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Only Your Fellow Players Can Hear You Scream in Space

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

With the Gen Con launch behind us, it's time to start jumping into our monthly scenario previews. I'm exceptionally excited to talk about Starfinder Society #1-04: Cries from the Drift. This is a scenario I think a lot of people (especially Exo-Guardians) will be talking about, as it includes several plot points we've only hinted at in our initial scenarios.

Cries from the Drift tasks the PCs with investigating a distress beacon recently sold to the Starfinder Society by a salvaging barge—a starship the PCs possibly encountered in one of our launch scenarios. The beacon, and the ship it belongs to, has special importance to the Exo-Guardians faction. Specifically, it has ties to the lost Exo-Guardian base of operations.

Here's a quick look at the tags that accompany this scenario:

  • Faction (Exo-Guardians)
  • Starship

When planning our season scope, I knew that this scenario needed to include the above tags. When it came time to outlining the scenario, the more I fit the pieces together, the more I knew that the scenario would heavily involve a theme I have a particular love for: horror. Paizo's newest developer, Joe Pasini, did a fantastic job of putting together a terrifying starship for the PCs to explore. Along with that, he also adhered to my vehement request that we include Zigvigix and maintain the shirren faction leader's eternal optimism in the face of... well... awful and terrible things. And while Zigvigix does put on a good face during this scenario, I want to let people know that the storylines we are exploring include some pretty grim and dark (grimdark even) revelations for some our NPCs and factions.

Oh, before I go. I realized there's an unofficial tag I forgot to associate with this scenario. Since it's unofficial, I'm going to put it behind a spoiler tag.

  • Advances the ongoing 'Strawberry Machine Cake' metaplot

I look forward to seeing everyone's reactions to Cries from the Drift, as well as any overall thoughts on our ongoing stories for the factions and Society. Come back next month, when we preview our next scenario Starfinder Society #1-05: The First Mandate, which combines faction missions for the Acquisitives and Second Seeker (Luwazi Elsebo), as well as being the first of our "Scoured Stars" major storyline adventures!

Thurston Hillman
Starfinder Society Developer

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Shadow Lodge *****

You're an evil man!

Sovereign Court ** Venture-Captain, Mexico—Guadalajara aka KhaozKnight

*starts the Queue for the newest Fruitcake delight*

And this is an amazing update =)


Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Grimdark *and* Strawberry Machine Cake? Consider this mind blown!

Paizo Employee ***** Organized Play Lead Developer

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Jhaeman wrote:
Grimdark *and* Strawberry Machine Cake? Consider this mind blown!

We're kinda monsters.

We also dearly love this first season of Starfinder Society and its many fun stories.

But we're also monsters.

⦵⦵

John Compton wrote:
Jhaeman wrote:
Grimdark *and* Strawberry Machine Cake? Consider this mind blown!

We're kinda monsters.

We also dearly love this first season of Starfinder Society and its many fun stories.

But we're also monsters.

So is George R.R. Martin. Wait....If you kill off Strawberry Machine Cake.....NOOOOOO!! YOU MONSTERS!!!!

Paizo Employee ***** Organized Play Lead Developer

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Sobak "Future Snake, Elf-Bane" wrote:
John Compton wrote:
Jhaeman wrote:
Grimdark *and* Strawberry Machine Cake? Consider this mind blown!

We're kinda monsters.

We also dearly love this first season of Starfinder Society and its many fun stories.

But we're also monsters.

So is George R.R. Martin. Wait....If you kill off Strawberry Machine Cake.....NOOOOOO!! YOU MONSTERS!!!!

Something something we check reporting conditions blah blah only you can save yadda yadda

But seriously, #1–04 is a really fun scenario.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Online—PbP aka Hmm

3 people marked this as a favorite.

There needs to be a future contest for Strawberry Machine Cake Lyrics. I am really looking forward to GMing this scenario. Spooky vibe and Strawberry Machine Cake? Sounds interesting!

Hmm

Paizo Employee Developer

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I should note that Thursty developed the heck out of this, my first OP scenario—thanks!
And long live Strawberry Machine Cake! We need a fandom name... I suggest Breathy Wrecker Maniacs.

Paizo Employee Editor

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Joe Pasini wrote:

I should note that Thursty developed the heck out of this, my first OP scenario—thanks!

And long live Strawberry Machine Cake! We need a fandom name... I suggest Breathy Wrecker Maniacs.

I hate it!

* Starfinder Society Developer

Joe Pasini wrote:
I suggest Breathy Wrecker Maniacs.

You truly are a master of horror. ;)


*reference goes over head*

Shadow Lodge *** Venture-Agent, Minnesota—Champlin

I love the Strawberry Machine Cake stuff that you've thrown in so far. It's always fun when you can throw in pop culture references--especially if they're vague, so everyone wonders what you really mean by them.

Liberty's Edge **** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis

I just quickly perused the scenario as I will likely be running it.

All I can say, Thurston, is *shudder*.

End of line.

Liberty's Edge **

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Mark Stratton wrote:
End of line.

LOL, I got the Tron reference...

Liberty's Edge **** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis

Gary Bush wrote:
Mark Stratton wrote:
End of line.
LOL, I got the Tron reference...

I just like that line (I won't say whether or not it was influenced by the scenario - I just like it.)

Liberty's Edge Contributor

I'm so glad I took the time to make an NPC face card for

Spoiler:
Winks

I sincerely hope players in my games take the time to chat during that encounter!

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