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BattleTech: Welcome to the Nebula California
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
by Andrew R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/24/2015 19:40:29

This April Fool's release for BattleTech is fluff-and-crunch-based parody of multiple classic franchises (mainly stuff you'd remember from the 80's and 90's), showing what happens when the Interstellar Explorers of BattleTech are dropped into lawyer-friendly versions of the worlds of D&D, Transformers, and DC and Marvel's worlds of superheroes. It's fairly amusing as far as the writing goes. Nebula California takes the parody factor a step beyond by providing rules for incorporating these crossover-ish elements into games, including rules for transforming 'mechs and superpowered RPG characters, among other things.

It might not ever be used in much of any serious capacity if it ever gets played with, but it's an entertaining read.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
BattleTech: Welcome to the Nebula California
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
by Luke W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/02/2015 23:42:18

I found the Swords and Sorcery and Superhero elements far too jarring. I'm more than a bit of a purist, and this product just was not my flavor of product. Had the focus been entirely on crossing over other giant robot related parodies, I would have been far more happy with this. As it stands, I hope the creators had fun making this and certainly don't begrudge them playing around with the crossovers they themselves are interested in. About the only thing I am likely to take away from this is the field generation equipment as a way to stat out the Ancestral Home, should I ever need to play a naval battle involving that out.

Note that while this particular product is not my cup of tea, I enjoy the CGL tradition of interesting april fools day and halloween releases. I'm constantly amazed at the quality they provide, whether it's something like Necromo Nightmare or Free Taiw... which I'm actually likely to implement or something like this where I don't have much I intend to take away from it.



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[1 of 5 Stars!]
BattleTech: Welcome to the Nebula California
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
by Christopher H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/02/2015 16:12:28

Not only is this a delightfully silly romp through the tropes of other genres, this also a useful set of rules. You can adapt some of your classic characters from other settings, or recreate battles from your favorite movies, all while using our beloved giant walking tanks.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
BattleTech: Welcome to the Nebula California
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
by Patrick P. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/01/2015 12:33:54

"Let us go there, it is a silly place..."

I didn't think that it would be possible for Catalyst Game Labs to outdo themselves after last Halloween's gag offering, "Empires Aflame", which gave us an entire alternate universe to play in. However, they proved me wrong with "Welcome to Nebula California", their annual April Fools gag for this year. Hilariously written and definitely made by fans of the lampooned franchises, this supplement sends a group of hapless Interstellar Expeditions explorers to the hidden California Nebula, where they encounter dragons, transforming robots, super-powered humans and a stellar empire that bears absolutely no relation that anyone will readily admit to a certain feature-film franchise.

The best part, there's playable rules, for Total Warfare, Alpha Strike and A Time of War for the whole shebang. If you want Opti-- I mean "Primus Optimal" to fight a lance of BattleMasters, you can. Wanna see if a magic missile can penetrate mech armor? give it a shot. Have Rogu--I mean "Scalawag" absorb a MechWarrior's "powahs an' mem'ries"? Go nuts. And have Stefan Amaris and Emperor Pal-- the unnamed emperor of the Star Empire vie for "most evil interstellar dictator"? Can now be done.

This is a great bit of inspired silliness, and deserves to be on any Battletech fan's virtual bookshelf. None of it is canon, but wow does it look like fun.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
BattleTech: Welcome to the Nebula California
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
by Cungr V. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/01/2015 11:28:37

This is a prime example of why I enjoy Catalyst Game Labs and their stewardship of the Battletech line.

I mean doesn't the idea of having a character with an adamantine skeleton who wields a light sabre and can cast magic missile against the Dinobots protected by deflector shields sound like an epic blast?

But seriously, you can tell the love the creators have for the game of Battletech with this gem. You can see the effort they put into this free item just to add some thing silly and exciting to their fan base. Yet, the rules are compatible with Total Warfare and A Time of War to give a GM something interesting to throw at players that think they have seen everything.

I highly recommend you get this ebook!



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