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Psi World

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A multi-sided game system in which the players may choose to belong to either side in a sociological and genetic clash of power. The game is set in a world (maybe Earth, maybe not) that is slightly more advanced than the present-day technologies. Regular shuttles service both space stations and lunar bases. The near planets and asteroids have been visited by manned probes. Giant solar collectors beam energy back from space to power an active society in which both software and hardware technologies are well advanced. But most importantly. major psionic powers have begun to breed true in certain special individuals.

Due to this development, society has fragmented. Norms (normals) view Psis (psionics) with fear and loathing. Psis are segregated and ostracized. They react by binding together for safety and political power. The government, whose majority is composed of norms, has created the Psi Police to monitor and regulate the criminal use of psionics.

Using the following rule system and preceeding background information, the referee may create a world in which ostracized and outnumbered Psis fight for survival against a paranoid and totalitarian government. Or is it valiant government agents battle cunning and vicious psionic revolutionaries and criminals? Both are possible within the game.

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Joseph S May 22, 2021 6:14 am UTC
I have the original boxed edition of this game, but it has been thrashed over the decades. Any chance of a POD version?
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Thomas D September 22, 2020 3:47 am UTC
I consider this game a hidden gem. The psionics system is easily exportable to other systems. The combat rules are generic but easy to use. I did replace the clunky Hit Point formula with a much simpler calculation. HP=[End + (1/2 STR +1/2 WIL)].
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Eric Z April 24, 2018 10:44 am UTC
Another thing to note about this system. The progression is painfully slow and random. If you choose to run it you'll want to reward players directly with points to spend on skills, attributes and powers. Otherwise it all feels like the character has no growth.
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Eric Z September 26, 2015 8:00 pm UTC
I'm a long time player of PSI World and have always loved the world.

As a GM it's fun to start the players as norms then have them go through "transition" where their powers express at random in times of stress. Randomly rolling the powers for the players is always interesting though it does sometimes take a little GM fiat to tune the results so the players start on an even footing. Having someone with multiple majors while another player has one, limited, minor isn't fun.

I created a rudimentary Excel file for creating characters quickly and have built several home brew systems to augment the game.

I am currently running a group through the early days of the underground and am looking forward to amping up the action!

The combat is rudimentary and not well explained, however. I found it helped to build a "cheat sheet" so that I could easily refer to how things worked.

Also, don't expect to see rules for things like climbing,...See more
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Sam H February 26, 2015 12:35 pm UTC
An early review mentioned some errors in the scan of this title. Have those errors been corrected in the intervening years? No other reviews include this observation.
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Thomas S May 27, 2015 12:13 am UTC
I think you'll note the same reviewer mentioned in a separate entry that it was a problem with his pdf reader rather than the scan.
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Heath R January 27, 2015 6:26 pm UTC
Anyone have any premade Psi World characters they'd be willing to share?
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