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The big black. The sea of souls. The astral realm. There are many names for the space between the planes. In the center of it all lies an island… “The friendliest Port in the Planes.” Whether you are a spirit that has been recently separated from your body or an adventurer traveling between worlds, chances are you’re making a stop in… Dreamhaven.

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A brand new RPG zine to take you brand new places. Planar Compass is a supplement for Old-School Essentials and other classic RPG systems such as Swords and Wizardry, Labyrinth Lord, etc.

  • 4 New Classes
  • Rules for Psionics
  • Over 40 Psionic Powers
  • 3 Small Adventures and a Dungeon
  • A mini setting to act as home base in the astral sea or a fantastic one-off
  • Contains a 60 page zine, 30 page player's booklet to avoid spoilers, and a players dungeon map

Note:Requires Old-School Essentials.

Psion by Chris Downey

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E.T. S February 19, 2022 9:02 am UTC
Any plans to offer this POD eventually? Frankly, it's frustrating that if one wants a hardcopy they have to catch the news in time when you deem to throw out a print run.
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Dan Wilson W February 19, 2022 3:53 pm UTC
Hi E.T. We are in stock right now in multiple stores in three different countries. Please check
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Dwight F March 30, 2021 12:49 am UTC
Is there a place to get a print version?
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Dan Wilson W March 30, 2021 1:58 am UTC
Hi Dwight,

We are getting ready to do another print run. I'll let you know when and where it's available.
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Patrick S June 18, 2021 6:11 am UTC
A PoD option would be great nethertheless. For us Europeans it's just insane ordering from the US right now.
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Dan Wilson W June 21, 2021 6:16 pm UTC
Hey Dwight,

If you are still interested we have physical copies available again. Various countries listed on our site:
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Dan Wilson W June 21, 2021 6:18 pm UTC
Hey Patrick,

We will definitely consider a PoD in the future. Right now I don't want to create confusion between the print runs we are continuing to do and any PoD products. I know it's not quite the same but if it is at all cheaper we do now have it in stock in the UK:
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Dwight F June 23, 2021 7:39 pm UTC
Oh geez, you're at Four Rogues! Perfect. Thank you!
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Jordan V October 15, 2020 1:21 am UTC
I have several questions about the psionics system.

I’m not sure how to phrase this for OSE, but does making contact with a target take your “action” on your turn?

Do targets make any kind of save to resist psionic powers or do psions just roll under the Power Score and succeed?

Energy Control: how long does this last and to what extent does it protect from damage? Currently it looks like it lasts forever, making a psion permanently invulnerable to all cold, heat, electricity, and fire. (Heat AND fire?)

ESP: the range is unlimited. So a psion can read the mind of any living creature anywhere in existence?

Molecular Manipulation: what does it mean to “weaken a substance” in this way? Say I use it on an enemy’s armor or weapon. What happens?

Psychic Crush: if you use this to try to contact another creature’s mind, nothing happens? Only if you’re already in contact with their mind?

Reduction: what does...See more
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Dan Wilson W October 15, 2020 2:02 pm UTC
Hey Jordan,

Thanks for your patronage. I’m excited to discuss the nitty gritty with you!

We kept the rules that are presentented in Planar Compass as light as possible and even intentionally vague in some places. This was due to our philosophy of “rulings over rules”. That is to say, we think the magic happens when the players and referee fill in the gaps.

That being said, here are my thoughts on your questions:

First off, I would say that I think of psionics as being an act of extreme mental concentration. Picture Luke struggling to raise the x-wing out of the water in Empire Strikes Back. Or, imagine that a grizzly bear has crossed your path. You wouldn’t give your mundane everyday life the same sort of focus and concentration as you would that bear. This is the sort of mental strain I think comes with using psionic powers. The character would not have a power active while they were eating or socialising. Certainly the power would not be active if they...See more
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Jordan V October 16, 2020 3:22 am UTC
Thank you for answering so thoroughly and quickly! I can definitely put this to work with these responses in mind. I’m a big big fan of psionics as a concept, but I’ve never been able to wrap my mind (hah) around old school versions of it. So I’ve been anxiously awaiting a version that makes sense to me the way OSE made old school D&D finally make sense to me. Your version is the best I’ve seen, so thank you for that.
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Dan Wilson W October 16, 2020 1:11 pm UTC
Hey Jordan, glad to hear! Let me know if you have more questions or thoughts. Always happy to discuss.
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