There are 3 basic (FOIP free) ways to learn skills:
- Study yourself
- Study using or from an item/building
- Be taught by another person
Generally being taught is significantly quicker, studying yourself is the slowest.
To teach another person: the “teach another character” action. Enter the character Id and the number of days then click the button next to the relevant skill. If you do not enter the number of days then the system will automatically set you as teaching for the time needed to completely teach that skill.
To study with an item: the “use item” action. If the “item” is a building, then use the “act at location” button and select the building from the list.
Study yourself “study a skill” action. Self studying priest skills is a different action called “pray for enlightenment”.
Note – some skills do not appear in the “study a skill” list. You cannot just learn them on your own. Generally these need certain items and are learned by studying that item. To take a basic skill example, you cannot just self study sword double. But if you have a crafted sword in your inventory you can use the “use item” action to learn sword double from that. If it needs an item to study then generally you do not need the item if you are being taught.
If you are taught a skill, then your character will move to the location of the teacher. This takes no time. Being taught teleports you instantly!
Generally these are straightforward if you know how long it takes to teach compared to how long it takes to self-study. Take study time, divide by teach time and that tells you how many days of self study the teaching is worth. Use it to calculate how many days of each you need.
E.g. You want to learn Tea Making this downtime, you can study with your Tea Pot and the system says it will take you 75 days. Your friend has Tea Making already, and their character sheet says it only takes 25 days to teach. You can from this work out that each day of teaching is worth 3 days of self study. Your friend is only free 20 days of DT, which they agree to teach you in. Since 20*3 = 60 and 75-60 = 15 you will need to study with your teapot for an additional 15 days to learn the tea making skill.
The ratios are different for different skills. If it comes out as a fraction, then the system rounds down. (e.g. If a day teaching is the same as 3.3 days self learning and you spend 3 days being taught it will only count as 9 days self learning and the extra .9 of a day will be lost.) My advice here is if in doubt, study for an extra day or 2. Better to lose a day than miss the skill. The DT system used to round fractions up to a whole day. It now rounds down