kit, and some of the more recent IronWind metals.

I cannot help you there. Shattered Fortress was just released and people are having fights over who is ilClan with some going back to the first Clan Novels and some obscure paragraph in some TRO about the events that are happening and why. One thing about BattleTech, people like to fight about BattleTech as much as they like to fight on the table top and the older the player the more dug in they are in their views. No matter what is done, some nuance will be missed and someone will complain the whole thing is ruined. This is almost a part of BattleTech as the game. I understand the apprehension as someone who has been down voted to oblivion several times on the Reddit and Official forums because I misquoted a detail.

oriskany
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I won’t lie, @turbocooler – it happened a little bit even when we published that Battletech artciel series two years ago. This is part of the reason I’ve been a little apprehensive about putting out another article series on the topic, even though it’s been the most successful article series I published.

And they say historical wargaming is “inaccessible.” 🙁

But let’s definitely keep in touch, now that Kursk is finished, and once this Bolt Action Boot Camp is over, I have a feeling I’ll be ready for a nice long break into sci-fi and BattleTech. 😀

ghostbear
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A collaborator you say?

oriskany
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Indeed I did, @ghostbear … 🙂

khy0te
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I just always reset my Battletech games to 3025, to let players advance their ‘mechs with the lost Start League technology (after a while) and then end the games (often) before the fascists er clans invade and people get seduced by the power of their technology. I have to say the having the space fascist Mary Sues lose in a campaign is nice though. (I do have a policy that players can are not only the focus of the campaign but can always become the greatest heroes ever, though (usually) not become the big political leaders.)

toricova
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Dragonfire is a very nice game… easy to get into

rgreenparadox
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It is amazing how much content they created for Dragonfire in one year. Well supported game. So happy to see Battletech moving forward. I still miss LAMs.

jalong
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If your looking for the rules for the LAMs, they’re now in the Interstellar Operations book along with a bunch of other era specific items / rules.

tmon
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BattleTech I had almost all of the first BT novels. Then the basement flooded. 🙁

carlosfandango
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Sam, can you get some photos of the Battletech stuff? Thanks.

oriskany
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Second the motion. To be honest, this has been the most interesting thing to me personally at GenCon so far.

mecha82
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I third that.

zorg
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more battle tech would be nice.

turbocooler
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Adding to chorus of more BattleTech pictures especially the new molded mechs

jmrecoil
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I love me some Dragonfire. I didnt know they had a campaign box expansion, awesome.

amachan
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I would love to see some of the BattleTech stuff.

daegren
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Battletech! Dragonfire looks interesting. From the posts it sounds fairly easy to get into and fun to play.

inu53
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I love battletech, one of my first models ever was an imp. A big bulbous not entirely intimidating thing unlike like a mad cat but I loved it. Not sure I have it anymore, might have to see if it’s still part of the current range…

turak
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How about some close ups of minis’s.

savagebastard
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Oriskany

Second that, look forward to what being brought to the universe, The Jade Falcons can’t sustain constant warfare, it will burn them out more then the Inner Sphere

brucenz
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brucenz

Dragonfire is awesome and the new stuff looks great

normandyfan
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Go battletech

darkdanegan
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25th GenCon – wow – that’s a veteran right there!

bigbadbazz
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Would like to see the BattleTech starter box on Lets Play

mecha82
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Needs more Battletech. That’s all that matters when it comes to Catalyst Game Labs.

gobbo
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Sweet! Just played Dragonfire for the first time and really like it a lot!

eldritch247
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very cool looking stuff from Catalyst =)

lawnor
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Dragonfire caught your eye? You’re surrouned by it on all sides!

aztecjaguar
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Dragonfire sounds interesting. Wonder if it is solo-playable…?

rfernandz2001
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I saw pictures on 4chan’s ‘traditional games’ forum of stacks of new boxed sets for Battletech. Hopefully that means they are coming out soon?

orlandothetechnicoloured
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BattleTech it’s going to be great for people to actually be able to buy a starter again

hairybrains
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loving dragonfire and the campaign looks good. Also new BattleTech stuff cant wait for that

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