History TabletopGame / Battletech

21st Sep '17 12:14:41 PM ScrewySqrl
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Unfortunately, the redesigns might not have been distinct enough. In March 2017, Harmony Gold filed a complaint against Catalyst, as well as Piranha Games and Harebrained Schemes (makers of current BattleTech computer games, using original artwork adapted from the tabletop game) for infringement. Catalyst failed to defend itself at all, causing a judge to rule in Harmony Gold's favor by default, with strange results so far - the miniatures based on Macross Unseen vanished once again, but books containing their artwork are still available for purchase. Complaints against Piranha and Harebrained are more curious, as filed documents are claiming that the models being used by both companies too closely resemble Macross robots, despite being plainly based on other sources entirely (cited examples include the ''Atlas,'' based on an original [=BattleTech=] design, and the ''Shadow Hawk,'' inspired by a ''completely different anime franchise''). A jury trial is set for September 2018, but given the questionable nature of these accusations, doubts about whether Harmony Gold can even lay claim to Macross images to begin with, and the rapid dismissal of a similar case against Hasbro a few years earlier, it's unlikely to get that far. A more probable result is either the removal of a half-dozen Macross-inspired mechs from the computer games, or outright dismissal, but this remains to be seen.

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Unfortunately, the redesigns might not have been distinct enough. In March 2017, Harmony Gold filed a complaint against Catalyst, as well as Piranha Games and Harebrained Schemes (makers of current BattleTech computer games, using original artwork adapted from the tabletop game) for infringement. Catalyst failed to defend itself at all, causing a judge to rule in Harmony Gold's favor by default, with strange results so far - the miniatures based on Macross Unseen vanished once again, but books containing their artwork are still available for purchase. Complaints against Piranha and Harebrained are more curious, as filed documents are claiming that the models being used by both companies too closely resemble Macross robots, despite being plainly based on other sources entirely (cited examples include the ''Atlas,'' based on an original [=BattleTech=] design, and the ''Shadow Hawk,'' inspired by a ''completely different anime franchise''). A jury trial is set for September 2018, but given the questionable nature of these accusations, doubts about whether Harmony Gold can even lay claim to Macross images to begin with, and the rapid dismissal of a similar case against Hasbro a few years earlier, it's unlikely to get that far. A more probable result is either the removal of a half-dozen Macross-inspired mechs from the computer games, or outright dismissal, but this remains to be seen.
seen. Recent (late September 2017) chnages that Harmony Gold may be losings is license to Macross Designs further complicates the issue.
15th Sep '17 1:52:42 PM Yalsaris63
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** Clan Ghost Bear and Hell's Horses clashed with each other more than once, but both consider the other as [[Worthy Opponent Worthy Opponents]].

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** Clan Ghost Bear and Hell's Horses clashed with each other more than once, but both consider the other as [[Worthy Opponent [[WorthyOpponent Worthy Opponents]].
15th Sep '17 1:52:02 PM Yalsaris63
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** Clan Ghost Bear and Hell's Horses clashed with each other more than once, but both consider the other as worth opponents.

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** Clan Ghost Bear and Hell's Horses clashed with each other more than once, but both consider the other as worth opponents.[[Worthy Opponent Worthy Opponents]].
14th Sep '17 8:58:20 AM CosmicFerret
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** The Word of Blake's [[HollywoodCyborg Manei Domini]] looked down on ordinary humans as "frails" and saw themselves as enlightened and closer to the Master's vision for humanity. Unlike the Clans, who [[MightMakesRight recognize strength]] and are willing to [[GracefulLoser swallow their pride]] if you [[WorthyOpponent beat them bad enough]], the Domini have a tendency to throw tantrums if they lose; usually with massed WMD deployment.

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** The Word of Blake's [[HollywoodCyborg [[{{Cyborg}} Manei Domini]] looked down on ordinary humans as "frails" and saw themselves as enlightened and closer to the Master's vision for humanity. Unlike the Clans, who [[MightMakesRight recognize strength]] and are willing to [[GracefulLoser swallow their pride]] if you [[WorthyOpponent beat them bad enough]], the Domini have a tendency to throw tantrums if they lose; usually with massed WMD deployment.
14th Sep '17 7:43:49 AM CosmicFerret
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* {{Cyborg}}: The Manei Domini elites of the Word of Blake.
** Even before the Manei Domini, several characters were shown or described as having visible cybernetic prosthetic limbs or facial features, and the tabletop game recognizes the less subtle variants are more common than the 'stealthy' ones.



* HollywoodCyborg: The Manei Domini elites of the Word of Blake.
** Even before the Manei Domini, several characters were shown or described as having visible cybernetic prosthetic limbs or facial features, and the tabletop game recognizes the less subtle variants are more common than the 'stealthy' ones.
8th Sep '17 6:52:18 PM Malady
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Also in a unrelated bit when the game was first released in 1984 it was known has Battledroids but since Lucas owns the word Droid [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope it got into legal trouble over that name]] so in its next edition it was known as [=BattleTech=] and has been that since. Depending on who you talk to, this was done either because LucasFilm sent a cease and desist letter over the use of the word "droid", or FASA decided to change the name on their own initiative in the hopes of getting on Lucas' good side while trying (and ultimately failing) to get a license to do a ''StarWars'' roleplaying game.

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Also in a unrelated bit when the game was first released in 1984 it was known has Battledroids but since Lucas owns the word Droid [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope it got into legal trouble over that name]] so in its next edition it was known as [=BattleTech=] and has been that since. Depending on who you talk to, this was done either because LucasFilm Creator/{{Lucasfilm}} sent a cease and desist letter over the use of the word "droid", or FASA decided to change the name on their own initiative in the hopes of getting on Lucas' good side while trying (and ultimately failing) to get a license to do a ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' roleplaying game.
6th Sep '17 6:12:13 AM MadCat221
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** Medium-Range Missiles can come in truly enormous launcher sizes. They're not quite as accurate as LRMs, but moreso than Rockets.
31st Aug '17 3:46:56 PM DrVonOppendown
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31st Aug '17 3:29:18 PM DrVonOppendown
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** In particular, the Inner Sphere ''Bushwhacker'' is legendary for being purpose-built as a do-anything machine. It's a 55-ton slugger that can keep pace with Light mechs, has decent armor and packs a balanced loadout of missiles, autocannons and lasers that lets it punch well above its weight class.
11th Aug '17 1:24:20 AM Yalsaris63
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** Curiously, the Hell's Horses are the only Clan that leans heavily on the Soldier side (though they still uphold strong Warrior traditions) because of their centuries-old philosophy of combined arms warfare which favors the effective, tried-and-true mixed deployment of infantry and armored vehicles with their [=BattleMechs=] operating as support units rather than front-line units. This is considered rather peculiar among the other Warrior-minded Clans because ever since the development of the [=BattleMech=], they thought it would obsolete the old combined arms approach to warfare and derided the Hell's Horses as being doomed to fail with their "obsolescent" philosophy. The aforementioned failure of Operation REVIVAL proved that the Hell's Horses were smart enough to uphold their philosophy, even though the Horses themselves did not participate in that mission.

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** Curiously, Interestingly, the Hell's Horses are the only Clan that leans heavily on the Soldier side (though they still uphold strong Warrior traditions) because of their centuries-old philosophy of combined arms warfare which favors the effective, tried-and-true mixed deployment of infantry and armored vehicles with their [=BattleMechs=] operating as support units rather than front-line units. This is considered rather peculiar among the other Warrior-minded Clans because ever since the development of the [=BattleMech=], they thought it would obsolete the old combined arms approach to warfare and derided the Hell's Horses as being doomed to fail with their "obsolescent" philosophy. The aforementioned failure of Operation REVIVAL proved that the Hell's Horses were smart enough to uphold their philosophy, even though the Horses themselves did not participate in that mission.
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