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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:For the record, I have no idea what Owen just said. But it's amazing.
Of course for MOST Lensmen all the Lens needs to do is be unreproducible (unless you are already far enough along to worry about Black Lensmen, who were never particularly successful), and grant universal telepathy.
That'll give you zwilnik-hunting, Boskone-fighting, Galacticly Patrolling Lensmen.
Well, and rules for negasphere, the Z9M9Z, sunbeams...
It's only if playing with Second-Stage Lensmen, and/or Eddorians and Arisians you need more advanced mental power rules.
Well, I do !!
LINK to Wikipedia article about the Lensman Chronicles.
They were written by E.E. "Doc" Smith in 1948 and early 1950's.
zwilnik : Drug dealers of the worst kind
Boskone : The bad guys higher up Galactic Organization
Lensman : The good guys. They come from all the Galactic races and go to Arisia for training and to get their Lens, which is a psionic(?) device that helps concentrate thinking, etc.
negasphere : Anti matter
Z9M9Z : The Command and Control vessel of the Galactic Patrol (good guys organization)
sunbeams : Harnessing the power of the sun as a weapon
Second stage Lensman : The four (well five really) Lensman from the four "primary" Galactic races that went back for additional Lens training.
Eddorians : The ultimate bad guys
Arisians : The ultimate good guys