The New Heavy Gear Blitz – Tabletop Wargaming – Beta Rules are now available to Pre-Order as a small A5 format (5.83" x 8.27") 134 b&w page softcover book for $14.99 USD on the DP9 Online Store. The free full size ebook (8.5" x 11") will go live on Friday, August 8th, before we head off to Gen Con, for the official book release. The cover has a construction cone orange color scheme and wire frame artwork, to give it a work in progress feel for the Beta Rules. The back cover has rendered gears and hoppers, here is the back cover text to checkout.
Welcome to the NEW EDITION of Heavy Gear Blitz – Beta Rules
Development of the new edition of Heavy Gear was started in 2012 with the goal of making the game faster and easier to play. The damage system has been overhauled removing calculation that slowed the game down. This has resulted in a more dynamic game with a wider variety of weapon effects and tactical options. Model point values have been rescaled and the entire army construction system has been rebuilt. A developer’s blog and YouTube channel with Heavy Gear Videos has been launched to expand on the new concepts, discuss the process of development and improve communication between players and Dream Pod 9.
Now, after more than six months of the alpha playtest with three major rules updates in that time all the changes and lists have been consolidated into one document, the one you are reading right now. These rules will be debuted at Gen Con 2014 and available in paper and free PDF formats this summer. These Beta Rules will form the official organized play rules for Heavy Gear Blitz until the final release of the new edition core Heavy Gear Blitz rulebook at Gen Con in 2015 ready for the 20th anniversary of Heavy Gear. All the plans for this celebration will be announced in fall of 2014.
The core rules are complete now and our efforts are focused on balancing model point values and specialist army list options. To do this we need as many playtest responses as we can get from you, the players. Big or small, we want to see your army lists and hear about your game experiences. Details of sending in your feedback are found inside the book. We are committed to maintaining an open dialogue with our fans because in the end this is a game for you.
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