Technical Readout: 3025

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Technical Readout: 3025
Product information
Type Technical readout
Development L. Ross Babcock
Primary writing Shaun Duncan
Dale Kemper
Blaine Pardoe
Boy Petersen
Anthony Pryor
Pages 200
Cover artwork Dana Knutson
Illustrations David R. Deitrick
Dana Knutson
Duane Loose
Publication information
Publisher FASA
Product code 8603
First published 1986
ISBN-10 093178784X
ISBN-13 978-0931787843
MSRP 15.00 US $
Content
Era Succession Wars era
Agency ComStar Publishing
Universe Date 05 June 3025
Series Technical Readouts
Followed by Technical_Readout: 3025 Revised

Description[edit]

Technical Readout: 3025 was the first of the series providing game attributes, fluff, and background details for the BattleTech universe. It has entries for 55 'Mechs, 15 aerospace fighters, 3 LAMs, 4 DropShips and 12 combat vehicles.

The product was reissued and updated in 1996 as Technical Readout: 3025 Revised, which was replaced in 2009 by Technical Readout: 3039.[1]

From the back cover[edit]

This Technical Readout lists the capabilities and history of the most common pieces of military hardware used by the major Houses of the Successor States in the year 3025. Focusing on BattleMechs and Aerospace Fighters, this volume also discusses important combat and support vehicles as well as the rare Land-Air-Mechs. In all, 55 'Mechs, 15 fighters, 3 LAMs, 4 DropShips, and 12 Vehicles are described and illustrated, making this volume a must for all, from historians to MechWarriors.

Contents[edit]

Introduction

Light 'Mechs

Locust
Wasp
Stinger
Commando
Javelin
Spider
UrbanMech
Valkyrie
Firestarter
Jenner
Ostscout
Panther

Medium 'Mechs

Assassin
Cicada
Clint
Hermes II
Vulcan
Whitworth
Blackjack
Hatchetman
Phoenix Hawk
Vindicator
Centurion
Enforcer
Hunchback
Trebuchet
Dervish
Griffin
Shadow Hawk
Scorpion
Wolverine

Heavy 'Mechs

Dragon
Ostroc
Ostsol
Quickdraw
Rifleman
Catapult
Crusader
JagerMech
Thunderbolt
Archer
Grasshopper
Warhammer
Marauder
Orion

Assault 'Mechs

Awesome
Charger
Goliath
Victor
Zeus
BattleMaster
Stalker
Cyclops
Banshee
Atlas

LAMs

Stinger LAM
Wasp LAM
Phoenix Hawk LAM

Aerospace Fighters

Davion

Sparrowhawk
Corsair
Stuka

Kurita

Sholagar
Shilone
Slayer

Liao

Thrush
Transit
Transgressor

Marik

Cheetah
Stingray
Riever

Steiner

Seydlitz
Lucifer
Chippewa

DropShips

Leopard Dropship
Union Dropship
Overlord Dropship

Vehicles

Swift Wind Scout Car
Rommel / Patton Tanks
Von Luckner Heavy Tank
Galleon Light Tank
Packrat Long Range Patrol Vehicle
Mobile Long Tom Artillery
Boomerang Observation Plane
Mobile HQ
Coolant Trucks
Ordnance Transport
MASH
BattleMech Repair Facility

Index

Editions[edit]

Technical Readout: 3025 had several print runs with various changes incorporated at different times. The first edition was published in 1986 with a MSRP of $9.95. This edition had a number of minor typographic errors but more noticeably the pictures of the Ostscout and Ostsol are swapped. This error would continue well into the third printing.

The third edition is identified by the notation "Third Printing; May, 1987" in the bottom right corner of the credits page. Early copies of the third printing are nearly identical to the first edition with the Ostscout and Ostsol pictures swapped and a MSRP of $9.95. Later copies compound the Ostscout/Ostsol confusion by simply swapping pages 29 and 79. Now the Ostscout illustration appears on page 29 with the game statistics of the Ostsol while the Ostsol illustration appears on page 79 accompanied by the game attributes of the Ostscout. These later versions of the third printing also feature an updated UPC with a MSRP of $12.00.

The Ostscout and Ostsol were finally fixed in the July 1994 printing. This edition increased the price to $15.00 and fixed some of the typos of the previous printings.

German Edition[edit]

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Hardware-Handbuch 3025
Product information
Language german
Contribution Reinhold H. Mai (Translation), Reinhold H. Mai and Hans Alpers (Editors)
Pages 200
Publication information
Publisher Fantasy Productions (1st and 2nd Edition), A to Z Printing and Publishing Inc. (3rd edition)
First published 1990 (1st Edition), 1994 (2nd Edition), 1994 (3rd Edition)
ISBN-10 3890649394
ISBN-13 4018522109398

The German edition called Hardware-Handbuch 3025 was released by Fantasy Productions in 1990 (with two more editions following both published in 1994) and received a number of small alterations (see below). The German version is printed as DIN A4, a standard European paper size, which is a little larger then north american Letter.

From the german back cover[edit]

The German back cover matches the original in text and design.

"...Hardware-Handbuch 3025 - das Standard Nachschlagewerk für jeden MechKrieger." New Avalon Herald vom 15. Juli 3025

Dieses Kompendium beschreibt die gebräuchlichen Waffensysteme der Nachfolgerstaaten des Jahres 3025, ihrer Eigenschaften und ihre Entwicklungsgeschichte. Im Mittelpunkt stehen BattleMechs und Luft/Raumjäger, aber auch die seltenen FLUMs sowie Landungsschiffe, Panzer und Unterstützungsfahrzeuge werden nicht vernachlässigt. Insgesamt umfaßt der Band Beschreibungen und Illustrationen von 55 Mechs, 15 Jägern, 3 FLUMs, 4 Landungsschiffen und 12 Fahrzeugen. Ein Muß für den Historiker und MechKrieger!

Alterations[edit]

The German edition received a number of small alterations, mostly regarding the setting, while the content was largely left unchanged:

  • The Table of Content was left out, instead a short list of respective units is given next to the abstract of a chapter. For this, the original's illustrations next to the abstract of a chapter (e.g. a Panther for Light Mechs) were removed.
  • Due to the use of German names for units, and to maintain an alphabetical order, the units appear in a slightly changed order.
  • The error with the swapped Ostscout/Ostsol illustrations/stats in earlier editions of original Technical Readout: 3025 is corrected in German 3rd edition.

Spelling and Names[edit]

As with other German products prior to 1997 spelling and names (especially places and units) as well as most abbreviations were regularly adjusted. For instance the Mech unit Archer was renamed to Schütze, the Planet Gotterdammerung was respelled to Götterdämmerung, the DCMS (Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery) became VSDK (Vereinigte Streitkräfte des Draconis Kombinats) and so on.

Notes[edit]

  • The "Repair Installation" entry states that there is no standard 'Mech repair facility, but gives a description of features and equipment that they all have in common.
  • TRO:3025 set the standard for future TROs and was one of the better selling titles for (and gateway purchases into) BattleTech.
  • Though not revealed until the 'Introduction' page of Technical Readout: 3025 Revised, this original edition was (in-universe) published by ComStar Publishing on 5 June 3025.


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