I just joined a MechWarrior group that uses the old 3rd edition books. I was handed a PreGen from the core book (The Federated Suns Technician)1, which lists the "Computer" skill.

However, during play, I was told that in some later book (still in the 3rd edition) that skill had been split up into "Operation", "Programming", and "Hacking". Which book is that skill-split in, and does that book also contain a rule on how to adapt a character that was made without that book?

1 - MechWarrior 3rd Edition (FASA #1715) (1999) p. 70/71.


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This was added in Classic BattleTech Companion (FanPro #10975), an expansion to 3rd edition first published in 2003. The relevant text is on page 107.

This skill has been revised as a cascading skill that lets a character choose to specialize in various areas of the computer field. For the purpose of roleplaying, the computer skill has been broken down into three areas of specialization: Computer/Operations, Computer/Programming, and Computer/Hacking. Each skill gives the character a working knowledge and a chance to become an expert in the specialization they choose. (INT/WIL)

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    \$\begingroup\$ That's... FanPro #10975? \$\endgroup\$
    – Trish
    Oct 8, 2021 at 0:06
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    \$\begingroup\$ yes, that's the one :) \$\endgroup\$ Oct 8, 2021 at 0:26

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