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* Lostech. All right, Operation Holy Shroud eliminated a lot of scientists and engineers, the Succession Wars killed billions and destroyed factories and research facilities. [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup And nobody ever backed up their work?]] Suspension of disbelief is one thing, but on hundreds of planets across the Inner Sphere, ''nobody'' saved a backup copy of any advanced technology until the Grey Death Legion found the Helm Memory Core?

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* Lostech. All right, Operation Holy Shroud eliminated a lot of scientists and engineers, the Succession Wars killed billions and destroyed factories and research facilities. [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup And nobody ever backed up their work?]] Suspension of disbelief is one thing, but on hundreds of planets across the Inner Sphere, ''nobody'' saved a backup copy of any advanced technology until the Grey Death Legion found the Helm Memory Core?Core?
** Lostech wasn't rendered Lostech in one fell swoop. It was a gradual grind through the First and Second Succession Wars, during which not only research facilities, but factories and repair stations where obliterated to deny them as assets to the enemy, or to attempt to cripple the enemy's ability to make war. Lostech, more or less, comes in two forms: what most people think of is "We know this thing exists but have no idea how it works," which is actually the minority of Lostech in ''[=BattleTech=]''; and the more common "we understand what this does and how it works, we just don't have the ability to build it anymore." You can't just build a Gauss Rifle in your garage, it requires a specialized factory to produce it to tolerances sufficient for use in [=BattleMech=] combat, and that factory requires specific equipment to function and specific supplies to keep functioning, that equipment and those supplies require other specialized equipment and supplies to be made to usable standard, and so on. The systems that survived to see use in the Succession Wars era were the ones that were easy to reproduce and didn't require a lot in the way of specialized components in manufacture, maintenance, or infrastructure to support their manufacture and maintenance. Backups were kept (the [=UrbanMech=], for instance, wouldn't exist if not for backups of everything that went into making it, picked up by other manufacturers when the company who made it got bombed into oblivion) but for a lot of things, the primary factories and research facilities making those advanced pieces were destroyed, then the backups were destroyed, then all existing examples were destroyed while trying to destroy something else.


** The Inner Sphere is also mostly surrounded by the Periphery States, who are more trouble than they're worth to conquer and use for expansion. Plus, in many cases it's not worth it to colonize an entire new planet - with as heavily as the franchise relies on {{Planetville}} and LandOfOneCity, overcrowding often isn't a problem considering that the Capellan Confederation, the smallest of the Successor States, controls over two hundred systems (most of which have at least one habitable planet in them). The early Succession Wars killed billions with the unrestrained use of nukes and destruction of terraforming equipment, and Lostech kept them from expanding into less-habitable worlds.



** Yes. The daisy-chain system includes a way to transfer mechs.

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** Yes. The daisy-chain system includes a way to transfer mechs.mechs.
* Lostech. All right, Operation Holy Shroud eliminated a lot of scientists and engineers, the Succession Wars killed billions and destroyed factories and research facilities. [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup And nobody ever backed up their work?]] Suspension of disbelief is one thing, but on hundreds of planets across the Inner Sphere, ''nobody'' saved a backup copy of any advanced technology until the Grey Death Legion found the Helm Memory Core?


** For lasers, continuous beams (though they last very, very briefly for safety reasons). PPCs fire what looks like lightning; one model deviates slightly by firing what appears to be "ball lightning", though there is no difference ascribed to this function over or under other examples of PPC. In general, ''[=MechWarrior=] 3'' is considered to have the closest look to what's described in the books.

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** For lasers, continuous beams (though they last very, very briefly for safety reasons). PPCs [=PPCs=] fire what looks like lightning; one model deviates slightly by firing what appears to be "ball lightning", though there is no difference ascribed to this function over or under other examples of PPC. In general, ''[=MechWarrior=] 3'' is considered to have the closest look to what's described in the books.



** The Ares Conventions (which had in fact been suspended when the Star League was founded) were completely ignored during the first two Succession Wars (the two most savage conflicts in the game's timeline, a form of limited warfare based on the Conventions only came into play during the Third War) and one major loss was Jumpship production, in addition to the huge losses of existing vessels. The few factories that were left could only produce a dozen or so on a yearly basis at best and spare parts were rare; large scale colonizations of unknown territory would require a logistical capacity that had been destroyed. Plus the Successor States were focused on their neighbors from the Fall of the Star League until the Clan Invasion; they couldn't spare the funds, troops, and ships to establish new worlds because that would leave their borders undefended. Finally they would either have to choose to control these colonies very indirectly or make huge concessions to [=ComStar=] to set up Hyperpulse Generators so they can actually speak with the frontier. While colonization may have been possible after the discovery of the Helm Memory Core (probably what the House sourcebook was alluding to) and a ton of Lostech; the Clan Invasion, the FedCom Civil War and the Jihad (which all pretty much happened back to back to back) all provided a significant distraction.

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** The Ares Conventions (which had in fact been suspended when the Star League was founded) were completely ignored during the first two Succession Wars (the two most savage conflicts in the game's timeline, a form of limited warfare based on the Conventions only came into play during the Third War) and one major loss was Jumpship production, in addition to the huge losses of existing vessels. The few factories that were left could only produce a dozen or so on a yearly basis at best and spare parts were rare; large scale colonizations of unknown territory would require a logistical capacity that had been destroyed. Plus the Successor States were focused on their neighbors from the Fall of the Star League until the Clan Invasion; they couldn't spare the funds, troops, and ships to establish new worlds because that would leave their borders undefended. Finally they would either have to choose to control these colonies very indirectly or make huge concessions to [=ComStar=] to set up Hyperpulse Generators so they can actually speak with the frontier. While colonization may have been possible after the discovery of the Helm Memory Core (probably what the House sourcebook was alluding to) and a ton of Lostech; the Clan Invasion, the FedCom [=FedCom=] Civil War and the Jihad (which all pretty much happened back to back to back) all provided a significant distraction.



* Okay, my last contact with TabletopGame/BattleTech was before they shut down WizKids, so please explain one thing. WHY DID DEVLIN STONE SABOTAGE THE SAME REPUBLIC HE'D INVENTED?!
** in-universe who knows... Out of Universe because you can't have peace in a *war*game.

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* Okay, my last contact with TabletopGame/BattleTech was before they shut down WizKids, [=WizKids=], so please explain one thing. WHY DID DEVLIN STONE SABOTAGE THE SAME REPUBLIC HE'D INVENTED?!
** in-universe In-universe who knows... Out of Universe because you can't have peace in a *war*game.



** At first they generally knew it was all a show. The issue was later that eventually the people at the top started dying, retiring, what have you, and needed to be replaced. ComStar was forcibly pouring the kool-aid down the throats, and ROM was purging any heresy, and a lot of the lower ranks were true believers. When they were promoted they still believed. We don't really know how many 'generations' of leadership it took but pretty quickly they were all fervent believers.

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** At first they generally knew it was all a show. The issue was later that eventually the people at the top started dying, retiring, what have you, and needed to be replaced. ComStar [=ComStar=] was forcibly pouring the kool-aid down the throats, and ROM was purging any heresy, and a lot of the lower ranks were true believers. When they were promoted they still believed. We don't really know how many 'generations' of leadership it took but pretty quickly they were all fervent believers.

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*** There's also an answer that goes hand-in-hand with the setting's ShortRangeLongRangeWeapon problem, and the relative lack of electronic warfare and electronic counters. A 'Mech is a huge, complicated piece of electronic machinery, and is canonically packed with ECM and ECCM already. . . that's what those Sensors slots in the head are for. Just by being what it is, a 'Mech puts out a huge amount of electromagnetic interference, and its fire control systems are about as good as they can get at punching through it all, hence things like Artemis, Streak, and so on taking up extra tons and crits. With all this EM littering any battlefield, dead reckoning through a glass canopy is most efficient.

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** A story at the beginning of the 2nd Succession War sourcebook actually explains what Blake and Toyama were really up to. [[spoiler: The religion idea was actually Blake's to begin with, believing that, using Earth's history, religions were often the largest repositories of knowledge, and that a religious mind would be the perfect framework to protect and sustain that knowledge. [[GoneHorriblyRight He probably should have thought of the damage fanaticism could do as well...]]]]


* Here's one for the 2018 game; you start out puttering around in a ''Leopard'' dropship that carries six mechs, but you eventually upgrade to the ''[[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Argo_(DropShip_class) Argo]]''; a CoolStarship [[StarshipLuxurious Luxurious]] with onboard bays for eighteen mechs. The thing is, a key feature of the ''Argo'' is prototype Lostech that permits the dropship to "daisy chain"; link up with ''other'' dropships so a Jumpship can take the whole shebang through FTL in one swoop. How the heck do the mechs get from the ''Argo's'' mech bays to the ''Leopard's?'' Do dropships regularly link collars and transfer mechs between them?

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* Here's one for the 2018 game; you start out puttering around in a ''Leopard'' dropship that carries six mechs, but you eventually upgrade to the ''[[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Argo_(DropShip_class) Argo]]''; a CoolStarship [[StarshipLuxurious Luxurious]] with onboard bays for eighteen mechs. The thing is, a key feature of the ''Argo'' is prototype Lostech that permits the dropship to "daisy chain"; link up with ''other'' dropships so a Jumpship can take the whole shebang through FTL in one swoop. How the heck do the mechs get from the ''Argo's'' mech bays to the ''Leopard's?'' Do dropships regularly link collars and transfer mechs between them?them?
** Yes. The daisy-chain system includes a way to transfer mechs.


** The cockpit is a pen and paper contrivance. If you look at several of the mechs, they actually do keep the head in the torso. The Urbanmech and Scorpion are two models. The Spider actually does keep the pilot in the chest due to size constraints, but the problem is as the troper above says: you can't eject from it and it has a reputation for being a deathtrap mech.

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** The cockpit is a pen and paper contrivance. If you look at several of the mechs, they actually do keep the head in the torso. The Urbanmech and Scorpion are two models. The Spider actually does keep the pilot in the chest due to size constraints, but the problem is as the troper above says: you can't eject from it and it has a [[ArmoredCoffins reputation for being a deathtrap mech.mech]].


** This is basically how normally-secular organizations radicalize. Most such organizations start as seemingly sane and secular agencies until the next generation come sin and begins changing them. depending on how... driven the next generation is, they can begin enacting changes that break from the original vision. Over time, you see an ideological drift, especially as the lower ranks are promoted up, because often those who most fervently believe in something will also be the ones most driven to excel at promoting that thing, which feeds into their suitability to be promoted.

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** This is basically how normally-secular organizations radicalize. Most such organizations start as seemingly sane and secular agencies until the next generation come sin and begins changing them. depending on how... driven the next generation is, they can begin enacting changes that break from the original vision. Over time, you see an ideological drift, especially as the lower ranks are promoted up, because often those who most fervently believe in something will also be the ones most driven to excel at promoting that thing, which feeds into their suitability to be promoted.promoted.
* Here's one for the 2018 game; you start out puttering around in a ''Leopard'' dropship that carries six mechs, but you eventually upgrade to the ''[[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Argo_(DropShip_class) Argo]]''; a CoolStarship [[StarshipLuxurious Luxurious]] with onboard bays for eighteen mechs. The thing is, a key feature of the ''Argo'' is prototype Lostech that permits the dropship to "daisy chain"; link up with ''other'' dropships so a Jumpship can take the whole shebang through FTL in one swoop. How the heck do the mechs get from the ''Argo's'' mech bays to the ''Leopard's?'' Do dropships regularly link collars and transfer mechs between them?


** At first, the rulers of the Inner Sphere were too busy beating each other senseless to care. After the Free Worlds League got interdicted due to blowing up a [=ComStar=] facility after finding out that the Captain-General's sister, a [=ComStar=] acolyte, was being used as a spy and was feeding the FWL bad info that put them on the back foot of a four way war, people realized that [=ComStar=] pretty much had their collective genitals in a vise if you didn't like their politics. It wasn't until 3052, when the Draconis Combine was able to get a mole into the First Circle, and Myndo Waterly got too big for her britches and developed an 'externally induced cerebral hemorrhage' that the whole religious thing started to wear off.

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** At first, the rulers of the Inner Sphere were too busy beating each other senseless to care. After the Free Worlds League got interdicted due to blowing up a [=ComStar=] facility after finding out that the Captain-General's sister, a [=ComStar=] acolyte, was being used as a spy and was feeding the FWL bad info that put them on the back foot of a four way war, people realized that [=ComStar=] pretty much had their collective genitals in a vise if you didn't like their politics. It wasn't until 3052, when the Draconis Combine was able to get a mole into the First Circle, and Myndo Waterly got too big for her britches and developed an 'externally induced cerebral hemorrhage' that the whole religious thing started to wear off.off.
** This is basically how normally-secular organizations radicalize. Most such organizations start as seemingly sane and secular agencies until the next generation come sin and begins changing them. depending on how... driven the next generation is, they can begin enacting changes that break from the original vision. Over time, you see an ideological drift, especially as the lower ranks are promoted up, because often those who most fervently believe in something will also be the ones most driven to excel at promoting that thing, which feeds into their suitability to be promoted.


** The Ares Conventions (which had in fact been suspended when the Star League was founded) were completely ignored during the first two Succession Wars (the two most savage conflicts in the game's timeline, a form of limited warfare based on the Conventions only came into play during the Third War) and one major loss was Jumpship production, in addition to the huge losses of existing vessels. The few factories that were left could only produce a dozen or so on a yearly basis at best and spare parts were rare; large scale colonizations of unknown territory would require a logistical capacity that had been destroyed. Plus the Successor States were focused on their neighbors from the Fall of the Star League until the Clan Invasion; they couldn't spare the funds, troops, and ships to establish new worlds because that would leave their borders undefended. Finally they would either have to choose to control these colonies very indirectly or make huge concessions to Comstar to set up Hyperpulse Generators so they can actually speak with the frontier. While colonization may have been possible after the discovery of the Helm Memory Core (probably what the House sourcebook was alluding to) and a ton of Lostech; the Clan Invasion, the FedCom Civil War and the Jihad (which all pretty much happened back to back to back) all provided a significant distraction.

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** The Ares Conventions (which had in fact been suspended when the Star League was founded) were completely ignored during the first two Succession Wars (the two most savage conflicts in the game's timeline, a form of limited warfare based on the Conventions only came into play during the Third War) and one major loss was Jumpship production, in addition to the huge losses of existing vessels. The few factories that were left could only produce a dozen or so on a yearly basis at best and spare parts were rare; large scale colonizations of unknown territory would require a logistical capacity that had been destroyed. Plus the Successor States were focused on their neighbors from the Fall of the Star League until the Clan Invasion; they couldn't spare the funds, troops, and ships to establish new worlds because that would leave their borders undefended. Finally they would either have to choose to control these colonies very indirectly or make huge concessions to Comstar [=ComStar=] to set up Hyperpulse Generators so they can actually speak with the frontier. While colonization may have been possible after the discovery of the Helm Memory Core (probably what the House sourcebook was alluding to) and a ton of Lostech; the Clan Invasion, the FedCom Civil War and the Jihad (which all pretty much happened back to back to back) all provided a significant distraction.



* ComStar. So Blake founded ComStar to preserve humanity's progress since the creation of the Star League, Toyama takes over, and suddenly you have what is basically the Medieval Catholic Church in space. So, how much of ComStar was a maskirovka? Did the people at the top understand that they were just putting on a show or did all of ComStar after Toyama really think there was some kind of mystic element to their actions? Did the entire Inner Sphere nobility understand it was all an act and just decided to go along with it? And the Word of Blake, were they true believers in some kind of religious dogma or did they just fear losing their base of power?

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* ComStar. [=ComStar=]. So Blake founded ComStar [=ComStar=] to preserve humanity's progress since the creation of the Star League, Toyama takes over, and suddenly you have what is basically the Medieval Catholic Church in space. So, how much of ComStar [=ComStar=] was a maskirovka? Did the people at the top understand that they were just putting on a show or did all of ComStar [=ComStar=] after Toyama really think there was some kind of mystic element to their actions? Did the entire Inner Sphere nobility understand it was all an act and just decided to go along with it? And the Word of Blake, were they true believers in some kind of religious dogma or did they just fear losing their base of power?



** At first, the rulers of the Inner Sphere were too busy beating each other senseless to care. After the Free Worlds League got interdicted due to blowing up a ComStar facility after finding out that the Captain-General's sister, a ComStar acolyte, was being used as a spy and was feeding the FWL bad info that put them on the back foot of a four way war, people realized that ComStar pretty much had their collective genitals in a vise if you didn't like their politics. It wasn't until 3052, when the Draconis Combine was able to get a mole into the First Circle, and Myndo Waterly got too big for her britches and developed an 'externally induced cerebral hemorrhage' that the whole religious thing started to wear off.

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** At first, the rulers of the Inner Sphere were too busy beating each other senseless to care. After the Free Worlds League got interdicted due to blowing up a ComStar [=ComStar=] facility after finding out that the Captain-General's sister, a ComStar [=ComStar=] acolyte, was being used as a spy and was feeding the FWL bad info that put them on the back foot of a four way war, people realized that ComStar [=ComStar=] pretty much had their collective genitals in a vise if you didn't like their politics. It wasn't until 3052, when the Draconis Combine was able to get a mole into the First Circle, and Myndo Waterly got too big for her britches and developed an 'externally induced cerebral hemorrhage' that the whole religious thing started to wear off.


** At first, the rulers of the Inner Sphere were too busy beating each other senseless to care. After the Free Worlds League got interdicted due to blowing up a ComStar facility after finding out that the Captain-General's sister, a ComStar acolyte, was being used as a spy and was feeding the FWL bad info that put them on the back foot of a four way war, people realized that ComStar pretty much had their collective genitals in a vise if you didn't like their politics. It wasn't until 3052, when the Draconis Combine was able to get a mole into the First Circle, and Myndo Waterly got too big for her britches and developed an 'externally induced cerebral hemorrhage that the whole religious thing started to wear off.

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** At first, the rulers of the Inner Sphere were too busy beating each other senseless to care. After the Free Worlds League got interdicted due to blowing up a ComStar facility after finding out that the Captain-General's sister, a ComStar acolyte, was being used as a spy and was feeding the FWL bad info that put them on the back foot of a four way war, people realized that ComStar pretty much had their collective genitals in a vise if you didn't like their politics. It wasn't until 3052, when the Draconis Combine was able to get a mole into the First Circle, and Myndo Waterly got too big for her britches and developed an 'externally induced cerebral hemorrhage hemorrhage' that the whole religious thing started to wear off.


** At first they generally knew it was all a show. The issue was later that eventually the people at the top started dying, retiring, what have you, and needed to be replaced. ComStar was forcibly pouring the kool-aid down the throats, and ROM was purging any heresy, and a lot of the lower ranks were true believers. When they were promoted they still believed. We don't really know how many 'generations' of leadership it took but pretty quickly they were all fervent believers.

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** At first they generally knew it was all a show. The issue was later that eventually the people at the top started dying, retiring, what have you, and needed to be replaced. ComStar was forcibly pouring the kool-aid down the throats, and ROM was purging any heresy, and a lot of the lower ranks were true believers. When they were promoted they still believed. We don't really know how many 'generations' of leadership it took but pretty quickly they were all fervent believers.believers.
** At first, the rulers of the Inner Sphere were too busy beating each other senseless to care. After the Free Worlds League got interdicted due to blowing up a ComStar facility after finding out that the Captain-General's sister, a ComStar acolyte, was being used as a spy and was feeding the FWL bad info that put them on the back foot of a four way war, people realized that ComStar pretty much had their collective genitals in a vise if you didn't like their politics. It wasn't until 3052, when the Draconis Combine was able to get a mole into the First Circle, and Myndo Waterly got too big for her britches and developed an 'externally induced cerebral hemorrhage that the whole religious thing started to wear off.


** Probably through training and just getting used to it; not everyone in real life suffers from motion sickness and it is possible to get over it. Even the most rudimentary Mechwarrior training programs last about 2 years, if you can't get over it by than you will probably have to wash out or switch your branch of service. According to TheOtherWiki motion sickness is triggered by the ears telling the brain one thing (you are moving) and your eyes tell it another (you are not moving). You get sick because the brain assumes that one of them is hallucinating and vomiting gets induced to remove any toxins that might be affecting your sensory organs. Now keep in mind that Mechwarriors have to have (at least) above average motor control and reflexes (making it easier to compensate for the fact that they can't "see" the Mech walking) and that they use neurohelmets to do all fine motor skills like walking. Between all these things it probably isn't that much of a problem.

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** Probably through training and just getting used to it; not everyone in real life suffers from motion sickness and it is possible to get over it. Even the most rudimentary Mechwarrior training programs last about 2 years, if you can't get over it by than you will probably have to wash out or switch your branch of service. According to TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki motion sickness is triggered by the ears telling the brain one thing (you are moving) and your eyes tell it another (you are not moving). You get sick because the brain assumes that one of them is hallucinating and vomiting gets induced to remove any toxins that might be affecting your sensory organs. Now keep in mind that Mechwarriors have to have (at least) above average motor control and reflexes (making it easier to compensate for the fact that they can't "see" the Mech walking) and that they use neurohelmets to do all fine motor skills like walking. Between all these things it probably isn't that much of a problem.


* ComStar. So Blake founded ComStar to preserve humanity's progress since the creation of the Star League, Toyama takes over, and suddenly you have what is basically the Medieval Catholic Church in space. So, how much of ComStar was a maskirovka? Did the people at the top understand that they were just putting on a show or did all of ComStar after Toyama really think there was some kind of mystic element to their actions? Did the entire Inner Sphere nobility understand it was all an act and just decided to go along with it? And the Word of Blake, were they true believers in some kind of religious dogma or did they just fear losing their base of power?

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* ComStar. So Blake founded ComStar to preserve humanity's progress since the creation of the Star League, Toyama takes over, and suddenly you have what is basically the Medieval Catholic Church in space. So, how much of ComStar was a maskirovka? Did the people at the top understand that they were just putting on a show or did all of ComStar after Toyama really think there was some kind of mystic element to their actions? Did the entire Inner Sphere nobility understand it was all an act and just decided to go along with it? And the Word of Blake, were they true believers in some kind of religious dogma or did they just fear losing their base of power?power?
** At first they generally knew it was all a show. The issue was later that eventually the people at the top started dying, retiring, what have you, and needed to be replaced. ComStar was forcibly pouring the kool-aid down the throats, and ROM was purging any heresy, and a lot of the lower ranks were true believers. When they were promoted they still believed. We don't really know how many 'generations' of leadership it took but pretty quickly they were all fervent believers.


* Forgive me if this question is explained somewhere in the TabletopGame/BattleTech 'verse, since my familiarity with the setting begins and ends with ''{{MechWarrior}} 2'', but how do [=MechWarriors=] deal with motion sickness? (This question applies to any setting with [[WalkingTank Walking Tanks]], really)

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* Forgive me if this question is explained somewhere in the TabletopGame/BattleTech 'verse, since my familiarity with the setting begins and ends with ''{{MechWarrior}} ''VideoGame/MechWarrior 2'', but how do [=MechWarriors=] deal with motion sickness? (This question applies to any setting with [[WalkingTank Walking Tanks]], really)



* ''{{MechWarrior}} 2'' depicts energy weapons as bolts. ''{{MechWarrior}} 3'' and beyond depict them as continuous beams of light. Which is canon?
** For lasers, continuous beams (though they last very, very briefly for safety reasons). PPCs fire what looks like lightning; one model deviates slightly by firing what appears to be "ball lightning", though there is no difference ascribed to this function over or under other examples of PPC. In general, MechWarrior 3 is considered to have the closest look to what's described in the books.

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* ''{{MechWarrior}} ''VideoGame/MechWarrior 2'' depicts energy weapons as bolts. ''{{MechWarrior}} 3'' ''VideoGame/MechWarrior3'' and beyond depict them as continuous beams of light. Which is canon?
** For lasers, continuous beams (though they last very, very briefly for safety reasons). PPCs fire what looks like lightning; one model deviates slightly by firing what appears to be "ball lightning", though there is no difference ascribed to this function over or under other examples of PPC. In general, MechWarrior 3 ''[=MechWarrior=] 3'' is considered to have the closest look to what's described in the books.

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