Psionics changes and updates

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November 2020

Feature Changes

  • Using Contact against a friendly - to boost their will - now applies to friendly psions.
  • Characters that have the "perfect self" feat are now excluded from psychic combat. ICly their minds are closed, so they can neither attack, or be attacked, psychically.
  • Illthid and related creatures (devourers, brain golems) fully hooked into psionics system.

Minor Changes

  • ACP command '/psi powercheck' toggles floating display of powerchecks.
  • Floating text announces failure of powers during combat; outside combat, failure will be obvious, or check the log (which scrolls too fast in mass combat to be useful)


  • No more inaccurate error messages following auto-manifestation of mind-blank (happens when another defence mode expires if the psion has mind-blank as a power)
  • Telepathic powers now properly respect, and report on, specific immunities (e.g. a power that engenders fear will be blocked by immunity to fear)

March 2020

Feature Changes

  • Favoured Psion: an opportunity for divine influence to increase a psion's power
  • Angadar, as a new god of psionics, can now provide minor benefits to his worshippers. Details FOIG
  • Objects capable of generating null psionic field now available to DMs and builders.

Jan 2020

Minor Changes

  • Ritual gem stones can be used as a Receptacle for PSPs.
  • Psionics reporting streamlined to use uniform colours and notation.

July 2019

Minor Changes

  • Psionic Augmentations (Magnify, Prolong, Harness Subconscious and Meditative Focus) can be linked via ACP, in any combination, into a single command.

May 2019

Feature Changes

  • Metamorphosis: addition of alternate forms. Largely just appearance shifts to provide for more characterisation. Toggle between sets (standard vs alternate) using /psi meta std & /psi meta alt.

Minor Changes

  • Summon Planar Creature: Gateways now draw on a wider range of creatures, plus, all creatures just carry their names, no more "summoned <creature>" floaty names.


  • Telekinesis will no longer eat bags. Downside is that it won't move them if they have any contents

March 2019

Feature changes

  • Ultrablast: New 'stun only' mode. Damage-dealing remains the default (and damage is handed out more equitably!). Switch between using /psi ultra
  • Expanded ACP options - use /psi help for a list
  • Psionic augmentations (Magnify, Prolong, Harness Subconscious and Meditative Focus) now accessible via ACP /psi, e.g. /psi prolong
  • Meditation animation - for those RP occasions - can be activated using /psi meditate


  • No more spamming of spellcraft text (really, this time!)
  • Psychic Clone no longer compelled to blurt out responses when asked to follow

October 2018

Feature changes

  • Metamorphosis: armour/clothing, weapons and worn items merge with form. The degree of merging depends on psion level and concentration skill.


  • No more spamming of spellcraft text
  • Crystal golems regain their psion-killer status

September 2018

Feature changes

  • Psionic chat system commands changed. Prefix is now /psi e.g. /psi ddoor
  • Psionic resistance: Now directly analogous to spell resistance.
  • Banishment: Backfire PSP drain capped at 10PSP per 9 seconds.
  • Ballistic Attack: Now requires a ranged touch attack, and allows a reflex save. Small increase to damage.
  • Mind Blank: Runs as a default (if power is known), but is replaced by any of other activated defence modes.
  • Mind Thrust: Revised. Now imposes 65% spell failure + 65% attack failure.
  • Receptacle: PSPs can now be stored in 'ritual' gems, with these storing more than regular gems. Giant and large rough gems will hold a token amount.
  • Psionic Blast: Major revision. No longer does % hp damage / slow. Instead, short duration unconsciousness. Only works when target's hit points are less than 80% of the maximum.
  • Psionic Residue: Tweaks to reporting.
  • Psychic Crush: Complete overhaul. Now a direct damage telepathy power with damage and cost varying by level; 50% of damage heals after 2 rounds (representing psychological rather than physiological damage).
  • Psychic Drain: Can target incapacitated opponents. Limited uses with cool-down.
  • Psionic Vampirism: Drains d4 PSP per level (capped at lvl 20) at a cost of 5PSP (no longer a zero cost power!).
  • Summon planar creature: Massive overhaul and extension. Avlis Command Prompt toggle allows alignment of summoned creature (on G/N/E axis) to be preselected: e.g. /psi summon good.


  • Psychic Combat system: Heavily revised, now meaningful and effective. Details are FOIG.


  • Attack modes (Id Insinuation, Psionic Blast, Ego Whip, Psychic Crush, Mind Thrust) can no longer be used against oneself or one's clone!
  • Psychic clone can now be negated
  • Rod of Negate Psionics should be more effective

July 2011

Feature changes

  • Summon Planar Energy: damage & effects now vary with level, some other tweaks and improvements to coding


  • Crisis of Life

November 2010


  • Intellect Fortress
  • Banishment

July 2010

Feature changes

  • Ectoplasmic form: changed VFX to remove 'smoke trail'.
  • Banishment: Various tweaks; now can use to exit as well as enter the pocket plane dimension.

June 2009

Bug fixes

  • Prevent Disintegrate from killing creatures set to be immortal
  • Clone: Changed Accelerate to rounds not turns, when copying buffs from psion
  • Intellect Fortress: AoE fixed so it actually works as it's supposed to
  • Negate Psionics: Allow negating of looping powers- mol agit, photosyn, chem stim, death field and all harmful duration powers. In other words, you can now use a Rod of Negate Psionics to remove harmful psionic effects on yourself or friends.
  • Molecular Agitation: shouldn't work against incorporeal
  • Summon Planer Creature/Clone: Fix to the spell casting conversation, so the creature can cast its spells when ordered to.
  • Telekinetic weapon wielding: Fixed a bug where once the duration ends, the psion gets unpartied

Feature changes

  • Time Shift: added conversation menu which will allow the psion to look around and move while in Time Shift
  • Chameleon Power: Removed ghostly vfx and added stealth bonus hiding ability if PC remains stationary. This will allow you to use this power as an initial escape attempt. You blend into your surroundings with a stealth bonus dependent on psion level. As soon as you move, you lose the bonus, keeping only the regular +10 hide/ms normally given by the power.
  • Banishment: Rewritten to hopefully prevent PCs/NPCs from getting stuck in the pocket dimension. Also allows psions and targeted party members to enter the pocket dimension at will. You/they can then leave by going through the tear in the area.
  • Made a slight change in the feedback when manifesting a power.

July 2007

Bug fixes & Feature changes

  • Banishment: fix to prevent banished target getting trapped. Target will now be banished for 2 rounds mininum. The area has also been changed. One spot on the north end of the map has a transition to the start tent for a last resort escape when stuck, which can happen if the player logs out or crashes while banished.
  • Time Shift: add +4 AB for 1 round when Time Shift ends for tactical advantage as per PnP. You can use the Escape key to exit Time Shift before the duration ends. Fix bug for failing to cancel cutscene mode.
  • Cannibalize: changed to give 20 PSP
  • Mind Blast: Duration changed to 3d3 rounds.
  • Detonate: Changed to allow save to give half damage. Shrapnel damage depends on target being detonated. If creature, then damage scales to size of creature. If item, damage scales depending on weight of item. Doors and placeables are set at 5d10 damage. Shrapnel hits anything in 3 meter radius.
  • Telekinesis: Items in inventory can be targeted. The psion can then target another PC or a placeable to move the item to. If to a PC, this other PC must have turned on the option to accept Telekinesis offered items by using the emote menu under Grant Permission. If to a placeable (such as a chest), it must first be opened (which can be done with Telekinesis) and capable of holding an item. If the psion targets a weapon from inventory they can "animate" it, for an extra 30 PSP and will last for a short duration depending on psion level. While telekinetically wielding a weapon, the psion can't make any other attacks or use powers, else the weapon will fall. Another psion can attempt to take control of a TK wielded weapon.
  • Summon Planar Creature: When summoned, a conversation will pop up allowing the psion to make a skill check to try to keep the creature calm if it would normally have gone hostile. Failing this roll has no effect if the creature would have joined you anyway. Fixed a bug that could make nearby NPCs hostile if you attacked the summoned creature.
  • Clone: Delete all but equipped gear. Any active psionic buffs on the psion will be copied to the clone. Conversation will allow the psion to open the clone's inventory to give potions, scrolls, weapons, etc. Also an option for the clone to use psionic powers. If selected, then half the psion's PSP will be transferred to the clone. Any remaining PSP can be transferred back to the psion by disabling the option on the clone.
  • Receptacle: Standard quartz crystals can be conditioned using this power. These conditioned quartz crystals will allow a psion to transfer PSP to another psion. Avlis custom gems are now counted with an artificial value so they can store more PSP, though the amount is not as high for some gems as it was before.


  • You may find Power Stones and other psionic items while adventuring. The Psicraft check you make when first using a Power Stone is actually your Spellcraft skill, which we use in place of Psicraft for psions. The rest of the details I'll leave to FOIG. ;)

Psionic AI

  • The psionic NPC AI has been changed a bit, so you may notice some NPCs using additional powers or new tactics.


The following powers have a chance of bonus/backfire when rolling a 1 or 20, respectively:

  • Accelerate
  • Banishment
  • Cannibalize
  • Chameleon Power
  • Death Field
  • Detonate
  • Flesh Armor
  • Metamorphosis (backfire only)
  • Project Force
  • Psionic Residue
  • Psionic Vampirism (backfire only)
  • Telekinesis (backfire only)
  • Timeshift (backfire only)
  • Ultrablast

February 2006

  • The skill Concentration is no longer used to determine the succesful use of a Psionic Power.
  • Every 10 skillpoints of concentration will give a +1 bonus to the power check. Skillpoints gained by items are ignored in this calculation.
  • A failed power check will result in a loss of 50% of the PSP cost of the power, but if you make a succesfull concentration save (d20 vs Concentration/2 (again not counting items)) then you will only lose 25%.
  • Rolling a 20 (with the d20) on your powercheck results in an automatic failure.
  • The Psionic Power Disintegrate has been changed.
  • The Psionic Power Detonate has been changed.
  • The Psionic Power Time Shift has been changed.