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PostPosted: 2020-12-12 21:31    Post subject: Battletech related magazines ..... Reply to topic Reply with quote

So I have long been searching and trying to collect digital copies of magazines with Battletech related articles, official and fan made. The digital library I am compiling is meant to make sure we do not lose any of this to the sands of time. As of this date I have the following collected for the library ........

Argent Fire (FAN - 6 issues) (Complete)

Battletec (FAN - 8 issues) (Complete)

Battletech Newsletter (Official German - 10 issues) (Complete)

Battletechnology (Semi-Official - 23 issues) (Complete)

Challenge Magazine (unofficial - 18 issues, 30,35,36,38,39,44,47,48,49,51,54,55,60,61,67,68,69,70,71,73) (Complete)

Commando Quarterly (Official - 7 issues) (Complete?)

Comnet (unofficial - 28 issues) (need issues 18 thru 24)

Dragon Magazine (unofficial - 6 issues) (Complete)

Future Wars (FAN - 42 issues) (missing Issues 1 thru 10)

Freedonian Herald (FAN German - 11 issues) (Complete)

Game News Issue #3

Gateways Issues 3 and 5

Heavy Battle - (FAN - 8 Issues #1 thru 8, ALL NEEDED)

Mechforce Quarterly (Official - 19 issues) (Complete)

Mechforce UK (Semi-Official - 17 Record Sheets, 6 Scenarios) (Record Sheets 1-17, ClanForce, Dilberts, Periphery, Inbound, McKinnons, Outreach) (Complete)

Mecha Press (unofficial - have issues V1-1,1,3,4,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17)

MECH Magazine (FAN 18 Issues - have Vol2 Issues 11,12,13 & Convention Issue)

Mektek (have Issues 1 thru 4)

Solaris Sentinel (FAN - 18 issues) (missing #17)

Space Gamer (unofficial - 6 issues 75,78,79,80,83,85) (complete?)

Stardate/Stardrive (unofficial - 7 issues) (Complete)

Terra Post (semi-official German 32 Issues)(missing #31 & 32)

The Goshen Review (FAN - 3 issues) (Complete)

The Mech/Tech Factory (FAN - 13 issues) (Complete)

United Battletech News (FAN German - 6 issues) (Complete?)

Vision (Issue 3)

White Wolf (unofficial - 2 issues) (have Issues 7,10,33,47 .... Complete?)

Xolara (FAN - 1 issue)

If anyone has anything that I am missing and wants to contribute to the library please let me know. Thank you!

EDITED for Magazines found!

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PostPosted: 2020-12-15 11:04    Post subject: Battletech related magazines ..... Reply to topic Reply with quote

I'd imagine digital is hard, because it would require someone to scan the copies of those magazines. Not sure that's an easy thing to do without destroying the magazine itself?
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PostPosted: 2020-12-20 01:10    Post subject: Battletech related magazines ..... Reply to topic Reply with quote

While it is difficult to scan them, at least the vast majority of the missing magazines have a soft thin spine that makes scanning difficult, but not impossible, and you do not have to disassemble the book. Stardate & The Mech/Tech Factory are my magazines that I was able to scan into .pdf's and I thankfully did not have to destroy them.

It is my hope that somehow the remaining magazines can be located and scanned. Some I think were released digitally (Mechforce Quarterly) .... they just need to be located.

And then there are the odd items that I have managed to scan .... the Mechwarrior Personal Files for the five houses. That took a decade to aquire all five of those!

So if folks can spread the word I would appreciate it.
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PostPosted: 2020-12-26 13:32    Post subject: Battletech related magazines ..... Reply to topic Reply with quote

I have some of those scanned..let me see what I have.
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PostPosted: 2021-01-06 11:21    Post subject: Battletech related magazines ..... Reply to topic Reply with quote

The closest I can come to contributing is archive.org/details/space-gamer Embarassed

Would love to see them AWOL Productions rags, myself
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PostPosted: 2021-03-08 16:34    Post subject: Battletech related magazines ..... Reply to topic Reply with quote

Hiya, sorry about the very late reply.

Terra Post is the magazine of the third (and current) MechForce Germany. It went away from DTF to mostly digital (hardcopy for a higher membership rate) in 2014 and is still ongoing. It would be in the high 40s now.

The first MechForce's magazine was called "Life Support". It ran for 8 issues and was quite excellent.

The second MechForce's magazine was called "MechQuarterly" and its 4 issues have been impossible for me to find.

Games Review was a British gaming magazine that, in its first incarnation in the late 80s, covered board / war games. (It later reinvented itself and covered PC games henceforth.) A few of its issues had excellent BT TRO entries.

BT fanzines of the 80s and 90s were truly wonderful things. If the OP wants to reactivate this thread, I'll be happy to dig deeper.
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PostPosted: 2021-03-11 08:54    Post subject: Battletech related magazines ..... Reply to topic Reply with quote

I am still working getting what I have to you, now if I can get my computer to well do what I need it to do.

What would be cool is a couple of volumes of all the magazine articles and such put together to show the impact of the game across the years.
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PostPosted: 2021-04-06 23:09    Post subject: Re: Battletech related magazines ..... Reply to topic Reply with quote

Karagin wrote:
I am still working getting what I have to you, now if I can get my computer to well do what I need it to do.

What would be cool is a couple of volumes of all the magazine articles and such put together to show the impact of the game across the years.


Glad to see you are still working on getting those missing magazines together ..... THANK YOU!
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PostPosted: 2021-04-06 23:11    Post subject: Re: Battletech related magazines ..... Reply to topic Reply with quote

For anyone wanting to get any of the magazines we have so far here it is!

www.sarna.net/files/media/magazines/

Sarna.net graciously put all the magazines we have online for anyone to download!
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PostPosted: 2021-04-10 21:45    Post subject: Re: Battletech related magazines ..... Reply to topic Reply with quote

I am still going through my files and hard copies. Haven't forgotten anything. Just gotten busy.
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PostPosted: 2021-04-12 19:44    Post subject: Battletech related magazines ..... Reply to topic Reply with quote

Wasn't there one called Shrapnel?
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PostPosted: 2021-04-12 21:08    Post subject: Re: Battletech related magazines ..... Reply to topic Reply with quote

chihawk wrote:
Wasn't there one called Shrapnel?


Are you referring to THIS?
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PostPosted: 2021-04-13 04:39    Post subject: Re: Battletech related magazines ..... Reply to topic Reply with quote

Mordel wrote:
chihawk wrote:
Wasn't there one called Shrapnel?


Are you referring to THIS?


I...don't think so? I recall there being a short-lived magazine by that name. But it was a LONG time ago, so I could be totally imagining it.
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PostPosted: 2021-04-15 09:45    Post subject: Battletech related magazines ..... Reply to topic Reply with quote

Sharpnel was a collection of short stories done up in the same size as the sourcebooks/housebooks. Had one where Patrick Kell met the mother of his son Christian and then one were a group of infantry took on brand new Mauraders with paint rounds and smart tactics.

Is that the one you are thinking of?
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PostPosted: 2021-04-15 17:16    Post subject: Battletech related magazines ..... Reply to topic Reply with quote

It very well could be...
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