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BattlePack: Fourth Succession War
Product information
Type Scenario Pack
Development Randall N. Bills
Bryan Nystul
Primary writing Randall N. Bills
Pages 40
Cover artwork Doug Chaffee
Illustrations Steve Bryant
Mike Chen
Fred Hooper
Mike Jackson
Brad McDevitt
Matthew Plog
Publication information
Publisher FASA
Product code 1705
First published 1998
ISBN-10 1555603394
Content

DescriptionEdit

BattlePack: Fourth Succession War is a short scenario pack that was intended to be a supplement to the fourth edition of the boxed set. This book provided scenarios that were meant to be played out by new BattleTech players, as well as some background information on the Fourth Succession War. An annex at the end provided information and record sheets for BattleMechs that would have been new to players who had only been exposed to the boxed set. In addition to the book itself the scenario pack came with a new map ("Woodland", later included in Map Set #6) and 20 stand-up pieces for appearing BattleMechs.

From the back coverEdit

In the year 3028, the leaders of the Great Houses of the Inner Sphere gathered on the planet Terra as First Prince Hanse Davion of the Federated Suns and Heir-designate Melissa Steiner of the Lyran Commonwealth were joined in marriage. Historians prophesied that their union—and the union of their two Houses—would usher in an age of peace and prosperity not seen since the fall of the Star League. But they were wrong—because even as the marriage ceremony took place, thousands of BattleMechs stood poised to launch one of the largest military campaigns in centuries!

The BattlePack is a new and innovative game supplement that requires only the contents of the BattleTech, 4th Edition boxed set to play, making it ideal for the beginning player while offering seasoned players the opportunity to experience the BattleTech universe as it began. BattlePack: Fourth Succession War is based on events in Michael Stackpole's classic Warrior Trilogy novel series. From the opening salvos until the final shots ring out, this supplement takes you step-by-step through the titanic struggle known as the Fourth Succession War.

This expansion features:

  • Ten new, ready-to-play scenarios.
  • The new, never-before-seen Woodland BattleTech map.
  • Eight additional BattleMech record sheets, four of which are new variants: BJ-3 Blackjack, HOP-4B Hoplite, CTF-2X Cataphract, and CGR-1A5 Charger.
  • 20 full-color stand-up playing pieces.

ContentsEdit

  • Introduction
    • How to Use the Scenarios
    • General Scenario Rules
      • Terminology
      • Number of Players
      • Setup
      • Movement and Retreat
      • Ending the Game
  • Scenarios
    • Scenario 1: The Hammer Falls
    • Scenario 2: Rise of the Revenant
    • Scenario 3: Strike at the Heart
    • Scenario 4: Justice is Served
    • Scenario 5: Operation Intruders Communion
    • Scenario 6: Line in the Sand
    • Scenario 7: The Janos Mistake
    • Scenario 8: In the Claw of the Dragon
    • Scenario 9: At the Gates of Hell
    • Scenario 10: Sic Semper Tyrannis
  • Record Sheets

German EditionEdit

 
BattlePack: Der Vierte Nachfolgekrieg
Product information
Language german
Contribution Hartwig Nieder-Gassel (translation + editing + copy-editing), Frank Werschke (editing + copy-editing + layout), Frank Lenzer (design review), Guido Hölker (copy-editing)
Pages 48
Publication information
Publisher Fantasy Productions
First published 1998
ISBN-10 3890649440
ISBN-13 978-3890649443
MSRP DM 36,-, SFr 33,-, ÖS 260

A German edition was released by Fantasy Productions in 1998, at the same time as the US-release. Unlike previous german editions from FanPro, this contains no noteworthy changes or additions to the original content. The German version is printed as DIN A4, a standard European paper size, which is a little larger then north american Letter.

Spelling and NamesEdit

Since 1997 Fanpro seized its practice to translate names of unit designs (i. e. for BattleMechs). Nevertheless names for places, military formations, organizations as well as most abbreviations were regularly adjusted. According to this, for instance the Mech unit Archer kept its original name, while the Planet Gotterdammerung was respelled to Götterdämmerung, the DCMS (Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery) became VSDK (Vereinigte Streitkräfte des Draconis Kombinats) and so on.

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