Origins 2003 aftermath: better living through tiny giant robots

A friend ordered me to find out about something called Solaris VII at the WizKids tournament space at Origins. Turns out that it’s a set of unofficial alternate rules to make MechWarrior a fast, brutal game for mechs only. It’s named after the BattleTech universe’s “arena planet,” written into the storyline for the sake of players who didn’t give a damn about the storyline. Whether SVII is a simplification, complexification, or even an improvement of the basic MWDA rules, I can’t tell, but it looks interesting and my MW buddy is way into it. There are also some rules clarifications (ruh-roh!), and a bunch of other MW stuff on the same page where we found this.