Technical Readout: Succession Wars

Technical Readout: Succession Wars
Product information
Type Technical Readout
Development Ray Arrastia
Randall N. Bills
Brent Evans
Primary writing Geoff Swift
Ray Arrastia
Aaron Cahall
Johannes Heidler
Pages 192
Cover Artwork Marco Mazzoni (Cover Art)
Ray Arrastia (Cover Design)
Illustrations Brent Evans
Doug Chaffee
David R. Deitrick
Stephen Huda
Dana Knutson
Chris Lewis
Kevin Long
Duane Loose
Mike Nielsen
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
Product code 35135
First published July 22, 2017
ISBN-10 1941582338
ISBN-13 978-1941582336
MSRP $39.99
Era Succession Wars era
Timeline 3025 - 3039
Series Technical Readouts
Followed by Technical Readout: Clan Invasion


This is first volume in a series of Technical Readout by Era, which is designed as an introductory companion volume to go with the BattleMech Manual, and thus primarily addressing new players, Technical Readout: Succession Wars is a compilation of 'Mech designs from Technical Readout: 3039, Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, and Technical Readout: 3075 with a selection of designs stretching from the Age of War to the cusp of Clan Invasion in a single book.

While most of the book's content is taken verbatim from Technical Readout products that preceded it, a small number of new art pieces (see notes) and entirely new variants are included. Conversely, a few 'Mech designs were omitted because of (new) Unseen concerns even though some of these (including namely the Stinger, Wasp, Phoenix Hawk, Rifleman, Archer, Warhammer, Marauder, and Longbow) were extremely common to the point of being iconic in the Succession Wars timeframe.

This book was the inaugural publication in the effort to reorganize the Technical Readouts by Era versus by Year, in an attempt to make the series more friendly to new users.

From the back cover[edit]

Kings of the Battlefield

On February 5, 2439, the Mackie obliterated all opposition during its first combat trial, ushering in a new era of warfare. The BattleMech—King of the Battlefield—was born. BattleMechs reached their pinnacle during the golden age of the Star League. The fall of the Star League and the Succession Wars that raged for centuries afterward took their toll and by the Fourth Succession War, the technology employed on the battlefields was a mere shadow of what it once was. However, the discovery of the Helm Memory Core unlocked the technological potential to develop new BattleMechs and experimental technologies for the first time in centuries.
Technical Readout: Succession Wars is the perfect "first Technical Readout" companion to the BattleMech Manual. Combining the 'Mechs previously found in Technical Readout: 3039, Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, and Technical Readout: 3075, this volume features some of the most common 'Mechs from the Age of War to the Succession Wars. Each machine is illustrated in detail, and accompanied by a description of its history, capabilities, game stats, along with their most famous pilots.



  • The Icarus II ICR-1S is present in the volume despite being excluded from the table of contents, though the normal page header is also missing from the entry; the 1S designator can only be found in the text.
  • Three entries are not reprints from the listed TROs: Talos, originally appearing in Historical: Reunification War; Rampage, originally appearing in Jihad Conspiracies: Interstellar Players 2; and the FLE-16 Flea, apparently new material.
  • There are four new pieces of artwork: FLE-16 Flea, OTT-7J Ostscout, GLH-1D Galahad, and BNC-3S Banshee.