A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy, Far, Far Away.... (devillin@juno.com)
Thu, 17 Jun 1999 05:36:42 -0400


> The Japanese versions?? BT was made by a US company called FASA which
was
> recently bought up by Microsoft. But anyway, FASA made BT to be a
mock
> up/exact copy of Macross (Robotech for you US only fans), and so the
> Macross creators didn't like FASA's illegal copying so BT was slowly
> converted to the "ugly" looking mechs as seen now.

And the survey says? Wrong, on all counts.
1) FASA Interactive was bought by Microsoft. A completely separate
company.
2) FASA had aquired a license to distribute Macross models and other
assorted
merchandise. Due to a change in business, they instead made Battletech
and used
the images they had aquired a license to use.
3) Tastunoko had nothing to do with FASA's using their images, since as
far as they
are concerned, FASA did get a license to use their images. Harmony Gold
was the
company that had problems with FASA using the Macross images, becuase
they
are the ones who distribute Robotech.
4) FASA stopped using the original "Unseen" because Harmony Gold
threatened
to put them out of business by sueing them every chance they got. Harmony
Gold's
lawsuits wouldn't hold any water, but nothing was stopping them from
constantly
sueing and letting the lawyer fees drive FASA into bankruptcy.
5) FASA made a Japanese version of their 3rd Edition game, and hired the
same
artists who did the original Macross, Dougram, and Crusher Joe mecha
designs
to make new variants of the original mecha so that they could distribute
it in
Japan.
6) Said designs filtered into the American Battletech through the Solaris
boxed
set and the Tech Readout 3050 as either new variants of the original
mechs, or
as Clan IIC versions of the original mechs.
7) While said designs are still legal for tournament battles and mention
in novels,
FASA will no longer be using their images. Instead, for game purposes,
they have
been replaced in the Tech Readouts by dumbed down versions of mechs that
originally appeared in the Star League Tech Readout.

While not the whole truth, this is as much of the truth that FASA is
being allowed
to tell its fans.

--
Linwood Foster,   The_Sentinel@Gundam.Com
3 of 10, Rec.Games.Mecha Moderation Team
10th Lyran Guards, The Revenants.
http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Shadowlands/1315

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