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24 Hour Mechathon In Support Of Breast Cancer Research – Oct 14

24h Mechathon

RjBass3 has returned to Mechwarrior Online with yet another noble cause providing him an excuse to sit in a ‘Mech’s cockpit and not leave for a full 24 hours.

Not that he needed the excuse, but much like his earlier Mechathon in May supporting Covenant House, RjBass3 will be blowing away weekend warriors in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month with all proceeds going to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Breast cancer is one of the most pervasive forms of cancer, with each year an estimated 252,710 women being diagnosed. One out of every eight women will contract breast cancer over the course of their lives, making it the second leading cancer diagnosis in women. And even though it’s far rarer, men can contract the disease too: over 2000 men in America are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, with around 450 annual reported deaths.

The best treatment comes from early detection and awareness, which is what Breast Cancer Awareness month is all about. Women and men alike should know how to detect breast cancer and women should schedule regular screenings after reaching a certain age.

So how will the Mechathon work? It’s simple: RjBass3 will strap on his neurohelmet and stream his Mechwarrior Online games starting at 9 AM CST October 14th on his Twitch channel, and he won’t stop for 24 hours. There will be regular food and bio breaks, but sources close to Rj have advised me that as the hours wear on and sleep deprivation starts to set in he can get a little crazy at the wheel.

RjBass’s stream will also be broadcast on the No Guts No Galaxy channel, and aspiring Mechwarriors can even join in on the fun by going into RjBass’s Discord channel and teaming up for drops. It’s sure to be a great day of ‘Mech action, so dial your interwebs to tune in on the fun or even combine forces with RjBass this Saturday.

Can’t make the stream but still want to support breast cancer research? Head over to the donation page here to make an early donation.

Mechs in upcoming BattleTech Game from Harebrained Schemes

BattleTech, the upcoming turn-based ‘Mech combat game to be released by indie developer Harebrained Schemes, is shaping up extremely well. After a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign and a seemingly breakneck development cycle, we’ve been treated to incredible in-game footage showing our favourite giant robots engaging in glorious combat with laser, PPC, and even fists. From these brief glimpses (and very helpful forum posts directly from the developers) we have a list of ‘Mechs known to grace the battlefields of the future. Now, in weight order, your ‘Mech list.

image courtesy of Harebrained Schemes








King Crab

There is a lot to be excited about in this list, not the least of which is the inclusion of several of the most popular Unseen ‘Mechs that are rare to find in BattleTech games. Each weight class includes a variety of designs that showcase a ‘Mech’s options of firepower, armour, or speed, ensuring there’s no lack of ability in any category.

The Light class draws primarily from previous MechWarrior and MechCommander games. The venerable Urbanmech is sure to please fans of the adorable yet powerful trashcan, while the Panther, Locust, and Spider will make their first appearance in a tactical computer ‘Mech game. Of course, no BattleTech game would be complete without the inclusion of the noble and stalwart Commando, having been featured in every game since MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries. How many of us have taken our first steps in the twenty-five ton classic?

The workhorse class of Medium ‘Mechs appropriately has the largest roster. Old standbys such as the Centurion, Hunchback and Trebuchet form the core of the fifty ton class, while the Cicada brings up the lighter end of this diverse category. The Kintaro makes an appearance despite being relatively rare in the Inner Sphere during the time period for which the game is set, while the unseen Shadowhawk, Wolverine and Griffin round out the top end. The diverse and adaptable Blackjack also makes an appearance, and is sure to bring joy to any medium ‘Mech fan. Notably absent are the Clint and Whitworth, making the 40 ton range seem a little sparse with only the Cicada representing. Hopefully another 40 ton ‘Mech will make an appearance before the game’s release.

Now we branch into the heavy hitters in the Heavy class, where old meets new as classic designs found in many previous iterations of MechWarrior intermingle with some rarely seen gems. The Dragon, Quickdraw, Catapult and Jagermech can be found in nearly every MechWarrior game going back generations, while the rarely seen Cataphract will be House Liao’s contribution to the fray. The highly mobile Grasshopper will be sure to satisfy fans of the venerable laser boat, and the Orion gives an air of dignified sophistication for enthusiasts of BattleTech lore.

Finally we have the true beasts of the Assault class, and what BattleTech game would be complete without these power houses? We have ‘Mechs seen in many previous MechWarrior games such as the Zeus, Victor, Awesome, and Stalker, however the Banshee and King Crab provide some fresh blood to the class, having only previously been featured in MechWarrior Online. The Highlander and Battlemaster are lovely inclusions for lore buffs, and the indomitable Atlas rounds out the lot with its unmistakable death’s head grin.

Each weight category has a robust lineup of ‘Mechs sure to make any ‘Mech-head salivate in anticipation, but of course not every ‘Mech can make the cut. What ‘Mechs would you love to have included in the game? Let us know in the comments!

Sarna 2014 Survey Results

Hi everyone!

I want to thank everyone that took the Sarna 2014 Survey.  We had 941 responses, which has given us a ton of great feedback!  Besides the survey questions, there were several hundred written suggestions, ideas, bugs and thoughts on how to improve the site.

I’ve spent the last day pouring over the results, and have tried to boil everyone’s responses down to some key takeaways.  Over the new few months I’ll be addressing your biggest concerns and best suggestions.

You can check out the survey results here.

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