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Psionics Coming Soon To D&D?

WotC's Mike Mearls has hinted that we may be able to expect some psionics content soon, possibly in the Unearthed Arcana column. He was asked by Ethan Clow on the Twitterweb "any chance we might see a Psionic class for 5e soon? Perhaps in unearthed arcana?" to which he replied "wouldn't be surprised. I *might* have had a couple prior edition psionics books on my desk last week..." (Thanks to Wolf Hunter for the scoop).
 
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Mercurius

Legend
Sounds promising, but....I hope our standards haven't been lowered so much to become excitement about an impending article. "Ooh, I can't wait for that new 1,000-word piece coming out sometime in the next few months!"
 

GMforPowergamers

First Post
if anyone on the inside with WotC is reading this I want to again pitch my idea of perfect mix of 4e, 3.0, and 2e psionics...

you have a ton of at will powers to choose from (broken up telepathy, telekinetic, psicometabalic, psicoportive) some are able to be taken alone, others have prereqs (level or other powers) they can be augmented to be more powerful with powerpoints that come back with a short rest.

as you level you get more powers and the ability to choose ones that are not at will but better augments for powers you already have...

then let you have sub set of powers based on 3e psionic focus... keeping it or expendeding it.
 

SilentWolf

First Post
@ Mercurius: I think the reason for this news is not just talking about the next UA, but giving players feedback about one of the most awaited rules: the Psionic. If there is a rule, in fact, that in recent months players are increasingly demanding, it is the Psionic.
 

Minigiant

Legend
Supporter
I guess it depends on witch previous edition rules he has, some make me excited, others scared.

It also depends which editions he actually uses and how they use them. Which edition decides as the base classes and which edition provides the subclasses and which one provides the powers is a huge decision. Personally I favor 4th/3rd/2nd psionics
 

I'd rather see 3.5 psionics used as the base for classes, but moving Soulknife to a subclass of Psychic Warrior and using the 4E classes as inspiration for subclasses of psion, psychic warrior, and wilder. Other than that, I'm not too worried about how the mechanics will work out.
 


Mercurius

Legend
@ Mercurius: I think the reason for this news is not just talking about the next UA, but giving players feedback about one of the most awaited rules: the Psionic. If there is a rule, in fact, that in recent months players are increasingly demanding, it is the Psionic.

I hear that. I'm mainly saying that I hope this is a sign that they'll give psionics a full treatment, meaning an actual expansion book. If there's one way to add a "4E module" to 5E, psionics could be it, as the powers paradigm works perfectly for it.
 

steeldragons

Steeliest of the dragons
Epic
I hear that. I'm mainly saying that I hope this is a sign that they'll give psionics a full treatment, meaning an actual expansion book. If there's one way to add a "4E module" to 5E, psionics could be it, as the powers paradigm works perfectly for it.

Bite your tongue! Bring 4e powers into 5e...Are you MAD, man?!
 

Acr0ssTh3P0nd

First Post
Awww yeah! I've been working on a bunch of Dark Sun stuff because Mad Max was so good, am so glad to see more potential stuff to use (if not directly, at least I can get an idea of their design direction, and hopefully make my homebrew more similar).
 

If he's working on it now it'll probably still be a few months and in pretty rough shape. I'm not sure how much UA content gets playtested prior.
 

Ricochet

Explorer
On topic: Cool! I love psionics!

Not on topic: Is there any community like the RPG tabletop one, where people dig in their heels as much as extreme pessimists and extreme optimists? It is often quite startling to read the comments in these threads. Nerdrage vs. Nerdlove. :) Nerd are passionate people it seems. (Is "nerd" a dirty or a cool word at this point in time? I haven't kept up?) EDIT: Not necessarily in this thread, but a few of the responses above got me thinking about it.
 


Wik

First Post
AW man, bring it on. I mean, I HATE Psionics, and pretty much always have, but seeing some attention to psionics is a necessary first step to seeing Dark Sun material...
 

Dragonhelm

Knight of Solamnia
This has me super-excited. :)

My guess is that the psion will be a subclass of the sorcerer. The mechanics match up with prior editions pretty well. That being said, I was hoping for a full class with subclasses based around the psionic disciplines.
 

Staffan

Adventurer
On topic: Cool! I love psionics!

Not on topic: Is there any community like the RPG tabletop one, where people dig in their heels as much as extreme pessimists and extreme optimists? It is often quite startling to read the comments in these threads. Nerdrage vs. Nerdlove. :) Nerd are passionate people it seems. (Is "nerd" a dirty or a cool word at this point in time? I haven't kept up?) EDIT: Not necessarily in this thread, but a few of the responses above got me thinking about it.

"Because nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff. We don't have to be like, 'Oh yeah that purse is okay' or like, 'Yeah, I like that band's early stuff.' Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can't-control-yourself-love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they are saying is, 'You like stuff', which is just not a good insult at all, like 'You are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness'." - John Green, writer and nerdfighter
 

BoldItalic

First Post
PCs who are any good at psi will already know what MM is going to write before he even writes it. In fact, they are probably forcing him to write something unrealistic to prevent him revealing their secret awesome powers.

The fact that were are speculating about it means that we don't have what it takes. :.-(
 

fjw70

Explorer
Not on topic: Is there any community like the RPG tabletop one, where people dig in their heels as much as extreme pessimists and extreme optimists? It is often quite startling to read the comments in these threads. Nerdrage vs. Nerdlove. :) Nerd are passionate people it seems. (Is "nerd" a dirty or a cool word at this point in time? I haven't kept up?) EDIT: Not necessarily in this thread, but a few of the responses above got me thinking about it.

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