Experimental Technical Readout: RetroTech

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Experimental Technical Readout: RetroTech
Product information
Type Technical Readout (PDF)
Author Ken' Horner
Development Herbert A. Beas II
Primary writing Ken' Horner
Pages 28
Cover Artwork Ray Arrastia
Illustrations Doug Chaffee
David R. Deitrick
Brent Evans
Chris Lewis
Duane Loose
Mike Nielson
Brian Snoddy
Franz Vohwinkel
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
Product code CAT 35X008
First published April 30, 2011
MSRP $4.95
Era Jihad era
Series Experimental Technical Readouts
Preceded by Experimental Technical Readout: Steiner
Followed by Experimental Technical Readout: The Clans


The twelfth part of CGL's PDF exclusive mini-Technical Readout or TROlet series, Experimental Tech Readout: RetroTech (abbreviated XTRO:RetroTech) highlights equipment produced by secondary factories and other assorted organizations during the Jihad. With the pressing need for replacements for military units lost in the fighting, these lesser civilian and secondary complexes are pressed into use limited facilities to build replacement equipment. This XTRO features 13 'Mechs, Vehicles and Aerospace craft that were built with primitive technology. As with all other XTRO's, this PDF also includes record sheets for these new vehicles.

Publisher Description[edit]

Desperate Measures, Cut-Rate Prices

The fires of the Jihad have crippled the collective military-industrial complexes of the Inner Sphere, sparking a desperate call for equipment—any equipment—to replace combat losses. While the factories of the Successor States and the Periphery struggle to recover, a wave of second-grade manufacturers, relying on older, outdated methods, have rushed to take up some of the slack by bringing back venerable designs not seen since before the first Star League. Still others have taken to offering armed support units to fill in the gaps, ’Mechs and vehicles that, while not up to the late thirty-first century cutting edge, can still bring lethal force to bear in a pinch.

Experimental Tech Readout: RetroTech samples a number of new designs that have begun to emerge from secondary manufacturers across the war-torn Inner Sphere. Representing modern manufacturing with older techniques, most of the designs featured in this book incorporate a mix of modern technologies and older design standards—many rushed into service for their desperate consumers. Statistics and Record Sheets are included for 13 new experimental BattleMechs, vehicles, and aerospace units presented in this book, ready for play in advanced BattleTech games.


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The cover art was originally used for the single omnibus e-book edition of the Warrior Trilogy issued in 2010.