BattleTech Game of the Month

Game of the Month: BattleTech

My gaming group played BattleTech for November’s game-of-the-month. BattleTech is a game of armored combat in the 31st century that is currently published by Catalyst Game Labs. Unlike the previous two games-of-the-month, this wasn’t the first time that I’d played BattleTech. I’ve owned various versions of the game since getting the box for the 3rd edition when […]

BattleTech Dungeons & Dragons

Fluffy Crunch

I’ve been reading a lot of BattleTech books recently, and it struck me that there is a huge difference in how recent Dungeons & Dragons and BattleTech books present their rules and mechanics despite both being very rules-heavy, combat-focused games. One of the most noticeable difference is in the balance between the amount of story and rules material in […]

Game Design

Core Mechanics: Rounds, Turns, and Phases

Most role-playing games that I’ve played use a similar structure for taking turns in combat. At the beginning of a fight, each character makes an initiative roll to determine what order they act in. Then each character takes turns with a character completing most of their actions on their turn then sitting idle as other characters […]

BattleTech Dragon Age Dungeons & Dragons Star Wars

Games I Want to Run

Like most game masters, I have a backlog of games that I’d love to have time to run. I’m not sure if I will actually manage to get around to all of them, but I should get a chance to run one once my current Dungeons & Dragons game wraps up (likely in a few months). […]


Glimm’s Wish List

It’s December now, so I’m sharing some of the gaming-related items on my holiday wish list. BattleTech:  A Time of War I’ve really enjoyed the current line of BattleTech rulebooks, so when Catalyst announced the street date for print versions of A Time of War it was immediately added to my wish list.  A Time of […]

BattleTech Reviews


One of the games on my bookshelf is BattleTech.  It’s a strategy game where players control opposing forces of mechs, battle armor, tanks, helicopters, and other units.  It was originally developed by FASA, but the game has changed ownership several times and the books are now published by Catalyst Game Labs. How I Started Playing […]