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Starfinder Society, Paizo's Newest Organized Play Program

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Immediately after the announcement of the Starfinder Roleplaying Game last PaizoCon, our community started speculating about an organized play program to support the new game. We spent the ensuing months looking at workflow and charting out a course that would enable us to have both Starfinder and Pathfinder organized play programs. It delights me to end speculation and announce the launch of Starfinder Society at Gen Con 50!

Introducing the Starfinder Society logo, designed by the talented Sarah Robinson!

Before the questions flood in, I want to note that we are still in the active planning phase, and may not have answers to everything yet. Over the next few months, the team will release more information via blog, podcast, and forum posts. If you have questions, please put yours in the comments section, and we will work to get them answered.

Who is working on Starfinder Society?

The structure is very similar to the Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild. Tonya Woldridge will oversee the program, with John Compton taking on the role of lead developer of both the Pathfinder and Starfinder organized play campaigns. Developer Linda Zayas-Palmer will continue to focus on Pathfinder Society. We've added Thurston Hillman to the team as the dedicated developer for Starfinder Society. Thurston has been a part of Pathfinder Society since Season 1, when he authored Pathfinder Society Scenario #55:The Infernal Vault. Since then, he's both contributed many scenarios (and special events) to the Pathfinder Society as well as writing regularly for various other Pathfinder RPG lines. Thurston brings his depth of experience to the team, along with a bit of zany humor.

Is it going to be called "Starfinder Society?"

The official name is Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild, or SFSRPG for short. The Starfinder game takes place in the distant future of the Pathfinder world, and while much has changed (or been forgotten), the Starfinder Society traces its mysterious history back to the Pathfinder Society of present day. The campaign's official name reflects this connection.

Are you making two separate organized play programs?

Yes. Although many similarities exist in structure and format, including a shared volunteer team, they are two separate campaigns with different rules, documentation, and characters.

Do I get to keep my same Pathfinder Society number?

Yes. What was your Pathfinder Society number will now be your number for all three of the Paizo-operated organized play programs: Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild, Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild, and Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild. Starfinder character numbers will have a unique starting number, most likely 700, making your first Starfinder character XXX-701. The number 700 works really well for this, not only because it leaves space for plenty of Pathfinder Society roleplaying characters, but also because the PZO number (the number we assign to each of our products) begins with 7. Who knows, this bit of trivia may make it in to the PaizoCon quiz.

How much is staying the same from Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild?

We still have quests and scenarios with Chronicle sheets. Adventures will be broken into tiers, grant XP, and provide other rewards. Three experience points (XP) grant a level. There are fairly cooperative factions within the Starfinder Society, based on their worldview and goals. We will reveal more information about the campaign as we get closer to its launch in August 2017.

Illustration by Sebastien Hue

If all that is the same, what is different?

Starship combat!

On a more serious note, we made a couple major changes for Starfinder Society. The first is the tier system. We are closing the gap between subtiers that resulted in so much confusion and consternation with calculating average party level (APL). Starfinder scenarios will include the following tiers: Tier 1-2, Tier 1-4, Tier 3-6, Tier 5-8, Tier 7-10, and Tier 9-12—perhaps more as higher-level play grows in popularity.

The second most noticeable change is that characters have a means of belonging to more than one faction at a time. Unlike the current Pathfinder Society faction rules, Starfinder Society characters will be able to gain favor with multiple groups, choosing which they want to champion on a scenario-by-scenario basis. But just like multiclassing, focusing on several groups won't see the same benefits as focusing on a primary faction. These changes to the faction system tie in with another issue that we are addressing: the handling of boons. One of our goals is developing a way to make the boons on Chronicles more relevant, and not just a stack of paper player's stick in the back of their folder. We'll reveal more about these changes in... the future (see what I did there?)

What is the release schedule?

The Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild launches with 3 scenarios, 1 pre-generated character special, and 1 quest pack at Gen Con. From there, we will publish one scenario a month. Moving to a slower release schedule allows us to spin up the program and settle into the groove of running three organized play programs. During this time, we will solicit feedback and assess the rate of publication for 2018 and beyond.

When can I start playing Starfinder Society?

The fun begins Thursday, August 17th, at 8:00 AM Pacific time in the Sagamore Ballroom at Gen Con. After Thursday morning, anyone, anytime, anywhere, may schedule Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild events.

Next week sees John holding down the fort while I travel to the GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas to chat with retailers about our organized play programs. The following Wednesday, March 22, at 7 pm PDT, John, Thurston, and I join the Know Direction crew for a Question and Answer session about all things organized play related. If you have topics you wish us to cover, feel free to drop me an email at tonya.woldridge@paizo.com and we will fit as many answers on the show as possible.

Check out the blog next Monday for more exciting organized play news!

Until next time—Explore, Report, Cooperate!

Tonya Woldridge
Organized Play Coordinator

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Paizo Employee ***** Pathfinder Society Lead Developer

Hmm wrote:
John Compton wrote:
Woran wrote:
I keep throwing money at the screen but nothing happens!

Try putting it in a stamped envelope and sending it to Paizo, ATTN: John Compton

Well, maybe just continue supporting the organized play programs, buying our current books, and preordering the Starfinder Core Rulebook.

Is there any way to pre-order a PDF? I'll order the hardcover if it will get me the PDF!

Hmm

The best place to ask about that would be the Starfinder Operational Questions thread. I don't want to make any non-roleplaying-guild product fulfillment assumptions on my colleagues' behalf.

Creative Director, Starfinder Team

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Hey, just wanted to pop in and say how happy I am to see all the excitement over the announcement, and to have Thursty officially on board to help steer this crazy ship!

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GreyYeti wrote:
William Ronald wrote:
GreyYeti wrote:
I am a big fan of the tighter tiers but a bit sad that 12 is the maximum level (i was hoping for a higher maximum).
I suspect that if SFS is a success, then higher tiers can be added.
With the people maybe reaching a maximum of maybe level 7 after the first season higher level content is more of a theoretical possibility anyway.

With 3 scenarios at GenCon then one a month you're looking at 15 in the first season. That's just level 6 if they play all 15. So level 11 at the end of season 2. If they add in AP content, that changes the formula but APs probably have their own PCs.

Liberty's Edge **

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Wei Ji the Learner wrote:


A *killer* incentive programme would be to give GMs who are running this at GenCon a pre-release copy say, a month before GenCon, if possible

When PF launched, I believe the GM Org Play volunteers got PDF copies of the core book about two or three weeks before GenCon, to allow us to prep to run right out of the gate.

*** Venture-Lieutenant, Louisiana—New Orleans aka Duncan7291

James Sutter wrote:
Hey, just wanted to pop in and say how happy I am to see all the excitement over the announcement, and to have Thursty officially on board to help steer this crazy ship!

Hope this new job doesn't mean your done with Salim. May be he can continue his adventures in space?

* Contributor—Canadian Maplecakes

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Reckless wrote:

Will the info for altering the volunteering for GenCon slots be posted here, in the Gen Con Volunteers thread, or both?

It will post in the Gen Con call to volunteers thread, this thread, and emailed to all volunteers currently on the GenCon roster.

Paizo Employee ***** Pathfinder Society Lead Developer

GM Harpwizard wrote:
Does Paizo have plans to have Starfinder Battles miniatures for characters, monsters, as well as spacecraft? How about flip maps for some space ships and space stations?

Starfinder launches in August with a host of great accessories, including a character folio, pawns, maps, and more. See more on the Starfinder Products page.

*** Venture-Lieutenant, Louisiana—New Orleans aka Duncan7291

John Compton wrote:
GM Harpwizard wrote:
Does Paizo have plans to have Starfinder Battles miniatures for characters, monsters, as well as spacecraft? How about flip maps for some space ships and space stations?
Starfinder launches in August with a host of great accessories, including a character folio, pawns, maps, and more. See more on the Starfinder Products page.

Outstanding. Hope yall bring enough to Gencon as I'll have some store credit to spend :)

Silver Crusade ***

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So that would be a "no" on miniatures? Some of us just don't like the cardboard pawns.

Sovereign Court *

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Fromper wrote:
So that would be a "no" on miniatures? Some of us just don't like the cardboard pawns.

Given the major cost and effort of miniatures production, it's definitely not going to be their first priority - especially when they don't even know how successful the brand will be. Give it time. ^_^

Paizo Employee ***** Pathfinder Society Lead Developer

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Fromper wrote:
So that would be a "no" on miniatures? Some of us just don't like the cardboard pawns.

It's more like "There are not currently any announcements on the miniatures front." Should that change, have no doubt that Erik and others will be proclaiming it from atop the grandest starships.

Silver Crusade ***

Something tells me we'll see a lot of Star Wars minis at the table, since those are readily available these days. And maybe the occasional Star Frontiers metal minis from back in the day.

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John Compton wrote:
Fromper wrote:
So that would be a "no" on miniatures? Some of us just don't like the cardboard pawns.
It's more like "There are not currently any announcements on the miniatures front." Should that change, have no doubt that Erik and others will be proclaiming it from atop the grandest starships.

Besides, if you really, really need scifi minis, I'm certain that the vast armies of 40K minis will do the job this time.

Paizo Employee Developer

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I know what I'm going to do with all those sci-fi Reaper Bones minis I got from their first Kickstarter. :)

Silver Crusade ***

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Adam Daigle wrote:
I know what I'm going to do with all those sci-fi Reaper Bones minis I got from their first Kickstarter. :)

Heh. Thanks for reminding me. I actually forgot I have those. :)

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Agent, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Woran

John Compton wrote:
Woran wrote:
I keep throwing money at the screen but nothing happens!

Try putting it in a stamped envelope and sending it to Paizo, ATTN: John Compton

Well, maybe just continue supporting the organized play programs, buying our current books, and preordering the Starfinder Core Rulebook.

We put in orders trough our FLGS. Gotta support them too!

Paizo Employee ***** Pathfinder Society Lead Developer

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Woran wrote:
John Compton wrote:
Woran wrote:
I keep throwing money at the screen but nothing happens!

Try putting it in a stamped envelope and sending it to Paizo, ATTN: John Compton

Well, maybe just continue supporting the organized play programs, buying our current books, and preordering the Starfinder Core Rulebook.

We put in orders trough our FLGS. Gotta support them too!

Absolutely! We're excited to have you picking up the book through any number of legal channels.

* Contributor—Canadian Maplecakes

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Adam Daigle wrote:
I know what I'm going to do with all those sci-fi Reaper Bones minis I got from their first Kickstarter. :)

Finally, all those years I spent painting Warhammer 40k armies...

Silver Crusade ***

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Never did Warhammer or anything like that. And I really don't like painting. That's why I like the prepainted plastic guys, like Pathfinder Battles.

*** Venture-Lieutenant, Louisiana—New Orleans aka Duncan7291

I also like how this announcement came so close to the release of new Mass Effect game. Space Operas for all!

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Duncan7291 wrote:
I also like how this announcement came so close to the release of new Mass Effect game. Space Operas for all!

If the blog post announcing the release of the Starfinder Core Rulebook isn't titled "I'm Commander Shepherd and this is my favorite Book on the station." then John Compton wasted everyone's time.

Dark Archive

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Thurston Hillman wrote:
Adam Daigle wrote:
I know what I'm going to do with all those sci-fi Reaper Bones minis I got from their first Kickstarter. :)
Finally, all those years I spent painting Warhammer 40k armies...

"FOR THE EMPRAH!!!"

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Pathfinder Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Subscriber

I think we can all agree that if the Hellknights are still around, they will be very Space Mariney

*** Venture-Lieutenant, Louisiana—New Orleans aka Duncan7291

thecursor wrote:
I think we can all agree that if the Hellknights are still around, they will be very Space Mariney

Cheliax under the Thrunes is definately going strong.

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thecursor wrote:
I think we can all agree that if the Hellknights are still around, they will be very Space Mariney

Yes please!

Shadow Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Dallas & Ft. Worth aka Azothath

(deepens voice) To near asymptotic infinity and BEYOND!

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thecursor wrote:
I think we can all agree that if the Hellknights are still around, they will be very Space Mariney

they will always have that dark tapestry blanket if they get scared...

Sovereign Court **

Pathfinder Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I'm getting more pumped about Starfinder the more I think about it. It'll be super fun to play at Gencon and I can't wait to see what kind of new alien species we'll get to play!

Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
KitsuneWarlock wrote:
Has anyone on the Starfinder team ever seen Legend of the Galactic Heroes?
I have!

This makes me ridiculously happy and hopeful. While my gut was telling me Starfinder was going to feel more like Firefly or Outlaw Star, my heart was hoping for some of the political and/or economic intrigues that have made LoGH such a shining beacon. I expect nothing less of the people who brought us the many intrigue driven adventures I've come to love in Pathfinder Society.

August 2017 is going to have Starfinder, Legend of the Five Rings and a new Legend of the Galactic Heroes reboot? I can't wait.


Will not play, not interested.

The Exchange

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If only I could be there at Gen-con :(

*** Venture-Lieutenant, Louisiana—New Orleans aka Duncan7291

EronTR wrote:
Will not play, not interested.

I don't like green eggs and ham.


SCPRedMage wrote:
Dragnmoon wrote:
I just want a Pig
You can have all the pigs you want. You'll find them in the Starfinder Core Rulebook, listed as "space rations".

Take it from Ezren, they're a better choice than pickles.


Eliandra Giltessan wrote:
My one hope for Starfinder Society is that Drendle Dreng is still around handing out missions with no explanation given.

That would definitely be a weird feeling for us who have Seeker characters.

Dark Archive

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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Eliandra Giltessan wrote:
My one hope for Starfinder Society is that Drendle Dreng is still around handing out missions with no explanation given.
That would definitely be a weird feeling for us who have Seeker characters.

Perhaps that's because he's a deity and he's forgotten he is one? And has so MUCH information crammed inside his head he's also forgotten everything pre-Gap?

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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Eliandra Giltessan wrote:
My one hope for Starfinder Society is that Drendle Dreng is still around handing out missions with no explanation given.
That would definitely be a weird feeling for us who have Seeker characters.
Perhaps that's because he's a deity and he's forgotten he is one? And has so MUCH information crammed inside his head he's also forgotten everything pre-Gap?

I would certainly play a cleric of Drendle Drang.

Scarab Sages *****

I love this! I'm so in on Starfinder Society!

And while it won't be a 3rd PFS scenario, and it won't satisfy those who want nothing to do with sci-fi RPG games, it does give a 3rd play opportunity per month!

Liberty's Edge ***** Venture-Captain, Maryland— Baltimore aka Qstor

looking forward to this!

Scarab Sages *****

Qstor wrote:
looking forward to this!

Indeed, we'll have to find some time to bring our LDS characters back to life together!


Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Eliandra Giltessan wrote:
My one hope for Starfinder Society is that Drendle Dreng is still around handing out missions with no explanation given.
That would definitely be a weird feeling for us who have Seeker characters.
Perhaps that's because he's a deity and he's forgotten he is one? And has so MUCH information crammed inside his head he's also forgotten everything pre-Gap?

I don't want to spoiler the original Seeker arc.


Tallow wrote:
Qstor wrote:
looking forward to this!
Indeed, we'll have to find some time to bring our LDS characters back to life together!

So you too were part of the free speech movement in Berkely?

Dark Archive *****

Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Eliandra Giltessan wrote:
My one hope for Starfinder Society is that Drendle Dreng is still around handing out missions with no explanation given.
That would definitely be a weird feeling for us who have Seeker characters.
Perhaps that's because he's a deity and he's forgotten he is one? And has so MUCH information crammed inside his head he's also forgotten everything pre-Gap?
I don't want to spoiler the original Seeker arc.

You're thinking of a different Venture-Captain. Dreng disappeared for a little bit, but he's back now!

Grand Lodge *****

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Ah, to travel the stars and see all the distant planets that the Song of Spheres has left for us to find. How I long to harmonize with that song.

...plus, I hear there are some attractive green people on that planet over there...

****

'pity this busy monster, manunkind'


As miniatures and monsters. I just hope there there are oni in space. So I have an additional use for my Relic Knights Noh forces.

Dark Archive ***** Venture-Captain, Minnesota—Minneapolis aka Silbeg

They have announced a set of pawns for starfinder. I am hoping that I can get them prior to running Starfinder at Gen Con (as is now my goal).


Fascinating.

Scarab Sages **

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p-sto wrote:
Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Eliandra Giltessan wrote:
My one hope for Starfinder Society is that Drendle Dreng is still around handing out missions with no explanation given.
That would definitely be a weird feeling for us who have Seeker characters.
Perhaps that's because he's a deity and he's forgotten he is one? And has so MUCH information crammed inside his head he's also forgotten everything pre-Gap?
I would certainly play a cleric of Drendle Drang.

The obedience to Dreng is to wake up 6 strangers in the middle of the night for no discernible reason.

Grand Lodge *****

Wait, is Pathfinders in space a new thing? My familiar is from that red planet and I already have a lodge on the moon!

Silver Crusade ****

Akiton is a killocracy.

Now it's my planet.

Paizo Employee ***** Pathfinder Society Lead Developer

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John Compton wrote:
Fromper wrote:
So that would be a "no" on miniatures? Some of us just don't like the cardboard pawns.
It's more like "There are not currently any announcements on the miniatures front." Should that change, have no doubt that Erik and others will be proclaiming it from atop the grandest starships.

Sorry, somebody asking about Starfinder miniatures?

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