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Hi everyone. Purpose of this thread is primarily for the new and bewildered (like me) to get to grips on the various non-fiction sources of the Battletech universe in rough chronological order. As I came back to all of this via HBS' Battletech, I wanted to get a stronger grip on the source material and found myself in a labyrinth of publications. So this is the result. Fiction sources are a whole 'nother kettle of fish and I'm not sure I have the patience, so I limited myself to the non-fiction sources & rulebooks. Sarna, DriveThruRPG, and the Catalyst store were consulted in the creation of this list. Importantly, there are other threads where the various sections are discussed in more detail, some of them stickied. These two threads were helpful. It's a credit to the Battletech community that I was able to gather so much information relatively painlessly (though not without effort). I will hopefully save some time for other people. Edit: Sartris has already done an excellent job so I'll also refer everyone to these two threads as well. His sourcebook index really should be stickied for people like me. Below, if I think a publication should be read as part of an era, then it's often in that era regardless of its in-universe publication date; Sartris has opted for a rigorous chronology (which is admirable).

Most of the publications below are available for purchase and download as PDFs or, in some cases, for free. Some are available as Print on Demand books. A few are listed but are currently unavailable through either the Catalyst store or DriveThruRPG: those are marked with an asterisk (*). The focus is on major sources, so there are some omissions:
  • Spotlight On series
  • Touring the Stars series
  • Turning Points series
  • Dossiers series
  • Experimental Technical Readout series
See the linked threads above for more info on those. An exception to the above are the various Scenario Packs which are comparatively difficult to find. Particular editions are marked as appropriate (1st, 2nd, Revised, etc.), and compilations are marked as such. I will of course listen to any suggestions, as I've undoubtedly missed something or made a mistake.

BattleTech Primer
Battletech Universe Book
BattleTech: 25 Years of Art & Fiction

Age of War & Star League (2398 onwards):
Era Digest: Age of War
Historical: Reunification War
Star League (sourcebook)
Field Manual: SLDF
Era Report: 2750
Technical Readout: 2750
Field Report 2765: CCAF
Field Report 2765: DCMS
Field Report 2765: FWLM
Field Report 2765: AFFS
Field Report 2765: LAAF
Field Report 2765: Periphery
Historical: Liberation of Terra (Vols 1 & 2)

Succession Wars & Pre-Clan Invasion (2781 onwards):
First Succession War (sourcebook)
Historical: Operation Klondike
Era Digest: Golden Century
Technical Readout: Golden Century
Second Succession War (sourcebook)
NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas (Vols 1 & 2)
Technical Readout: Succession Wars (compilation)
Technical Readout: 3025
Technical Readout: 3025 Revised*
Mercenary's Handbook
The Periphery (sourcebook) (1st Ed)
House Liao: The Capellan Confederation
House Kurita: The Draconis Combine
House Marik: The Free Worlds League
House Davion: Federated Suns
House Steiner: The Lyran Commonwealth
House Arano: The Aurigan Coalition
Technical Readout: 3026*
Technical Readout: 3026 Revised
DropShips and JumpShips (sourcebook)
Kell Hounds (sourcebook)*
Wolf's Dragoons (sourcebook)*
Technical Readout: 3039
Historical: War of 3039
Historical: Brush Wars

Clan Invasion (3049 onwards):
20 Year Update
Technical Readout: 3050*
Technical Readout: 3050 Revised*
Wolf Clan (sourcebook)
Jade Falcon (sourcebook)
Invading Clans (sourcebook)
Technical Readout: 3055*
Technical Readout: 3055 Revised*
Mercenary's Handbook 3055
Intelligence Operations Handbook
ComStar (sourcebook)
Solaris: The Reaches (sourcebook)*
Technical Readout: 3057*
Technical Readout: 3057 Revised
Technical Readout: 3058*
Field Manual: Warden Clans
Field Manual: Crusader Clans
Field Manual: Free Worlds League
Field Manual: Draconis Combine
Field Manual: Mercenaries
The Periphery (sourcebook) (2nd Ed)
Explorer Corps (sourcebook)
Technical Readout: 3060

FedCom Civil War (3062 onwards):
Shattered Sphere (sourcebook)
Field Manual: Federated Suns
Field Manual: Lyran Alliance*
FedCom Civil War (sourcebook)
Era Report: 3062
The Clans: Warriors of Kerensky* (sourcebook)
Inner Sphere (sourcebook)*
Field Manual: ComStar
Field Manual: Capellan Confederation
Field Manual: Periphery*
Technical Readout: 3063 [fan-made]

Jihad (3067 onwards):
Handbook: House Liao
Handbook: House Kurita
Handbook: House Marik
Handbook: House Davion
Handbook: House Steiner
Handbook: Major Periphery States
Field Manual: Mercenaries Revised
Field Manual: Updates
Technical Readout: 3055 Upgrade (3067 Revision)
Technical Readout: 3067
Technical Readout: Project Phoenix
Technical Readout: Clan Invasion (compilation)
Blake Ascending: A Jihad Compilation (Dawn of the Jihad & Jihad Hot Spots: 3070)
Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex
Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade (3070 Revision)
Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade (3071 Revision)
Jihad Hot Spots: 3072
Technical Readout: 3075
Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents
Jihad Hot Spots: 3076
Jihad Hot Spots: Terra
Jihad: Final Reckoning
The Wars of Reaving
The Wars of Reaving Supplemental
Field Report: DCMS
Field Report: CCAF
Field Report: FWLM
Field Report: AFFS
Field Report: LAAF
Field Report: Clans
Field Report: Periphery
Mercenaries Supplemental
Mercenaries Supplemental II
Mercenaries Supplemental Update
Objectives: Capellan Confederation
Objectives: Draconis Combine
Objectives: Free Worlds League
Objectives: Federated Suns
Objectives: Lyran Alliance
Objectives: Periphery
Objectives: The Clans

Post-Jihad Republic (3081 onwards):
Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex Revised
Field Manual: 3085
Technical Readout: 3085
Technical Readout: 3085 Supplemental
Historical: Wars of the Republic Era
Technical Readout: Jihad (compilation)
Technical Readout: Prototypes

Dark Age (3131 onwards):
Era Digest: Dark Age
Technical Readout: Irregulars
Era Report: 3145
Field Manual: 3145
Technical Readout: 3145
Technical Readout: 3145 Capellan Confederation
Technical Readout: 3145 Draconis Combine
Technical Readout: 3145 Free Worlds League
Technical Readout: 3145 Federated Suns
Technical Readout: 3145 Lyran Commonwealth
Technical Readout: 3145 Republic of the Sphere
Technical Readout: 3145 The Clans
Technical Readout: 3145 Mercenaries
Shattered Fortress (sourcebook)
Technical Readout: 3150
Recognition Guide ilClan (Multi-volume)

[First print/Latest print] Rulebook (era):
[2019] BattleTech Beginner Box (contains Quick Start Rulebook) (Succession Wars)
[2019] BattleTech: A Game of Armored Combat (contains BattleTech Primer) (Succession Wars)
[2019] Chaos Campaign: Succession Wars (era self-explanatory)
[2017/2019] BattleTech: BattleMech Manual
[2007/2020] BattleTech: TechManual
[2006/2018] BattleTech: Total Warfare
[2007] Starterbook: Sword and Dragon (up to Jihad)
[2008] Starterbook: Wolf and Blake (Jihad)
[2007/2018] BattleTech: Tactical Operations (Jihad)
[2009] BattleTech: Strategic Operations (Jihad)
[2012] BattleTech: Total Chaos (Jihad)
[2016] BattleTech: Campaign Operations (Age of War to Dark Age)
[2016] BattleTech: Interstellar Operations (Age of War to Dark Age)
[2011] Master Unit List: Battle Values (Jihad to Dark Age)
[2013/2019] Alpha Strike: Commander’s Edition (Dark Age)
[2016] Combat Manual: Mercenaries (eras: 3025-3049)
[2016] Combat Manual: Kurita (eras: 3025-3049)
[2009] BattleTech: A Time of War (Jihad)
[2012] BattleTech: A Time of War Companion (Jihad)

Record Sheets:
Introductory Record Sheets
A Game of Armored Combat
Reinforcements 2
Volume One: Light 'Mechs
Volume Two: Medium 'Mechs
Volume Three: Heavy 'Mechs
Volume Four: Assault 'Mechs
Volume Five: Vehicles
Volume Six: 3055 'Mechs
AeroTech 2 Record Sheets
Unique 'Mechs
Unique Fighters
Sword and Dragon
Vehicle Annex, IndustrialMechs & Exoskeletons
Clan Invasion (compilation)
Succession Wars (compilation)
Operation Klondike
3025 & 3026
3039 Unabridged
3050 Upgrades Unabridged, Inner Sphere
3050 Upgrades Unabridged, Clan & Star League
3055 & 3058
3055 Upgrade Unabridged
3058 Upgrade Unabridged, Inner Sphere Mechs and Vehicles
3058 Upgrade, Clan Mechs, Star League Units and Battle Armor
3060 Unabridged
Phoenix Upgrade
3067 Unabridged
3075 Unabridged
3075 Unabridged, The Cutting Edge
3075 Unabridged, Age of War
3085 Unabridged, The Cutting Edge
3085 Unabridged, Project Phoenix
3085 Unabridged, Old is the New New
3145 Unabridged
3145 New Tech, New Upgrades
[Unabridged editions are listed as standard if available.]

Supplemental Materials & Old Rulebooks:
Interstellar Players
Jihad Conspiracies: Interstellar Players 2
Interstellar Expeditions: Interstellar Players 3
Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers
Battletech: Chaos March
Starterbook: Sword and Dragon
BattleForce Bundle
Vintage Rulebook Bundle
BattleTech: AeroTech*
BattleTech: AeroTech 2*
BattleTech: AeroTech 2 Revised*
BattleTech: Tactical Handbook
BattleTech: Maximum Tech
BattleTech: Maximum Tech Revised
BattleTech: CityTech*
BattleTech: CityTech (2nd Ed)
BattleTech: Combat Equipment
BattleTech: Objective Raids
Battletech: ClanTroops*
Battletech: Solaris VII - The Game World*
BattleTech: Battlespace*
The Succession Wars (Mechwars)*
MechWarrior: The BattleTech Role Playing Game (1st Ed)*
MechWarrior (2nd Ed)*
MechWarrior Companion*
Null Set: A Mechwarrior Adventure*
MechWarrior: Living Legends*
MechWarrior: Unbound*
MechWarrior: Bloodright*
MechWarrior: Royalty and Rogues*
MechWarrior / Classic Battletech RPG (3rd Edition)
Classic BattleTech Companion*
The Mechwarrior's Guide to Solaris VII*
LosTech: The MechWarrior Equipment Guide*
MechWarrior's Guide to the Clans*
A Guide to Covert Ops*
Battletroops: A Game of Urban Man-to-Man Combat in the Battletech Universe*

Scenario Packs (unsorted):
The Fox's Teeth: Exploits of McKinnon's Raiders
Sorenson's Sabres
Fall of Terra
The Black Thorns
Cranston Snord's Irregulars*
Rhonda's Irregulars
Day of Heroes
Tales of the Black Widow
More Tales of the Black Widow*
The Galtor Campaign
Battle For Twycross
1st Somerset Strikers
Battle of Coventry
McCarrons Armored Cavalry
The Fourth Succession
Operation: Flashpoint
The Falcon and the Wolf
The Dragon Roars
Twilight of the Clans
The Fourth Succession War Scenarios Vol. 1
First Strike!
The Fox's Teeth*
Gray Death Legion*
Sorenson's Sabres*
Rolling Thunder*
Kell Hounds*
Northwind Highlanders*
Operation: Stiletto*
BattlePack: Fourth Succession War
BattleTech: Hot Spots
Adventures: Empires Aflame
Adventures: Necromo Nightmare
Adventures: War of the Tripods!
« Last Edit: 06 March 2021, 00:27:35 by Seer »
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Re: Non-Fiction Publications list for new (and old) players
« Reply #2 on: 10 July 2020, 13:06:00 »
These ones in particular should be stickied imo... would have saved me a lot of effort. Thanks for your hard work.

Looks like you missed FedCom Civil War (10974) btw. Edit: in one list but not the other. Still going through it and I'll update the OP accordingly, just so I don't feel like I did it for nothing.
« Last Edit: 10 July 2020, 14:34:41 by Seer »
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