What do you say to somebody new to Psionics?


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I have the DSP books, but I'm still new. I'm using a rune magic variant, but all the rules are the same. Aside from basic rules, what are the ins and outs (what is effective, what is not, what to watch out for), and what does a GM have to consider (What sorts of challenges can a Psionic character wreck? I hear Seers can wreck mystery plots by being too good at them.)?


This may help.

Seers can only wreck plots that diviners or divine casters could wreck, though it's a good thing to look out for.

Otherwise, carry on.


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I remember that thread. :)


It was a good thread. I still hope that people point to it when rules experience with psionics come up, so discussions can be had there.

OP: Sorry I'm not contributing directly to your thread. The short version is, remove the preponderance of the most unbalancing spells for casters, add a bit more versatility instead of straight DPR-focus to the more martial styles, and then look at what you've got left, and you've got a decent idea of how psionics might function over-all. As for specifics, I'mma bow out of the DSP-specific stuff. There are others who are better at that breakdown than I.


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Kelsey Arwen MacAilbert wrote:
I have the DSP books, but I'm still new. I'm using a rune magic variant, but all the rules are the same. Aside from basic rules, what are the ins and outs (what is effective, what is not, what to watch out for), and what does a GM have to consider (What sorts of challenges can a Psionic character wreck? I hear Seers can wreck mystery plots by being too good at them.)?

The major difference is in the resource management: with powers, quite often you have more flexible abilities than spells, but you have less of them. With power points, you have a smaller resource pool than you have with spells, but you can use it more efficiently.

Points to watch out for:

1) You cannot expend more power points on a power than you have levels in the class manifesting the power. This is the biggest mistake made by people trying psionics for the first time, and the biggest reason a lot claim it is over-powered. There are ways around this - the Overchannel feat, the Wilder, some traits for multi-classing - but they are the exceptions.

2) Many powers do not automatically scale. You have to augment a lot of powers to get more out of them, and that means spending more power points. An energy ray doing 1d6 damage at first level for one power point does not do 2d6 damage at 2nd level unless you spend two power points. On the flip side, you can often get extra effects from some powers when you augment them.

Those are the two biggest pitfalls you may run into, and the things you have to remember.


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Psionics is Overpowered!


Great article! I love it!


Nyaa wrote:
Psionics is Overpowered!

Thankee.


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Even though powers do not often automatically scale, augmenting them will often make low-level powers useful all the way up to 20. For example, Energy Ray or Crystal Shard, if you have these, will likely be your go-to for single-target damage throughout your character's career.

This also means, despite the few powers you will know, you will still have ample opportunity, especially as a Psion, to get utility and special case powers.


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Also remember, that when using meta-psionic feats that the psionic character is required to expend psionic focus, which means that he cannot use more than one meta-psionic feat at a time (barring the use of a couple specific feat chains that give him an small "out" on this restriction.


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Snark mode on: Now what's really overpowered are daggers. They have such a high crit range and are easily concealable. And then you can use them when you get swallowed hole! And you can throw them! Plus they do piercing or slashing damage! We should nerf daggers before they get out of control!

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