A Guide to Gameplay Concepts

Battletech is a tabletop miniature game that has been around since the 1980s. It involves strategic battles between giant robots called BattleMechs. If you’re a new player, getting into the game can seem daunting, but with some preparation and practice, you can quickly become a skilled pilot. Here are some tips for getting started in the Battletech miniature game.

Learn the Rules

Its good to know that there are two variants of Battletech for new players to consider. Classic is the stock standard version whereas Alpha Strike is a much faster playing version. As soon as you have identified what version works best for you, the next step is to learn the rules. Battletech has a rulebook that outlines how to play the game. The rulebook covers everything from movement and combat to special abilities and equipment. You can find the rulebook online or at your local gaming store. Take the time to read through the rules and make sure you understand them before you start playing. Here are a few links to tutorials to ease you into Battletech.

Choose Your Faction

Battletech has several factions, each with their own unique BattleMechs and playstyles. Some factions are focused on fast, hit-and-run tactics, while others rely on heavy firepower and armor. Take some time to research the different factions and choose one that appeals to you. Once you’ve chosen a faction, you can start building your army.

Build Your Army

To play Battletech, you’ll need BattleMech miniatures. You can buy pre-painted miniatures or paint them yourself. You’ll also need a map or terrain to play on, as well as dice and measuring tools. You can start with a small army and build it up over time as you become more experienced. You can also join a Battletech community to find other players and get advice on army building. There are quite a few options available for new players to dive into. Have a look at some of the options below.

Practice, Practice, Practice

The key to becoming a skilled Battletech player is practice. The more you play, the better you’ll get. You can play against other players or practice against yourself to learn different strategies and tactics. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different BattleMechs and playstyles to find what works best for you.

Join a Community

Battletech has a large and active community of players. Joining a community can help you find other players to play against and get advice on army building and strategy. You can join a local gaming store or join an online community. Many communities also hold tournaments and events, which can be a great way to meet other players and test your skills. Feel free to reach out to the following stores to check what they have going on for Battletech
Sword & Board (Cape Town)
Jix Hobbies (Pretoria)
Unseen Shoppe (Durban)
Getting into the Battletech miniature game may seem daunting at first, but with some preparation and practice, you can quickly become a skilled pilot. Learn the rules, choose your faction, build your army, practice, and join a community to get the most out of the game. Good luck, and have fun!