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Gaming Magazines - A Guide to their Battletech Articles
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Re: Gaming Magazines - A Guide to their Battletech Articles
« Reply #1 on: 27 January 2011, 10:29:25 »
Huh. I have an old White Dwarf a friend gave to me because it had a Battletech article in it, from back before it was just a house magazine. This has me wondering what I did with it. 

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« Reply #2 on: 27 January 2011, 10:33:02 »
Pyramid had some stuff, including some rather... interesting... realism rules.

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« Reply #3 on: 27 January 2011, 14:04:08 »
There were also a bunch of article in Games Master and the relaunch called Games Master International.
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Re: Gaming Magazines - A Guide to their Battletech Articles
« Reply #4 on: 27 January 2011, 14:13:46 »
A little credit would be nice.   >:/!

Here's the rest of what I've done.


Australian Realms  (General Gaming, Australia, 1992-1993)
Issue 6 - Article: Clan Wolf Tactics
Issue 10 - Review, Battletech 3rd Edition; Article: Urban 'Mechs; Designs: Cleaver & Ragnarok
Issue 20 -  Fiction: The Heart of War


   Battletechnology  (Battletech Exclusive, official, 1987-1992)
Issue 0101
Issue 0102
Issue 0201
Issue 0202
Issue 0203
Issue 0204
Issue 7 - 21
Special Issue: The Early Years
Special Issue: The Lost Issues
Binder: The War Years (Issues 1-12)
Binder: The Time of the Clans (Issues 13-21)


   Breakout (General Gaming, Australia, 1987-1991)
Issue 27 - Review: Battletech; Article: Build a Better 'Mech
Issue 28 - Article: Land Air 'Mechs
Issue 30 - Article: BattleMech Tactics; Review: Battleforce; Review: Battletech Update; Humor: Holly-Mechs
Issue 31 - Adventure: The Origins of Express
Issue 36 - Battletech Update
Issue 39 – Article: Battletech Update (1990 product review)
Issue 41 - Review: The Crescent Hawk's Revenge


   Challenge (General Gaming, 1987-1994)
Issue 30 - Article: Building the Perfect 'Mech
Issue 35 - TRO: Afterburner 'Mech
Issue 36 - Article: 'Mech Alternatives; TRO: Silhouette, Worker Bee & FreeFall APC hover/jump tanks
Issue 38 - Article: Direct Fire Artillery; Scenario: A Place in the Sun
Issue 39 - Scenario: Sky Eyes; Fiction and TO&E: The Waco Rangers- An In-Depth Look
Issue 44 - TRO: Cestus Heavy BattleMech
Issue 47 - Game Aid: The Psychology of MechWarriors
Issue 48 - Scenario: Wolftrap
Issue 51 - Game Aid: The Warriors' End
Issue 54 - Scenario: Ghosts in the Machine; TRO: Laumer tank & Achilles BattleMech
Issue 55 - Game Aid & Scenarios: Connor's World; TRO: Agni & Rudra Hovertanks
Issue 60 – Game Aid: It Takes All Kinds
Issue 61 - Scenario: Low Desert Kill; TRO: Yellow Jacket & Mosquito BattleMechs
Issue 67 - Game Aid: On the Cutting Edge
Issue 68 - Scenario: Fire on the Mountain
Issue 69 - Game Aid: Infantry and Field Weapons]
Issue 70 - TRO: Echidna, Porcupine, Tapir, Infantry Transport, Mule & Medusa tanks
Issue 71 - Article: Maxed Out!; Scenario: Ant Hill
Issue 73 - TRO: Pulse Leader, Pulsar & Ranger BattleMechs

      
   Comnet (Battletech Exclusive, official, Mechforce UK, 1990-199?)
Issues 1-46


   Dragon (General Gaming, 1986-1991)
Issue 114 - Preview: TRO 3026
Issue 131 - Review: Battletech 2nd Edition & MechWarrior RPG
Issue 144 - Scenario: The Battle For Headquarters Hill
Issue 161 - Game Aid: Battletech Campaign Rules, part 1
Issue 162 - Game Aid: Battletech Campaign Rules, part 2
Issue 163 - Game Aid Alternate Campaign Rules
Issue 166 - Game Aid: Tricks of the Trade
Issue 185 - Review: Solaris VII box set


   Far & Away (General Gaming, 1990)
Issue 1 - TRO: Nate BattleMech
Issue 2 - Game Aid: High Tech Battletech; Game Aid: Technicalities


   Future Wars (Battletech Focus, unofficial, 198?-1998)
Issues 1-41
Best of Future Wars   


   Games Master International (General Gaming, UK, 1990)
Issue 1 - Scenario: The Enemy WIthin
Issue 2 - Review: Battletroops
Issue 5 - Special Offer: Mechforce UK membership discount
Issue 13 - Fiction: A Guide to the Succession Wars
Issue 14 - Review: Rhonda's Irregulars

   
   Game News (General Gaming, 1985)
Issue 2 - Review: BattleDriods
Issue 3 - Scenario: The Sakara Skirmish; TRO: Spider BattleDroid
Issue 8 - Product Preview: Tales of the Black Widow


   Games Review (General Gaming, UK, 1988-1989)
Issue 1 - Article: Battletac: Tactics in Battletech
Issue 2 - Article: UltiMech
Issue 3 - Article: The Iron Wolves
Issue 4 - TRO Tyrant BattleMech
Issue 5 - TRO: Archon BattleMech
Issue 6 - TRO: Mamba BattleMech
Issue 8 - Review: The Crescent Hawk's Inception
Issue 9 - Article: Angels of Death


   Games Unplugged (General Gaming, 2002-2003)
Issue 23 - Article: Classic Battletech: You Bet Your Life; Article & Product Excerpt: Project Phoenix
Issue 26 - Fiction: A Corporate Primer (material cut from the CBT Companion)
Issue 27 - Article: Release schedule; Product Preview: TRO 3026R; Exclusive Hunchback variant art
Issue 28 - Fiction: The Ties That Bind; Product Preview: TRO 3026R; Exclusive Hatamoto variant art
 

   Life Support (Battletech Exclusive, MechForce Germany, 1993-1996
Issues 1-8

   Mars: Adventures in Miniature (Miniatures Gaming, 1997)
Issue 2 - Fiction & Scenario: The Tanks of Kowloon
Issue 3 - Scenario: Swords of Honor; Review: Battletech CCG
Issue 5 - Game Aid: MechWarrior Talents
       

   MECH (Battletech Exclusive, official, MechForce North America, 1990-1994 )
Issue 1- 14
Mech: Special Issue
Mech: Special Issue Retrofit


   Mecha Press (Mecha Games Speciality, 1992-1995)
Issue 1 - Review: Battletech; Game Aid: Mecha Designs and Modifications; TRO: Cavalier & Locust -2MP BattleMechs; Game Aid: Battles From the Training Field
Issue 3 - Review: Solaris VII; Preview: What's Cooking At FASA; TRO: Templar BattleMech
Issue 4 - Game Aid: AC and Missile Rules
Issue 7 - Review: Japanese Battletech
Issue 8 - TRO: Dugger BattleMech
Issue 9 - TRO: Ako aerospace fighter
Issue 10 - Game Aid: Shield Rules;  TRO: Watchman II BattleMech
Issue 11 - Interview: John Ferrari, sculptor of Horizon Mad Cat model; Fiction: Nashan's Arena; TRO: Pit Bull & Pit Fighter BattleMechs
Issue 13 - Review: Horizon Mad Cat model; Game Aid & TRO: Muscatech Hover-Tank 'Mech
Issue 14 - Fiction: Lost; TRO: Cannon BattleMech
Issue 15 - Article: Building the BZK-F3 Hollander; Game Aid: More Power; TRO: Prodigal Son BattleMech
Issue 16 - Article: Changing OmniMech Configurations; Game Aid: Muscatech 'Mech Rifles; TRO Griffin -1RV
Issue 17 - Review: Battletech History; Review Battletech Animated Series; Game Aid: Muscatech Shields; TRO: Horned Beetle BattleMech


   MechForce North America Quarterly (Battletech Exclusive, official, MechForce North America, 1995-2000)
Volume 1, Issues 1-4
Volume 2, Issues 1-4
Volume 3, Issues 1-4
Volume 4, Issues 1-4
Volume 5, Issues 1-3


   The Mech Factory/The Tech Factory (Battletech Focus, unofficial, 1993-1997)
The Mech Factory, Issues 1-3
The Tech Factory, Issues 4-13  (Name change after cease and desist order from FASA over use of the word Mech.)


   MechQuarterly (Battletech Exclusive, MechForce Germany, 1996-1997)
Issue 1-4


   Shadis (General Gaming, 1994)
Issue 12 - Adventure: Pirates of Eagle Talon III 
Issue 31 - Scenario:  Pirates on New Horizon


   Space Gamer (General Gaming, 1985-1989)
Issue 75 - Review: BattleDroids; Game Aid: BattleDroids Variants
Issue 78 - TRO: Flea BattleMech; Review: Battletech, Citytech, Aerotech, MechWarrior; Game Aid: On the House (House Rules)
Issue 79 - TRO: Cestus BattleMech (Official BattleDroid)
Issue 80 - Game Aid: Smoke Rules
Issue 83 - Game Aid: New Inborn Abilities for MechWarriors
Issue 85 - Game Aid: The MechWarrior Aliens (Note: I have it on good authority that the author of this article has been killed.)


   Stardate/Stardrive (Battletech Focus, official, 1984-1988) 
Stardate Issue 5/6 - Fiction: BattleDroids History
Stardate Volume 3, Numbers 1-6  (Heavy Battletech focus)
Stardrive Volume 1, Number 1  (Name change)






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Re: Gaming Magazines - A Guide to their Battletech Articles
« Reply #5 on: 27 January 2011, 14:56:07 »
A little credit would be nice.   >:/!

Here's the rest of what I've done.

All ya gotta do is speak up cause no one is trying to steal your thunder.   O0   It is clearly stated this was "reposted" from a previous thread with some additions.  Lets just chill and put away the weapons.   ;D

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Re: Gaming Magazines - A Guide to their Battletech Articles
« Reply #6 on: 27 January 2011, 15:00:51 »
Well, it's only partially mine.  I didn't spell out everything from Battletechnology or Stardate.I have no idea who did those.

I have all this info in my full product inventory, which I'll be reposting once I've made a few tweaks to the new spreadsheet format. 

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Re: Gaming Magazines - A Guide to their Battletech Articles
« Reply #7 on: 27 January 2011, 16:06:42 »
Well, it's only partially mine.  I didn't spell out everything from Battletechnology or Stardate.I have no idea who did those.

I have all this info in my full product inventory, which I'll be reposting once I've made a few tweaks to the new spreadsheet format. 

On the list I posted I did the Battletechnology, Stardate & Dragon Magazine. I seen the Challenge Magazine posted here and grabbed it, and the Mecha Press, Space Gamer & Games Review were emailed to me from a forum member (cant remember who with the old PM posts gone now). You have a lot I have not even see so we should conspire to compile a complete list!

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« Reply #8 on: 27 January 2011, 17:15:24 »
Well, I've posted everything I know of.  If you PM me an email I can send you the spreadsheet, which contains a lot of data like price, year and publishers.  Note that I have added one more to the Challenge, Issue 60.  There are a couple in the late 50's-60's that I haven't gotten my grubby paws on yet, so there may be more added in the future.  Everything before Issue 50 is certain, because 50 has a handy article index.  Since I got me a handy new scanner/printer/fax for Christmas, I've been debating scanning all the articles in, but I'm leery of legal problems. 

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Re: Gaming Magazines - A Guide to their Battletech Articles
« Reply #9 on: 27 January 2011, 17:46:41 »
Legal issues suck.  I realize we have to protect IP, and all... but...

Challenge magazine?  Published by a company that no longer exists?  Stuff like this should be ENCOURAGED to be scanned, for the archival value.

It's like the classic television shows like WKRP and Tour of Duty that can't be issued in their original format on DVD because the music companies won't license the original soundtracks for a reasonable amount of money.  Thus, these classics get hacked up before being delivered to the public.

For the purposes of historical archival, I really REALLY wish there was a change in our copyright law.
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Re: Gaming Magazines - A Guide to their Battletech Articles
« Reply #10 on: 28 January 2011, 07:11:11 »
I have a fanzine called Mektek that has a lot of Battletech stuff in it, but only one issue, so I don't know much else about it.
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Re: Gaming Magazines - A Guide to their Battletech Articles
« Reply #11 on: 28 January 2011, 07:20:27 »
wish we could get our hands on these articals to read,,,would be a great read.
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Re: Gaming Magazines - A Guide to their Battletech Articles
« Reply #12 on: 28 January 2011, 09:00:26 »
As I said, Pyramid Magazine had some articles, but I don't have any specifics on them available.

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Re: Gaming Magazines - A Guide to their Battletech Articles
« Reply #13 on: 28 January 2011, 18:57:26 »
Legal issues suck.  I realize we have to protect IP, and all... but...

Challenge magazine?  Published by a company that no longer exists?  Stuff like this should be ENCOURAGED to be scanned, for the archival value.
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For the purposes of historical archival, I really REALLY wish there was a change in our copyright law.
I think that's pretty much exactly what is covered under "Fair use" rationale so often invoked on Wikis.
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Re: Gaming Magazines - A Guide to their Battletech Articles
« Reply #14 on: 28 January 2011, 19:29:43 »
Maybe I'm blind but I'm not seeing it...

But wasnt it an issue of Stardate that had the original "Quirks" rules for mechs from the 3025 fluff ?
Thinks like the Javeling falling over & the Rifleman/Jagermech anti AA fire ?
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« Reply #15 on: 28 January 2011, 20:02:42 »
Dragon, Issue 144, I think. 

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« Reply #16 on: 30 January 2011, 11:38:19 »
Dragon, Issue 144, I think. 
Hmm, I think I have that one.
I might have to go break open the plastic storage tubs and look around.
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« Reply #17 on: 31 January 2011, 14:32:56 »

   Games Master International (General Gaming, UK, 1990)
Issue 1 - Scenario: The Enemy Within
Issue 2 - Review: Battletroops
Issue 5 - Special Offer: Mechforce UK membership discount
Issue 13 - Fiction: A Guide to the Succession Wars
Issue 14 - Review: Rhonda's Irregulars

I can't tell you the issues that the following articles appeared in for GMI, but here is a list of what I wrote for them:

Battletech 20 Year Update review
Battletech Tales of the Black Widow review
Battletech Compendium review
Battletech Rhonda's Irregulars review
Body & Soul scenario for the 4th Succession War
Battletech TRO 3050 review

I had a monthly Battletech orientated column called Tech Talk, 8 published before the magazine folded:
Tech Talk 1: Expanding the Role of Infantry & Battlemaster 85t (BLR-1CJ) variant stats.
Tech Talk 2: More Guns for Mechs
Tech Talk 3: There’s No Smoke Without Fire
Tech Talk 4: Mecha shows
Tech Talk 5: Mecha RPGs
Tech Talk 6: Brown Water Navies
Tech Talk 7: Fighting in Built up Areas
Tech Talk 8: Spotlight on Gunhed

Mektek Fanzine; four issues published and edited by me.

MekTek 1 (Winter 1987): Mechs at Large (editorial on Battletech in England), reviews (Robotech, the first two GDL books, and Sword and the Dagger), Thundering Guns (new weapons), Heavier Metal (house rules for quads, armless mechs and 100 to 200 ton mechs), Grunts'n Groan'n when Rock'n Roll'n (infantry house rules), Apocalypse Choppers (house rules helicopters).

MekTek 2 (Summer 1988): Mechs at Large (editorial on rules), reviews (anime - Transformers and Robotech shows and toys, manga - Dynamo Jo, Star Blazers, Xenon, Area 88, Mai Psychic Girl, books - Price of Glory, The Devil's Hand, games - Aerotech, TRO 3026, Succession Wars board game, magazines - Stardate V3 #2, Battletechnology issue 3), Encounter on Ice (scenario), Meka of Design (mech design commentary), Mektek trio (overview of Battledroids evolution into Battletech, Citytech and Aerotech with a comparison to the rules in the Compendium), MekTek LOCs (letter of comments pages).

MekTek Folding Stuff (Winter 1989): folded one page newsletter to explain why issue 3 was late, with an extended editorial.

MekTek 3 (Summer 1989): Mechs at Large (editorial on the relationship between rpgs, miniatures and boardgames), reviews (multi format VHS recorders, Japanese anime shows available in England, manga - Akira, Appleseed, Grey, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Cyber 7, Outlanders, Dirty Pair, LUM, Lone Wolf & Cub, Mecha, Star Blazers second mini series etc., games - Adeptus Titanicus), Saucer Story (cartoon), little Big Mechs (house rules for table top miniatures), MechForce (house rules converting BattleForce to represent individual mechs), PBM Campaign (house rules on how to set one up), MekTek LOCs (letter of comments pages).

MekTek 4: Autumn 1990. Mechs at Large (guest editorial by Bob Nichols on the 1998 Boston Northwest Regional Battletech Competition), reviews (anime - Fang of the Sun Dougram, SDF Macross, Crusher Jo, games - Robotech RPG, Panasonic NVL 28B dual format machine, manga - Cobra, Crying Freeman, 2001 Nights, Black Magic, Dominion, Lost Continent, A Plague of Angels etc.), Hover Mechs (construction house rules), A Question of Identity (Mechwarrior house rules),  Rule Variants (house rules for AAA, jump jet VTOLs, AP mgs, howitzers, HE ammo, AP ammo, indirect fire and starting fires), Mech Modelling (converting mech models and painting them), MekTek LOCs (letter of comments pages).
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Re: Gaming Magazines - A Guide to their Battletech Articles
« Reply #18 on: 04 February 2011, 10:05:12 »
This thread promted me to do something I'd been meaning to do for some time: A writeup on FanPro's German "Wunderwelten" magazine for the Sarna BTW, including a rundown of its BattleTech content:

Wunderwelten

By the way, I don't have Issues 6, 29 and 48 so anyone who owns them is welcome to add their content to the article.
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« Reply #19 on: 04 February 2011, 11:17:35 »
Scrye had some BattleTech fiction:

Giri, Part 1 Randall N. Bills (Scrye #84)
Giri, Part 2 Randall N. Bills (Scrye #85)
Giri, Part 3 Randall N. Bills (Scrye #86)
Another Day on the Firing Line Herb A. Beas (Scrye #88)
Running Fox, Part 1 Herb A. Beas (Scrye #89)
Running Fox, Part 2 Herb A. Beas (Scrye #90)
Running Fox, Part 3 Herb A. Beas (Scrye #91)
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Re: Gaming Magazines - A Guide to their Battletech Articles
« Reply #20 on: 06 February 2011, 08:01:40 »
There was also Future Wars which had a lot of fan created mech designs and fan stories.

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« Reply #21 on: 22 May 2014, 22:54:22 »
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« Reply #22 on: 22 May 2014, 23:56:41 »
When I fist got started in BT, I flipped through a magazine sitting on the hobby store shelves near the SB. It had a 1 page TRO like spread the Vulture's 3 different configurations. Does anyone know which magazine that is from?
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« Reply #23 on: 23 May 2014, 01:51:53 »
You know...those are a lot of very interesting 'Mech names and such.

I would love to get digital copies of those designs, with images if they had them.

HMP comes with 'Mechs from BattleTechnology, FutureWars, MechForceUK, and TechFactory.  There are a lot more there that I WOULD love to have.

There are so many that it would just be cool to play with for one offs just to see what they're like.  :)
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« Reply #24 on: 23 May 2014, 03:11:03 »
Jymset's LosTech Cache is good for a god few of them but sadly I think the project is dead since he started working for Catalyst. (dunno if it is because he works for Catalyst mind)

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« Reply #25 on: 23 May 2014, 05:26:18 »
It would be so great to get digital versions of these. Some are completely new to me.

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« Reply #26 on: 23 May 2014, 08:10:18 »
Hadn't read this thread in a while.  I had to laugh at.

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Issue 85 - Game Aid: The MechWarrior Aliens (Note: I have it on good authority that the author of this article has been killed.)

I wish we had magazine type thing that was supplimenting us least digitually. Nice keep us tied in, universe canon.  I liked the original Battletechnology magazines because it felt like it was current affairs.
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Re: Gaming Magazines - A Guide to their Battletech Articles
« Reply #27 on: 23 May 2014, 08:35:38 »
Hadn't read this thread in a while.  I had to laugh at.

I wish we had magazine type thing that was supplimenting us least digitually. Nice keep us tied in, universe canon.  I liked the original Battletechnology magazines because it felt like it was current affairs.

There was a lot of good stuff in them, but the relentless focus on mercs to the exclusion of all else......wore thin with me.

Seems also to me, that a lot of things in those magazines eventually transitioned into the rules at some point later.  For example
infantry with towed ACs, which I believe was in a Challenge issue.
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« Reply #28 on: 23 May 2014, 11:19:20 »
Hadn't read this thread in a while.  I had to laugh at.

Yeah, that was me being silly.  It's a dumb article that doesn't belong in Battletech and really adds nothing to the game.

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Re: Gaming Magazines - A Guide to their Battletech Articles
« Reply #29 on: 26 May 2014, 00:45:54 »
There was a magazine called anime squared from the mid 90 that had one artical about the knight sabers written for battletech at the time. They did not incude the mech sheets but did a basic over veiw on the writeup. I forget which issue it was. I will have to dig it out since I remember the artical well since I wrote the bloody thing.....

 

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