5E In your Years of Gaming, How many Psionic Characters did you See played

When I play/run D&D in any edition, I see psionic characters

  • All the time. At least one per group.

    Votes: 2 1.2%
  • Pretty frequently. It wasn't rare in our games.

    Votes: 32 18.9%
  • Not much and certainly less common than PHB classes.

    Votes: 44 26.0%
  • Almost never.

    Votes: 63 37.3%
  • Nope. Didn't use psionics at all in my D&D.

    Votes: 26 15.4%
  • Lemony curry goodness.

    Votes: 2 1.2%

  • Total voters
    169

cmad1977

Adventurer
It is interesting that even in the microcosm that is EN World that less than 20% of respondents (small sample size still I know) use/play with psionics or have done, with any frequency.

If this community bears out Crawford's words, then it has to be true of the broader community. Probably also supported by their own past sales data.
It’s probably MORE true of the broader community.
 

Ralif Redhammer

Adventurer
Truth. The one player running a Battlemind literally did have a table he wrote out for one of his abilities. I strongly suspect he got it wrong, though, and was stacking stuff he shouldn't have been, because that character was so broken. :(

Problem being psions has always been a problem.
4E Excel Spreadsheet. The Class.
 

RogueRonin

Explorer
I had one friend in high school who loved the psychic warrior from 3.5e, but other than him, I've never seen anyone use psionics.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
If this community bears out Crawford's words, then it has to be true of the broader community.
Technically, from a statistical standpoint, not at all. Heck, this thread isn't even a good sampling of EN World, much less is EN World a representative sampling of the broad RPG community.

This is not to say that psionics are/were common, just that this thread really won't tell us that.

And, even if it is rare... EN World's own Kevin Kulp wrote "Of Sound Mind", back in the 3e days, and that was pretty well received. It isn't like nobody buys this stuff.

The question may be more whether it is a thing that WotC will do, or if it will get left to third party folks.
 

Hussar

Legend
Yeah. It's not "Is this popular" but rather, "Is it popular enough to hit the benchmark of a 100 000 books that WotC seems to be using for 5e?"
 

Vael

Adventurer
Most of my experience is 4e. And, once they came out, I saw and even played a few Psionic characters. In the Dark Sun campaign, I played a Thri-Kreen Battlemind. They were just another suite of classes that may or may not be used.
 
Well honestly it seems that wotc is content to let the dmsguild cover this sort of thing.

I mean I haven’t looked but surely someone has done a psionics book for 5e.
WotC does have some "digital only" stuff on D&D beyond: The three Essentials Kit adventures, Tortles etc.

The "official" stamp makes it more appealing.
 

Hussar

Legend
WotC does have some "digital only" stuff on D&D beyond: The three Essentials Kit adventures, Tortles etc.

The "official" stamp makes it more appealing.
As someone who has waited for anything resembling a warlord for five years, I can totally appreciate. :D
 

Mecheon

Explorer
So I come at this from a weird angle, having got in around 3E due to video games. Psionics were popular. First stand-alone custom class made for NWN, and the highest rated (although I can't find the page to see how many votes it got)? Psionics. That was popular enough that some people still seek out the exceedingly buggy attempted conversion of it to NWN 2. I'm a bit more clueless on the Infinity Engine games, but knowing the sheer absurdity that Baldur's Gate has been modded, I wouldn't be surprised if there was a psionic mod somewhere
 

Zaukrie

Adventurer
You know, I thought about things people never play and I realized that I've never, ever, ever, seen anyone play a halfling in the 20 years and countless random groups I've played in.
Same. And I've been playing on and off since the game was created...
 

Lanefan

Victoria Rules
NaturalZero said:
You know, I thought about things people never play and I realized that I've never, ever, ever, seen anyone play a halfling in the 20 years and countless random groups I've played in.
Same. And I've been playing on and off since the game was created...
I find this rather astonishing.

Have your players been 'replacing' them with Gnomes, or did they just not like playing short characters? :)

I find these things tend to come and go in waves. For example, I won't see anyone roll up a Half-Orc PC for years and then suddenly three of 'em pop up without any player co-ordination or pre-planning. Same for Monks: it's been ages since anyone brought one in so I'm kinda bracing for the upcoming ninja invasion... :)
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
Same. And I've been playing on and off since the game was created...
Strangely enough, I probably play halflings as the most common race after humans. But never as the friendly stereotype halfling. Always as hunter killer fighters or thieves.

With 5e, the lucky trait just makes it all the better.
 

NaturalZero

Explorer
I find this rather astonishing.

Have your players been 'replacing' them with Gnomes, or did they just not like playing short characters? :)
My general impression has been that people feel like they have nothing going for them except for being "less" than a human. Gnomes, on the other hand, are magical things from recognizable folklore.

I've definitely met a few women who were new to the game as of 5e who actually said something like, "short people? Gross."
 

NaturalZero

Explorer
I never saw halfing PCs until 5e, but now they are the most popular race. Players love that "lucky" feature.
I think having evocative or useful mechanics really helps a race or class for a lot of players. On topic, i never actually ran a psionic character my self until 4e, when they really let loose with the design concept that your character is fundamentally based in a power source instead of simply being a rechargeable battery that uses borrowed energy until you run out and become a commoner (old school wizard and psion).
 

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