Itâ€™s been a long haul, but Catalyst is extremely excited to announce that A Time of War, the fifth core rulebook in the award-winning BattleTech line, is at the printers and will be on store shelves in time for Christmas (once we have a definitive Street Date, weâ€™ll post it).
The photo below shows the printer proofs for the entire body of the rulebook, along with the cover and endsheet. [Every book generates such proofs at the beginning of the printing process, which are carefully reviewed for any final errors, after which they are sent back to the printer; these proofs have been fully approved and A Time of War is into its full print cycle.]
While the delays on the printing of A Time of War have allowed Catalyst to tap the community in a Beta Test (and more) to continually improve this rulebook, the players have been patiently waiting for the print release of the first update to a BattleTech RPG in well over a decade. Catalyst would like to thank the community for their continued support and enthusiasm for one of the longest living games in the industry by also announcing a Limited Edition printing simultaneously with the standard print version.
The following additional material has been added to the Limited Edition version:
- Special Edition cover
- Unique page indicating book number (only 700 LEs available) [Click here for a preview]
- An all new, original short story by Michael Stackpole (the beginning of the original Red Corsair as Katrina Steiner, Morgan Kell and Arthur Luvon flee to the Periphery to safeguard Katrinaâ€™s life and begin plotting to put her on the throne of the Lyran Commonwealth) [Click here for a prefinal preview]
- Each LE will include the following signatures (not digital reproductions, but actual signatures): Jordan Weisman, Michael A. Stackpole, Loren L. Coleman, Randall N. Bills, and Herb A. Beas II.
- A double-sided poster map: one side displays the spine image found on the BattleTech Core Rulebooks, the other a cascade of faction logos and personalities from the universe. [Click here and here, respectively, for pre-final previews]
- Cloth bookmark.
With both versions fully at the printer, pre-orders for these much anticipated books are now available.
Pre-order the standard version ($49.99 + shipping) here.
Pre-order the Limited Edition version ($74.99 + shipping) here.
As a further â€˜thank youâ€™ to the community weâ€™re offering a combination pre-order of both books at a substantial discount. Thank you for your never-ending enthusiasm for giant, metal titans storming across alien worlds for star-spanning empires!
Pre-order the standard and Limited Edition versions combo ($99.99 + shipping) here.
Retailers looking to order the Limited Edition can find the sellsheet here; limited numbers will be available through your regular distributor.
Finally, if you’ve not yet picked up a copy of the PDF, it’s only $15…check it out!
A Time of War standard version PDF (Buy From BattleShop)
A Time of War standard version PDF (Buy From DriveThru)
Or pre-order the standard version book & PDF Combo (Buy From BattleShop)
[Please note the Limited Edition is not available in PDF format.]