UPDATE: Whoops! Looks like I screwed up: it’s the Record Sheets portion that’s new, not the Technical Readout itself. Either way, go get it!
Catalyst Game Labs have announced a new compilation technical readout volume as well as a new version of the all-important BattleTech Manual.
With the new box sets finally having made it to stores, it’s time for us to look towards expanding the new players’ repertoire. While the latest full version of the game, ‘BattleTech: A Game Of Armored Combat, came with the new BattleTech Manual, it didn’t come with an exhaustive list of every ‘Mech featured during the Succession Wars Era of BattleTech.
So Catalyst made a new tech readout with all of them in it. Simple problem, simple solution.
Succession Wars is a compilation volume combining ‘Mechs seen in Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, Record Sheets: 3050 Upgrade Unabridged-Clan & Star League, Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged, and Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged. I’m assuming only the ‘Mechs seen before the Clan Invasion are featured, otherwise it would be odd to call the new TR “Succession Wars”.
Catalyst describes Succession Wars as “the perfect ‘first Technical Readout’ companion to the BattleMech Manual. Combining the ’Mechs previously found in Technical Readout: 3039, Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, and Technical Readout: 3075, this volume features some of the most common ’Mechs from the Age of War to the Succession Wars.”
And it’s got some sweet cover art. Love me a Dragon, Jenner, and Panther Kurita lance.
Succession Wars is $9.99 in PDF format, $39.99 in print, and $44.99 together. Meanwhile, the Record Sheets only is $9.99 with 290 sheets total.
Catalyst has also made the latest version of the official BattleTech Manual available for purchase as well at the same prices as Succession Wars. It has all the latest updates and errata already included, and another spiffy new cover art that would look sweet on anyone’s bookshelf.
I mean, who can say no to that Marauder? Anyone? I didn’t think so.
Get ‘em both today at Catalyst’s store.
And as always, MechWarriors: Stay Syrupy.
TRO Succession Wars actually picks only few mechs from mentioned TROs. Because of this it has 194 pages and only 92 mechs. And it is not that new TRO. It was published as PDF at first with first printing of Battlemech Manual. The only new thing are Record Sheets: Succession Wars as PDF-only product.
Thanks for the update! Sorry for the confusion!
I bought both the pdfs to expand on A game of Armored Combat, and it breaks my heart that there are a bunch of iconic Succession Wars era ‘mechs excluded. I thought the unseen nonsense was done with the reseen ‘mechs.
But nope, no Marauder, Rifleman, Pheonix Hawk, Archer or Warhammer.
This is increasingly irksome when the Marauder is on the new manual cover!
Really? No Marauder, despite the cover art? There’s also a little Warhammer down in the corner, in the 35. I scrolled down to comment on how it looked like the Battletech franchise finally won the Unseen battle, only to see that they’re only flaunting the art (which is what was trouble in the first place), and leaving the tech specs out, which they were always actually fine with…
Anyone have feedback on the print quality of the Battletech Manual? I just returned my second copy of the 2018 Total Warfare print because both copies I received fell apart immediately.
They snuck at least one new variant in the Record Sheets: the AS7-A. Nothing previously published has the designation, and none of the Atlas variants I can find match the loadout.
There may be others.
Looks like they snuck some new variants, I managed to spot three that I’m certain are new. The Atlas and Thud get League-era -A and -5D, respectively. The Zeus also gains a -6A variation.
I was hoping to finally get a Succession Wars-era TRO with all the machines which were around in the 3030s or so. What Catalyst delivered is a lazy hodgepodge of ‘Mechs, some with League tech, some variants with late 3060s/70s tech and – most ironic – nearly all the iconic machines missing. No Wasps, Stingers, Phoenix Hawks, Riflemen, Crusaders, Marauders, Archers, Warhammers… I could have easily done without the Age of War machines (especially when nearly every entry calls then extinct by thr 3000’s) if space were a constraint. At the least I had expected all machines to share the same tech level, maybe with mentions of their more advanced predecessors. As a gaming resource this TRO is pretty useless, especially when one has the old 3025z/2750 TROs still on the shelf.
Here’s hoping there will be a revision. With the lawsuit done and dusted, there is no reason to keep the Unseen locked away.