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Review: Starter Book Sword and Dragon

Posted by ghost0402 on September 10, 2007

For those who have been around the game since early on, you surely remember the old unit/scenario books. The Black Widows, Kell Hounds, MAC, Highlanders and other units got a book dedicated to them, with their history, notable persons, TO&E at various times, and scenarios. While fan favorites, they died off after awile. Well folks, those books are back, sort of.

As the name implies, this is a Starterbook and is intended as a companion to the new Introductory Boxed Set. It is an easy way for a someone new to Classic Battletech to get deeper involved in the universe then with the Boxed Set

Sword and Dragon details 2 units. McKinnon’s Raiders of the 7th Crucis Lancers RCT(FedSuns), and Sorenson’s Sabres of the 5th Sword of Light though I think that changed(Draconis Combine). As with the earlier unit books, the Starterbook gives you a nice in depth history of both units, descriptions of members of both units, their TO&E through the years(So you can play in multiple time periods once you advance beyond the Boxed Set to Total Warfare and beyond), and some scenarios in the book. The back of the book even comes with quite a few record sheets so you can start playing in just a few minutes using either the Raiders or the Sabres. Being a supplement to the Boxed Set, the only other mechs mentioned and used in the Starterbook come from the boxed set, so no other rule books or supplemental material is required. The Scenarios are easy to use, and can be as simple or as detailed as you want since most of the scenario writing is up to you the player, so there is no limit on who can use and enjoy the scenarios. To top it off, the entire book is in color, and has some of the best artwork in a new book in recent memory.

All in all, for $20, this Starterbook is an excellent book for those new to the game, or those who have been around the universe for sometime.

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