Friday, September 23, 2011

S. O. S. Profile: Gunnar "Gunner" Jensen

Name: Gunnar Jensen KIA

Callsign: Gunner

Player: Larry

Faction: Mercenary

Rank: None

The Expendables (Merc Company)

Current Battlemech:

Arena Kills: 0

Best finish:

Current Stable: none

Current Sponsors: none

Background: Gunnar has an on again off again relationship with his Merc company "The Expendables".  He has been sent by them to compete in the Solaris Olympiad.  Though it is not sure if they are looking to drum up some potential clients or to get Gunnar out of way.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

S. O. S. Profile: Burton "G-Force" Guster

Name: Burton Guster

Callsign: G-Force

Player: Gregg

Faction: Free Rasalhauge Republic

Rank: Hauptmann

Unit: Unknown

Current Battlemech:
Crusader CRD-5K

Arena Kills:1

Best finish:
4th of 12 (Battle #8 - Jungle)

Current Stable:
Lynch Stables

Current Sponsors: none

Burton Guster is a private detective, sort of, on the weekends. Recently he and his partner had heard of a black market ring trying to infiltrate the Solaris 7 games.

The previous pilot for the Free Rasalhague Republic was killed under mysterious circumstances when the blast bolts for his cockpit canopy failed to fire upon auto ejection. Taking the case and given the temporary rank of Hauptmann, Burton is ready to put his 1042 hours of clocked mech simulator time to good use in finding out what is really going on in the Solaris 7 games.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"Red" Reviews: Commando CMD-7S

Name: Commando CMD-7S

Mech Class: Light

Weight: 25 Tons

Tech Base: Inner Sphere

Primary Manufacturer:
Lyran Alliance (House Steiner)

Olympiad Mechwarriors:
All, Commando Challenge Mech

The Commando was commissioned in 2463 to be built by Coventry Metal Works (then known as Coventry Defense Conglomerate) as the Lyran Commonwealth's first reconnaissance BattleMech, but it is also used for close-range support due to its firepower. It carries four tons of armor, but against anything other than other light 'Mechs the difference in the amount of armor is negligible.

It is often claimed that the Commando was designed as a competitor with both the popular Wasp and Stinger light 'Mechs, but these were in fact only developed some years later (in 2471 and 2479, respectively).

The Commando is mainly in Lyran use, while the COM-2D is also produced in the Taurian Concordat and the Marian Hegemony deploys the COM-4H.  


COM-7S - This update of the Commando is built on an Endo Steel chassis and uses a Light Fusion engine. The 'Mech carries two Streak SRM-2 launchers, an SRM-4 with an Artemis IV Fire Control System, and two ER Medium Lasers.  

Saffron's Analysis:  
Quite the generous gift from Archon Katrina Steiner, over a dozen of the Commando 7S chassis's.

Solid design for 25 tons.  More firepower than should logically come from a light mech.  Armor is OK, Lyran Light Engine makes the mech a little more fragile than your average light mech.  The lack of Jump jets hurts the design, but really wouldn't be a commando if it was jumping around.

The mechwarrior that can hit while not being hit will walk away as champion of the Commando Challenge.

Rating: 4 of 10

Tech Readout:

Monday, September 19, 2011

Off Board Time: After Battle #6

Off Board tracking page for all transactions after Battle #6.

This will be the one stop place to see what everyone has done with their off board time.

The off board time order was determined by the order of elimination in Battle #6 getting the first slot.

*** Current Player *** by your player name indicates it is that players turn to purchase a mech.  You can purchase a mech after everyone has had a chance, but it is first come first serve at that point.
Will move this marker down as players email me their choices.  Watch this page as it will update all month long.

1) Chef (Dave)   
Spend 22 CP and $8,955,488 C-Bills
Selected Lyran Alliance - House Steiner faction
Waiting til after Commando Challenge

2) Peacekeeper (Rob)
Dumped Sponsor (Shengli Arms... -2 Fame, -4 CP, -$450,000)

Waiting til after Commando Challenge

3) Gunner (Larry)  
Selected Mercenary faction.
Bought Awesome AWS-9Q
Learned Weapons Specialist Inner Sphere PPC skill
Took Toughness Ability

4) Ace (Dereck)  

Clint Bowyer for the Win!!!...Go Smoke!

5) Mayday (Mitch)


6) G-Force (Gregg)  
Selected Free Rasalhauge Republic
Bought Cluster Expert (Missiles)


7) Bad Wolf (Jeff)


8) Irish (Jay)  
Sells Hunchback and Goliath
Joins Blake's Castaways Stable
Lands Diamond Shark Sponsorship
Buys Edge
Modifies Black Knight to "Reaver" version

9) Buck (Lee)


To Welker...Touchdown Patriots!

10) BlackJack (Scott) 

Sell Hunchback and Grasshopper, repair Cyclops
Join Starlight
Sign With NAIS
Learn Cluster Fire Expert: Direct Fire
Learn Weapon Expert: RAC
Modify Cyclops from 11-G variant to the new 11-BJ variant

11) Flashy (Fab)  

12) Firebush (Kyle)
Lowers Piloting

13) Prez or ??? (Josh)  *** Current Player ***
Or reset and...Need Faction choice, Name, Callsign, Image, Spend 22 CP and $8,955,488 C-Bills

14) ???  (Joel)
Need Name, Callsign, Image, Spend 22 CP and $8,955,488 C-Billsd

Sunday, September 18, 2011

After Action Report: Battle #6

Setting: Steiner Coliseum


Dereck Hunchback HBK-4P
Fab Mad Cat A
Gregg Grasshopper GHR-5N
Jay Black Knight BL-12-KNT
Jeff Stormcrow B
Kyle Awesome AWS-9Q
Larry Hunchback HBK-4H
Lee Awesome AWS-9Q
Mitch Hatchetman HCT-6D
Rob Vindicator VND-5L
Scott Cyclops CP-11-G
DaveAwesome AWS-9Q

 Order of Elimination

  1. Dave - KIA - Fab (Mitch, Lee also hit)
  2. Rob - Surrendered - Jeff & Jay
  3. Larry -  Ammo Explosion Ejection - Jay, Scott, Dereck
  4. Dereck -Mech Destroyed - Lee, Scott (same Phase as Mitch)
  5. Mitch - Mech Destroyed - Kyle, Fab (same Phase as Dereck)
  6. Gregg - KIA - Fab (Kyle also hit)
  7. Jeff - Mech Destroyed - Jay, Kyle
  8. Jay - Surrendered - Kyle
  9. Lee - Mech Destroyed - Scott, Kyle
  10. Scott - Surrendered - Fab, Kyle
  11. Fab - Mech Destroyed - Kyle
  12. Kyle - Winner!
Key Moments:

Fabby head capping two players...