Experimental Technical Readout: Royal Fantasy

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Experimental Technical Readout: Royal Fantasy
Product information
Type Technical Readout
Author Herbert A. Beas II
Development Tara Bills
Primary writing Herbert A. Beas II
Pages 80
Cover artwork Ray Arrastia (cover design & layout)
Illustrations Ray Arrastia
Doug Chaffee
Brent Evans
Stephen Huda
Alex Iglesias
Chris Lewis
David White
Matt Wilsbacher (Record Sheets)
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
Product code E-CAT35APR22
First published April 1, 2014
MSRP (free)
Content
Era Dark Age era (preface)
Series Experimental Technical Readouts
Preceded by Experimental Technical Readout: 1945
Followed by Experimental Technical Readout: Gunslingers

Description[edit]

Published as the 2014 April Fools gag, the twenty-second entry to CGL's PDF-exclusive mini-Technical Readout or TROlet series, Experimental Technical Readout: Royal Fantasy (abbreviated as XTRO:RF or XTR:RF) is a Technical Readout-style presentation of units used in a fictional Solaris VII tournment set in the year 3146. Presented in fantasy theme, unique & custom BattleMechs and Battle Armor fluff writeup are notable pilots. The units in this produced utilize Inner Sphere and Clan experimental technology with BattleTech stats, record sheets, and game rules for this time period. Included in this product also are rules to allow for a Solaris style tournament, special rules for stables & arenas, and printable Maps of Solaris VII.

Canonicity[edit]

Previous April Fools publications were tongue-in-cheek publications that were typically not meant to be canon. When XTRO: Royal Fantasy was released Assistant Line Developer Ben H. Rome expressly said that it was not canonical but at the same time author Herbert A. Beas II said[1] that he deliberately wrote the book as closely to canon as possible, and described it as "semi-canon".

In a posting dated 23 July 2015, Herb Beas explicitly listed it as "XTR: Royal Fantasy Tournament - Canon. Stats and all.",[2] settling the matter.

Product Description[edit]

It’s a Whole New World (Please Don’t Sue!)

Welcome, fight fans to the annual Solaris VII Exhibition Tournament! And do we have a special treat for you this year! We guarantee that you have never seen a combination of match-ups like these, and may never see such a thing again in your lifetime! For it is this year that, of all the contestants, from all across the Inner Sphere, we find ourselves amazed by the talents and unique rides of some of Solaris VII’s loveliest lady warriors—and what’s more, each of these deadly vixens have assembled today a mix of machines custom-designed to invoke heroes and heroines of classic folklore

So, without further ado, we present the most astounding Exhibition Tournament week ever, which we call: “The First Solaris Royal Fantasy Bout”!

Experimental Tech Readout: Royal Fantasy Tournament offers a complete list of the custom ’Mechs and battle armor devised for a special Solaris VII series of exhibition bouts with a familiar theme. Statistics, record sheets, and even pilot bios are included for 19 unique new experimental units, ready for play in (really) advanced BattleTech games set in the arenas of the Solaris VII Game World.

NOTE: The hex maps contained in this PDF are not the final, legal maps from the Solaris VII MapPack.

Contents[edit]

Units[edit]

3146 Royal Fantasy Rules[edit]

  • Overlapping Abilities and Advantages
  • Optional Solaris Arena Rule: Crowd Participation
  • Optional Super Secret Solaris Seven Special Surprise: Power-Ups!
  • Crowd Partipation Points Table
  • Team-Specific Rules
    • Teams and Specific Units
  • Solaris Arenas
    • Non-BattleMech Matches
    • Surrender
    • BOREAL REACH (DAVION ARENA)
      • Map Rules
    • ISHIYAMA (KURITA ARENA)
      • Map Rules
    • THE JUNGLE (LIAO ARENA)
      • Map Rules
    • STEINER COLISEUM (STEINER ARENA)
      • Map Rules
    • HARTFORD GARDENS (REACHES ARENA, XOLARA)
      • Map Rules
    • KING OF THE MOUNTAIN (REACHES ARENA, XOLARA)
      • Map Rules
    • THE SCRAPYARD (REACHES ARENA, BURGTON)
      • Map Rules
    • THE POOL (REACHES ARENA, BRACKEN SWAMP)
      • Map Rules
    • THE MUD PIT (REACHES ARENA, ROLAND FIELDS)
      • Map Rules
  • THE 3146 SOLARIS VII ROYAL FANTASY TOURNAMENT
    • Playing the Tournament
    • Playing the Matches
    • Casualties
    • Repairs
    • Special Arena Rules
    • Bracket Template

Record Sheets[edit]

  • Record Sheets
  • Solaris Arena Maps

Related TROs[edit]

Notes[edit]

The cover of the XTRO was modified from a cover used for Field Manual: Federated Suns.

References[edit]

  1. in this thread on the official BattleTech Forum
  2. In this thread, also copied to this article's talk page for reference."