Monday, April 27, 2020

Welcome To the site!

Hi!  If you're new here, and looking to download the fan-made TRO: 3063 and associated books (Record Sheets, Alpha Strike cards, etc), please use the map on the right and go to September 2012.  The first entry will be your destination.  I have installed new links for your downloading ease.


This site has been through a few changes due to my various dreams.

I wanted to get a German language version out.  I spent money and time on that and though the second guy was willing to do it, Real Life intervened and I realized I just didn't have the chops to do it.  Throwing money at a late project doesn't save the timetable.  And there didn't seem to be a demand. 

I stop in about once a quarter to my cloud storage and check the traffic specific to the download of the TRO.  I don't do this to feed my ego.  I do it to gauge the need for maintaining this place and the links. 

So far it seems substantial, enough to justify keeping this blog open and the cloud storage paid up.  For the past eight years, you folks coming here have been able to download this TRO to your heart's content. 

That shouldn't change. 

Enjoy your stay here.

Friday, August 04, 2017

We're Making Some Headway...

Hey, everyone!

Alex is back from summer vacation and is working on the translation for the back cover, the inside headers, etc.

I daily await my InDesign Dummies book, as I am eager to brush up on my old skills.  It can't be very hard; it's just that I did a brain dump in 2013, never guessing I would need the skills five years later.

Can't find the original InDesign disk, either, so here's hoping I never get a corrupted program!

I am working hard at completing my paperwork for the shipyard, looking for temporary work while I wait, and so on.  The days are wide open, and I should have time for everything.  If the weather would just cool down a bit, I might get more done!

This is one of the things I do when I am not working on, or playing with, Battletech:

Life counters and Trackers for Magic, The Gathering.

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Another Try at a German Translation...

    A translator by the name of Alexander Sosedow recently contacted me about continuing the German translation of TRO:3063.

Of course, I would like to see it completed.

So I sent him the pertinent files and we will peck away at the project, one entry at a time.

No telling when it will be completed.  End of the year would be great, but these things take time and according to Alex, there are at least 100,000 words to translate.

But!  He has the InDesign files and so it's up to him.  I will have to dig up my InDesign 3.0 for Dummies and re-learn how to drop text in and resize the pictures - stuff like that.

He's busy.  I am too, having recently lost my job at Trulife due to a reduction in force at the Poulsbo plant.  Lots of things to do - re-purpose my 401k, look for a job, work out in preparation for qualifying for a shipyard position, look for a job... like that.

Wish us luck.

Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Well, THAT Ship Has Sailed....

Hey, everybody.

I tried and tried to get a German translation going with Andre Winter, but it was just one thing after another.

I am  going to be honest with you all: when I 'Friended' Andre Winter on FaceBook, I was immediately carpet-bombed by an endless string of hard Left propaganda defending the Islamic onslaught of Europe and celebrating, frankly, perversion. I did not agree with most of this, but felt it should not get in the way of the project.  But nevertheless, I had a feeling this was not going to turn out well.

Leftists as a rule do not believe they have to follow the rules of right conduct if they are dealing with anyone who disagrees with them.  In that, they share a lot with Islam.  I was nervous that Andre, having discovered from my indignant comments that I was of the 'Other', would simply decide I didn't deserve his valuable time - contract be damned.

I still don't know if that is what went on, and I will never know.  But personal problems of one kind after another - funerals, bipolar diagnosis, vacation, piss-poor communications, trouble with word selection, other more pressing work - kept pushing the actual performance of the translation back and back and back.  And that is when Andre Winter even bothered to respond to my emails and FB messages.

It's been nearly a year.  Here's how it went:  "The Lyran section will hit you next Monday".  Monday comes and goes, nothing.  Lather, rinse, repeat about a dozen times.

I finally got sick of the empty promises and asked for my money back today.  He won't give it back. I immediately received a flood of excuses (mind you, he's been dead silent for a month and a half).  I Unfriended him and blocked his messages.  First time I have ever done that to ANYONE.

 So now I am out $300 and have nothing to show for it but a couple of translated pages and a worthless contract that Andre Winter violated at the beginning of February this year.  Oh, and a string of empty promises.

This guy has some serious problems.  One of them is that he's a damned liar.  I dunno - guess he figured I was just another fanboy.

If you need English-German translation done, I suggest you look elswhere.  Meanwhile, here is the contract:

Thanks for stopping by.  Sorry to disappoint you all.



Saturday, June 18, 2016

German Translation... Eight Months Later.

Hello, everyone.

Well, I signed the contract sometime in November and sent some money off in February.

Still haven't seen a thing.  I have proofreaders who have been promised time and again by the translator that something was coming.  

For a long time, nada.

Finally something showed up with Thomas and Nadja, the proofers, about the time I decided to pull the plug and ask for my money back.

So... I relented and we are all keeping in close touch on Facebook.

Draconis Combine is done, I think, and the Lyrans are next.  Slow going and there are issues of format (the German language often uses words that wind up not fitting in the same area as the original English text), but we should have something that works for German BattleTech fans soon.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

German Edition - I Can Get It, But I Need Help!


Last entry, I noted the slow (read: nonexistent) progress of the German translation of this fan-made Technical Readout.

I have since begun to speak in $$$ and things are changing.

My translator, who does such work for a living, has agreed to a sum I can *almost* manage.

In return, we have a full translation by the end of January.

I am going to put up a PayPal button and see what sort of interest is out there for a good translation of this book into Deutsche

Donate if you want to see it happen.  I have about a month to decide if there's going to be demand for it.  If there is, I will commit.   I need to gather at least US $850 - half the cost - before I can proceed.

Thank you!

Steve Satak

Saturday, September 26, 2015

An update on the various TRO:3063-related Projects....

Hello, everyone.

It's been nine months since my last post.  My apologies for the silence.

-  The German translation has bogged down, with the translator having other things to do in the Real World.  I am not sure when he will be able to work on it again... we may never see a German translation of the book, but that's life.  It was a great idea and started out very promising.  But it's 350+ pages and there's only one guy doing the work.  I will keep you updated if things change.

-  The 3063 Upgrade had funding at one point, but prices have gone up and keeping my son in college takes priority.  The folks who were to assist me in providing new machines had other projects in the works, and I was busy this summer with several non-BT projects of my own.  I did get a lot of work done on weeding out bad ideas, 'improvements' that were not really worth the effort, and the like through various reviews of the TRO found online.  The denizens of 4Chan seemed more concerned with factionalism, 'realism', flippancy and the like, so I have abandoned that venue as a source of input.

The Upgrade is NOT abandoned, but merely on the back burner for now; as soon as I clear the decks (November), I will begin working on the list of machines that will appear.  I am currently entertaining about 12 Mechs and 20 Vees, all to be Inner Sphere technology and placed in the year 3069.  I plan to have the writing and so forth finished by Spring of 2016, in time for the art to be laid down.

-  The Infantry Primer remains on hiatus, as I wait for the shuffling over at CGL to die down.  It has been nearly three years and with IO Beta, things appear to still be in flux.  Jon Morford has, in the last year, greatly impressed me with the potential for Vees and infantry in combat.  He has handed me my ass in at least two games - I doff my hat at these opportunities to improve my game!

There is a lot to be done with the 'squishies' on a BT battlefield, as they are far more effective now than they ever were in my mind.  My only complaint has been, and remains, that the rules for bombing, running infantry and so on are scattered across several books.  I want infantry and vees to be at least as easy to assess, assemble and play as Mechs.  Combined arms deployment should not have such a steep learning curve!  So in the next few months, I will confer with Jon and others and see if the scene has stabilized enough to get the ball rolling again.

-  My son is going off to France for school in a few days.  Wish him luck!  He will be over there for four months and we will miss him terribly.  This will be the first Christmas he has not been home in twenty years.

-  Bad Syntax is hard at work on a new BT unit generator, and by that, I mean something that uses the new rules to create just about any unit you care to have.  In his own words...

"This program will be an all-encompassing battletech support utility. But mostly it'll be a build-everything production, you can build everything in the game with it. This includes things never supported before like buildings, mobile structure, support vehicles, and infantry platoons. However, I'll have lots of other stuff implemented in there too like random tables, star maps, system generators, and whatever else I can think of.

It would be nice to get something stable like HMP that can be easily modified for new units in the coming years.

Thank you for stopping by.