- Gebundene Ausgabe
- Verlag: Esdevium Games Ltd (1656)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1936876760
- ISBN-13: 978-1936876761
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,2 x 1,3 x 27,6 cm
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Battletech Alpha Strike (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1656
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Really. That is the advantage of this version.
When I got the BattleTech introductory Boxed Set, it took us about 1/2 hour of setup, and then almost 4 hours to play a 2 light mech vs 2 light mech battle.
With Alpha Strike, we set up in 15 minutes, and played a full lance vs full lance (light, medium, heavy, and assault) in less than 2 hours. It was glorious. It was also close (dang Jenners).
I believe this product would work well with A Time of War, the roleplaying aspect, to speed up the large scale battles and get back to the role-playing and personal scale battles quickly, but have not had the chance to test that theory yet. I would still use the Total Warfare (or at least Introductory boxed set) rules for any 1 vs 1 mech duels however, to make them more dramatic.
Unlike Total Warfare, this book has sample mechs in it (sample Lances, really), with their stats in Alpha Strike terms. If you want more, there is the Master Unit List at the Battletech website (address also given in the book) that has pretty much most of the mechs, vehicles, battlearmor, and aircraft you could want. I recommend going to the MUL to see the format of Mech stats in the game before purchase if you want to be sure of the level of detail.
Battletech has always been a game that didn't require you to have the specific unit mini to play it, so this combined with the Introductory Boxed Set (conveniently, this book fits right in the box) gives you most of what you need to start blasting away in Alpha Strike.
The only reasons this is not a 5-star product is 1) The Aerospace rules are somewhat abstract, meaning that if you love your planes, you're abstracting them away and 2) the C^3 system is poorly implemented in this book. Thankfully, C^3 is somewhat rare on Mechs, so it should not impact too many games (and is a virtual non-issue in my preferred Succession Wars era).
Convert to using a standard hex-map (Conversion step in the book) and you can eliminate the need for a measuring tape as well, allowing you to wage massive war campaigns in a relatively small area.
Fans of the classic, as well as new fans coming in from Mechwarrior Online should definitely check this product out. Once you've played a few games of Alpha Strike, you'll wonder where it's been all this time.