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Author Topic: Field Manual: Periphery - FASA #1726, FanPro #10982, or both?  (Read 2851 times)

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I'm having a curious problem with Field Manual: Periphery:

My copy is titled "Classic BattleTech Field Manual Periphery, and is FanPro #10982.
However, the product list on Sarna as well as another, older product list I pulled from the internet once upon a time list it as FASA #1726.

I surmise that this was a book largely completed as a FASA project when FASA closed its doors, and the project was seamlessly taken over by FanPro (FanPro US being practically FASA with a new nameplate as far as the author and developer pool goes).

But was there ever a version of the book published under FASA's aegis, and the re-published by FanPro? Or was it only ever published by FanPro?

(Another, better known example is the MechWarrior 3rd Edition RPG which FanPro had to rename Classic BattleTech RPG for their reprints.)
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Re: Field Manual: Periphery - FASA #1726, FanPro #10982, or both?
« Reply #1 on: 02 October 2017, 03:24:07 »
Field Manual: Periphery (1726) was published in 2001 by FASA.

It was reprinted in 2003 as FanPro 10982. My guess is that was because the FASA print run was small.

And that's why some covers say BattleTech Field Manual while others say Classic BattleTech Field Manual.




(To clarify: Small because it was the last book FASA published so they didn't dump a lot of money into getting it out.)
« Last Edit: 02 October 2017, 03:39:00 by roosterboy »

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Re: Field Manual: Periphery - FASA #1726, FanPro #10982, or both?
« Reply #2 on: 02 October 2017, 07:34:15 »
Thanks for the confirmation.
Can someone provide a scan of the FASA cover so that I may update Sarna with it?
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Re: Field Manual: Periphery - FASA #1726, FanPro #10982, or both?
« Reply #3 on: 16 March 2020, 21:08:48 »
sorry for the damage, it's been around the world: literally! :-)
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Re: Field Manual: Periphery - FASA #1726, FanPro #10982, or both?
« Reply #4 on: 17 March 2020, 00:44:21 »
Thanks!  :)
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Re: Field Manual: Periphery - FASA #1726, FanPro #10982, or both?
« Reply #5 on: 17 March 2020, 03:07:15 »
I'm having a curious problem with Field Manual: Periphery:

My copy is titled "Classic BattleTech Field Manual Periphery, and is FanPro #10982.
However, the product list on Sarna as well as another, older product list I pulled from the internet once upon a time list it as FASA #1726.

I surmise that this was a book largely completed as a FASA project when FASA closed its doors, and the project was seamlessly taken over by FanPro (FanPro US being practically FASA with a new nameplate as far as the author and developer pool goes).

But was there ever a version of the book published under FASA's aegis, and the re-published by FanPro? Or was it only ever published by FanPro?

(Another, better known example is the MechWarrior 3rd Edition RPG which FanPro had to rename Classic BattleTech RPG for their reprints.)

Of note, FASA's "Field Manual: Periphery" was nearly impossible to order from online retailers because it mistakenly had the same ISBN# as MechWarrior's Guide to The Clans.  I tried ordering from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but each time, without fail, they delivered copies of the MechWarrior's Guide, since they were using the ISBN# to identify the product to be shipped.
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Re: Field Manual: Periphery - FASA #1726, FanPro #10982, or both?
« Reply #6 on: 17 March 2020, 08:18:58 »
Now that's an interesting tidbit of info. Will put it into the Sarna article later today (unless someone else does it first).
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Re: Field Manual: Periphery - FASA #1726, FanPro #10982, or both?
« Reply #7 on: 18 March 2020, 06:17:29 »
Ok, final question: Are there any known differences between the FASA and FanPro editions beyond the cover? Did FanPro incorporate any changes, errata or updates when they reprinted the book or is the content virtually identical?
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Re: Field Manual: Periphery - FASA #1726, FanPro #10982, or both?
« Reply #8 on: 26 March 2020, 21:24:21 »
I don't have a copy of the '03 version, sorry.  Can't answer that one. :-/
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Speaking of the Periphery... here's an interesting piece of Periphery History

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Re: Field Manual: Periphery - FASA #1726, FanPro #10982, or both?
« Reply #10 on: 07 April 2021, 21:35:59 »
Speaking of the Periphery... here's an interesting piece of Periphery History
Very interest take on what could be
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Re: Field Manual: Periphery - FASA #1726, FanPro #10982, or both?
« Reply #11 on: 11 April 2021, 09:30:42 »
Interesting to see the 'Ballpeen Hammer' of MNFA-fame get almost-canonized. It was always a personal favorite.

Thanks for releasing that original draft, Mr. Hussey. I quite enjoyed my initial skim.
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Re: Field Manual: Periphery - FASA #1726, FanPro #10982, or both?
« Reply #12 on: 11 April 2021, 11:48:47 »
Ok, final question: Are there any known differences between the FASA and FanPro editions beyond the cover? Did FanPro incorporate any changes, errata or updates when they reprinted the book or is the content virtually identical?

My recollection is that it’s more like MW 3rd Ed —> BT:RPG than FM: Mercs revised or 3057r. I’ll do a quick pass when I get a few minutes

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Re: Field Manual: Periphery - FASA #1726, FanPro #10982, or both?
« Reply #13 on: 14 April 2021, 11:05:36 »
Interesting to see the 'Ballpeen Hammer' of MNFA-fame get almost-canonized. It was always a personal favorite.

Thanks for releasing that original draft, Mr. Hussey. I quite enjoyed my initial skim.

Hey, thank you! I don't get back here very often (aka "Hardly at All") but seeing as how I penned a few stories of late, thought I should poke my head in here to see people dumping AC20 rounds on my writing.  ;D

Glad you are enjoying it! Or what could have been.

And yeah, I loved the Ballpeen, and the other "fake" designs

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Re: Field Manual: Periphery - FASA #1726, FanPro #10982, or both?
« Reply #14 on: 16 April 2021, 23:06:43 »
You are quite welcome. The draft is arguably what I thought it would be when I opened the book that was released. I don't quite remember the other mimics but still think of the Mallet/Ballpeen to this day. But, given the current RecGuide trend of maintaining player's miniature collections from 3025 to 3150 as viable playing fodder, the mimics just expand the utility of a given miniature.

In other words, revise them and submit them to Shrapnel.
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