Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 1

Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 1
Product information
Type Technical Readout (PDF)
Development Herbert A. Beas II
Randall N. Bills and Jason Schmetzer (Development Assistance)
Primary writing David L. McCulloch
Pages 29
Cover Artwork Klaus Scherwinski (Cover Design)
Matt Heerdt (Layout)
Interior Artwork David L. McCulloch (Record Sheets)
Illustrations Doug Chaffee
Brent Evans
Chris Lewis
Duane Loose
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
Product code CAT 35646
First published August 25th, 2010
MSRP $4.95
Era Jihad
Age of War
Series Experimental Technical Readouts, Primitives Series
Preceded by Experimental Technical Readout: Davion
Followed by Experimental Technical Readout: Kurita


The seventh in CGL's PDF-exclusive mini-Technical Readout (or TROlet) series, Experimental Tech Readout: Primitives, Volume 1 (abbreviated XTRO:Primitives Vol1) is a departure that—instead of providing "modern" designs using experimental technology—is the first in a series of XTRO's devoted to Age of War designs, providing full fluff, stats, and record sheets for six BattleMechs, five combat vehicles, and a single aerospace fighter from previously released Technical Readouts, as well a unique new combat vehicle, conventional fighter and JumpShip, all constructed utilizing primitive technology.

From the back cover[edit]

Ancient Wonders

Before there was even a Star League, the technologies taken for granted in the thirty-first century went through their awkward paces in a universe newly opened to humankind. In an age when the BattleMech was nearly unknown, when the DropShip was a new concept, and when tanks and fighters dominated the battle zones, the technology of the day was primitive by modern standards… and each new design with an experiment unto itself.

Experimental Tech Readout: Primitives, Volume 1 samples the early technology designs that dominated the universe of BattleTech during the pre-Star League Age of War period. Each design featured in this book demonstrates the primitive technology level of the first generation of BattleMechs, the last generation of Combat Vehicles (before the ’Mech supplanted them), and the low-tech aerospace units that flew above them. Although many were ultimately upgraded to “modern standards” and shown in Technical Readout: 3075, the units featured here reflect these designs as they were when first introduced to the universe they fought for. Statistics and Record Sheets are included for 13 Primitive BattleMechs, vehicles, aerospace units presented in this book, ready for play in advanced BattleTech games.


  • "Introduction"
Professor Col Hari, 18 February 3078

Related TROs[edit]


  • It was noted that XTRO Primitives Vol 1 served as an in-universe errata for dates for earlier primitive 'Mech entries in previous Technical Readouts, such as TRO:3075.[1]
  • Trademarked as Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives.