"Let us go there, it is a silly place..."
I didn't think that it would be possible for Catalyst Game Labs to outdo themselves after last Halloween's gag offering, "Empires Aflame", which gave us an entire alternate universe to play in. However, they proved me wrong with "Welcome to Nebula California", their annual April Fools gag for this year. Hilariously written and definitely made by fans of the lampooned franchises, this supplement sends a group of hapless Interstellar Expeditions explorers to the hidden California Nebula, where they encounter dragons, transforming robots, super-powered humans and a stellar empire that bears absolutely no relation that anyone will readily admit to a certain feature-film franchise.
The best part, there's playable rules, for Total Warfare, Alpha Strike and A Time of War for the whole shebang. If you want Opti-- I mean "Primus Optimal" to fight a lance of BattleMasters, you can. Wanna see if a magic missile can penetrate mech armor? give it a shot. Have Rogu--I mean "Scalawag" absorb a MechWarrior's "powahs an' mem'ries"? Go nuts. And have Stefan Amaris and Emperor Pal-- the unnamed emperor of the Star Empire vie for "most evil interstellar dictator"? Can now be done.
This is a great bit of inspired silliness, and deserves to be on any Battletech fan's virtual bookshelf. None of it is canon, but wow does it look like fun.