Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 5

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Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 5
Product information
Type Technical Readout (PDF)
Development Johannes Heidler
Ray Arrastia
Primary writing Christoffer “Bones” Trossen
Herbert A. Beas II
Matthew Wilsbacher (Record Sheets)
Pages 33
Illustrations Matt Plog
Chris Lewis
Doug Chaffee
Brent Evans
Duane Loose
Justin Nelson
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
Product code E-CAT35XT015
First published September 9th, 2016
MSRP $5.99
Era Age of War
Series Experimental Technical Readouts,
Primitives Sub-Series
Preceded by Experimental Technical Readout: Republic, Volume 3
Followed by Experimental Technical Readout: Caveat Emptor


The twenty-ninth in CGL's PDF exclusive mini-Technical Readout or TROlet series, Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 5 (abbreviated XTRO:Primitives V or XTR:Primitives V). Also this publication is the fifth volume and final volume in a sub-series of books set as in-universe historical reports from the Republic of the Sphere about milestones achieved during the Age of War era. This book highlights then Primitive Technology and Experimental (At the time). The book goes into detail of the progression of technology units using what became Primitive Technology. Types of units featured in this volume includes; BattleMechs, Combat Vehicles, Aerospace Units, and a JumpShip.

Publisher's Description of the Product[edit]

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 V 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, 11 January 3081

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  • Other illustrators listed in this article, who had created the reused artwork, were not listed in the product's credits.
  • This product was last entry for the Experimental Technical Readout Series of Mini-PDFs. It unknown as of this writing if any further XTRO themed books were intended to come out after this entry in the series.