Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 2

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Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 2
Product information
Type Technical Readout (PDF)
Development Herbert A. Beas II
Randall N. Bills and Jason Schmetzer (Development Assistance)
Primary writing Christoffer Trossen
Pages 29
Cover Artwork Ray Arrastia (Design and Layout)
Interior Artwork David L. McCulloch (Record Sheets)
Illustrations Doug Chaffee
Chris Lewis
Duane Loose
Justin Nelson
Slawomir Maniak
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
Product code CAT35XT002
First published February 13, 2012
MSRP $4.95
Era Jihad
Age of War
Series Experimental Technical Readouts, Primitives Sub-Series
Preceded by Experimental Technical Readout: ComStar
Followed by Experimental Technical Readout: Phantoms


The sixteenth in CGL's PDF-exclusive mini-Technical Readout (or TROlet) series, Experimental Tech Readout: Primitives, Volume 2 (abbreviated XTRO:Primitives Vol2) is a departure from the usual set of "modern" designs using experimental technology. The "Primitives" series of XTROs is, instead, devoted to Age of War designs. It provides fluff, stats, and record sheets of six BattleMechs, five combat vehicles, a single aerospace fighter, a small craft, and a DropShip—all built with primitive technology. The XTRO also contains new rules for the prototype jump jet.

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 2 samples more of 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"
Dr. Saga Brest, 19 June 3079

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  • This product is trademarked as Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives Volume 2.