I don't think it can't be done with the same classes. The current classes have spell lists that fit different themes.If you look enough in various fantasy you will find psionic that emulate most DnD magic school. Mind manipulation, body manipulation, element, open plane portal, healing, fighting,
in fact all the PHB can be rewritten to be a psionic powered game keeping the same classes.
Quoted for truth.The definition of what is and isn't science in fiction is entirely defined within the fiction itself. Their plausibility outside of fiction is irrelevant. It's why science fiction that falls outside of the narrow category of "hard sci-fi" is still called science fiction and not fantasy. Magic is magic because the fiction defines as so. When magic isn't magic, but just "sufficiently advanced science," again, it's because the fiction defines it so. If psionics is tapping into some "other," like the Force, then it could be plausibly compared to magic, but say if it's the result of using mechanical implants to harness and amplify unused portions of the brain, then it doesn't matter that the concept doesn't hold up under real world scientific scrutiny; pseudoscience is still within the purview of science in a fictional context, not magic.
The complaint is: the WotC team has shown a tendency to give wizards everything, so the prediction is any new psionic spells would be exclusive to psions and wizards.How would wizards get them if the campaign didn't let them? Put a keyword or tag on them for psi use only.
The Oxford English Dictionary entry for psionic:Words that have no meaning have no meaning. I tried looking up psionics in the dictionary, and guess what: no entry.
So in other words, magic.The Oxford English Dictionary entry for psionic:
Pertaining to or involving ‘psi’. So psionics n. pl. [-ic 2], (the study of) the paranormal
Same dictionary, defining psi:
2. Paranormal phenomena or faculties collectively; the psychic force supposed to be manifested by these.
Same dictionary, defining paranormal:
Applied to observed phenomena or powers which are presumed to operate according to natural laws beyond or outside those considered normal or known
Words that have no meaning have no meaning. I tried looking up psionics in the dictionary, and guess what: no entry.
Concise OED, Physical.You didn't check very hard or are looking at an outdated physical copy.
Most people associate "paranormal" with ghosts and seances - fantasy, not science fiction."paranormal" is a term more closely affiliated with science fiction than with fantasy.
And that's exactly what Pathfinder did with it's psychic classes.For the term "parapsychology" including "psi", "paranormal", etcetera, the definition seems to differ between the investigators and popculture.
For the investigators, it means actions of the mind that lack scientific explanation, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, etcetera.
But for popculture, it pretty much means ghosts.
Is paranormal generally read as being closer to the mundane than supernatural? (But then I think of X-files and I guess not).Tautologies are really getting out of hand, supernatural and paranormal are effectively synonyms. What's next, different rules for hand-to-hand combat and melee?