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Re: Upcoming Releases Volume XIII: Unlucky Release Edition
« Reply #420 on: 02 August 2018, 17:29:58 »
They don't mean the post-3050 book with the wizards on the cover. There is a persistent urban myth that there was a Comstar sourcebook printed back in the days of the black-cover House sourcebooks. Evidently it was at least outlined and announced, and there is a missing product number that would've been around the right time period, but it was never actually finished until several years later. Still, people love their conspiracy theories, no matter how ridiculous, and at least one person swears to have seen it...thirty-plus years ago.

Which is funny because I have the wizards book and distinctly recall a *lot* of the conspiracies and plot hooks that eventually found their way into the Word going ape-doody in the Jihad.
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Re: Upcoming Releases Volume XIII: Unlucky Release Edition
« Reply #421 on: 02 August 2018, 17:35:21 »
you're probably right. it's feasible with a few cuts. It would be bigger than 3050U at well over 250 pages as-is

TRO: Succession Wars - 92 Mechs

TRO: 3050U - difficult to count because I'm not sure how many upgrades they'd do from the previous volume. Definitely 16 Clan omnis

Figure the Unseen that didn't make the cut into TRO: SW, plus any new machines. Call it...20 IS?

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TRO: 3055U - 38 IS, 4 Clan Omnis. Questionable whether the 3 IS (Nexus, Raijin, Grand Crusader), 10 Clan phoenix, or 25 Solaris VII mechs would be included

I'd say hard "no" on the Solaris machines, since they require Tactical Operations. Yes to the nuSeen ComStar and Clan Second-Line

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TRO: 3058U - 19 IS, 18 Clan (not counting the SL mechs. Most are in TRO: SW save the Cestus)

Include the Cestus. 20 IS, 18 Clan total.

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TRO: 3060 -  30 IS, 26 Clan

I'd say save this for TRO: Civil War. Yes, many of these designs debuted around the time of the Great Refusal, but you're seriously pushing page count and risk making new players' eyes gloss over.

So, my total is 129 machines. That's a LOT. If we cut out the 3058U 'Mechs, we're at 91, which is right about TRO: SW. Perhaps don't sweat the exact delineations between eras and put all the 'Mechs from 3058U, 3060, and 3067 in TRO: Civil War. This would make a further theoretical TRO: Jihad* be 3075, 3085, and some of Prototypes, and TRO: Republic be the rest of Prototypes, 3145, and 3150.

Move the vehicles, fighters, and space craft to online supplementary volumes. This keeps the in-store focus on the giant stompy robots, but for those who want more, they can still get everything.

* And maaaaaaybe consider another name for this volume.
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Re: Upcoming Releases Volume XIII: Unlucky Release Edition
« Reply #423 on: 02 August 2018, 18:05:59 »
Still, people love their conspiracy theories, no matter how ridiculous, and at least one person swears to have seen it...thirty-plus years ago.
Ah yes, the FASA 1628 conspiracy.  Not to be confused with the VASA 1628 incident, when the Swedes found out they can't battleship.

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« Reply #424 on: 02 August 2018, 18:08:14 »
Ah yes, the FASA 1628 conspiracy.  Not to be confused with the VASA 1628 incident, when the Swedes found out they can't battleship.

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Re: Upcoming Releases Volume XIII: Unlucky Release Edition
« Reply #425 on: 02 August 2018, 18:33:43 »
Annoying news: I forgot my mic at home, so any video I take at the what’s up event tonight will be with the mic in my phone...which is not so great. I’ll still try in case there is no official video, but it may be worse than usual this year. I’ll take notes though!

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Re: Upcoming Releases Volume XIII: Unlucky Release Edition
« Reply #426 on: 02 August 2018, 18:35:50 »
Annoying news: I forgot my mic at home, so any video I take at the what’s up event tonight will be with the mic in my phone...which is not so great. I’ll still try in case there is no official video, but it may be worse than usual this year. I’ll take notes though!
Just get very close.... very.... close....  ;)
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Re: Upcoming Releases Volume XIII: Unlucky Release Edition
« Reply #427 on: 02 August 2018, 18:53:18 »
Just get very close.... very.... close....  ;)

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Re: Upcoming Releases Volume XIII: Unlucky Release Edition
« Reply #428 on: 02 August 2018, 18:58:27 »
Ah yes, the FASA 1628 conspiracy.  Not to be confused with the VASA 1628 incident, when the Swedes found out they can't battleship.

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Re: Upcoming Releases Volume XIII: Unlucky Release Edition
« Reply #429 on: 02 August 2018, 19:23:56 »
The question, then, is whose lap do I sit in! Ray seems snuggly, but I don’t think he is here yet. Brent maybe?

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Re: Upcoming Releases Volume XIII: Unlucky Release Edition
« Reply #430 on: 02 August 2018, 19:29:22 »
Ah yes, the FASA 1628 conspiracy.  Not to be confused with the VASA 1628 incident, when the Swedes found out they can't battleship.
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Re: Upcoming Releases Volume XIII: Unlucky Release Edition
« Reply #431 on: 02 August 2018, 19:51:49 »
We'll be going live in 15 minutes at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 pm Central with the "What's Up with BattleTech, Shadowrun, and Dragonfire?" panel from #GenCon 2018 over on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/CatalystGameLabs/

Please forgive any problems with the feed, this came together fast, and its all experimental.
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Re: Upcoming Releases Volume XIII: Unlucky Release Edition
« Reply #432 on: 02 August 2018, 20:01:09 »
Reportedly there were people in line that bought as many as they could, talking out loud about how much money they'll make reselling with huge markups on ebay.
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Re: Upcoming Releases Volume XIII: Unlucky Release Edition
« Reply #433 on: 02 August 2018, 20:11:19 »
We'll be going live in 15 minutes at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 pm Central with the "What's Up with BattleTech, Shadowrun, and Dragonfire?" panel from #GenCon 2018 over on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/CatalystGameLabs/

Please forgive any problems with the feed, this came together fast, and its all experimental.

Too late for this year, but an urgent request for future cons:

NOT. FACEBOOK.
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Re: Upcoming Releases Volume XIII: Unlucky Release Edition
« Reply #435 on: 02 August 2018, 20:12:48 »
Too late for this year, but an urgent request for future cons:

NOT. FACEBOOK.

This came together 30 min before it happened. Best I could do from 900 miles away. Would have preferred YT Live but didnt have the platform set up.
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« Reply #436 on: 02 August 2018, 20:17:00 »
Too late for this year, but an urgent request for future cons:

NOT. FACEBOOK.

Seconded. I don't have any serious hate for social media, but...ugh, Facebook video.
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Re: Upcoming Releases Volume XIII: Unlucky Release Edition
« Reply #437 on: 02 August 2018, 20:19:49 »
Looks like they have a lot of the lance packs at the con . are they producing them again?

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« Reply #438 on: 02 August 2018, 20:27:35 »
Seconded. I don't have any serious hate for social media, but...ugh, Facebook video.

Guys. I hear you. This came together entirely by volunteer effort 30 minutes before we started, with Bosefius working his butt off in the room, and me piloting from 900 miles away and juggling a six-week-old.

Learning experience. Gotta start somewhere.

I'm told others are recording it with the intent of uploading to YT. If so, I will be sure to share that link as well. My HOPE is that we will have better platforms in place for next year.
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Re: Upcoming Releases Volume XIII: Unlucky Release Edition
« Reply #439 on: 02 August 2018, 20:46:44 »
Bosefius you're awesome! :D
Cubby you are also awesome.

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Re: Upcoming Releases Volume XIII: Unlucky Release Edition
« Reply #440 on: 02 August 2018, 21:01:34 »
I missed the first 20 minutes but it seems like the biggest takeaway for the BattleTech side of the house is they're aiming for ilClan for next Gen Con.

Did they say anything about maintaining or increasing support for Alpha Strike in the first third that I missed?

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« Reply #441 on: 02 August 2018, 21:11:16 »
Cubby's been good at talking about stuff and is talking about some PDF stuff coming out. So we'll see.
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« Reply #442 on: 02 August 2018, 21:18:34 »
I missed the first 20 minutes but it seems like the biggest takeaway for the BattleTech side of the house is they're aiming for ilClan for next Gen Con.

Did they say anything about maintaining or increasing support for Alpha Strike in the first third that I missed?
I don't recall anything being mentioned about Alpha Strike.

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Re: Upcoming Releases Volume XIII: Unlucky Release Edition
« Reply #443 on: 02 August 2018, 21:25:04 »
Glad to here the starters sold out; that makes me happy :)

So when are we getting the succession wars expansion with Marauder/archer etc ;)

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« Reply #444 on: 02 August 2018, 21:31:46 »
Is irregulartech dead?

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« Reply #445 on: 02 August 2018, 21:34:49 »
They asked the audience if it was felt the PDF-only products were wanted. The reaction seemed to be a yes as that allows for more risky or out there ideas.

Brent also confirmed what was my impression: that the line needed to be broken down and rebuilt. My guess is that a lot of projects may not have been cancelled, but put on indefinite hold in order to reorganize the IP.

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« Reply #446 on: 02 August 2018, 22:42:50 »
He wasn’t talking about the PDFs.
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« Reply #447 on: 02 August 2018, 22:51:57 »
Guys. I hear you. This came together entirely by volunteer effort 30 minutes before we started, with Bosefius working his butt off in the room, and me piloting from 900 miles away and juggling a six-week-old.

Learning experience. Gotta start somewhere.

I'm told others are recording it with the intent of uploading to YT. If so, I will be sure to share that link as well. My HOPE is that we will have better platforms in place for next year.

Thank you for listening, and sorry for being grumpy.

He wasn’t talking about the PDFs.

*nods* I don't know if I agree, but I am not privy to what's going on behind the scenes, and it does seem like the new boxed products are being received well.
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Re: Upcoming Releases Volume XIII: Unlucky Release Edition
« Reply #448 on: 02 August 2018, 22:56:41 »
Thank you for listening, and sorry for being grumpy.

Nah, you're fine. It was a hectic few minutes, but I think the concept turned out okay. Technique can always be refined and we can ensure better platforms are in place next year, but I'm chalking this up as a success.
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« Reply #449 on: 02 August 2018, 23:10:55 »
Also, before I forget, a huge, HUGE thank you to Bosefius for making this happen on the ground.

I don’t want to represent this as if I did much more than arrange access and do a quick walkthrough of the interface—he was the one who got it done despite a LONG day of work with the Demo Team, and I truly appreciate his hard work.

Get some rest out there, buddy—you earned it.
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