Experimental Technical Readout: Pirates

Experimental Technical Readout: Pirates
Product information
Type Technical Readout (PDF)
Development Herbert A. Beas II
Randall N. Bills and Jason Schmetzer (Development Assistance)
Primary writing Jason Schmetzer
Herbert A. Beas II (Writing Assistance)
Pages 27
Cover Artwork Doug Chaffee
Matt Heerdt (Design & Layout)
Interior Artwork David L. McCulloch (Record Sheets)
Shane Hartley, Steve Walker and Matt Heerdt (BattleTech Logo Design)
Illustrations Doug Chaffee
Brent Evans
Chris Lewis
Jim Nelson
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
Product code CAT 35641
First published February 15th, 2010
MSRP $4.95
Era Jihad
Agency ComStar Explorer Corps
Universe Date 27 January 3077
Series Experimental Technical Readouts
Preceded by Experimental Technical Readout: Mercs
Followed by Experimental Technical Readout: Gladiators


The second in CGL's PDF exclusive mini-Technical Readout (or TROlet) series, Experimental Tech Readout: Pirates (abbreviated XTRO:Pirates) provides full fluff, stats, and record sheets of one-off pirate-developed custom refits and variants of five BattleMechs, four combat vehicles, two aerospace fighters, one small craft, and a DropShip from previously released Technical Readouts utilizing experimental technology.

In-universe, the TRO is a ComStar Explorer Corps dossier—released to travelers intending to enter the Periphery—on 27 January 3077.

From the back cover[edit]

The Engineers' Playground

Thieves, rogues, outlaws, murderers, scum – these are the pirates of the Inner Sphere. For mankind's worst element, the chaos of the Jihad is simply another opportunity to profit through force. The tools of the militaries they face are tough, but it doesn't take an unlimited budget and the resources of a stellar empire to get creative-and stolen prototype weapons can kill just as well as anything off the shelf. Armed with the best tech they can lay their hands on, the cleverest pirates field experimental-grade BattleMechs, vehicles, and fighters that keep their enemies guessing!

Experimental Tech Readout: Pirates samples the custom designs that have appeared in the BattleTech universe during the Jihad. Each design featured in this book incorporates some of the latest technologies developed by the realms of the Inner Sphere in their war against the Word of Blake, as first described in Tactical Operations – deployed now by the malcontents daring enough to steal them. Statistics and Record Sheets are included for 13 new experimental BattleMechs, vehicles, and aerospace units, ready for play in advanced BattleTech games.


  • "Introduction"
On behalf of Precentor Padraig O Bhaoil, ComStar Explorer Corps 27 January 3077

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