Experimental Technical Readout: Boondoggles


Go To Units For as long as there have been wars, mankind has been on a quest for ever more efficient means to kill. Yet even as the technologies improve, there are always missteps, unexpected—and, sometimes, unexplained—flaws in engineering that can transform a promising new weapon into a setback costing billions of credits, years of progress, and perhaps even a few lives.

Experimental Tech Readout: Boondoggles samples some of the most infamous failures in military experiments made by the Inner Sphere and Clan powers throughout history. Each design featured in this book demonstrates a disastrous (or merely abandoned) combination of prototype technology or engineering employed on BattleMechs, combat vehicles, and aerospace units from the Star League age to the Jihad era. Statistics and (where useful) Record Sheets are included for 14 BattleMechs, vehicles, and aerospace units presented in this book, ready to use (if possible) in advanced BattleTech games.

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Name Tons BV PV TRO/RS Rules Era Intro
Ostscout IIC (Standard) 35 520 XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Experimental 3063
Liberator LIB-4T 40 880 XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Introductory 3018
Scorpion LAM SCP-X1 55 XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Experimental 2690
Champion LAM 01-04 CPN-1X1 60 XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Experimental 2699
Matar SAM-RS2 110 XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Experimental 2775
Name Tons BV PV TRO/RS Rules Era Intro
Condor Trans-Track (Standard) 50 XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Experimental 3043
Name Tons BV PV TRO/RS Rules Era Intro
Cheetah II F-12A 25 154 XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Introductory 3021
Banshee Aerospace Fighter BSE-X2 50 XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Experimental 3046
Name Tons BV PV TRO/RS Rules Era Intro
Thorizer (Standard) 35 XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Experimental 2390
Name Tons BV PV TRO/RS Rules Era Intro
Neptune Hyper (Standard) 100 XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Experimental 3031
Name Tons BV PV TRO/RS Rules Era Intro
Monitor (Standard) XTROBoondoggles None -- 2683
Bright Star Auto Scout (Standard) 60,000 XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Experimental 2539
Enterprise Super Carrier (Standard) 1,600,000 XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Experimental 2745