The Unofficial Robotech Reference Guide was one of the most comprehensive fan resources dedicated to the Robotech series. It originated as entries from the glossaries of the fanfic Robotech: Objective Reflex Point, by Peter Walker and Anand Rao. The glossaries were composed by Pieter Thomassen and Peter Walker, with considerable input by Rob Morgenstern (especially on the auxiliary aircraft, ground vehicles, and Centaur tank), Aubry Thonon (especially on the timeline, and on the GMP hoverplatform), Egan Loo (on the Macross and Mospeada-era mecha and ships) and by the observations and thoughts of many others including Jason Smith, Stephan Bennett (aka Pumukl), Neil Baumgardner, Roland Thigpen, Nathan Babcook, Stan Bundy, Mike Choi, Bjorn Palmquist, Alex Fauth, Ratinox, and Chris Meadows.
As the glossaries expanded, it became known as the Robotech Tech Files. Later, as more essays were added to further define the Robotech universe, the site was finally renamed The Robotech Reference Guide. In December of 1999, the '2060 Edition' tag was added to the title to emphasize the time period the site was written from and to pre-empt any confusion if Robotech 3000 ever took off.
As far as the writers of the site were concerned, they have tried to be as comprehensive and accurate as possible, but their information should not be taken to be 'canon' within the Robotech universe - and only as a version of it in their original fanfic. The site itself would later inspire and become the basis for Robotech Visions Wiki Project.
Order of SourcesEdit
In trying to define The Unofficial Robotech Reference Guide's version of the Robotech universe, the team had to specify a lot of their sources in terms of importance and canonical weight. This was their pecking order:
- The original Robotech television show (that was the 85 aired episodes plus the Sentinels video) was given the absolute highest credence. The only times the writers deliberately contradicted the show was when the show was internally inconsistent, contained miscellaneous errors made by second-tier animators, and portrayed dramatic absurdities. Opening and closing credit sequences were not considered as canon; hence, no nose laser on the Alpha Fighter.
- The original Japanese source material was next. Where the show was silent about the details of a specific mecha or ship, the Japanese source material was used in so far as it didn't contradict those plot elements that distinguished Robotech from the Japanese originals (for example, the mecha use protoculture powerplants, no matter what the Japanese source material says). Drawings were given more credence than written material, as the drawings represented what was seen in the footage most directly. In cases where the footage and the written Japanese sources conflict, a judgment call must be made. In general, the footage took precedence.
- Carl Macek's notes and comments in Robotech Art 3 and elsewhere, and the Comico Graphic Novel, Genesis: Robotech (in which Macek had a hand) come after that. Mainly these sources were useful in making guesses on the chronology and history of the Tirolians and Invid, which were not detailed in any footage, and on the nature of the Flower of Life and Protoculture. In addition, the Sentinels plotline is based on the Macek original from Robotech Art 3, and not from the McKinney novels.
- Common sense extrapolations were next in importance. There's a lot of grey area to be play edwith in describing the Robotech mecha and their histories, so the writers filled in the holes, using their best judgment and knowledge of real science and technology. It had been their goal, however, not to fill in details that contradict the show, in letter or spirit.
- The Palladium Role-Playing Game was almost last. It was often in error with respect to the show, and frequently misread the source material at its disposal.
- The novels and comics were last. As they tended to feed off each other and drifted away from the show, they weren't too much use, considering that remaining completely consistent with the TV show as far as possible was their goal. The same went for data printed on the American toys.
- Macross: Perfect Memory © 1983 by Minori Library, Big West and MBS.
- Macross: The Movie, a.k.a. The Macross Gold Book, © 1984 Shogakukan. ISBN4-09-170501-4
- This is Animation #3: The Super Dimensional Fortress-1: Macross © 1983 Shogakukan. ISBN4-09-101506-9
- This is Animation #5: The Super Dimensional Fortress-1: Macross © 1983 Shogakukan. ISBN4-09-101508-5
- This is Animation #7: The Super Dimensional Fortress-1: Macross © 1983 Shogakukan. ISBN4-09-101510-7
- This is Animation #11: Macross '84 Summer (DYRL) © 1984 Shogakukan. ISBN4-09-101514-X
- This is Animation Special: Macross Plus © 1995 Shogakukan. ISBN4-09-101581-6
- This is Animation: Macross - Original Illustration © 1983 Shogakukan. ISBN4-09-199522-5
- Entertainment Bible#51: Macross © Bandai. ISBN4-89189-204-8
- Mediax Mook 53: Macross Digital Mission VF-X © 1997 Mediax, © 1997 P's PSYTEC inc. ISBN4-89613-753-1
- This is Animation #10: Super Dimension Cavalry: Southern Cross © 1984 Shogakukan. ISBN4-09-101513-1
- My Anime Magazine, September 1983 - September 1984 © 1983/84 Akita Shoten.
- My Anime Magazine, "Southern Cross" insert, June 1984 © 1984 Akita Shoten.
- The Anime Magazine, November 1983 - November 1984 © 1983/84 Kindaieiga-sha.
- Animedia Magazine, June, September 1984, © 1984 Gakken.
- Animec Magazine, October 1983 - September 1984, © 1983/84.
- Out Magazine, October 1983 - September 1984, © 1983/84.
- Animage Magazine, August, September, November, December 1983 / April - September 1984, © 1983/84 Tokuma Shoten.
- B-Club Special #9: ARTMIC Design Works, a.k.a Artmic Bible, © 1987 ARTMIC, published by Bandai. ISBN 4-89189-325-7
- Animedia's Genesis Climber MOSPEADA Color Graffiti, © 1984 Gakken.
- Entertainment Bible#16: ARTMIC 1 © Bandai. ISBN4-89189-099-1. pp. 2-9, 19-57
- Genesis Climber MOSPEADA book, Hong Kong or Taiwan.
- Gakken "File for Animeca" vol. 2
- Official Art of Megazone 23 vol. 1, © Oidoru-ARTMIC, published by LARK Mechanical Manual.
- Official Art of Megazone 23 Part II vol. 2, © Oidoru-ARTMIC, published by LARK Mechanical Manual.
- B-Club Special: Megazone 23, Parts I, II, and III Perfect Data Book © Victor, ARTMIC, AIC. Published by Bandai. ISBN4-89189-476-8.
- Megazone 23 © 1985 Kindaieiga-sha. 66587-36.
- Megazone 23 Part II © 1986 Kindaieiga-sha. 05318-7.
American Art BooksEdit
- Robotech Art 1 © 1986 Kay Reynolds and Ardith Carlton, published by Donning Books. ISBN0-89865-412-2
- Robotech Art 2 © 1987 Kay Reynolds (ed.), published by Donning Books. ISBN0-89865-417-3, pp. 67-109.
- Robotech Art 3 © 1988 Carl Macek, published by Donning Books. ISBN0-89865-575-7
American Role-Playing Game BooksEdit
- Robotech: The Role-Playing Game © 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 Kevin Siembeda, published by Palladium Books. ISBN0-916211-21-5
- The Robotech RPG Book Two: RDF Manual © 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 Kevin Siembeda, published by Palladium Books. ISBN0-916211-23-1
- The Robotech RPG Book Three: Zentraedi © 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 Kevin Siembeda, published by Palladium Books. ISBN0-916211-22-3
- The Robotech RPG Book Four: Southern Cross © 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 Kevin Siembeda, published by Palladium Books. ISBN0-916211-27-4
- The Robotech RPG Book Five: Invid Invasion © 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 Kevin Siembeda, published by Palladium Books. ISBN0-916211-28-2
- Robotech II: The Role-Playing Game - The Sentinels © 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 Kevin Siembeda, published by Palladium Books. ISBN0-916211-33-9
- Robotech II: The Sentinels - REF Field Guide © 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 Kevin Siembeda, published by Palladium Books. ISBN0-916211-36-3
Other American SourcesEdit
- Robotech II: The Sentinels - The Illustrated Handbook, volumes 2 and 3, © 1991 Malibu Graphics, published by Eternity Comics.
- Robotech II: The Sentinels - The Malcontent Uprisings, Issues 1-12, © 1990 Malibu Graphics, published by Eternity Comics.
- Sentinels Animation Sheet used in Valivarre file provided by Alex Fauth. Original source unknown.
- This reference guide to the Robotech era was produced with help from the following references:
- Jane's All the Galaxy's Fighting Ships, 2051 edition.
- Jane's All the Galaxy's Mecha, 2054 edition.
- Modern Small Arms and Armor, by Anthony Postert, New Monument Press, © 2052.
- REF Officer's Manual, Military Publication Code 213/OM-46A, publication date, 2046.
- Declassified REF documents archive, RRG/TS/SCI-TIR/RH/DOC-56372(Biol), Tirolian Infiltration and Termination Agent.
- Ancient Legacy: A History of Tirol, by Joy Roth, Cambridge University Press, © 2050.
- The Truth Behind Protoculture, by Peter Walker, North American University Press, © 2049, 2051.