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Title: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 16 August 2020, 15:35:18
Good news! The final and finished version of Project NELSON, a look at expanding the Snow Raven's and giving the 'Naval and aerospace Clan' some actual units of their own, much like Project Zhukov did for the Hell's Horses is now complete.

This has been the work of over a year and couldn't have been done without the support and help of the people involved in it and of course the amazing artists :) The NELSON book is set in the same setting as the Zhukov one, with its somewhat alternate Operation REVIVAL, and the buildup to it. Its an attempt to give the Snow Raven's their own units, as we're told they're the naval clan but we see more Mechs than aerospace assets from them. But don't worry there's also Mech's in here too!

You can download it here

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1juSOnAi7J6PnEOXdnJqELfoAPi5O88lX/view?usp=sharing

And please, any thoughts comments or input is most welcome!

Errata

Saga - Weapon placement should be 2 x ER Mediums in the Left arm, SRM-4 in the left and right torso with ammunition held in the right torso.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: Kasaga on 16 August 2020, 15:40:11
Oh Snap boys and girls.  I'm about to download and beinge
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: Shadow_Wraith on 16 August 2020, 15:51:59
 :thumbsup:  Yay, Thank you and its time to look over the book again!!!
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: ChaserGrey on 17 August 2020, 00:09:12
Read the fighter section over and I'm a huge fan. I especially enjoyed the Zulu's Inner Sphere codename of "Firefox", glad to see I'm not the only one who remembers it's more than a web browser. I have to ask though- was having "Abandon All Hope" written on the fighter a Space: Above and Beyond reference?  Because if so, awesome.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: willis on 17 August 2020, 00:32:59
Read the fighter section over and I'm a huge fan. I especially enjoyed the Zulu's Inner Sphere codename of "Firefox", glad to see I'm not the only one who remembers it's more than a web browser. I have to ask though- was having "Abandon All Hope" written on the fighter a Space: Above and Beyond reference?  Because if so, awesome.


I thought of the exact same thing....
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 17 August 2020, 01:42:58
Read the fighter section over and I'm a huge fan. I especially enjoyed the Zulu's Inner Sphere codename of "Firefox", glad to see I'm not the only one who remembers it's more than a web browser. I have to ask though- was having "Abandon All Hope" written on the fighter a Space: Above and Beyond reference?  Because if so, awesome.

Yep! Its a nod to Chiggy von Richtoften, the name and the paint scheme with the 'scales' is all a nod to Space Above and Beyond :D With the amount of customisation gone into the paint scheme on the Zulu, that's someone of very high rank.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: ChaserGrey on 17 August 2020, 03:17:39
Yep! Its a nod to Chiggy von Richtoften, the name and the paint scheme with the 'scales' is all a nod to Space Above and Beyond :D With the amount of customisation gone into the paint scheme on the Zulu, that's someone of very high rank.

Welp, I’ve officially got a new favorite OmniFighter.  And considering I usually play Ghost Bear, there’s even a good chance one of my characters could get his mitts on one.

Is there anywhere I can read about how this AU differs from the main timeline? I noticed some things already, notably the Snow Raven fleet subcontracting for the Jade Falcons and a mention of the Hell’s Horses landing on Tukayyid.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 17 August 2020, 03:35:27
Welp, I’ve officially got a new favorite OmniFighter.  And considering I usually play Ghost Bear, there’s even a good chance one of my characters could get his mitts on one.

Is there anywhere I can read about how this AU differs from the main timeline? I noticed some things already, notably the Snow Raven fleet subcontracting for the Jade Falcons and a mention of the Hell’s Horses landing on Tukayyid.

I'm really glad you're enjoying the book :) And I am working on a more official breakdown for what my friend and I who worked on this are calling the Zhukovverse. There's more details about the Hell's Horses here - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nZEhDHVnn-dLR8CmwTFdjsNj4hHu4P_M/view?usp=sharing

But I do plan on doing a proper timeline and breakdown.

The timeline (thus far) basically goes as per original history, but with divergences that have knock on effects that are still significant but not HUGE or setting changing. Tukayyid still is a ComStar win, but its far more bloody and there's more Clans involved in REVIVAL.

This is probably the biggest POD (point of departure) from the original timeline (OTL). In the OTL the reserve Clans were the Nova Cats, Diamond Sharks and Steel Vipers, i've added the Hell's Horses to it who are assigned to the Wolf's OZ. So come the Truce, the Steel Vipers are in the Falcon OZ, the Diamond Sharks have claimed the Chainline Isles as theirs, the Hell's Horses have an OZ alongside the Wolf one and the Nova Cats are off to the 'right' of the Smoke Jaguar's OZ.

Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: ChaserGrey on 17 August 2020, 03:52:41
Very interesting!  I’ll have to take a look at that other file.

Out of curiosity, because the TRO doesn’t say one way or the other- what do you think the chances are of a Zulu or two finding their way into the Ghost Bear touman? Granted the Bears aren’t usually big on new things, but the Khirghiz is getting pretty long in the tooth.  Actually, the Zulu being a Khirghiz derivative might win it some points with the Bears- might seem less like a scary new thing than as an upgrade to something they already have and like.

I also really like the Ravens’ expanded carrier fleet.  It was always kind of a head-scratcher for me why they stopped at two Conquerors in canon when they’re supposed to be Clan Aerospace. In your TRO I wouldn’t be surprised to see them build a couple more Yorks, at the least, to try to give every naval star its own carrier. 
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 17 August 2020, 03:58:25
Very interesting!  I’ll have to take a look at that other file.

Out of curiosity, because the TRO doesn’t say one way or the other- what do you think the chances are of a Zulu or two finding their way into the Ghost Bear touman? Granted the Bears aren’t usually big on new things, but the Khirghiz is getting pretty long in the tooth.  Actually, the Zulu being a Khirghiz derivative might win it some points with the Bears- might seem less like a scary new thing than as an upgrade to something they already have and like.

I also really like the Ravens’ expanded carrier fleet.  It was always kind of a head-scratcher for me why they stopped at two Conquerors in canon when they’re supposed to be Clan Aerospace. In your TRO I wouldn’t be surprised to see them build a couple more Yorks, at the least, to try to give every naval star its own carrier.

Zulu's would probably be slowly spread around, and could be traded with the Bears albeit in limited numbers, yes the Bears and Ravens are 'friends' but this is Clan 'friends' here :p Then again they do help them with the Leviathan construction. They'd probably be more common than the Crow or Navajo outside of the Ravens, as the Crow is in essence a Totem fighter.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: Dragon Cat on 17 August 2020, 06:48:07
Really good product I really enjoyed it.

One really minor criticism and it's purely because it's harder to read as it is right now.

The Moa-class Shuttle it might work better if each variant's set up was set up individually as they have such varied set ups working out whats on each variant is more difficult right now.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 17 August 2020, 11:03:41
Really good product I really enjoyed it.

One really minor criticism and it's purely because it's harder to read as it is right now.

The Moa-class Shuttle it might work better if each variant's set up was set up individually as they have such varied set ups working out whats on each variant is more difficult right now.

Good point, I'll see what can be done :)
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: Tyler Jorgensson on 17 August 2020, 14:57:55
In the Snow Raven TO&E in the middle of the book you have one of the Stars Sivallin Cruisers mixed up with the ship classes. Page 41 Circe Battle Star. I’d love a Bloodied Blade class Light Cruiser or a Merciless Intent Light Cruiser.

I skipped ahead to the TRO (AWESOME as usual), but I’ll definitely read the rest later cause I am interested in the AU.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: ChaserGrey on 18 August 2020, 02:26:17
So, I just finished reading Project Zhukov for the first time, and rather than commit extreme thread necromancy by posting on its thread I’d like to offer my thoughts here. Hope that’s all right.

In general: AWESOME! I especially liked the very well done explanation of blitzkrieg vs deep battle.

Favorite bits:
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 18 August 2020, 08:35:39
So, I just finished reading Project Zhukov for the first time, and rather than commit extreme thread necromancy by posting on its thread I’d like to offer my thoughts here. Hope that’s all right.

In general: AWESOME! I especially liked the very well done explanation of blitzkrieg vs deep battle.

Favorite bits:
  • The HGG-X99 for the sheer look of horror on some poor guy’s face the first time HH unarmored infantry said “Say hello to my little friend!”
  • The RG-88, or “Where is your cover NOW, freebirth?” I can see a few Horses infantry commanders keeping a couple around just for use as a fright weapon, because once you start shooting people through their cover you’ll flush them pretty quick
  • The Eris and Nike.  “Trothkin, it is a glorious day! Thanks to our Khan we no longer need to WALK every time we don’t have ****** OmniMechs along!”
  • The Haepheastus, because someone finally remembered combat engineering. And I’d like to shake the hand of the Scientist who first handed the Warrior caste a spec sheet calling for “Light Gun System with coaxial backhoe.”
  • The Nergal.  You will die in the shade.

Hehe :D Well if ya like that, you'll hopefully like NELSON. :) The RG-88 and X99 are for Elementals only but yeah they would be terrifying! The RG-88 is, in essence hitting harder than a modern day 20mm round and, it can in theory be fired from the shoulder. I based the RG-88 on this thing - https://imgur.com/gallery/cPcJnlt but just scaled it up for an Elemental to use :D
The X99's based on 'ol Painless from Predator because man portable gatling guns are absurdly cool :D

The Eris and Nike make sense in the context of the changes to the Horses where there's going to be a lot more tanks and less Mechs so an APC to support fast and slower units is needed which also lead to the Ganesha as very large vehicle and yeah, the CEV's were also needed because Tanks just are not as terrain capable as Mechs. The LGS is there to demolish obstacles with HESH and HE rounds, not to fight other vehicles :)
And RE the Nergal, who don't want 90 LRM's firing in support of you :D


Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: DOC_Agren on 18 August 2020, 15:32:35

Favorite bits:
  • The HGG-X99 for the sheer look of horror on some poor guy’s face the first time HH unarmored infantry said “Say hello to my little friend!”
  • The RG-88, or “Where is your cover NOW, freebirth?” I can see a few Horses infantry commanders keeping a couple around just for use as a fright weapon, because once you start shooting people through their cover you’ll flush them pretty quick
  • The Haepheastus, because someone finally remembered combat engineering. And I’d like to shake the hand of the Scientist who first handed the Warrior caste a spec sheet calling for “Light Gun System with coaxial backhoe.”
HGG-X99 or the RAG (Rotary Assault Gun) is there to spread joy to all your enemies..
RG-88 is there to "Reach out and touch someone, Reach out and just say HI"
Haepheastus, if you dress up the language there a good chance they have no idea what you are saying, and well people don't want to look dumb. 
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: ChaserGrey on 18 August 2020, 17:45:36
From the fluff I’d expect the -88 to be retired pretty quickly as more AGLs and grenades become available, and it’s a reasonable decision. Objectively, it doesn’t do all that much an AGL can’t, and doesn’t offer indirect fire. 

However, I could see a few HH commanders asking and being allowed to keep them, since they now have the whole stockpile of ammo and power packs to draw on.  For the folks that keep it, the value isn’t in anything objective.  It’s in the morale hit it can induce when a bunch of enemy soldiers are hunkered behind a wall, think they’re safe, when suddenly BLAM one of them is blown away through the cover.  It sounds to me like a great way to make your opponents panic and do something dumb.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: AldanFerrox on 18 August 2020, 18:00:46
So, here is a second present. MegaMek Files for all the WarShips and their earlier variants and some of the Dropships we made for this project.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: Kasaga on 18 August 2020, 18:15:22
So, here is a second present. MegaMek Files for all the WarShips and their earlier variants and some of the Dropships we made for this project.

Sweet thanks brother.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: willis on 18 August 2020, 21:08:12
So, here is a second present. MegaMek Files for all the WarShips and their earlier variants and some of the Dropships we made for this project.

 :drool:
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: Major Headcase on 19 August 2020, 04:41:22
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Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 19 August 2020, 05:46:29
From the fluff I’d expect the -88 to be retired pretty quickly as more AGLs and grenades become available, and it’s a reasonable decision. Objectively, it doesn’t do all that much an AGL can’t, and doesn’t offer indirect fire. 

However, I could see a few HH commanders asking and being allowed to keep them, since they now have the whole stockpile of ammo and power packs to draw on.  For the folks that keep it, the value isn’t in anything objective.  It’s in the morale hit it can induce when a bunch of enemy soldiers are hunkered behind a wall, think they’re safe, when suddenly BLAM one of them is blown away through the cover.  It sounds to me like a great way to make your opponents panic and do something dumb.

The 88's got the advantage of range and its got a massively higher velocity than a grenade launcher so you can use it to engage targets at a longer range, and as you said there's the psychological effect of you being hunkered down behind a suitably thick wall and the one of the guys next to you suddenly explodes like a melon lobbed off a 40 story building :p
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: Wrangler on 19 August 2020, 07:33:21
Is there plans for another book, marauder648?
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 19 August 2020, 08:01:45
Is there plans for another book, marauder648?

Indeed, the fluff for which being thought out, discussed and iterated upon and will be focused on the Wars of Grievance which is probably our biggest point of departure from the Timeline as the divergences become more pronounced.

Basic idea is that the Refusal War does not happen per say rather its all the Clans doing a lot of intercene fighting, the Wolves and Falcons still go at one another hard but there's lots of fighting in the Homeworlds and the like as the anger over the failure of REVIVAL, the Truce, and interal factions and rivalries just boils over.

This one won't be focused on any single Clan but there will be more attention paid to smaller ones or ones who like to think they're big fish. One thing to remember is that the Clans are not quite so limited in resources as canon, they're properly exploiting the Tanite worlds and RDB-0411 is giving them more materials, as well as an increase in asteroid mining and the like means less of a pinch on available resources. The big thing holding them back is still basically manpower but I point blank refuse to belive that by 3062 there was only 115k Warriors in total in ALL the Clans. Whilst the Creche/Sibko system is quite brutal that is a tiny number. I'd be more inclined to belive that the number of Warriors was closer to something like 6 - 12 million or so in total from the youngest Sibkin to the oldest Solhama, as well as things like the Blood Spirits armed (totally not a militia) Infantry.


I say this because it would be impossible to hold their OZs and homeworlds with just 115k warriors between ALL the Clans. A fairly small Clan like the Blood Spirits might have 70 - 80k Warriors in total, but again this is EVERYONE, the number of trueborn front line troops would be far smaller as they make up their bulk with their 2nd and 3rd line troops.

The Jags might also be kinda similar, fairly small number say 80k  - 120k max but only 15- 20k at the most are front line troops and at the start of REVIVAL the Clans didn't deploy all their forces and kept the vast majority in the Homeworld. But once REVIVAL started getting bogged down they bring forwards more troops, mostly garrison forces and the like to hold their worlds, keeping a fairly small fighting strength deployed.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: Wrangler on 19 August 2020, 21:21:44
Sounds like War of Reaving
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 19 August 2020, 22:03:41
Sounds like War of Reaving

Think Refusal War rather than Reaving, the Reavings were an almost insane frenzy, this isn't going to be anywhere near that bad.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: Dragon Cat on 19 August 2020, 22:25:54
Not to sidetrack the discussion but one thing mentioned in one of the Shrapnel stories was the Ghost Bears utility of local law enforcement to keep well, law and order, essentually they too know they haven't got the people to do it so they recruit locals to serve in a capacity below the warrior caste

The same story they also use Ice Hellions I believe to supplement garrisons as the Ice Hellions know they've no chance of an invasion corridor

Basically yes a Clan might have twenty clusters but that's troops to fight a war the story hints at conventional powers used by the Clans to keep the peace

One thing that I always have to remind myself out of a hundred worlds in BattleTech one might have multiple nation States the others will live under one rule their entire lives and because of the size of their nations outside attack may never come

With that sort of power a big standing army isn't as big a requirement as you may think instead law enforcement or paramilitary forces are more important
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: Wrangler on 19 August 2020, 23:49:35
One thing that I always have to remind myself out of a hundred worlds in BattleTech one might have multiple nation States the others will live under one rule their entire lives and because of the size of their nations outside attack may never come

With that sort of power a big standing army isn't as big a requirement as you may think instead law enforcement or paramilitary forces are more important
I remember reading the novel,  Initiation to War set on Epsilon Eridani.  It's set during the Chaos March aftermath as the world is trying keep the piece. The book betrays the world rifled with smaller counties and other small city-states.  At one point Shu County (lead by Capellan descendants) had to wage war against its neighbors who were trying to do the same to them. 
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: ChaserGrey on 20 August 2020, 01:09:28
The 88's got the advantage of range and its got a massively higher velocity than a grenade launcher so you can use it to engage targets at a longer range, and as you said there's the psychological effect of you being hunkered down behind a suitably thick wall and the one of the guys next to you suddenly explodes like a melon lobbed off a 40 story building :p

Now that I think about it, it could be hell in wide-open spaces too. 

"Tai-i, I think there might be Bear infantry on the next hill over, come take a look." 
"Are you sure?  It's a couple klicks away, might just be - BLAAMMMM"
"Oh, sh-"
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: boilerman on 20 August 2020, 01:45:21
Wow! Great work. Finally some MPLOG artwork i actually like! I need to spend more time reading but I like what I have read about flight deck operations and pilot training.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 21 August 2020, 10:25:44
Wow! Great work. Finally some MPLOG artwork i actually like! I need to spend more time reading but I like what I have read about flight deck operations and pilot training.

Let us know what you think :)
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 08 September 2020, 16:48:51
A wee update for folks, we're working on a Record Sheets book for Zhukov and Nelson :) Shouldn't hopefully take that long.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: Wrangler on 08 September 2020, 17:36:09
Awesome!
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 09 September 2020, 14:44:01
And as promised

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nE2NxC0LNIcSQe25QuDPd_ip5YBaqSmc/view?usp=sharing

The record sheets for Project Zhukov, as well as a little something at the back, the Emergency War Refits which also offer some hints about the setting as well!

I'd love to hear folks feedback!
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: Wrangler on 09 September 2020, 17:30:19
Are these refits considered to be podable or they fixed like normal battleMechs.  Refit strikes me as the OmniMech no longer a Omni.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: Maingunnery on 09 September 2020, 17:41:58

It is all-in-all good looking, very tidy.

I also really like the refits, they are very believable/logical. 
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: AldanFerrox on 09 September 2020, 17:43:35
Are these refits considered to be podable or they fixed like normal battleMechs.  Refit strikes me as the OmniMech no longer a Omni.

Don't take the word refit to literally here. They are just pod configurations put together in a pinch when the regular weapons and munitions were scarce or because of battlefield experience.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: Yu Kigono on 09 September 2020, 18:56:30
Nice record sheets! Although it seems to be missing a couple units, the Alke and Chentu, as well as the stated out variants of canon units like the Oro and Hachiman. The Bonus Section too, but those aren't part of the Zhokoverse as far as I understand it.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 10 September 2020, 00:57:30
Oh good point! I dunno how I missed the Alke and the other bits, I'll add those later! And yes these 'refits' are just pod variants :)  Regarding the additional stuff set in the 3100's. Those are not 'canon' in the Zhukoverse...yet :D But when I do NELSON I will add the Bagration and Thebes/Scharnhorst as they were around at the time and are indeed 'canon' :)

And there, edited to include the missing bits! And please any thoughts/comments about this are most welcome!
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: Wrangler on 10 September 2020, 17:33:41
Your collection of TROs are in the Zhukoverse?
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 11 September 2020, 00:25:17
Your collection of TROs are in the Zhukoverse?

As in Nelson and Zhukov? Yes :)
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: Wrangler on 11 September 2020, 07:00:50
Okay. Ive add a link to the record sheets book on the wiki.
I was ask if the star league tro you may also was in the Zhukoverse.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 11 September 2020, 08:04:56
Okay. Ive add a link to the record sheets book on the wiki.
I was ask if the star league tro you may also was in the Zhukoverse.

Oh the ships? Yes I'd consider that part of it too just because the art is waaaaaaaaaaaaaay better and there's all the fluff zere too :D
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 12 September 2020, 16:54:11
And now

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nIceVcaa8mLuNpuBpREWQkxNOKbemDM7/view?usp=sharing

The Project NELSON Record sheets!
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: Maingunnery on 12 September 2020, 17:27:32

Thank you and everyone else who worked on this.  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 13 September 2020, 03:25:08
Thank you :) I've just edited it to fix a few hiccups :)
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 22 September 2020, 16:37:37
And something new - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_I6WYBRH0baXjj7cF6oVTbp0-G-xu06r/view?usp=sharing featuring the extra units at the back of the Zhukov book

And NELSON's been updated too - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nIceVcaa8mLuNpuBpREWQkxNOKbemDM7/view?usp=sharing

And please folks, any feedback is most welcome, its a bit disheartening when ya don't get feedback, good or bad.

Also, opening this up on Adobe seems to be making it come out weird, I've looked into it and apparently its something to do with adobe, it works fine on Foxit. I'm looking into fixes with regards to it coming out skewiff on Adobe though!
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: Wrangler on 22 September 2020, 22:45:06
Thank you for adding mroe stuff. For me i'm bit overloaded, so much stuff i can't tell what new or not.

One thing:
Errant: Antares Fleet Tender (Clan) the BV and notes are mixed in
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 25 November 2020, 05:22:49
A question regarding the Zhukov setting (the original one is here - https://bg.battletech.com/forums/fan-fiction/fan-xtro-project-zhukov/msg1563049/#msg1563049 ) would folks want to see more of this? I'm asking because these projects are a major investment in terms of time and money to get put together, and its a bit disheartening that its not discussed more and there's really not that much comment about it.

If you want to see more, tell me what :) Give me ideas, i've already got ideas for the 3rd book and have started on it, but depending on interest if I carry on with it.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: Dragon Cat on 25 November 2020, 06:41:29
I think their great products some of the units are really cool its an interesting setting idea
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: Takiro on 25 November 2020, 06:51:21
I'd love to see one for every Clan ;)
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: namar13766 on 25 November 2020, 07:43:20
A question regarding the Zhukov setting (the original one is here - https://bg.battletech.com/forums/fan-fiction/fan-xtro-project-zhukov/msg1563049/#msg1563049 ) would folks want to see more of this? I'm asking because these projects are a major investment in terms of time and money to get put together, and its a bit disheartening that its not discussed more and there's really not that much comment about it.

If you want to see more, tell me what :) Give me ideas, i've already got ideas for the 3rd book and have started on it, but depending on interest if I carry on with it.

To be certain, the Zhukov setting has Project Nelson, Project Zhukov, Delranes Military Equipment - The Clans (3105 Update), and Delranes Fighting Ships 3061, right?

I'm interested in how this AU will differ from others like Salient Horizon in how history plays out. Are there going to be any major changes to the FedCom Civil War and Jihad? Will Sun Tzu's plot shields drop? Will the Wars of Grievance play out differently than the Refusal War?
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: Wrangler on 25 November 2020, 07:45:49
I think its very interesting. I am a reader at heart. I would love to read field manual that would tie everything together.  A fan story tells the tale of these wonderful machines are being used in. Your TROs give hints of a story in a changed universe. 
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 25 November 2020, 10:24:47
To be certain, the Zhukov setting has Project Nelson, Project Zhukov, Delranes Military Equipment - The Clans (3105 Update), and Delranes Fighting Ships 3061, right?

I'm interested in how this AU will differ from others like Salient Horizon in how history plays out. Are there going to be any major changes to the FedCom Civil War and Jihad? Will Sun Tzu's plot shields drop? Will the Wars of Grievance play out differently than the Refusal War?

I will answer those questions simply with Kosh saying... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7XfyyKYxnU&ab_channel=Vistico93

The Wars of Grievance are kicked off by the Refusal War but the anger at the Truce reaches a boiling point and it basically devolves into a free for all between the Clans, sometimes its just a spat of Trials. Other times its screaming, hair pulling and throwing Galaxies at one another. Will all the Clans survive this? No. Will it be as bad as the Wars of Reaving? No. What does it lead to? The Grand Abjurment.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: namar13766 on 25 November 2020, 10:33:53
I will answer those questions simply with Kosh saying... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7XfyyKYxnU&ab_channel=Vistico93

The Wars of Grievance are kicked off by the Refusal War but the anger at the Truce reaches a boiling point and it basically devolves into a free for all between the Clans, sometimes its just a spat of Trials. Other times its screaming, hair pulling and throwing Galaxies at one another. Will all the Clans survive this? No. Will it be as bad as the Wars of Reaving? No. What does it lead to? The Grand Abjurment.

I'm pretty sure more Emergency War Refits are going to be expected in the next book, but they'd be also along the lines of the new configurations we see in the Recognition Guides.. So if Zhukov was combat Vehicles and Nelson was Aerospace Fighters and Warships...the third is going to be Battle Armor? or maybe drones? Or is it new stuff in the Inner Sphere?
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 25 November 2020, 11:04:09
I'm pretty sure more Emergency War Refits are going to be expected in the next book, but they'd be also along the lines of the new configurations we see in the Recognition Guides.. So if Zhukov was combat Vehicles and Nelson was Aerospace Fighters and Warships...the third is going to be Battle Armor? or maybe drones? Or is it new stuff in the Inner Sphere?

I'll give some spoilers about the Wars of Grievance book

Its going to feature the Falcon/Wolf Conflict, Operation FRENZY, as well as mentioning other clashes between Clans including REDACTED and REDACTED and finally REDACTED.

Its going to feature Mech's from the Hellions, Burrocks as well as generalist Mechs for all the Clans and some IIC/C designs and more.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: namar13766 on 25 November 2020, 13:04:16
I'll give some spoilers about the Wars of Grievance book

Its going to feature the Falcon/Wolf Conflict, Operation FRENZY, as well as mentioning other clashes between Clans including REDACTED and REDACTED and finally REDACTED.

Its going to feature Mech's from the Hellions, Burrocks as well as generalist Mechs for all the Clans and some IIC/C designs and more.

So does this mean the events that create Malvina Hazen's Mongol Philosophy is going to be sidelined?
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 25 November 2020, 13:22:50
So does this mean the events that create Malvina Hazen's Mongol Philosophy is going to be sidelined?

I've not gone that far into the future, we've discussed the Fedcom civil war and how to change that by giving the actors involved in it A) a brain B) a spine.

The War of Grievance book will end with the Jaguar Annihilation, the Wars of Grievance burn themselves out by around 3058 but then something happens to make events move and are still being played out as Bulldog and Serpent is crushing the Smoke Jaguars.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: namar13766 on 25 November 2020, 13:31:16
I've not gone that far into the future, we've discussed the Fedcom civil war and how to change that by giving the actors involved in it A) a brain B) a spine.

The War of Grievance book will end with the Jaguar Annihilation, the Wars of Grievance burn themselves out by around 3058 but then something happens to make events move and are still being played out as Bulldog and Serpent is crushing the Smoke Jaguars.

Ah...So will we see some new toys from/for the Society?
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 25 November 2020, 13:35:56
Ah...So will we see some new toys from/for the Society?

Not for the forseeable future, if you want Society toys though I HUGELY recommend - https://bg.battletech.com/forums/fan-fiction/fan-xtro-the-society/
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: Maingunnery on 25 November 2020, 13:43:36
A question regarding the Zhukov setting (the original one is here - https://bg.battletech.com/forums/fan-fiction/fan-xtro-project-zhukov/msg1563049/#msg1563049 ) would folks want to see more of this? I'm asking because these projects are a major investment in terms of time and money to get put together, and its a bit disheartening that its not discussed more and there's really not that much comment about it.

If you want to see more, tell me what :) Give me ideas, i've already got ideas for the 3rd book and have started on it, but depending on interest if I carry on with it.
Well that is an idea that I had set to low priority myself but it could work with the Zhukov setting:  Flexible Clan Invasion campaign book.
Allowing a group of players to re-enact the invasion with any number of Clans (ranging from one to all).
Feasibility Issues: will require a lot of new high quality maps and new game systems for combat & logistics
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: namar13766 on 25 November 2020, 14:16:37
Not for the forseeable future, if you want Society toys though I HUGELY recommend - https://bg.battletech.com/forums/fan-fiction/fan-xtro-the-society/

I was actually thinking about the Axion, Tachyon, and those other ASFs for that one design challenge.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 25 November 2020, 14:41:11
As I said, there's not gonna be any society stuff, we've not looked that far ahead, and with various changes the Society as we know it might not even emerge.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: VensersRevenge on 25 November 2020, 15:42:32
I have found these extremely interesting, and would love to see more of it.
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: Dragon Cat on 25 November 2020, 15:44:48
I think its very interesting. I am a reader at heart. I would love to read field manual that would tie everything together.  A fan story tells the tale of these wonderful machines are being used in. Your TROs give hints of a story in a changed universe.

I'd sort of agree from a selfish point of view i love the TRO element as I can use those in my of AU like you did previously adding to the wealth of resources available

But something that ties them together and drives the story will make it more engaging.  There's been little fiction pieces but sometime that says we broke from Canon here and here we go! Is what would drive it forwards
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 25 November 2020, 17:28:50
Oooh good idea! I'll see if I can put something together, just with the shadowlands launch i'm insanely busy (not playing the game!) so not much time to type
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: DOC_Agren on 26 November 2020, 19:56:06
I will be honest I love them but not being a clan player it hard for me to offer comments other then good job as I don't fully understand the the groups.  That being said I'm looking to move that way and well yes more please
Title: Re: Fan Made TRO - Project NELSON.
Post by: marauder648 on 27 November 2020, 02:35:17
Speaking of more

https://bg.battletech.com/forums/battlemechs/project-zhukov-setting-emergency-war-refits/