Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Masters of the Mind: Psionics!

Now in production: Masters of the Mind, an original edition psionics supplement which will be compatible with Labyrinth Lord, Advanced Labyrinth Lord, and OSRIC, but should work with any old-school simulacra game.

As with Spellcraft & Swordplay, this particular supplement came about "by accident," as I was writing an exegesis on the original psionics rules in Supplement III. I discovered, upon reading, that the only thing difficult to grasp on the original rules was the presentation. Once I had read them through several times, they seemed quite easy and it struck me that it's rather a shame that a good presentation wasn't ever put out there; they may have been adopted into many more games. That's my goal here, to put forth an easy-to-grasp version of these rules that will enhance and expand your old edition fantasy games.

The work will include a restatement and reorganization of the original rules for psychic powers for the game, in as clear and concise a presentation as possible. There will be four sections:

Part One: creating the psionic character will include guidelines and rules for bolting psionics onto your game, the effects they have on existing player character classes, and how to obtain and improve psionic powers.

Part Two: Psionic Powers will include power lists, Psionic Strength Point costs for use, and detailed descriptions of all powers.

Part Three: Psionic Combat will explore the use of psychic attack and defense modes, and how mental battle between two psychics works.

Finally, the Appendix will include a wealth of suggested house rules, expansions, and modifications so that these can be ignored by purists or incorporated to whatever degree one desires. Also included here will be guidelines for using the Psionics rules with Spellcraft & Swordplay (indeed, I would be remiss if I didn't include this).

Elf Lair Games is pleased to be creating our first supplement that will make use the Labyrinth Lord and OSRIC open licenses.

There is no set release date for the booklet yet, but it is coming along, with Part One complete as of this writing.

5 comments:

  1. This is fantastic news. Consider my breath bated.

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  2. Sounds cool Jason, I look forward to seeing it. I thought about doing this at one time but got wrapped up in other things, so I'm glad to see someone fill this niche. Will you include some monsters from oe/1e that have psionics? Those are missing from LL/AEC and will fill that gap.

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  3. I very much look forward to this. :)

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  4. Dan--some of the iconic monsters I can't include as they're not OGC (a specific Cthulhoid one comes to mind), though I may include a few close copies....

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