Well, "take the place" is a little dependant - Psionics Unleashed will always be the "main Core Psionics Rulebook" that we work from, but Ultimate Psionics compiles these two books, adds all errata, simplifies and streamlines rules. So yes and no - its a revision, but not necessarily one that replaces Psionics Unleashed and Psionics Expanded.
Alexander - contentwise, the final Ultimate Psioncis book (b/w) will be the one that might show up in the Comic Shop. We are exploring if we can sell the color one via specific vendors, but we're not sure yet. We KNOW you'll be able to buy it directly via us at our website.
Finally, the Limited Edition comes with an integrated Bestiary, is signed and will NOT be available outside the Kickstarter. It's a one-time, limited, only for these backers, book.
So it depends really.
Some of the material, like more monsters, will show up in the Bestiary we release, or Seventh Path, which will gets its own release.
No need to worry, we've focused really hard on ironing out all the problematic areas and, as Psionics players first and foremost, we've come across most of them ourselves and our fantastic fans found the rest during playtesting.
Now, as you surely understand, nobody is perfect, which is why we always invite people to help us find anything we might have missed.
We hope that you continue enjoying Psionics Unleashed and if you DO come across a problem, feel free to mail us at email@example.com about it.
Have a wonderful day!
- Andreas Rönnqvist
I would also suggest D20PFSRD which has all our Psionic Monsters we did for Psionics Unleashed.
We would be very interested in hearing what particular mechanics you feel we didn't understand and how we can improve on the class (or classes). We've held a year long open Beta of the material and it was pretty heavily playtested, but we are always looking to improve, so feel free to share!
<marketer>For those of you who haven't seen it - we have a bonus for when we hit 200 backers, and we've opened up 4 new spots for awesome character art. Let YOUR character grace the Ultimate Psionics book as well as the GM Screen and get all the goodies a 300$ pledge gets you at just 400$.</marketer>
With that said - considering how fast the 4 WAR positions disappeared, we decided to open up four more slots for the GM-screen, letting people take a second chance at getting awesome art as well as goodies. :)
Personally, I'm looking forward to the 200 backer bonus.
BTW, people have been taking an interesting use out of the 50$ "pitch" bonus which has lead to some interesting additions to the plan for us.
To stir things up and since you guys are so awesome at throwing cool things at us - are there any stretch goals or pledges that YOU would like us to add? Perhaps an add-on that you remember from another Kickstarter, or just something you want?
C'mon people, share! :)
I find that almost 200 backers pledging over 21k is an amazing thing. We don't have the same ways as established companies do to get the word out, we don't get featured in Wired (like Bones did, twice), we are already a niche product within Pathfinder and - we're not done yet! :)
So, even with thousands of copies of PsiUn sold, not everybody will have the inclination, time or even knowledge about the Kickstarter to be able to pledge.
As one of the primary developers for Psionics Unleashed and Psionics Expanded, we've gone through some pretty heavy playtesting to find any weird loopholes in the rules, shut down what was perceived as overly flexible (energy powers now require you to expend psionic focus to change energy type, except for Kineticists) and with that said, I will acknowledge that we aren't omnipotent.
If you find something that is wrong, lacking, unbalanced or just WEIRD in our books, come one over to www.dreamscarredpress.com and put it up at our forum. We've issued regular erratas, from small misprints to rebalancing of powers, because we hold that balance dear to our hearts.
Many posters here have proven time and time again why we believe psionics "in general" for Pathfinder is balanced, and I bet some of them might be mighty tired of rehashing the same arguments.Perhaps we should compile a thread there with the math, the general issues that people tend to raise and then just link people to that?
That way, we can all focus on productive and interesting discussions, such as how to convert magic into a points-based system! If you feel you have an idea for psionics, don't hesitate to come on over to our forums and pitch your ideas and thoughts.
We include everyone who helps with playtesting in the finalized book with a personal thankyou - even the smallest notice makes a huge difference.
With that, take care!
- Andreas Rönnqvist
If you are going for pure combatability, I would suggest grabbing a Vivisectionist Alchemist, perhaps with Internal Alchemist and Rage Alchemist thrown into the mix. Use Mutagen, gain huge bonuses to Str, 3 additional natural attacks and some good buff spells.
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If its good, we don't mind if you send in suggestions or contributions either - good enough and we will pay and publish you.
firstname.lastname@example.org is where you will find us. Feel free! :D
Our goal with Psionics Unleashed was indeed to update the 3.5 ruleset into Pathfinder. We have loads of ideas and concepts that we want to present, but to present them we need a finished rule system to build upon. Considering the number of people who wanted an upgrade of the core book first and more material later, we chose to do one book which was backwards compatible (as far as we could) and then focus on new stuff in the upcoming books.
Psionics Expanded, our second book, is already under way, we have released Part 1 as a single PDF and we have two other parts waiting for illustrations.
In PsiEx we present classes such as the Aegis, who forms a combat suit from ectoplasm, the Exemplar, who channels psionic energy into his allies, the Marksman, who is the ranged combatant extraordinaire, the Vitalist, who binds all allies into a collective and strengthens them and finally, the Tactician, who uses the Collective, but to enhance his allies and drive co-operation and group-think.
First of all, thankyou for the kind words. We are happy to collaborate with other 3PPs putting out quality material and we'd naturally love to see something in Obsidian Twilight using our psionic material, but only if it makes thematic sense for the setting and the world.
We're happy to see all these companies - LPJr, Alluria (doing Waves of Thought), Rite Publishing and SGS - working off of our rules to create new and awesome content for all Pathfinder gamers. :)
The summary of the Exemplar is that he uses a philosophical ideal as a mental focus, which enhances his latent psionic abilities, creating a cascade of power. This manifests as an aura which enhances the ideal's concept in those around them. These people tend to become warrior-leaders, leading their allies from the front ranks. Some find other ideals, like the preservation of life, and become bodyguards to great leaders.
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We will announce that an update has been made. Each PDF copy will also be updated free of charge.
Edward Griswold, Jr. wrote:
Curious to know why most of my artwork is missing from the pdf. I notice in all my pathfinder products missing letters in the titles probably as a way to track file sharing i assume but the artwork? really?
We've made no implementations to "track filesharers" to be honest and this seems more, as someone pointed out, to be a problem with either an old Adobe Reader (we've noticed a few inconsistencies), or a third party PDF reader. I personally have no problems with Acrobat 9 or any of the Linux-readers I've tried, but we've also heard of a few small problems with people using a Mac?
I usually buy print books from my FLGS. Is there any eta on these reaching ACD or alliance?
Unfortunately not right now. Our books are available via normal book channels, but most FLGS don't order through these channels. However, we have set up a specific account for Retailers at our website [www.dreamscarredpress.com]which gives the usual 50% discount on printed books from us. To qualify we need to verify the shipping adress and the minimum order is 4 books - but if this would interest your FLGS please point them to our website.
One box of 30 books was lost in transition somewhere, which is the reason it hasn't gone out of backorder yet. We have a bigger box of 50 incoming any day now in February so that should put it out of backorder.
Expect about a week for it to come in - if you want it ASAP, Amazon has stock left at this moment, but buying it here supports Paizo (which we recommend). Also, you can get it bundled with the PDF here, for just 5$ more, which you won't via Amazon.
If you have any questions, feel free to mail us at email@example.com
Like Jeremy says above - there is a "fluid" number of "second prizes" available too, which could mean that the beasties get included in either the final Bestiary, or one of our other projects. We intentionally created this for the simple reason that if we come across multiple, good ideas, we still have room to include them if we want to.
First of all, I want to say thankyou for all the great responses and cheers we are getting from people here. :)
Second of all, I can only agree with the above sentiment of the sense of accomplishment and pride that comes with having something you've written be published. It's even better when it ends up in print, because then it's something you can put in your shelf and even display.
It should be said though, that much of the credit, even for this contest, should go to Paizo. If it wasn't for them, with opening up the Pathfinder RPG, supporting us third party publishers, or just inspiring us to do Open Playtests or even a contest like this - none of this would be happening.
Finally, looking forward to reading all your material! Good Luck to everyone and feel free to shoot us any questions you have.
- Andreas Rönnqvist
How comparable is your rule-set to 3.5? I have a lot of psionic based creatures Ive designed over the years for my games and wouldn't mind throwing my hand in. I would just need to know if I need to spend the cash on a new book to learn what I would need to change in my current list of big bad psionic beasts.
Very. Please come over to our website and check out all the downloadable, free, Beta Playtest material to get a general grip on things. We naturally changed things, but the most major changes were made to the Soulknife, which usually doesn't touch Monster Design a lot.
So, come on over to our forums, download the PDFs you are interested in (and if you like it, THEN buy our book ;) ) and take a good look at what we're working with.
I look forward to seeing your entry.
- Andreas Rönnqvist
Psionics Unleashed, our Core Psionics book, is available both in Print and PDF, although the overwhelming demand for the book has left us scrambling for new print-runs from our printers, which is why it is on back-order.
However, one can still partake in this contest even without buying any books, simply by going to our website (details above) and downloading the Beta Playtest material, especially for monsters. Not everything will be 100% compliant with the finalized rules, which might lower your chances in the competition somewhat, but it's just a minor hurdle.
I agree that it would be awesome to have an entire forum dedicated to these kinds of competitions, and we do acknowledge that we might be in the wrong forum, but honestly no other place seemed to be as right as this one.
If it seems wrong dependant on the forum, I'm awfully sorry about that. However, we are working in partnership with Paizo who promoted our book on their Store Blog, you can buy our book right here in the Paizo shop (last time I checked it was at #2 for Hot Sellers, which would suggest others like it too) in both Print and PDF (best way to support Paizo if you like our book is to buy it here).
Since we are developing new options for Pathfinder, I don't see us as competitors and we have even gotten word from the Paizo Design team that if they would (not sure about that) a Psionics ruleset, they would not follow a backwards compatible paradigm for that, but rather create it from scratch. This means that you can use both our system and Paizo's eventual system side by side without them trampling on eachother.
Hopefully this contest will give people a chance to get their foot through the RPG door, much like I did myself 5 years ago via Dreamscarred Press. I began with pitching an idea to Jeremy and ended up being one of two equal owners of the company. You never know where fate can take you :)
So, good luck to everyone!
No, taking part in RPG Superstar 2011 does not preclude you from entering this contest. Feel free to send your ideas in! :D
(First of all, it was suggested that we post this here since people interested in a career in RPGs were bound to read this forum. However, if this is against some form of policy or rule, we apologize from the start and don't mind if you close this thread or move it)
Dreamscarred Press's 2011 Bestiary Contest!
Dreamscarred Press is proud to announce its first Bestiary Contest. The contest is designed to give new, unknown, and struggling game designers the opportunity to be published. Dreamscarred Press owners Jeremy Smith and Andreas Rönnqvist will judge the entries and oversee the competition.
As the name implies, the contest is for monsters to be released in a psionic bestiary to be published by Dreamscarred Press. The winner of the contest will receive a paid commission to work on that bestiary.
Complete rules are available at the Dreamscarred Press website.
As was suggested, the Beta rules (we did an Open Playtest Cycle) are available at our website for those who don't want to pick up our book immediately.
I'll go find the RPG Superstar forums and see if we can post this competition there too. Thanks for the suggestion! :D
Nothing that is out "right now" - but we have three publishers (so far) working with us for their material to build off Psionics Unleashed. Only one of them has gone "public" with it, so we're happy to say we're working together with Louis Porter Jr to create compatible rules for his Section Omega to use the Core Psionics rules from Psionics Unleashed.
We're also working on an official "compatibility license" that other companies can use to indicate compatibility with our stuff.
Now, I want to add to the chorus of people cheering on Paizo. We've received only positive and helpful contact with all of them, from rules ideas and input on our material, to help with setting up sales for our books and everything inbetween.
That they take time to highlight us at their store blog is just one of many ways that they help the third party publishers thrive and grow. I can only chime in with Owen's words - this is an entirely new way of doing this - never before has the support from the "mother company" been as strong as this. Never before have we been as elevated as this.
Anyway, just wanted to throw my words into the discussion on this.
We're available via Ingram, but some FLGS's don't order via book distributors, so we're working on setting up a Publisher System via our website where an FLGS can order books directly from us to stock in their store with the same discount we give Paizo. Nice. Could you let me know when it's finally set up? I'll then notify my FLGS.
Absolutely. I'd wager a guess at sometime this afternoon (morning in the US). I've actually set the group up @ our website, I just need to confirm with Jeremy whenever he wakes up (the downside of being on different sides of the Atlantic Ocean).
We're available via Ingram, but some FLGS's don't order via book distributors, so we're working on setting up a Publisher System via our website where an FLGS can order books directly from us to stock in their store with the same discount we give Paizo.
First of all, happy to see so many people are liking what we've made. It is as much the creation of the fans, as it is Dreamscarreds. Without the participation of so many in the Open playtests, it would never have been as polished as it is now.
Feel free to stop by at our website if you have questions. Check it out at [url]dreamscarredpress.com[/url] and come visit us in the forums.
We will naturally keep this thread under surveillance, but you might get answers faster at our own website.
We're also putting the next book - Psionics Expanded, into an Open playtest, just like this one was. The Chirurgeon and first batch of Blade Skills are already available at our website.
Thanks for the support guys!
Regarding Third Dawn: It is being updated, expanded, polished and perfected. A print version will come once we're done with all of that. It is being developed side by side with the coming Psionics Expanded, so as to make sure we keep things in Third Dawn synced with the new Pathfinder rules.
SUPERHAPPY to see it released!
So much work has gone into this book it's unbelievable. SO many fans poured their hearts into helping with the Open Alpha & Beta that it makes me smile every time!
Check out the attributions for playtesting and additional design! ;)
We'll love any review, good or bad, and we'll even give away any PDF in our store to whomever writes a review and tells us. Mail me - firstname.lastname@example.org if you've written a review and linked it either here, to our store or somewhere else where people can find our book.
Would it be an interesting product or article, if we picked up our Pathfinderized version of psionics, and renamed things to work in an "arcane" framework?
It'd be an interesting project to be honest and I'd always love a challenge - our Mentalis Design imprint could very well go with such a release. :)
Psion -> Thaumaturge
One can even do a reflavor for more "naturalistic" themes, such as totems:
Psion -> Shaman
Yeah... a product doing "variant flavors" for our Core Psionics system could be a cool thing. Whatya think?
For those that would like an update from this thread - the Soulknife has just hit Beta 2. Some people raised the opinion that it was overpowered - and like Paizo we preferred to go "a little overboard" in the Alpha to dial things back for the Beta. Now, the Soulknife got a second Beta and I'd love to hear your opinions about it.
Please come join us at Dreamscarred Press and tell us whatya think about it. Worst possible scenario, you continue to ignore it afterwards and you've only lost a minute or two. Best possible scenario, you find something you like and your feedback makes it into the book. :)
Looking forward to you guys coming by! :D