BattleTech wargame is a deductible and military science fiction launched by FASA Corporation in 1984, acquired by WizKids in 2000 and owned since 2003 by Topps. The series began with the start of the FASA BattleTech board game (of BattleDroids originally appointed) by Jordan Weisman and L. Ross Babcock III and has since grown to include many extensions of the original game, several computer and video games a collectible card game, a series of more than 100 novels, an animated TV series and more.
original 1984 game based in Chicago FASA Corporation focuses on huge robots, semi-humanoid fighting machines called BattleDroids. The name of the game was changed to BattleTech in the second edition because George Lucas and Lucasfilm claimed that the rights to the term “droid” ; the machines themselves were renamed BattleMechs of the second edition onwards.
The visual design of the original line of BattleMechs were taken from Macross and other anime, including many signature images. Years later FASA abandoned these images, and it was the common speculation by fans that the decision was the result of a lawsuit brought against them by Playmates and Harmony Gold [USA] on the use of these images. No official broke silence until 2007, after FASA sold the intellectual property BattleTech at WizKids Games. Under license from them, the Classic BattleTech Line Developer for Fantasy Productions, Randall N.