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This has all been some interesting feedback! Thanks so much!

And no matter what your opinion is on this subject, I want to hear from you!

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Having recently sent this adventure to the printer, I am pretty sure you won't mistake it for a video game! Except perhaps for parts of Eternal Darkness...

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Steve Geddes wrote:

I'm a fan of experimentation over stagnancy, so the three-part series is a great innovation, in my view. I appreciate putting the effort in to making the two "consecutive", even if the second is not an actual sequel. Hopefully this will help those who are a fan of playing PCs for longer.

If this is a convenient place for requests - I'd love to see a Starfinder kingmaker AP one day. I figure (colonise a new planet - get established - discover weird weather systems, ancient technology and alien lifeforms on the planet - fend off a hostile invasion) could all be woven into a brilliant longrunning AP.

In a similar vein, I'd like to have at least one "sandboxy" Starfinder AP to play around with. I'm prepping Dead Suns at the moment and to me the railroady nature of it is fine (especially for an introductory AP), but doesn't really fit the whole "starship-levels-with-the-PCs" model since they're levelling whilst away from civilisation quite a bit, with a fair bit of time pressure. I'm 99% confident my PCs are going to think they're "not supposed to" upgrade their ships as they dash around in pursuit of baddies. (That's just one example, for illustrative purposes - it's not really a complaint, just something I'd like to see mixed up a bit during the APs).

Rob McCreary, our Creative Lead, worked on Kingmaker, so you can be sure that idea for Starfinder is on our list!

Since taking on the development of the adventures, I have come to think more about starship upgrades--when and why they happen--and the next two APs (at least) are sure to spell out the where the PCs can get their upgrades.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

Jason, i have a few questions:

1. Will there be special dice for "Against the Aeon Throne" from Q Workshop?

2. Will the Pawns for "AtAT" come out earlier = after the AP is finished or will there be a combo package with "Signal of Screams"?
A lot of people - me included - want the pawns asap.
The individual release of pawns after 3 AP volumes could be a test for that kind of schedule.

3. Will there be flip-mats especially for this AP (like the Sunrise Maiden for Dead Suns) or a flip-tile set for Starfinder?

4. How about a Starfinder poster map folio with "Absalom Station", the Solar System & poster with all the Eoxian ship types?

Thank you for your time.

PS: I love the shorter AP idea and hope there will be many more for all level ranges and eventually for Pathfinder 2.0 too.

I am reluctant to talk about products that haven't been announced yet, but I was aware there would be Pawn Collection weirdness early on and worked with our art and production team to create what will hopefully be a satisfactory solution. Unfortunately, as with all of our AP Pawn Collections, we can't create them until we have ALL the art in for an entire AP and even then we sometimes have to order new art. We know y'all want the pawns to run the adventures, so we try to get them to you as soon as we can, but I understand the frustration of having to wait!

As for maps, I don't have much of a hand in that area of the Starfinder line, but I don't believe there are currently any plans for maps that directly correlate to the APs.

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Fumarole wrote:
Any chance there will be standalone modules for Starfinder?

We currently don't have any plans for standalone modules at the moment, but I encourage you to look toward the Starfinder Society scenarios for shorter content. Some of them you can run in sequence to tell a single story!

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I am excited to already hear this interest in the new format. Hopefully, these next two APs can live up to your expectations!

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EltonJ wrote:
Jason Keeley wrote:
Zaister wrote:

Besides the Beginner Box, nothing completely new was announced. The Dawn of Flame Adventure path was presented in some detail in one of the panels, here is a list of the installments and authors:

** spoiler omitted **Other than that, Owen hinted that a book with space ships might be coming, but nothing official.

The 4th volume is being written by Ron Lundeen. Sorry, Ron!

Really though, if you aren't sure who has written an AP volume, you can safely assume it was Ron!

Is Ron trying to keep a low profile while writing adventure paths?

I doubt it. I was just having a goof because he is so dang prolific.

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Zaister wrote:

Besides the Beginner Box, nothing completely new was announced. The Dawn of Flame Adventure path was presented in some detail in one of the panels, here is a list of the installments and authors:

** spoiler omitted **Other than that, Owen hinted that a book with space ships might be coming, but nothing official.

The 4th volume is being written by Ron Lundeen. Sorry, Ron!

Really though, if you aren't sure who has written an AP volume, you can safely assume it was Ron!

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ratcatbo wrote:
Im so happy where getting a moduel every month now

We're happy to be making them! We just hope you are also happy with the quality!

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The image on the blog is pretty much a mock-up at this point and isn't indicative of the box's contents. Stay tuned for future updates!

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Berggen wrote:
Xeall wrote:
I was wondering about the building collapse. It seems deadly as hell, which is fine, but there is no XP reward at the end of it.
Collapse is a CR 9 encounter, and as such should reward 6400 XP (to a party of four).

Indeed, that should have a story award of 6,400 XP.

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Zaister wrote:
The Space/Reach line is indeed missing from its statblock, and it is missing in its Alien Archive as well. I'd go with a 5 ft. reach.

5-foot reach sounds about right to me!

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ThePuppyTurtle wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

Sure, why not? That's why you have to bury the shards apart from one another! Yeah, that's right. Planned it all along!

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Link2000 wrote:
RocMeAsmodeus wrote:

Conjectures! (possible spoiler alert)

** spoiler omitted **

and

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3/4 Correct!

By the way, the puzzles were amazing this year, and there would have been no way for me or the wife to have solved the "secret puzzled" without Jason's and Joe's help.

I'm super excited that this has been made public!

Thanks! We are still honing in on what is too difficult and what is too easy, but I'm glad you had a good time.

As mentioned in the blog, Joe and I already have plans for next year that I think people are really going to enjoy!

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KarmaKollapse wrote:
Jason Keeley wrote:
As for juicy tidbits, what do you want to know (that isn't too spoilery of course).
Is there more, less or the same amount of ship combat in AtAT than in Dead Suns?

There is at least one starship encounter in each volume. I believe the first and last volume both begin and end with starship combat encounters, in fact.

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ratcatbo wrote:
Will agenst the aeon throne have a continuing the campaign bit our no becease it leads into scream?

It sure will! And one of the antagonists is a real doozie!

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Jimbles the Mediocre wrote:
Jason Keeley wrote:
As for juicy tidbits, what do you want to know (that isn't too spoilery of course).
In Dead Suns, there's a point in the adventure around the beginning of book 4 where the PCs leap into the Vast to save the universe and may not return to civilization until they've achieved their goal, thus precluding selling or buying new equipment and relying on crafting and loot for levels 7 - 13. Does Against the Aeon Throne have a similar situation? I would image that, at some point, the PCs are sneaking around the titular empire and just droppin' into the nearest space-mart could be problematic.

Yes and no. We make sure to mention this time that the PCs are heading into hostile territory and might need to be a little more judicious with their equipment. However, there are a few places where the PCs can buy stuff from friendly merchants (after all, not everyone in the Star Empire is loyal to the Azlanti!) but those merchants might not have EVERYTHING the PCs want to buy...

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The Goat Lord wrote:
I hope this isn't too spoilery, but, will the entire Against the Aeon Throne adventure path take place in the Vast?

Yes!

Though one system's Vast might be another system's Near...

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Nomad Sage wrote:
Jason Keeley wrote:
As for juicy tidbits, what do you want to know (that isn't too spoilery of course).

Tidbits... let's see... I'm curious about the scope of the AtAT path. As in, how many worlds does it explore, or is it localized to one primary location? Its understood that with a 3-part AP, it will obviously be scaled back, but what can we expect?

Any new aeon stones being introduced?

While the adventures give you only a glimpse of the Azlanti Star Empire by visiting a single system on its fringes (as well as the colony world where the AP begins); you don't visit their home world of New Thespera for instance, a couple of the back matter articles give you much more detail about the history and culture of the Empire, plus a description of those 17 non-human species under the Empire's thumb mentioned in the Core Rulebook.

And you can bet that article has some new aeon stones!

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I am very excited for you all to see these adventures! You might be surprised as to the directions they go!

We are planning a few blog posts for August that should help this hype train get going, but right now we are focused on talking about the final volume of Dead Suns. We did it! We finished a Starfinder Adventure Path!

As for juicy tidbits, what do you want to know (that isn't too spoilery of course).

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pithica42 wrote:
Jason Keeley wrote:

There *Is* a new playable race in this volume, but I won't give you any hints as to what it is. I am mean that way.

EDIT: You know what? I will tell you that Joe Pasini wrote the playable race. Is that a hint? Who can say?

Galthains? I'm looking through Mr Pasini's credits trying to figure out what it could be and I'm coming up short.

You are too cruel, Jason Keeley.

Aw, I don't think anyone has ever said that about me before...

This playable race is totally new, not a conversion of anything Paizo has done before. But it isn't completely unfamiliar to the science fiction genre.

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Yakman wrote:
is the starfinder AP artwork going to continue featuring all 7 iconics?

We're moving to a more Pathfinder style of using four specific iconics for a whole Adventure Path, though that means some iconics might see a lot of action during a year. The numbers seven and four don't really get along well together.

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Luke Spencer wrote:
FormerFiend wrote:
Any word on whether the Alien Archive will include a new playable race or not?
Unlikely we'll find out for sure (unless a dev wants to be kind enough to give us some hints!) until someone gets hold of a copy but every AP volume except for the first has had at least one playable race so I'd say there's a good chance.

There *Is* a new playable race in this volume, but I won't give you any hints as to what it is. I am mean that way.

EDIT: You know what? I will tell you that Joe Pasini wrote the playable race. Is that a hint? Who can say?

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Yeah, that's a goof. It should be that 1 round after the "life sensors" detect someone stepping through a door to A2, they whole room of A2 is bathed in necromantic energy. Remember that this resets every 5 minutes!

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KarmaKollapse wrote:
I'm hoping to run this with a some friends who haven't played SF before. We're making characters in July, and running the first act of Dead Suns first. Will it be an issue if they don't have specific ties to 'old friend'? Will there be issues if they are set up as a group of Stewards (starting off just doing stuff around Absalom before being sent to the colony).

Well!

Spoiler:
This might actually fit VERY well with the adventure, as the "old friend" is a retired member of the Stewards. And in the second adventure, the Stewards deputize the players to head into Azlanti space to get her back! You'll have to do some minor tweaks here and there, but you should be good to go!

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Commodore_RB wrote:
Jason Keeley wrote:

As for credits, this ancient city that has existed long before the Azlanti were even a gleam in some boleti's eye isn't exactly going to have modern-day currency just lying around.

Besides, the real treasure is the friendships you made along the way.

But the friends are impoverished aboriginal people. Who I worry we might have taught a very bad lesson about trusting alien invaders.

If you included valuables, like enough of them to give a brother an ultra-thin cane sword, our GM missed it. Could you maybe send him a note about WBL?

Seriously, top notch adventure, was a blast to play, thanks man.

No, thank YOU!

I feel like I did ok seeding the city with treasure (though not credsticks). Maybe your group just missed a couple of stashes?

I did the math assuming the PC's sell everything. They got the gear off the Azlanti, stripped every Kish except for the Priest, and got all the stashes of loot. I didn't account for the ammo and batteries found in the adventure, as they'll be used in the combat encounters.

Assuming every piece of loot is sold, the total is 39,533.5 credits. That's 9,883 credits per PC. We could make it an even 40k to make up for anything I might've missed some equipment. That's a 12k deficit. The wealth by level is 22k credits total from level 7-9.

So either there is another grave misprint, or the designer only account for 1 level up worth of loot for everyone to get. Reminder that this is if the PC do not keep a single piece of gear. Even though there's a level 10 armor& weapon, 2 Haste Circuits, 2 Deflective Reinforcements, 2 Jetpacks, cool tech gear, and useful magic items PC's are unlikely to sell.

Wealth by Level is meant to include the full price of the gear a character is wearing and wielding. When we populate an adventure with treasure, we assume the PCs will keep something like a suit of armor that is a few levels above their current level. It isn't a perfect science, so your mileage may vary!

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Commodore_RB wrote:
Simon Blackburn wrote:
Quick question: if the whole incident between the Kish and the Sivvs happened millennia ago, i.e. before the Gap, how come Osteth remembers it? Shouldn't this historical record be wiped from his memory when the Gap happened? Or at least be a corrupted piece of information.

The Gap is just that, a gap. Nothing is remembered within that time period, but information and memories from before the Gap are intact; it's explicitly called out as something rather disorienting for long-lived elves and dragons.

Great penultimate book. We're done and waiting for Empire of Bones now, rabble rabble (actually, we'd be on hiatus a bit anyway as our GM is getting married). The only dismaying bit was our lack of ability to buy anything with the vast number of credits we scooped up. Given the good armor and weapon loot our loadout is okay but scrapping gear for 10% UPBs barely got us back into ammo and retraining modules that were needed. My wife's Mystic is particularly dismayed not to be able to buy a few shiny level 4 spell gems. I'd suggest since these cultists were out here on the edge of creation trying to bring about the end of all things, maybe instead of all the cash they'd be massing up their Legos?

I believe someone else suggested that same thing upthread. It will probably be best for your players if you convert those credsticks to UPBs!

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ratcatbo wrote:
Quick question if everything was destroyed including the gate how would one get to the wepon? Wouldn't the threat be solved?

The Stellar Degenerator would still be hanging out in its demiplane and then someone could eventually figure out a way to get into that demiplane using magic and whatnot. It probably wouldn't happen in the PCs' lifetimes, but that's just pushing the threat down the road for a future generation.

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jozh wrote:
The jubsnuth (p. 57) appears to lack a Space/Reach entry. I assume Space: 15 ft. because it is huge, but what should its Reach be?

Oops! I would give it a reach of 10 feet, since it uses bites to attack.

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Yeah, I wouldn't worry about environmental protections on Istamak. (I can't find where if anywhere we mentioned the atmosphere.) If the kish breathe the same type of air, then you can have one join your crew if you need without worrying too much about their environmental protections always being on!

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Thanks to everyone who participated in the Puzzle Hunt this year and congrats to anyone who solved it! We gave out 40 prizes this year! Woo!

Joe and I are going to see about getting the PDF of the Puzzle Hunt up on the blog in the next few months, so if you couldn't make it to the convention, you can still enjoy some tasty puzzles!

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Grim Ranger wrote:
Haladir wrote:

I am usually pretty good at puzzle-hunts. Heck, I have a Games magazine t-shirt from playing one back in the early aughts.

But I am really getting stumped by this one!

It's pretty difficult; I had to enlist help from my wife (who loves word games). And I had forgotten that there were more instructions and a final puzzle in the program book (just remembered that last night, and was able to finish it).

** spoiler omitted **

Well...

Spoiler:
You have discovered half of what you need for the SECRET EXTRA PUZZLE!

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richgreen01 wrote:

Hi there,

I'm a bit confused by the Temple Found map on p.29. Are areas D1 and D2 below D3? The stairs make me think they are but I'm not sure.

Thanks!

Richard

Indeed they are!

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Sounds exciting!

Xavra is the kind of fanatic that doesn't really care about the texts of a religion, and merely wants to stop perceived "heretics" and "outsiders" from doing things he thinks are bad in the name of said religion. So all those "holy" texts, unfortunate collateral.

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Darrell Lunari wrote:
Is this a hunt where late arrivals have lower chance to win or is this where everyone that completes the hunt wins somethi g.

Everyone who completes the puzzle hunt gets a prize, while supplies last. Last year, we had plenty of prizes... but you never know!

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Hey folks!

Joe Pasini and I are proud to bring you an all-new puzzle hunt at this year's convention! And, in even more exciting news, the puzzle hunt's main page/instructions will appear in the program! This will let you know where to find the puzzles and what to do with your final answer.

The puzzles themselves will be available by the ticket swap board (near the delves), and Joe and I will try to be around that area every day from 5 to 7 to give our prizes and clues (though if you find us anywhere else during the con, we'll do our best to help you out).

This year, you'll have to discover the seven shards of an artifact known as the virtuous sihedron and bury them in certain places throughout Varisia in order to stop the return of the runelords... for a few months, at least. And this year also includes some fantastic graphic design by our own Sonja Morris!

You should use this thread to talk about the puzzles with fellow solvers, trade tips, and hopefully have a good time. Enjoy!

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Sounds exciting!

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Sorry if this ended up a bit confusing!

Due to several microprocessors failing across the system, Osteth the AI has to split her consciousness into several bits in order to PREVENT a massive multi-supernova, which would destroy the entire system (and anyone in it, including the PCs) and the portal to the Stellar Degenerator would remain closed. A lose-lose situation, to be sure.

With her death, Osteth is able to get the portal open, leaving the PCs to figure out a way to capture or destroy the Stellar Degenerator... the basis for the final adventure, of course!

I hope that helps.

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Ha, I wrote this intro a while back. You all already know that the Starfinder Adventure Path after Against the Aeon Throne is Signal of Screams!

We'll be announcing the AP after THAT at PaizoCon during the Starfinder Adventure Path seminar. Chris Sims is in charge of that one and its a real hot ticket!

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Demon Knight1434 wrote:

on page 57 of this path i found the creature jubsnuth and was looking at its swallow whole abilty ...to understand its abilty i pulled up the alien archive page 156 to 157

its eac and kac are listed
EAC 20 KAC 22 ...while outside the body

once inside its
EAC 22 KAC 20 hp i get being 36

now on the alien archive it says

"The interior of a creature with swllow whole has the same EAC as its exterior and a KAC equal to that of its exterior - 4" im ..confused as to what happen.

is the creatures eac and kac higher then the book shows and im just not seeing it?

Yeah, that's probably a goof. Interior Armor Class should be EAC 20 and KAC 18.

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If your PCs accidentally got the data wiped, make sure they know that Waneda Trux might want to see this module... and she knows someone who can get to that erased data, as mentioned in the last paragraph on page 34. Sure, the PCs don't get the glory of doing the thing themselves, but at least their mistakes won't dead-end the Adventure Path!

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Not *every* new volume will have a new playable race, but a lot of them for the next year or so will!

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Lord Fyre wrote:
Jason Keeley wrote:
Against the Aeon Throne won't have an official Player's Guide as a separate document, but the first page of the adventure is dedicated to helping GMs and players decide how the party knows their "old friend." And it is organized by theme, helping them do double duty as a kind of "campaign trait."

This is good news.

What you are saying is that the "Player's Guide" (or at least what would be need from one) will be included in the first book of the AP.

Essentially, yes.

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To be frank, the woioko (from AP #2) should have been in #1, to go with the description of their planet in the first volume's Codex of Worlds. Similarly, we have a new planet in this volume's Codex of Worlds with a new playable race to go along with it!

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Against the Aeon Throne won't have an official Player's Guide as a separate document, but the first page of the adventure is dedicated to helping GMs and players decide how the party knows their "old friend." And it is organized by theme, helping them do double duty as a kind of "campaign trait."

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Milo v3 wrote:
Anyone know what to use as the movement modes of a Selamid PC?

Unless stated otherwise, a PC creature has a land speed of 30 feet. The NPC selamid has some extra movement modes as part of the special abilities given to it (like its compression ability, which PC selamids don't have).

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Commodore_RB wrote:
Jason Keeley wrote:

As for credits, this ancient city that has existed long before the Azlanti were even a gleam in some boleti's eye isn't exactly going to have modern-day currency just lying around.

Besides, the real treasure is the friendships you made along the way.

But the friends are impoverished aboriginal people. Who I worry we might have taught a very bad lesson about trusting alien invaders.

If you included valuables, like enough of them to give a brother an ultra-thin cane sword, our GM missed it. Could you maybe send him a note about WBL?

Seriously, top notch adventure, was a blast to play, thanks man.

No, thank YOU!

I feel like I did ok seeding the city with treasure (though not credsticks). Maybe your group just missed a couple of stashes?

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Commodore_RB wrote:
Jason Keeley wrote:

*looks around in embarrassment*

Ok, wow. Wow! What *was* I thinking? What *was* I smoking?

For Hybeki, I bet my eyes slid down a row to give her the CR 9 EAC and KAC. She should be EAC 20 and KAC 22.

As for Xavra, well, this was actually still pretty early on, written before we had even really finished with Alien Archive. It looks like I gave him all the AC of his armor plus his Dex bonus and...oops!

I would change that to be EAC 24 and KAC 26, giving him the numbers from the array with an additional +1 due to solarian armor.

Hope that helps and sorry for any TPKs!

Aha, that makes sense. We just fought Xavra and boy howdy. My wife's mystic got him and two minions in a Slow spell round one and then we stacked up the Hit Special: Wisp Ally, Trick Attack Flat Feet, Get 'Em, and Flanking (before combat drone got killed) and still only my super-dexy operative was hitting with any regularity. Miracle worker shot critting and a mind thrust II getting not resisted were still key getting him down before our Solarian bit it.

The Solarian, my brother-in-law, did have a great last line. Before realizing that Xavra was an Armorlarion he saw the mote, gasped with glee, and yelled out "Lightsaber fight!" Active haste circuit and go to town.

So I'm saying...goofing on the armor made it awesome.
But wither credits Jason?

Well congrats!

As for credits, this ancient city that has existed long before the Azlanti were even a gleam in some boleti's eye isn't exactly going to have modern-day currency just lying around.

Besides, the real treasure is the friendships you made along the way.

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I wrote up the ferrans, so you know I made sure there was at least one ferran pawn in there!

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There will be a Dead Suns Pawn Collection! And you will get at least one pawn for each of the new alien races presented in this volume, as well as a couple for some of the other creatures in the Alien Archives that don't appear in the adventures.

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