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Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 1 through 22
Release Date: Friday, June 19 (vol. 1), continuing every two weeks through Aug. 28 (vol. 6); resuming in early Fall 2020.
The march of technology across BattleTech’s eras is relentless—but some BattleMech designs never die. Each installment of this PDF-only series not only includes a brand new BattleMech or OmniMech, but also details Classic ‘Mech designs from both the Inner Sphere and the Clans, now fully rebuilt with Dark Age technology (3085 and beyond). Allowing beloved units redesigned for the BattleTech: Clan Invasion Kickstarter to be competitive on “modern” battlefields, this series also includes in-universe development notes, battle histories, notable pilots, and record sheets for each ‘Mech. Release as a series of 22 PDF-only documents through the end of 2020 and early 2021, many ’Mechs featured in this series will be collected as a single print volume upon its completion.
And make sure to keep an eye out for updates from Iron Wind Metals, as we’re working closely with them on producing miniatures for the ’Mechs debuting in the RecGuide.
Icons of War
Release Date: August
Vlad Ward is planning Clan Wolf’s departure from the Homeworlds. But before they leave, there’s one thing he must acquire—the body of the Great Father, Aleksandr Kerensky, interred aboard the WarShip McKenna’s Pride. But with the floating tomb heavily guarded by the rest of the Clans, the mission seems impossible—until Ward turns to an Elemental with an unorthodox plan of recovering the general’s body.
Technical Readout: Irregulars
Release Date: August
On the battlefields of the Inner Sphere, you fight with whatever’s at hand—whether or not it was meant to be a weapon. This PDF product details the ad-hoc, misfit, or cobbled-together combat units pressed into service on the far-flung worlds of the Successor States.
Release date: August
A tale from new BattleTech author Bryan Young. Jade Falcon Star Captain Archer Pryde is a true warrior’s warrior, sworn to uphold the tenets of his Clan no matter what. But while putting down a rebellion with as little bloodshed as possible on his garrison planet, he received a new superior officer who seems to be evaluating him—but to what end? Also, there are rumblings that the Jade Falcons will soon be on the move—but to where?
Secrecy and intrigue seem to be the watchwords of the day, and when the final orders come in, Pryde will have to choose between his honor and that of his Clan’s to win the day.
Operational Turning Point: Hanseatic Crusade
Release Date: Friday, Aug. 7
Beyond the coreward border of the Inner Sphere, the survivors of a Clan cast out during the Wars of Reaving are stirring. This PDF product traces the rechristened Scorpion Empire’s campaign against the Hanseatic League, starting in 3140. This OTP will be supported by a series of companion PDF products through the month of August and early September:
Friday, Aug. 21: Touring the Stars: Braunschweig; Spotlight
On: Schmidt’s Petraries
Friday, Sept. 4: Touring the Stars: Valencia; Spotlight On: Hellion Keshik
Hour of the Wolf
Release Date: August
The long-awaited novel by bestselling BattleTech author Blaine Lee Pardoe! With the once-impregnable wall around Fortress Republic finally gone, Clan Wolf begins its final hunt to claim the mantle of ilClan, but Khan Alaric Ward’s victory is far from assured. The Republic stands tall with legions of fanatically loyal soldiers, Knights, and ’Mechs, ready to defend Devlin Stone’s dream to the last. But Malvina Hazen’s Jade Falcons are racing toward the Clans’ ultimate goal as well, and will not allow their greatest rivals to achieve supremacy without a battle that will decide the fate of the universe. And surrounding Terra, the rest of the Inner Sphere’s great powers watch this impending clash unfold…and bide their own time to strike.
Release Date: September
The second issue of the new, official BattleTech magazine offers fiction from veteran authors and new voices, along with content for a variety of BattleTech game systems, and in-universe content you won’t find anywhere else.
Brush Wars series
Despite the millions (!) of words laid down in BattleTech sourcebooks over the years, some conflicts have never seen the spotlight. The original Historical: Brush Wars sourcebook covered a few such campaigns during the Succession Wars era, and Historical: Wars of the Republic Era tackled a few more which occurred between the end of the Jihad and the HPG Blackout. This series will go farther, criss-crossing all eras of BattleTech with deep dives into conflicts which have never gotten the sourcebook treatment.
Recalling those earlier Historical products, each Brush Wars installment will dedicate significant space to describing each campaign. And, like Operational Turning Point: Hanseatic Crusade, each Brush Wars release in PDF will be supported by a slate of companion PDFs, with an eye toward eventual compilation in POD format. What’s more, the two previous volumes mentioned above will be re-released in POD, dropping the defunct “Historical” naming and re-branded with the Brush Wars moniker.
Several Brush Wars releases are in the works, including the Burrock Absorption, the Battle of Dahlgren, the St. Ives War, and the First Combine-Ghost Bear War. But up first is…
Brush Wars: Operation Guerrero
Release Date: Friday, Sept. 11
The revelation of Victor Steiner-Davion’s replacement of the ailing Joshua Marik with a double blew the lid off simmering tensions in the Sarna March, with Free Worlds League troops storming into Federated Commonwealth space, and Capellan guerillas undoing Hanse Davion’s gains of the Fourth Succession War. Operation Guerrero began in vengeance for a young boy’s assumed death, and ended with the sundering of the most powerful Successor State.
Supporting Brush Wars: Operation Guerrero will be a Touring the Stars and Spotlight On product, currently in development.
BattleMech Technical Blueprints Volume 1
Release Date: Third Quarter
Massive firepower combined with unparalleled levels of armor protection make the BattleMech the ultimate war machine of the 32nd century. Top saFactors have compiled technical blueprints for four of these dreaded juggernauts: Phoenix Hawk, Warhammer, Timber Wolf, and Dire Wolf.
BattleTech Print on Demand
Release Date: Third Quarter
We’ve slowly started to release our out-of-print books via Print on Demand (POD), and the response has been unanimously positive. To date, we offer The Wars of Reaving, The First Succession War, The Second Succession War, House Arano, and the BattleTech Activity Book as POD physical copies, available for purchase on DriveThruRPG.
We will further expand our POD library in the coming months by releasing Brush Wars (rebranded as Brush Wars Volume 1), Wars of the Republic Era (rebranded as Brush Wars Volume 2), and Operation KLONDIKE.