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Off Topic / Re: The Mandalorian Discussion Thread
« Last post by elf25s on Today at 09:24:20 »
had a fun argument with my friend who was visiting for 2 weeks over time line of when the show takes place we know that it takes place after death star II hoes boom but how long after? 5 or 10 years?
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I haven't seen any particular trigger seems random
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the Combine simply isn't Julian's enemy in any real sense; he's fighting them because it's necessary, but they're not his narratively-primary enemy.


The Capellans are. They're the ones who've had all the narrative emphasis placed on them, they're the ones Julian's mainly been fighting, they're the ones who laid waste to Julian's home and murdered his mother [in every sense except genetics]. Trying to ignore or downplay this is really injurious to the setting, and to Julian as a character.
I feel like the whole genocidal bent the Combine had going on New Avalon was supposed to make it so the Combine was the enemy now instead of the CapCon, but they kind of glossed over it in this book
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General BattleTech Discussion / Re: Implants and piloting mechs
« Last post by cray on Today at 08:51:51 »
Justin Allard also lost a hand and assumed he was never going to pilot a 'Mech again (Warrior: Coupe). Being given a pretty gimpy replacement hand by Hanse Davion's best-of-the-best doctors kicked off Justin's whole, "I'm going to weasel into Liao and be a superspy by acting disgruntled with Davion" story arc.

One thing that always surprised me (even in the 1980s) about Justin's hand was that, by that time, MechWarrior 1st edition had rules for assorted replacement limbs up through Type V and Justin's seemed like a barely functional type II or III. What NAIS doctors got involved I was expecting to see a flawless myomer replacement. They were rare at the time but they were available and the storyline seemed to ignore that.

Now there's the George Hasek case, which seems to ignore the widespread use of prosthetics among Clan warriors and lack of piloting/gunnery penalties from Type V limbs.

But I guess the Justin Allard story line made the idea of "lose a limb, never pilot a 'Mech" popular among some authors.
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Interestingly, I feel quite the other way around, I really like the direction the FedSuns are going (I had read Damocles Sanction before so there weren't many surprises, obviously), I honestly think the Julian-Erik conflict is something we've never had in BT before, an inter-faction power struggle were neither faction is "wrong" or "right", "good" or "evil", it feels very organic and believable to me and I really want to know where this is going.


That's not really what I have a problem with - although Erik's relentlessly trying to edit history gets annoying really fast; yeah, Erik, Julian wasn't there. Maybe you ought to remember just who it was that convinced Caleb to send the First Guards to aid the Lyrans in the first place, mate. Because, Erik, the thing about sending someone to a place far enough away they can't influence things? If it turns out you need them, they aren't there.


What I do have a problem with is that there seems to be no FS victory in any recent material that isn't borderline pyrrhic; and the attempts to ignore or downplay the massive accounts that the FS in general, and Julian, specifically, have to settle with the Capellans. It's a fundamental flaw in the narrative at the moment that, for all the harm they have done to the Suns, the Combine simply isn't Julian's enemy in any real sense; he's fighting them because it's necessary, but they're not his narratively-primary enemy.


The Capellans are. They're the ones who've had all the narrative emphasis placed on them, they're the ones Julian's mainly been fighting, they're the ones who laid waste to Julian's home and murdered his mother [in every sense except genetics]. Trying to ignore or downplay this is really injurious to the setting, and to Julian as a character.
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BattleTech Game Errata / Re: Dominions Divided
« Last post by Tumult and Travail on Today at 08:41:01 »
p. 2, Table of Contents - Personalities

Problem: Atsushi's name is misspelled "Matsushi Jones"

Solution: Change to "Atsushi Jones"
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Novel and Sourcebook Reviews / Lethal Lessons - talk to the writer
« Last post by DarkISI on Today at 08:34:22 »
I am open to discuss things, if you want to :)
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I honestly don't get the problem people have with the FedSuns not getting a flawless victory and everything being amazing and smelling of roses afterwards. Conflicts are what creates interesting plot. With the FedSuns at the brink of collapse, there was really no space for any story but "Feddies fighting for survival" because nothing else really mattered. Now they are back and there finally is space for other stories again, and I feel like DD/Damocles Sanction do a great job at setting up plenty of interesting story hooks for the future of the FedSuns, much more interesting than if it had just been "Julian wins lol"
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The Inner Sphere / Re: Most "traveled" Merc units?
« Last post by Metallgewitter on Today at 08:05:41 »
The Eridani Light Horse comes to mind (though I think they never served House Liao)
Not sure about the Grave Walkers or Grim Detzermination but those are old ones. Grim Determination also served Amaris under another name (Warriors of Dawn i think)
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That's my issue with this whole ilclan era. The current writers seems to be really focused on erasing the work Ben Home, Herb Beas and others laid down in the past. Major plot points read as they were written out of spite of previous writers.

Let's see for how long they can keep this version of the story before CGL pulls the rug of the lead line developers again

Strongly disagree with the assessment it is done out of spite. Based on some comments on old plans on Discord and elsewhere, there are variety extremely good changes. Necessary changes, as the original plan was heavily based on an idea of a time jump to 3250.
For one thing, the original plan would've turned RotS into Clan Wolf puppets. Now, i think the way RotS died off is terrible as i am a RotS fan, but i do rather have a faction i like die than merge with something i strongly dislike (as happened with Rasalhague), as it is my objection is mostly that the death was inglorious. (And hopefully the devs and writers do something intersting [ie not just "more mercs] with the large amount of missing RotS remnants but that's another topic.)


and it gets a bit tiresome, if the FedSuns literally can't have a unambigious victory when they retake New Avalon...
when? the 4th sucession war was in 1989...
No one should have unambiguous victories among peer states in BT.
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