Technical Readout: Project Phoenix

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Technical Readout: Project Phoenix
Product information
Type Technical readout
Author Loren L. Coleman (Stalking the Legends)
Development Randall Bills
Primary writing Randall N. Bills
Warner Doles
David L. McCulloch
Christoffer Trossen
Pages 104
Cover artwork Chris Lewis
Illustrations Chris Lewis
Publication information
Publisher FanPro
Product code 10991
35032 (corrected 2nd printing)
First published 2003
2005 (corrected 2nd printing)
ISBN-10 3890649912
ISBN-13 978-3890649917
MSRP 19.99
Content
Era Civil War era
Timeline 3067
Series Technical Readouts

Description[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Contents[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • 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.