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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #210 on: 22 March 2022, 16:38:41 »
Well, if we're allowed to fish for commentary:


Pfff, even I have managed not to fish so far. So far. ;)
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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #211 on: 22 March 2022, 17:37:37 »
On the urban uprising.  It was a good story and with the cop in his pocket.  Of course, one should always give urbies a chance even if i think open  ranks maybe a tad dangerous for one of the favorite light mech.   Of course urbies isn't a bad design for solaris giving that it those matches tend to be up close and personal.

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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #212 on: 22 March 2022, 19:01:48 »

Pfff, even I have managed not to fish so far. So far. ;)

I bow before your admirable restraint.

The resta youz, chop chop!  Get with the reviews!
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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #213 on: 22 March 2022, 21:27:03 »
Canopian Pleasure Circuses - how do they stack up against the Disney Starcruiser experience?  Are they actually spacefaring dens of evil or is SAFE just being paranoid?
I loved the entry and also described the Pleasure Circuses to a non Battletech friend. Apparently their response was "I'm all in for that, sounds really cool". So I know what to use for a starter location in an RPG if I want to tease them to the dark side of stompy robots.
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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #214 on: 23 March 2022, 06:16:44 »
On the urban uprising.  It was a good story and with the cop in his pocket.  Of course, one should always give urbies a chance even if i think open  ranks maybe a tad dangerous for one of the favorite light mech.   Of course urbies isn't a bad design for solaris giving that it those matches tend to be up close and personal.

It helped that Rufus also used to be a SCPD officer.  Dermott is corrupt, but wouldn’t do this much for just anyone.

One Urbie previously appeared in a 3027 Solaris Open event, joining the ambush of Justin Xiang in Ishiyama Arena, but it went out like a chump.
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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #215 on: 23 March 2022, 23:46:53 »
Did anyone get to peruse the article on Exofauna? If so, would you like to see more for your tabletop experiences?

Even though absent this stuff being implemented in MegaMek I'm unlikely to ever get to use it, I'd absolutely love to see more.


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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #216 on: 24 March 2022, 13:05:39 »
I really dug the "newbee" campaign for people who've only picked up a box set.  I thought it was easy enough to be fun, captured that desperate feel of the 3025 era without going too in-depth into it.  Well done!

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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #217 on: 28 March 2022, 17:12:01 »
It seemed to me that this latest issue of Shrapnel was quite heavily leaning on Solaris VII as a setting. I'm sure that part of it was due to which stories were ready to go at which point in time. But while are plenty of stories to tell on the Game World, I'd hope that it doesn't unduly outweigh the rest of the setting in future issues.

Also, while it's not the kind of detail I'd necessarily expect the character in question to necessarily be aware of, I should note that the martial art which would later be labelled as "Karate" was still restricted to the Pechin warrior class in the Ryukyu Kingdom during the Edo period.

In the wake of the Satsuma invasion of Ryukyu in 1609, the Pechin were barred from carrying weapons in public, and thus were obliged to train in unarmed combat only - except in very limited circumstances when the Satsuma domain (in present-day Kagoshima Prefecture) made firearms available for Ryukyuans acting as bodyguards to envoys making the crossing from Naha to Fuzhou (and on from Fuzhou to Beijing) and back again. Karate as such did not spread elsewhere until after the annexation of Ryukyu as Okinawa Prefecture, when a number of former Pechin brought their teachings to the "home" Japanese islands.

So an Edo-period samurai loyal to the Tokugawa Bakufu would most likely not be aware of this martial art - or, if he was, he would likely have considered it beneath his notice, as it was practiced by warriors which had been defeated in battle. Perhaps doubly so, as the Satsuma samurai who had defeated Ryukyu were themselves of a "tozama" domain set below the Tokugawa shogunate itself.
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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #218 on: 28 March 2022, 18:56:04 »
It helped that Rufus also used to be a SCPD officer.  Dermott is corrupt, but wouldn’t do this much for just anyone.

One Urbie previously appeared in a 3027 Solaris Open event, joining the ambush of Justin Xiang in Ishiyama Arena, but it went out like a chump.
Having read the story, I didn't know if the SCPD was setting up their UrbanMechs to resemble the one MWO did with police lights on it and paint job.  8)
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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #219 on: 29 March 2022, 02:46:04 »
It seemed to me that this latest issue of Shrapnel was quite heavily leaning on Solaris VII as a setting. I'm sure that part of it was due to which stories were ready to go at which point in time. But while are plenty of stories to tell on the Game World, I'd hope that it doesn't unduly outweigh the rest of the setting in future issues.

Also, while it's not the kind of detail I'd necessarily expect the character in question to necessarily be aware of, I should note that the martial art which would later be labelled as "Karate" was still restricted to the Pechin warrior class in the Ryukyu Kingdom during the Edo period.

In the wake of the Satsuma invasion of Ryukyu in 1609, the Pechin were barred from carrying weapons in public, and thus were obliged to train in unarmed combat only - except in very limited circumstances when the Satsuma domain (in present-day Kagoshima Prefecture) made firearms available for Ryukyuans acting as bodyguards to envoys making the crossing from Naha to Fuzhou (and on from Fuzhou to Beijing) and back again. Karate as such did not spread elsewhere until after the annexation of Ryukyu as Okinawa Prefecture, when a number of former Pechin brought their teachings to the "home" Japanese islands.

So an Edo-period samurai loyal to the Tokugawa Bakufu would most likely not be aware of this martial art - or, if he was, he would likely have considered it beneath his notice, as it was practiced by warriors which had been defeated in battle. Perhaps doubly so, as the Satsuma samurai who had defeated Ryukyu were themselves of a "tozama" domain set below the Tokugawa shogunate itself.


i would like to point out, if this comment is base on a particular story in shrapnel that the person was brainwash and his though reflected not on actually events but on his idea on how those events would seem in his mind.  We already establish long ago while combine idealist Samuria culture they are not in fact doing it correctly but only doing what was centuries of misinformation and myth of that pertticular culture and so any warrior thinking about karate when he shouldn't is not an error from the writer but its a reflection on the misinformation of the combine regarding of that culture

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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #220 on: 01 April 2022, 11:50:28 »
got me a copy in print (available now on Amazon!) and the Artwork adds SOOO much to the stories! I love the artwork in mine (oage 53) and the art in "hollow glory"? (pages 36-37) just TOP TIER.  The artists have been killing it in Shrapnel lately, and I wanted to do a special call out to them! :-)

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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #221 on: 01 April 2022, 11:53:15 »
Also, I tend to not read stories until the series is complete, so last weekend or so i finally went back and read Stackpole's story in 1-3 & 5, and I really dug it.  I feel like I -missed- a story somewhere, but I liked this one.  The universe felt lived in, and it was pretty cool seeing ian Davion as a suporting player for once, instead of Hanse.

Looking forward to finally going back and reading craig's once Shrapnel 9 comes out! hahaha
   

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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #222 on: 01 April 2022, 15:23:38 »
Shrapnel was very good this time around. The Blackhole Mercenary company was very gripping story.
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Shrapnel #8 Dead link on page 50?
« Reply #223 on: 05 April 2022, 09:47:41 »
When I click the bg.battletech.com/shrapnel/ link on page 50 (for the record sheets), I get a popup saying: "C:\Users\David\AppData\Local\Adobe\InDesign\Version 17.0\en_US\Caches\InDesign\ClipboardScrap1.pdf"

Is anyone else seeing this? It happens in Adobe Acrobat and Foxit Reader.
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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #225 on: 05 April 2022, 18:28:21 »
Worked for me too.  I had to exit Adobe first, though...

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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #226 on: 05 April 2022, 22:07:44 »
Initially, when Shrapnel 8 came out. It wasn't there.

Man Executioner-B has some humdingers of configurations.  I dare say they out shine the it's successor's configurations.  I like the B & C configurations, i could careless how much slower it is to the newer Executioner.  I think it has different role.
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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #227 on: 06 April 2022, 05:46:25 »
Initially, when Shrapnel 8 came out. It wasn't there.

Man Executioner-B has some humdingers of configurations.  I dare say they out shine the it's successor's configurations.  I like the B & C configurations, i could careless how much slower it is to the newer Executioner.  I think it has different role.

Yep, it came later.
So, what do you think of the BA?
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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #228 on: 06 April 2022, 06:22:41 »
Little murder pockets with decent armor for the time, average jump, and some sensors as a treat. I like them. I could see them trying to flank vehicles and crit them or handle the PBI of a force.
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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #229 on: 06 April 2022, 08:08:41 »
Little murder pockets with decent armor for the time, average jump, and some sensors as a treat. I like them. I could see them trying to flank vehicles and crit them or handle the PBI of a force.

Being black ops, getting rid of PBI is pretty much what they are supposed to do.
They can take on heavier things, but it gets ugly.
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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #230 on: 06 April 2022, 14:16:22 »
I like them, especially with how they are set up I can see quite the "boss fight" just trying to escape them in a RPG.
*rolls dice* "His sensors are working just fine. Run."
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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #231 on: 06 April 2022, 14:42:44 »
Initially, when Shrapnel 8 came out. It wasn't there.

Man Executioner-B has some humdingers of configurations.  I dare say they out shine the it's successor's configurations.  I like the B & C configurations, i could careless how much slower it is to the newer Executioner.  I think it has different role.

Yeah, i dig it, but MAN is it gonna be tricky to explain at this week's game "I brought an Executioner B A."
them: "say that again, but slower?
me: -sigh- "i brought the slower executioner's A version." ;-P hahaha
other than the super confusing name, i dig it too.

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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #232 on: 06 April 2022, 16:42:02 »
Yeah, i dig it, but MAN is it gonna be tricky to explain at this week's game "I brought an Executioner B A."
them: "say that again, but slower?
me: -sigh- "i brought the slower executioner's A version." ;-P hahaha
other than the super confusing name, i dig it too.

More likely they'll think it's a new Battle Armor.
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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #233 on: 06 April 2022, 20:18:35 »
More likely they'll think it's a new Battle Armor.

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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #234 on: 06 April 2022, 22:39:11 »
I like them, especially with how they are set up I can see quite the "boss fight" just trying to escape them in a RPG.
*rolls dice* "His sensors are working just fine. Run."

that the one thing about all the gray death ba they all seem to enjoy sensor packages

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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #235 on: 07 April 2022, 07:19:19 »
Yeah, i dig it, but MAN is it gonna be tricky to explain at this week's game "I brought an Executioner B A."
them: "say that again, but slower?
me: -sigh- "i brought the slower executioner's A version." ;-P hahaha
other than the super confusing name, i dig it too.
Just tell the that Executioner B A is from A Team and the MechWarrior name is Baracus. ;D
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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #236 on: 07 April 2022, 07:34:18 »
Yep, it came later.
So, what do you think of the BA?
Those are certainly interesting diverse walking daggers.
Versatile and mobile.  I'm afraid I don't often use Battle armor to give more opinion on them.

I didn't notice at first, half of the Executioner-B's configs are on the extreme side of over heating like the C and Prime configurations. They could literally explode if using half their weapon compliment. Was intended to be flaw design or bracket fire machine?
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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #237 on: 07 April 2022, 10:37:41 »
I didn't notice at first, half of the Executioner-B's configs are on the extreme side of over heating like the C and Prime configurations. They could literally explode if using half their weapon compliment. Was intended to be flaw design or bracket fire machine?

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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #238 on: 07 April 2022, 21:54:33 »
Ahh it makes sense now.

I hope the Huntress artillery mechs gets time to shine.  My group using a slightly different version of it, it's interesting machine see in acting.
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Re: My thoughts on the latest issue of Shrapnel
« Reply #239 on: 18 April 2022, 21:47:20 »
"Sackcloth and Sand" - a nod to Robert Thurston's Jade Falcon work with the Clan warrior Naiad, a member of the 'illegal' sibko fashioned from Aidan Pryde in Falcon Rising. From the ending I get the impression this is a set up for a sequel; hopefully we'll see more of the Jade Falcon war against the Society, and more of Aidan's 'daughter'.

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