Thursday, February 16, 2012

Quick Review - Battletech Introductory Set

     So the boys decided to go in on the Battletech Introductory Set for their mad money from their good grades for the first semester of school. I used to play Battletech a lot in Junior High and High School, I mean we'd actually play a bit before school and at lunch. When I found other wargames I abandoned BattleTech as a primitive tick based game. I think of it as more of a simple and fun game.

Review: Really this is a pretty good deal, 24 moderate quality miniatures, and 2 Hi Quality Omni mechs, two thick hexmaps, all the basic rules you need to get started, covers everything back from the classic days. The boys really really enjoy it so far, I think it's one of their favorites so far. The one minor misstep in the marketting is that they say the box set contains EVERYTHING needed to play...but there are no dice included...since it uses d6s, that's not a BIG deal, but it is a little misleading. Besides the lack of dice, the layout is nice, and it has actually drawn me back into the game.

The rulebooks are full color, and contains plenty of examples, and color plates to help visually learn the game. It also contains a full section on painting the minis. So it covers all bases. From Basic Rules, to Standard Rules, this game is easily adaptable.

Family Rating: Rated PG, it's violent, it's a wargame, but it's Sci-Fi. The biggest problem would be with younger kids eating the pieces. The benefits would be teaching kids tactical thinking, and basic math skills. More advanced skills would come about when the kids start to tweak the mechs, or create mechs from scratch, as the basic mech creation rules are included at the back of the Rulebook.

Overall Rating: Awesome Fun, and the boys give it an Epic!!

Value: It's pretty expensive at $59.99, but considering you get 26 miniatures, 2 high quality double-sided maps, and multiple full color rulebooks, it's a great value. I mean I think my original Battletech box set cost about $20 or $25 back in the late 80s, it was black and white with cardboard stand-ups.

From the Battletech website:

25th Anniversary Introductory Box Set
Strap yourself into the ultimate suit of armor: the BattleMech. Thirty feet tall and weighing up to a hundred tons, this humanoid engine of destruction is a walking arsenal with enough firepower to level a city block. The BattleTech game system takes you into the world of the 31st Century, where war has become a way of life. You are a MechWarrior. You are in command of the most powerful machine on the battlefield, and hold the fate of empires in your hand!

The BattleTech 25th Anniversary Introductory Box Set thrusts you onto the battlefields of the 31st century. This box contains everything needed to play:
24 unpainted, ready-to-play plastic BattleMech minis
2 unpainted, premium-quality plastic BattleMech minis
One 12-page full-color quick-start rulebook will have players into the action in minutes
36-page book of pre-generated BattleMech Record Sheets
One 80-page full-color rulebook
Inner Sphere at a Glance, a 56-page full-color book of universe
background and BattleMech technical data
One 16-page full-color Painting and Tactics Guide
Two heavy-duty cards of compiled tables
Two 18″ x 24″ game-board quality maps

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Price: $59.99