Catalyst Game Labs had a rocking time at Gen Con a couple of weeks back, and now that the convention is over the company is back hard at work with their upcoming releases. Shadowrun: Crossfire was a big success at the convention, along with the new products in the Shadowrun RPG line. Continuing with the Year of Shadowrun, Catalyst has a handful of upcoming releases that will tickle the chummer in all of us.
Starting with the late August releases, here’s what is now available:
Shadowrun: Crossfire ($59.99)
Shadowrun: Crossfire is the hotly-anticipated deck-building game in one of the most popular game settings of all time. Crossing cyperpunk with fantasy and plunging players into a world dominated by ruthless megacorporations, Crossfiregives players the chance to dive into the world’s shadows to see if they can survive. They’ll have weapons, spells, contacts, and gear to help them out, and they’re going to need those resources. If they play their cards right, they’ll do more than survive—they’ll become legends.
Shadowrun: Crossfire Character Expansion Pack 1 ($14.99)
Your imagination and ideas aren’t limited, so the characters you use in Shadowrun: Crossfireshouldn’t be limited either. With Character Expansion Pack 1, you can branch out, creating whatever shadowrunner concept comes to mind, starting them on the path to being a legend!
Shadowrun: Fire & Frost, novel ($12.95)
Arcano-archaeologist Elijah Knows that digging into the past can be its own reward—or peril. When he’s hired to find an ancient map purported to lead to a mysterious location at the bottom of the world, his professional curiosity is more than roused. But his quest to simply get his hands on the map is more dangerous than he expected—even for a shadow runner.
BattleTech Introductory Box Set ($59.99)
Strap yourself into the ultimate suit of armor: the BattleMech. Thirty feet tall and weighing up to a hundred tons, this humanoid engine of destruction is a walking arsenal with enough firepower to level a city block. The BattleTech game system takes you into the world of the 31st Century, where war has become a way of life. You are a MechWarrior. You are in command of the most powerful machine on the battlefield, and hold the fate of empires in your hand!
The BattleTech Anniversary Introductory Box Set thrusts you onto the battlefields of the 31st century.
There’s never been a better time to leap into the action with the best-yet-published Introductory Box Set for the seminal BattleTech game.
Go grab the best value in gaming and start clashing across alien worlds in metal titans of action-packed gaming fun!
The following releases are scheduled for September 10th:
Shadowrun: Street Grimoire, Standard Edition ($49.99)
Magic can burn your brain and sear your soul. It can inject power into every millimeter of your veins, or leave you a lump of ashes at the end of a dark alley. It’s dangerous, but to spellslingers in the Sixth World, it’s worth it. Because magic is power, and power in the Sixth World needs to be grabbed with both hands?
Spells, rituals, alchemical preparations, adept powers, metamagics—all of those elements and more can be used to help an Awakened shadowrunner move off the streets and get a taste of the high life. Street Grimoire has more options forShadowrun players, along with information on magical traditions, magic societies, and the dangers and benefits of living as a spellcaster in a world where “geek the mage first” is a common adage. With more options, deeper rules, deadlier threats, and dozens of way to have fun with magic,Street Grimoire is an essential book for anyone playing Shadowrun, Fifth Edition.
SHADOWRUN STREET GRIMOIRE, Limited Edition ($74.99)
Street Grimoire Limited Edition book includes a bonded red leather cover with gold foil stamp and a de-bossed graphic.
Valiant Universe RPG: Core Rulebook, Standard Edition ($39.99)
No matter the powers, no matter the choices, the price in body and mind may be more than you’re willing to pay. And your choices will lead to heroics…or to villainy. How will you be remembered?
The edge between superhero and villain has never been sharper. In the Valiant Universe RPG, players will immerse themselves in a dark and gritty world where every mission and every battle has deadly consequences. Whether playing X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Shadowmanor even the all-powerful Toyo Harada—or any of dozens of characters—Valiant’s most fearless heroes will unite for the first time in a roleplaying game, allowing you to join their stories and create new ones!
Whether you’re a longtime fan or brand new to the Valiant Universe, this is the only source you’ll need to bring Valiant’s?leading characters to life in a fantastic superheroes setting!
This book includes:
- Cue System: The rules-light and easy to learn Cue System allows a novice or uninitiated RPG player to quickly get inside the head of their superhero and plunge into the action.
- Title Exposés: Detailed summaries of all the Valiant Universe comic titles allow players to easily determine which part of the universe they want to game in; a perfect companion to the Valiant Universe Handbook.
- Character Dossiers & Creation Rules: Along with ready-to-play missions, superhero and villain character Dossiers will have players in the thick of the action in no time. Or do you want to create your own superhero or villain and add it to the Valiant Universe pantheon? Quick and easy rules give you that freedom!
Valiant Universe RPG: Core Rulebook, limited Edition ($54.99)
The Valiant Universe RPG Limited Edition book includes a bonded red leather cover with gold foil stamp and a de-bossed X-O Manowar graphic, as well a full-color, double-sided poster.
The following products have a release date of September 24th:
Shadowrun Firing Line ($19.99)
Firing Line collects four Shadowrun Missions developed especially for the large summer gaming conventions, making them available for the first time to the gaming public. The adventures have all the statistics and game information needed for both Shadowrun, Fourth Edition and Shadowrun, Fifth Edition, meaning that a wide range of shadowrunners will have everything they need to dive into the adventures and get themselves in some high-paying trouble!
BattleTech: Alpha Strike Companion ($39.99)
BattleMechs clash, fighters duel, and infantry swarm across the landscape. High above the clouds, mighty WarShips emerge from hyperspace, laden with DropShips filled with reinforcements. A host of new machines, new warriors, and new tactics are unleashed as war rages from the void of space to the earth below. The BattleTech universe is yours to conquer!
Alpha Strike Companion adds legions of new rules and expanded options for BattleTech: Alpha Strike, the miniatures war game. With this expansion, players will unlock new tactical abilities, special warrior options, design quirks, and unit types. But more than that, players will find within these pages an expanded abstract aerospace system that will enable them to wage war from planet to jump point, while a handy conversion system opens the path to translating the stats for any BattleTech unit to its fast-playing Alpha Strike equivalent.
BattleTech Counterattack: BC Anthology 5 ($12.95)
A Star League Gunslinger fights against overwhelming odds during a rebellion. A dauntless warrior faces his most painful trial yet, far from home and all but alone. Mercenaries, betrayed from within, lash out at all who threaten them. And the Word of Blake, always present, plots and schemes and maneuvers allies against each other.
Thirteen stories of combat, honor, betrayal and death fill the pages of Counterattack: BattleCorps Anthology Volume 5.
Cosmic Patrol: Beyond The Gravastar ($24.99)
The Metatherions and their powers to warp space and time threaten all life as we know it! And the only way for the Cosmic Patrol to fight them is by braving a trip through the Gern Gravastar, an extradimensional portal leading to the Metatherions’ native plane. Only, the Gravastar is steadily growing in size, and nothing can slow it down. Unless it can be stopped, the Gravastar will eclipse whole systems, the entire galaxy—perhaps even the whole universe!
Beyond the Gravastar! puts players in the thick of the action as the Cosmic Patrol attempts to save the galaxy from total Metatherion domination. Included are detailed looks at the five, mysterious Metatherion races, their strange, extradimensional homeland, and other groups hoping to hasten or stall the Grava¬star’s expansion. Also included are new Patrolmen dossiers, three mini-campaigns that center around the Gravastar and other dangers intent on wiping out the entire solar system, and more!
With all of these upcoming releases, there’s plenty to look forward to, especially if you’re a Shadowrun fan. Catalyst is also working to bring the Battletech line back into the light, and I think they’re doing a great job so far. With new product lines like the Valiant Universe RPG the company is broadening their borders and making a bigger name for themselves in the industry. For more information on these releases, such as product images, head over to the official Catalyst blog post.