Experimental Technical Readout: Boondoggles

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Experimental Technical Readout: Boondoggles
Product information
Type Technical Readout (PDF)
Development Herbert A. Beas II
Primary writing Ken' Horner
Pages 37
Cover Artwork Ray Arrastia
Interior Artwork Shane Hartley
Steve Walker, Matt Heerdt (BattleTech Logo Design)
Illustrations Doug Chaffee
Stephen Huda
Duane Loose
Mike Nielsen
Allen Nunis
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
Product code CAT35XT017
First published January 14, 2013
MSRP $4.95
Era Various
Series Experimental Technical Readouts
Preceded by Experimental Technical Readout: Succession Wars, Volume 1
Followed by Experimental Technical Readout: 1945


Experimental Tech Readout: Boondoggles (abbreviated XTRO:Boondoggles or XTR:Boondoggles) is the twentieth in CGL's PDF exclusive mini-Technical Readout series. This book highlights failed experimental designs from various eras, including BattleMechs, combat vehicles, support vehicles, aerospace fighters, and a variety of JumpShips developed by the Star League, Inner Sphere powers, and the Clans.

From the Back Cover[edit]

For as long as there have been wars, mankind has been on a quest for ever more efficient means to kill. Yet even as the technologies improve, there are always missteps, unexpected—and, sometimes, unexplained—flaws in engineering that can transform a promising new weapon into a setback costing billions of credits, years of progress, and perhaps even a few lives.

Experimental Tech Readout: Boondoggles samples some of the most infamous failures in military experiments made by the Inner Sphere and Clan powers throughout history. Each design featured in this book demonstrates a disastrous (or merely abandoned) combination of prototype technology or engineering employed on BattleMechs, combat vehicles, and aerospace units from the Star League age to the Jihad era. Statistics and (where useful) Record Sheets are included for 14 BattleMechs, vehicles, and aerospace units presented in this book, ready to use (if possible) in advanced BattleTech games


Related TROs[edit]


  • In what technically constitutes a retcon (in the sense of canon being altered, exchanging canonical facts for other, incompatible canonical facts) but was treated as errata, the entry concerning Monitor-type spacecraft in this XTRO was officially changed by the line developer. See Monitor for details and a transcript of the altered entry.
  • The cover depicts an Ostscout IIC and a Liberator.