From the announcement:
It’s been a long, long haul to get here…and there’s still a ton of work to do on this project…however, we’ve hit a new, huge milestone today…the Open Beta Test for Interstellar Operations begins today!
I’ve added an “Interstellar Operations Open Beta Test” section to the downloads page. Copying and pasting that text here to clarify what this is all about and what it means.
In Interstellar Operations, players are staged up to the final scale of play (above Tactical Operations and Strategic Operations), where they can assume the roles of a House Lord or Clan Khan and dominate the galaxy. Interstellar Operations rules represent months in the BattleTech universe, the time frame for conquering numerous star systems.
Interstellar Operations is currently under development, with no release date set yet. However, part of that development is to release every section in an Open Beta Playtest that will allow players to use the rules and provide feedback. The first PDF is found below…more PDFs will be adding in the coming weeks and months.
Note that these PDFs are NOT final; they have no art, “p. XX”s exist, and so on. They are provided in a clear, pre-final form for use, but the final layout with art and additional corrections (as determined by the playtest) will be different.