Technical Readout: 3026
|Technical Readout: 3026|
|Development|| Sam Lewis|
Jordan Weisman, Tara Gallagher (Production Managers)
L. Ross Babcock III (Editor-In-Chief)
Donna Ippolito (Senior Editor)
Todd Huettel (Editor)
|Primary writing|| Kevin Stein|
|Cover artwork||Duane Loose|
|Interior artwork||Dana Knutson (Art Director)|
|Illustrations||Duane Loose, Steve Venters|
|MSRP||15.00 US $|
|Era||Succession Wars era|
|Followed by||Technical Readout: 3026 Revised|
- 1 Description
- 2 Contents
- 2.1 Combat Vehicles
- 2.2 Personal Equipment
- 2.2.1 Electronic Sneak Suits
- 2.2.2 Rechargers
- 2.2.3 Remote Sensors
- 2.2.4 Exoskeletons
- 2.2.5 Exoskeleton Modifications
- 2.2.6 Communicators
- 2.2.7 Artificial Limbs
- 2.2.8 Miscellaneous Personal Equipment
- 2.3 Weapons
- 2.3.1 General Game Rules
- 2.3.2 Support Weapons
- 2.3.3 Personal Weapons
- 3 German Edition
- 4 Gallery
- 5 References
Intended as a background book for the BattleTech universe, Technical Readout: 3026 was the first to focus on the secondary weapon systems (combat vehicles) of the game. It also included personal equipment that could be used by players of MechWarrior, the roleplaying game.
It was first published in 1987 with a Revised 1996 Edition published nine years later. This edition had the same cover art as the first. It was reissued in 2003 as Technical Readout: 3026 Revised and eventually supplanted by (and merged into) the more comprehensive Technical Readout: 3039.
The German edition was published as Hardware-Handbuch: 3031 with altered content (see Technical Readout: 3026#Hardware-Handbuch: 3031 below).
- Savannah Master
- Tracked APC
- Wheeled APC
- Hover APC
- J. Edgar
- Sea Skimmer
- Engineering Vehicle
- LRM Carrier
- SRM Carrier
- IR Sneak and Camo Sneak
- IR Sneak and ECM Sneak
- Camo Sneak and ECM Sneak
- IR Sneak, Camo Sneak, and ECM Sneak
- Personal Communicator
- Long-Range Personal Communicator
- Basic Field Communications Kit
- Level I Field Communications Kit
- Advanced Field Communications Kit
- Type I Artificial Limb: Simple
- Type II Artificial Limb: Useful
- Type III Artificial Limb: Functional
- Type IV Artificial Limb: Prosthesis
- Type V Artificial Limb: Myomer
- Type VI Artificial Limb: Regeneration Technology
- Ablative/Flak Vest
- Ablative/Flak Body Suit
- Starlight Scope
- Starlight Goggle
- Sniper Scope
- Sniper IR Scope
- Starlight Sniper Scope
General Game Rules
- Dart Gun
- Heavy SRM Launcher
- Portable Rocket Launcher
- Light Recoiless Rifle
- Pistol (Flamer)
- LGB-46R Engineer's Tool ("Paint Gun")
- Mini Stun-Stick
- Weapons Tables - Personal and Support
|Contribution||Reinhold H. Mai (Translation), Dietrich Limper, Thomas Römer and Reinhold H. Mai (Editor)|
Published by licensee FanPro, the German edition of Technical Readout 3026 (TRO 3026) received extensive revamping, beginning with the title, which was changed to Hardware-Handbuch 3031. According to the imprint, additional texts from other sources (Technical Readout: 3050, House Liao, Wolf's Dragoons, Sorenson's Sabres and Stardate) were included. The German version is printed as DIN A4, a standard European paper size, which is a little larger then north american Letter.
The original's 16 colored unit graphics were rearranged as an unnumbered 4-page miniature gallery (4 images per page) at the middle of the book. The unit's images at the correspending data sheets were instead shown in black and white.
Table of Content
The original content was restructured and expanded. Where the original TRO 3026 lists only "Vehicles" (of any kind), "Personal Equipment" and (personal) "Weapons", Hardware-Handbuch 3031 details the sections further, resulting in this altered table of content:
- Battlemechs (sic!)
- Panzer (Tanks)
- Artillerie (Artillery)
- Senkrechtstarter und konventionelle Flugzeuge (Vertical Take-off and Landing and Conventional Aircrafts)
- Wasserfahrzeuge (Watercraft)
- Hilfsfahrzeuge (Support Vehicles)
- Ausrüstung (Personal Equipment)
- Waffen (Weapons)
- Schautafeln (Visual Aid, a "new" section that comprehends equipment sketches)
Additional content from other sources
Expanded content includes various designs from other sources, complete with Technical Readout-style fluff, combat histories, and notable pilots. In detail these are:
- The new section Battlemechs that includes five additional BattleMech designs
- Flea - The 20-ton FLE-15 version. Combat history and Notable Pilots (Kare Devereux and Thheiba Shakir) were translated from an (apocryphal) writeup in Stardate Vol. 3 No. 1.
- Raven - The standard Raven as statted in the House Liao (The Capellan Confederation) sourcebook. Like in that book, the ECM Equipment (for which no rules existed) was supposedly mounted in the Center Torso location despite occupying four critical slots. The Combat History writeup and single Notable Pilot (Kevin DeNato from the 1st McCarron's Armored Cavalry regiment) given were original and have not been translated or re-published elsewhere.
- Wolfhound - Combat History is a retelling of the 'Mech's history as described in the Warrior trilogy, with Daniel Allard given as the sole entry under Notable Pilots.
- Cataphract - Also taken from the House Liao (The Capellan Confederation) sourcebook, with an original writeup that was not translated or published anywhere else. Combat History centers on the exploits of Notable Pilot Kalidas Aniro of Warrior House Kamata in the fighting against Andurien forces under Jimmy Lee on Betelgeuse.
- Longbow - Combat history and Notable Pilots (Beater/Hunter team Oshira Muzakka and Jon Smallberry, and Cedrick Sveinson) were translated from an (apocryphal) writeup in Stardate Vol. 3 No. 2.
- The Panzer section includes 23 vehicle designs, from which 20 were taken from TRO 3026, the additional designs are:
- The Artillerie section includes 5 vehicle designs (Harasser, Hetzer, LRM/SRM Carrier, Pike and Schrek), which are all included in TRO 3026, although none of them is technically considered as artillery under BattleTech Rules.
- The Senkrechtstarter und Konventionelle Flugzeuge section lists 8 vehicle designs, from which 7 were taken from TRO 3026, the additional design is:
- Kestrel - taken from Wolf's Dragoons source book
- The Wasserfahrzeuge section lists 3 designs, which are all taken from TRO 3026.
- The Hilfsfahrzeuge section lists 6 vehicle designs, from which 5 were taken from TRO 3026, the additional design is:
- Badger - taken from Wolf's Dragoons source book
Altered and missing content
The Ausrüstung and Waffen sections were rearranged as well, with some original content being left out. The stats provided for equipment were slightly altered, presumably to account for rule changes since the publication of TRO 3026.
- The Ausrüstung section lists just 4 categories of equipment (Communicators, Sensors, Exoskeletons and Artificial Limbs), the following categories included in TRO 3026 were left out:
- Electronic Suits
- Miscellaneous Personal Equipment
- The Waffen section restructures the original content in 3 new categories (Rückstoßfreie Gewehre und Flammer (Recoilless Rifles and Flamers), Mörser und Maschinengewehre (Mortars and Machine Guns) and Partikelprojektorkanonen und Laser (Particle Projector Cannons and Lasers), which describes combined just 9 weapon systems. The vast majority of weapons described in TRO 3026 was left out.
- All original sketches of equipment that were not included in sections Ausrüstung or Waffen were compiled in new section Schautafeln, although no stats or any information other than its name were given.
Spelling and Names
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.
- Units with colored images are: Pegasus, Harasser, J. Edgar, Ontos, Schrek, Pike, Partisan, Scorpion, Hunter, Demolisher, Manticore, SturmFeur, Sea Skimmer, Warrior, Monitor and Karnov