Tactical Operations

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Tactical Operations
Product information
Type Rules Book
Primary writing Randall N. Bills
Jason M. Hardy
Mike Miller
Steven Mohan Jr.
Jason Schmetzer
Pages 424
Cover artwork Michael Komarck (Original Cover Art)
Doug Chaffee (2018 Edition)
Illustrations Doug Chaffee
Chris Lewis
Duane Loose
Matt Plog
Klaus Scherwinski
Franz Vohwinkel
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
Product code [1]
First published 2008 / 2018
ISBN-10 1934857157
Era Jihad
Series Core Rule Books
Preceded by Total Warfare
Followed by Strategic Operations
The cover of the corrected second printing (2012). "Origins Award Winners" stamp has been added and Classic has been removed from the BattleTech header.


Tactical Operations covers the optional rules available to expand the core rules presented in Total Warfare. It includes extreme terrain and a host of Advanced & Experimental Equipment.

Tac Ops was awarded Best Miniatures Rules at Origins in 2009.[1]

Note: Equipment ratings for Advanced and Experimental Equipmented were updated changed in game year 3090 in Technical Readout: Prototypes.

From the back cover[edit]

Take your warfare to a whole new level of excitement! Deploy under cover of exotic weather and severe planetary conditions. Surprise your enemy with your mastery of new battlefield tactics—from artillery to command-level comms to minefields—as well as cutting-edge, prototype technologies! A daring commander can take advantage of any or all of these... if he's brave enough to seize the moment!

Tactical Operations is the one-source reference for advanced rules that apply to on-world operations. It includes new movement and combat options, an extensive Advanced Weapons and Equipment section, and the rules for playing and constructing advanced Support Vehicles and Mobile Structures.


  • Introduction
    • Tactical Analysis
  • Advanced Ground Movement
    • Glancing Blow
  • Advanced Combat
    • Boom
  • Advanced Buildings
    • Bloody Divisions
  • General Rules
    • Unsung Technologies
  • Index
  • Record Sheets
  • Tables


  • Tactical Operations Errata is available here.
  • In 2018, republication of the book was issued, with re-used vintage cover art from the First Publication of the Second Edition CityTech boxed set by Doug Chaffee.