If there was one part of the AD&D 1e ruleset that never made much sense to me (there was more than one actually, but this was probably the worst) was the Psionics Rules section. It didn't follow the rest of the AD&D rules in flavor or mechanics. They felt shoved in, not even tacked on. We tried to use them and never could really figure out how to make them mesh with the core rules.
+Richard LeBlanc has found a way to bring psionics to the common gamer with the Basic Psionics Handbook. It looks very usable with a quick glance through (and if Rich's previous works are any indication, it should be immensely useful.) This is going to the top of my long neglected review pile and has already been uploaded to my tablet ;)
The normal price is going to be $7.95 but it's currently at $5.95. I'm not sure how long the lower price is in effect, so I wouldn't wait to long to bite at this one.
Here's the blurb:
Unleash the powers of the mind into your BX/LL campaign!
Finally, after 40 years of waiting, there’s a psionics system for the classic editions of the world’s original fantasy role-playing game. It’s simple, intuitive, andprovides a gameplay experience that feels at home alongside the original rules of the game. Within this jam-packed 56-page book, you’ll find:
a simple, easy-to-play psionics system, tailor-made for classic versions of the world’s first role-playing game
2 complete BX/LL character classes—the mystic and the monk—specifically designed to support the system
support for basic and expert player levels
an easy-to-use psionic combat system based on the classic attack and defense modes
complete descriptions for 114 psionic abilities... broken into 6 different chakra/discipline groups... adapated from the best existing resources
tables for generating wild psionic abilities in non-psionic player classes
full stats and descriptions for 38 psionic monsters
tables for generating phrenic creatures
instructions on converting psionic monsters from other classic editions
conversions and additions for 8 monsters from Old School Adventures™ Accessory CC1: Creature Compendium
background information on psionic items, and descriptions for 13 specific items
support for mixing spellcasting and psionics
And much more!