This thin hardcover is indeed a comprehensive rule book for 'Mech-only combat in the original BattleTech tabletop game. It clears up a lot of confusion about certain rules, some of which had widely persisted for years.
I myself was operating under the misconception that, when assigning critical hits by slot, when the lower menu is rolled and only one item is present and subject to critical hits, then it automatically sustains that rolled hit. Though the game ran quicker for us as a result of this misconception, it also damned certain designs to being far more susceptible to ammo explosions than if the procedure had been carried out correctly, as detailed in this book.
And that's not all. One misconception was so pervasive that they literally changed the rule for resolving the process altogether to match the longstanding, popular alternative method. I didn't really like that (I was one of the supposed "few" who was running things correctly as intended by the old rules), but it's not really a consequential change, so I'll get over it.
It's still an imperfect product filled with misspelled words, missing periods and a few vague explanations. For example, the MP cost for lateral shift is shown correctly on the diagram, but the explanation in the text suggests there is "no extra cost" to shift at all (which would make no sense). Common sense would dictate the extra MP cost is appropriate as it always has been, but the text is misleading in this case.
Regardless, this is an excellent product to have at the table for straight BattleTech 'Mech-to-'Mech combat. It sure as hell is a lot lighter than Total Warfare, and offers various and sundry optional rules and tips and tricks to make the experience that much more enjoyable for the avid player of the game.
- Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs (4 October 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 194158232X
- ISBN-13: 978-1941582329
- Package Dimensions: 27.9 x 22.9 x 0.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 794 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)