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[Battletech] Clan Invasion Kickstarter Wave 2 - Digital Payload inbound

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  • SmokeStacksSmokeStacks 😉Registered User regular
    I've been reading up on the Battletech lore, and it seems like every time things start going pretty well for humanity and various groups start working together again somebody gets assassinated and then bam, back to waaaaaaaar. A few decades go by, rinse and repeat.

    I was in a Barnes and Noble store earlier today and they had a few copies of the Game of Armored Combat box, so I picked one up. The rules are... pretty expansive. I've only had time to flip through the rulebook but I noticed that there are rules to handle physical combat between a mech that is partially submerged in water and another mech that is completely submerged in water. That level of crunch is equal parts insane and awesome.

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  • NipsNips Luxuriating in existential crisis.Registered User regular
    Oh, AGoaC is just the tip of a batshit-deep rules iceberg.

    Fortunately, you don't need any extra rules to have a quality game of Stompy bots!

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  • IanatorIanator Delightfully mediocre! Registered User regular
    edited November 25
    KS update:
    Salutations and Appreciations!

    It's the American holiday of Thanksgiving today, and even though I'm putting in office hours, I'm still feeling rather nostalgic and decided a look back at this incredible journey is a good place to go as I hand out some well-meaning appreciation.

    Of course, thanks must go out to all the CGL staff and support team who helped us put together this amazing campaign, and keep it (mostly) on track through a worldwide pandemic followed by a worldwide shipping crisis. It was in the summer of 2019(!) when we started this journey, and at that time everything seemed much simpler. We had a strong calendar in place which we felt would allow us to fulfill at least a Wave 1 in or around March of 2020, and Wave 2 by the end of that year. Even when the campaign went ballistic and ran us from a planned 50-ish miniatures to a crazy-making 92 redesigns, everyone kept their cool and buckled down to work. I still remember our energy and confidence in those early months, and I believe if this pandemic hadn't derailed us, we would have met our calendar goals.

    Unfortunately, that was not to be. China began its slow-downs not long after, then its shutdowns. There were very long, very heated calls with many of our manufacturing reps. Still, thanks needs to be given to our product partners, because despite the trials and the tirades, they stuck with us to deliver an incredible array of product. Liya. Boda. AY Pad. Regent. Norse Foundry. Orlund. None of this was easy. And while we may not have hit 100% on every product, I feel we hit the low-to-mid 90s on most everything (but those frustrating insignia dice). Not bad, considering we finished in the neighborhood of 80 new products (digital and physical) and offered up to 175 total products through the campaign.

    Hearty thanks must then be given to CrowdOx and QML, who helped us coordinate and fulfill this monstrosity. CrowdOX invented entirely new code to help us deliver as much product as we could in Wave 1. They were also there to give us support and keep us organized, even when the complexity of the campaign literally broke their system—twice. QML picked up the ball and took it from there, helping coordinate more than 13,000 deliveries to more than 40 countries around the world. When I consider the complexity of that, trying to deal with so many postal systems and regulations and costs, I'm so glad I didn't have to figure it out on my own.

    With their help—and after three different restarts thanks to the various global issues—Wave 2 was 98% delivered as of this month. [According to reports from various shipping hubs, the only shipments left are a handful of scattered issues in the US, UK, Russia, and China, around 100 orders with late-arriving product in the EU, and roughly 15% of the final allotment in Australia (mostly due to long COVID lockdowns) which should be fully mailed out by end of this next week.]

    It wasn't always perfect, but we never stopped trying to make it so.

    Which brings me to the people I appreciate most of all: the BattleTech fandom. This started with all of you! 13,000 dedicated backers who love the BattleTech universe as much as any of the CGL staff, who stuck with us through a pandemic and two years of delays and all the accompanying frustrations. From our newest Warriors to the Full Kerensky backers...you have ushered in a new renaissance of BattleTech product, catapulting our beloved game back toward the top of the hobby game industry. Some may have doubted your committment to the war, but obviously you've been there all along, waiting for your chance to strike. On behalf of the entire Catalyst staff, we thank you for all you've done to keep this universe alive and thriving. And, personally, as writer and publisher, I thank you for more than thirty years of support.

    Best regards, and happy holidays wherever you are!

    Loren Coleman

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  • AsherAsher Registered User regular
    Yeah that's pretty fucked. I got mine from Aetherworks like a month or so ago and I had basically the same amount you did in wave two.

    I put models on Instagram now: asher_paints
  • BigityBigity Lubbock, TXRegistered User regular
    They gonna do a new standalone Aerotech?

  • HydroSqueegeeHydroSqueegee ULTRACAT!!!™®© Registered User regular
    edited November 26
    what blows my mind is they were able to generate so much revenue with only 13,000 backers. Imagine if this game wasnt niche market in size. The purchasing power of all these nerds all grown up in established careers. Incredible.

    11,277 backers according to KS

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  • SmokeStacksSmokeStacks 😉Registered User regular
    I had time to sit down and paint the mechs from the Beginner Box. I still need to finish the cockpit glass, but I need a couple more colors before I can do that so I'm calling them done for now:

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    I didn't know what colors to paint them as, so I just said screw it and painted the Griffin in the Draconis scheme from the front of the box, and the Wolverine with the colors that I had handy on my desk because I was lazy and didn't want to have to dig around in the giant box of paint pots that I have.

    Now I just have the 8 from the AGoAC box to paint. I really like that Draconis scheme, and I am tempted to paint them all like that, but I am also tempted to paint them all in varying colors because I like the idea of a bunch of disparate looking mechs in a literal who mercenary company that is surviving on a contract to contract basis and barely keeping its head above water. From now on everything is getting drybrushed though - edge highlighting these things took forever, made me want to die, and you can't even see it in pictures.

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  • IoloIolo iolo Registered User regular
    Daaaaamn those are sharp, Smokestacks!

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  • SmokeStacksSmokeStacks 😉Registered User regular
    Thank you. They've been a lot of fun to paint. I just (almost) finished a third one (the other Wolverine), it just needs a little more cockpit detail and to be based (I think I'm going to base the rest of them all at once after they've been painted instead of doing them one by one).

    After losing an arm during the previous contract one of the mercs in my outfit ended up with a salvaged replacement from a dealer that had come in from another mercenary. He hasn't gotten around to getting it repainted yet, so it looks a little goofy. Apparently the dealer said the original owner "traded it for beer money"? Not sure if I believe that, but anything is possible:
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  • HydroSqueegeeHydroSqueegee ULTRACAT!!!™®© Registered User regular
    Well... I guess we won't get to see the rest of his mechs. :(

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  • HydroSqueegeeHydroSqueegee ULTRACAT!!!™®© Registered User regular
    Much excite! I think i may have found a new Battletech buddy! Dude in the area lost his old gaming pal and was looking for anyone that plays. So i hit him up! I'll let you know how our date goes.

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  • AxenAxen My avatar is Excalibur. Yes, the sword.Registered User regular
    edited December 1
    Much excite! I think i may have found a new Battletech buddy! Dude in the area lost his old gaming pal and was looking for anyone that plays. So i hit him up! I'll let you know how our date goes.

    :whistle: Tell me more, tell me more
    Like does he have a Star
    Tell me more, tell me more
    Or is he a Kurita man :whistle:

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  • HydroSqueegeeHydroSqueegee ULTRACAT!!!™®© Registered User regular
    Box came today from B&N. Nice surprise since i didnt expect it till 12/21 and ive had no updates on it shipping.

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  • HydroSqueegeeHydroSqueegee ULTRACAT!!!™®© Registered User regular
    wish it had different mechs. I already have a billion Timberwolves, Archers and Riflemen

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  • BetsuniBetsuni UM-R60L Talisker IVRegistered User regular
    Oooh, so much pixel porn in that shot. You can never have enough Archers and Riflemans (Riflemen?)!!!

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  • AxenAxen My avatar is Excalibur. Yes, the sword.Registered User regular
    Wolf's Dragoons: "Greetings and well met fellow barbarian of the Inner Sphere! We are simple mercenaries as you can plainly see from our ancient and certainly outdated equipment! We wish to engage your enemies in honorless combat in exchange for, uh, currency? I am sad to say our humble mercenary cla- uh, company has only a measly five regiments to offer. Will this be satisfactory to the bargain?"

    Great House Lord: "Humina humina humina!"

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  • NoughtNought Registered User regular
    I think the really bonkers thing about Wolf's Dragoons is their fleet of WarShips.

    Although I seem to remember them hiding them before making contact with the Inner Sphere.

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  • AxenAxen My avatar is Excalibur. Yes, the sword.Registered User regular
    Fun bit of trivia:

    When they first conceived of the Wolf's Dragoons they were not secret Clanners. Mainly because the Clans weren't even an idea back then. They got Retcon'd in to being a Clanner vanguard later.

    Given how mysterious they were when introduced the retcon was buttery smooth. What plans they may have originally had for them the world will never know.

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  • H3KnucklesH3Knuckles Jack of many interests... ...master of noneRegistered User regular
    edited December 4
    Nought wrote: »
    I think the really bonkers thing about Wolf's Dragoons is their fleet of WarShips.

    Although I seem to remember them hiding them before making contact with the Inner Sphere.

    Yeah, they didn't retrieve the warships until after the truce at Tukayyid, IIRC. It was the 3054 mission to bring them out of mothballs where (very minor spoilers, like back of the book description level, from Wolf Pack by Robert N. Charrette)
    Jaime Wolf's son Mackenzie died under suspicious circumstances, setting the stage for Jaime's grandson Alpin to be manipulated into trying to stage a coup for control of the Dragoons by Elson Nova Cat, a Clan Elemental they had captured at Luthien and converted (following Clan traditions regarding captured warriors). Major Wolf Pack spoilers
    It is implied Elson may have killed Mackenzie, yet when Alpin was defeated, Elson accepted the loss and (Jihad spoilers)
    ended up becoming a stalwart loyalist by the time of the Jihad, who rescued Tara Lucas from Blakist captivity and personally saw to her 'de-programming'. He would die in the later fighting on Outreach.
    Alpin was killed in battle by Maeve Wolf. Maeve was a product of a Clan-style trueborn eugenics program the Dragoons had begun in secret sometime after settling on Outreach. Unbeknownst to all but a handful, Maeve was a genderswapped clone of Jaime (neither Jaime nor Maeve knew this), who subsequently got fast-tracked to become Jaime's successor.

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  • H3KnucklesH3Knuckles Jack of many interests... ...master of noneRegistered User regular
    edited December 3
    Axen wrote: »
    Wolf's Dragoons: "Greetings and well met fellow barbarian of the Inner Sphere! We are simple mercenaries as you can plainly see from our ancient and certainly outdated equipment! We wish to engage your enemies in honorless combat in exchange for, uh, currency? I am sad to say our humble mercenary cla- uh, company has only a measly five regiments to offer. Will this be satisfactory to the bargain?"

    Great House Lord: "Humina humina humina!"

    They were definitely taking refuge in audacity about their identities though. Natasha Kerensky openly using her bloodname, as an elite warrior from the deep periphery was enough to raise eyebrows, but Mechwarrior William adopting the surname Cameron? That had to have some Comstar ROM adepts shitting bricks in the early years.
    Axen wrote: »
    Fun bit of trivia:

    When they first conceived of the Wolf's Dragoons they were not secret Clanners. Mainly because the Clans weren't even an idea back then. They got Retcon'd in to being a Clanner vanguard later.

    Given how mysterious they were when introduced the retcon was buttery smooth. What plans they may have originally had for them the world will never know.

    Sort of. I mean, with the Kerensky and Cameron thing I'd be surprised if the Dragoons being SLDF descendants wasn't always in their back pocket as a potential reveal, but of course the whole Clan thing came up much later than when the SLDF exodus was inserted into the background lore.

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  • NobodyNobody Registered User regular
    Hmm, I wonder how long before they switched to Clans, because Wolves on the Border includes an easter egg that points towards them.

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  • AxenAxen My avatar is Excalibur. Yes, the sword.Registered User regular
    Nobody wrote: »
    Hmm, I wonder how long before they switched to Clans, because Wolves on the Border includes an easter egg that points towards them.

    Apparently GenCon '88. The story goes Stackpole and Weismann were walking and talking and they had been kicking around the idea of "What if Natasha Kerensky was a descendant of Kerensky." and Weismann was like, "Oh my god! They're not the Wolf's Dragoons, they're the Wolf Dragoons!"

    Apparently after GenCon they started to put things together.

    Charrette didn't know shit about the Clans and had received some notes from Stackpole as at this point FASA wanted to seed some hints. So Wolves on the Border does have some hints, but the author didn't really know what the hints were for. :razz:

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