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BattleTech Game Systems => A Time of War => Topic started by: Phicksur on 27 July 2018, 13:08:02

Title: Interactions between Fast Learner and Tech Empathy
Post by: Phicksur on 27 July 2018, 13:08:02
I have seen two different answers on these forums, and want to know how this works.

To play around, I was trying to build an NPC tech using the player rules (because I want to be able to know how to make PCs), so I grabbed Fast Learner and Tech Empathy.

Fast Learner gives you a 10% discount (as is evidenced by the chart) on ALL skills, while Tech Empathy gives you a 10% discount on just Technician specializations.

Are these discounts additive...

Rank |Normal Cost |Fast Learner |Fast Learner & Tech Empathy
1
30
27
24

or multiplicative?

Rank |Normal Cost |Fast Learner |Fast Learner & Tech Empathy
1
30
27
25

Apparently there was also some discrepancy between the cost reduction for Fast Learner being 20% or 10%. In the copy of the PDF I have seen, both text and chart are 10% so I am presuming that is what ended up being correct.
Title: Re: Interactions between Fast Learner and Tech Empathy
Post by: monbvol on 27 July 2018, 19:21:11
1. Fast Learner was upped to 20% some time ago.

2. The bonuses are additive.  So if both apply to the same skill that is a 30% XP reduction.

I have an excel spreadsheet around here somewhere that has all the possible combinations of the XP to skill rank conversions.  There are a fair number.

Good adventuring.
Title: Re: Interactions between Fast Learner and Tech Empathy
Post by: Daryk on 28 July 2018, 10:38:14
Specifically, Fast Learner was changed to 20% by the AToW Errata v2.02 (https://bg.battletech.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/A-Time-of-War-v2.02-2015-07-05.pdf?x64300) in July of 2015 (it's on page 2 of that document).  Also on that page, the phrase "after character creation" was added to Tech Empathy.  The bonuses will still stack, just not during initial creation.
Title: Re: Interactions between Fast Learner and Tech Empathy
Post by: Phicksur on 28 July 2018, 19:21:21
I presume that Gremlin also doesn't apply during character creation?
Title: Re: Interactions between Fast Learner and Tech Empathy
Post by: Daryk on 28 July 2018, 19:50:56
Correct... it's on the same page with the others.  The Errata is only 7 pages long.