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Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2019 4:36 p.m. PST

In your sci fi scenarios are psionic troops exceptionally deadly?

Mithmee29 Mar 2019 5:49 p.m. PST

Not really since they might kill something but if they did they would draw attention to themselves and that is never good.

Specially if you are facing off against 100 plus Imperial Guardsmen.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2019 6:24 p.m. PST

Psionics in Traveller are tools in the toolkit -- very useful, but subject to being countered, like all of the other tools. Only some 10%-20% of Zhodani forces on a table usually have any psionic ability, and most of them are just mid-level telepaths.

Some advantages:

-telepathic communications can't be jammed
-clairvoyant spotting can't be jammed (like electronics) or blocked (like vision)
-teleportation can cause problems for the other side ("where did those guys come from?!")

The Imperials have psionic shields to prevent their minds being read in combat; they take teleportation into account during tactical deployments; etc.

So no, my psionic troops are not especially deadly against same-level troops.

Forces without psionic shielding or psionics, however, are probably toast, and they probably won't even know why they were toast. "How did they know we were here? Is our operational security that weak?" No, dude, they either read your mind or spotted you using clairvoyance. Then called in an ortillery strike.

Legion 430 Mar 2019 6:06 a.m. PST

It's classified …

Zephyr130 Mar 2019 2:21 p.m. PST

My psionic troops are all genetic blondes, so it's a wash…

Legion 431 Mar 2019 6:44 a.m. PST

I've had female blondes make me do things I didn't want to do before … frown Albeit they made me do things voluntarily as well … evil grin So …

von Schwartz31 Mar 2019 6:53 a.m. PST

Amen to that!! Legion 4

Legion 431 Mar 2019 8:42 a.m. PST

evil grin

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2019 11:19 a.m. PST

Female blondes have made me do things that I already wanted to do -- that is some serious psionics!

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP31 Mar 2019 12:33 p.m. PST

Good thing they aren't redheads!

Legion 401 Apr 2019 6:27 a.m. PST

Yeah … it's happened with Redheads and Brunettes too … I like to be all inclusive. Even of it costs me … wink

von Schwartz01 Apr 2019 9:49 a.m. PST

Jeez, that pretty much includes any sentient upright being with two "X" chromosomes.

Legion 402 Apr 2019 6:34 a.m. PST


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