BattleTech has been a part of my life for 30+ years. As a kid, I played a few battles against my dad, countless battles against my buddy Randy (may he rest in peace) and a few one-offs against others. Most of my experience playing BattleTech has been solo, and by choice, because I love a good single player game.
Then, my wife and I got to talking. She was open to learning the game, and I relished the opportunity to take on a real human opponent again for the first time in a while.
Now generally, I play games that top out around 6k-7k BV. We're talking 45 minutes just to complete a turn. I knew that wasn't going to work for an intro game. It drags, even for a veteran like me, and there's too much on the table for a new person to keep track of. In the interest of keeping things quick and easy, I painted up a couple of Fire Moths (AKA: Dashers) in the colors of Clan Wolf and Clan Sea Fox, then broke out the map, the sheets, all the bells and whistles, and we played our first game.
She trounced me, soundly. Sure, I gave her a run for her money, and we chased each other all over the map, but in the end, she got some lucky dice rolls and took me down.
Best part is, now she's excited. She wants another battle!