|From:||"Robert A. Hayden" <hayden@******.MANKATO.MSUS.EDU>|
|Subject:||Re: The revised whole PROPOSAL V3.0 (trying to get things going|
|Date:||Tue, 9 Aug 1994 14:58:15 +0100|
> We have also agreed on the fact that Psis should 'buy' their categories
> (disciplines) by means of tech points. At this point I'd like to recommend
> a rather high cost to encourage specialisation and to avoid the - lets buy
> them all and kick some ass - effect. How about rating X 2 ???
I think that is a little high. even at rating x1, you will assume that a
resonably specialized full=si will spend about 1/3 of their points on
> Disciplines that are not bought are considered latent, can be accessed
> through the expenditure of large summs of karma. How about 10-20, we could
> even make it a Mastery(Initiation) power ???
The karma cost would be related to the rating. If you want to go from 0
to 1, you would spend some proportionate amount.
> o Powers: They are 'skills' (they too will have to be bought with tech
> points, but the use of the term 'skills' is much more apropriate) Psis aquire
> through training and the everyday use of their powers. These skills help
> them to efficiently use their potential minimising waste of power and therefore
> executing specialised tasks with greater accuracy, confiderably less effort
> and greater results.
The use of the term 'skills' is going to be confusing. The accepted term
here has been 'abilities'.
> About the thing some of our list-comrades call 'hacking', I suggest
> that we simply let Psis use their Pool to 'cast' anything they want within
> their discipline(s). With a force NOT greater than half the discipline rating.
> Our next test subject Alloysius Q. Knowitall is an extremely gifted Psi, he
> has a rating in all the disciplines. Now Ambrosius and Al go out for a walk
> and our first subject (Ambrosius) decides to shield himself from the wrath
> of the elements, Alloysious however does not have the power of 'Rain Shield'
> and so tries to use his pure TK to stop the rain from destroying his tre chick
> outfit. He has a Pool of 6 (Willpower 6 and Maximum rating of 3 - Telepathy),
> this gives him 6 dice in all. He 'casts' Rain Shield with 3 dice and keeps
> 3 dice for the drain - the 'spells' force however is 1, as his Telekinesis
> rating is 2 - barely keeping him dry.
The problem here is that the standard psi pool does not reflect hacking
abilities. The result was the Psionic Hacking Pool, which is based on
the Psionic Theory skill.
> o Psionic Pool: The Psi Pool should reflect the characters, mental
> fortitude, his raw power if you prefer. So How do you like this:
> POOL = Willpower/2 + Rating of highest Discipline (category)
The accepted pool has been:
Psionic Manipulation + Willpower/2 + Mastery Level
> And now a novel idea....how about racial modifiers ?
Race should be irrelevant and seems silly to use it.
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