BattleTech Manual: The Rules of Warfare

BATTLETECH MANUAL The Rules of Warfare
Product information
Type Rulebook
Primary writing Forest G. Brown
Jordan Weisman
L. Ross Babcock III
Sam Lewis
Pages 92 pages
Cover Artwork Les Dorsheid
Illustrations Jeff Laubenstein
Dana Knutson
Todd Marsh
Dawne Wehrs
Tim Bradstreet
Publication information
Publisher FASA
Product code 1626
First published 1987
ISBN-10 1555600441
ISBN-13 978-1555600440
Era Succession Wars era
Followed by The BattleTech Compendium


BATTLETECH MANUAL The Rules of Warfare was the first attempt to integrate and consolidate all the rules from BattleTech, CityTech and AeroTech. Effectively, the rules from BattleTech and CityTech were integrated together, with AeroTech remaining as a separate component. In addition, crossover rules from MechWarrior were also included. Simplified artillery rules from MechWarrior were included. The primary roleplaying game content was not.

From the back cover[edit]

As dawn broke over the battlefield...

The helicopters roared over the hill, skimming the tops of friendly 'Mech antennae. aerospace fighters carrying heavy bomb loads hunted for the enemy airbase. At 1500 hours, the main 'Mech force moved out. The Motorized Infantry had pulled out about three hours earlier, and the tanks, both tracked and hover, had left an hour ago. At 2000 hours the hydrofoil assault force skirted the enemy's rear echelon and called for support from the artillery fire base. The battle was joined.

Now all the rules for every type of tactical combat in the BattleTech universe are all in one place. The BattleTech Manual contains reorganized combat rules from BattleTech, CityTech, AeroTech and MechWarrior

Sections contain new rules for using:

Naval Vessels
Conventional Aircraft
DropShipS on the battlefield
Anti-'Mech Infantry
And much more...

In addition, this book presents complete generation rules for all vehicles, from BattleMechs to submarines.

The MechWarrior's most complete and accurate sourcebook.


  • Introduction



  • Components
    • Counters
    • Record Sheets
    • Mapsheet
    • Dice
    • Game Set-up
  • Playing the Game
  • Optional Rules
    • Abstract 'Mech Landing System
    • Fuel and Withdrawal from Lower Atmosphere
    • Tailing
    • Landing Fields


    • BattleMech Construction
    • Vehicle Construction
    • Fighter Construction
    • Gun Emplacement and Building Construction
    • Common Costs


  • The trademarked title was BattleTech Manual.