With all of this pandemic stuff rolling around, I have had a significant amount of unstructured time fall into my hands. Here's what I've been doing with it.

First, more models painted. I currently have 27 miniatures waiting on an Army Painter dip and another 8 miniatures and 24 stands of Battle Armor waiting on detail painting. Once all those are painted, dipped, sealed and flocked, I'll be caught up. For a while, at least. I'm aiming for 7 battalions worth of units.

I'm also collaborating on a "COVID-19 friendly" BattleTech campaign. Should be seeing that in a couple of months.

Then there is Version 3 of See Mark Paint. A lot of practical experience to include, some new ideas and more practice needed on some things before I get to the actual writing and editing part.

Version 2.5 (or 3, haven't decided yet) of Roster Builder is still in the feature conceptualization stage. I know what the new features will be, I just have to figure out the interface and coding to "get there from here."

With all that out of the way, the whole reason for this post is to announce two articles in the Game Aids page, A BattleTech "To-Hit Computer" and a new compilation of thoughts on how to grow your local BattleTech community, after we can get closer than the next ZIP code over.

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ATTENTION EVERYONE! I just oploaded Roster Builder 2.0 to the website. Please feel free (because it is free) to download and enjoy it.

I added the Aircraft external ordinance, standardized the interface among all of the windows and a bunch of stuff behind the scenes.

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Everyone, I have rewritten my Tactics series and added a new article, so now there is Tactics 101, 201 and 301. Please read and enjoy.

I also stumbled across an article I found back in the 90's on "The 15 rules of wargaming." It had a British tone and 40k terminology, so I revamped it and made it more general. Please read and heed.

Last, but not least, a couple months back I saw an idea for a Battletech Escallation League, which is a way specifically new players to give them an incentive to sit down and paint miniatures. I took the time to clean it up and codify it into set rules and even addedd some cross referencing.

Enjoy all of these new articles.

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My apologies for the poor quality of the help video. Evidently I did not record it at high enough quality. I am rerecording the video and I have no idea how long that will take. Hopefully before Election Day.

In the mean time, the basic flow is this:

  1. Create a profile. PLEASE give a value to default roster size and year of battle. It goes a bit wonky if you don't. Fix is on the punch list.
  2. Create organizations. You can have up to ten orgs.
  3. Create non-Canon units. If you have custom units, enter them.
  4. Add Units to Organizations. This is where you put your combat units into the organizations.
  5. Once all this is done, then you can create rosters until the cows come home.

If my database does not have your unit, I'm getting updates in my copius free time.

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I now release my newest creation, seven months in the making. I hope you like it. You can read more about it and watch my walkthru video in the link below.

Battletech Roster Builder Version 1.0.

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