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The Darkest Side (Pureons and Dragons) by Matt Colville’s MCDM Productions entered a public playtest

The new psionics course is only for Dragons and Dragons. MCDM Productions created “The Talent” earlier this month. This show featured a Dungeons & dragons student being drafted into a new psionics program. The playtest contains over 80 pages and details seven subclasses and over 100 “powers” that characterize Talents. There are also psionist animals and a new take about gem dragonborn, who have the inherent psionic powers to the natural world.

Psionics have been a part the Dungeons & Dragons game for many decades. The game uses an X-Pone system that can be used to activate or increase certain powers. Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything introduced several sub-lcasses that were psionic-themed. These included “psionic dice”, which are a pool of dice that can be used to activate specific abilities. The Talent, however, uses a more complicated system for psionics. It is built around a “manifestation die”, which allows a player to activate a new type affliction, called “strain”.

The Talent’s strain system allows players to use Psionic Power in a very simple manner. They roll their manifestation dice. They act without consequences if the dice roll is higher than the power’s “manifestation” score. The game will not be seen by you. The more they are put under strain, the more they feel they are dying. Although both are exhausting and stricken, players can recover much more quickly than they could in exhaustion. A player can take a brief rest to relieve strain.

MCDM’s will likely release The Talent either as a standalone class, supplement, or in conjunction with the next full-length rules book. You can view the public playtest documents here.