"I don't fight to win, I don't fight cause I need the money. I fight to kill, and Im very, very good at it"
->Carman Skiric, Commander of the Sol armies

Battle machines is a [[TabletopGames tabletop game]] that uses a 35mm grid and a army of mecha called a battlegroup. It was created with a simple goal be as easy to play and customizable as possible.It revolves around the aforementioned giant mecha fighting to control territory, although they aren't that interested about whats there [[MonumentalDamage at the moment ]].

The game takes place during the 34th century, Humanity had made a breakthrough in space travel. By altering the gravitational effect of their ships they are able to create permanent portals through space-time, or something. Anyway, Humanity got out there and discovered nothing but lots of planets with no life, but lots of mining potential. Colonies where set up, and after about 150 years there was a war between the colonies and Earth, only stopping after 50 years with the invention of mecha. Unable to afford the new mecha the poorer colonies surrendered to the richer, who then surrendered to Earth.

That was 400 years ago. Planets have changed sides hundreds of times, and the colony ships still fly out to try to find new planets just to reduce the fighting. Human rights don't really mean anything anymore and if you're anywhere other than on Earth you're probably going to get stepped on by the mecha you're mining metal/making parts for. Everything got worse, and it won't get any better.

You can find the wiki with the rules here: [[http://battlemachine.wikia.com/wiki/Battle_Machine_Wiki Battle Machine Wiki]]

!!Tropes used:

* AbnormalAmmo: flaming black holes anyone?
* ApocalypseHow: type 0 happen just through the course of playing a game. depending on the value of the planet, it could be recolonised, or just simply strip mined.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Any mecha with more weapons than it can fire, if they can fire them all however...
* AwesomeYetPractical: everything can be this, mecha with guns that shoot lightning that sets things on fire while also producing a black hole, mecha armed with nothing but chainsaws that set things on fire, mecha with miniguns that cause explosions everywhere they hit, and [[OverlylongGag sets things on fire]]...
* BeamSpam: spam shot. A weapon upgrade that adds D6 extra shots can be added to any weapon, so it could be beam spam, bullet spam, rocket spam, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick self contained miniature black hole spam...]]
* BloodKnight: Carman Skiric, the guy who gave use to the wonderful page quote.
* {{BFS}}: and axes, chainsaws, hammers, spears...
* CriticalFailure: It is possible for a mecha to damage itself while running too fast, EMP itself with a malfunctioning energy shield, overheat its minigun and fall into the enemy's shot. In. One. Turn.
* CriticalExistenceFailure: a mech will fight at full capacity until its last point of DAM is lost. But considering how quickly a mech can be torn apart by the weapons on offer, its not like there would be much time to notice a problem.
* ChainSawGood: the chainsaw weapon, any melee weapon with the continuous ability. On an individual note, Carman Skiric has a unique mecha with FOUR chainsaws.
* EnergyWeapon: turn up all the time. most reduce the armour of mechs that get hit by them
* ExcusePlot
* FasterThanLightTravel: by tearing holes through reality itself.
* FrickinLaserBeams: the rather nasty Focus laser, it shares an ability [[OhCrap with the chainsaw]]
* GatlingGood: Just one of the many weapons is the Biggy gun, which can be upgraded with the beforementioned spam shot to gain 3d6 shots.
* HumongousMecha: and they just get bigger.
* LightningGun: the lightning weapons.
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: the reason kinetic weapons are still around is justified by this
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: the misc class weapons. With the right upgrades any weapons can become this. Giant flameing, exploading sword? dont mind if I do.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: easy to make and terrifyingly destructive.
* UsefulNotes/{{Mars}}: serves as the command base for the solar systems mecha armies.
* MechaMook: the TH series drones are the closest thing to mook in this game. They are also [[GoddamnBats Goddamn Bats]], and the bomber type is prone to [[ActionBomb exploding]].
* MoreDakka: lots and lots of it!
* PointBuildSystem
* PowerFist: its big, strong and can throw dead opponents through buildings.
* RocketPunch: because hitting someone in a giant mecha is cool, the mecha exploding afterwards is AWESOME!
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: There really isn't, any weapon can rip apart all but the most well defended mecha, and that's before we get into the really powerful weapons.
** Really, it could called There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The Game.
* TransformingMecha: the transforming mecha base, with a healthy dose of [[TurnsRed turns red]].
* SerialEscalation: Well, where do we start? How many variations on a [[GatlingGood minigun]] wielding [[HumongousMecha humongous mecha]] can you create, how many buildings can a mecha rip down with its bare hands, how many explosives can be mounted on one mecha before it becomes [[AwesomeButImpractical impractical]]...
** bonus points for having a [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann walking fortress (a super-sized humongous mecha) called Beyond the imposible.]]
* SpiderTank : The spider mechs, exceptionaly strong, really tough, an go over rubble without issue. however, they are a bit on the [[MightyGlacier slow side]].
* ShoutOut: all over the place.
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Averted, while cheap and with low energy requirments, shotgus dont have a lot of power or range.
* WaveMotionGun: the void weapons, also possible to make with any weapon and the right add-ons.