Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine

Picking up the battle-standard for BattleTech fiction, Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine continues the tradition of hard-hitting stories set in the war-torn interstellar future of the 31st century and beyond. Fire up your ‘Mech’s fusion reactor, secure your neurohelmet, and wade into battle with stories from the merciless front lines of the Clan invasion, conspiracy theory articles, game scenarios, and more–from veteran BattleTech authors, fan favorites, and some new recruits.

Originally funded by the BattleTech: Clan Invasion Kickstarter campaign, Shrapnel will be published on an ongoing basis several times per year.


Shrapnel #1 – June 2020

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Featuring stories and game content from:

Michael A. Stackpole • Blaine Lee Pardoe
Kevin Killiany • Craig A. Reed, Jr.
Chris Hussey • Jason Hansa
Lance Scarinci • Michael J. Ciaravella


Shrapnel #2 – September 2020

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Featuring stories and game content from veteran BattleTech authors, fan favorites, and our latest enlistees:

Michael A. Stackpole • Jason Schmetzer
Michael J. Ciaravella • Travis Heermann
Alan Brundage • James Simakas
John-David Karnitz • Aaron Cahall  
Matthew Cross • Daniel Isberner 
Alex Kaempen • Tom Stanley
Chris Wheeler

Download the record sheets for the Centurion CN10-B, CN10-J, and CN10-W as well as Aleksandr Hazen’s Gyrfalcon 5 here.


Shrapnel #3 – December 2020

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Featuring stories and game content from BattleTech veterans, fan favorites, and new authors:

Michael A. Stackpole • Loren L. Coleman • Blaine Lee Pardoe • Bryan Young • Bryn Bills • Charles Dalmas • Chris Hussey • Daniel Isberner • Alex Kaempen • Craig A. Reed, Jr. • Eric Salzman • Lance Scarinci • David Smith • Tom Stanley

Download the record sheet for the Thunder Stallion 4 here.


Shrapnel #4 – March 2021

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HEROES OF ALL STRIPES

Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine celebrates bravery in all its forms on the triumphant, BattleMech-dominated battlefields of 31st century and beyond! Witness the birth of a new mercenary command in the late Third Succession War, follow a combat medic tackling a precarious injury, learn the true meaning of loyalty during the FedCom Civil War, and track down pirates on a forgotten world in the Periphery. Then don your neurohelmet and push back against the enemy with technical readouts, ghost ship sightings, in-depth technology articles, unit digests, playable scenarios, and more—all from BattleTech veterans and a squad of new authors:

Jason Schmetzer • Harper Brand • Faith McClosky • Giles Gammage • Charles Gideon • David Razi • Marc Follin • James Lee • Aaron Cahall • Michael J. Ciaravella • Matthew Cross • Ken’ Horner • Craig A. Reed, Jr. • Eric Salzman • Joel Steverson • Stephen Toropov

Download the record sheet for two variants of the UM-R90 SuburbanMech here.


Shrapnel #5 – June 2021

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CONTINUING THE FIGHT…

Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine charges toward victory on the war-ravaged, BattleMech-dominated battlefields of 31st century! In these tales, a Republic of the Sphere operative undertakes a personal quest to track down a missing family member, a small, untested mercenary command faces off against vicious pirate raiders, an aging soldier strives to protect an idyllic village on a forgotten world, and Colonel Wayne Waco seeks to exact his revenge against the legendary commander of Wolf’s Dragoons. Configure your target-interlock circuits and hold the line with technical readouts, conspiracy theories, in-depth equipment and tactics articles, a planetary digest, and a glimpse into the future of the new ilClan era—all from BattleTech veterans and new authors:

Michael A. Stackpole • Tom Leveen
Lance Scarinci • Bryan Young
Matt Alexander • Craig A. Reed, Jr.
Paul Sjardijn • Aaron Cahall
Michael J. Ciaravella • Johannes Heidler
Chris Hussey • Daniel Isberner
Mike Miller • Eric Salzman
Joel Steverson

Download the record sheets for the Crusader CRD-9S, the Crusader CRD-10S, and the SM5 Field Commander Prime here.


Shrapnel #6 – September 2021

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FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE!

Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine surges onward, waging wars that will decide the fate of the BattleMech-dominated future of the 31st century and beyond! Follow a quest for quick cash that yields unusual Star League relics. Commiserate with an aging MechWarrior convinced he is cursed with the devil’s luck—which is about to run out. Listen to the tale of how mercenary commander Ace Darwin obtained his iconic ’Mech—but how much of his story is true? Within these pages, you will visit Terra after the dawn of the ilClan era, venture into the postwar period of the Aurigan Coalition, and travel to the far-flung worlds of the Scorpion Empire in the Deep Periphery. Then you will dive into the intrigue and vice of Solaris VII in the beginning of a new, four-part serial novel.

Choose your plan of attack with technical readouts, after-action reports, a deep dive into plasma technology, a treatise on covert-ops poisons, and a look at Free Worlds League politics, along with playable scenarios and more—all loaded into your autocannon by both BattleTech veterans and new voices from the Inner Sphere:

Blaine Lee Pardoe • Craig A. Reed, Jr.
E. Clark Avery • Jason Schmetzer
James Bixby • M. W. Hayden
Mark Hill • Daniel Isberner
Alexander J. Roth • Ken’ Horner
James Kirtley • Wunji Lau
Eric Salzman • Joel Steverson
Stephen Toropov

Download the record sheet for the Victor C here.


Shrapnel #7 – December 2021

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Never Surrender!

Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine brings you more heavy-hitting action and heroism in the war-torn BattleMech-dominated future of the 31st century and beyond!

A young Periphery volunteer struggles against marauding pirates who have long overstayed their welcome. A small-but-growing mercenary unit faces off against a formidable foe capable of destroying their dreams. A Star League MechWarrior wrestles with an exciting career opportunity on the eve of the war that will change the face of the Inner Sphere forever. Experience the costly Jade Falcon assault on Arc-Royal, return to an idyllic paradise haunted by a specter of the past, and follow a Clan Wolf bondsman’s quest to reunite with his son. Then lurk in the shadows with more cloak-and-dagger plots in the continuation of the four-part serial novel set on the game world of Solaris VII.

Arm yourself with technical readouts, playable scenarios, an in-depth look at the weaponization of gift giving in the Draconis Combine, a glimpse into Clan Sea Fox’s customer service, an article on the importance of battlefield salvage, and more—all from elite BattleTech authors and recruits who have earned their stripes:

Craig A. Reed, Jr. • Tom Leveen
Bryan Young • Julian Michael Carver
E. Stephenson Auerbach • Charles Gideon
J. D. Neal • Curtis O. Thompson
Aaron Cahall • Étienne Charron-Willard
Matthew Cross • Jim Hauser
Wunji Lau • Eric Salzman
Paul Sjardijn • Tom Stanley
Joel Steverson • Chris Wheeler

Download the record sheets for the Hatchetman variants presented in this issue of Shrapnel here.


Shrapnel #8 – March 2022

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STAY FROSTY!

Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine delivers tales of tragedy and triumph amid the struggles of BattleMechs on the battlefields of the 31st century and beyond! A spurned Solaris gladiator enacts a unique brand of payback. A Federated Suns mission to take down the infamous “Lady Death” Trevaline runs afoul of pirate ingenuity. A ex-mercenary on Outreach must risk everything during the Fourth Succession War to protect those who cannot protect themselves. In this issue, you’ll venture into the jungles and avoid native predators while racing to recover lost Star League-era data; discover the truth lurking behind a seemingly unbeatable Word of Blake ’Mech; and fight to preserve a MechWarrior’s right to crack open a cold, frosty beverage after the battle is done. Then return to the shadows and danger of the Game World with the penultimate part of our Solaris VII serial.

Keep cool under fire with technical readouts, a playable campaign, glimpses at the Malthus Confederation and Canopian pleasure circuses, a guide for new citizens of the Federated Suns, a report on dangerous alien plant life, and much more—all from BattleTech veterans and a few new faces:

Craig A. Reed, Jr. • Jason Hansa
James Bixby • Eric Salzman
Douglas Carruthers • Jeremy Ciccone
Keith R. A. DeCandido • Daniel Isberner
John-David Karnitz • Joshua Franklin
Johannes Heidler • Ken’ Horner
Wunji Lau • Mike Miller
Tom Stanley • Joel Steverson
Stephen Toropov

Download the record sheets for the Gladiator variants and Gray Death Scout armor presented in this issue of Shrapnel here.