Experimental Technical Readout: Caveat Emptor

Experimental Technical Readout: Caveat Emptor
Product information
Type Technical Readout (PDF)
Development Aaron Cahall
Ray Arrastia
Primary writing Keith Hann
Johannes Heidler
David A. Kerber
David Nawton
Joshua Perian
Eric Salzman
Paul Sjardijn
Chris Wheeler
Matthew Wilsbacher
Patrick Wynne
Pages 32
Cover Artwork David A. Kerber
Illustrations Matt Plog
Chris Daranouvong
David A. Kerber
Brent Evans
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
Product code E-CAT35TR011
First published April 1st, 2021
Era Dark Age Era
Series Experimental Technical Readouts,
Primitives Sub-Series
Preceded by Experimental Technical Readout: Republic, Volume 3


Published as the 2021 April Fools gag, this is the Thirtieth in CGL's PDF exclusive mini-Technical Readout or TROlet series, Technical Readout: Caveat Emptor (abbreviated XTRO:CE or XTR:CE). First April Fool gag XTRO since 2014.

Types of units featured in this volume includes BattleMechs.

Publisher's Description of the Product[edit]

After Gray Monday, the Republic has descended into a new Dark Age, ploughshares are being turned back into swords, and the jackals are feeding on the confusion. The desperate need for weapons of new militaries arising everywhere sees mundane machines strapped with outlandish weapons, flamboyant arena ’Mechs returning to the battlefield, and renowned manufacturers engaging in uncharacteristic experimental gambles. It is a seller’s market; anything goes and no price is too high. Caveat emptor—the dust will settle quicker on your new acquisition’s battlefield debut than on the transaction that got you there. You won’t have time for buyer’s remorse.

Experimental Technical Readout: Caveat Emptor samples production and prototype machines that have earnt infamy after Gray Monday as inefficient monstrosities sold to the highest bidder. Each unit featured in this book incorporates some of the new technologies that debuted in Tactical Operations (or quirks found in the BattleMech Manual)—now employed on battlefields of brush wars on former Republic worlds. Statistics and Record Sheets are included for 13 new advanced and experimental BattleMechs, ready for play in advanced BattleTech games.


INTRODUCTION (by Major Jonas Heathcote, 31 October 3135)

CON-9M-D Carbine ConstructionMech MOD
Crosscut IIC SolahmaMech
Gauss-Buster MilitiaMech
Uni ATAE-70A ArtilleryMech
PRC-3N Porcupine
WSP-3X Wasp
VLK-QD5 Valkyrie
DAD-DX Daedalus
PXH-99 Phoenix Hawk
VKH-68 Volkh
AQS-5 Aquagladius
SCG-WX1 Scourge


Related TROs[edit]


  • Other illustrators listed in this article, who had created the reused artwork, were not listed in the product's Credits.