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Primer Introduction

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Why this Primer?[edit | edit source]

That’s a hell of a question, MechWarrior. Here’s what I know. There are a lot of people asking a lot of questions in a lot of different places. Many of them have made the effort to find the information they’re looking for, but it can be a real challenge to track it all down. And there is a lot of information out there to find. I would try to quantify it for you, but I don’t think I could do that without using the word “ton” prefixed by a four-letter epithet. Since this is a family show, I’ll pass on doing that for now.

I’ve read a lot of comments by people in the MWO forums saying they couldn’t find this, that, or the other tidbit of information. I’ve also read a lot of comments where people tried to answer a question by linking to two or three different dev blogs and Q & A sessions. Of course, I’ve also seen a handful of requests from people asking for one single source of information about MWO.

So I decided to create one.

The purpose of this document is to try to collect all of the official information we have about MechWarrior®: Online™ into one single document. A document which can be disseminated freely to the masses, and which can be relatively easily updated as things change. That’s what this primer is meant to be. The second goal of this primer is to present all of that information in a form that is easy to digest for people who are new to MechWarrior.

So have at it, MechWarrior. Everything you need to know about the game is contained in these pages. Everything, that is, that you’re allowed to know. If you don’t find what you’re looking for in here, then the information probably isn’t public yet. The game is in its beta testing phase, which means there are still a few things being worked out within the game. When reading this document it is paramount that you remember all of these concepts are, themselves, still in beta. Every single one of them is subject to change before the game goes live. The devs and beta testers are also not allowed to reveal any information which has not been made publicly available, so there are many game concepts which can’t be commented on in a public document such as this.

Scattered throughout this primer you may find topics that you’d like more detail on, particularly if you are new to BattleTech or MechWarrior video games. In the Appendix you will find lists of commonly used acronyms and web links that may be helpful to you in your quest to better understand the universe. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, or have suggestions for improving this primer, I can be contacted via my talk page on the MWO Wiki or via the thread for this primer in the official MWO forums.

If you would like to be able to read this file offline, you can download the PDF version here.

Happy hunting.


MWO Primer Contents[edit source]


  • One or two parts of the Primer are constantly updated. The PDF version however, is not. (Another PDF version might be made.) ==MeepSire