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Paranormal Power
by Travis [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/15/2024 16:41:59

Even if you don't play A5E (sometimes called "LevelUp 5E") it is backwards-compatible with your regular 5E D&D game.



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Paranormal Power
by Rafael [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/20/2023 15:33:42

This is a solid addition to the A5E books, and the approach taken evokes the nostalgia of 2nd Edition Psionics, without falling into the same pitfalls that previous editions did.

A lot of the character options add utility, so you might find this book works best in a game that isn't a straight dungeon crawl. A5E characters are generally more versatile than 5E ones (though not necessarily more powerful) so keep that in mind if you are using this with mainstream D&D.



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Paranormal Power
by Stephen M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/10/2023 14:17:04

There are some really good ideas in here, and the mechanics seem pretty solid. Unfortunately, it was advertised as a 5E and A5E supplement, and it is definitely NOT 5E compatible. At first I was seeing A5E language and figuring that I could do conversions on my own (although I didn't want to). However, soon it became obvious that the bulk of the player-facing material simply could not be converted. Paranormal Power uses mechanics that have no 5E equivalent: rattled, expertise dice, combat traditions, exertion, etc.

I like a lot of the content, I really do. I just wouldn’t have backed it if it were billed as an A5E only supplement. And it clearly is.

UPDATE: I reviewed this and complained that it was more A5E than 5E, giving it 3 stars. The publisher responded with an acknowledgment that it was A5E based and included some pretty comprehensive suggestion on how to make it backwards compatible to fit better with 5E. I appreciated that a lot and revised my rating to 4 stars. Were those suggestions to be included in the PDF, preferably in the main text but even as an appendix, I would give it 5 stars. If you primarily play A5E or are very comfortable converting A5E to 5E, buy this product!



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Hey, just popping in to thank you for your review and make some suggestions for relatively easy conversion: If you're using 5e as the main structure, without A5e class revisions: 1) Exertion is 2xProficiency/short rest in A5e. Just drop it to Proficiency Bonus/Short Rest for 5e. (You'd need to lift the A5e class-specific pacing of classes learning maneuvers, though, for the archetypes.) 2) Rattled can be lifted, whole cloth, as a condition. Or can simply be rewritten/recontextualized as "Cannot take reactions" 3) Expertise is essentially a +2 bonus. If you're using 5e species rather than A5e heritages: 1) Psionic Heritage Traits can be recontextualized as feats, with the Paragon traits having a pre-requisite of the gift feat and level 10 (you could get away with setting it to 8, though!) 2) Nedraz can be easily adapted by treating them like Tieflings with the different varieties like "Feral Tiefling" or "Winged Tiefling". 5e Mindscape and Monsters: 1) No conversion needed, really. Ultimately, A5e is designed to be backwards compatible with 5e, and A5e and 5e characters can work in the same game without a significant balance issue. That said, in the future I'll make it more clear that my products are designed for A5e and are thus compatible with 5e. I don't want anyone to feel like they've been cheated.
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