Unlock your mental abilities in the Starfinder RPG from Paizo with the Psionics Guide! This new book from Dreamscarred Press will provide everything you need to use psionic powers in your Starfinder RPG campaign.
What's In It
The Psionics Guide will include the following material to expand your options in a Science Fantasy campaign:
- New Races - 11 psionic races to choose from the curious astreidi, the insectoid dromites, the immortal elans, the serpentine ophiduan, to the powerful half-giants
- Four New Classes - the iconic Psion, the Aegis who shapes energy into armor and weapons, the Specialist who uses her psionic power to overcome obstacles, and the Integrator who joins minds together into vast neural networks
- New Feats - new feats for the different psionic classes
- New Archetypes - including a Wilder archetype and the Soulknife archetype, which use the Starfinder RPG archetype design
- Psionic Powers - with powers from 1st level to 6th level
- Psionic Equipment to outfit your character or augment their abilities
- New Psionic Themes
Our initial goal is to have enough funds to cover all artwork costs and fulfillment costs. If we exceed that, we're planning on expanding the book and adding some additional psionic content.
The Psionics Guide has already been written and is going through public playtesting to get reviews and feedback. What we need funds for is artwork and printing costs. If we want to get an affordable, traditional offset print run, we need to order at least 1000 copies of the hardcover to be cost effective. While we can go with on-demand printing, we still need to pay the authors and artists for their work. And a book of this size isn't cheap to create.
If we exceed our base funding, we have additional goals for higher funding.
ACHIEVED! $6000 - Children of the Void: We'll add the Children of the Void motif to the Psionics Guide. This includes new character options and GM tools.
ACHIEVED! $7000 - Psionic Character Sheets: The current Starfinder RPG character sheets are great for the core classes. But they're geared toward spellcasters. Psionics works differently, so our goal would be to create character sheets with spots to record your power points, powers known, and other psionic abilities. These sheets will be provided as a PDF download to all backers at $10 and up.
ACHIEVED! $8500 - Raiders of the Endless Sea: We'll add the Raiders of the Endless Sea motif to the Psionics Guide. This includes new character options and GM tools.
ACHIEVED! $10000 - Bestiary! We will add a psionic creature book to the project! This will include new psionic monsters and new grafts of a psionic nature. The Bestiary will be a separate book, so as to not impact the completion and shipping of the Psionics Guide. For PDF-only backers, we will add a new $15 reward tier to get a PDF copy of the Psionics Guide and the Bestiary.
ACHIEVED! $12000 - Dreamwalkers: We'll add the Dreamwalkers motif to the Psionics Guide. This includes new character options and GM tools.
ACHIEVED! $14000 - Athanatism: The Athanatism discipline, the psionic art of manipulating souls and spirits, will be added to the Psionics Guide, along with new psionic powers, class options, and more.
ACHIEVED! $16000 - More Iconic Artwork: At this level, we will add more artwork for the iconic characters of the different psionic classes.
ACHIEVED! $18000 - Shadow Wars: The Shadow Wars motif will be added, detailing the spies, saboteurs, and revolutionaries of the psionic races, and the resources they use to hide and find information, manipulate extradimensional space, and get out alive to fight another day.
ACHIEVED! $20000 - Full Page Artwork: Artwork is one of the largest costs in creating a book this size. With this funding level, we'll add full-page images to the start of each chapter.
ACHIEVED! $22000 - Expanded Bestiary: At this level, we will add more psionic monsters and options to the Psionic Bestiary. While this will increase the page count, it will not change the price of the book for any add-on selections.
ACHIEVED! $24000 - Fleshwarping: The Fleshwarping motif details the modern practice of an ancient psionic tradition, including new augmentations, powers, and other player options.
ACHIEVED! $26000 - Additional Artwork: At this funding level, we will set aside additional funds for interior artwork in the book.
ACHIEVED! $28000 - Bringers of Peace: We will add the Bringers of Peace motif, which will give expanded information on the Noral Democratic Republic, the frenzied terraforming obsessions of the duergar, and the online culture of the Astreidi, including player options and GM tools.
$30000 - Psionic Starships: If we reach this funding level we will write the Strangers' Armada supplement, detailing the starships of various psionic nations and organizations, the weapons and systems developed for them, and exploring the role of psionics and magic in starship combat.
$32000 - The Lost Children:The Lost Children motif will be added, which includes examples of psionic societies that developed apart from their parent cultures such as lost Noral colonies, Ophiduan rebels, and the tools they developed.
More will be revealed as we reach higher funding levels!
NOTE: The themes discussed for stretch goals do not refer to the Starfinder RPG term theme like the Ace Pilot, but instead a thematic group of character options and GM tools.
Backer Stretch Goals
Now that we have achieved initial funding, we have some bonuses based upon the number of backers for the project! This means if we have the number of backers indicated by the goal, that reward will be unlocked!
REACHED! 150 backers - Mobile device wallpaper downloads
REACHED! 200 backers - Each of the four classes will receive ONE reward for an iconic character design. Like the cover art reward, the character concept MUST be approved by Dreamscarred Press. Please check the FAQ for more details.
REACHED! 250 backers - Desktop wallpaper downloads
REACHED! 300 backers - Backers will get to vote on ONE additional psionic monster to be included in the Bestiary!
REACHED! 350 backers - The Familiar Strangers motif will be added, incorporating the psionic traditions of many non-psionic races, as well as the powers and techniques they have developed and the history of psionics in cultures where it is more niche and less visible.
REACHED! 400 backers - We will create a printable minis PDF of the iconic psionic characters. All backers at $10 and up will get this PDF.
REACHED! 450 backers - We will create a printable minis PDF of the creatures from the Bestiary. All backers at $15 and up will get this PDF.
REACHED! 500 backers - Backers will get to vote on a SECOND additional psionic monster to be included in the Bestiary!
REACHED! 600 backers - We will add the Seekers in the Great Night motif, which will include content relevant to the mysteries of the psionic races, their colonies & outposts, and player/GM tools for 'frontier' stories.
700 backers - We will produce an artwork PDF for all backers at $10 or higher.
Backers at $10 and higher will get rewards as our thanks of bringing this project to life! Since we cannot update reward selections once they've been chosen, we'll add to the list here if we reach stretch goals that add any additional rewards.
$10 or higher - PDF of Psionics Guide, PDF of printable iconic minis, and PDF of psionic character sheet
$15 or higher - PDF of Psionics Guide, PDF of printable iconic minis, PDF of psionic character sheet, PDF of Bestiary, and PDF of printable creature minis.
$50 or higher - Standard full-color, hardcover copy and PDF of Psionics Guide, PDF of printable iconic minis, PDF of psionic character sheet, PDF of Bestiary, and PDF of printable creature minis.
$100 or higher - Premium full-color, hardcover copy and PDF of Psionics Guide, PDF of psionic character sheet, PDF of printable iconic minis, PDF of Bestiary, and PDF of printable creature minis. See below for example of premium vs standard prints.
Standard vs. premium printed books
You may be wondering what is the difference between the standard full-color hardcover book and the premium full-color hardcover book. Standard prints are done using our normal print-on-demand printing facility, using inkjet printing technology. Premium prints are done using more traditional offset printing processes, which are more expensive when done at smaller runs because of the setup cost. Premium prints will have more vibrant colors. Both use the same weight of paper.
You can increase your pledge to get additional rewards!
$45 - If you want additional copies of the Psionics Guide, add $45 for every standard additional copy you want.
$95 - If you're pledging at the $100 or higher tier, add $95 for every additional premium copy of the Psionics Guide you want.
With $10,000 in funding reached, we will also be producing a 64-page Bestiary of psionic monsters and grafts! All backers at $15 or higher get the PDF of the Bestiary as part of your rewards.
If you want a print copy, you can add the cost to your reward total based upon which version of the Bestiary you'd like: softcover full color, hardcover standard color, or hardcover premium color.
- Softcover full color - add $25 to your pledge amount
- Hardcover standard color - add $35 to your pledge amount
- Hardcover premium color - add $50 to your pledge amount
Because the Psionics Guide may finish before the Bestiary is finished, we may ship these separately. For backers in the US, there is no additional shipping cost. For international backers, we will have an option in your survey to select if you want us to wait and bundle the two books or to invoice for the additional shipping costs.
Digital downloads and printed book fulfillment will be done using DriveThruRPG. We've successfully used DriveThruRPG to distribute PDFs for our Patreon campaign, and we use DriveThruRPG's on-demand printing service for some order fulfillment already, so it only makes sense for us to continue to use them for this project.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge is going to be ensuring everything ships on time. We have run multiple successful Kickstarters in the past and have put together a team to ensure that any additional writing gets completed in a timely fashion, artists who are ready to do the work, and printers who are able to handle the volume of books.
We learned a tremendous amount from our previous Kickstarters and have built this project to be successful using those lessons learned.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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