A psionics rulebook for the Pathfinder RPG that combines Psionics Unleashed and Psionics Expanded into a single hardcover book.
Missed out on the chance to get in on the Kickstarter? We'll be posting regular updates at the Dreamscarred site on the status of the project!
Ultimate Psionics is the compilation of Psionics Unleashed and Psionics Expanded into a single massive tome of psionic awesomeness for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. This is not simply the two books slapped together, but a complete integration of the two books into a single seamless tome. Rules from Psionics Expanded will be retroactively included in the rules from Psionics Unleashed to give a consistent feel to the psionic rules.
This book is over 400 pages of psionic support, and at that size, it only made sense to do a hardcover binding instead of the softcover that we've used for Psionics Unleashed and Psionics Expanded. Unfortunately, hardcover printing is significantly more expensive than softcover, and you have to print a lot to get discounts.
That's where you come in. With your pledge, we can finish off the pre-print production (including brand new cover art) and print off a large set of hardcover copies of Ultimate Psionics to take advantage of volume printing discounts. We have determined that we need a minimum of $2,500 to pull that off. We are even offering COLOR prints to help us reach this goal.
And to show that we're willing to pay it forward, if we reach our goal, we'll support 10 other RPG Kickstarter projects to help OTHER publishers reach their goals.
This book contains:
8 psionic races - now 10, with the Forgeborn and Dreamscarred!
10 psionic base classes
Advanced class options including archetypes and advanced disciplines
Psionic skills and dozens of psionic feats
Instructions and rules on how to incorporate psionics into your game
Over 100 pages of psionic powers
18 psionic prestige classes - now 19!
Psionic weapons, armor, dorjes, psicrowns, crystalline items, tattoos, and wondrous items
NOTE: the psionic bestiary is not included in this book, although the monster entries for the Astral Construct, Astral Swarm, and Psicrystal are included. The Limited Edition of the book - available at the $200 reward level - does include the bestiary!
Written by Jeremy Smith and Andreas Ronnqvist, along with design and development by Philip J. Leco, II and the playtesting feedback and ideas from players the world over, Ultimate Psionics is truly the ultimate book available on psionics for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
So it's great that we've had success surpassing our expectations, but what do you get now? Below is a chart we'll keep updated showing all the reward items and who gets what. We'll update it as quickly as possible with what you can get as an add-in, as well.
If we hit our initial funding goal, we have a series of stretch goals that offer additional production value (more artwork), additional goodies for higher pledge tiers (character sheets), and much, much more. But first we need to hit that $2,500 funding threshold.
So tell your friends, tell every gamer you know, and let's get a psionic tome so big you can crack walnuts with it! NOTE: We do not encourage using Ultimate Psionics to crack walnuts. It has not been verified that Ultimate Psionics can crack walnuts, since it hasn't been printed yet. Attempt to crack walnuts with Ultimate Psionics at your own risk.
If we hit our initial funding goal, we have some stretch goals for higher funding levels.
GOAL REACHED! - $3000 - All reward levels of $20 and up will receive a free PDF of character sheets with psionic support and Jeremy will update his "Myth: The XPH is Overpowered" writing from 2004 to the current psionic rules and provide a PDF to everyone who pledges $20 and up and a print-out to everyone who gets a physical product.
GOAL REACHED! - $4000 - We will add a 32-page adventure that introduces characters to psionics. Reward levels of $20 and up will get the PDF, reward tiers of $50 and up will get it printed in black & white softcover, and reward tiers of $200 and up will get it printed in color softcover.
GOAL REACHED! - $5000 - The book will have all existing artwork updated to full color. Only those pledging $100 or more will get the book printed in color, but the PDF will be in full color.
GOAL REACHED! - $6000 - The Psionic Items of Legend series, in its entirety, will be included in Ultimate Psionics!
GOAL REACHED! - $7000 - We will add brand new additional interior artwork!
GOAL REACHED! - $8000 - New playable race, the forgeborn! This race of intelligent psionic constructs will be added to the book as a fully defined player character race.
GOAL REACHED! - $9000 - All of the races in Ultimate Psionics will receive the full "advanced races" treatment - racial archetypes, alternate traits, etc.
GOAL REACHED! - $10000 - PCGen and Hero Lab files will be created for all backers of $20 and up!
GOAL REACHED! - $12000 - A Game Mastering section giving information to GMs on how to introduce, run, and use psionics in their games.
GOAL REACHED! - $14000 - A set of Psionic Item cards will be created, similar to the Psionic Power cards, and the PDF will be included for all backers $20 and up!
GOAL REACHED! - $16000 - The entire Psionic Bestiary will be added to the limited edition version of Ultimate Psionics. Backers who get the limited edition will still receive a printed copy of the Psionic Bestiary as part of their reward or can choose $25 in different add-in options instead.
GOAL REACHED! - $18000 - Each of the core classes will have at least one psionic archetype!
GOAL REACHED! - $20000 - We will get Wayne Reynolds to do the cover and poster artwork for the hardcover book, even if no one has selected the $1000 reward. If the $1000 reward has been selected, we will include a full-page color graphic at the start of each chapter of the book.
GOAL REACHED! - $22000 - We will create a GM screen with psionic support. All backers at $200 and up get it as part of their reward, while other backers will be able to select it as an add-in (price TBD.)
GOAL REACHED! - $24000 - We will add at least twenty additional psionic monsters to the bestiary. While some may be upgrades from 3.5, it will also include brand new monsters.
GOAL REACHED! - $27000 - We will provide a PDF of printable paper minis for all the monsters in the Psionic Bestiary! All backers at $30 and up will receive this PDF.
GOAL REACHED! - $30000 - We will add an additional new archetype for every psionic class in the book.
GOAL REACHED! - $33000 - We will include a section in the book detailing how to alter the theme of psionics to fit your campaign.
GOAL REACHED! - $36000 - We will add 10 additional pages of psionic items (the non-legendary variety) to all copies of Ultimate Psionics!
GOAL REACHED! - $40000 - All backers who get the $100 reward package (including those at the $125 and $175 levels) will get a copy of the Psionic Bestiary printed in black & white as part of your reward! Backers getting the color bestiary from the $200 reward level still get the full-color bestiary. In addition, we will produce the Seventh Path supplement, which will introduce a new base class, the medium, which will deal with the paranormal / speaking with the dead aspect of mental powers. All backers at the $100 or higher reward tier will get the PDF once it is available (mid to late 2013), and all backers at the $200 or higher reward tier can choose to get the printed book for only the cost of shipping.
GOAL REACHED! - $44000 - We will include a set of pregenerated psionic NPCs to be used in your game. There will be at least two NPCs for each psionic class, and each NPC will be detailed at multiple levels for use regardless of when the party meets them. These NPCs will be in a separate book of NPCs and will not be in Ultimate Psionics. All backers at $20 and up get the PDF, all backers at $50 and up get it in print B&W, and all backers at $200 and up get it in color.
GOAL REACHED! - $48000 - We will include a minimum 40 additional feats in the book. These will be a variety of psionic, class-based, racial, and other feats.
GOAL REACHED! - $50000 - We will expand the art budget by two additional illustrations, and every $1000 beyond this will expand the art budget by an additional two illustrations.
Because we didn't want an overwhelming number of reward options, but we did want to have some additional bonus content, you can choose some add-ins for your reward! The items below can be added to ANY pledge - just increase your pledge but keep the same reward tier. For example, if you want the B&W hardcover book and PDF, but also want the dice, you would pledge $60 but choose the $50 reward tier. Additional add-ins may become available if we hit our higher stretch goals.
$2 each - Psionic Focus token - this brand new accessory the size of a poker chip will make it easy to remember if your character is currently focused or needs to regain it! One side will read "FOCUSED", while the other will read "NOT FOCUSED" so there's no confusion of if your character has psionic focus!
$2 each - A Dreamscarred branded d6 die
$4 - upgrade your B&W adventure to color
$5 - an Ultimate Psionics full-color 19x28 poster
$8 - Add an additional copy of the 32-page B&W introductory adventure
$8 - Add the Art of Psionics PDF
$10 - A set of Dreamscarred branded dice: 2d6 + 1d20 dice with the Dreamscarred Press logo on them
$10 - A full-color 11x34 four-panel GM screen
$10 - Add a set of printed and cut psionic item cards
$10 - Upgrade your B&W bestiary to color
$12 - Add an additional copy of the 32-page color introductory adventure
$15 - Add an additional copy of the B&W softcover copy of the Psionic Bestiary
$15 - Add a set of printed and cut power cards (over 500 cards)
$15 - Add a printed copy of the Art of Psionics color softcover
$20 - We will name a power after your character, in the same fashion as the spells named after the historical wizards.
$25 - Add an additional copy of the color softcover copy of the Psionic Bestiary
$40 - Add an additional Black & White hardcover copy of Ultimate Psionics
$50 - Pitch a feat, power, or item concept to be designed and included in the book.
$80 - Add an additional color hardcover copy of Ultimate Psionics (this is not the limited edition version, only backers at the $200 reward tier get that version and only one copy per backer)
For international (non-US) customers, please add an additional $20 to cover shipping costs if you select a physical product for your reward or add-ins.
Brick & Mortar Retail Stores
If you are a brick & mortar retail store and want to back this project and get copies for sale in your shop, please contact us directly about options. There are limits on what can and can't be done and we'd be happy to let you be a part of this project!
A power card of every single power in Ultimate Psionics. Hundreds of pages of powers - all in printable card format! That's all the powers in Psionics Unleashed, all the powers in Psionics Expanded, and any additional powers added to the book.
We will do a survey after the Kickstarter project has ended which will allow you to specify which add-ins you've selected. Shipping costs are already included in the cost of the add-ins.
This bestiary module is going to be a Kickstarter exclusive to those at the $200 reward tier and up. It will be printed and in PDF. What it's going to be is going back through all the "iconic" psionic monsters from 3.5 that couldn't be upgraded due to license restrictions and upgrading them to Pathfinder.
However, we are going to be very careful to not violate either the Open Game License nor copyright law, which is why this is a limited availability product. What this means is you shouldn't expect to see the Thri-Kreen for Pathfinder, because that would violate the license. But, you can expect to see a praying-mantis like psionic race. The same with the Gith races - similar, but not exact - because we don't want to lose access to the license, nor do we want to get sued!
We are expecting this bestiary module to be about 32 pages in length.
Our expected delivery date was based upon the original goal - hardcover of just Psionics Unleashed + Psionics Expanded, the power cards, Psionic Bestiary, and poster. We will still be working toward that delivery date. Additional content may cause that to slip, but we will provide updates at least weekly as the project progresses after funding has completed, so there is no doubt as to what's going on.
For those of you who have preordered Psionic Bestiary or Psionic Items of Legend (or both), what we are going to do is give add-in credit for your pledge equal to the cost of the preorder (rounded up). So, if you preordered the Bestiary, you get $10 in credit. If you preordered the Items of Legend, you get $5 in credit. If you preordered both, you get $15 in credit. This can go toward any of the add-ins in the project - extra copies of the books, tokens, dice set, naming a power, etc.
The limited edition will be signed, numbered, and the cover will reflect that it is the Limited Edition version. And it will be from a single print run - once the copies are gone, no more will be made. Additionally, if we reach $16,000 in pledges, we will be adding the entire psionic bestiary to the limited edition version of Ultimate Psionics, but not to the normal version.
The normal version of the color hardcover will be available for normal purchase after the Kickstarter has ended. It will likely only be available through Dreamscarred Press due to the high production cost of color hardcover books and the cost of selling through other venues. The limited edition will only be available to project backers (although we will have additional copies printed for internal use / promotional use / etc, but it will not be available for normal purchase).
Yes. Since the $200 and up tier gets the Bestiary as part of the book, if you'd rather not have a separate copy of the Bestiary, you can get $25 in other add-ins instead.
Yes. Add $10 to your pledge to upgrade your B&W bestiary to color if you are at the $100-175 reward package.
We'll get that once the project has finished via the post-project survey.
We wanted to have a bonus piece of content to be given to our early adopters (those folks who have preordered our original books and were a large part the reason why we were able to be successful), and decided to take all the artwork made for this project and put it into a book. Our early adopters get this book for free as part of their pledge (PDF for $20 and up, printed in color for $50 and up), but only if they preordered both Psionics Unleashed and Psionics Expanded. Those who preordered only one of those books still get a bonus - $5 in additional add-in credit as a thank you for your help in making our projects successful.
If you preordered from the Dreamscarred store, we'll know it from your username. If you bought the Psionics Expanded Subscription from RPGNow or DriveThruRPG, or the Psionics Expanded Work in Progress from Paizo, we'll need a screenshot of the download in your downloads page to verify your status.
For $20, you can have a power named after a character. You will get to pick the type of power, but can not choose a specific power due to not having a way to reserve powers. For example, you could pick a telepathy power, a fire based power, a teleportation power, or the like.
The $125 reward tiers to design a psionic base or prestige class lets you pick the physical description of the iconic character, name the iconic character (with a suitable name), and if you'd like, provide the personality and back story of the iconic character. While all of that requires approval from the project leads of Dreamscarred Press (Jeremy and Andreas), all efforts will be made to accommodate your design. Because there are 10 classes and 10 rewards and no way to lock out which classes are picked, we ask that you have a couple base classes in mind to design, in case multiple people want the same class (the same goes for prestige classes, but there are 20 classes and only 10 rewards.) If multiple people are set on the same class, and it's a class that could suitably have multiple iconics (psions with different disciplines, vitalists with different methods, etc.), we may use that option to allow everyone their first choice, thanks to our increased art budget.