While I devised variant abilities for Warriors and Experts, I was a little wary about giving Psychics any other abilities. They are, after all, the only ones in the game who have psi and can use psi-tech. Still, it didn't feel right to provide new options for the other two classes. I've had one or two players grumble about the power level of starting Psychics in the past, so maybe a little nudge isn't too preposterous.
Here's the deal: in SWN, all Psychics must choose a primary discipline at first level. This discipline levels up automatically when they gain a level, but really there is no benefit to having any given discipline as one's primary discipline. I thought that perhaps a Psychic's primary discipline would grant a small, ongoing bonus as the result of having specialized in that particular discipline. Here's what I've got written up so far:
character receives +1 bonus hit point every level. The biopsi's body is
making constant subtle improvements to his physiology: improved bone
density, circulation, etc.
bonus psi point per level. Focusing on the underlying nature of Metadimensional Energy
allows the metapsi to channel it more efficiently.
+1 permanent bonus to initiative. The precog is always slightly aware
of what is about to happen, even on an instinctual level.
-1 permanent bonus to Armor Class. The telekinetic's body is surrounded
by a minor TK field that can sometimes stop or deflect incoming
Telepathy: +2 bonus to all Mental
Saves. A telepath's mind is a tower of iron will, able to shut out
negative emotions, psionic attacks, and other assaults upon the mind.
+2 bonus to Evasion Saves. The jumper emits a low grade spatial
distortion field. In times of imminent crisis, the jumper can use this
field to "slip" hazards such as falling rocks, grenade blasts, etc.
I understand that Metapsionics probably has a "better" bonus that the other disciplines, but I did this deliberately. I think that Metapsionics is a little bit underpowered, in that some of the abilities require the character to have other Psychics on the team. Until I ran this very large group, I've never seen anyone take any points in Metapsionics. I thought maybe giving it a slightly better bonus would make it a somewhat more attractive candidate for one's primary discipline.
Note: Based upon ideas given to me by KC himself on my Expert variant abilities, I am considering giving the telepaths and jumpers a bit of a boost by saying that once per game (or game day or whatever, haven't decided yet) they can simply decide to make a successful saving throw, rather than taking the +2 bonus all the time. This brings it more in line with abilities like Veterans's Luck. I think it would also make the abilities somewhat more attractive. Again, these are just things I'm considering for the moment.)