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I'm doing a Mechwarrior campaign set in the Outworlds Wastes

I'm doing a Mechwarrior campaign set in the Outworlds Wastes. Currently the players are on the planet Tanz, which I had chosen because it was left as a blank slate (so far). But other than Wynn's Roost and a bit on the Traders Domain, is there any more information on the Outworlds Wastes? Raulpascal (talk) 08:59, 15 February 2021 (EST)

Information on Galaxy Commander Laurie Tseng

I am researching information on Galaxy Commander Laurie Tseng, Loremaster of Clan Ghost Bear. This character is mentioned many times but the only information i can find is name, rank, position, and command. If anyone has any ideas of what books i should be looking at researching this character let me know. Straw Boss (talk) 17:43, 18 May 2018 (EDT)

mech factories

hi I've looked at mech factories in various places but cant find anything about how many mechs a month or year for each type were made so could you tell us


                 small factory             medium factory         large factory

light mech 20/35 ton

medium mech 40/55 ton

heavy mech 60/75 ton

assault mech 80/100 ton


also star league era and after wards say 2/3/4 succession wars era

The Corean factory at Jeratha on New Avalon is noted to be one of the few remaining fully automated factories left as of 3025. It produces 130 Valkryies chasis a year and an unspecified number of Centurions. The factory does not appear to produce weapons. This would be around small to medium sized factory as it appears to have only two lines.

sldf intelligence organisation

hi looking for what the sldf intel office was called and how it was set up who was in charge not been able to find anything anywhere about if such a thing existed can you help since im trying to write a story for a mech board game me and a few people are playing and this would be helpful thanks — The preceding unsigned comment was provided by 82.19.168.49 (talkcontribs) 09:54, 30 May 2021‎ .

From @GreekFire, on the Discord: "It was known as the Star League Intelligence Command, and was led by a General. Who specifically was in charge depends entirely on the year; as of 2764, this would have been Framboise Apfelbucher. Relevant information is on p.18 of FM:SLDF, with most of the same info found in the old Star League sourcebook as well There was also the Hegemony Central Intelligence Bureau (HCIB), the Hegemony's specific intelligence organization, but less is known about their general structure."
Hope that helps. --Revanche (talk|contribs) 12:03, 30 May 2021 (EDT)

Word of Blake

When or what was the first mention of the Word of Blake released in any publication? — The preceding unsigned comment was provided by 74.129.9.146 (talkcontribs) 19:23, 13 September 2021‎ .

I'll post this on the discord's #research-desk for you and see if someone might have an answer. --Revanche (talk|contribs) 06:23, 14 September 2021 (EDT)
Going off real world timeline that was the ComStar sourcebook published 1992. However the first in-universe mention was BattleTechnology #20 (1995?), pp. 5-7 in March 3053; the ComStar sourcebook wasn't released in-universe until 26 May 3055 and the WoB related events of Ideal War (1993) didn't occur until 19 May 3054. -- MahiMahi (talk) 07:37, 14 September 2021 (EDT)

periphery jump times

How long would it take to get from the Taurian concordant to Magistracy of Canopus going through the periphery?— The preceding unsigned comment was provided by 82.19.168.49 (talkcontribs) .

I do not think we have full data for the region but a few months would seem fairly reasonable.Dmon (talk) 15:35, 27 March 2022 (EDT)

periphery HPGs

how many HPGS are in the periphery still active— The preceding unsigned comment was provided by 82.19.168.49 (talkcontribs) .

We do not have enough data to give you an answer.Dmon (talk) 16:01, 27 March 2022 (EDT)

Clans first appearance

What year did Fasa first publish the clans, and in what book?

Hello! There are a few ways to answer this question, so I will try to tackle all of them:
  • While obviously not spoken of as being originally from the Clans, in 1985 Tales of the Black Widow Company was the first scenario book for BattleTech, and so arguably they have been part of it almost from the very beginning.
  • We learn about the Clans in the print novel Lethal Heritage, published in September 1989.
  • The first scenario pack to include Clan forces was The Battle for Twycross, in 1990.
  • The first sourcebook that detailed the Clans was Wolf Clan Sourcebook in 1991.
I hope this helps!--Talvin (talk) 15:58, 2 May 2022 (EDT)

Many thanx

I'd add to Talvin's list the fact that Wolf's Dragoons and Natasha Kerensky, i.e. the story seeds from which the Clans were spun, were there right at the beginning, in the first BT boxed set's rulebook. And the first deliberate (if still concealed) appearance of Clan customs and terminology was slipped into Wolves on the Border, though people wouldn’t be able to recognize it for what it was until Lethal Heritage came out some two months later. Frabby (talk) 01:06, 3 May 2022 (EDT)

Definitely answers alot of questions I've had for years, really appreciate it. Battletech has the best fans. — The preceding unsigned comment was provided by 172.58.108.109 (talkcontribs) .

We are very glad to have been able to help.--Talvin (talk) 18:29, 9 May 2022 (EDT)

Sources for Interplanetary Drives?

I normally answer questions here, but I am at my wit's end: is there a single canon source for anything on this page: Interplanetary Drive - Small Craft? The engine models show up on individual spacecraft pages, but I can't find a citation anywhere in the Wiki.-Talvin (talk) 09:29, 31 May 2022 (EDT)

This has been answered.-Talvin (talk) 09:55, 2 June 2022 (EDT)