Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Scenario #1-09: Live Exploration Extreme! PDF

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A Starfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1–4.

Although the Society was unaware of what existed within the false moon Salvation's End when it obtained exploration rights, Starfinders have since identified a vast, uncharted megacomplex within. The Society's ready to launch its first major expedition into the interior, yet there is one slight complication: in order to fund its initial survey missions, the Society accepted a grant that requires this first mission be televised by an Eoxian reality show. What is already be a momentous mission for the Society is only exacerbated by the mandatory presence of an unliving camera crew—not to mention the interference of the live studio audience in orbit! Can the PCs uncover the secrets of Salvation's End while upholding the Society's publicity deal (perhaps becoming celebrities in the process)?

Content in Live Exploration Extreme! is a continuation of the Starfinder Society special, Starfinder Society #1–00: Claim to Salvation.

Written by John Compton

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The funniest scenario I've ever read - bar none!

*****

I hope to write a more in-depth review in the not-too-distant future, but the title of my review will stand on its own for the time being.

Players - you are in for a real treat if your GM is prepared!

GMs - I found this scenario took a little bit longer to prep than previous Starfinder Society offerings. If you have the time to invest in a few sound bytes (even if it's just a short youtube playlist queued up on your phone), you can draw your players in even more! (Personal favorite for "Showtime" fanfare - Sure Promise from The Big O).

Again - absolutely amazingly fun. I would GM this every week if given the opportunity!


This is more of a niche scenario

****( )

I enjoy a good roleplaying scenario but the party felt it was more forced than genuine. The big brother feel appeals to those who are into that genre. The scenario is well paced and filled with decent encounters.


Entertaining and Interesting!

*****

This scenario has an interesting story, engaging NPCs and interesting interactions with the lore of the world. That alone would normally be enough to earn it a thoroughly good rating - however, it also has an extremely entertaining premise that continues throughout the scenario, which elevates it to certainly 5 stars territory!


Lots of fun

*****

Very well done and a lot of fun to GM. One of the signs of a great scenario is when the party still really enjoys an adventure despite not being optimized for it. I found this story to have a great energy to it plus having a legitimately intriguing turn in the middle that kept the players hooked. One of the players seriously asked when there was going to be a 'Extreme part two' as soon as the sheets were handed out for experience.


Amazing scenario

*****

Based on my thoughts as a GM in my local gaming store…

Simply a great scenario. The nowhere-else-like-it Salvation’s End setting (which gets very interesting as the scenario unfolds), Zo!’s personality, a reality show “tell all” booth, and all in front of a live studio audience on a nearby pleasure yacht? Magnificent! This is one of, if not the, best SFS scenarios released so far. Details below.

In no particular order

The metaplot

Spoiler:
The mystery of Salvation’s End is now competing with the Scoured Stars incident as the #1 question of the campaign. Where did the dwarves come from? Grown? Captured? And why? And as one of apparently thousands more similar simulations, this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg.

The camera crew

Spoiler:
The PCs quickly developed a love-hate relationship with the camera crew. I liked the mechanic as a GM – the PCs seemed (good naturedly) aggravated by six zombies/ghouls crowding in wherever the action was, but fortunately the danger level was low enough that there was never a serious question of their interference changing a life-or-death situation. If combats were harder, though, I wonder if the PCs would be as understanding.

The booth

Spoiler:
An amazing idea that gave everybody a chance in the spotlight. The group learned things about characters’ backgrounds that they’d never had an opportunity to share in-character before. We got real time takes as to what the PCs were thinking and where they thought the exploration/scenario was going. Marvelous story-telling device.

The tone of the scenario matched perfectly with the danger/antics involved. If (when?) things become more serious on Salvation’s End, I’m not sure a live camera crew rushing forward to capture the action will fit quite as well. For this one, though, it’s perfect.


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Scarab Sages

Several of my players with the icon theme on their characters should love this one!


Starfinder Charter Superscriber

LOVE IT!!!


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Zo!

Starfinder Society Developer

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We've come full circle. John Compton is freelancing for ME now! BWAHAHAHAAHAHA! :)

Paizo Employee Organized Play Lead Developer

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Thurston Hillman wrote:
We've come full circle. John Compton is freelancing for ME now! BWAHAHAHAAHAHA! :)

Is that how this works? Huh. Time to press some random buttons.

*Assigns more work to Thursty*

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps Subscriber

Oh, I am looking forward to Gming this one. It looks like an utter delight!

Hmm

Sovereign Court

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This is one of the best scenario blurbs I have ever read. I can't wait to see how this one comes out.

Wayfinders

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Can't wait to play this one with my iconic solarian

Grand Lodge

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John and Thursty, you know you guys are distracting me in my march to 5 star? I’ll never get there by Paizo Con, if you keep tempting me with such delicious SFS scenarios. Aaaaarrgh!

Hmm


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Pathfinder Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Subscriber

So let me get this straight: The Eoxians have reality shows?

Paizo Employee Organized Play Lead Developer

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thecursor wrote:
So let me get this straight: The Eoxians have reality shows?

Plural!

Grand Lodge

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

I am so looking forward to this scenario! But first a word from our sponsors.

Are you tired of your enemies getting the drop on you? DrowTek has you covered with the latest in advanced cloaking technology that will give you the edge against friend and foes alike.

Starfinder was filmed in front of a living-impaired studio audience in orbit.

I just hope I get to ask them pesky questions in between fights.

Wayfinders

Keeping up with the Eoxians!

Dark Archive

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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Oh, good, something new to watch. I haven't found a good show to binge after Eoxian Idol went downhill in Season 7.


Stranger Beings


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Pathfinder Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Subscriber
John Compton wrote:
thecursor wrote:
So let me get this straight: The Eoxians have reality shows?
Plural!

So...they really are the most evil race in the Starfinder Universe.


Starfinder Superscriber

Any Scenario Tags for this one?

Liberty's Edge

Starfinder Charter Superscriber

What maps will this call for? I.e. Do I need to order any Pathfinder maps?


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Kadasbrass Loreweaver wrote:

I am so looking forward to this scenario! But first a word from our sponsors.

Are you tired of your enemies getting the drop on you? DrowTek has you covered with the latest in advanced cloaking technology that will give you the edge against friend and foes alike.

Starfinder was filmed in front of a living-impaired studio audience in orbit.

I just hope I get to ask them pesky questions in between fights.

I really want to see this played live over twitch, with John as GM and (ideally) Thursty as a player. And I want actual people watching the livestream to be able to act as the reality TV orbiting audience in some way.

You've got several weeks. MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!!!!


The minute we started playing SF about 2 months ago the icon pc started doing this very thing

It does feel very SF

Grand Lodge

Starfinder Charter Superscriber

So, pushed back a month and swapped with February Scenario? Guess I need to rethink the final slot at FlintCon 2018 now =/

Wayfinders

So since it has been pushed back a month, any chance we can get it to be 3-6 instead of 1-4? Those that played the First Mandate would really like a chance to play it. With 10 modules and two story arcs avialable, many people will have leveled out of range.

Starfinder Society Developer

Dr. Tomatoa wrote:
So since it has been pushed back a month, any chance we can get it to be 3-6 instead of 1-4? Those that played the First Mandate would really like a chance to play it. With 10 modules and two story arcs avialable, many people will have leveled out of range.

Even with the delay, the ability to change this scenario's Tier is entirely improbable with the time left. Also, as we've learned with Pathfinder Society, we want to keep a strong number of Tier 1-4 scenarios available at launch, to ensure that new players always have a chance to get a game in.

#1-05 Minor Bit:
If your concern is with regards to the Chronicle sheet bonus provided from this scenario, no worries. We'll be using that specific boon (and this specific NPC) in various different situations. So this won't be a "one and done" use of the influence boons.

Wayfinders

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Thurston Hillman wrote:
Dr. Tomatoa wrote:
So since it has been pushed back a month, any chance we can get it to be 3-6 instead of 1-4? Those that played the First Mandate would really like a chance to play it. With 10 modules and two story arcs avialable, many people will have leveled out of range.

Even with the delay, the ability to change this scenario's Tier is entirely improbable with the time left. Also, as we've learned with Pathfinder Society, we want to keep a strong number of Tier 1-4 scenarios available at launch, to ensure that new players always have a chance to get a game in.

** spoiler omitted **

Thanks for the response. REALLY looking forward to the module.

Grand Lodge

Please by released in time for Con of the North. I scheduled to run this one multiple times.

Also, no scenario tags?

Starfinder Society Developer

No scenario tags on this one, though it's suggested the PCs have played Starfinder Society #1–00: Claim to Salvation, first!

As for Con of the North, I believe this scenario is scheduled to be released shortly after that event, due to our reshuffling of this and Sanctuary of Drowned Delight. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Silver Crusade RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16

I can't wait to play this one with my Vidcaster Icon! :-D

Starfinder Society Developer

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Just so everyone's aware, here's a list of the maps you'll need for this scenario:

#1–09 Live Exploration Extreme! Maps:
There's no custom maps for this scenario. This scenario does use the following existing Paizo map products:

•Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Elemental Dungeon Multi-Pack
•Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Flooded Dungeon
•Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Tech Dungeon


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Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Thurston Hillman wrote:

Just so everyone's aware, here's a list of the maps you'll need for this scenario:

** spoiler omitted **

Map query:
Hello Thurston--Is the "Elemental Dungeon Multi-Pack" you listed the "Elemental Planes Multi-Pack"? Yes, apparently I am now one of those people who buys flip-mats just because they're coming up in an upcoming SFS scenario . . .
Starfinder Society Developer

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Ah!

Map Answer:
Yes, it should, be the Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Elemental Planes Multi-Pack, specifically the Earthy section.

Shadow Lodge

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ZO! Signed a group of explorers for dancing with the starfinders, extreme sudden death edition.

Sczarni

Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Darn. My PC with Salvation's End credit will be *6th* level after this next weekend =(

Luckily my Icon Cosplayer is still 1st level ^_^

Dark Archive

Preorder expected March 2018 - hoping its not a long delay on this one! need some camera action...


Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

OMG!
Just downloaded this.
So amazing!
Can't wait to GM it!
Seriously, this takes everything I loved about X-Crawl, got rid of the 'meh' bits, then made it all 110% cooler.
OMGWTFBBQ!

Erm. I mean. This looks very nice.

Grand Lodge

Nefreet wrote:

Darn. My PC with Salvation's End credit will be *6th* level after this next weekend =(

Luckily my Icon Cosplayer is still 1st level ^_^

You realize that you can bring the Salvation's End chronicle sheet even if it's not assigned to that Icon and garner the benefit from it, right? Says so right on the Chronicle sheet.


I'm totally new to Pathfinder/Starfinder, and to organized play in general, and I'm interested in trying Starfinder in particular because it's still in its first season and I'm kind of a completionist, but with this specific scenario being a sequel it doesn't really seem like an ideal jumping on point. If I skip it for now, am I likely to find opportunities to play 1-00 to catch up and then play this one in the future, or should I just look for standalones to play and new plots to begin and not worry about this one?

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Subscriber

Star finder in particular, thus far, has been phenomenal at alluding to future scenarios with past ones. I would not suggest starting with this one. Opportunities for play depend heavily one where and with whom you play so, can't give advice there.


I'd check out your local Society branch for play opportunities and activity. Usually the Venture Captains are running a facebook group where they announce all the public scenarios.

I'll probably play this without having played 1-00 but my character knows Zo! from First Mandate as well.


Dot. So much dot.

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