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Archive for October, 2008

New stuff!

Posted by wars128 on October 28, 2008

Just got my book shipment in yesterday and I’m loving it! I hope to have some reviews and a podcast out soon. Starting next month things might get abut crazy due to National Novel Writing Month.

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So your trying to get a friend to play BattleTech…

Posted by wars128 on October 15, 2008

So you want to show a friend the game of Battletech. Not teach them the rules, or anything, just a short game. Well, which mech would you choose for your friend? I’d humbly suggest the Shadow Hawk.

The Shadow Hawk gives a beginner a taste of the maneuverability of mechs, as well as a wide variety of weapons to choose from. Also, the mech cannot overheat unless you crit the engine, making it a perfect mech for new players.

Th maneuverability is enough to get through sparse wooded areas with ease. The JumpJets allow for more complicated maneuvers, such as the DFA. The Shadow Hawk is not sluggish, but not so fast where you can have excess MP quite often. Each manuver has to be thought about, not the case in many faster mechs.

The weaponry on this mech comes from all of the various weapon “families”. This allows a new player to experience the positives and negatives of many different types of weapons. The variety also allows the user to be able to respond to enemy attacks at any range, from 21 hexes, or to close range slug fests.

One of the harder things to grasp correctly in Battletech, in my opinion, is good heat control. Luckily, in the Shadow Hawk, you really don’t have to worry about that. This mech is more likely to be destroyed by ammunition explosions before its engine gets hit. Although you could use other low heat generating mechs, such as the Bug mechs, at least with the Shadow Hawk you can fight outside of 9 hexes. The mech also carries many of the most iconic and common weapons of its era.

The Shadow Hawk is a good starting point for someone being shown Battletech. It is also a good mech to learn the ropes in, and is a good stepping stone to more specialized designs.

If this looks/ sounds like a school report, that’s because I wrote it during a class. School must have rubbed off on it a bit.

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Early Morning Mech Talk

Posted by wars128 on October 15, 2008

Getting all those new books got me thinking about Battletech, and one thing in specific came to mind. What if all the TW rules, at least the ones for infantry, are a return to the past?
In the original TRO, many mechs had anti-infantry weapons like small lasers, mgs, and flamers. This suggests that infantry were quite a threat. After that book, though, anti infantry weapons on mechs were few and far between. Whith the rise of TW, however, anti infantry weapons are having a resurgence. But no need to go out and get a brand new mech. Many mechs from TRO 3025 are still viable in this role. Take the Stinger, for instance. Replace it’s medium laser with a flamer, and you’ve got yourself a very cheap but effective anti-infantry design perfectly suited for guarding your newer designs against the infantry menance!

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Books, books, and more books!

Posted by wars128 on October 14, 2008

Just spent about a fourth of the money I made all summer on a huge amount of battletech books. I got:
Tactical Operations
Jihad Conspiracies:IP 2
Jihad Secrets : the Blake documents
Starterbook: Wolf &Blake
TRO 3039, 3075, and Vehicle Annex.

Whew, what a list! So expect lots of book reviews when they arrive!

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Domain name(among other things)

Posted by wars128 on October 13, 2008

The MechHead Podcast now also has a domain name! Typing in http://www.mecheadpodcast.com takes you to the podcast page, and  tryping in blog.mecheadpodcast.com (no http:// or www.) gets you to the blog.

Enjoy!

Sam

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New email!

Posted by wars128 on October 13, 2008

I finally got around to getting a new email adress. While I wasn’t able to get the one that I wanted, oddly enough, I did get a good one. From now on send all emails to : MechPodcast@gmail.com

Next up for the show is getting a domain name and upgrading the podcast service, as well as the blog.

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Ill be back!

Posted by wars128 on October 5, 2008

Recently someone left a comment on here asking if the podcast would ever return. Well,as soon as my fall break appears, it will return. So have no fear, for the podcast is here!

Also, I am writing this on my new ipod touch, so expect more blog posts.

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