I always understood that people with comp ops below 5 basically shouldn't bother prospecting and based on this information, assumed that skill level had a substantial effect upon the odds of finding RM deposits. However, if I'm reading the formula in the rules correctly, this doesn't appear to be the case at all.

Chance of finding = ( 1 + Total Sensors(Comp Op÷(30+0.05)) ) × Terrain Prob

If we assume 12 sensors (I presume that's the sensor output of 12 groundhogs, but am not fully sure how sensors work), then the Terrain Prob "modifier" is x1 for Comp Ops 0, x1.29 for Comp Ops 3 and x1.53 for Comp Ops 5. Given a maximum Terrain Prob of 10% in the case of mountains, we're talking a 5% difference...which is fairly small in the grand scheme of things.

So...I have two questions:

1. Are my calculations actually correct, or am I misunderstanding something?

2. If my calculations

I'd be most grateful for any insight into this area of the game! :)

Chance of finding = ( 1 + Total Sensors(Comp Op÷(30+0.05)) ) × Terrain Prob

If we assume 12 sensors (I presume that's the sensor output of 12 groundhogs, but am not fully sure how sensors work), then the Terrain Prob "modifier" is x1 for Comp Ops 0, x1.29 for Comp Ops 3 and x1.53 for Comp Ops 5. Given a maximum Terrain Prob of 10% in the case of mountains, we're talking a 5% difference...which is fairly small in the grand scheme of things.

So...I have two questions:

1. Are my calculations actually correct, or am I misunderstanding something?

2. If my calculations

*are*correct, why the need for a Level 5 Operator? Assuming the RM deposits are not generated by a successful prospecting check, but in some way already exist, wouldn't it be better to have two lower level operators prospect the same square?I'd be most grateful for any insight into this area of the game! :)