A Metamorphosis Alpha® play-by-post adventure run by ghost_of_warden
Note that Hershey cannot mentally blast a piece of furniture. That mutation only affects sentient targets.
I just did a check in the MA rules regarding Mental Blast. Is there a place other than the "Mental Mutations Explained" section that indicates the blast is applicable to animate objects only? I didn't see any limitations there. Or is this a GM interpretation?
Looks like a "blast from the mind" to me. I didn't see anything that says "blast from one mind to another."
Same here---no limits on what is affected by the blast, but I'll check again.
Another set of eyes sees nothing that indicates a limit on what Mental Blast damages.
I've got all three editions and so far as I know, it can "blast" anything the mutant wants it to. We could always e-mail Jim and ask him....
Three editions... I think he's a good authority.
I think if you read the description it says, "The ability to cause direct damage with the mind." It doesn't say it causes direct damage to inanimate objects like office furniture.
MA Amazing Engine rules say, "The mutant can directly attack the mind of another creature." Again, no mention of inanimate objects.
I was going from memory---too lazy to actually look it up. I'll take your word. Now if I could just figure out exactly how "Time Field Manipulation" is supposed to work. The descriptions on that one just make my head go 'round in circles.
I guess I'm unclear. How do these equate?
Mental Blast: The ability to cause direct damage with the mind.
Hershey cannot mentally blast a piece of furniture. That mutation only affects sentient targets.
If we just restrict our rules search for "Mental Blast" within Metamorphosis Alpha® editions, we have the following:
If we expand our search for "Mental Blast" to editions of Gamma World®, we have:
We see that later editions of both Metamorphosis Alpha® and Gamma World® clarify the issue of what targets can be afflicted by a Mental Blast. If you restrict consideration to 1st edition MA (or GW) alone, it is not clear from the description of the mutation.
But there is further justification for limiting a Mental Blast to sentient targets that comes from reflection on the rules for mental combat in MA 1st edition, wherein all mental attacks are defended by the target's Mental Resistance score. What is Mental Resistance? "This ability deals with the player's power to withstand an attack on his or her mind by mental energy." It is strengthened by successful saves. "The rationale behind this is that the mind, after surviving an attack, forms new barriers to that type of attack." This seems to imply that mental attacks target sentience. If you buy this, then you would likely agree that Mental Blast, the archtypical mental attack, follows suit.
I poured over my manuals intent on finding something that could counter the GM's argument in the hope that Zhaxier too would be able to blast a sofa to bits and pieces when he finally discovers that he has mental blasting power. Oh well.
At the end of the day, it's still a judgement call, but I have to admit (begrudgingly) that there is ample precedent for the GM's stance.
My 2 cents,
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