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Ashiel wrote:I always felt that style of mechanic didn't really work in a party game like Pathfinder, since you'll have a cleric that can heal all of that for you.Aranna wrote:
It seems a lot of people are confusing fatigue based casting with point pool casting; The two are NOTHING alike. In fatigue based casting your actual physical ability is diminished as you cast, while in point pools your physical ability never diminishes... you can try to reskin it as fatigue but when you can swing a sword just as well at 1000 points versus 0 points your argument fails miserably.
Well, funny thing...psionics actually does have options for the fatigue based thing, or pushing yourself beyond your limits. Options such as Body Fuel and Overchannel both allow you to go above and beyond. In the case of Body Fuel, you literally begin burning off your physical ability scores, killing yourself in exchange for juice, while Overchannel allows you to suffer damage to increase the potency of your powers.
A near equivalent would be if sorcerers could burn off their ability scores to cast more spells after they ran out of slots, but AFAIK, no such mechanic exists that gets used much.
Well the funny thing is that they took that into consideration. In the case of Overchannel you eat some damage to get a small bump in manifester level (kind of like caster level) which could be used to bump your powers up a little more, or get a +5-15% chance to pierce spell resistance, but it's not something you're going to do heavily.
Meanwhile, Body Fuel causes ability burn, which is a type of ability damage that was introduced with psionics. It only heals naturally, not by any magical means is it possible to repair the ability damage. As a result, you can't just nuke your stats down to 1s and then let your cleric cast restoration on you and make it all better, it means you're going to have to heal it on your own. There's a feat that doubles your natural healing rate, which is most useful for this very reason.