Shrapnel (magazine)

This article is about the digital BattleTech magazine. For the 1988 BattleTech print anthology, see Shrapnel (anthology).


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Shrapnel
The Official BattleTech Magazine
Product information
Type Magazine
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
First published 15 June 2020
Content

Shrapnel (subtitle: The Official BattleTech Magazine) is an electronic and Print-on-demand magazine dedicated to the BattleTech franchise, intended as a spiritual successor to both the older BattleTechnology print magazine and the shuttered subscription-based BattleCorps fiction website, among others. It was first announced as a non-exclusive stretch goal during the 2019 Clan Invasion crowdfunding campaign, and the stretch goal was achieved; CGL thereby committed to producing at least four issues of the magazine.

The first issue was released to backers of the crowdfunding campaing on 28 May 2020 through a download link; it was made available to the general public in the following month including a Print-on-demand (PoD) option.

Canonicity[edit]

Produced directly by CGL, Shrapnel was explicitly stated to be fully canonical for the BattleTech universe. This is a notable exception from the current definition of canon for BattleTech, which states that magazines are not counted among the canon sources by default (overridden in this case through explicitly declaring the publication canonical).

Issue 1[edit]

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Issue #01
Product information
Type Magazine
Development Loren L. Coleman, Publisher
John Helfers, Executive Editor
Philip A. Lee, Managing Editor
David A. Kerber, Layout and Graphic Design
Pages 172
Cover artwork Ken Coleman
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
First published 15 June 2020
ISBN-13 978-1-947335-20-2
MSRP $5.99
Content
Followed by Issue #02

Contents[edit]


Issue 2[edit]

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Issue #02
Product information
Type Magazine
Development Loren L. Coleman, Publisher
John Helfers, Executive Editor
Philip A. Lee, Managing Editor
David A. Kerber, Layout and Graphic Design
Pages 188
Cover artwork Franz Vohwinkel
Interior artwork Matthew Cross, Brent Evans, Harri Kallio, David Kerber, Florian Mellies, Matt Plog
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
First published 15 September 2020
ISBN-13 978-1-947335-34-9
MSRP $5.99
Content
Preceded by Issue #01
Followed by Issue #03

Contents[edit]

Note: the free record sheets for the Centurion CN10-B, CN10-J, and CN10-W, and the Gyrafalcon 5 were also released.


Issue 3[edit]

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Issue #03
Product information
Type Magazine
Development Loren L. Coleman, Publisher

John Helfers, Executive Editor
Philip A. Lee, Managing Editor
David A. Kerber, Layout and Graphic Design

Pages 177
Cover artwork Ken Coleman, Margarita Bourkova
Interior artwork Alan Blackwell, Mark Hayden, David A. Kerber, Jeff Laubenstein, Kevin McCann, Victor Moreno, Matt Plog, Tan Ho Sim, David White
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
Product code CAT36092
First published 15 December 2020
ISBN-13 978-1-947335-66-0
MSRP $5.99
Content
Preceded by Issue #02
Followed by Issue #04

Contents[edit]

Note: the free record sheet for the Thunder Stallion 4 was also released.


Issue 4[edit]

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Issue #04
Product information
Type Magazine
Development Loren L. Coleman, Publisher
John Helfers, Executive Editor
Philip A. Lee, Managing Editor
David A. Kerber, Layout and Graphic Design
Pages 169
Cover artwork Florian Mellies
Interior artwork Alan Blackwell, Doug Chaffee, Matthew Cross, Brent Evans, Alex Iglesias, David A. Kerber, Jeff Laubenstein, Duane Loose, Jason Vargas, David White
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
Product code CAT36093
First published 15 March 2021
ISBN-13 978-1-947335-73-8
MSRP $5.99
Content
Preceded by Issue #03
Followed by Issue #05

Contents[edit]

Note: the free record sheets for the SuburbanMech UM-R90 and UMR100 were also released.


Issue 5[edit]

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Issue #05
Product information
Type Magazine
Development Loren L. Coleman, Publisher
John Helfers, Executive Editor
Philip A. Lee, Managing Editor
David A. Kerber, Layout and Graphic Design
Pages 208
Cover artwork Ken Coleman
Interior artwork Alan Blackwell, Doug Chaffee, Matthew Cross, Brent Evans, Stephen Huda, David A. Kerber, Mark Molnar
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
First published 15 June 2021
ISBN-13 978-1-63861-021-2
MSRP $5.99
Content
Preceded by Issue #04
Followed by Issue #06

Contents[edit]


Issue 6[edit]

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Issue #06
Product information
Type Magazine
Development Loren L. Coleman, Publisher
John Helfers, Executive Editor
Philip A. Lee, Managing Editor
David A. Kerber, Layout and Graphic Design
Pages 200
Cover artwork Ken Coleman
Interior artwork Alan Blackwell, Doug Chaffee, Matthew Cross, David J. Hutchins, David A. Kerber, Natán Meléndez, Matt Plog, Klaus Scherwinski
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
First published 13 September 2021
ISBN-13 978-1-63861-039-7
MSRP $5.99
Content
Preceded by Issue #05
Followed by Issue #07

Contents[edit]

Issue 7[edit]