Technical Readout: 3039
|Technical Readout: 3039|
|Development||Randall N. Bills |
Mike Miller and Chris Wheeler (Assistant Development)
|Primary writing||Herbert A. Beas II |
Randall N. Bills
|Cover artwork||Doug Chaffee (Cover Art) |
Ray Arrastia (Cover Design)
|Interior artwork||Shane Hartley and Steve Walker (Classic BattleTech Logo)|
|Illustrations||Doug Chaffee |
David R. Deitrick
|Publisher||Catalyst Game Labs|
|First published||June 1st, 2009|
|Era||Succession Wars era|
|Timeline||3025 - 3039|
|Preceded by||Technical Readout: 3025, Technical Readout: 3025 Revised|
|Followed by||Technical Readout: 3050|
Technical Readout: 3039 is the latest book to provide technical data for units before the recovery of LosTech and the technological renaissance that accompanied such events as the recovery of the Gray Death Memory Core and the Clan Invasion. This mammoth tome comes from the perspective of the 3070s looking back on the beginning of the War of 3039 and includes the Unseen BattleMechs, combat vehicles, aerospace fighters, conventional fighters, and Star League BattleMechs downgrades.
From the back cover
|“||In 2781 the Star League was officially abandoned, ending a two hundred year-long Golden Age. In 2785 the Successor Lords launched a series of massive conflicts that would rage for centuries and become known as The Succession Wars. Such endless warfare has taken its toll and by the Fourth Succession War of 3028, the technology employed on the battlefields is a mere shadow of the height of the Star League. However, the discovery of the Helm Memory Core is beginning to unlock such sought-after secrets, with new BattleMechs and experimental technologies starting to make a debut for the first time in centuries.
Classic BattleTech Technical Readout: 3039 is the perfect "first Technical Readout" companion to the Classic BattleTech Introductory Box Set. Combining the ’Mechs, vehicles and aerospace fighters previously found in Technical Readout: 3025 Revised and Technical Readout: 3026 Revised, this volume features some of the most common units of the Succession Wars. Each machine is illustrated in detail, accompanied by a description of its history, capabilities, game stats, along with their most famous pilots.
Table of Contents
- Ferret Light Scout VTOL
- Savannah Master Hovercraft
- Swift Wind Scout Car
- Armored Personnel Carriers
- J-27 Ordnance Transport
- Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
- Packrat Long Range Patrol Vehicle
- Skulker Wheeled Scout Tank
- Warrior H-7 Attack Helicopter
- Harasser Missile Platform
- J. Edgar Light Hover Tank
- Mobile HQ
- Scorpion Light Tank
- Sea Skimmer Hydrofoil
- Coolant Truck
- Karnov UR Transport
- Hunger [sic] Light Support Tank
- Pegasus Scout Hover Tank
- Saladin Assault Hover Tank
- Saracen Medium Hover Tank
- Scimitar Medium Hover Tank
- Striker Light Tank
- Engineering Vehicle
- Hetzer Wheeled Assault Gun
- Goblin Medium Tank
- Condor Heavy Hover Tank
- Drillson Heavy Hover Tank
- Maxim Heavy Hover Transport
- Vedette Medium Tank
- Bulldog Medium Tank
- Hi-Scout Drone Carrier
- LRM/SRM Carrier
- Manticore Heavy Tank
- Pike Support Vehicle
- Mobile Long Tom Artillery
- Rommel/Patton Tank
- Monitor Naval Vessel
- Von Luckner Heavy Tank
- Demolisher Heavy Tank
- Partisan Heavy Tank
- Schrek PPC Carrier
- SturmFeur Heavy Tank
- Ontos Heavy Tank
- Behemoth Heavy Tank
- Neptune Submarine
- Conventional Fighters
- Aerospace Fighters
- First in Centuries...
- Star League
- Project Phoenix
- General Size Comparison Chart
Remarks on content
- The title comprises descriptions of 156 units in total, most of them had been previously published. They derive from different eras, Star League until late Succession Wars, all Inner Sphere. In further detail the TRO:3039 contains:
- 82 BattleMech units, split over three chapters
- 34 BattleMechs from Succession Wars era (chapter: "BattleMechs"), previously published in TRO:3025,
- 6 BattleMechs being developed after the Fourth Succession War as a result of Helm Memory Core discovery (chapter: "First in centuries..."), being first published separately in various sourcebooks,
- 20 BattleMechs from Star League era (chapter: "Star League"), previously published in TRO:2750,
- 22 BattleMechs from Succession Wars Era, previously published in TRO:3025 and TRO:3050, the so called Reseens, to address alleged copyright infringements (chapter: "Projekt Phoenix"). These units were published in TRO:3039 without full image and appeared only as silhouettes.
- 17 AeroSpace units, split over two chapters,
- 16 units from Succession Wars era, previously published in TRO:3025 (chapter: "AeroSpace Fighters"), and
- 1 unit being developed after Helm Memory Core discovery (chapter: "Forst in centuries..."), previously unpublished.
- 8 Conventional Aircrafts, from different eras, some being previously published, some unpublished.
- 48 Vehicles, from different eras, previously published in TRO:3026 and from other sources,
- 42 combat and support vehicles,
- 3 VTOL's and
- 3 seaborne vessels.
- 82 BattleMech units, split over three chapters
- The in-character description of the title's contents is given by Anastasius Focht, ComStar, 12 November 3073.
- The last page contains an overview of Classic BattleTech Eras, which is not listed in the Table of Contents.
|Hardware Handbuch 3039|
|Contribution||Clemens Schnitzler, Michael Mingers (Editors), Benjamin Fox, Sven Finke, Heiko Rippel, Jan Schulze, Kai Großkordt, Christian Pinzinger, Tobias Kegler, Tobias Junge, Martin Hoffmann (Translation) and Christian Lonsing (Layout)|
Published by licensee Ulisses Spiele Hardware Handbuch 3039 is the German edition of Technical Readout 3039 (TRO:3039). Unlike previous TRO's, this edition matches the original edition in all aspects. The hyphen that was sometimes used in older German TRO-titles (e.g. Hardware-Handbuch 3031) was completely left out in this. The German version is printed as DIN A4, a standard European paper size, which is a little larger then north american Letter.
Spelling and Names
As with other German products names of organizations have been translated, the respective abbreviations changed as well. Some times names of places are translated or its German spelling is corrected. For instance the DCMS (Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery) became VSDK (Vereinigte Streitkräfte des Draconis Kombinats), the Planet Gotterdammerung was respelled to Götterdämmerung and so on. The practice of translating unit names to German had been ceised in 1997 altogether.
TRO:3039 is essentially the replacement for TRO:3025/TRO:3025 Revised, and TRO:3026 due to changes made over the decades since these books were printed. The book uses most of the artwork previously used in the retired books it replaces.