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From:     Ken Lipka <klipka@????.com>
Date:     Tue, 26 Sep 95 10:14:30 EDT
Subject:  Re: Psi in Space
Thomas O Magann Jr replied to my arguements with:

> >> Mind Over Body
> >>     The psionicist cannot overcome his need for air!
> >>
> >	No, but it could allow the Psi to simulate the NWP of Shallow
> Breathing
> >(or whatever it is called).
>
> Why? The ability is quite clear: food, water, sleep. If it let you get more
> from you're air suppl, I think it would have mentioned it in reference to
> holding your breath or the like.
>
	Assuming, of course, that the authors actually thought about that
particular aspect.  It would be polite to assume that they did think of that
need, and decided that the power didn't address that and so didn't write it
down.  BUT, knowing the way people work, and the history of the game, they
didn't think about it because in many other places the rules will also list
what you can NOT do with something.
	As for the logic behind it, I have this.  This power seems to both
adjust and fool the body's metabolism into making do with less than normal.
I see it as a slowing down of the body's metabolism to survive on what it
currently has available to it, without "resupply".  This is why the Psi can
only use the power to hold off one week's worth of whatever - that's how much
of a reserve the human body has.
	In terms of air, because the body has slowed down the metabolism, the
slower consumption/more efficient use of oxygen follows naturally.  Therefore
I say that you can get the Slow Breathing NWP via use of this power.  But
game balance is preserved for several reasons:
	- this does not allow survival without air
	- it does not grant immunity to poison gases (in fact, it may actually
	make them worse because the toxin will stay in the body longer)
	- it is a big waste of psi points to simulate an NWP
	- the situation isn't going to arise that often
	- regardless of what the psi uses the power to stave off, he will still
	be incapacitated for a week afterwards to recover (so the Psi can't
	have this as a constant thing to try and stretch the air supply on a
	ship)

	All the rest of my points (on the other powers) you addressed quite
satisfactorily.

	Ken Lipka
	klipka@????.com



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SubjectFromDate (UTC)
Psi in Space    Orion    26 Sep 1995 00:57:08
Re: Psi in Space    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    26 Sep 1995 01:12:52
Re: Psi in Space    Orion    26 Sep 1995 02:13:04
Re: Psi in Space    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    26 Sep 1995 02:38:25
Re: Psi in Space    Orion    26 Sep 1995 03:15:56
Re: Psi in Space    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    26 Sep 1995 03:22:56
Re: Psi in Space    Ken Lipka    26 Sep 1995 11:47:37
Re: Psi in Space    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    26 Sep 1995 11:59:49
Re: Psi in Space    Orion    26 Sep 1995 12:26:52
Re: Psi in Space    Ken Lipka    26 Sep 1995 14:14:30
Re: Psi in Space    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    26 Sep 1995 16:58:40
Psi in Space    Ken Lipka    26 Sep 1995 18:25:20

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