So… I'm playing 41-VEX and trying to figure out how medicine is supposed to work. Forget the beginner's book; I'm more or less rebuilding VEX using the updated beta rules and all.
And I can't make head or tail of it.
In the Medicine skill, it says I can use the skill to do "routine first aid". Well and good. It explains that there's a difficulty, and I heal wounds equal to the number of successes, but I can only try to fix a critical wound once per week.
But that's where it gets weird. It says additional successes above what's needed for healing can "be spent to reduce the target's healing time by 1 hour per success spent". Okay, so what's the normal healing time? And what does healing time mean exactly? No information.
So I flip to Recovery and Healing (p 143), and I find that "a character may attempt a medicine check to help a character heal wounds" once per target per encounter. Okay, that makes sense, I guess; I can heal each ally once per fight as a single action, and my Surgeon talent will enhance that. Cool. But what's that thing about reducing healing time then? And how often can I attempt medicine checks outside combat to help heal wounds? Can I bring my whole party down to zero wounds, given a few hours to work (assuming no critical injuries to deal with)?
And then there's medical equipment.
The emergency medpac says it allows me to heal others "without penalty, as detailed on page 143". I checked 143 and it makes no mention of medpacs whatsoever. And what does "without penalty" mean, exactly? Are we talking about without the difficulty dice, or does 143 fail to mention something about setback dice if you lack proper tools?
Because the full medpac has the same text about "without penalty" but refers to page 77, which also doesn't refer to any penalties for lacking equipment (but the section on 'complex medical procedures' does mention needing proper materials for those sorts of checks).
So I guess I'm totally confused about when I can do medicine, how long it takes, and what materials I need on hand to do so.