Are the Action Cards necessary to play the game? - No, not at
all. The game works very nicely without the using ANY of the cards. If
anything, it speeds up the game a bit and becomes a more traditional
mecha battle boardgame. However, your mech designs become much more
important. They're totally dependant on how they're built as there is
nothing to "power-up" your mecha during the game. Personally, I'd leave
the cards in their box if you're running a large battle of over a dozen
Can a TACTICS Action Card be used to
counter another TACTICS Action Card? - Yes, which then can be
countered by another TACTICS Action Card. It is a bit CCG, but if you don't like
that mechanic, simply change the rules.
Where do I get those cool paper hex maps?
- At this point: online auction sites. It will be
hit-or-miss as the classic Battletech maps are out of production.
Are miniatures required? - No. Use
whatever is convenient to represent your mecha, but make sure that the front of the mech is
readily discernable so everyone knows which way it's facing and what