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FASA Sourcebook Index - 1987-2000
« on: 24 April 2016, 11:47:27 »
I recently decided to fill out parts of my FASA sourcebook collection and had to triage the catalog to determine what I considered essential for purchasing. The result is a companion piece to my Modern Sourcebook Index by Era.

What I discovered (which may or may not be common knowledge... it was new to me) was that there were three distinct periods of BT products represented in both in-universe periodization and sourcebook formatting. I have largely organized the list below along those lines. My arbitrary cutoff extends slightly into the FanPro era, which was largely dictated by the advent of searchable PDFs ca. 2003.

All items have been give an in-universe date (IU) except the original run of sourcebooks up through the first Periphery volume that all were set roughly in 3025 and TROs, which were set in the year on the cover (excepting 2750)

As always, corrections welcome. I'm a typo magnet.

Third and Fourth Succession Wars - The Classic FASA Canon (1987-1989)
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1616 Mercenary's Handbook
1619 Jumpships and Dropships
1620 House Kurita
1621 House Steiner
1622 House Marik
1623 House Davion
1624 House Liao
1629 The Periphery
1630 The Star League (IU: 3028)
1631 Wolf's Dragoons (IU: 3030)
1634 NAIS 4th SW Atlas Vol 1 (IU: 3029)
1635 NAIS 4th SW Atlas Vol 2 (IU: 3031)
1639 20 Year Update (IU: 3050)

Technical Readouts
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8603 Technical Readout: 3025
8606 Technical Readout: 3026
8613 Technical Readout: 2750 (IU: ca 3028, shortly after the GDL discovered the Helm Memory Core)

Scenario Packs
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1605 Tales of the Black Widow Company (IU: ca 3022-3027)
1606 The Fox's Teeth (IU: ca 3021-3027)
1613 The Galtor Campaign (IU: 3025)
1614 Cranston Snord's Iregulars (IU: 3007-3025)
1617 Gray Death Legion (IU: 3024-3030)
1627 Sorenson's Sabres (IU: 3021-3026)
1651 Rolling Thunder (IU: 3025-3028)
1652 The Kell Hounds (IU: 3013-3029)
1654 The Fourth Succession War Scenarios Vol. 1 (IU: 3028-3029)

The Early Clan Invasion (Transition 1990-1994)
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1642 Wolf Clan (IU: 3052)
1644 Jade Falcon (IU: 3052)
1655 Comstar (IU: 3055)
1659 Solaris: The Reaches
1660 Solaris VII: The Game World (IU: ca. 3054) - The Player's and GM's guides amount to a sourcebook of Solaris VII
1665 Objective Raids (IU: 3054)
1670 Mercenary's Handbook 3055 (IU: 3056)
1673 Intelligence Operations Handbook
1679 Hot Spots (IU: 3056)

Technical Readouts
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8614 Technical Readout: 3050
8619 Technical Readout: 3055

Scenario Packs
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1643 Rhonda's Irregulars (IU: 3028-3051)
1653 Battle for Twycross (IU: 3050)
1657 More Tales of the Black Widow (IU: 3032-3052)
1669 McCarron's Armored Cavarly (IU: 3044)
1677 Day of Heroes (IU: 3039-3056)
1678 Luthien (IU: 3052)
1685 Tukayyid (IU: 3052)

Late Invasion to Civil War (Mature FASA 1994-2001)
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1645 Invading Clans (IU: 3052)
1681 Explorer Corps (IU: 3059)
1688 Chaos March (IU: 3058)
1692 The Periphery (IU: 3059)
1709 The Clans: Warriors of Kerensky (IU: 3062)
1712 Shattered Sphere (IU: 3062)
1724 Inner Sphere (IU: 3063)

Technical Readouts
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8620 Technical Readout: 3057
8621 Technical Readout: 3058
8622 Technical Readout: 3060

Scenario Packs
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1684 The Fall of Terra (IU: 3058)
1686 The Black Thorns (IU: 3052-3057)
1689 The Falcon and the Wolf (IU: 3057)
1693 The Battle of Coventry (IU: 3058)
1697 First Strike (IU: 3027-3057)
1702 Northwind Highlanders (IU: 2366-3058)
1704 The Dragon Roars (IU: 3059)
1705 Battlepack: Fourth Succesion War (IU: 3028-3029) - intro implies it was meant to be a beginner-level product series that never got a second installment
1710 Twilight of the Clans (IU: 3059-3060)
1713 Operation: Stiletto (IU: 3061-3062)
1721 Operation: Flashpoint (IU: 3063)

Field Manuals
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1698 Field Manual: Draconis Combine (IU: 3058)
1699 Field Manual: Free Worlds League (IU: 3059)
1701 Field Manual: Mercenaries (IU: 3059)
1706 Field Manual: Crusader Clans (IU: 3059)
1711 Field Manual: Warden Clans (IU: 3061)
1714 Field Manual: ComStar (IU: 3062)
1717 Field Manual: Capellan Confederation (IU: 3063)
1719 Field Manual: Federated Suns (IU: 3062)
1720 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance (IU: 3062)
1726 Field Manual: Periphery (IU: 3064)

FanPro Books not available as searchable PDFs
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10974 FedCom Civil War (IU: 3067)
10970 Technical Readout: 3067 (CGL printing available as searchable PDF)
10976 Field Manual: Updates (IU: 3067)

MechWarrior Support
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1646 Living Legends
1656 Unbound
1665 Bloodright
1671 MechWarrior Companion
1672 Null Set
1676 Royalty and Rouges

Third Edition (1999)
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1716 The Mechwarrior's Guide to Solaris VII
1722 LosTech: The MechWarrior Equipment Guide
1725 MechWarrior's Guide to the Clans
10975 Classic BattleTech Companion
35008 A Guide to Covert Ops


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Re: FASA Sourcebook Index - 1987-2000
« Reply #1 on: 24 April 2016, 13:03:53 »
While I see Unbound in the mix, I don't see the materials of the Solaris 7 Boxed set anywhere?

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Re: FASA Sourcebook Index - 1987-2000
« Reply #2 on: 24 April 2016, 13:15:12 »
While I see Unbound in the mix, I don't see the materials of the Solaris 7 Boxed set anywhere?

Probably a deliberate omission, as it was not only a boxed set it also was the core rules for a variant scale of play.  (BattleTech basic box=lance scale combat, AeroTech=Space combat, BattleForce=large unit combat, BattleTroops=squad combat, and Solaris IIV=solo mech combat)

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Re: FASA Sourcebook Index - 1987-2000
« Reply #3 on: 24 April 2016, 14:17:04 »
Probably a deliberate omission, as it was not only a boxed set it also was the core rules for a variant scale of play.  (BattleTech basic box=lance scale combat, AeroTech=Space combat, BattleForce=large unit combat, BattleTroops=squad combat, and Solaris IIV=solo mech combat)

pretty much this... also, i only ever looked at the Solaris box set books once in the late 90s so I really can't speak to their contents.

at some point i'll go back and catalog which rules levels the various books support. for example, the Twilight of the Clans book has BattleTech, BattleForce 2, and BattleSpace scenarios

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Re: FASA Sourcebook Index - 1987-2000
« Reply #4 on: 24 April 2016, 15:10:36 »
Well keep in mind that while S7 boxed set introduced a new play-scale/rules, it also detailed the world's history and about the arenas and the main city of Solaris 7. There's quite a bit of RP material between both books.

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Re: FASA Sourcebook Index - 1987-2000
« Reply #5 on: 24 April 2016, 15:21:27 »
pretty much this... also, i only ever looked at the Solaris box set books once in the late 90s so I really can't speak to their contents.

at some point i'll go back and catalog which rules levels the various books support. for example, the Twilight of the Clans book has BattleTech, BattleForce 2, and BattleSpace scenarios

I've got ALL* of the FASA stuff, so if you need anything checked, drop me a PM.


* - Not all. All but Map Set 4, Map Set 5 (because I have the Compilations), the two OmniMech poster sets (because who cares, let someone else pay $125 for folded paper), and the plastic BattleMechs (1674) set (because I have many copies of BT3e's pieces). But that's all I'm missing.
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Re: FASA Sourcebook Index - 1987-2000
« Reply #6 on: 24 April 2016, 18:11:16 »
I've got ALL* of the FASA stuff, so if you need anything checked, drop me a PM.


* - Not all. All but Map Set 4, Map Set 5 (because I have the Compilations), the two OmniMech poster sets (because who cares, let someone else pay $125 for folded paper), and the plastic BattleMechs (1674) set (because I have many copies of BT3e's pieces). But that's all I'm missing.

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Re: FASA Sourcebook Index - 1987-2000
« Reply #7 on: 24 April 2016, 18:19:48 »
And I'm giving stuff away because I don't have room or need it anymore.  Your turn will come.

Yeah, it's the third time I've rebuilt my collection.
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Re: FASA Sourcebook Index - 1987-2000
« Reply #8 on: 24 April 2016, 20:28:53 »
How about the fabled Comstar Sourcebook? :D

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« Reply #9 on: 24 April 2016, 20:35:27 »
How about the fabled Comstar Sourcebook? :D

Yes.
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« Reply #10 on: 24 April 2016, 21:34:19 »
And I'm giving stuff away because I don't have room or need it anymore.  Your turn will come.

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Re: FASA Sourcebook Index - 1987-2000
« Reply #11 on: 24 April 2016, 23:58:27 »
While I see Unbound in the mix, I don't see the materials of the Solaris 7 Boxed set anywhere?

i skyped with a friend who has this and between the player's and gm's guides, they are basically two mid-sized sourcebooks - especially the player's guide, which has virtually no game information at all apart from background info. Added to the list (FASA 1660)

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Re: FASA Sourcebook Index - 1987-2000
« Reply #12 on: 25 April 2016, 01:04:26 »
How about the fabled Comstar Sourcebook? :D

Ok - I keep seeing allusion to the ComStar sourcebook being hidden with the Area 51 UFO next to Jimmy Hoffa, or something.  Are we talking about this one?

http://www.sarna.net/wiki/images/5/52/ComStar_%28sourcebook%29.jpg

Because I have like two of those somewhere.

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« Reply #13 on: 25 April 2016, 01:06:02 »
Ok - I keep seeing allusion to the ComStar sourcebook being hidden with the Area 51 UFO next to Jimmy Hoffa, or something.  Are we talking about this one?

http://www.sarna.net/wiki/images/5/52/ComStar_%28sourcebook%29.jpg

Because I have like two of those somewhere.

No. The original ComStar sourcebook.
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Re: FASA Sourcebook Index - 1987-2000
« Reply #14 on: 25 April 2016, 01:10:12 »
No. The original ComStar sourcebook.

Let me guess, there's a picture of it in, say, a 1989 / 1990 FASA catalog, but nobody has ever actually held one?

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« Reply #15 on: 25 April 2016, 01:11:18 »
Let me guess, there's a picture of it in, say, a 1989 / 1990 FASA catalog, but nobody has ever actually held one?

No. There are no known pictures, but there are eyewitness accounts.
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« Reply #16 on: 25 April 2016, 01:13:43 »
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Re: FASA Sourcebook Index - 1987-2000
« Reply #18 on: 25 April 2016, 01:52:18 »
That article is misleading. The ComStar sourcebook isn't vaporware, it was just delayed. It really came out at a far more appropriate point, after Focht "opened the archives." The existing sourcebook certainly reads more like the original House sourcebooks than it does the Clan sourcebooks of the early '90s.

Also, FASA code 1628 originally appeared on company order forms (around 1987) as "BattleMechs: 16 plastic miniatures" (or variants thereof); whether this was changed to 1633 for PlasTech or there were plans for a different boxed set is lost to history. If it was to be a different selection of 'Mechs, that would at least explain the eclectic mix found in PlasTech.
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Re: FASA Sourcebook Index - 1987-2000
« Reply #19 on: 25 April 2016, 02:08:23 »
But the book that everyone claimed they 'held in their hands' before 1992 the was never a FASA product.. if it existed at all (I'm still not convinced)
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« Reply #20 on: 25 April 2016, 02:19:16 »
But the book that everyone claimed they 'held in their hands' before 1992 the was never a FASA product.. if it existed at all (I'm still not convinced)

It did not exist prior to 1992. Anyone who thinks it did was mistaken. It's been decades, and memories are not as solid as we think they are. For example, recently I was telling a story about watching the movie "Elektra" when I lived in Austin, TX. A friend who knew me during that time interrupted me to say the film hadn't come out yet. We checked IMDB and, lo and behlod, she was right; indeed, "Daredevil" hadn't even come out. Even today, knowing that I must've seen the movie another time and place, I still can picture sitting at the bar, watching it on a television that I found pictures of...but that event never actually happened. Let me tell you, it's a weird feeling when your memories are wrong.
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Re: FASA Sourcebook Index - 1987-2000
« Reply #21 on: 25 April 2016, 02:32:41 »
Doesn't help when you have a rumor mill turning it into a urban myth.

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Re: FASA Sourcebook Index - 1987-2000
« Reply #22 on: 25 April 2016, 16:47:34 »
i skyped with a friend who has this and between the player's and gm's guides, they are basically two mid-sized sourcebooks - especially the player's guide, which has virtually no game information at all apart from background info. Added to the list (FASA 1660)

It can be surprising what you find. From what I remember, I picked up the S7 box for the fluff as much as the new combat scale. I still have the books, but I fear my maps have long since gone missing/destroyed. I have XTRO: Royal Fantasy, so I'm good in that respect...

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Re: FASA Sourcebook Index - 1987-2000
« Reply #23 on: 25 April 2016, 16:51:10 »
It can be surprising what you find. From what I remember, I picked up the S7 box for the fluff as much as the new combat scale. I still have the books, but I fear my maps have long since gone missing/destroyed. I have XTRO: Royal Fantasy, so I'm good in that respect...

MapPack: Solaris VII can still be found for a decent price, and the supplemental booklet updates the boxed set nicely.
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« Reply #24 on: 25 April 2016, 16:57:03 »
I don't see the Record Sheet books.
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« Reply #25 on: 25 April 2016, 17:06:45 »
I don't see the Record Sheet books.

He's focusing on sourcebooks.
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Re: FASA Sourcebook Index - 1987-2000
« Reply #26 on: 26 April 2016, 00:02:35 »
That article is misleading. The ComStar sourcebook isn't vaporware, it was just delayed. It really came out at a far more appropriate point, after Focht "opened the archives." The existing sourcebook certainly reads more like the original House sourcebooks than it does the Clan sourcebooks of the early '90s.

Also, FASA code 1628 originally appeared on company order forms (around 1987) as "BattleMechs: 16 plastic miniatures" (or variants thereof); whether this was changed to 1633 for PlasTech or there were plans for a different boxed set is lost to history. If it was to be a different selection of 'Mechs, that would at least explain the eclectic mix found in PlasTech.

Please quit trying to rebuff my fuzzy memories with facts.

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« Reply #27 on: 26 April 2016, 03:27:59 »
Please quit trying to rebuff my fuzzy memories with facts.

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Re: FASA Sourcebook Index - 1987-2000
« Reply #28 on: 04 May 2016, 06:42:20 »
Where's Maximum Tech? Doesn't it date from '97?

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« Reply #29 on: 04 May 2016, 11:24:12 »
Where's Maximum Tech? Doesn't it date from '97?

That's a rulebook, not a sourcebook.
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