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Old June 5th, 2021, 09:44 PM
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I recently picked up a copy of Psionic Institutes; T4 isn't my usual edition, but I thought the book might be useful for other points in the timeline. I'm not sure if I missed something while reading through the book, but I didn't see any use of the generated Departmental Quality (DQ) other than needing a number greater than 0 for the department to exist. Everything in the book seems to run off the overall Quality of Institution (QI) with no reference to DQ. Did I miss something (either in this book, another book, or errata), or does DQ serve no purpose at all?
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could it be a left hand/right hand editing mistake
and the two values are meant to be one and the same?
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could it be a left hand/right hand editing mistake
and the two values are meant to be one and the same?
That's entirely possible, but it would be one heck of a multi-page error in both text and formulas. QI is calculated for the school as a whole based on the student/instructor ratio, amenities rating, and DMs based on institutional type (educational, government, commercial, or secret). The department ratings are calculated individually for each psionic discipline (Awareness, Clairvoyance, etc), and only have DMs for institutional type, which are very different from the DMs for QI. They're also separate categories for the Universal Institute Descriptor. My first expectation was that they would be the maximum rating that a school could train a student to, but as far as I can tell there's no purpose to them in the text of the book.
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That's entirely possible, but it would be one heck of a multi-page error in both text and formulas.
This IS T4 we're talking about here, so, this isn't necessary unreasonable.
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Very true, but I feel like it's more likely to be one of the (many) omissions in the rules rather than a consolidation. Unfortunately, the only errata for Psionic Institutes in the T4 Consolidated Errata is the omission of the text for Lightning Calculator, and I didn't find any reference to this in a search (admittedly cursory) of board topics.
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Very true, but I feel like it's more likely to be one of the (many) omissions in the rules rather than a consolidation. Unfortunately, the only errata for Psionic Institutes in the T4 Consolidated Errata is the omission of the text for Lightning Calculator, and I didn't find any reference to this in a search (admittedly cursory) of board topics.
I suspect most of us who used it used only the powers, not the rest of it...
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