How Did You Come To Know Battletech?
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B-Tech table was by far the loudest one there, gathered quite a crew to watch. Picked up the TRO 3025 and a Ral Partha Medium Lance box.
Posted 27 December 2011 - 01:09 PM
In the meantime I remember occasionally seeing the TRO's in bookstores. I didn't have friends who played TT, and so knew nothing about that. I just liked the pictures of cool looking robots and reading their descriptions. I liked how it was all presented with an in universe feel, but I knew next to nothing about that universe at that time. Eventually started playing MW2......on Playstation. Don't laugh, it was my only way to get 'mech action at the time. It was here that I started to learn more about 'mechs and their specific roles. Also why it is bad to take a Maddog A and fire every weapon at the same time, twice in a row, while running. The game also had some funny quirks that I didn't understand until much later. Like an unlockable Tarantula variant with 4 PPC's and 4 Ultra AC2's. (This is why I don't like when people rag on MA players for their lack of universe knowledge. If it was their only connection with the universe, you can't fault them for that. If they want to learn more they should be welcomed, not spurned. This goes for all the MW2 vs MW3 vs MW4 vs TT as well.) Around this time I also started hearing about crazy awesome simulator pods, but they were only in Chicago. Being 15 years old on the East Coast and not even allowed to drive it may as well been a galaxy away.
Graduating from MW2 on PSX, I started playing MW3 on my 400 PII running W2K (or was it w98?). Dial up only and it was not cheap, so I never played online. Loved the campaign. I was also playing MechCommander II, but my life revolved around music at that time and gaming was a very low priority. That all changed in 2002.
Upon walking into my local D&B on my birthday, I found six things that looked like giant breath mints. Never seen them before, and it seemed like people were inside. Then the game must have ended as doors slid open on each 'mint'. Inside I could see a flight stick, throttle bar, foot pedals, multiple screens and what seemed like over 100 buttons. Then a mission review screen started and Virtual World splashed across the monitor. Looking up a huge banner proclaimed "Battletech:Firestorm". My heart started to race as I realized the simulators I had been hearing about for years were now ten minutes from my house. All the money I had for that day went into those pods. Something I continued to do for many years. Went to my first Invitational in 2004. Passed my first Master Trial in 2005. Made many, many friends all over the US and the world. Still involved with the community to this day.
Started playing MW4 Mercs to pass the time whenever I wasn't in a pod. I never played plain vanilla Mercs though. I started with MekTek MP1.1, and was on a team composed almost almost entirely of VWE pod pilots, New York Battle Tested. Several of those players had been playing TT since it's inception and that's how I finally came to learn how to play that game. First 'mech I ever ran on TT was the Grasshopper in a Coventry scenario. It was a steep learning curve, but I stuck with it and really enjoy playing. It helps to have friends who have almost every miniature, and that we get to play on one of these:
Over the years I have slowly gone back and played every BT/MW game I could find. I even have a set of Nova combat books. Each book was a 'mech. I have six. There was a Locust, Wasp, Shadow Hawk, Griffin, Rifleman, and a Warhammer. You would pick one, a friend another, and then duel each other. You would turn to the appropriate page to find out what happened each round. Pretty cool. The only games I haven't played at this point are Virtual World System 1 and System 2 Battletech, any of the MPBT games, any MUX, and the Mechwarrior RPG. So sorry that I completely missed the first three and now they are gone.
That's my convoluted story, and the short version at that! Thanks for reading this far. I hope to continue community building with MWO.
P.S. - A great book for checking out the history of this franchise. Includes a lot of artwork, fiction, listings of every official novel, rulebook and electronic game. (Doesn't have MWO of course.)
Posted 28 December 2011 - 10:35 AM
Then I picked up a book, Path of Glory, by Randall Bills and realised the connection finally and started to collect all my old games and toys. With that I picked up another boxed set (or two) and tore into the stories and lore from the sourcebooks.
Now I sometimes stop by the Battletech website looking at the pending releases and slapping F5 with futility knowing that won't bring the products to my doorstep any faster, but it does make me feel good from time to time.
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I was around 10 at the time, and saw my older cousin in the group. So I walked up to Bubba (Brian in RL all my family has odd nicknames my cousin Jeff is Animal) and asked him what was up. Well 4 hours and 3 Mountain Dews later I was hooked. My friend and I pooled our money bought the boxed set w/ some extra minis and away we went. later that month I bought the Warrior Series along with the Grey Death Saga Trilogy at a used book store. I've been a Battletech Geek ever since.
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