Good Afternoon Ladies, Gentlemen and Sentient Creatures,
Today we are going to once again talk about Science in our game. Now in previous posts we’ve discussed the mechanics of how Theory and Practice work, and the different schools of Science. Today’s post is more general and meant to give people an idea of what it means to have a certain rank of science. Now the game is set in a fantasy world similar to Victorian England, and as such the structure of education is not quite what it is today. In order to better help people understand I will be using current educational models to help you relate. So first, Theory vs. Practice.
Practice is on the job training of specialized manual labor, either through some kind of apprenticeship or just flat out doing it until you get it right.
So Practice 1 is equivalent to taking a semester of Autoshop, or a few Pottery Classes or a First Aid Course. Not a lot of formal training, and after a few months you get the basics of it and can get better on your own.
Practice 2 would be a formal apprenticeship. Now you are fairly competent at making things. Perhaps you had a factory job or you worked in a machine shop. You know things that take a few months to learn and possibly years to master.
Practice 3 now gets to the point where you are highly trained or specialized labor. You are not only competent in your field, you are sought after by people who need this specialized skill as one of the best in the business.
Practice 4 makes you an artisan. You are so good with your hands that you are renown in your particular craft.
Theory is more formal education, rather than hands on. Formal schooling as well as working in a laboratory environment provide you with the knowledge represented by this skill.
Theory 1 would be the equivalent of a High School AP course in the given field. You are above the chaff, but by no means are you an expert in the field.
Theory 2 would be a formal Bachelor of Science degree, a double major, or multiple Bachelor degrees depending on how many ranks of Theory you are picking up in different fields and how you choose to roleplay it. You are highly educated and knowledgeable in your fields of study.
Theory 3 would be the equivalent of a Masters Degree or someone who has previously been published in a scientific journal. You may have managed a laboratory, overseeing other lab technicians to perform your work.
Theory 4 would be a Doctorate. You are a respected specialist in your field and have had several books published within the scientific community.
This is why we placed Theory 1 and Practice 1 on the general list, because there are characters that may have been exposed to some formalized education or training.