Not much to report today, still mucking through the early BT supplements cross-referencing shit with the newer books.
On the topic of replacing the ‘Mechs from earlier drafts, I’ve found that The Fox’s Teeth (the second “BT” supplement, also written for BattleDroids) got two interesting retcons with the Sword and Dragon book. Only 2 ‘Mechs were actually changed – the McKinnon hereditary command ‘Mech became a Black Knight instead of the old Marauder, and Dekker (the crazed Neo-Calvinist) got a Javelin with no mention of it replacing his old Wasp (every other replaced ‘Mech references the old organization). Yes, the force lists at the bottom of the pages still use the exact org chart from the older book for 3027, but it’s an interesting setup.
They also added hints for new scenarios in the old timeline; Sarah Lytton is rolling in a Commando her dad took down on Tancredi IV during a factory raid, and the opening fiction takes place during the birth of the FRR (or, in the Sabres’ case, shortly thereafter). Both scenarios look like they’d be interesting to play out on a tabletop, and give you some good meat to work with on balancing them.
The Fox’s Teethis also further along in the transition to “real” BattleTech. There’s still a few references to DroidWarriors or ‘Droids instead of ‘Mechs, and a few mentions of the “AutoCannon” instead of the A/C-5 (BD only had one cannon class, which.. well, makes a lot of the original eleven* make waaay more sense. That and the “all sinks need slots” rule from Battledroids, which left things like the Marauder much more critpadded, and meant that almost all the ‘Mechs could benefit from water). Several of the scenarios are still built with the same ten base ‘Mechs as TotBW, but the other Dougram ‘Mechs start showing up in the latter half of the book**.
*the Merlin was included as a sample, built under the construction rules but not actually canonized until the 3050s.
** The Thunderbolt (with the designation TND-4T; all of the designs have different model numbers in the book), BattleMaster (the first conventionally available Assault ‘Mech in the scenario packs, here labeled “BTM-6R”), Wolverine (here noted as “WLV-4E” or “WOV-4E” [Typos? In my FASA?..]), and the Crusher Joe – derived Locust (“LCS-2T”) all debut in the later scenarios of this book.
I’m also seeing evidence in the scenarios that someone on FASA’s staff had actually watched Taiyo no Kiba Dougram at this point; I need to verify that later, but it would be pretty exciting, since it would mean they had fansub access (or *shudder* script-and-raw) remarkably early on.
Now, I don’t plan on getting as insane with the other scenario books as I am with TotBW, but staging the Tancredi IV fight would give me an excuse to work on one of those infamous “Panther Companies” – I already have the ‘Mechs (2 -8Z, 8 -9R, 2 DRG-1N) and enough left over for another Kurita company. Plus the Fox’s Teeth use a standard camo scheme, so no loss for building their unit. Could even use some of them as the generic Davion OpFor in TotBW…