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In the end, Terra had been freed with the Word of Blake scattered to the darkest corners of the universe. With the end of the Jihad, the survivors are rebuilding their shattered armies, introducing new machines to replace those whose factories ceased to exist in the fires of the Jihad.

In addition, this sourcebook heralds the long-awaited update of Technical Readout: Project Phoenix, featuring brand-new art and additional variants. Conventional infantry make their Technical Readout debut with fifty-six individual infantry formations from classic foot infantry to xeno-planetary soldiers.

Namely, the forthcoming Dark Age time and game line. Now Jordan was a sneaky little bugger and he retained intellectual property rights to the BattleTech line and franchise. Well Mr. Gone was the Table Top BattleTech game of old. Thankfully, however, the Classic BattleTech franchise was salvaged by Catalyst before disappearing into the dusty annals of sci-fi lore. While the Dark Age timeline was unavoidable — the old timeline would eventually catch up to the one set down in Dark Age game — fans would still have the benefit of reading and playing the fiction as it unfolded.

So there you have it folks, a quick recap — the old BattleTech fiction will transition into the Dark Age through the Jihad, but be written and played in a style reminiscent of the original BattleTech game.

If the line developers were looking to shake the lethargy out of BattleTech, the Jihad was certainly one way of doing it. Along with the Hot Spots-series of books which cover the fictional changes to the BattleTech universe a new line of Technical Readouts have been published to provide reference for the new technologies and battlefield designs fighting on the frontlines of the Jihad. The success or failure of this Readout in the fan community would likely be a major determining factor in the continued success of the BattleTech franchise as it transitions into the Dark Age.

That said, here is what I found. Personally, I think Joel Bancroft-Connors and crew did a bang up job on this book. Not only is it a great Technical Readout in its own right, but the design descriptions provide just enough information to make this book a viable transition product. Artists like David White , which are household names in some fan circles, made his TRO debut with Although there has been some grumbling about the designs themselves, most notably in weapons layout and type, I believe the new TRO will bring a renewed sense of balance to the game.

The newer designs found in TRO , while flawed, should bring the game of BattleTech back to its Third Succession War roots and reinvigorate its more tactical aspects. Even Bancroft-Connors mentioned in his development blog that it is easier to build a perfect BattleMech than it is a flawed, yet still fun to play, machine. Finally, the Conventional Infantry section offered BattleTech fans a first hand look at the plethora of conventional infantry types that populate the fictional universe.

Although the text descriptions for some of these iconic types were sorely lacking due to size and word constraints imposed by publishing and cost, for the most part I thought the primer was surprisingly informative. Accompanied by stellar artwork and the infantry section turned out to be lovely icing on an otherwise delicious cake. Tau Zombies are tough SOBs! Only a few have outright condemned the new TRO and those that have done so, have focused almost exclusively around the less powerful or optimized BattleMech designs.


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