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One of the strengths of Field Manual: However, Clan fans have little to complain about at the moment, unless their faction was recently Annihilated and the three deep periphery fans have not been heard from for some time now. The authorship of Field Manual: I am not going to try and list former works by this group, as it is easier for you to just go and read the current in-print BattleTech products list.
As the first of the post-Jihad books, Field Manual: As such, Field Manual: As with the last product reviewed, there was no index, but as always, that is just my own problem and not something that seems to upset much of the BT community. One of the advantages of these multi-faction sourcebooks is the ability of a faction fan to ignore all but battlletech sections that make him croon, or cry, depending on how much hurt his favourite faction has dealt bathletech received.
The cover art for Field Manual: However, this is not all that surprising as the whole point of the next fifty years of the BattleTech timeline is an attempt to create one giant interstellar group hug or pan-Human Sphere peace. Black and white line art, courtesy of Mr.
Plog, provides a solid background to the factions and story, without doing anything that appeared to my untrained eye as a radical departure from past works.
Sadly, one component missing from Field Manual: One of the better additions to the old Field Manual series was the inclusion of full colour uniform, unit paint schemes, rank and medals. Unfortunately, these pieces were not included in and the RAF came bathletech rather visually bland as a result.
It is unknown at this time whether or not the Republic of the Sphere will be given its own Handbook like the other Great Houses. If one is not forthcoming or planned, then CGL missed a golden opportunity to really flesh out their newest BattleTech faction.
Another aspect of the art I would like to comments on, though not the first time it has been used in a BattleTech work, is the colour Star Maps. However, as someone who has to make complicated archaeological and survey maps for a living, the use of fit inducing primary colours is a bit much for my cartographic sensibilities, for with mapping, less is always better at conveying more and pastels truly are a map makers best friend.
Tvedten, through his attention to detail and obvious drive to improve from book to book, has provided the community with tools that are a wealth of detail. Still this boils down more to my personal taste more than anything. The detail of the maps, now with unit locations displayed, are a resource older school BattleTech-types have always wanted, and now have. The Layout of Field Manual: As with most BattleTech sourcebooks, sidebars are presented for additional detail, out of the way of the main body of text, with some larger actions or elements provided with larger blocks of independent text.
The rules and role playing section at the end again follow standard format, with one notable omission being any new units, but considering that it has rained Technical Readouts for a year or two now, the omission is not a noticeable loss. One small point were the more noticeable series of typos than were present in the Wars of Reavinghowever, the number present was not on the scale of Historical: The likely reason for the errors in Field Manual: When talking about the story for a book like Field Manual: However, parts of Field Manual: After the pre-requisite opening fiction and introductory letter from the both the in-universe and real world authors, Field Manual: Part of this chapter also looks at the chase of Blakeist war criminals.
There are a few mentions of old favourites within the text, as well as some interesting questions raised about the final disposition of the Manei Domini.
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The first of the state chapters focuses on the Capellan Confederation, which has been on the rebound ever since Sun-Tzu returned the crocks in May of However, it would seem that the powers that be are finished with hearing the gloating of the Capellan Mafia on the forums. Although many of the CCAF commands of the Era are still around, it would appear as if the age battoetech the successful Capellan hissy fit might be coming to a close. Following the Capellan chapter, we tour the shattered remnants of House Kurita, the once proud bastion of old school BattleTech bad guys, now reduced to shell of its former glory.
In my own personal opinion, Kurita got it in the teeth as badly as did the former Free Worlds, but that is understandable from a game designer point of view when striving to bring balance back to the BattleTech Battlftech.
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An un-humbled Draconis Combine would have been the player in the universe had CGL not brought the heavy hand of the Jihad down upon it. Still, when looking at the encroaching wave of blue, many Free Worlds League fans are likely looking forward to the s already. Despite the death of central authority, all the old friends are still here, playing with the other children in the sandbox…in a manner akin to a cockfight.
As a Lyran fan of epic proportions, I was happy to see the Lyran Commonwealth yes, note the name change probably in the best shape of all five Successor States the Free Worlds League no longer being counted.
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Whoever wrote this section is getting a beer from me next time I see him for his efforts at regimental necromancy, and likely a few more beers from other LCAF fans as well. With Skye now part of the Republic, the Free Worlds a memory, and a gutted Combine and Gattletech not a real threat, the Lyrans are looking very strong at the moment.
The Clans present an interesting mix, with the effects of the Jihad and Wars of Reaving leaving many short on troops and infrastructure.
The Ghost Bears are still a formidable power and a true threat to all their neighbours, overshadowing all other Inner Sphere Clans. Although not as comfortable as the Bears, Clan Snow Raven fans will likely be happy, if not smug about their own position. For the former leaders of the Clans, Clans Jade Falcon and Wolf, both are in less than ideal circumstances, with many Wolf fans likely praying for someone to get the band back together.
The Nova Cats are the most surprising of the Clans, with their mystical hubris coming home to roost in a significant way. The Periphery is a picture of contrasts, with some states celebrating, whilst others drown in a dark sea of their own making. The Magistracy of Canopus, always the poster child for getting things by using methods battlstech than war, is as ever, doing better than the last time we visited.
The only dark spot for the Magistracy appears to be the promotion of one Kit deSummerville to high rank, something not to be taken lightly. Taurian fans will either be pleased that the Calderon Protectorate still exists, or see it as an insult, seeing that the Protectorate is what the Concordat should be.
The Marians are still being Marians, but with the vaporisation of Circinus, they have one less enemy to worry about. The other Periphery powers are all much the same as before, but then, they baytletech are. If anyone is making the Free Worlds League look wholesome and strong, it is the god-awful state of the mercenary market in A quick look at the numbers of Mercenary Battalions inshow that the market has fallen by just under two thirds from over to little over This grim reading is one of the more effective yardsticks of the past 35 years of BattleTech history.
However, not all is doom and gloom, as some old mercenary favourites have survived. There also appears to be some new units added to the roster that will hopefully be fleshed out down the track. The next section of Field Manual: This section outlines the role of the citizen, the effects of the Relocation Directives, and the Military Material Redemption Program. The section continues with a discussion regarding the function of the Republic government and the battlegech within it.
The information on the Republic Armed Forces RAF in this chapter details the ranks, uniforms, decorations, formations and the associated Knights battletexh the Republic.
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Additional information is supplied on the economy, industry and trade of the Republic of the Sphere, rounding out the chapter. Lastly, the Rules Annex provides additional information on the time period, followed by details on unit special abilities provided, and the ever-present random assignment tables RATs for game-masters and scenario builders.
A table of major events is also provided, outlining key points in the BattleTech Universe from The final part of the chapter and book, details the effect the Jihad has had on the currencies of the Inner Sphere and provides information on these currencies up battletecb One, my faction suffered less than your faction see Lyran section aboveso CGL must love me, or two, why was CGL so mean to my faction?
However, once the fans get over whatever misgivings they might have they should begin to see that Field Manual: A new era that will surely have BattleTech back in uncharted waters where every sourcebook is a new revelation. For those interested in battlettech their faction or in the BattleTech Universe of in general, Field Manual: Edited and added my bits to the review. Thanks Blacknova for taking the review lead. Glad you added the part about the uniforms, something I missed.
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