History TabletopGame / BattleTech

21st May '17 11:31:19 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* SocialDarwinist (The Clans: see DesignerBabies. Ironically, ''real'' Darwinism bit them on the ass when they tried to retake the Inner Sphere. While the Clans had spent the last couple centuries honing their skills in ritualized honor-bound combat, the Inner Sphere had been fighting wars practically nonstop.)

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* SocialDarwinist (The SocialDarwinist: The Clans: see DesignerBabies. Ironically, ''real'' Darwinism bit them on the ass when they tried to retake the Inner Sphere. While the Clans had spent the last couple centuries honing their skills in ritualized honor-bound combat, the Inner Sphere had been fighting wars practically nonstop.)



* TakeThat: Ladies and Gentlemen, we present to you, the [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Enterprise_%28WarShip%29 Super Carrier]]''[[Franchise/StarTrek Enterprise]]''. Which also doubles as a "Take that" against projects in real life also becoming ruined by people tacking on more and more requirements to get what they want as well out of a new vehicle design.

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* TakeThat: Ladies and Gentlemen, we present to you, the [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Enterprise_%28WarShip%29 Super Carrier]]''[[Franchise/StarTrek Carrier]]'' [[Franchise/StarTrek Enterprise]]''. Which also doubles as a "Take that" against projects in real life also becoming ruined by people tacking on more and more requirements to get what they want as well out of a new vehicle design. When the ship had her first sail after almost five years of development the engineers wondered why the massive abomination couldn't haul herself out of the dock and why her thrusters failed to work in conjunction together. The ''Enterprise'' had to be tugged out of the dock in front of the entire Navy and was quickly abandoned soon after.
14th May '17 2:33:09 PM BadgerBadger
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*** During the Clan invasion, a mortally wounded FRR aerospace pilot named Tyra Miraborg disabled the thrust safeties on her 65-ton fighter and flew head-on into the bridge of the Clan flagship. Not only did this cripple the WarShip her squadron otherwise couldn't scratch, it ejected the commander of the overall invasion into space and brought the Clan advance to a screeching halt. The ''Clans'' were highly impressed by this, with even the victimized Clan deciding to rename a new class of assault craft in her honor.

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*** During the Clan invasion, a mortally wounded FRR aerospace pilot named Tyra Miraborg disabled the thrust safeties on her 65-ton fighter and flew head-on into the bridge of the Clan flagship. Not only did this cripple the WarShip warship her squadron otherwise couldn't scratch, it ejected the commander of the overall invasion into space and brought the Clan advance to a screeching halt. The ''Clans'' were highly impressed by this, with even the victimized Clan deciding to rename a new class of assault craft in her honor.
14th May '17 2:30:50 PM BadgerBadger
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*** During the Clan invasion, a mortally wounded FRR aerospace pilot named Tyra Miraborg disabled the thrust safeties on her 65-ton fighter and flew head-on into the bridge of the Clan flagship. Not only did this cripple the WarShip her squadron otherwise couldn't scratch, it ejected the commander of the overall invasion into space and brought the Clan advance to a screeching halt. The ''Clans'' were highly impressed by this, with even the victimized Clan deciding to rename a new class of assault craft in her honor.
9th May '17 12:44:02 PM GalahadPC
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** ''Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex'' features the popular Buster and Powerman industrialmechs. The Buster is the product of the Bluth Corporation, which was eventually decimated when its founder, [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment George Bluth, was indicted on multiple counts of treason, embezzlement, and theft]]. The Powerman was created by its chief rival, Sitwell Corporation.
8th May '17 3:53:42 PM WillKeaton
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* AbsentAliens: Humanity has spread across the galaxy, and there are no other sentient species out there. Subverted in that there ''are'' alien creatures living on other planets, but they're all more or less the equivalent of wild animals, and humans interact with them as such.

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* AbsentAliens: Humanity has spread across the galaxy, and there are no other sentient sapient species out there. Subverted in that there ''are'' alien creatures living on other planets, but they're all more or less the equivalent of wild animals, and humans interact with them as such.
4th May '17 8:49:15 PM Saber15
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** The game was originally called ''Battledroids'', but [[Creator/GeorgeLucas someone else]] [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope owns that word]].
** The early setting had a ''much'' more ScavengerWorld feel to it, with battlemechs being literally irreplaceable. This was toned down later on via one of the few actual {{Ret Con}}s for both storytelling and profit reasons; can't sell new expansion packs if nobody is making new mechs!
** The very first edition shipped with several alternate rule types not seen in later editions. "Expert" rules formed the basis for the game today. "Advanced" rules removed physical attacks, piloting checks, falling damage, and aimed shots. "Basic" rules completely altered the game with very simplistic rules; all your weapons would be fired at once and would either all hit or miss, and would not expend ammo or generate heat. Mechs were simplified to a single hitbox without SubsystemDamage, and [[CriticalExistenceFailure depleting these hitpoints would destroy it]].
3rd May '17 7:33:56 PM direguy
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** The cover for The Periphery Sourcebook looks similar to the scene of Luke camped on the planet [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Dagobah]].
29th Apr '17 5:42:36 PM omega05
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** The novel ''Wolves on the Border'' features a Clan ritual conducted by members of Wolf's Dragoons.
29th Apr '17 5:37:49 PM omega05
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* CanonWelding: Michael A. Stackpole has revealed in a 2002 German interview that Wolf's Dragoons became an advance recon force for the Clans while the writers were planning out the Clan Invasion. Specifically, during a convention in 1988, Stackpole and Battletech co-creator Jordan Weisman were speculating about Natasha Kerensky's connection with Alexandr Kerensky when Stackpole noted the coincidence of Wolf's Dragoons and one of their planned Clans sharing a name. Since the Dragoons already had a mysterious past, the writers were able to cleanly connect them to the Clans.

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* CanonWelding: Michael A. Stackpole has revealed in a 2002 German interview that Wolf's Dragoons unintentionally became an advance recon force for the Clans while the writers were planning out the Clan Invasion. Specifically, during a convention in 1988, Stackpole and Battletech co-creator Jordan Weisman were speculating about Natasha Kerensky's connection with Alexandr Kerensky when Stackpole noted the coincidence of Wolf's Dragoons and one of their planned Clans sharing a name. Since the Dragoons already had a mysterious past, the writers were able to cleanly connect them to the Clans.
29th Apr '17 5:36:34 PM omega05
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* CanonWelding: Michael A. Stackpole has revealed in a 2002 German interview that Wolf's Dragoons became an advance recon force for the Clans while the writers were planning out the Clan Invasion. Specifically, during a convention in 1988, Stackpole and Battletech co-creator Jordan Weisman were speculating about Natasha Kerensky's connection with Alexandr Kerensky when Stackpole noted the coincidence of Wolf's Dragoons and one of their planned Clans sharing a name. Since the Dragoons already had a mysterious past, the writers were able to cleanly connect them to the Clans.
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