Shrapnel ist das offizielle Battletech Magazin von Catalyst. Es erscheint alle drei Monate (März, Juni, September, Dezember) jeweils zum 15. des Monats.
Shrapnel ist prall gefüllt mit Kurzgeschichten und In-Universe Artikeln. Während die Kurzgeschichten oft Seiten des Battletech-Universums abdecken, die für einen Roman zu speziell wären (und dabei durchgehend hohe Qualität liefern), können die Artikel alles mögliche abdecken. Seien es TRO Einträge, Touring the Stars Artikel, Ausschnitte aus Zeitungen oder Magazinen aus dem Universum, Interviews, und, und, und.
Der Kreativität sind da keine Grenzen gesetzt.
Bei den Kurzgeschichten kommen nicht nur die regulären Autoren zum Zug, sondern Catalyst lässt die Fans aktiv Geschichten einreichen. Wie das genau geht, erfahrt ihr jeweils am Ende jeder Ausgabe. Ihr findet die nötigen Informationen aber auch jeweils direkt im Webformular über das ihre eure Geschichte einreichen könnt.
ALWAYS READ THE FINE PRINT
Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine is your go-to source for brutal, heavy-metal BattleMech action across the battlefields of the 31st century and beyond—and now it’s bigger than ever before! This special double-size issue is jam-packed with the true currency of the Inner Sphere: mercenary troops!
To reclaim a priceless personal memento, the Gray Death Legion must teach a young noble an invaluable lesson. The Northwind Highlanders, facing the loss of everything they hold dear, must defend their homeworld by forcing House Davion to pay in blood for every centimeter they gain. When the Crescent Hawks discover a lost family member might still be alive, they will stop at nothing to find her and bring her home.
In this issue, you’ll search for the fabled city of gold in the former Rim Worlds Republic, witness the Kell Hounds interview a new recruit with an unusual connection to Morgan Kell himself, and learn the trials and tribulations of a novice mercenary on a long-haul space journey for the first time. Experience the true cost of losing a personal ’Mech in battle, evade competing mercenary units fighting over your secret cargo, and raid a lost vault for invaluable treasure on behalf of a prestigious collector.
Whatever the job, there’s always soldiers of fortune ready to sign on the dotted line, and they can build their legend with content such as advice articles on how to run a mercenary unit and negotiate favorable contracts; Unit and Planet Digests for intel on the competition; technical readouts on unique ’Mechs; various downtime entertainment options; playable scenarios to test your tactical chops; and much more—all by veteran BattleTech authors and a new addition to the roster:
Michael A. Stackpole, Bryan Young, Chris Purnell, Jason Schmetzer, Daniel Isberner, Alan Brundage, James Kirtley, Robin Briseño, James Bixby, Giles Gammage, Jason Hansa, James Hauser, Tom Leveen, David Martin, Lance Scarinci, Jaymie Wagner, Russell Zimmerman, Alex Fauth, Stephan Frabartolo, Johannes Heidler, Ken’ Horner, Wunji Lau, Lorcan Nagle, Eric Salzman, Zac Schwartz, Ed Stephens, Stephen Toropov
WATCH YOUR SIX!
Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine brings you more hard-hitting BattleMech action from the heavy-metal wars of the 31st century and beyond—but don’t let your guard down!
A loyal Republic of the Sphere MechWarrior must make a life-or-death decision when catastrophic news from Terra throws everything into chaos. A sheriff on a Periphery backwater planet investigates mysterious murders terrorizing a community. A desperate survivor of the Clan Invasion seeks revenge against the Jade Falcons while he still has the chance…
In this issue, you’ll travel to the Hanseatic League in the Deep Periphery, where the Scorpion Empire will stop at nothing to obtain a priceless Star League-era relic. Then witness the first Marauder built in the new millennium walk off the assembly line, face a so-called zombie ’Mech arisen from the grave, and discover how to effectively weaponize a BattleMech’s operating system.
No matter the situation, you can stay out of harm’s way by reviewing a most-wanted list of criminals and assassins, a roster of the Marian Hegemony’s Legion of the Dead, technical readouts, unit and planet digests, playable scenarios, a campaign set in the resource-poor wilds of the Third Succession War, and more—all by battle-hardened BattleTech authors and some new boot-camp graduates:
Bryan Young, Chris Hussey, Marc Follin, Jaymie Wagner, James Bixby, J. D. Neal, Jeremy A. Reynolds, David Stier, Geoff “Doc” Swift, Étienne Charron-Willard, James Kirtley, Matt Larson, Lorcan Nagle, Eric Salzman, Zac Schwartz, Tom Stanley, Stephen Toropov, & Chris Wheeler
PUSH YOUR LUCK!
Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine gives you the weapons you need to triumph when battlefield tragedy strikes and the odds are stacked against you. Forge on through the unforgiving BattleMech warfare of the 31st century and beyond!
Two brothers on opposite sides of an Inner Sphere-wide war run into each other at the flashpoint of a local struggle. A captured wet-navy vessel patrolling a critical river stands alone against the Draconis Combine’s oppressive occupation of Verthandi. A group of friends on a dying planet in the Davion Outback undertake a risky and dangerous mission to escape the system on the last departing DropShip, and a young mercenary on his first assignment must choose which inevitable losses will weigh less on his conscience.
In this issue, you’ll charge headlong into danger in the cockpit of a fragile but fleet ’Mech that loves to run at full throttle. Then you’ll confront incredible four-against-one odds in a vicious gladiatorial event that will be talked about for decades to come. Wander into a vast megaforest where brutal Marian Hegemony troops could spring an ambush at any moment, then wade through a mist-filled city guarded a mysterious protector who will stop at nothing to defend their home.
Burn some sage, grab your rabbit’s foot, and knock on wood as you march on through bad luck with a look at a cursed cooling suit, the logs of a JumpShip that misjumped on Friday the 13th, a guide to unique battlefield geography, a peek at the culture and Machiavellian politics of the Raven Alliance, a Unit Digest for the hard-luck mercenaries of Wilson’s Hussars, along with technical readouts, playable scenarios, RPG adventures, and more—all by BattleTech veterans and some newcomers:
Bryan Young, Russell Zimmerman, David G. Martin, Adam Neff, Joseph A. Cosgrove, Matthew Cross, Giles Gammage, Ben Klinefelter, Westin Riverside, Ken’ Horner, Wunji Lau, Josh Perian, Eric Salzman, Zac Schwartz, Ed Stephens & Stephen Toropov
SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE…
Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine puts your loyalty to the test amid unrelenting BattleMech combat that spans the war-torn battlefields of the 31st century and beyond!
The head of a security team must seek unusual allies to keep the First Prince of the Federated Suns safe from assassination. An aging Elemental warrior imparts lasting lessons to a young cadet when pirates threaten everything he holds dear. A young IndustrialMech pilot must use the only weapon he knows in the face of rampaging occupiers.
In this issue, you’ll visit the Unwearied Second’s 1,000th birthday celebration, a gala attended by the upper crust of Lyran society. Then roll up your sleeves and dive into testing a dangerous but poweful experimental weapon system. Stand firm with the Nova Cats, who try to hold back the inevitable tide of destiny, and travel to the Mercenary’s Star to navigate through scams and con artists in order to find the right outfit to call home.
Sign your contract and seek victory, with the help of mercenary-advice articles, technical readouts, unit digests, an in-depth look at the true nature of the “Death to Mercenaries” edict, and more—all by BattleTech veterans and new recruits:
Tom Leveen, Geoff “Doc” Swift, Charles Gideon, Robert Schubert, James Bixby, Alan Brundage, Kelvin Casing, Jason DeSouza, James Kirtley, Craig A. Reed, Jr., Alayna M. Weathers, Alex Fauth, Jason Hansa, Ken’ Horner, Chris Hussey, Daniel Isberner, Ben Klinefelter, Matt Larson, Wunji Lau, Lorcan Nagle, Eric Salzman, Stephen Toropov
Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine transports you to the blistering, hard-hitting BattleMech conflicts that ravage the war-torn future of the 31st century and beyond!
A young Jade Falcon cadet must prove her mettle in a Trial of Position against a cunning opponent if she is going to become part of her struggling Clan’s future. Elite aerospace pilots from the Outworlds Alliance and the Snow Ravens meet in a clash for the ages, and a veteran wielding only an implement of peace stands up to defend his home against unusual invaders.
In this issue, you’ll sign up for a notorious mercenary unit and fight through your first day on the job. You’ll jockey to be first across the finish line in a hovertank race fraught with danger. You’ll chase the glory days of a once-noted BattleMech manufacturer in a quest to reinvigorate a declining enterprise and secure your birthright. Will you defeat your demons from the Battle of Tukayyid during battle with would-be conquerors? Will you escape from murderous cartel members, or succumb to the elements in the unrelenting, sun-beaten desert?
Load your chamber with technical articles, a Northwind Highlanders unit digest, a MechWarrior’s catalog of cockpit must-haves, a snow-filled RPG adventure, a BattleForce scenario, and more—all by BattleTech veterans and new enlistees:
Tom Leveen, Bryan Young, Russell Zimmerman, D. G. P. Rector, W. T. Brown, James Hauser, Chris G. Lane, R. J. Thomas, Phillip Johnston, Alayna M. Weathers, James Bixby, Étienne Charron-Willard, Matthew Cross, Wunji Lau, Eric Salzman, Tom Stanley & Stephen Toropov
SPECIAL DOUBLE-SIZED ISSUE
MORE BANG FOR YOUR C-BILLS!
Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine hits harder than ever before, launching a double-size issue filled with more BattleMechs and star-spanning conflicts from the 31st century and beyond! Venture into the Reunification War as the Taurian Concordat fights for freedom against the relentless Star League. Wander through libraries filled with forbidden knowledge lost through centuries of constant warfare. Witness the aftermath of House Arano’s bitter civil war, and face down the infamous, unbeatable, all-black Marauder—if you dare…
In this issue, you’ll hunt for a missing DropShip in the distant Periphery, and fight for survival during the most pivotal battle in the Clan Invasion. You’ll brave the chaotic nuclear fires of the Word of Blake’s Jihad and claw your way through Draconis Combine troops threatening your family, determined to survive at any cost.
Fill your double-capacity magazine with a complete novella, technical readouts, a planet and unit digest, playable scenarios, a Clan Invasion campaign, a treatise on troublesome native wildlife, some tips for downtrodden Taurian citizens, and more—all by BattleTech veterans and the next squad of new recruits:
Tom Leveen, Jason Hansa, Lance Scarinci, Jennifer Bixby, Giles Gammage, Geoff Swift, Julian Michael Carver, Matthew Cross, Donavan Dufault, Daniel Isberner, James Lee, Harvey Roberts, Steve P. Vincent, Alayna M. Weathers, James Bixby, Étienne Charron-Willard, Alex Fauth, Joshua Franklin, Ken‘ Horner, Wunji Lau, Eric Salzman, Jason Schmetzer, Tom Stanley, Joel Steverson, Stephen Toropov
FIGHT WITH CONFIDENCE
Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine drops you right into the action as BattleMechs and their pilots forge ahead on the battlefields of the 31st century and beyond! A rookie MechWarrior fights for independence during the Andurien Wars. The Fox Patrol finds itself on the Mercenary’s Star—and in the middle of a deal gone wrong. In these pages, you’ll travel to a distant Periphery world where a young boy pursues his dreams and witness a rare moment of unity for Clan Fire Mandrill in the Clan Homeworlds. Then return to Solaris VII once more for the conclusion of our Vengeance Games serial, and a close look at a different but familiar kind of competition on the Game World.
No matter your skill at the controls, you can wade confidently into battle with technical readouts, a unit and planet digest, a playable scenario of an unusual Hell’s Horses competition, advice for aging warriors, and a historical look at the capital of the first Star League—brought to you by BattleTech veterans and a handful of new enlistees:
Craig A. Reed Jr., Bryan Young, David G. Martin, Étienne Charron-Willard, Alex Fairbanks, Phillip Johnston, Olli Rosnell, David Smith, Alayna M. Weathers, Matthew Cross, Alex Fauth, James Hauser, Daniel Isberner, Ben Klinefelter, Joshua Perian, Eric Salzman
Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine delivers tales of tragedy and triumph amid the struggles of BattleMechs on the battlefields of the 31st century and beyond! A spurned Solaris gladiator enacts a unique brand of payback. A Federated Suns mission to take down the infamous “Lady Death” Trevaline runs afoul of pirate ingenuity. A ex-mercenary on Outreach must risk everything during the Fourth Succession War to protect those who cannot protect themselves. In this issue, you’ll venture into the jungles and avoid native predators while racing to recover lost Star League-era data; discover the truth lurking behind a seemingly unbeatable Word of Blake ’Mech; and fight to preserve a MechWarrior’s right to crack open a cold, frosty beverage after the battle is done. Then return to the shadows and danger of the Game World with the penultimate part of our Solaris VII serial.
Keep cool under fire with technical readouts, a playable campaign, glimpses at the Malthus Confederation and Canopian pleasure circuses, a guide for new citizens of the Federated Suns, a report on dangerous alien plant life, and much more—all from BattleTech veterans and a few new faces:
Craig A. Reed, Jr., Jason Hansa, James Bixby, Eric Salzman, Douglas Carruthers, Jeremy Ciccone, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Daniel Isberner, John-David Karnitz, Joshua Franklin, Johannes Heidler, Ken’ Horner, Wunji Lau, Mike Miller, Tom Stanley, Joel Steverson & Stephen Toropov
Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine brings you more heavy-hitting action and heroism in the war-torn BattleMech-dominated future of the 31st century and beyond!
A young Periphery volunteer struggles against marauding pirates who have long overstayed their welcome. A small-but-growing mercenary unit faces off against a formidable foe capable of destroying their dreams. A Star League MechWarrior wrestles with an exciting career opportunity on the eve of the war that will change the face of the Inner Sphere forever. Experience the costly Jade Falcon assault on Arc-Royal, return to an idyllic paradise haunted by a specter of the past, and follow a Clan Wolf bondsman’s quest to reunite with his son. Then lurk in the shadows with more cloak-and-dagger plots in the continuation of the four-part serial novel set on the game world of Solaris VII.
Arm yourself with technical readouts, playable scenarios, an in-depth look at the weaponization of gift giving in the Draconis Combine, a glimpse into Clan Sea Fox’s customer service, an article on the importance of battlefield salvage, and more—all from elite BattleTech authors and recruits who have earned their stripes:
Craig A. Reed Jr., Tom Leveen, Bryan Young, Julian Michael Carver, E. Stephenson Auerbach, Charles Gideon, J. D. Neal, Curtis O. Thompson, Aaron Cahall, Étienne Charron-Willard, Matthew Cross, Jim Hauser, Wunji Lau, Eric Salzman, Paul Sjardijn, Tom Stanley, Joel Steverson & Chris Wheeler
Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine surges onward, waging wars that will decide the fate of the BattleMech-dominated future of the 31st century and beyond! Follow a quest for quick cash that yields unusual Star League relics. Commiserate with an aging MechWarrior convinced he is cursed with the devil’s luck—which is about to run out. Listen to the tale of how mercenary commander Ace Darwin obtained his iconic ’Mech—but how much of his story is true? Within these pages, you will visit Terra after the dawn of the ilClan era, venture into the postwar period of the Aurigan Coalition, and travel to the far-flung worlds of the Scorpion Empire in the Deep Periphery. Then you will dive into the intrigue and vice of Solaris VII in the beginning of a new, four-part serial novel.
Choose your plan of attack with technical readouts, after-action reports, a deep dive into plasma technology, a treatise on covert-ops poisons, and a look at Free Worlds League politics, along with playable scenarios and more—all loaded into your autocannon by both BattleTech veterans and new voices from the Inner Sphere:
Blaine Lee Pardoe, Craig A. Reed, Jr., E. Clark Avery, Jason Schmetzer, James Bixby, M. W. Hayden, Mark Hill, Daniel Isberner, Alexander J. Roth, Ken’ Horner, James Kirtley, Wunji Lau, Eric Salzman, Joel Steverson, Stephen Toropov
Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine charges toward victory on the war-ravaged, BattleMech-dominated battlefields of 31st century! In these tales, a Republic of the Sphere operative undertakes a personal quest to track down a missing family member, a small, untested mercenary command faces off against vicious pirate raiders, an aging soldier strives to protect an idyllic village on a forgotten world, and Colonel Wayne Waco seeks to exact his revenge against the legendary commander of Wolf’s Dragoons. Configure your target-interlock circuits and hold the line with technical readouts, conspiracy theories, in-depth equipment and tactics articles, a planetary digest, and a glimpse into the future of the new ilClan era—all from BattleTech veterans and new authors:
Michael A. Stackpole, Tom Leveen, Lance Scarinci, Bryan Young, Matt Alexander, Craig A. Reed, Jr., Paul Sjardijn, Aaron Cahall, Michael J. Ciaravella, Johannes Heidler, Chris Hussey, Daniel Isberner, Mike Miller, Eric Salzman, Joel Steverson
Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine celebrates bravery in all its forms on the triumphant, BattleMech-dominated battlefields of 31st century and beyond! Witness the birth of a new mercenary command in the late Third Succession War, follow a combat medic tackling a precarious injury, learn the true meaning of loyalty during the FedCom Civil War, and track down pirates on a forgotten world in the Periphery. Then don your neurohelmet and push back against the enemy with technical readouts, ghost ship sightings, in-depth technology articles, unit digests, playable scenarios, and more—all from BattleTech veterans and a squad of new authors.
Jason Schmetzer • Harper Brand • Faith McClosky • Giles Gammage • Charles Gideon • David Razi • Marc Follin • James Lee • Aaron Cahall • Michael J. Ciaravella • Matthew Cross • Ken’ Horner • Craig A. Reed, Jr. • Eric Salzman • Joel Steverson • Stephen Toropov
Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine brings you more BattleMech action from the war-torn 31st century and beyond! Celebrate Star League Day with tales of a long-abandoned ’Mech rediscovered and pressed into service, a quest for vengeance in enemy territory, the resurgence of old ghosts, and the threat of bitter betrayal in the face of long odds. Charge headlong into technical readouts, assassin conspiracies, in-depth equipment articles, playable holiday-themed scenarios, and more—all from BattleTech veterans, fan favorites, and new authors:
Michael A. Stackpole • Loren L. Coleman • Blaine Lee Pardoe • Bryan Young • Bryn Bills • Charles Dalmas • Chris Hussey • Daniel Isberner • Alex Kaempen • Craig A. Reed, Jr. • Eric Salzman • Lance Scarinci • David Smith • Tom Stanley
Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine returns with more explosive BattleMech action from the 31st century! Experience tales of hard-won survival from the gaming world of Solaris VII, the wilds of the Deep Periphery, and the annals of Clan history. Dive deep into in-depth technology articles, technical readouts, conspiracy theories, war-game and role-playing adventures, and more—all from veteran BattleTech authors, fan favorites, and our latest enlistees:
Michael A. Stackpole • Jason Schmetzer • Michael J. Ciaravella • Travis Heermann • Alan Brundage • James Simakas • John-David Karnitz • Aaron Cahall • Matthew Cross • Daniel Isberner • Alex Kaempen • Tom Stanley • Chris Wheeler
Picking up the battle standard for BattleTech fiction, Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine continues the tradition of hard-hitting stories set in the war-torn interstellar future of the 31st century and beyond. Fire up your ’Mech’s fusion reactor, secure your neurohelmet, and wade into battle with stories from the merciless front lines of the Clan Invasion and other eras, conspiracy theory articles, game scenarios, and more from veteran BattleTech authors, fan favorites, and some new recruits.
Michael A. Stackpole • Blaine Lee Pardoe • Kevin Killiany • Craig A. Reed, Jr., Chris Hussey • Jason Hansa • Lance Scarinci • Michael J. Ciaravella • Patrick Wynne • Aaron Cahall