Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 4

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Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 4
Product information
Type Technical Readout (PDF)
Development Herbert A. Beas II
Primary writing Christoffer “Bones” Trossen
Pages 40
Cover Artwork Ray Arrastia
Illustrations Justin Nelson
Brett Evans
Doug Chaffee
Chris Lewis
Stephen Huda
Chris Daranouvong
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
Product code E-CAT35XT006
First published November 7, 2014
MSRP $4.95
Era Various
Series Experimental Technical Readouts, Primitives Sub-Series
Preceded by Experimental Technical Readout: Gunslingers
Followed by Experimental Technical Readout: Most Wanted


The twenty-fourth in CGL's PDF exclusive mini-Technical Readout or TROlet series, Experimental Tech Readout: Primitives Vol. 4 (abbreviated XTRO:Primitives IV or XTR:Primitives IV). This book highlights experimental variant designs for Age of War Era which includes; Primitive BattleMechs, Combat Vehicles, Aerospace Fighters, and a DropShip that was developed by the Terran Hegemony and other interstellar powers.

Product Description[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 4 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, 29 December 3079

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The cover uses a reworked image of the Emperor was Catalyst Game Labs' 2011 reprinting of Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade.