Starfinder Alien Archive

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Starfinder Alien Archive

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Strange aliens both friendly and fearsome fill this tome of creatures designed for use with the Starfinder Roleplaying Game! From the gravity-manipulating frujais and planet-killing novaspawn to space goblins and security robots, the creatures in this codex will challenge adventurers no matter what strange worlds they're exploring. What's more, player rules for a host of creatures let players not just fight aliens, but be them!

Inside Starfinder Alien Archive, you'll find the following:

  • Over 80 bizarre life-forms both classic and new, from the reptilian ikeshtis and energy-bodied hallajins to robotic anacites and supernatural entities from beyond the realms of mortals.
  • Over 20 races with full player rules, letting you play everything from a winged dragonkin to a hyperevolved floating brain.
  • New alien technology to help give your character an edge, including weapons, armor, magic items, and more.
  • A robust NPC-creation system to let Game Masters build any aliens or creatures they can imagine.
  • New rules for magical monster summoning, quick templates to modify creatures on the fly, and more!

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-975-2

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***½( ) (based on 15 ratings)

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Half a book

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This is half a monster manual sold at full price, definitely not worth it

Great variety


One nice thing here is that you can create so many different Alien characters easily.

There are a lot of Aliens and monsters... and the template system is very nice: you can easily mix things up, surprise your players, mix and match. Very open ended, yet easy to use.

And nice spells and such too.

A good book!

Sweet Taste of Space

****( )

So this is, I think, my third or fourth time trying to write this review now because it kept getting lost. At the risk of having to do it again, I'll keep it brief.

The flavor in this book is top-knotch. Each monster gets a two-page spread and this really lets all of them shine way more than they otherwise might. The inclusion of stuff like items inspired from the creature's abilities, body parts, or their culture is also great and serves to elevate this book above and beyond the realm of simple smaller-than-Pathfinder bestiary. Oh, and the player races. There, are, a lot. It's great, even if they don't always quite match their flavor or NPC statblocks the sheer variety is exciting. The monster creation system takes a little getting used to, but it's grown on me a little bit since I first tried using it and now I feel it's much more of an asset to the book than I once thought.

The not quite so good points include the fact that there is real discrepancy between a player and nonplayer version of a race. Case and point, both contemplatives and grays are described as either being mostly or entirely telepathic, and neither gets telepathy. The book, while coming with a nifty-keen monster creation system, seems to expect you to be building all your monsters because it itself has very few, probably because of the awesome two-page spreads I was just talking up a moment ago. Were it to be like a Pathfinder bestiary this thing would have easily clocked in at over four hundred pages. Finally, summoning. Summoning is now handled by simply slapping grafts onto a preexisting statblock and calling it good, which results in absolutely no difference in the various levels of your summons other than ... they get bigger.

Still though, slight gripes aside, I absolutely love Alien Archive. Definitely worth the ten bucks for the PDF version, and it makes a great case for the new format Starfinder is trying with their releases as opposed to Pathfinder where, rather than monster or equipment or magic-centric books, we get a little bit of everything.

Great Product, But Mine is Missing Pages

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As the title, from what I can tell by just looking at the monsters in this book it will be a joy to dive in fully. However, my copy of the book is missing pages 41-56. I am very disappointed with this. Otherwise, I would've given this product a full five stars, and might still do so if this is corrected sometime in the near future.

A truly treat addition to the Starfinder rules

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If you buy the Alien Archive expecting it to be just like the Bestiary 1 was for Pathfinder, you're going to disappoint yourself.

The AA has monsters to fight, yes. But, also new races to play. New equipment is here for PCs and NPCs alike. The monster building rules are stream-lined and easy to grasp. I'm a huge fan of the way the Monster Summoning rules are future proofed to allow expansion in later releases without making the spells over-powered. I love the expanded monster entries and really enjoyed the artwork.

With AA, Paizo has been true to their word about wanting to give players the option to play as most of the aliens they would normally fight.

Do I want this book to be longer? Of course! But, I see this as a great first step in expanding the Starfinder universe and eagerly look forward to the Pact Worlds book.

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