Catalyst Game Labs was created in May 2007 by InMediaRes Productions, LLC for the purpose of publishing print Classic BattleTech and Shadowrun sourcebooks. In June 2007, Wizkids transferred the licenses for both Classic BattleTech and Shadowrun from FanPro's United States subsidiary to Catalyst, and in June 2008, Catalyst announced new novels for Shadowrun and Classic BattleTech, as well as the MechWarrior series.
Most of the individuals involved for the success of both CBT and Shadowrun at FanPro moved to Catalyst when it acquired the licenses.
Properties & Expansion Edit
At the 2008 Gen Con, Catalyst Game Labs announced it was entering the casual gaming business (card oriented games) with new games Paparazzi & Ooze the Cook.
- Paparazzi - The card game casts players as celebrity-hounding paparazzi, competing with each other to take the best pictures of the biggest (and most controversial) stars in Hollywood. The game was created by Adam Jury, who has worked on previous CGL products as Classic Battletech & Shadowrun.
- Ooze the Cook - a light-hearted “beer and pretzels” game where up to four players take on the roles of slimes and jellies living in a tavern, trying to grow large enough to eat the tavern’s patrons and cook. The game features several random elements meant to symbolize the Oozes’ lack of cognitive thinking. The art for the game will be provided by John Kovalic (Dork Tower, Munchkin).
It was also announced that a new game will be released/published by CGL in the first quarter of 2009, named Leviathans.
- Leviathans is a miniatures game about lighter-than-air battleships due out in late 2009. Subtitled “The Battle of Air Titans,” the game is set in an alternative version of the early 20th century.