I just lost the long repy I’d written, but I’ll try and re-create it!
It’s a great game, really quick and easy to play, without being too simple IMHO. Bits blow up and mechs overheat as you attack with all your weapons at once, it’s great fun!
Mech Attack uses an alternating activation, you roll for initiative, winner chooses who starts and you take turns activating 1 mech each.
It uses a D10 for resolution, you roll against the targets TP (target profile). If you hit, you roll again to determine where the damage hit on the mechs armor grid. The grid is 10 blocks long and a certain number of rows high depending on the armor of the target, usually between 4 and 8 rows, giving most mechs between 40 and 80 armor boxes. Different weapons have different damage patterns, do a laser will penetrate several blocks in a line, while a machinegun will rolls a number of single box hits depending on the class.
If you destroy all the boxes in a row, you can cause a critical hit. This might cause damage to various systems like movement of heatsinks, blow up weapons of outright destroy the mech in question. This is the main way to destroy your opponents mechs.
Mech Attack can include vehicles and infantry units as well, it’s really simple to design your own units with the unit builder!
Each Mech has the following stats:
Armor, which describes how many boxes of armor the mech has, basically how much damage it can take.
Movement: in inches, how far you can move. There is a double move action, but that will generate extra heat. Standard move rates are between 3 and 5″.
Target Profile, or how difficult your mech is to hit. Usually a number between 3 for a heavy mech and 5 for a light one. Mechs are quite easy to hit, but then again they are 10 meter high giant robots.
Heat sinks, they let you shed some of the heat produced by the operation of the mechs systems and weapons. Most mechs can shed 4 points of heat. If you still have any exess heat at the end of your turn, you have to roll on a critical heat table.
So there’s a risk-reward between using all your weapons and risking the mech shutting down or being damaged, and playing it safe and keeping within the limits of the heatsinks capacity.
Each mech have 4 hardpoints, left and right arm, left and right torso. You can mount weapons and support systems in the torso, and weapons in the arms. Each weapon has a cost, a range (usually between 6-12″), a amount of heat generated and a damage pattern belonging to it.
The ranges are quite short by normal standards, but I’ve not found it to be a problem, since a sighline longer than 12″ is unlikely to occur with some terrain on the board.
There are lasers, cannons, machineguns and missiles to equip of light, medium and heavy variety, along with a handfull of support systems such as targeting aids and anti-missile defences.
Some guys over at the Armor Grid official forum have also posted rules for converting most BT mechs into Mech Attack, so you can easily use what you have without much fuzz. The document also has the stats for BT-specific weapons like the PPC.
If there’s anything else you wonder, don’t hesitate to ask!
Hope this was helpful, and sorry about the long reply!
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