For a campaign focusing on this sort of action I would suggest GURPS Psionic Powers, GURPS Psionic Campaigns, GURPS Psi-Tech, and. Harnessing the unfathomable power of the mind isn’t as easy as it sounds! Fortunately, GURPS Psionic Campaigns is here to help navigate the trickiest aspects. GURPS Psionic Powers is a 4e sourcebook released in by Jason Levine that Related works GURPS Psionic Campaigns, GURPS Psis, GURPS Psi- Tech.
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Psionic abilities can be dropped into a wide range of campaigns, from the historical to the far future, and from the grittiest conspiracy story to the most over-the-top supers game. Regardless of the underlying setting, games featuring psi have common needs and issues.
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The GM must make decisions about what psi is, how it works, and what purpose osionic serves in his particular game. Players need this information as well, to make psis who fit into and make sense in the setting. Each power has many predefined abilities, each of which requires a campiagns Psionic Skills, p.
This book references rules and advice found in both and uses the former as the default assumption for several examples; for clarity, abilities from Psionic Powers are always expressed in boldface.
The powers in the Basic Set pp. B have been expanded to Our address is SJ Games, P. BoxAustin, TX Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope SASE any time you write us! We can also be reached by e-mail: New supplements and adventures. Just head over to e Look for each themed issue from e23! Visit us on the World Wide Web at www. Everyone makes mistakes, including us — but we do our best to fix our errors.
Up-to-date errata pages for all GURPS releases, including this book, are available on our website — see above. Page references that begin with B refer to that book, not this one. Getting everyone on the same page before the game starts is crucial to any campaign involving psionic powers. A person with a dormant psionic ability see p.
The study of psionics and psychics. Originally known as psychipurpose psi serves in the game and cal research. At the same psi: A person with psionic abilities. Possessing or related to psionics. Mundane technology typified by electronic devices and drugs campaign?
Also known as psi-tech. Psi can be a poorly understood ability that flares up in a few kids each Glossary PSYCHIC BELIEFS Belief in the supernatural has always permeated every level of society, whether as superstition, true belief, or just flights of fancy — a mix of hoping and believing that life is more than meets the eye.
The specific belief in psionic abilities is one of the most common subsets of this, with psionc about empowered humans going back to the dawn of the written word — and still selling well today.
However, even if the GM is starting a modern game, he needs to think about czmpaigns — specifically, about how long psi has existed. Other than that, however, no real attempt was made to distinguish between personal power and power drawn from an outside source Internal vs. A mystic in a game set far in the past might be represented as well by Magery and spells as with personal psionic abilities.
Spells allow for such adventurers to have a wide range of effects that tend to require time, energy, and ritual, while psi usually means fewer abilities that are easier to use and more reliable. Games campxigns this far in the past psionoc need to adjust the psionic power modifier; see Old-Time Psi p.
The world sonal psionic ability from other supernatural phenomenon. And This was the birth of Expert Skill Psionicsas well as the energy is matter? And psychical researchers asserted that the mind could be trained to particles teleport?
For many people, the belief in mind over influence the world around it. Specific beliefs varied considermatter is no stranger psiobic these accepted branches of science; ably, however.
Some were conPhysics Paraphysics. This was Costs Fatigue, 1 FP, is a reasonable swap; instead of psis worrying not limited to telepathy — this was believed about grups rays, they have to worry about wearing themselves to apply even to Spionic, psychokinesis, etc.
In a out from overexertion. Any Nuisance Effect can fit, such as causthat no power Talent can be equal to or ing hostile astral entities to sometimes notice the cmapaigns 6 or less chance greater than Campaignns in level e. Perhaps posed in by psychological researchers drinking a reduction of boiled peony campagns and zinnia leaf gives the Bertold Wiesner and Robert Thouless, who imbiber Resistant to Psionics for a day.
A properly crafted headband of believed that feats such as telepathy, clairvoygold, amber, and iron might provide some form of Psionic Shield. Maybe ance, and telekinesis were all manifestations a dart covered in bindweed sap and motherwort pollen can temporarily of the same basic ability.
Inspired fragrance, a gem that resonates with psionic frequencies, etc. Psionjc in this field ballooned during the Cold War when the KGB was discovered to be researching remote viewing capaigns other psionic abilities.
Some paraThe modern attitude toward psi tends to be one of overall psychologists assert that everything from magic to haunted skepticism. No psychic has ever passed an independent test of houses can be explained as controlled or uncontrolled use of his abilities, a fact trumpeted by debunkers such as Fampaigns psionics.
While modern science has answered many questions that certain aspects set psi apart from other mystical forces.
P 5 Internal vs. External Gups use draws upon external energy manashamanism relies upon the actions of other beings, and true religious miracles require the active participation of a deity.
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These abilities draw upon external forces; if the user is somehow cut off from these forces, he is unable to use campxigns power GURPS Powers, p. Contacting Spirits Psychic powers and ghosts have been linked together since humanity began believing in both, but this link was reinforced in the Victorian era Mesmerism and Magnetism, pp.
Many people believed that the ability to contact spirits was the essential psychic ability, and all others were derived from this. While this pzionic to extend into the realm of spirit powers Powers, p. Physical While no consensus exists on whether it is a genetic trait or a learned one Psionic Potential, pp.
This may mean the brain, the sense of self, or the soul, but the point is that psi is an intellectual pursuit. Most fictional psis hone their skills through intense training, demonstrating greater finesse and versatility and sometimes sheer power as they develop better control.
Psionic abilities generally reflect this. Mysticism This is a recent split.
As discussed in Psi Throughout History pp. Today, psi is usually portrayed as more scientific than mystical. While many uses of psi seem to involve the spontaneous creation of energy, what is done with that energy usually follows the normal rules of physics. A psychokinetic can melt a plastic toy, but he cannot change it into metal or grant it intelligence.
Likewise, in most settings, the energy wielded by a psi can often be detected, blocked, and suppressed by specialized technology known as psychotronics pp. In a world where psionics are real, even mundane equipment and procedures may be able to detect and measure psi — see Psychical Testing p.
Psionics can be more interesting and natural in a game if the GM and players consider what it really means. Any list of themes can only scratch the surface of possibilities, of course.
What follows are simply some of the most common approaches to supernatural mental power. Going Through Changes In many takes on psi, it tends to manifest when the subject is just starting to become a teenager.
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Suddenly, the psi has to deal with something unexpected and serious, without having any experience in these matters. The theme here is one of self-realization and a gradual assumption of both abilities and responsibilities — something that fits adult psis just fine. A game about going through changes should usually start the party off with minimal psionic powers Starting Conditions, pp. Just as many chances should occur to make things worse by using psi as there are to fix things — to promote responsibility and restraint when necessary.
A PC built around the idea of going through changes is often unsure of himself and distressed about when he should rely on his psi; this can be represented by disadvantages like Confused, Indecisive, Low Self-Image, and perhaps Mundane Background. He has a drive perhaps even an Obsession for learning more about his abilities and developing them carefully. This is pure wish fulfillment, with a question about abuse of power do you start mentally blasting everyone who ever called you a lsionic If he has an actual psionic ability, ignore these rules; successful use of it demonstrates its existence just fine!
The researcher first sets up a basic demonstrative test, such as with Zener Cards Psioniic. In this, cards with five different symbols circle, psoonic, wavy lines, square, star are shuffled and the subject either attempts to predict which card will be drawn for Precognition or to read the image of the card from the hand or mind of the researcher who is holding it for Clairsentience or Telepathy.
Parapsychologists use electronic random number generators TL7 to test for Probability Alteration, by having the subject attempt to influence the result. Similarly, osionic test for Psychokinesis by having the subject try to affect a scale, thermometer, bowl of water, or even grains of salt. Otherwise, if the subject is cooperating, he may then psinic against IQ, plus any Talent for the campaignns in question.
If the ability being tested for would normally be covered by a Per or Will roll, use that attribute instead. Once he gets his emotions under control, he fits into society better, but he may still have an attitude, often represented by an Intolerance of either bullies or authority figures.
Homo Superior Many people assume that if humanity eventually evolves into a new species, it will be because people have learned to harness their latent psionic abilities. What makes it different is the approach: Instead, psi is a natural development that shifts normal people to a new level, where the only reasonable response or perhaps just the response they have is to see themselves as a separate species: In fact, such a game can certainly play out as a war between those who stand with humanity versus those who think humanity should be slaves, destroyed, etc.
Someone who sees himself as Homo superior tends toward arrogance and a detachment from humanity. Use the rules above, but first the operator makes an Electronics Operation Medical or Scientific roll. On a failure, the subject automatically comes up negative. A Watched Pyro Never Boils The real world is full of self-proclaimed psis whose abilities mysteriously fail to work when tested.