There you are. Welcome to the fold! Frabby 23:28, 5 January 2011 (UTC)
Amaris Star/Royalty class
I dimly recalled TekTeam, but immediately remembered the Amaris Star. Check out this discussion over at cbt.com. (I trust you know that site - the ultimate BT forum?) Frabby 23:28, 5 January 2011 (UTC)
- The Saga of the Amaris Star was actually written before even the original AeroTech rules were published. So I had to kind of fudge things a bit. The math would lean towards a primitive K-F drive for the Royalty class, but perhaps with the standard 30 LY range and the ability to have DropShip docking collars. This would give enough room for the equipment described in the original article. The Royalty class vessels were a Rim Worlds Republic design, so who knows what tech that they kludged together to make the design. Tekteam26 02:27, 6 January 2011 (UTC)
Wiki formatting crash-course
- Carriage returns
It is important to note that wikis ignore single Carriage Returns. Writing the following:
will only result in the text reading "This is a test line". However, writing
(i.e. using double CR to denote paragraphs) works fine. To insert a single carriage return, you need to insert <br /> into your text. There's also a "Line break" button above the text box that inserts this code.
Your copy-and-pasted stories apparently contain a tab at the beginning of each section, which is transformed into a series of space characters when pasting (the wiki doesn't know tabs). Problem is, a space character at the beginning of any paragraph results in that odd box which doesn't even properly adjust for line breaks on the wiki. Bottom line, the tabs have to be edited out before you copy & paste.
- Formatting sections and headlines
You may want to include sections and headlines in your text. Sections are created by putting their title in '==' characters, i.e. ==Sectionname==. Subsections can be created by adding one '=', i.e. ===Subsection=== or ====Sub-sub-section====.
Headlines like I am using in this text are created by placing a semicolon ';' before the headline. Check this text section in edit mode to see what I mean.
- Other useful formatting stuff
Putting a word or sentence into double '' (not ") produces italics. Putting it into triple ''' prints it bold, and of course five ''''' creates bold italicised text. Links to other articles are created by putting the key word into [[ ]] brackets, i.e. writing [[BattleMech]] creates the link to BattleMech.
A colon ':' at the beginning will indent a paragraph. We use this especially often on talk pages to differentiate replies to a previous entry, like I did up on the Amaris Star/Royalty section. First paragraph/text is without a colon, first reply with one, second with two. Makes it easier to read.
Enumerations are created by beginning each item with a '#' character:
If you're listing items without numbering them, use an asterisk '*' istead:
Hope that helps. Frabby 08:50, 6 January 2011 (UTC)
I've created an overview article about MechForce and a rather detailed writeup about the MechForce Germany (even though I was never a member myself). But I lack information about the MFNA and MFUK, and about MechForce Quarterly (and previously, the 'Mech magazine). Since you wrote for MFQ I suppose you have some insider knowledge about the MFNA and its magazines, so perhaps if you'd kickstart these articles with whatever info you have? Frabby 12:48, 6 January 2011 (UTC)
I still have the issues of BattleTechnology and MechForce Quarterly that I was published in except for one online-only issue of MFQ that I have an article in. So I will try to provide some additional information from those.Tekteam26 20:34, 6 January 2011 (UTC)
Hi again, I am writing to explain why I moved your article attribution from the BattleTechnology article to the author page: As you can see on the article, the issues are listed with their respective table of contents there. Adding individual author contributions would violate the style used; I feel the attributions belong to the individual author pages instead.
Also, mind that "signing" your posts with four tildes (~~~~) is only done on talk pages, never within an article. Frabby 08:10, 7 January 2011 (UTC)
Fan-fiction announcement question
I'm just wondering about something. Would there be a way to post an entire BattleTech fanfic novel under BTFWiki or BTWiki and be able to announce this entry in BTWiki so that everyone is aware of it and can have the opportunity to download and read it? I am quite literally writing a novel set in the Deep Periphery that spans the period between the Amaris Coup to the Jihad. Now, I do plan on submitting the novel to BattleCorps. But if they don't accept it, I will be freely posting the entire novel for all to enjoy. Now, it does factor into the entire discussion here because the possibility that I will be posting this if it ends up being considered fanfic.....a detailed, rich, novel-length story set in the Deep Periphery of a single-world colony developing outside of the chaos of the Succession Wars, but not currently sanctioned by TPTB. Tekteam26 23:12, 2 May 2011 (UTC)
- I moved your question here since it did not seem relevant to the discussion about changing BTW's policy on fan-generated material. The only location to make such an announcement, whatever the outcome of that discussion, is within your namespace (i.e. your user page and user talk page). --Scaletail 01:50, 10 May 2011 (UTC)
With Experimental Technical Readout: Boondoggles the Monitor (spacecraft) concept was finally canonized in BattleTech... as a failed experiment. Thought you might want to know. Frabby (talk) 03:16, 29 January 2013 (PST)