Experimental Technical Readout: Boondoggles


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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 Role TRO/RS Rules Era Intro
Ostscout IIC (Standard) 35 520 None XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Experimental 3063
Liberator LIB-4T 40 880 None XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Introductory 3018
Scorpion LAM SCP-X1 55 None XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Experimental 2690
Champion LAM CPN-1X1 60 None XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Experimental 2699
Matar SAM-RS2 110 None XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Experimental 2775
Name Tons BV PV Role TRO/RS Rules Era Intro
Condor Trans-Track (Standard) 50 None XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Experimental 3043
Neptune Hyper (Standard) 100 None XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Experimental 3031
Name Tons BV PV Role TRO/RS Rules Era Intro
Cheetah II F-12A 25 154 14 Interceptor XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Introductory 3021
Banshee Aerospace Fighter BSE-X2 50 None XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Experimental 3046
Name Tons BV PV Role TRO/RS Rules Era Intro
Seabass Flying Submersible (Standard) 20 None XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Experimental 3071
Thorizer (Standard) 35 None XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Experimental 2390
Name Tons BV PV Role TRO/RS Rules Era Intro
Monitor (Standard) XTROBoondoggles None -- 2683
Bright Star Auto Scout (Standard) 60,000 None XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Experimental 2539
Enterprise Super Carrier (Standard) 1,600,000 None XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Experimental 2745
Name Tons BV PV Role TRO/RS Rules Era Intro
MUSE Ironhorse (Tractor) (Standard) 600 7,269 None XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Experimental 3078
MUSE Ironhorse (Trailer) (Standard) 600 7,336 None XTROBoondoggles XTROBoondoggles Experimental 3078