Powers That Be

(The) Powers That Be, TPTB for short, is an expression used among BattleTech fans to summarily refer to people who are in a position to define Canon because they own or have righfully licensed the appropriate intellectual properties (or are trusted with the IP by the owner or licensee).

Currently, TPTB thus broadly means Catalyst Game Labs or more precisely, the BattleTech Line Developer and his assistant line developer who have the last say on anything and everything BattleTech.