ok, those of you talking crap about the role playing and leveling aspect of the game and acting like that has no place in battle tech or mechwarrior are showing yourselves to be clueless noobs where this game and universe are concerned.
The entire game started as a pen and paper game. I spent many an hour playing battle-tech and mehcwarrior while growing up. we had a group of about 10 or so of us that met regularly.
This game is perfectly suited for the MMO system of leveling and unlocks. anyone who has the classic mechwarrior compendium from the mid 80's will be familiar with this. It is a deep, detailed, fully fleshed out role playing system with as complex of rules as D&D from that era.
The Whales name is Bob.