Catalyst At Pax Prime 2015

Catalyst Game Labs will be at Pax Prime 2014 in force! We’ve got a slew of great gaming and games to check out at Room 213 (here’s a link to the Convention Center floor maps).

COME AND PLAY A GAME!

As usual we’ll be running a plethora of games, from Shadowrun: Crossfire to BattleTech: Alpha Strike, The Duke and Jarl to Encounters: Bravest Warriors, and of course our latest game of awesomsauce, Wrath of Dragons! Come and learn a new game!

NEW BOOKS/GAMES

Below is what we hope to have for our various communities.

(As always, a few caveats: A. We are trying to get all of these items to the show, but there’s a chance some might not make it: simply the luck of the draw when trying to coordinate this many items through five printers from three different countries around the world; B: Some of these items are convention exclusives; C. Non-exclusive items won’t be available in-stores until a later time; once we have Street Dates for any items available to stores we’ll post updates with that data.)

In no particular order, the following are brand new to the show (or only recently released):

Shadowrun

SHADOWRUN: CROSSFIRE CHARACTER EXPANSION 2: STREET LEGENDS ($19.99)

SRCrossfire-CharacterExpansion2_Cover_SmallShadowrunners are nothing if not indviduals, and Character Expansion Pack 2 gives you plenty of more individuals to use in your Shadowrun: Crossfire game. It includes an additional set of Higher-Caliber Ops upgrade stickers, adding options for making the exact character you envision, five street legend cards for players who want to leap into the shadows with a head start, and twenty standard character cards with new art for players designing runners from the ground up.

Shadowrun Chrome Flesh (Standard $49.99; LE 74.99)

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Shadowrunners cannot be limited by what their bodies can—or cannot—do. They have to do more, stretch farther, surpass any limits, and accomplish the impossible. Some runners can rely on magic; for everyone else, there are augmentations. From shiny chrome that makes your body into a humanoid semi-truck to genetech that alters you at the most fundamental level to drugs and chemicals that give you a quick and dirty boost, Chrome Flesh provides dozens of new ways to alter Shadowrun characters and make them better, stronger, faster, and altogether readier to kick ass and take names on the streets.

Along with the gear and a compiled table of all cyberware, bioware, genetech, and nanotech currently available in Shadowrun, Fifth Edition, Chrome Flesh covers how runners break down and what resources can help fix them up, and where augmentation tech might go in the future. It’s paydata every shadowrunner needs if they want to overcome everything the Sixth World is going to throw at them.

Shadowrun Boundless Mercy ($19.99)

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Elizabeth Nunn, a delightful woman who happens to have an odd habit of hanging out in hospitals and abandoned churches, has a grudge. A deep grudge. The kind of grudge that requires professional help to work out, and we’re not talking about a psychotherapist. She needs shadow runners, and if they’re willing to take on the job, they’ll encounter fierce gangers, wild critters, and members of a secret magical society who fiercely guard their secrets. If the runners can survive, they can find out just what Nunn is mad about—and how far she is willing to go for her revenge.

Boundless Mercy is a series of Shadowrun Missions that were first run at major conventions. Featuring four linked adventures with complete game information, this book offers plenty of resources for gamemasters—and some steep challenges for players.

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BattleTech Technical Readout: 3150 ($39.99)

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War has spread across the Inner Sphere, shattering and shifting alliances both old and new. As the Clans once more close in on humanity’s homeworld of Terra, the walls of Fortress have come down, revealing the return of Devlin Stone. Desperate for any edge, the Great Houses, Clans, and Periphery states of the Inner Sphere have unleashed a flood of new war machines, rushing them into battle on every front.

Technical Readout: 3150 collects the latest generation of battle armor, vehicles, ’Mechs, and aerospace units from around the Inner Sphere in a single print volume for the first time, complementing the Republic-heavy units shown in Technical Readout: 3145. Featuring new technologies found in Era Report: 3145 and Field Manual: 3145, with new variants and notable pilots, this volume provides players with a glimpse into the twilight years of the Dark Age Era.

BattleTech Alpha Strike 3039 and 3050 Cards ($19.99)

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Alpha Strike is a new, fast-playing form of the BattleTech game of armored combat. Alpha Strike 3039 and 3050 Cards includes 108 double-sided cards with all the game stats players need to instantly take to the battlefield. The cards reflect the Units listed in Technical Readout: 3039 and Technical Readout: 3050 and include conventional infantry and Clan Elemental battle armor. Quick-start cards allow you to play Alpha Strike right out of the box. Full-color and laminated for dry-erase use, you just need miniatures and you’ll be playing BattleTech like never before!

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Wrath of Dragons ($59.99)

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Take on the mantle of a most powerful dragon. Awaken each century, terrifying and rapacious. Lay waste to settlements and cities. Burn crops… Consume flocks… Hoard treasure…

And pass into legend as the greatest dragon of any age!

In Wrath of Dragons, each player will assume the role of a dragon that, over the course of many centuries, flies into different regions of the Old World to lay waste to settlements, scorch fields, snatch livestock, take gold, and capture nobles.

After 6 centuries have passed, the devastation, destruction, and fear that the dragons have caused is scored, and the dragon that earns the most Victory Points is the winner!

Download the full rules and check out the game before you show up at Gen Con!

Additionally, each purchase of Wrath of Dragons will include a Copper Dragon promo!

Jarl: The Vikings Tile-Laying Game ($39.99)

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In the long winters between raiding seasons, warriors keep their intellect sharp through games of wits and chance. Ragnar, Rollo, Floki and even the Earl challenge each other to this game of stone placement filled with tactics and subtle maneuvering for victory.

In Jarl: The Vikings Tile Laying Game, players move their warriors (tiles) around the board and flip them over after each move. Each tile’s side shows a different movement profile. If you end your movement in a square occupied by an opponent’s tile, you capture that tile. Capture your opponent’s Jarl to win!

This game is powered by The Duke! Download the full rules for free to see the exciting new tiles and movement icons!

Encounters: Bravest Warriors Red & Blue Decks ($12.99 Each)

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The Space-Time Calliope is vast and dangerous, waiting for courageous heroes to save the day. You’re those heroes! Become the Bravest Warriors and battle your way through a myraid of encounters to Victory!

Encounters is a new dice and card game mechanic from Catalyst Game Labs where players try beating the cards individually, but with a good dollop of player interaction.

In the Encounters: Bravest Warriors RED DECK you play this fast and fun game as the characters from the show: DANNY, BETH, JELLY KID or CATBUG; in the BLUE DECK you play as CHRIS, WALLOW, PLUM or IMPOSSIBEAR!

Both decks are for 1 to 4 players, playing a game in 15-30 minutes. Enjoy many new Encounter and Item cards to challenge your fun from one deck to the next, or combine them both for up to 8 player action!

Check out the first seasons of this wonderful animated show, download the full rules for free to walk through the Interactive Demo to learn how to play the game!

Miscellaneous

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And if you think that list of books/games is awesome, we’ve got even more stuff for you to check out. Our usual new t-shirts, enamel pins, dice and more!

The following additional items are on sale in the Catalyst area:

  • New Shadowrun dice ($14 per pack)
  • The return of BattleTech acrylic dice ($1 each)
  • New BattleTech metal dice ($10 per pair)
  • New BattleTech and Shadowrun patches ($5 each)
  • New BattleTech lapel pins, Clan and Mercs ($10 each, $35 a set)
  • BattleTech and Shadowrun Playmats ($20 each)