Technical Readout: Project Phoenix
|Technical Readout: Project Phoenix|
|Author||Loren L. Coleman (Stalking the Legends)|
|Primary writing|| Randall N. Bills|
David L. McCulloch
|Cover artwork||Chris Lewis|
|Product code|| 10991|
35032 (corrected 2nd printing)
|First published|| 2003|
2005 (corrected 2nd printing)
|Era||Civil War era|
A special TRO release, this title officially addressed the Unseen in a way that allowed their graphical use back into publication. FanPro chose to re-commission artwork for each of the affected BattleMechs, with the in-character explanation that the designs had been modernized (and, hence, been brought back into the spotlight with a different outer appearance). In this fashion, the book is a belated companion to the Technical Readout: 3025 Revised.
From the back cover
|“|| As the FedCom Civil War swung into high gear and conflict swept through the Inner Sphere, the need for additional war materials was paramount. However, unlike many companies, which produced new, but expensive, BattleMechs, a new upstart company, Vicore Industries, took a different route. By taking centuries old machines and upgrading both their physical as well as technological capabilities, Vicore almost single handedly started a revolution that provided a cheap means to bring 'new' BattleMechs to the field commanders desperate for more assets.
Classic BattleTech Technical Readout: Project Phoenix provides descriptions, game statistics and illustrations for twenty-nine classic BattleMechs that have been upgraded both in appearance and technology. Also, for the first time in any technical readout, additional illustrations representing all the variants for every design in the book are also included.
- Short Story - Stalking the Legends
- Introduction - the speculation of Word of Blake origins for the Phoenix 'Mechs
(Precentor XIV-Delta Tempest Stryker, ComStar, to Precentor ROM Victoria Parrdeau, 1 August 3067)
- Inner Sphere BattleMechs - the seeming immortality of the "classic" designs
(Demi-Precentor X-Omega Martin Overstreet, ComStar, 1 October, 3067)
- Clan BattleMechs - honorable appreciation for Clan Diamond Shark and the concern over their own apparent Project Phoenix.
(Demi-Precentor Rochelle Capetturn, Explorer Corps, to Precentor XXIV Padraig O Bhaoil, Director, Explorer Corps, along with notes from Precentor XXIV Padraig O Bhaoil to Precentor Parrdeau, ComStar)
- Project Phoenix Variant Recognition Guide - BattleMech Variant Illustrations
- Though controversial in its commissioning, the title provided relief (of sorts) for which a vocal majority of fans had been clamoring. By incorporating features that suggested evolution of similar features on the Unseen, the Reseen, as they are colloquially known, were able to sidestep the issue of artwork outside of FASA/FanPro's studios. Debate still simmered from two camps: that from those who saw new miniatures lessening the 'value' of their limited Unseen figures and from those looking for relief from the ban of artwork from historical period (i.e., occurring before the Clan Invasion).
- The product number of the original edition in 2003 was FPR 10991; a second "corrected printing" from 2005 exists with the product number FPR 35032.