Jeremy Smith Archive

  • Psionics Augmented – Seventh Path This installment of the psionics augmented-series clocks in at 59 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 56 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what does this pdf cover? Well, on a basic level, we are introduced to a seventh psionic discipline, Athanatsim – which is something I’ve been wanting for a long time. Let me reiterate: Back in 2nd edition, Ravenloft’s psionics liches ranked arguably among the nastiest foes you could face; the by now classic 3.0 module by Malhavoc Press, “If Thoughts Could Kill” featured an epic storyline that may see the end of one psionic discipline in favor of a psionic […]

    Psionics Augmented – Seventh Path

    Psionics Augmented – Seventh Path This installment of the psionics augmented-series clocks in at 59 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 56 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what does this pdf cover? Well, on a basic level, we are introduced to a seventh psionic discipline, Athanatsim – which is something I’ve been wanting for a long time. Let me reiterate: Back in 2nd edition, Ravenloft’s psionics liches ranked arguably among the nastiest foes you could face; the by now classic 3.0 module by Malhavoc Press, “If Thoughts Could Kill” featured an epic storyline that may see the end of one psionic discipline in favor of a psionic […]

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  • Psionics Augmented: Mythic Psionics This massive book clocks in at 75 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 71 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This supplement was moved up in my queue as a prioritized review by my patreons.   So there we have it – the massive sourcebook that brings the much beloved psionics system up to mythic proportions, but can it whether the test of numerical escalation while also providing some iconic tricks? We’ll see.   First of all, the pdf does something smart – it covers terminology. Why is that smart? Well psionic powers tend to have an Augment-option, whereas […]

    Psionics Augmented: Mythic Psionics

    Psionics Augmented: Mythic Psionics This massive book clocks in at 75 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 71 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This supplement was moved up in my queue as a prioritized review by my patreons.   So there we have it – the massive sourcebook that brings the much beloved psionics system up to mythic proportions, but can it whether the test of numerical escalation while also providing some iconic tricks? We’ll see.   First of all, the pdf does something smart – it covers terminology. Why is that smart? Well psionic powers tend to have an Augment-option, whereas […]

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  • Psionics Unleashed Revised This Core-psionics-system clocks in at 236 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 232 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First of all: What is this book? There are multiple answers to this question, the first of which would simply be: The properly tidied-up, pretty version of the original Psionics Unleashed-book, with some added material.   To be more precise – this book contains the two new races of Forgeborn and Norals introduced in Psionics Augmented Vol. I. It also fully implements the talent-system introduced in Psionics Expanded (think of that book as the APG for psionics – just as good and just as […]

    Psionics Unleashed Revised

    Psionics Unleashed Revised This Core-psionics-system clocks in at 236 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 232 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First of all: What is this book? There are multiple answers to this question, the first of which would simply be: The properly tidied-up, pretty version of the original Psionics Unleashed-book, with some added material.   To be more precise – this book contains the two new races of Forgeborn and Norals introduced in Psionics Augmented Vol. I. It also fully implements the talent-system introduced in Psionics Expanded (think of that book as the APG for psionics – just as good and just as […]

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  • Psionics Embodied This book clocks in at 69 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 64 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So, we’ve all been there – suddenly, mid-adventure, a PC bites the dust and the player has no time to make a new character for now, requiring the temporary use of an NPC. Or, more often, one sits on the DM’s side of the screen and makes *yet another* NPC-build. I know I do that and it is an annoying bottleneck. There are certain tricks and combos one stumbles across and then re-uses them time and again. The issue becomes […]

    Psionics Embodied

    Psionics Embodied This book clocks in at 69 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 64 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So, we’ve all been there – suddenly, mid-adventure, a PC bites the dust and the player has no time to make a new character for now, requiring the temporary use of an NPC. Or, more often, one sits on the DM’s side of the screen and makes *yet another* NPC-build. I know I do that and it is an annoying bottleneck. There are certain tricks and combos one stumbles across and then re-uses them time and again. The issue becomes […]

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  • Psionic Bestiary This massive bestiary clocks in at 105 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with a massive 100 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First of all – this is a massive bestiary and as such, I can’t go into the details of every creature herein without bloating it beyond belief. Additionally, I have reviewed the ongoing subscription (with the exception of ~2-3 installments, I think), so if in doubt, there are some reviews in the ether that are more detailed regarding the respective creatures. Finally, if you’re like me and have accompanied the evolution of PFRPG’s psionics, then you’ll notice that Ultimate […]

    Psionic Bestiary

    Psionic Bestiary This massive bestiary clocks in at 105 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with a massive 100 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First of all – this is a massive bestiary and as such, I can’t go into the details of every creature herein without bloating it beyond belief. Additionally, I have reviewed the ongoing subscription (with the exception of ~2-3 installments, I think), so if in doubt, there are some reviews in the ether that are more detailed regarding the respective creatures. Finally, if you’re like me and have accompanied the evolution of PFRPG’s psionics, then you’ll notice that Ultimate […]

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  • As you may have noticed, real life’s been busy – so I’m trying to catch up to the backlog and hence, I had to make a decision – while usually, I write full reviews for Pathways-issues, this time, I’ll just give you brief bullet points for each issue – they’re free, after all, so go and download them and judge for yourself!   Pathwayys #36 Highlights: Great time-themed template by Steven D. Russell (wished it had synergy with RGG’s Time Thief, though), psionic red grindylow by Elton Robb, great rakshasa monk by Creighton Broadhurst   Flaws: Formatting of my Top Ten-list a bit awakward.   Final verdict: 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5.       Pathways #37 Highlights: Ruination […]

    EZG Bullet Point-reviews #1: Pathways #36, #37, #38, #39

    As you may have noticed, real life’s been busy – so I’m trying to catch up to the backlog and hence, I had to make a decision – while usually, I write full reviews for Pathways-issues, this time, I’ll just give you brief bullet points for each issue – they’re free, after all, so go and download them and judge for yourself!   Pathwayys #36 Highlights: Great time-themed template by Steven D. Russell (wished it had synergy with RGG’s Time Thief, though), psionic red grindylow by Elton Robb, great rakshasa monk by Creighton Broadhurst   Flaws: Formatting of my Top Ten-list a bit awakward.   Final verdict: 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5.       Pathways #37 Highlights: Ruination […]

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  • Psionic Bestiary Part 9 The 9th part of the Psionic Bestiary is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We kick off this mini-bestiary with a new CR 5, tentacle-mouthed monstrous humanoid with emergent brain lobes, the Brataurus, who can emit wis-damage dealing screams and worse, they actually feed on said damage, healing themselves. Cool!   The CR 3 Dedrakon, a scaled predator that adds crystal shackles to their prey via their attacks, which increase in movement-hampering potency the more creatures are shackled with them – oh, and they can emit roars to paralyze shackled foes on a failed save – […]

    Psionic Bestiary Part 9

    Psionic Bestiary Part 9 The 9th part of the Psionic Bestiary is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We kick off this mini-bestiary with a new CR 5, tentacle-mouthed monstrous humanoid with emergent brain lobes, the Brataurus, who can emit wis-damage dealing screams and worse, they actually feed on said damage, healing themselves. Cool!   The CR 3 Dedrakon, a scaled predator that adds crystal shackles to their prey via their attacks, which increase in movement-hampering potency the more creatures are shackled with them – oh, and they can emit roars to paralyze shackled foes on a failed save – […]

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  • Psionic Bestiary: 6 Monsters This installment of the Psionic Bestiary-series is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/introduction,1 page SRD, leaving us with 7 pages, so let’s check out those beasts!   The first critter would be the Azrathid at CR 3 – a truly deadly psionic ambush predator with a truly NASTY paralysis-inducing poison – nice, in spite of being sans signature ability: The combination of psi-like abilities makes these work!   Next would be the CR 6 Brain Worm – body horror indeed: These worms try to subdue you and then, burrow into your flesh, wrap around your spine and then extend tendrils into your brain. And yes, you’re essentially dead if the parasite can’t […]

    Psionic Bestiary: 6 Monsters

    Psionic Bestiary: 6 Monsters This installment of the Psionic Bestiary-series is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/introduction,1 page SRD, leaving us with 7 pages, so let’s check out those beasts!   The first critter would be the Azrathid at CR 3 – a truly deadly psionic ambush predator with a truly NASTY paralysis-inducing poison – nice, in spite of being sans signature ability: The combination of psi-like abilities makes these work!   Next would be the CR 6 Brain Worm – body horror indeed: These worms try to subdue you and then, burrow into your flesh, wrap around your spine and then extend tendrils into your brain. And yes, you’re essentially dead if the parasite can’t […]

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  • Ultimate Psionics Sooo…this is it – 453 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement… 448 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, to properly preface this – I’ve been using psionics for about 80% of my DMing career – from 2nd edition to the rather poor 3.0 version (and its kind-of-fixes by Malhavoc Press) to the great 3.5-version…and this is when I found Dreamscarred Press. I liked what I saw there and got just about everything. Fast forward to pathfinder and Psionics Unleashed. It might sound weird, but without this book, my campaigns would simply have missed a central ingredient, like a dish missing salt. It […]

    Ultimate Psionics

    Ultimate Psionics Sooo…this is it – 453 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement… 448 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, to properly preface this – I’ve been using psionics for about 80% of my DMing career – from 2nd edition to the rather poor 3.0 version (and its kind-of-fixes by Malhavoc Press) to the great 3.5-version…and this is when I found Dreamscarred Press. I liked what I saw there and got just about everything. Fast forward to pathfinder and Psionics Unleashed. It might sound weird, but without this book, my campaigns would simply have missed a central ingredient, like a dish missing salt. It […]

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  • Psioncs Augmented Vol. I In a display of superb customer-service, Dreamscarred Press offers the bonus-content scored from the Ultimate Psionics-hardcover-compilation-book as its own pdf, so let’s take a look, shall we? This pdf is 78 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a whopping 75 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick off this supplement with new races, first of which would be the Forgeborn – Half-constructs (the type is reprinted from the ARG) that have been engineered from people blended with what seem to be mineralized growths – thankfully setting them distinctly apart from the huge array of different construct races already available for PFRPG. […]

    Psionics Augmented Vol. I (Revised Edition)

    Psioncs Augmented Vol. I In a display of superb customer-service, Dreamscarred Press offers the bonus-content scored from the Ultimate Psionics-hardcover-compilation-book as its own pdf, so let’s take a look, shall we? This pdf is 78 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a whopping 75 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick off this supplement with new races, first of which would be the Forgeborn – Half-constructs (the type is reprinted from the ARG) that have been engineered from people blended with what seem to be mineralized growths – thankfully setting them distinctly apart from the huge array of different construct races already available for PFRPG. […]

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  • Psionics Augmented Vol. I In a display of superb customer-service, Dreamscarred Press offers the bonus-content scored from the Ultimate Psionics-hardcover-compilation-book as its own pdf, so let’s take a look, shall we? This pdf is 78 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a whopping 75 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick off this supplement with new races, first of which would be the Forgeborn – Half-constructs (the type is reprinted from the ARG) that have been engineered from people blended with what seem to be mineralized growths – thankfully setting them distinctly apart from the huge array of different construct races already available for PFRPG. […]

    Psionics Augmented Vol. I

    Psionics Augmented Vol. I In a display of superb customer-service, Dreamscarred Press offers the bonus-content scored from the Ultimate Psionics-hardcover-compilation-book as its own pdf, so let’s take a look, shall we? This pdf is 78 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a whopping 75 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick off this supplement with new races, first of which would be the Forgeborn – Half-constructs (the type is reprinted from the ARG) that have been engineered from people blended with what seem to be mineralized growths – thankfully setting them distinctly apart from the huge array of different construct races already available for PFRPG. […]

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  • Psionic Items of Legend – Tempest’s Blade This installment of Psionic Items of Legend is 5 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/introduction, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   The former wielder of this enhancement for a mind blade is shrouded in mystery – known only by his moniker “Tempest”, this individual was the last man standing from the weeding-out procedures of the secret society of dark tempests (after the new PrC) – what has befallen him/her/it – no one knows. The weapon, which looks like a crystal rod, comes with 10 levels of power increase and starts off as a standard crystal hilt +1 (scaling […]

    Psionic Items of Legend: Tempest’s Blade

    Psionic Items of Legend – Tempest’s Blade This installment of Psionic Items of Legend is 5 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/introduction, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   The former wielder of this enhancement for a mind blade is shrouded in mystery – known only by his moniker “Tempest”, this individual was the last man standing from the weeding-out procedures of the secret society of dark tempests (after the new PrC) – what has befallen him/her/it – no one knows. The weapon, which looks like a crystal rod, comes with 10 levels of power increase and starts off as a standard crystal hilt +1 (scaling […]

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  • Psionic Items of Legend – The Heartstaff This installment of the Psionic Items of Legend-series is 6 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/explanation of what Legendary Items are, 1 page SRD, leaving us with about 2 1/2 pages of content – since the last page contains some blank space.   So what is the Heartstaff all about? In a word, it’s about loneliness – the psioncist who created the staff made it a tool for his psicrystal to develop sentience and keep him company – unfortunately, not even fragments of his own personality could stand his personality, abandoning him. Ever since, the psicrystals are hunting the staff as a means to reproduce. Rules-wise, the heartstaff is a […]

    Psionic Items of Legend – The Heartstaff

    Psionic Items of Legend – The Heartstaff This installment of the Psionic Items of Legend-series is 6 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/explanation of what Legendary Items are, 1 page SRD, leaving us with about 2 1/2 pages of content – since the last page contains some blank space.   So what is the Heartstaff all about? In a word, it’s about loneliness – the psioncist who created the staff made it a tool for his psicrystal to develop sentience and keep him company – unfortunately, not even fragments of his own personality could stand his personality, abandoning him. Ever since, the psicrystals are hunting the staff as a means to reproduce. Rules-wise, the heartstaff is a […]

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  • Some books are just a LOT of work to review: This is one of them:     Psionics Expanded: Advanced Psionics Guide     This massive book is 220 pages long,  1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 216 (!!!!) pages of content, so let’s check this out!   Well, how to review this? This book is essentially the “Advanced Player’s Guide” for psionics, kicking off with an introduction that covers all the psionic aces and core races and their respective takes on the new classes introduced in this book.   I already did in-depth analysis of the respective component pdfs that worked as a kind of playtest for the compilation […]

    Psionics Expanded: Advanced Psionics Guide

    Some books are just a LOT of work to review: This is one of them:     Psionics Expanded: Advanced Psionics Guide     This massive book is 220 pages long,  1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 216 (!!!!) pages of content, so let’s check this out!   Well, how to review this? This book is essentially the “Advanced Player’s Guide” for psionics, kicking off with an introduction that covers all the psionic aces and core races and their respective takes on the new classes introduced in this book.   I already did in-depth analysis of the respective component pdfs that worked as a kind of playtest for the compilation […]

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