Touring the Stars (series)

Development[edit]

The Touring The Stars series - often abbreviated to TtS - is an e-book only series announced by Catalyst Game Labs on 24 Jul 2015.[1] The Touring the Stars series was one of five e-publication miniseries to be announced simultaneously. The other four series were Milestones, focusing on putting players on the front lines of key Inner Sphere events of the late Dark Age and beyond, OpFor, a publication series dedicated to detailed small, specialised units of lance, Star or Level I size with more character and less randomness than randomly-generated opponents, Spotlight On, a series dedicated to providing a detailed look at specific units within the BattleTech universe, and Gladiator Gazette, close looks at individuals, equipment and locations associated with the various game worlds such as Solaris VII.

Overview[edit]

Touring the Stars

It’s a whistle-stop tour of the universe! Every system and planet where mankind treads in the BattleTech universe has a story, for those with the drive to explore it. Take a tour of the stars humanity now calls home, experience awesome new worlds, immerse yourself in the local civilization, and prepare to do battle in exotic locales. From the peripheral Butte Hold to the game world Noisiel, to lost worlds like Jardine - join us on the tour!

  — Catalyst Game Labs, Upcoming Releases Announcement, 24 Jul 2015

Beginning with Touring the Stars: Lone Star, each Touring the Stars publication has followed a similar format. Priced at $2.99 each, a Touring the Stars volume consists of a colour cover depicting an orbital view of the subject planet, a short history section, a small number of RPG tracks tailored to the planet, a rules annex detailing optional rules for games and scenarios set on the planet, a colour world map and a hexed Battleforce 2 map. Each volume averages between 15 and 19 pages in total.

Chronology[edit]

Touring the Stars: Lone Star
Touring the Stars: Lone Star - Published 10 Feb 2016. Cold, desolate, long-abandoned and looted of any treasures centuries ago, Lone Star was once a crown jewel of the Terran Hegemony and bold achievement of terraforming. In Touring the Stars: Lone Star, players learn about Volgadon and the "Pond Cities" and their disparate and fabulous architectures, discover why Lone Star was a major agriculture and manufacturing center for the Terran Hegemony...and read how the horrors of the Amaris Civil War and the First Succession War set this once-great world onto the path towards oblivion.
Touring the Stars: Benet III
Touring the Stars: Benet III - Published 27 Feb 2016. The mineral-rich planet Benet III served as a place of industry, a base for military forces and as a home to a hearty, stubborn populace — a people who survived the Succession Wars, the FedCom Civil War and the Jihad, only to be all but wiped out by the fickle planet itself. In Touring the Stars: Benet III, players learn about the planet's constant volcanic and seismic activity, as well as the infamous "Death Mists" that eventually led to the disastrous end of Benet III.
Touring the Stars: Bone-Norman
Touring the Stars: Bone-Norman - Published 11 Mar 2016. A stark world on the fringes of the Inner Sphere, Bone-Norman’s desolate, haunting geography can spook even the most experienced warrior. A sleepy backwater planet for most of its history, Bone Norman vaulted to the front lines of the Clan Invasion and Jihad. In Touring the Stars: Bone-Norman, players learn about the planet’s interesting flora and fauna, as well as the mysterious Föhnkrankheit, or “wind sickness” brought on by the planet’s unique geography.
Touring the Stars: Bob
Touring the Stars: Bob - Published 01 Apr 2016. It is a shadow world of dark woods and darker rivers, and so was it named - Dunklewälderdunkleflüsseschattenwelt. Alien predators roam the land, seas and air, named for creatures of folklore, while survivors of the once proud settlements eke out an meager existence. Dunklewälderdunkleflüsseschattenwelt suffered during the Succession Wars as many planets of the Inner Sphere did, but as detailed in Touring the Stars: Bob, the beginning of the end was unwittingly initiated by a vote to change the planet's name...
Touring the Stars: Manassas
Touring the Stars: Manassas - Published 14 Apr 2016. The victim of a devastating cosmic impact and war, Manassas is still one of the Inner Sphere’s safest planets, except for the so-called “Dead Zones” dotting the world. In Touring the Stars: Manassas, players will learn about the famed Manassas Run, an annual world-spanning treasure hunt for valuable LosTech where anything goes and the prize of becoming Run Champion is all that matters.
Touring the Stars: Brownsville
Touring the Stars: Brownsville - Published 13 May 2016. Now a lifeless, dead planet, Brownsville was once a vibrant and discreet supplier of atmospheric processors and inexpensive water filters before the Amaris Coup. But political and diplomatic mistakes would turn the unassuming planet into another casualty of the Star League Civil War and early Succession Wars. Brownsville’s demise sealed the fate of dozens of other worlds.
Touring the Stars: Promised Land
Touring the Stars: Promised Land - Published 01 Jun 2016. Promised Land was not exactly as the colonization brochures described, but was settled nevertheless. A chance encounter during the early Star League saved the planet from abandonment, and the struggling colony remained. Long a border waystation between the Lyran Commonwealth and the Free Worlds League, Promised Land’s history is the story of overcoming the challenges of this strange world and thriving in its unique environment.
Touring the Stars: Inglesmond
Touring the Stars: Inglesmond - Published 20 Jun 2016. A curious, albeit devastated, survivor of the First Succession War, Inglesmond was once a shining jewel of the Terran Hegemony. Though Inglesmond is now a planetary nature preserve in the Republic of the Sphere, it could easily be reinhabited and once again rejoin the Inner Sphere. Learn about the planet’s unique climate and equatorial-spanning ice belt, tribal survivor communities and salvage operations gone awry.
Touring the Stars: McEvedy's Folly
Touring the Stars: McEvedy's Folly - Published 02 Jul 2016. McEvedy's Folly—a world where mad science ran rampant. In the grip of an ice age in the final years of the Star League, the planet once known as "Project SAGITARIUS UMBRELLA" was of little interest to anyone, save for brilliant xenobiologist Alpheus McEvedy. Under the aegis of terraforming, McEvedy played god with the primitive fauna, using them as vehicles to recreate long extinct species from across the Inner Sphere—as well as other rumored abominations. McEvedy and his team were eventually abandoned as the Star League fell, and the planet was lost for centuries—while only the legend of McEvedy's Folly remained.
Touring the Stars: Butte Hold
Touring the Stars: Butte Hold - Published 26 Jul 2016. Butte Hold is a harsh and unforgiving world home to criminals and rogues that has long been a haven for outlaws. Drawn by rumors of hidden Throline Desert caves caches filled with looted valuables, the world became infamous for being the home of Redjack Ryan and his dreaded capital of Raider’s Roost.
Touring the Stars: Ionus
Touring the Stars: Ionus - Published 02 Sep 2016. An introverted, self-contained world of modest technology, Ionus was originally a poor candidate for human colonization. However, recovery of the Helm Memory Core brought new importance to Ionus as the Free Worlds League’s premier WarShip producer. A lucky survivor of the Word’s Jihad, today Ionus’s advanced shipyards remain a tempting target for any world-be conqueror.
Touring the Stars: Tyrfing
Touring the Stars: Tyrfing - Published 30 Sep 2016. Once an exotic and beautiful planet known for its large, naturally-occurring crystalline formations, Tyrfing was a provincial capital for the defunct Terran Hegemony. Savaged by the Star League Civil War, Tyrfing was damaged beyond repair by a five-way battle between all of the Great Houses during the early Succession Wars. Descending into a dangerous, mutated, feral wasteland, Tyrfing fell off the map. Left to rot, the world is still home to primitive human cultures struggling to survive their deadly world.
Touring the Stars: Noisiel
Touring the Stars: Noisiel - Published 31 Oct 2016. You are cordially invited to visit the greatest festival world in all of Lyran space: Noisiel! Come for the pastoral atmosphere, share the local flavor, and test your skills in the galactically renowned Noisiel Summer Games! Experience the sportsmanship, the finesse, and the wonder as military technology meets friendly competition! Thrill to the spectacle of baseball, football, hockey, rugby, and even chess on the scale of titans!

References[edit]

  1. Drop Pod Sequence Initiated... Three, Two, One - BattleTech News Article by Randall Bills