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BattleTech: BattleMech Manual Open Beta

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Using the most up-to-date rules text, the BattleMech Manual has been designed from the ground up to cater to the BattleTech player wanting to engage in an all-’Mech battle. Includes a variety of optional rules, terrain and more. Welcome to the most table-usage-friendly BattleTech rulebook ever published!

BattleMech Manual VS. Total Warfare

The BattleMech Manual is an alternate presentation of the BattleTech rules as seen in Total Warfare, not a new edition. Most of the rules as published in both books are the same, though the BattleMech Manual rewords many of them for clarity or reduced word count. It also incorporates all relevant errata as of its publishing date.

, the Manual adds rules and items of equipment from sources other than Total Warfare, such as combat-dropping BattleMechs and expanded terrain options. As many players regularly use such rules, the Manual includes them to provide a one-stop BattleMech play experience. However, some of these rules appear in a simplified or stripped-down form compared to their original form, in the interest of presenting a taste of the wider BattleTech ruleset but not overwhelming the reader with complexity.

BattleTech Survey: We've an extensive BattleTech survey we've launched. If you finish the survey, you'll receive $5 off code for use at The survey can be take here:
Important Note: The BattleTech Manual Open Beta will not provide a free upgrade to the final version when it releases.
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Michael J April 10, 2017 2:11 pm UTC
Does this have the Super Heavy Mech rules in it??
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Derrick C January 30, 2017 2:51 am UTC
So they want me to pay money to do a survey and tell them what is wrong with their book even though I already own total warfare?

Nothing has changed in the rules at all, it's still a freaking monster and most people don't want to play it. They would be better off streamlining the rules instead of making another rule book to explain the rules.
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Timothy S February 07, 2017 10:54 am UTC
No, actually they're going to pay you... with a 5 dollar off coupon for this book. The fact that the BattleMech ruleset is such a monster is exactly why they published this book... streamline and clarify.
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Ryan H January 26, 2017 7:02 pm UTC
This kinda book (in it's final form) is the sort of book I'd be interested in, having not bought into the tabletop game in any form thus far. So for the newcomers, this is great. Looking forward to the eventual Introductory Box Set reprint. :)
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Vojtěch P January 20, 2017 5:48 am UTC
Including the Vs. Total Warfare section in the previews would be immensely helpful.
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Alberto C January 21, 2017 2:55 pm UTC
Indeed... right now that, coupled with the "The BattleTech Manual Open Beta will NOT provide a free upgrade to the final version when it releases" makes it pretty much a no sell.
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Daniel H January 21, 2017 4:53 pm UTC
Agreed. I can't possibly see what this would give me that I can't do with Total Warfare, and I'm not spending $10 to find out.
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Vojtěch P January 21, 2017 5:09 pm UTC
Well, it could be 5 $ if you buy it via their shop and answer the survey (provided you don't spend those 5 bucks on something else that is). You actually do get some flow charts and explanations that you don't see in TW, but all in all I really think it's not really that attractive.
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Morgan W January 22, 2017 8:32 am UTC
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Morgan W January 22, 2017 8:36 am UTC
The quirks table is what makes it worthwhile. I've been wanting an official and relatively complete list for ages, and this provides. I did the survey, and basically paid $5 for that table :)
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Alberto C January 22, 2017 8:40 am UTC
The problem I see with that is the part about not getting the final version. If that's the case, I'd rather wait for that final version and see if it interests me. This is not exactly what I would call an "open beta" either, TBH.
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Vojtěch P January 22, 2017 10:42 pm UTC
I'm not sure that they were so from the start, but I might have missed it.
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Mark A January 27, 2017 9:26 pm UTC
I think the intended audience might not be those that know TW inside and out, but rather new players.
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Vojtěch P January 28, 2017 1:10 pm UTC
More like intermediate players really. For real beginners there would be things like Sword and Dragon and Battletech Introductory Box Set. This book is IMO for those who want more, but don't want to bog them selves with full combined arms mess :)
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