Starfinder Now on Fantasy Grounds!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

We're happy to announce that SmiteWorks has released version 1.0 of their Starfinder Ruleset for Fantasy Grounds! The ruleset comes with the entire contents of the Starfinder core rules in an easy to read reference manual and with drag and drop data elements for everything like classes, races, armor, shields, and starships. Character creation is assisted by dragging and dropping race, theme and then class. Starship build support and starship combat is still getting finalized but will make an appearance when we release version 1.0.

In addition to the Starfinder core rules, we also simultaneously launched the Starfinder Alien Archive and first three volumes of the Dead Suns Adventure Path. The Alien Archive comes with tokens where possible.

We are collecting feedback on our dedicated Starfinder forums and plan to push a series of smaller patches out over the coming days and weeks.

Like all official Paizo conversions for Fantasy Grounds, Paizo has allowed us to provide a discount for any product where the PDF is already owned at paizo.com. Use the Store > Paizo Account Synchronization to link your accounts and Retrieve paizo.com Purchases to enable a discount on each product owned. Once linked, the products will show a discount equivalent to the PDF price of the same product. This means $9.99 off the bigger core rules products and as much as $15.99 off when you buy one of the Dead Suns adventures. If you don't already own the PDF, buying the Fantasy Grounds version allows you to sync that purchase back to paizo.com to get a free PDF added to your account there.

Doug Davison
President, SmiteWorks

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Minor edit: Full starship support will be available when we release version 1.1, which is currently in development.

Silver Crusade

woooooooooooooww

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Can’t wait!!! We tend to play fantasy grounds with Pathfinder, but have done 1 game of starfinder on it. It will be nice to have the full rules!!

Liberty's Edge

I think this is potentially alright, just a crapton of money on top of already owning the core rules while the Pathfinder ruleset is still free? Will this change some time in the future because I couldn't see shelling out $50 additionally after already putting so much out for the book already. It's things like this that are off-putting on buying into "premium" VTT support.


Great! Now, please include the same for Roll20, which has a free membership option.

Also, unlikely to purchase full module/adventure add-ons unless the price is dropped. They seem quite high currently.

President, SmiteWorks

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You can play Starfinder on Fantasy Grounds using the built-in CoreRPG or PFRPG rulesets and community extensions if you like with no additional purchases. The Starfinder ruleset and Core Rules conversions are pretty nice improves (we think) and represents roughly 6 months of software development by SmiteWorks with many more months planned to continually add greater and greater features. Those features and graphics may or may not matter to you as much. We generally encourage people to check it out and then if they are unsatisfied, they can request a full refund within 30-days.

Great, now do the same for Roll20 [or D20Pro]
Paizo allowed us (and other VTTs) to license the material and they support us by providing us with raw text and graphic assets we can use. The actual building of the product in a digitally interactive format is up to each individual licensee. I can't speak directly to the amount of effort required by each licensee to roll out new conversions, but that's generally why you don't just see each company with everything instantly available or for super low prices.

Re: Prices
Final prices for those of you who already own the PDFs:
$50 for the Starfinder ruleset (required for the items below)
$30 for Alien Archive (optional)
$7 for each Dead Suns adventure module.

For those without the PDFs, you get it for $59.99, $39.99 and $22.99 each but you can sync to get the PDF added to your Paizo account for free.

Even at $50 for the Starfinder ruleset, it will take a lot of sales to recoup our investment. Adventures and supplements help with that ROI in the long run. Like with everything else, supporting things you like to see financially means that you'll see more of those things in the future. Whether that means FG, Roll20, D20Pro or none of the above is up to the consumers.


Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I'm very confused, hasn't this been out for a while?

President, SmiteWorks

It was launched on Feb 9th. The announcement got delayed due to the website revamp here.


Doug Davison wrote:

Even at $50 for the Starfinder ruleset, it will take a lot of sales to recoup our investment. Adventures and supplements help with that ROI in the long run. Like with everything else, supporting things you like to see financially means that you'll see more of those things in the future. Whether that means FG, Roll20, D20Pro or none of the above is up to the consumers.

Businesses need to make money in order to continue providing content and services. I get that. But I will need to do some upgrades to my older FG license in addition. Unless I am actively running a game, spending $200 to get my FG up to snuff is just not in my price range.

I'm having enough trouble figuring out if I can afford Hero Lab Online to get access to the Starfinder stuff in that platform....

President, SmiteWorks

Amaltopek wrote:

Businesses need to make money in order to continue providing content and services. I get that. But I will need to do some upgrades to my older FG license in addition. Unless I am actively running a game, spending $200 to get my FG up to snuff is just not in my price range.

I'm having enough trouble figuring out if I can afford Hero Lab Online to get access to the Starfinder stuff in that platform....

If you have an older license, it will still work with the latest version and should update for free. We have people that bought back in 2004 and those keys still work. If you have a Player only Lite license, those can be upgraded to Standard for $20 and a Standard can be updated to an Ultimate license so you can host free/demo players if you want for $110 normally or $88 through midnight EST tonight (Sunday, March 11) due to a sale that is currently running. We try to have sales periodically on the main licenses. A brand new Ultimate license is on sale for $110 (down from $149). That can still be a chunk all at once, so we offer the 6-months 0% interest financing option through PayPal for U.S. based customers. You can find a link to it on the bottom of our Store.

If now is not the best time, please do consider signing up for the newsletter and you'll get notified for sales and new releases each week. Just posting on our threads about physical games you are playing of Starfinder and what features would be helpful to you helps us prioritize where we spend our development efforts as well. If we can't entice you now, perhaps we can eventually by addressing your most requested features.

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