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[WOTC] Better Laboratory
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Sep 2, 2017 @ 6:33pm
Sep 9, 2017 @ 3:20pm
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[WOTC] Better Laboratory

Now updated for War of the Chosen!

Let's face it, labs are terrible. They cost a precious facility slot, lots of power, and oodles of cash in upkeep, in order to give you a small research boost that you probably can't even use. Breakthroughs are nice but if you feel like the lab still needs some help, try this out.

Material Rebates
Inspired by EU's workshop rebates. When a lab is installed, completing research will give you a rebate on the materials used.

The default rebate is 50% with one scientist, 75% with two.
So if Elerium research requires 40 elerium, you'll get around 20 or 30 elerium back when you finish it, assuming you have a properly staffed Lab.

Intel Bonuses
Like the rebates, this will give you a bit of extra Intel for decrypting ADVENT datapads. The bonus is approximately +50% for one scientist, +100% for two.

Upkeep Cost
Upkeep decreased somewhat, from 35/40 (Workshop cost) to 25/30 supplies. It still requires more power than a Workshop.

No class overrides, applies even to modded research projects. Compatible with existing saved games and can be removed at any time. Rebates even apply to research started before the mod was active.

This mod should be compatible with any mods that add more lab slots. By default, the additional slots do not increase rebates or intel bonuses, but this can be adjusted in the config file.
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Sir Luis Aug 16 @ 8:19pm 
can you add to the lab 4 slots thats increases a soldier will by +3 every 10 days?
Merostin May 18 @ 2:53pm 
great mod, but yeah, tune it down - youll get better ratings.
sure, you can do it yourself, but still... default should be less op.
Dragon32 Jan 18 @ 11:01am 
Change it in XComBetterLabs.ini
Siven Jan 18 @ 8:54am 
This would be a great mod if the rebate cost was lower to be more balanced.
Vaeringjar Sep 17, 2017 @ 6:40am 
I must agree. I had an inspired intel datathingy get me 90 intel, and then the lab gave me 80 more on top. The mod itself is great though.
atletikus Sep 17, 2017 @ 5:27am 
I agree with those who prefer a more toned down version. Labs are crazy overpowered now. I have hundreds of intel a few months into the game. Also there is a bug when you get lab bonus from research, you don't get notified of new research or breakthroughs.
Black Raven Sep 14, 2017 @ 9:54am 
quite like the idea beind the mod so I subbed but edited both materials & intel down to 10% and 20%, I prefer a subtle improvment
arti_llery Sep 11, 2017 @ 7:16pm 
@RainingMetal look at More Avenger Power mod. It's been quite handy.
RainingMetal Sep 6, 2017 @ 3:41pm 
There's so little room to build in WOTC now that many new facilities are added. I may look into a way to increase the Avenger's power reserves, or increase the power output from Power Relays...
Dragon32 Sep 4, 2017 @ 9:59am 
Crap. Clicked on the link, read it and then immediately thought it was another mod. Apologies.