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Restless Dreams: A Guide to Modern Psionics
by David B. S. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 07/18/2012 00:26:43

Having started a d20 Modern-based sci-fi campaign, I was looking foreward to using psionics. But when I looked in the core d20 Modern book, I was sorely disappointed at what I saw. After reading many reviews, posts on forums and peering through many game systems and settings, I finally found a psionics system that doesn't feel like futuristic spell-casting!

Restless Dreams doesn't have everything I wanted, but the sytem works and "feels" like sci-fi! Its much more expansive than the bare-bones psionics in the core d20 modern book and the feats/skills/powers mechanic fits into the d20 system neatly.

Very pleased with this purchase! The only glaring omission is interior artwork!

[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Restless Dreams: A Guide to Modern Psionics
by Taylor H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/04/2011 22:46:04

An awesome alternative to the standard D20 Psionic system. Use this if you want a more dynamic system for your game.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
Restless Dreams: A Guide to Modern Psionics
by James B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/15/2005 00:00:00

An okay purchase. Lots of retread, though, from D&D psionics. Not a lot that was new or modern, IMO.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>

[3 of 5 Stars!]
Restless Dreams: A Guide to Modern Psionics
by Mike B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/22/2004 00:00:00

Basically this is the Expanded Psionic Handbook converted to D20 Modern rules, well the SRD parts at least. There are three pdf files; Color with art, B&W with art and B&W without art.

At first glance, much of this book looks like the XPH copied to a pdf, but a closer look reveals several nice conversion ideas. This book converts all the psionic disciplines, psionic focus, psicrystals, (augmentable) psionic powers up to 5th level and psionic items.

To convert to D20 Modern, the base classes become Advanced classes and the Psion actually becomes six classes. This adds a nice twist to the standard psionic rules, as you can now multiclass between Seer and Telepath or Shaper and Kineticist. The Wilder is not a class, but presented as both an Occupation and Feat. The Battlemind from D20 Modern core rulebook continues to serve as a Psychic Warrior, but is not updated to the new rules. Also as per other Advanced classes, these gain special abilities that the D&D version do not.

Skills and feats introduces psionic focus to D20 modern and converts the psionic feats from the XPH. Next is the section on powers, but only up to 5th level as they were in D20 Modern rules, but the powers are now Augmentable. There are a few new powers and a couple of spells converted from Urban Arcana. One interesting note, there is list for each discipline, but only one power per level and each Advanced class gets these as bonus powers.

Psionic items covers Dorjes, Weapons, Armor, Psicrowns, Tattoos and introduces Psionic Circuits. A psionic circuit is a ?stored power? like a scroll.

Astral Constructs and Psicrystals get an entry as do several of the psionic races. One nice touch here is that the races get both an Urban Arcana and a D20 Future description. Races covered are Blue Goblins, Dromites, Duergar, Elan, Half-Giant, Maenads and Xephs. <br><br><b>LIKED</b>: Metamind Prestige class: Much better than the XPH version, can learn powers from any list and automatically qualifies for any other Psionic class.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Over all this is a good book. There are a few typos; Kineticist?s list has Quicken Power feat but he actually gets Maximize power feat at 10th level, the Psychic Warrior is mentioned in the Power section but is not converted to the new rules and a couple of the converted spells still say ?spell? in their description. Also, the question of what to do with the old Zero level Talents is not addressed. Since the previous classes like the Psionic Agent in Urban Arcana do include them, as do the psionic classes from RPObjects books, a conversion guide would have been nice.

Also, much of this book IS the Expanded Psionic Handbook SRD, as most of it does not need much to convert to D20 Modern rules. I could probably do this kind of work myself, if I had the time and I don't mind paying for something that lets me spend more time actually playing the game.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>

[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Restless Dreams has been updated to fix the problems listed here (kineticist problems, psychic warrior references, spell references, and a new appendix on converting psionic characters from d20 Modern, Urban Arcana and the Modern Player's Companion, volume 2).
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