However

*,*from the Attack by Natives table I suspect that at least some tables in the first edition

*MechWarrior*RPG (hereafter

*MW1e*) are carefully non-arbitrary, and from my survey of Notable Pilots I know that numbers in

*MW1e*can correlate systematically with numbers in other books. (Humans, writers especially, like to be consistent and will reuse numbers when they can.) In particular I want to look at the chart where players roll a d36 to choose their starting faction. Chances/36:

7 - Davion

6 - Kurita

5 - Steiner

5 - Marik

4 - Liao

2 - Bandit King

7 - Unaffiliated

*(*~~i.e.~~

**e.g.,**periphery)I doubt it's a coincidence that Marik gives you 5 chances and produces 5x100 'Mechs/year, or that Liao gives you 4 and produces 4x100 'Mechs/year. I think it's reasonable to take Davion production as 700 'Mechs/year, Kurita 600/year, and Steiner 500/year for a total of 2700 'Mechs produced annually across the whole Inner Sphere.

I also want to look at the "Standard Enemy Forces Table." It's easy to find the chance of any 'Mech turning up in a given lance type, and I've roughly calculated the chance of each lance type turning up during a "Battlefield Encounter."

If I take the ratio of

*Valkyries*to other light 'Mechs encountered as also being the ratio of

*Valkyries*to other light 'Mechs manufactured annually, and assume there are [30% of 2700] light 'Mechs produced annually,

*MW1e*yields an annual production of 128.4 Valkyries. This is close to the 130 cited in TR:3025.

This vindicates my assumption about annual Davion, Kurita and Steiner production rates, and shows that the lance table is at least a

*reasonable*guide for individual 'Mechs. It doesn't have every 'Mech on it, of course, so I'm hoping (for instance) that more precise calculations will push the

*Valkyrie*entry up to 146/year to cover both

*Valkyrie*and

*Spider*production.

*BattleForce*says that 30% of all 'Mechs are light 'Mechs, but I'm reluctant to assume that same 30% also applies to annual production. Hopefully more precise calculations will let me discard that 30% weighting factor.

I like these numbers. Production numbers--especially old school production numbers--are always interesting to me.

ReplyDeleteThat's good, because I've got a lot of notes on this, and I'm hoping to post a bunch about it.

ReplyDeletePlease do. I'm also reading the old books again and I'm curious what you make of them. Cheers!

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