PseudoTech: Arcade Operations

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PseudoTech: Arcade Operations
Product information
Type Sourcebook/Rulebook
(April Fools)
Development Herb A. Beas II
Primary writing Herb A. Beas II
Paul Sjardijn
Pages 47
Interior Artwork Ray Arrastia
David Allen Kerber
Illustrations Herbert A. Beas II
Eldon Cowgur
David Allen Kerber
Benjamin Parker
Marco Pennacchietti
Tan Ho Sim
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
Product code E-CAT35APR25
First published 1st April, 2022
MSRP $2.99
Content
Era Dark Age
Timeline 3087
Series April Fools releases

PseudoTech: Arcade Operations is a scenario / rulebook, released as functional 2022 April Fools product.

The sourcebook is a tribute to BattleTech video games, written in the style of a Solaris VII Virtual Gaming Network, which offers players alternate styles of tabletop play in a form of humorist but functional game styles based on past video games, particularly those of the classic arcade and console variety.

The PDF version of this book has no index page.

Official Product Description[edit]

So, you call yourself an "Elite MechWarrior," huh? What's your top score in Grand 'Mech Melee, huh? Your longest chain in Tankertris? Have you ever beaten the Stinger Challenge? Where's your Legendary Duelist medal? Bet you can't even complete a single wave of Droneroids on your first life without a Shield buff! Go back to your Maraudero Party games, you noob!

Just because there's a war on and you're driving fifty-five tons of high-tech armor and weaponry in a giant, walking avatar of death doesn't mean you can't have a little fun, does it? Of course not! PseudoTech: Arcade Operations presents ways to spice up your BattleTech games in a manner that will amuse even the grimmest and most jaded of veterans. From power-ups that can offer your ride anything from instant death to temporary invincibility, to medal-worthy challenges beyond the humdrum monotony of win-or-die missions, show the Inner Sphere what you've got in nearly a dozen new scenario types—all presented in bright, colorful, holographic splendor, right on your very own tabletops! Special rules provide the classic arcade flavor your battles have been missing ever since you left the academy for the front lines, with bold new battle ribbons to be earned as you build a new kind of legendary status as king of your local military entertainment center!

Oh, and be sure to load up on extra tokens. The competition looks pretty fierce out there!

Content[edit]

  • Credits
  • Introduction
  • How to use this Book
  • Arcade Power-Ups - page 3
  • Arcade Achievements - page 12
  • Arcade Scenarios - page 22
    • Scenario Type: Boss Fight
    • Scenario Type: Platformer
    • Scenario Type: Melee Kombat!
    • Scenario Type: Maze Game
    • Scenario Type: Maze Game 2 PackMech
    • Scenario Type: Maze Game 3 Solid Sneak!
    • Scenario Type: Horde Invaders!
    • Scenario Type: Droideroids!
    • Scenario Type: Gold Farm
    • Scenario Type: Happy Trails!
    • Scenario Type: BattleTechris!
  • Tokens (Cut Outs) - page 43

Notes[edit]

As an April Fools product, this PDF is explicitly considered noncanonical. The book also serves as a fun rulebook with content intended for nonserious but fun tabletop BattleTech game play, with theme of past video games.