3PP Release (3rd Party Book Release) Paranormal Power: A Psionics Option for 5e and A5e, written by Steampunkette!

Steampunkette

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Steampunkette

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Psionics and Magic: How do they interact?​


Is a question I do not answer in Paranormal Power, for four reasons.

Firstly, Antimagic Fields exist not only to disable spellcasting, but also magical equipment. There is no psionic equipment in this book. Mostly because I find that magical items are a core piece of D&D/Level Up/Fantasy gaming's specific narrative fantasy. While Psionic Equipment really isn't a specific "Thing" with narrative weight to it. And to some degree I wanted to avoid 3e's "Everything is Crystals" psionic items.

Secondly, they do so largely for the benefit of players rather than NPCs since players have greater agency to prepare such spells. It's a specific function of an aspect of magic to shut itself down to weaken a magical foe. Personally I've never felt it made sense to apply it to psionics for that reason. And resulting from that: There is no anti-psionic power for players to wield against NPCs.

Thirdly, The Psionics presented in this book are slightly weaker, for combat purposes, than spellcasting. Using the split basic augment, for example, allows an Esper to hit more targets than normal, but any psi dice put toward splitting a power to make it hit more people is a die that could have increased the damage of the power, outright. And with a maximum of 9 psi dice total, even their maximum power on a single target is about 10d8.

Finally, it's going to be a setting dependent decision in most cases. In a gonzo high fantasy setting like the Forgotten Realms where all power is tied into Mystra's Weave, it makes sense for psionics to be suppressed if psionics is an interaction with the weave. While in Dark Sun, the aggressive and often feral nature of psionics being capable of bypassing defiling magic gives espers a chance to overthrow the Sorcerer Kings.

Personally, I don't feel that Psionics need to be suppressed by an antimagic field for these reasons. But I ultimately did not make that choice for the system, instead leaving it up to a given Narrator or Dungeon Master, based on their own personal preference and setting's rules of psionic and magical interaction.
 

Steampunkette

Rules Tinkerer and Freelance Writer
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Well would you look at that...

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WARNING: Don't put your copy of Paranormal Power in snow. It won't void your warranty, because there is no warranty. It is a book, though, and liable to be ruined.

Thanks to our friends at DriveThruRPG.com, I can now post pictures of physical copies of the book that I can hold in my own two hands! And as soon as the Kickstarter is over, Print on Demand will be available through them!

And now, for the first time ever: Prepare to meet the dreaded Id Beast!

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And just to make sure you can read everything on those pages... here's what he looks like in the PDF itself!

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Micah Sweet

Level Up & OSR Enthusiast
Well would you look at that...

941ab4de0c444291f67e53e2d7614aab_original.jpg

WARNING: Don't put your copy of Paranormal Power in snow. It won't void your warranty, because there is no warranty. It is a book, though, and liable to be ruined.

Thanks to our friends at DriveThruRPG.com, I can now post pictures of physical copies of the book that I can hold in my own two hands! And as soon as the Kickstarter is over, Print on Demand will be available through them!

And now, for the first time ever: Prepare to meet the dreaded Id Beast!

7556b1fd16cd562d73072e83e60b9183_original.jpg

And just to make sure you can read everything on those pages... here's what he looks like in the PDF itself!

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I'm definitely going to make use of the POD option! My players are much more likely to take advantage of options if I can hand them a physical book.
 





Steampunkette

Rules Tinkerer and Freelance Writer
Supporter
I think you succeeded in tapping into something a lot of D&D fans wanted to see in 5e. A new Psionics system that places more emphasis on psionics.
And specifically on -being- psychic, rather than only having psychic powers. Which I recognize is a weird thing to say, but... like... just baseline being psychic in social and exploration stuff without having to use your psi dice.

To me that's almost more important than the powers themselves.
 

Corinnguard

Adventurer
And specifically on -being- psychic, rather than only having psychic powers. Which I recognize is a weird thing to say, but... like... just baseline being psychic in social and exploration stuff without having to use your psi dice.

To me that's almost more important than the powers themselves.
Like the Psionic related subclasses such as the Rogue (Soulknife) and the Fighter (Psy Warrior). UA did come out with the Mystic class, but it never became an official class. So psionics wasn't a thing for 5e. Now it can be. :)
 

arms

Explorer
and backed, love what you have shown already, if I felt more confident in my digital art skill, I'd offer to make some of the art, but I don't think I would be up to standard
 



Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
Every 2 days we hit another $1,000 and another stretch goal... this is an incredible response to the book that I was not remotely anticipating! With less than 2 weeks to go, we've got 24 stretch goals remaining. While I don't think we'll hit all of them, we're gonna hit a lot.
I'm waiting to upgrade to the HC at a tactical time when you need an extra $30 to hit another stretchy
 

dave2008

Legend
Every 2 days we hit another $1,000 and another stretch goal... this is an incredible response to the book that I was not remotely anticipating! With less than 2 weeks to go, we've got 24 stretch goals remaining. While I don't think we'll hit all of them, we're gonna hit a lot.
This is rather surprising honestly. I am not used to seeing this type of steady growth in a kickstarter. Usually it is a lot to start and end the campaign and pretty dry in the middle. I wonder what this means for the end of of your KS. Do you have people who are following but haven't purchased yet. IIRC there is a way to track that.
 

Steampunkette

Rules Tinkerer and Freelance Writer
Supporter
This is rather surprising honestly. I am not used to seeing this type of steady growth in a kickstarter. Usually it is a lot to start and end the campaign and pretty dry in the middle. I wonder what this means for the end of of your KS. Do you have people who are following but haven't purchased yet. IIRC there is a way to track that.
Everyone I've talked about has talked about the "Kickstarter U". Lots of subs the first few days tapering off to practically nothing after 10 days, then shooting back up in the last 2-4 days.

I think I have a very shallow U is what it is. Day 1 was $1,600, then $1,000, then about $500 every day since. And days where we didn't get $500 we made up the difference the next day. At one point we had a $200 day and I was like "There's the lull!" and then the next day was $800 so I just...

I dunno! Whatever's happening, I like it. I hope it happens to all my future Kickstarters, too. I'm planning two more, already.
 

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