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Although it is an official BattleTech product, the subject of this article does not meet the current criteria for Canon for the BattleTech universe.
See the article's section on Canonicity for details.


Mech (magazine)
Product information
Type Magazine
Development James D. Long (editor)
Publication information
Publisher MechForce North America (AWOL Productions)
First published 1990-1995
Content
Preceded by MechForce News
Followed by MechForce Quarterly

Mech Magazine was the quarterly newsletter of the MechForce North America fan club, produced by AWOL Productions after they had taken over running the MechForce organisation from FASA in 1990. It replaced the previous MechForce News magazine. Each issue opened with a section called Friendly Fire that was a letter from the Club President and had a section that listed members rankings.

FASA took over running the MechForce North America again from 1995 onward, and the publication changed its name to MechForce Quarterly under FASA's aegis.

Canonicity[edit]

The Mech Magazine was an official product, produced under a valid license from FASA. However, the current definition of Canon for BattleTech expressly excludes magazines (even "official" ones) by default. The magazine's content must therefore be considered apocryphal unless confirmed in a reckognized canonical publication or ruling.

Volumes[edit]

The numbering of 'Mech Magazine volumes is internally inconsistent. The editor's note in Issue 1 makes reference to a previous fan club newsletter that was smaller. The second issue proclaims itself "Volume 2, Issue 2," while the fourth issue calls itself "Volume One, Issue Four." Given the reference to the defunct prior fan club newsletter, the label of "Volume One" on issue four should presumably be discounted, and the entire run of 14 issues treated as "Volume Two" of the MechForce newsletter, with FASA's previous MechForce News publication being considered Volume 1.

Volume Two[edit]

Issue One[edit]

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1st Quarter 1991 - 16 pages

Contents

  • "Friendly Fire" by Jim Long - Letter from the new MechForce editor.
  • "Planetfall? The Battle for Luthien" - Short story.
  • "Battlefront By-Line" by B.B. Kittey
  • "Burzhai's View" by Tori Burzhai - Deus ex Machina...the god of the nine hells.
  • "Overheard" by "The Ear" - Gossip from around the Inner Sphere.
  • "Mech Lab" - Shadow Cat, overview and record sheet.
  • "One Warrior Small" - Short story.
  • "Death's Black Mech" - Scenario set in the Battle of Luthien.
  • "Battle Report" - List of MFNA members, ranking scores, and chapters.
  • "Reviews" - OmniMech Blue Prints & More Tales of the Black Widow.
  • "Up and Coming From FASA Corporation" - Lost Destiny, Rhonda's Irregulars, Map Set Four, Record Sheets Volume Two, Record Sheets Volume 3, Clan Wolf sourcebook, Solaris boxed set, BattleTroops expansion, the Jade Phoenix Trilogy, and MechWarrior II, The Role Playing Game.
  • "BattleTech Damage Worksheet"
  • "Up and Coming From MechForce North America" - 'Mech Issue 2, 'Mech hits the road (Origins '91), 'Mech Crib Sheets (laminated reference tables).

Issue Two[edit]

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Game cover date: Summer 3052 - 16 pages (2nd Quarter 1991)

Contents

  • "Friendly Fire" by James Long
  • "Cover Story" by B.B. Kittey - Timeline of the Battle of Tukayyid.
  • "Overheard" by "The Ear" - Gossip from around the Inner Sphere.
  • "BattleTech Center" - The battlefield of 3050...coming to a Mall near you. (Preview of the Virtual World BattleTech Center)
  • "Mech Lab" - Shootist, overview and record sheet.
  • "Debrief" - 'Mech answers reader questions.
  • "Flight of the Mongoose" - ComStar vs. Smoke Jaguar scenario set in the Battle of Tukayyid.
  • "Battle Report" - Member list and ranking scores.
  • "Welcome to the Club" - Chapter list.
  • "Reviews" - Record Sheets Volume Two, Rhonda's Irregulars, MechWarrior Second Edition, Ral Partha BattleTech Miniatures (Annihilator, Highlander, Shogun, Longbow, Wolfhound, Marauder II, Savannah Master, King Crab, Thug, Clan Elemental Infantry).
  • "Incoming - The Future From FASA" - MechWarrior 2nd Edition, BattleMech Record Sheets Volume Three, Way of the Clans, Wolf Clan Sourcebook, Solaris VII, BattleMech Record Sheets Volume Four, BattleMech Reinforcements I, Map Set Two.
  • "BattleTech Damage Worksheet"
  • "MasterSheets" - Unit design and combat sheets
  • "See the Universe" - MechForce North America subscription form

Issue Three[edit]

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3rd Quarter, 1991 - 16 pages

Contents

  • "Friendly Fire" by Jim Long - A letter from the editor.
  • "The Lone Shark Saga, Part I" by Blaine Pardoe
  • "GenCon '19 - MNA vs. M-UK" - The 1st Annual North Atlantic Championship.
  • "MechWarrior II: ComStar Regular" - MechWarrior Archetype.
  • "Vehicle Combat Listings" - Official BattleTech Combat Values for all Inner Sphere vehicles.
  • "The Gravest Loss" - ComStar vs. Diamond Shark Tukayyid scenario.
  • "Xmas Incoming" - MFNA mechandise order form.
  • "Officers Club" - Chapter listings.
  • "MechWarrior Rankings" - Member list and score rankings.
  • "Surprise Inspection" - Mech reviews: BattleTech Record Sheets Volume Three, BattleTech Miniatures by Ral Partha (Hoplite, Firefly, Hornet, Mongoose, Exterminator, Bombardier, Crab).
  • "Incoming" - Previews: Record Sheets Volume Four - Assault 'Mechs, BattleTech Reinforcements, Solaris VII, Unbound, ClanTroops, Lost Destiny, Blood Name, Falcon Guard.
  • "See the Universe" - MechForce North America subscription form
  • "Battle Report Master for BattleTech" by MechForce NA

Issue Four[edit]

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4th Quarter, 1991 - 16 pages

Contents

  • "Friendly Fire" by Jim Long - A letter from the president.
  • "Front and Center - 'Mech Features and Fiction" by Blaine Pardoe - The Lone Shark Saga Part II.
  • "Mechwarrior II Archetypes and Equipment" - MechWarrior: Dare Devil.
  • "Mech Lab - New 'Mech Designs" - THG-11Ee Thugee 'Mech and record sheet.
  • "Battle Report - MechWarrior Rankings" - Member names and ranking scores.
  • "The Test" - A scenario set in a Diamond Shark Sibko in 3052.
  • "My XMAS Wish List" - List of products recommended for beginner, intermediate, experienced, and all BattleTech players.
  • "XMAS Incoming" - MFNA merchandise order form.
  • "Officers Club - MechForce NA Chapters" - Chapter listings.
  • "Surprise Inspection - Mech Reviews" - Record Sheets: Volume Four, Solaris VII, Ral Partha BattleTech Miniatures (Heavy Omni-Mechs, Assault Omni-Mechs).
  • "Upcoming from FASA" - Previews: Unbound, ClanTroops, Objective Raids, Bloodright, Vehicle Record Sheets.
  • "Battle Report Master for BattleTech" by MechForce NA

Issue Five[edit]

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First Quarter 1992 - 32 pages

Contents

  • "Mail Call" - A message from Jim Long.
  • "Mech Letters" - Letters from readers.
  • "Battlefront Byline" by B.B. Kittey - Farewell to the Fox, a personal salute to Hanse Davion (2983-3052).
  • "The Ear" - Gossip from around the Inner Sphere.
  • "Front and Center - Mech Feature" by Blaine Pardoe - The Lone Shark Saga, Part III.
  • "Raid on the Dark Eyes" - A ClanTroops scenario based on the Lone Shark Saga.
  • "Burzhai's View - The Story From Solaris" by Tori Burzhai - Fiction set on Solaris VII.
  • "Personnel File - Archetypes" - Derek McGowen.
  • "Mech Lab - Original 'Mechs" - LMT-1R Lamentor.
  • "Personnel File - Archetypes" - Young Commander.
  • "Hiring Hall - Mercenary Contracts" - Contract template for an Objective Raid on Jabuka, with accompanying scenario.
  • "Battle Report - Game Information" - Clan Dueling Weapons (Solaris VII dueling rules for ClanTech).
  • "Debriefing - MNA Information" - How to fill out battle reports, ranking changes, which forms to use, how to score more points, calculating combat values, other club info.
  • "Gone AWOL - MNA Products" - Back issue and Master Sheets order form.
  • "On Parade - MNA Rankings" - Player list and point rankings.
  • "Roll Call - MNA Chapters" - Chapter list.
  • "Inspection - Mech Reviews" - Reviews: ClanTroops, Unbound, Objective Raids, BattleTech Miniatures by Ral Partha (Raven, Mauler, Hatamoto-Chi, Wolf Trap, Long Tom Artillery).
  • "Upcoming from FASA" - Previews: Vehicle Record Sheets, Bloodright, Wolf Pack, BattleTech Third Edition.
  • "Marching Orders" - Convention calendar.
  • "MechForce North America - The Official BattleTech Player's Organization" - Membership sign-up form (includes Clan Fox, Clan Punisher, Clan Widowmaker, and Clan Mongoose).
  • "Eyes Only" - MNA Classifieds

Issue Six[edit]

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Second Quarter 1992 - 32 pages

Game cover date: Summer 3055

Contents

  • "Mail Call" - Letter from Jim Long
  • "Mech Letters" - Letters from readers.
  • "Front & Center" by Blaine Pardoe - Lone Shark Saga, part IV, "Common Ground".
  • "Front & Center" - MechWarrior 2 RPG Scenario based on the events in "Common Ground".
  • "Personnel File - NPC" - MechWarrior: Struggling Mercenary.
  • "Mech Lab" - ADD-4E Adder overview and record sheet.
  • "Faces in the Crowd - NPC" - Carlton and Victoria Alexander (from the Lone Shark Saga).
  • "Debriefing - AWOL Information" - Submission guidelines and release form.
  • "AWOL Productions" - FASA product catalog.
  • "AWOL Productions and MNA" - Back issues and Mastersheets, plus order form.
  • "Supply Depot - MechWarrior Gear" - GuranE (healing salve), Torogen Beamlight, The Traveler's Companion, Stiletto.
  • "On Parade - MNA Rankings" - Player list and point rankings.
  • "Roll Call" - MNA Chapters.
  • "Marching Orders" - Convention calendar.
  • "Upcoming from FASA" - Previews: Technical Readout 3055, McCarron's Armored Cavalry, Jade Falcon sourcebook, BattleTech 3rd Edition, ComStar sourcebook.
  • "Inspection" - Reviews: BattleTech Third Edition, Technical Readout: 3055 & Bloodright, BattleTech Miniatures by Ral Partha (Light Omni-Mechs, Axeman, Cataphract, Caesar, Guillotine, Lancelot).
  • "MechForce North America - The Official BattleTech Player's Organization" - Membership sign-up form (includes Clan Fox, Clan Punisher, Clan Widowmaker, and Clan Mongoose).
  • "Eyes Only" - MNA Classifieds

Issue Seven[edit]

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Third Quarter 1992 - 32 pages

Game cover date: Fall 3055

Contents

  • "Mail Call" by Jim Long - Letter from the president.
  • "Mech Letters" - Letters from readers.
  • "Front and Center - Lone Shark Saga" by Blaine Pardoe - Conclusion.
  • "Solaris VII Scenario" - A scenario on Niles using the Solaris dueling rules, based on the Lone Shark Saga.
  • "Battlefront Byline - The Ear" - Gossip from around the Inner Sphere.
  • "Burzhai's View - The Story From Solaris" by Tori Burzhai - Short story.
  • "Mech Lab - Kodiak" - KDK-1E and KDK-2E Kodiak. [Not the Clan 'Mech]
  • "Periphery Survey" - Recent Developments, Military Strength, Towards the Future, and Recommendations for the Taurian Concordat, Mica Majority, Tortuga Dominions, and the Fiefdom of Randis.
  • "Faces in the Crowd - NPC" - Sho-sa John "Crippler" Turin.
  • "AWOL Productions & FASA" - Order form for FASA products through AWOL.
  • "AWOL & MNA" - Order form for back issues and Mastersheets.
  • "On Parade - MNA Rankings" - Member names and point rankings.
  • "Debriefing - AWOL Information" - Heavy fighting at the summer conventions!
  • "Roll Call - MNA Chapters" - Chapter listings.
  • "Marching Orders" - Convention calendar.
  • "Upcoming from Ral Partha" - Previews: Falcon, Manticore, Hussar, Kintaro, Packrat LRPV, J. Edgar Light Hover Tank.
  • "Upcoming from FASA" - Previews: BattleTech Third Edition, Decision at Thunder Rift (reprint), ComStar sourcebook.
  • "Inspection - Mech Reviews" - Reviews: Jade Falcon Source Book, McCarron's Armoured Cavalry and Ral Partha (Medium Omni-Mechs, Rommel/Patton, Maxim, Kurita Infantry, Davion Infantry, Ontos, Hetzer Wheeled Assault Guns, PanEuropean Howitzer for Ogre).
  • "MechForce North America - the Official BattleTech Player's Organization" - Membership form.
  • "Eyes Only" - MNA Classifieds.

Issue Eight[edit]

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Fourth Quarter 1992 - 48 pages

Game cover date: Winter 3055

Contents

  • "Mail Call" - Message from Jim Long.
  • "Mech Letters" - Letters from the readers.
  • "Front & Center - Susie & Morgan" - Chasing Ghosts: Part I
  • "Faces in the Crowd - NPC" - Susie "One-Eye" Morgraine-Ryan and Morgan Fletcher.
  • "Battlefront Byline" by B.B. Kittey - Musings on diplomacy with the Clans.
  • "Battlefront Byline" by "The Ear" - Gossip from the Inner Sphere.
  • "Burzhai's View" by Tori Burzhai - The Story From Solaris and the Laws of Combat.
  • "Vehicle Lab" - Trailblazer 95 ton tank.
  • "Personnel File - NPC" - Vehicle Commander
  • "Debriefing - AWOL Information" - Vehicles in BattleTech: Combat Values and Scoring; 3055 'Mechs Combat Values.
  • "Hot Spots - League Front" - Objective Raids supplement focusing on the Free Worlds League/Federated Commonwealth border region and the Circinus Federation.
  • "Objective Raids" - Gutierrez Aerospace.
  • "Front & Center - BattleTech Scenario" - Pride of the Hussars.
  • "On Parade - MNA Rankings" - Member names and point rankings.
  • "AWOL Productions & FASA" - FASA catalog for ordering through AWOL.
  • "AWOL Productions & MNA" - MNA catalog for ordering through AWOL.
  • "Periphery Survey" - Recent Developments, Military Strength, Towards the Future, and Recommendations for the Outworlds Alliance, Novo Franklin, Port Krin,and the Draconis Drift.
  • "Roll Call" - MNA Chapter list.
  • "Upcoming - Scheduled Releases" - Convention calendar.
  • "Upcoming from FASA" - Previews: BattleTech Third Edition, Null Set, BattleTech Intelligence Briefing, BattleSpace, and the Mercenary Handbook (2nd Edition).
  • "Upcoming from Ral Partha" - Thorn, Hermes, Sentinel, Champion, and Flashman.
  • "Inspection - Mech Previews" - Previews: The Solaris Companion; The Mercenary's Handbook II; Battlescape Mat by Geo Hex; Ral Partha (Galleon, Schrek, Striker Armored Car, Vedette, Demolisher, Pike, Von Luckner Heavy Tank, BattleTroops Kurita Machine Gun Assault Platoon; BattleTroops Steiner Laser Rifle Platoon).
  • "MechForce North America - The Official BattleTech Player's Organization" - Sign-up form.
  • "Eyes Only" - MNA Classifieds.

Issue Nine[edit]

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First Quarter 1993 - 48 pages

Game cover date: Winter 3056

Contents

  • "Mail Call" - Message from Jim Long.
  • "Mech Letters" - Press release: "Disney buys the BattleTech Centers"/"Disney Heir Acquires Firm in Virtual Reality Business".
  • "Front & Center - Chasing Ghosts" - Chasing Ghosts: Part II.
  • "Battle Stations - BattleTech Scenario" - On Their Terms... Almost - New Belt Pirates vs. the Clans.
  • "Faces in the Crowd - NPC" - Gant Abrams and Cheerice Baxter.
  • "Battlefront Byline" by B.B. Kittey - Musings on the return of weapons of mass destruction to the battlefield.
  • "Battlefront Byline" by "The Ear" - Gossip from around the Inner Sphere.
  • "Burzhai's View" by Tori Burzhai - The Story From Solaris.
  • "Mech Lab" - TYP-2N Typhoon overview and record sheet.
  • "Mech Lab" - EXC-3R Executioner overview and record sheet.
  • "Hot Spots - Liao Front" - The Capellan Confederation - Resurgence of Liao? / Deployment Table
  • "Objective Raids" - Ceres Metals.
  • "Front & Center" - Knock on Wood.
  • "Eyes Only - MNA Classifieds" - Convention calendar.
  • "Periphery Survey" - Recent Developments, Military Strength, Toward the Future, and Recommendations for Star's End, the Greater Valkyriate, Hopper Morrison, and the Rim Collection.
  • "On Parade - MNA Rankings" - Player names and score rankings.
  • "Roll Call" - MNA Chapters.
  • "Upcoming From FASA" - Plastic Miniatures; Intelligence Operations Handbook; Day of Heroes; Main Event; BattleTech Recognition Cards; Mercenary's Handbook: 3055; Medium OmniMech Technical Blueprints; Blood of Heroes.
  • "Upcoming from Ral Partha" - Announcement of change from lead to pewter; Mixed auxiliary weapons; Heavy & Assault 'Mech arms; shoulder socket weapons; missiles; jump jets & fins; Vulture; Loki; Thor-D; Mad Cat; Tarantula; Salamander; Rifleman II-C; Behemoth; Man'O'War; Masakari; Gladiator; Daishi; Plastic 'Mechs with new alloy bases (BattleMaster, Marauder, and two Warhammers).
  • "MechForce North America - The Official BattleTech Player's Organization" - Membership sign-up sheet.
  • "AWOL & FASA" - Catalog of FASA products.
  • "AWOL & MNA" - Catalog of MNA products and order form.
  • "Eyes Only - MNA Classifieds"

Issue Ten[edit]

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Second Quarter 1993 - 48 pages

Game cover date: Spring 3056

Contents

  • "Mail Call" - Letter from the editor.
  • "Mech Letters" - Letters from readers.
  • "Front & Center" - Chasing Ghosts: Part III.
  • "Battle Stations - BattleTech Scenario" - "Unwilling Fighter" and "Hold Out".
  • "Faces in the Crowd - NPC" - Jarest Grebts and Rogan.
  • "Battlefront Byline - MNA Special Services" - BattleMech Certification, BattleMech Design Contest, and Knights of the Inner Sphere Contest.
  • "Mech Lab - Ballpeen Hammer" - DCVR-2A Deceiver overview and record sheet.
  • "Mech Lab - Battlerider" - BLT-2R Battlerider overview and record sheet.
  • "Mech Lab - BattleMaster IIC" - BattleMaster IIC overview and record sheet.
  • "Vehicle Lab - MACS" - Mobile Artillery and Command System overview and record sheet.
  • "Hot Spots - The Draconis Front" - The Dragon's Underbelly, Garrison Deployment Table.
  • "Objective Raids" - Precision Weaponry.
  • "Objective Raids" - Assault on Tancredi IV.
  • "Periphery Survey: 3055" - Recent Developments, Military Strength, Toward the Future, and Recommendations for the Circinus Federation, the Illyrian Palatinate, the Lothain League, the Niops Association, New St. Andrews, Astrokazy, and the Marian Hegemony.
  • "Eyes Only - MNA Calendar" - Calendar of BattleTech Events.
  • "On Parade - MNA Rankings" - Player names and point rankings.
  • "Roll Call" - MNA Chapters.
  • "Upcoming from FASA" - BattleMech Recognition Cards; Blood of Heroes; Mercenary's Handbook: 3055; Day of Heroes; Assumption of Risk; Medium OmniMech Technical Prints; BattleSpace; and Solaris: The Reaches.
  • "Upcoming from Ral Partha" - Announcement of change from lead to "Raladium"; Tarantula; Salamander; Rifleman IIC; Behemoth; Assault Lance (plastic); Man'O'War; Masakari; Gladiator; Daishi; Heavy OmniMech boxed set (plastic); Fire Lance (plastic); Hollander; Albatross; Jenner IIC; and Warhammer IIC.
  • "Inspection - Mech Previews" - McCarron's Armored Cavalry: Table of Organization.
  • "MechForce North America - The Official BattleTech Player's Organization" - Membership sign-up form.
  • "AWOL & FASA" - FASA product catalog.
  • "AWOL & MNA" - MNA product catalog and order form.
  • "Eyes Only" - MNA Classifieds.

Issue Eleven[edit]

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Third Quarter 1993 - 48 pages

Game cover date: Fall 3056

Contents

  • "Mail Call" - Letter from Editor Jim Long.
  • "'Mech Lab" - Corrected BattleRider Record Sheet
  • "Front & Center" - Chasing Ghosts: Part IV.
  • "Battlefront Byline" by B.B. Kittey - Musings on Victor's ability to rule the Federated Commonwealth.
  • "Battlefront Byline" by "The Ear" - Gossip from around the Inner Sphere.
  • "Battlefront Byline - Man on the Street" by Felix MacGlaghlin - The Current State of the Inner Sphere.
  • "'Mech Lab" - Black Knight IIC overview and record sheet.
  • "'Mech Lab" - BGR-2 Badger overview and record sheet.
  • "'Mech Lab" - Talos 50 ton hovertank.
  • "Hot Spots" - Chaos in the Court of the Star League (scenario).
  • "Periphery Survey - Periphery Tech" - Dasher-E/F, Koshi-E/F, Uller-E/F/G, Puma-E/F/G, Dragonfly-E/F/G, Fenris E/F, Black Hawk-E/F/G.
  • "Periphery Survey - Periphery Tech" - Recent Developments, Military Strength, Towards the Future, and Recommendations for Herotitus and the Magistracy of Canopus.
  • "Periphery Survey - Periphery Tech" - Headhunter Missile, Battery Boosters, Sensor Jammer, Laser Inhibiting Enamel, Laser Inhibiting Screen, and SRM Splitter.
  • "Convention Update - Briscon" - Briscon '93.
  • "Convention Update - GenCon" - GenCon '93.
  • "Roll Call" - MNA Chapters.
  • "Eyes Only" - Calendar of Events.
  • "On Parade - MNA Rankings" - Player names and score rankings.
  • "Upcoming from FASA" - Previews: The Far Country; Solaris: The Reaches; Hot Spots; and Luthien.
  • "Upcoming from Ral Partha" - Previews: Stealth, Cerberus, Berserker, Hellhound, Assault Omni-Mechs, Medium Omni-Mechs.
  • "Inspection - Mech Reviews" - Reviews: BattleSpace; Day of Heroes; Intelligence Operations Handbook; Mercenaries Handbook: 3055; Inbound (MFUK); MFUK Record Sheets One.
  • "MechForce North America - The Official BattleTech Player's Organization" - MechForce sign-up form.
  • "AWOL & FASA" - FASA product catalog.
  • "AWOL & MNA" - MNA product catalog and order form.
  • "Eyes Only" - MNA Classifieds.

Issue Twelve[edit]

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Fourth Quarter 1993 - 48 pages

Game cover date: Winter 3056

Contents

  • "Mail Call" - Letter from Editor Jim Long.
  • "Mech Letters" - Letters from readers.
  • "Statement of Ownership"
  • "Front & Center" - The Lieutenant's Boy: Part I.
  • "'MechLab - Inquisitor" - The Mark XVI-Omni-directional Firing Platform (rules) and the IQS-7R Inquisitor (overview and record sheet).
  • "'MechLab - Badger" - BGR-2 Badger (record sheet).
  • "Editor's Note on Inner Sphere's Newest Technology" - Corrections and new construction rules for the Grand Crusader and War Dog (GC record sheet with Omni-directional Firing Platform and WD record sheet with corrections).
  • "'MechLab - Gausspanzer" - Gausspanzer MK III Heavy Hovertank (overview and record sheet).
  • Ad for Activision's MechWarrior II: The Clans.
  • "Battlefront Byline" by "The Ear" - Gossip from around the Inner Sphere.
  • "Battlefront Byline - Man on the Street" by Felix MacGlaughlin - The Current State of the Federated Commonwealth.
  • "Battlefront Byline - MNA Special Services" - BattleMech Certification.
  • "Periphery Survey - Periphery Tech" - Ryoken-E/F/G/H, Vulture D/E/F, Loki-C/D/E/F, Thor-E/F/G/H/I, Mad Cat-E/F/G, Man'O'War-D/E/F/G/H, Masakari-D/E/F, Gladiator-E, Daishi-C/D/E.
  • "Eyes Only" - MNA Calendar of BattleTech Events
  • "On Parade - MNA Rankings" - Player names and point rankings.
  • "Roll Call" - MNA Chapters.
  • "AWOL & FASA" - FASA product catalog.
  • "AWOL & MNA" - MNA product catalog and order form.
  • "Upcoming from FASA" - Previews: Luthien, Medium OmniMech Tech Prints, CityTech Second Edition, and Tactical Handbook.
  • "Upcoming from Ral Partha" - Previews: Medium OmniMechs (plastic), Dragonfly, Fenris, Black Hawk, Ryoken, Dasher, Koshi, Uller, Puma.
  • "Inspection - Mech Reviews" - Reviews: Hot Spots, The Reaches, Ral Partha (Berserker, Albatross, and Stealth).
  • "MechForce North America - The Official BattleTech Player's Organization" - Enrollment form.
  • "Eyes Only" - MNA Classifieds.

Issue Thirteen[edit]

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First Quarter 1994 - 48 pages

Game cover date: Spring 3057

Contents

  • Geo-Hex Advertisement
  • "Mail Call" - Letter from Editor Jim Long.
  • "Mech Letters" - Letters from readers.
  • "Front & Center" by Michael Stackpole - Bred for War (excerpt).
  • "MNA - Final Exam" - New Avalon Institute of Science Comprehensive Final Exam.
  • "Mech Lab" - TZU-1L Tzunami overview and record sheet.
  • "Mech Lab" - OCR-5L Oracle overview and record sheet.
  • "Mech Lab" - TAL-3L Talon overview and record sheet.
  • "Battlefront Byline" - ComStar News Bureau Reports From Around the Inner Sphere.
  • "Battlefront Byline" by "The Ear" - Gossip from around the Inner Sphere.
  • "Battlefront Byline - Man on the Street" - The State of the Free(?) Worlds League.
  • "Battlefront Byline - Certifications" - Certification Report.
  • "Common Sense" by Cassandra Blake - Light 'Mechs.
  • "Common Sense" by Cassandra Blake - A Thief in the Night (scenario).
  • "Burzhai's View" - The Story from Solaris.
  • "The Manifest" - The independent journal of the independent trader
    • Rumors: Clan Runs, Free Worlds-Capellan Trade, Tamar Lane, The Motherlode.
    • News: Concordat Still Booming, Reshuffle Continues, Rim Collection Rising, Taxes on the Rise, Periphery Development.
    • Hot Products: Lyran Commonwealth, Federated Suns, Draconis Combine, Free Worlds League, Capellan Confederation.
  • "Roll Call" - MNA Chapters.
  • "AWOL & FASA" - FASA product catalog.
  • "AWOL & MNA" - MNA product catalog and order form.
  • "On Parade - MNA Rankings" - Member names and point rankings.
  • "Upcoming From FASA" - Previews: Tactical Handbook, Technical Readout: 3057, Tukayyid.
  • "Inspection" - Reviews: The Black Thorns and DRT.
  • "Eyes Only" - MNA Classifieds.
  • "MNA Conventions" - Convention calendar.
  • "MNA Reports - The Results" - Sponsored Events: Regional BattleTech Open Championship; Bloodname Trials; Operation Thunderbolt; Operation Blake's Revenge; The BattleTech MechForce North America Grand National; Gunslinger Championships; Bloodname Trials; MNA BattleTech Open Tournaments.
  • "MechForce North America - The Official BattleTech Player's Organization" - Membership enrollment form.

Issue Fourteen[edit]

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Second Quarter 1994 - 48 pages

Game cover date: Summer 3057

Contents

  • Ad for Sega BattleTech video game
  • "Mail Call" - Letter from Editor Rodney Knox.
  • "'Mech Letters" - Letters from readers.
  • "State of the Magazine" - Letter from Rodney.
  • "Errata Sheets" - BattleSpace and Tactical Handbook.
  • "Front & Center" - A Matter of Loyalty, Part I.
  • "MechLab" - YMA-1K Yadama overview and record sheet.
  • "MechLab" - KTU-1K Keisotsu overview and record sheet.
  • "MechLab" - GGR-4FC Gigger overview and record sheet.
  • "Common Sense" by Cassandra Blake - Medium 'Mechs.
  • "Common Sense" by Cassandra Blake - Blitzkrieg (scenario).
  • "FASA Releases" - Previews: BattleTech Compendium - The Rules of Warfare; Royalty and Rogues; Black Thorns.
  • "Inspection - MNA Reviews" - Reviews: The BattleTech Compendium - The Rules of Warfare; Bred for War; Royalty and Rogues.
  • "Battlefront Byline" by "The Ear" - Gossip from around the Inner Sphere.
  • "The Manifest" - The independent journal of the independent trader
    • Rumors: Clan Competition, Black Market, More Tamar Lane, Valasek Alive?
    • News: Timbuktu-Donegal Connection, Timbiqui Production on the Rise, Alliance Makes a Deal, Planet Dalton Quarantined.
    • Hot Products: Lyran Commonwealth, Federated Suns, Free Worlds League, Draconis Combine, Capellan Confederation, The Periphery.
  • "The Pit Boss" by Andrea Nichols - A Word With the Pit Boss
  • "MechLab" - Baron Tamborg's MAD-3T Marauder
  • "MechLab" - TRT-2A The Turtle
  • "Out of Spec" - FASA Out of Print.
  • "Voicemail Index" - Instructions for how to use MNA's new voicemail system.
  • "Roll Call" - MNA Chapters.
  • "AWOL & FASA" - FASA product catalog.
  • "AWOL & MNA" - MNA product catalog and order form.
  • "On Parade - MNA Rankings" - Member names and score rankings.
  • "Conventions" - Convention calendar.
  • "Eyes Only" - MNA Classifieds.
  • "MechLab" - YMA-1K Yadama record sheet.
  • "MechLab" - KTU-1K Keisotsu record sheet.
  • "MechLab" - GGR-4FC Gigger record sheet.
  • "MechLab" - MAD-3T Tamborg's Marauder record sheet.
  • "MechLab" - TRT-2A Turtle record sheet.
  • Geo Hex advertisement.

Special Issues[edit]

Mech: Special Issue[edit]

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Some BattleMechs from this issue:

Mech: Special Issue Retro-Fit[edit]

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Contents

  • "Opening Shot - Mech Greeting" - Introduction to corrected and expanded second edition from Editor Jim Long.
  • "Mech Lab" - ODY-55 Odysseus (ComStar 40-ton 5/8 laser boat).
  • "Mech Lab" - CV-11L Canaveral (ComStar 45-ton 5/8 missile boat).
  • "Mech Lab" - HXT-3A Hector (ComStar 50-ton 7/11 PPC sniper).
  • "Mech Lab" - GYX-13 Gray Fox (ComStar 50-ton 5/8 Gauss platform).
  • "Mech Lab" - DRA-R-PR19 Diablo (ComStar 35-ton 7/11/7 skirmisher).
  • "Mech Lab" - Grendal Prime/A/B/C/D (Clan 45-ton 7/11/7 OmniMech).
  • "Mech Lab" - Kingfisher Prime/A/B/C/D (Clan 90-ton 4/6 OmniMech).
  • "Battle Stations - BattleTech Scenario" - Bishop Takes Pawn.
  • "Battle Stations - BattleTech Scenario" - The Brass Ring.
  • "Battle Stations - BattleTech Scenario" - Pay Back.
  • "Battle Stations - BattleTech Scenario" - Bear Claw.
  • "Battle Stations - BattleTech Scenario" - Killing Fields.
  • "Battle Stations - BattleTech Scenario" - Clear Blue View.
  • "Supply Depot - BattleTech Gear" - Caseless Autocannon, Fin Stabilized AC Ammo, Discarding Sabot AC Ammo, Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot AC Ammo, Mechanical Jump Boosters, Extended Long Range Missiles.
  • "Supply Depot - MechWarrior Gear" - Advanced Cooling Vest, Advanced Cooling Suit, SLDF Neurohelmet, Damage Interrupt Circuit, Fiber Optic Ground Cable, Pistols (Coventry .45, Osaka Arms Cobra, Martin Fabrique Ranger, Ykkyros 12mm, Urlan 10mm Auto-Pistol)
  • "MechForce North America - The Official BattleTech Player's Organization" - Enrollment form.

Cover illustrating various Clan OmniMechs.

MechForce Manual (2nd Edition)[edit]

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Contents

  • "Introduction" - Overview of the changes in the second edition of the MechForce Manual by Editor Jim Long.
  • "Submission Guidelines" - Prose and Artwork submission guidelines as of 3/20/92.
  • "MechForce North America - The Official BattleTech Player's Organization" - Enrollment form.
  • "MechForce North America Regional Districts"
  • "AWOL Artist and Author Release Form"
  • "BattleMech Combat Values"
  • "Engagement Report Master for BattleTech by MechForce NA"
  • "Lance Control Master for BattleTech by MechForce NA"
  • "Damage Control Master for BattleTech by MechForce NA"
  • "Battle Report Master for BattleTech by MechForce NA"
  • "MechWarrior History Master for BattleTech by MechForce NA"

MechForce Manual (3rd Edition)[edit]

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Contents

  • "Introduction" - Overview of the changes in the third edition of the MechForce Manual by Editor Jim Long.
  • "Submission Guidelines" - Prose and Artwork submission guidelines as of 3/20/92.
  • "AWOL Artist and Author Release Form"
  • "MechForce North America - The Official BattleTech Player's Organization" - Enrollment form.
  • "MechForce North America Regional Districts"
  • "BattleMech Combat Values"
  • "Vehicle Combat Values"
  • "Combat Value Formula"
  • "BattleTech Ranked Battles Calculation"
  • "BattleMech Certification"
  • "Damage Control Master for BattleTech by MechForce NA"
  • "Battle Report Master for BattleTech by MechForce NA"
  • "Lance Control Master for BattleTech by MechForce NA"
  • "Star Control Master for BattleTech by MechForce NA"