Over in the new Necromunda releases thread I read this quote recently. I very much agree that it is a cool sounding power. But is it actually any good?
Some interesting tidbits of information there, including a very cool psychic power for Delaque:
Look out House Goliath - Taking one's own (paired) Pulverizer to the face is going to hurt.
With the release of Book of Shadows soon we may be about to see a lot more psychic shenanigans in Necromunda. Delaque seem to be heavily leaning into psychics; both their prospects and new exotic beast have psychic powers, their brute (if it ever gets a model) is a psyker. It even sounds like their strong alliances will be psychic related; the stuff we've heard about House Ty says they use psychic nulls and I think the only Criminal Ally from House of Judgement that hasn't featured in a House of... book is Psi-Syndica.
Prior to this it's only really been a few hired guns and GSC or Chaos Helot gangs that had psykers. I've only ever seen someone use a GSC adept with psychic powers (Mind Control) and it just didn't seem particularly good, but my experience of psykers in Necromunda is limited.
Taking the above psychic power as an example, it just feels like the opportunity cost is too high. First you have to pass a willpower check to cast it, and be within 3" of the target (though the little wyrm things can help with the range issue). They then have to fail an intelligence check and only then do you get to roll to wound, damage etc. It feels like a lot of points of failure and the result (a single hit from a melee weapon) isn't even that great.
I'm not someone who's all about being competitive, but I still want stuff to be worthwhile rather than just frustrating because it rarely does anything. If something is high risk (e.g. with lots of points of failure) I'd like for it to be high reward too. I can't say I've ever looked at any psychic powers and felt like that's the case.
Does anyone have a different opinion on psychic powers? Anyone had some reasonable success using them? Anyone hoping to see anything in particular from the psychic shenanigans in House of Shadow?