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Starfinder Preorders and Compatibility License Announced!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

I know that many of you have been waiting patiently (or not so patiently) to learn what products we'll be launching Starfinder with at Gen Con 2017, and the time has finally come to reveal our secret plans! Below are all of the initial Starfinder products available this August, now ready for preorder! Check it out:

Starfinder Core Rulebook

560 pages of science-fantasy glory! Get all the rules you need to play the Starfinder Roleplaying game, from classes and spells to lasers and starships, plus tons of setting information, new and classic races, and more!

Starfinder Adventure Path: Incident at Absalom Station (Dead Suns 1 of 6)

The first Starfinder Adventure Path kicks off as a deserted mining ship tows a mysterious asteroid out of hyperspace, revealing clues to an ancient alien superweapon that could threaten the existence of the Pact Worlds! Starfinder Adventure Path will be a bimonthly, 64-page book filled with not just linked adventures, but new setting information, alien creatures, and new rules and options for GMs and players! This volume features a mega-sized gazetteer of Absalom Station, magical relics, new monsters, and more.

Starfinder GM Screen

Have all the most important GM information at your fingertips with this handy GM screen, its player-facing side emblazoned with a massive battle scene featuring all the Starfinder iconics.

Starfinder Player Character Folio

Keep track of your character in style with this deluxe player character folio! Much like its Pathfinder counterpart, this folio has everything you need, including expanded character sheet sections, quick rules reference, and more.

Starfinder Core Pawn Collection

Spice up combat with this collection of gorgeous pawns, perfect for both PCs and enemies, including humanoids, monsters, starships, and more! A Starfinder Pawn Base Assortment will also be available (they're the same size as the Pathfinder bases, so you can mix and match between the two game systems without fear.).

Starfinder Flip-Mats

Basic Terrain is a standard square-gridded battle mat with ground on one side and decking for a spaceship or space station on the other. Basic Starfield is a larger-than-normal flip mat featuring two different starfields with a hex grid, perfect for Starfinder's starship combat system!

Starfinder Compatibility License

What's that? You've got a great idea for a Starfinder product that we aren't making? Well you're in luck—the Starfinder Compatibility License is all fueled up and ready to launch! Click here to learn how you can get started making your own third-party Starfinder-compatible products.

Thanks to everyone for all your enthusiasm, and stay tuned—the fun is just beginning!

James L. Sutter
Creative Director

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Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

Definitely plan on going to Gen Con again this year. I'm hoping to drag a few more of my friends along this time.

Question though:
If I plan on picking some of this stuff up down in Indy, should I pre-order here on the site, or just wait to visit the booth?

Can't wait to see some of you down in Indy this year. Take it easy everyone.

Scarab Sages

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Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

PRE-ORDER. That way you know it will be waiting there for you.

Also - would it be better to pre-order items individually now, or wait for subscriptions?

Edit: Never mind. Answered here.


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Preordered the core rules, AP, and the character folio. Very excited for this.


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Shut up and take my money.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, PFS RPG, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I'll woot this too.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Pawns, PFS RPG, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

So... any word on subscriptions? i.e., I want it all and want it to just flow into my basket.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Wow! Pre-orders, info on the first AP, *and* the SF Compatibility License! Great Heavens to Mergatroyd! :D :D :D

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Maps, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I'm very excited for August! Thanks, Paizo :)


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Pre-ordered! I have yet to read if they said we can pick this up at Gen Con 50 along with our subscriptions as usual.

Also, will there be Starfinder games at Gen Con 50? I plan on going total PFS, but I will keep some slots open for Starfinder!

Liberty's Edge

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Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Maps, Modules, PFS RPG Subscriber

Is any of this going to be available via the OGL?

Will you keep a Starfinder Reference Document similar to the PRD?

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

PREORDER ALL THE THINGS


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rknop wrote:

Is any of this going to be available via the OGL?

Will you keep a Starfinder Reference Document similar to the PRD?

The starfinder compatibility license indicates it's to be used in conjunction with the OGL, so the first is a yes.


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Welp, here's hoping that there's going to be subscriptions and consolidated shipping; I just ordered one of everything, and now I'm sad for August me's wallet...

Shadow Lodge

What class is that Kasatha on the right? Is it one of the iconics?

Grand Lodge

Oh sweet baby Erastil that is an ugly logo and cover for the core rulebook.

The original mock up logo was a bit flat but at least it was clean. Now it looks like a mishmash of the Animorphs logo and some kind of testosterone-laden military-themed game from the 80s.

As for the cover, while I understand the desire to show off the iconics, the original android/kasatha/ratfolk poster was much better composed. Judging by just about every other hardcover released for the Pathfinder line, we'll actually end up with some kind of intense battle scene that includes an iconic or two. But really hoping that this is just a mock-up placeholder.

Don't get me wrong, I'll still be buying these products, but I REALLY hope that the final product looks a little more appealing. Though I have a feeling the ship has sailed on that unfortunate logo.

Silver Crusade

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BMO wrote:

Oh sweet baby Erastil that is an ugly logo and cover for the core rulebook.

The original mock up logo was a bit flat but at least it was clean. Now it looks like a mishmash of the Animorphs logo and some kind of testosterone-laden military-themed game from the 80s.

As for the cover, while I understand the desire to show off the iconics, the original android/kasatha/ratfolk poster was much better composed. Judging by just about every other hardcover released for the Pathfinder line, we'll actually end up with some kind of intense battle scene that includes an iconic or two. But really hoping that this is just a mock-up placeholder.

Don't get me wrong, I'll still be buying these products, but I REALLY hope that the final product looks a little more appealing. Though I have a feeling the ship has sailed on that unfortunate logo.

From the product page for the official rulebook:

Chris Lambertz wrote:
Now available for preorder! Cover image and description are not final and may vary before release!


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting Subscriber

Preordered Core rules... waiting to see a subscription option for the AP

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Bi monthly subscription(if I undestood right that AP is released bi monthly) will probably fit me pretty well since shipping costs are expensive :'D

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Since I will want PDFs, I hope that the subscriptions are announced soon.


Really excited about Starfinder! Even though there's no mention of a bestiary in this announcement, sadly. That Kasatha iconic has already taken my money! XD

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

Wraithguard wrote:

Definitely plan on going to Gen Con again this year. I'm hoping to drag a few more of my friends along this time.

Question though:
If I plan on picking some of this stuff up down in Indy, should I pre-order here on the site, or just wait to visit the booth?

Can't wait to see some of you down in Indy this year. Take it easy everyone.

Subscription orders can be set for Gen Con pickup. I do so every year and it's very easy. Sometime in July the option will go up and you simply go to your subscription page and tick a box.

I don't know if the same can be done with non-sub preorders, I've never tried it.

Be aware that when Paizo has a major release, the wait at the booth can get ferocious(1 hour+ on the first day). By subbing/ordering ahead, they will hold your stuff until you come by, so you can wait until the crazy line dies down to go get your items without worry that they might sell out.

Grand Lodge

DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
BMO wrote:

Oh sweet baby Erastil that is an ugly logo and cover for the core rulebook.

The original mock up logo was a bit flat but at least it was clean. Now it looks like a mishmash of the Animorphs logo and some kind of testosterone-laden military-themed game from the 80s.

As for the cover, while I understand the desire to show off the iconics, the original android/kasatha/ratfolk poster was much better composed. Judging by just about every other hardcover released for the Pathfinder line, we'll actually end up with some kind of intense battle scene that includes an iconic or two. But really hoping that this is just a mock-up placeholder.

Don't get me wrong, I'll still be buying these products, but I REALLY hope that the final product looks a little more appealing. Though I have a feeling the ship has sailed on that unfortunate logo.

From the product page for the official rulebook:

Chris Lambertz wrote:
Now available for preorder! Cover image and description are not final and may vary before release!

Ah I'd seen that, but that one word "may" worries me.


BMO wrote:
DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
BMO wrote:

Oh sweet baby Erastil that is an ugly logo and cover for the core rulebook.

The original mock up logo was a bit flat but at least it was clean. Now it looks like a mishmash of the Animorphs logo and some kind of testosterone-laden military-themed game from the 80s.

As for the cover, while I understand the desire to show off the iconics, the original android/kasatha/ratfolk poster was much better composed. Judging by just about every other hardcover released for the Pathfinder line, we'll actually end up with some kind of intense battle scene that includes an iconic or two. But really hoping that this is just a mock-up placeholder.

Don't get me wrong, I'll still be buying these products, but I REALLY hope that the final product looks a little more appealing. Though I have a feeling the ship has sailed on that unfortunate logo.

From the product page for the official rulebook:

Chris Lambertz wrote:
Now available for preorder! Cover image and description are not final and may vary before release!
Ah I'd seen that, but that one word "may" worries me.

The "may vary" is referring to "before release". So, maybe we could see two other covers before release, or just one after release.

At least that how I always read that phrase, one that commonly used in ALL PRODUCTS. Nevertheless, even those products that seemed to have their final cover since the announcement, after release had some minor changes...

That said, I'm sure that's not the final cover. No need to be worried.

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

To be safe and stay married. Preorders dont get charged until they ship right?

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

Never mind i found my answer. Hold on my account but no charge.


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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Maps, Pawns Subscriber

I think I liked the original logo a bit better as well; it looked more machine-drawn due to the smooth lines/gradients versus the colored-pencil/hand-drawn look of this one -- and "hand-drawn" is a bit of a clash with common science fantasy aesthetics imo. That being said, I presume the logo design still hasn't been completely solidified, as I don't see any form of logo for Starfinder in a USPTO search (just the word mark with no graphic), whereas the Pathfinder logo does appear in said search using search term "(Paizo)[ON]"


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The Gold Sovereign wrote:
Really excited about Starfinder! Even though there's no mention of a bestiary in this announcement, sadly. That Kasatha iconic has already taken my money! XD

Check the First Contact, also the APs will have some bestiary stuff as well. We've been told that a ship guide, weapon guide, and Alien Codex are all possibilities.

Shadow Lodge

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I actually like the retro '80's look of the logo. Though I do hope the rest of the art is not final, it does look a bit dull.


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The Gold Sovereign wrote:
Really excited about Starfinder! Even though there's no mention of a bestiary in this announcement, sadly.

A Bestiary is definitely on the roadmap per the Humble Bundle Q&A, but it's not part of the August releases. I'd expect an announcement by GenCon at the very latest, and probably at PaizoCon.


thecursor wrote:
Check the First Contact, also the APs will have some bestiary stuff as well. We've been told that a ship guide, weapon guide, and Alien Codex are all possibilities.

Alien Codex - THIS!

Imagine an entry for all major alien races (maybe with class levels), that could even be converted to Pathfinder as well. That would be an interesting book to add into Starfinder books.

Garrett Guillotte wrote:
A Bestiary is definitely on the roadmap per the Humble Bundle Q&A, but it's not part of the August releases. I'd expect an announcement by GenCon at the very latest, and probably at PaizoCon.

Indeed. As First Contact is labeled as a "Preview Bestiary", I'm convinced that we will eventually see Starfinder Bestiary announcement.

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

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License submitted!


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Jason Nelson wrote:
License submitted!

And we are off to the races... :)

I know of at least three TPPs I am following with regards to the SF license, I am really looking forward to see what they come up with.

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
The Gold Sovereign wrote:
BMO wrote:
DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
BMO wrote:

Oh sweet baby Erastil that is an ugly logo and cover for the core rulebook.

The original mock up logo was a bit flat but at least it was clean. Now it looks like a mishmash of the Animorphs logo and some kind of testosterone-laden military-themed game from the 80s.

As for the cover, while I understand the desire to show off the iconics, the original android/kasatha/ratfolk poster was much better composed. Judging by just about every other hardcover released for the Pathfinder line, we'll actually end up with some kind of intense battle scene that includes an iconic or two. But really hoping that this is just a mock-up placeholder.

Don't get me wrong, I'll still be buying these products, but I REALLY hope that the final product looks a little more appealing. Though I have a feeling the ship has sailed on that unfortunate logo.

From the product page for the official rulebook:

Chris Lambertz wrote:
Now available for preorder! Cover image and description are not final and may vary before release!
Ah I'd seen that, but that one word "may" worries me.

The "may vary" is referring to "before release". So, maybe we could see two other covers before release, or just one after release.

At least that how I always read that phrase, one that commonly used in ALL PRODUCTS. Nevertheless, even those products that seemed to have their final cover since the announcement, after release had some minor changes...

That said, I'm sure that's not the final cover. No need to be worried.

Agreed - Paizo cover art tends to be much more dynamic than "three people just standing around". I suspect we'll see these three iconics fighting a space dragon or something.

Liberty's Edge

I'd love to see an Space Horror AP, inspired by movies like the Alien franchise

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
BMO wrote:

Oh sweet baby Erastil that is an ugly logo and cover for the core rulebook.

...

Don't get me wrong, I'll still be buying these products, but I REALLY hope that the final product looks a little more appealing. Though I have a feeling the ship has sailed on that unfortunate logo.

While I'm sure that isn't the final cover art (since a) they said it isn't and b) they tend to like more action on their covers), I totally concur on that logo. Orange is never the right answer.

I'd prefer something that looked more like either the old Star Frontiers RPG trade dress or the Star Trek logos from TOS movies, if we are going to go retro.


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

It isn't the final cover.


Misroi wrote:


I suspect we'll see these three iconics fighting a space dragon or something.

"GIANT KILLER ROBOT" There, fixed your post for you.


The Gold Sovereign wrote:


Alien Codex - THIS!

Imagine an entry for all major alien races (maybe with class levels), that could even be converted to Pathfinder as well. That would be an interesting book to add into Starfinder books.

The way they describe it and how I'm picturing it in my head, I'm sort of imagining the idea that Starfinder no longer separates the Bestiary and the Advanced Race Guides anymore (which by the way, ARG 2 is a thing we need).

So imagine this, any race that is considered "sentient" will now have a block of rules next to it for player characters. Any Organized Play Campaign will have Rules that allow for a wide selection of racial options outside of core because, well, that's just the point of playing a Space Fantasy: tons of Aliens. Essentially we'll get a ARG and a Bestiary in one big book and the game will reflect that diversity.

As certain races become popular, perhaps we'll even seen unique archetypes or even splat books about their history and culture.

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
thecursor wrote:
Misroi wrote:


I suspect we'll see these three iconics fighting a space dragon or something.
"GIANT KILLER ROBOT" There, fixed your post for you.

What about Colossal Cyborg Void Dragon?


CorvusMask wrote:
thecursor wrote:
Misroi wrote:


I suspect we'll see these three iconics fighting a space dragon or something.
"GIANT KILLER ROBOT" There, fixed your post for you.
What about Colossal Cyborg Void Dragon?

Now we're cooking with gas! I assume a cyborg Void Dragon is the only thing that eats a Tarrasque.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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Three things:

• Those of you asking operational questions (subscriptions, Gen Con pickup, etc.) will want to look in on this thread in the CS forum.

• The mockup cover *does* have the final logo, but it *does not* have the final cover art.

• Those of you who clicked through to the Compatibility License page may have noticed that it lists our first three translation partners for Starfinder:

French (Black Book Editions)
German (Ulisses Spiele)
Italian (Giochi Uniti)

We are in discussions with several others (some that we have worked with before, and some that we haven't).

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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Steve Geddes wrote:
rknop wrote:

Is any of this going to be available via the OGL?

Will you keep a Starfinder Reference Document similar to the PRD?

The starfinder compatibility license indicates it's to be used in conjunction with the OGL, so the first is a yes.

The second is also a yes.

Contributor

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The link to the OGL in Section 3 of the Starfinder Compatibility License redirects to the same page, not to an OGL statement.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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Thanks, Liz!


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Does the existing Community Use Policy cover Starfinder as well as Pathfinder?

Grand Lodge

CorvusMask wrote:
thecursor wrote:
Misroi wrote:


I suspect we'll see these three iconics fighting a space dragon or something.
"GIANT KILLER ROBOT" There, fixed your post for you.
What about Colossal Cyborg Void Dragon?

No no no, you're not thinking big enough. A Colossal Cyborg Void Dragon in a Mecha Suit


1 person marked this as a favorite.
BMO wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:
thecursor wrote:
Misroi wrote:


I suspect we'll see these three iconics fighting a space dragon or something.
"GIANT KILLER ROBOT" There, fixed your post for you.
What about Colossal Cyborg Void Dragon?
No no no, you're not thinking big enough. A Colossal Cyborg Void Dragon in a Mecha Suit

Call Japan and tell them we've got their next Anime.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

I am looking forward to when this releases!!

Liberty's Edge

Yay! Pawns! That was probably the first support products I suggested on the Message Board.

Not just because of the absence of miniatures for the players and monsters (in a game which requires them) but startships, which are even harder to get.

That and the flip maps are a great idea and useful for so many games. Such as the forthcoming Star Trek game and FFG's Star Wars game. Very happy to see those.


Will Herolab have this as a data package?

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