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Dahmin_Toran

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A Tale of Two Sourcebooks
« on: 06 May 2021, 13:26:17 »
I have always said that the 20-Year-Update was one of the best sourcebooks in the Battletech catalogue. It set up so much opportunity in the Battletech universe with the snapshot of 3050. I remember looking at that map and looking at the potential conflicts to come. Plus the sourcebook set up each nation in a great way. Right before I started playing the Clan Invasion, I remember formulating the Fifth Succession War in my head. But alas that never came to be.

I feel that Shattered Fortress is very similar in that regard for the same reasons, but I think the upcoming sourcebooks and other lore will follow the natural repercussions of the events of Hour of the Wolf.

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Re: A Tale of Two Sourcebooks
« Reply #1 on: 06 May 2021, 13:30:42 »
Agree both are excellent sourcebooks in the same "Overview before the storm" vein. Another one that I find equally praiseworthy was Shattered Sphere which was to the immediately pre-FCCW universe what 20 Year Update was immediately pre-Clan Invasion.

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Re: A Tale of Two Sourcebooks
« Reply #2 on: 06 May 2021, 23:26:48 »
Agree both are excellent sourcebooks in the same "Overview before the storm" vein. Another one that I find equally praiseworthy was Shattered Sphere which was to the immediately pre-FCCW universe what 20 Year Update was immediately pre-Clan Invasion.
Totally agree, and it was a great aid for me to get caught up after being out of the game for so long.
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Re: A Tale of Two Sourcebooks
« Reply #3 on: 07 May 2021, 01:49:29 »
I feel that Shattered Fortress is very similar in that regard for the same reasons, but I think the upcoming sourcebooks and other lore will follow the natural repercussions of the events of Hour of the Wolf.

Agreed. The only thing I didn’t like about that book was the cliffhanger, and then only because I feared (accurately as it turned out)  that it’d be two or more years before we got a resolution. That, and not getting a hard answer to the HPG blackout, which would’ve offset the other somewhat.

But otherwise, a great book. I hadn’t really browsed the TROs so much so the contents were still mostly a surprise to me. The outright conquest of New Avalon felt like a real milestone - a successor capital falling to a rival House for the first time ever* - and together with the LC’s troubles made me wonder if we’ll be seeing the downfall of two key players since BattleTech first came out. In other words, the emotional stakes were upped for the first time in a long time.

*OK, there was Capella 2366, but that was a deliberate trap and the FedSuns swiftly quit the field.
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Re: A Tale of Two Sourcebooks
« Reply #4 on: 07 May 2021, 14:25:04 »
Agreed. The only thing I didn’t like about that book was the cliffhanger, and then only because I feared (accurately as it turned out)  that it’d be two or more years before we got a resolution.

I mean...  I get it....  but that the same time is was always going to be Clan Wolf.   If for nothing else because Alaric sacked Rome (the Republic).

I am a bit more excited by the short time between iClan and Tamar (and hopefully the rest of that series).   The Republic has been coming apart for 20 year.   The new Status Quo is probably going to be with us for a while and I am excited to see how the map get's shaken out.

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Re: A Tale of Two Sourcebooks
« Reply #5 on: 07 May 2021, 16:36:28 »
I mean...  I get it....  but that the same time is was always going to be Clan Wolf.   If for nothing else because Alaric sacked Rome (the Republic).

Clan Wolf was my first bet too, but it was so obvious that I didn’t rule out the possibility (and hope) that the Ghost Bears were making a surprise jump into the arena as well.

I am a bit more excited by the short time between iClan and Tamar (and hopefully the rest of that series).   The Republic has been coming apart for 20 year.   The new Status Quo is probably going to be with us for a while and I am excited to see how the map get's shaken out.

Likewise. Seeing the universe change, key players rise and fall, triumph or decline, is one of the setting’s main attractions for me, and why I’ve stuck with BattleTech for ~23 years now.
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Re: A Tale of Two Sourcebooks
« Reply #6 on: 07 May 2021, 20:07:46 »
Clan Wolf was my first bet too, but it was so obvious that I didn’t rule out the possibility (and hope) that the Ghost Bears were making a surprise jump into the arena as well.

Likewise. Seeing the universe change, key players rise and fall, triumph or decline, is one of the setting’s main attractions for me, and why I’ve stuck with BattleTech for ~23 years now.

Me too definitely.

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Re: A Tale of Two Sourcebooks
« Reply #7 on: 07 May 2021, 22:20:56 »
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