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Weapons Free

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Weapons Free
Product information
Type Anthology
Author Herbert A. Beas
Dayle A. Dermatis
Colin Donnelly
Dan C. Duval
Jason M. Hardy
Jeff Kautz
Kevin Killiany
David McCulloch
Steve Mohan Jr.
Annie Reed
Ben Rome
Jason Schmetzer
Phaedra M. Weldon
Development Jason Schmetzer (editor)
Pages 336
Cover Artwork Mark Molnar
Interior Artwork Doug Chaffee
Earl Geier
Rick Harris
Duane Loose
Bradley K. McDevitt
Matt Plog
Alex Williamson
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
Product code CAT35802
First published 11 June 2012 (epub)
12 September 2012 (print)
ISBN-13 978-1936876457
MSRP $14.95
Era Star League era
Succession Wars era
Clan Invasion era
Civil War era
Jihad era
Series BattleCorps print anthologies
Preceded by First Strike
Followed by Fire for Effect

Weapons Free (subtitle: BattleCorps Anthology Volume 3) is a print anthology of 15 short stories previously published via BattleCorps plus one previously unpublished story (Making a Name), with an introduction ("Foreward") by Jason Schmetzer and a brief "About the authors" section in the back.

The cover depicts a battle scene from the story The Bitter Taste of Hope (Mark Castor's Banshee at the Swing Circle spaceport battle on New Port Royal, with Tracy Malfont's Quickdraw finishing off an enemy Spider in the background.)

From the back cover[edit]


A man scrabbles to find the BattleMech that will make his fortune. A deadly tank gunner ponders the cost of his calling. An iconic battalion fights its last battle. And in the Deep Periphery, desperate stirrings of horrible weapons breed rumor and betrayal...

Sixteen stories of combat, honor, betrayal and death fill the pages of Weapons Free: BattleCorps Anthology Volume 3. This diverse collection, drawn from the fiction published on in 2006, presents the edgy and violent fiction BattleCorps readers are used to, including a never-before-seen tale of Zeta Battalion.

Savvy readers will recognize now-familiar names in BattleTech lore among the authors: Steven Mohan, Jr., Kevin Killiany, Phaedra Weldon, Jason Schmetzer, Ben Rome and Herbert Beas. These writers have shaped the direction of the BattleTech universe; in 2006, with these stories, they were exploring the freedom they'd earned to do just that.


  1. Cockroaches (Jason M. Hardy)
  2. The Unkindest Cut of All (Phaedra M. Weldon)
  3. Growing Up (Herbert A. Beas II)
  4. Sniper (Jason Schmetzer)
  5. Biendieu (Annie Reed)
  6. When the Bears Left (Dan C. Duval)
  7. Theseus Knot (Colin Donnelly & David McCulloch)
  8. The Gulf of Reason (Jason Schmetzer)
  9. The Bitter Taste of Hope (Steven Mohan Jr.)
  10. Pledges of Allegiance (Dayle A. Dermatis)
  11. Making a Name (Jason Schmetzer)
  12. The Last Day of Zeta (Jason Schmetzer)
  13. Eye of the Beholder (Ben Rome)
  14. A Guy Walks Into A Bar... (Jeff Kautz)
  15. Blitzernte (Kevin Killiany)
  16. A Distant Thunder (Phaedra M. Weldon)