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Welcome to HeavyMetalPro.com, the home of RCW Enterprises and HeavyMetal software, Official software for BattleTech.

Custom Weapon/Equipment Data Files for Total Warfare

While the current HeavyMetal programs do not completely support all of the new equipment, Leon Shirow has generously supplied custom weapons files for all of the programs, making it possible to design using all of the latest equipment. These files are installed using an automated setup program, which can update all of your HeavyMetal programs at once. Down the setup from the Data Files for Programs page.

Updated Weapon BV Calculator

The Weapon BV Calculator has always been very useful, but now it's been updated to cover even more. All of the possible missile/cluster hits from Total Warfare have been included (like17 and 29), maximum range has been increased to 40, and most important, you can enter separate damage values for Short, Medium and Long Range (for those Heavy Gauss Rifle lookalikes)! The expanded range table shows all the values as before, and you can check calculations the whole way through. Best of all, you can simply save this page to your computer's hard drive, and calculate weapon BV even when you're not connected to the Internet. Be sure to check it out!

New HeavyMetal Pro and Vee Releases with BV2

In an effort to keep up with the never ending changes of the BattleTech Universe, separate releases of HMPro and HMVee have been made available which incorporates all of the new Battle Value 2 calculations, weapon BVs and tables from the new BattleTech TechManual. To help the player, two versions of the programs are being made available: for HMPro, V5.1x, with the original BV, and V5.2x, with BV2; for HMVee, V2.0x, with the original BV, and V2.2x, with BV2. You can keep BV, update to BV2, or even run both. For more information on the differences and how to work with them, look at the Battle Value versus BV2 page. You can view all the changes, and update to one or both programs, at the Program Updates Page.

HeavyMetal programs with Vista and Windows7/8/10

All of the HeavyMetal programs run fine on Windows Vista and Windows7/8/10, in fact I use Vista to both develop and run the programs. While we're all in a learning process with the newer Windows versions, please visit the Running HeavyMetal on Windows Vista/7/8/10 page for the latest in instructions and information on running the HeavyMetal program on Microsoft's latest operating system. The bottom line is: YES! You can run your HeavyMetal programs on Vista and Windows7/8/10, even 64-bit systems. Bill just has some hoops he'd like you to jump through first!

New RUS Data Files

Additional RUS data files are now being made available. Adding to the considerable number of data files included with the program, the latest files include tables from the new Total Warfare book as well as other sources. So check out the new RUS Data Files. And if you're not already familiar with RUS, please go to the RUS Features Page for more information.

Order HeavyMetal Map Now!

HMMap, the latest in the HeavyMetal program series, is shipping right now, and allows you to design, print and make images of extremely high quality BattleTech hex-based maps. Check out all the features and even download a copy of the extensive User's Guide by going here.

Total Warfare and HeavyMetal Software

Check out the Total Warfare Q & A for information about how the new Total Warfare series of BattleTech publications affect the HeavyMetal programs.

New Map Files for ARTy

There are 98 new map files to be used with ART. It's a 30 MB download, but if you're into using artillery on standard, published map sheets, you'll want to go to the ART (Artillery Resolution Tracker) web page, at the bottom, and download them.

TR 3026r Lost Designs

The Revised edition of Technical Readout 3026 added a new section of Lost Designs, early designs, some of which pre-date the Star League era, which can still occasionally be found. The files are available from the Data Files Page.

Is your country represented?

HeavyMetal software products are now in use in at least 57 countries (and all 50 of the United States). If you purchased a HeavyMetal program using an APO address, through FASA, or have since relocated, I may not have your country and flag listed. Please drop by the Our Customers page and check if your country is listed. If not, please email us so that I can add it to the list.

ART (Artillery Resolution Tracker)

ART (or ARTy to his friends) is a much-improved, but still FREE, artillery planning and resolution program, allowing you to specify the weapon and ammo type for your artillery, select your targets and gunnery skill, and randomly calculate and display damage based on the standard scatter rules from BattleTech. You can even display the damage on standard map sheet graphics, and print out the damage grid, with or without the map sheets. Good for planning artillery barrages for that next game, and give your enemy a real surprise! A free program for our customers, you can see more about ART and download it here.

BattleCorps Expands!

While not directly related to HeavyMetal software, it certainly relates to BattleTech! BattleCorps is expanding regularly, with even more benefit for its members. Read more about BattleCorps here.

HeavyMetalPro Newsgroup

A Yahoo! Group has been activated, which you can join, and thereafter receive periodic newsletters (emails) concerning HeavyMetal software products, updates for downloading and more. For more information, please go to the HeavyMetalPro Newsgroup Signup Page.

RUS (Random Unit Selector) V2

RUS, the popular and free random selection program, has been greatly improved, and is now available for download with a sampling of data files. A RUS V2 File Creation Project has been begun as well, where we hope to have eventually available every random table published! Please go to the RUS Page for the latest information and downloads.

Product Information

For information on the entire series of  HeavyMetal programs, click on the Products button at the right, or click here. To purchase any HeavyMetal product, click on the Order button at the left or click here.

Dice Roller

Just one of many services offered here, the Dice Roller page allows you to randomly "roll" most any type and number of dice, and also roll for number and location of missile, Ultra, LBX or Rotary autocannon hits. Check out the Dice Roller here, but don't forget to check out all the other downloads and information.

Free Stuff!

Be sure to check out the HeavyMetal File Center for updates for all the programs, Free Stuff, Fun Stuff and an incredible variety of data files for use with HeavyMetal software. The HeavyMetal forums are a great place to meet and discuss BattleTech and other subjects with those of similar interests.

20 Years of BattleTech!

As the logo at the top of this screen indicates, we are now celebrating 20 years of our favorite board game. For more information, including some very interesting facts, please go here.

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