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Here are some of the tables and style conventions to follow for making new pages.

Battletech Writing Guide

From this archived page we can follow the BattleTech naming conventions:

The following words must always appear in the form shown below:

BattleMech, OmniMech, ’Mech, MechWarrior, BattleTech, Classic BattleTech, DropShip, JumpShip, WarShip, aerospace and conventional fighter (no caps), OmniFighter, and ProtoMech. It is important to note that the word ’Mech must have the backward apostrophe (facing away from the M): ’Mech, not ‘Mech.

All BattleMech, ProtoMech, aerospace fighter, small craft, DropShip, JumpShip and WarShip units (as well as the vessel name in the case of DropShips, JumpShips and WarShips) should be italicized. For example: AtlasStukaOceans of the StarsUnion-class DropShip. 

Other italicized words include all foreign language and ranks (with the exception of the Lyran Alliance/Commonwealth ranks) as well as traditional Clan words: jawakarimas-kaTai-saseylasurat. Epigraphs (the location and date stamp seen in chapter headers) are italicized as well, as are quotations taken out of the body text and placed as a header. 

’Mech and aerospace fighter variant/configuration designations, such as AS7-K and STU-K15, are not italicized. Additionally, vehicles and all infantry, including battle armor, are not italicized.

Any command military number designation equal to or under 100 should be spelled out. For example: Twenty-first Galedon Regulars and Ninety-seventh Adder Sentinels. While any over (222nd Cobra Fang) retain their numeral designation; never use superscript for such designations.

Clan commands are always capitalized. Such as with Point, Star, Nova, Trinary, Supernova, Cluster, Galaxy, and Touman. Clans do not have an "officer" or "enlisted" corps. They have trueborn and freeborn, and every rank is a regimented form of their "Warrior Corps." These include Point Commander, Star Commander, Star Captain, Star Colonel, and Khan which are capitalized.

The term "House" generally does and should apply to one of the five ruling dynasties. House Davion. House Steiner. House Marik. House Liao. House Kurita. The rare exceptions will occur if dealing with Confederation Warrior Houses and Clan Bloodname Houses. These should be detailed as follows: Warrior House Dai Da Chi, the House of Ward. Other ruling families or important noble lines may be referred to as "ruling lines" or "dynasties" or another appropriate description.

"Clan" should be capitalized whenever referring to the descendents of Kerensky. Clan Jade Falcon. I am a Clan warrior. The Northwind Highlanders also use the term "clan" of course, and should be capitalized only when used with a proper name: Clan McDougal. Yakuza clans are not capitalized excepted when used as part of a full name: the Nogachi Clan.

'Mech Page Template

The 'Mech "landing page" displays what little traits are common across all variants of a design and links to each variant. It also serves as a page to quickly compare variants most important info on regards to choosing a chassis for customization and pricing.

BattleMech Style Guide

"Infobox Mech" guide: Template:Infobox Mech

'Mech Variant Page Template

HBS's file system puts the majority of 'Mech data in the chassisdef and mechdef files and these are created per variant. These pages will have the real hard data users are looking for in a specific 'Mech.

MechVariant Style Guide

Infobox MechVariant guide: Template:Infobox MechVariant

Weapons Page Template

In Progress, see Medium Laser for now.

Weapons Data Table - Non-Sortable

Name Damage Instability Heat Long Range Short Range Minimum Range Ammo/Ton Special Tons Crits Cost Ammo Cost/Ton
Medium Laser 25 - 12 270 180 - - - 1 1 64,000 -
Large Laser 40 - 30 450 300 - - - 5 2 164,500 -
PPC 50 20 37 540 360 90 - Sensors Impaired +1 7 3 171,500 -

Weapons Data Table - Sortable w/Type Column

Type Name Damage Instability Heat Long Range Short Range Minimum Range Ammo/Ton Special Tons Crits Cost Ammo Cost/Ton
Energy Medium Laser 25 - 12 270 180 - - - 1 1 64,000 -
Energy Large Laser 40 - 30 450 300 - - - 5 2 164,500 -
Energy PPC 50 20 37 540 360 90 - Sensors Impaired +1 7 3 171,500 -

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