Starterbook: Sword and Dragon

Starterbook: Sword and Dragon
Product information
Type Scenario Pack
Development Randall N. Bills
Primary writing David L. McCulloch
Steven Mohan Jr.
Ben Rome
Pages 112
Cover artwork Doug Anderson
Illustrations Michael Komarck
Chris Lewis
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
Product code 35100
First published 2007
ISBN-10 0979204746
Era Succession Wars era
Clan Invasion era
Civil War era
Jihad era


Starterbook: Sword and Dragon is the first in a series of products that is designed to help ease new players from the Classic BattleTech Introductory Boxed Set into Total Warfare. The book features two company-sized units, one each from House Davion and House Kurita. Sword and Dragon details each of the units, including unique 'Mech variants and personalities. In conjunction with Iron Wind Metals, these unique 'Mech variants have received their own miniatures. In addition, the book features a series of loosely defined scenario "tracks" that can be strung together to form a campaign. There are also rules for the unique units that are fielded by the two independent companies and prototype advanced-technology (for the 3040s) equipment.

From the back cover[edit]

The Fox's Teeth

McKinnon’s Company of House Davion's Seventh Crucis Lancers, the detached "Fox's Teeth" have been an independent raiding force for centuries, their lightning hit-and-run tactics making them respected and feared.

Sorenson's Sabres

A detached command originally from the legendary Fifth Sword of Light, Sorenson's Sabres are a deadly unit among the elite of House Kurita's samurai, dedicated to cutting a swath through new and ancient enemies alike.

A new series, the Starterbooks are a perfect way to jump into the further excitement of the Classic BattleTech universe once players have tried their hands at BattleTech. Starterbook: Sword and Dragon provides a short synopsis of the conflicts between the ancient enemies of House Davion and House Kurita, as well as a brief history and personal dossiers on the members of these two legendary combat commands. Including record sheets for everyone in the command—which includes eight, never-before-seen 'Mech variants—as well as a unique track system that allows players to develop their own scenarios, players will be firing autocannons and tossing PPC lightning at one another in no time!

The Classic BattleTech Introductory Box Set is required to use Starterbook: Sword and Dragon.

Also designed to be used in conjunction with Iron Wind Metals' Sword and Dragon 'MechPack: House Davion and Sword and Dragon 'MechPack: House Kurita.


  • The Right Path
  • Unspoken Truths
  • Introduction
    • How to Use This Book
  • The Fox's Teeth
    • History
      • The Succession Wars
      • Wedding Gifts
      • War of 3039
      • Best Served Cold
      • Dragon's Den
      • Blood of Kerensky
      • Once More Into the Breach
      • Houses Divided
      • A Universe Turned Upside Down
  • Rules Annex
    • Advanced MechWarrior Abilities
      • Sorenson's Sabres
      • The Fox's Teeth
    • BattleMech Quirks
      • Sorenson's Sabres
      • The Fox's Teeth
    • Prototype Weapons and Equipment
    • Sword and Dragon Campaign: 30483049
      • Tracks
      • Campaign Special Rules
      • Warchest Point System
      • Getting Started
      • Warchest Points Between Tracks
    • The Setup: The Fox's Teeth
    • The Setup: Sorenson's Sabres
    • Mission: Recon
    • Mission: Supply Run
    • Mission: Defend
    • Mission: Assault
    • Mission: Fighting Withdrawal
    • Mission: Recon-in-Force
    • Mission: Probe
    • Mission: Beachhead
    • Mission: Pursuit
    • Touchpoint: Thestria (Fox's Teeth)
    • Touchpoint: Valentina (Fox's Teeth)
    • Touchpoint: Cassias (Fox's Teeth)
    • Touchpoint: Udibi (Sorenson's Sabres)
    • Touchpoint: Capra (Sorenson's Sabres)
    • Touchpoint: Brundage (Sorenson's Sabres)
    • Touchpoint: Dust-Up
  • Record Sheets