Now Docking at Absalom Station

Thursday, April 27, 2017

August is fast approaching, which means not only the release of the Starfinder Roleplaying Game, but also the debut of the first Starfinder Adventure Path, Dead Suns! The Starfinder Adventure Path presents a series of linked adventures that together form an entire campaign for the Starfinder RPG. The Dead Suns Adventure Path will run for a year, with a new volume released every other month. Each volume includes a new adventure for the campaign, supplementary articles on the Starfinder campaign setting, and new rules content for the Starfinder RPG, as well as a new planet, a new starship, and loads of new aliens and monsters!

To whet your appetite for spacefaring danger and derring-do, check out this preview of the cover for the first Dead Suns adventure, "Incident at Absalom Station." Artist David Alvarez did a great job depicting the leader of one of Absalom Station's most notorious street gangs, and shows us two of the Starfinder iconics in action, as Navasi and Keskodai take on some alien beasties that might look familiar to some.

"Incident at Absalom Station" hits store shelves and paizo.com in August, where player characters will have the chance to face these threats themselves. Until then, stay tuned over the coming months for more Starfinder previews!

Robert G. McCreary
Senior Developer, Starfinder Design Lead

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Liberty's Edge

Given that we're starting a whole new game system here, I don't suppose you guys included pregens in the back of the book like you did with Pathfinder originally?

Also, akatas. Grrrrrr...


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Pregens would be cool.

Sovereign Court Senior Developer, Starfinder Team

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There are no pregens in the Adventure Path. However, we are creating pregenerated characters for the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild organized play program, which will work fine for the Adventure Path. These characters hould be available to download for free in August!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

For my part, I'm champing at the bit for a subscription option, unless my clueless noggin has somehow missed it somewhere...

Scarab Sages

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Akata, the water bear of the Golarion universe.

Love the cover!

Dark Archive

Can't wait . Looks like a ton of fun.

Contributor

Oooo... Very "Shadowrun" flavor on the cover. Likes! Likes a lot!

Grand Lodge

Want.

Paizo Employee Publisher, Chief Creative Officer

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Cole Deschain wrote:
For my part, I'm champing at the bit for a subscription option, unless my clueless noggin has somehow missed it somewhere...

We're currently building the web pages and coding infrastructure for Starfinder subscriptions. Details are coming very soon.

Dark Archive

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Will we be able to convert preorders into subscriptions?

Grand Lodge

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"The Dead Suns Adventure Path will run for a year, with a new volume released every other month."

A twelve part Adventure Path? Wow!


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Darrell Impey UK wrote:

"The Dead Suns Adventure Path will run for a year, with a new volume released every other month."

A twelve part Adventure Path? Wow!

Sadly (for epicness) but gladly (for feasibility), only 6.


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Darrell Impey UK wrote:

"The Dead Suns Adventure Path will run for a year, with a new volume released every other month."

A twelve part Adventure Path? Wow!

Six part

Grand Lodge

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Can't even read my own post. Got a little over excited there... :D


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Awesome lady on that cover. :)


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Erik Mona wrote:
Cole Deschain wrote:
For my part, I'm champing at the bit for a subscription option, unless my clueless noggin has somehow missed it somewhere...

We're currently building the web pages and coding infrastructure for Starfinder subscriptions. Details are coming very soon.

And that answers my question, thanks Erik!


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You had me at akatas.

Silver Crusade

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MOONDOGGIES!


Robert G. McCreary wrote:

There are no pregens in the Adventure Path. However, we are creating pregenerated characters for the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild organized play program, which will work fine for the Adventure Path. These characters hould be available to download for free in August!

Just to check: if those pre-gens are for the Guild, won't they be 20-point builds? And doesn't the AP - not to mention bestiary entries, etc. - assume 15-point builds?

Silver Crusade

Bellona wrote:
Robert G. McCreary wrote:

There are no pregens in the Adventure Path. However, we are creating pregenerated characters for the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild organized play program, which will work fine for the Adventure Path. These characters hould be available to download for free in August!

Just to check: if those pre-gens are for the Guild, won't they be 20-point builds? And doesn't the AP - not to mention bestiary entries, etc. - assume 15-point builds?

Pretty sure Pathfinder has used 20pt buy ever since going to pathfinder rules.

And Bestiary entries use arrays, not point buys to my knowledge.


And just when I thought I couldn't get more excited for Starfinder, this happens.

Love the cover!


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In space, no one can hear y--HOLY CRAP ARE THOSE AKATAS?!

Jon Brazer Enterprises

Well damn!!!

Scarab Sages

Ooooooooooooooooooooh looking good!


Love the industrial vibe and the iconics look !!!! on this cover!

Erik Mona wrote:
We're currently building the web pages and coding infrastructure for Starfinder subscriptions. Details are coming very soon.

Double good news on this thread, thanks Erik!

Dark Archive

Robert G. McCreary wrote:
There are no pregens in the Adventure Path. However, we are creating pregenerated characters for the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild organized play program, which will work fine for the Adventure Path. These characters hould be available to download for free in August!

Hello Robert,

i'm looking forward to this book. ;-)
From the updated description i can see that the players start at level 1 and will be level 3 at the end of it (a pace that seems to continue, which would make them level 12 or 13 at the end of the AP).
Can you share how many pages the main adventure will roughly have?
Personally, i guess about 40, considering the 5 articles (Absalom station gazetteer, Golarion artifacts, bestiary, new starship & new planet).

Thank you. :-)


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Good to see my favorite alien puppers back in action.

Liberty's Edge

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Bellona wrote:
Robert G. McCreary wrote:

There are no pregens in the Adventure Path. However, we are creating pregenerated characters for the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild organized play program, which will work fine for the Adventure Path. These characters hould be available to download for free in August!

Just to check: if those pre-gens are for the Guild, won't they be 20-point builds? And doesn't the AP - not to mention bestiary entries, etc. - assume 15-point builds?

This presumes either 15-point buy or 20-point buy are meaningful terms in Starfinder.


How many Akatas can you blast before they turn you into a void zombie?

This is one of the many questions I can see being answered in this AP.


Hyvare Darkwood wrote:

How many Akatas can you blast before they turn you into a void zombie?

This is one of the many questions I can see being answered in this AP.

I would think at least 27.

Liberty's Edge

Not the prettiest girl in the galaxy

Sovereign Court Senior Developer, Starfinder Team

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Bellona wrote:
Robert G. McCreary wrote:

There are no pregens in the Adventure Path. However, we are creating pregenerated characters for the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild organized play program, which will work fine for the Adventure Path. These characters hould be available to download for free in August!

Just to check: if those pre-gens are for the Guild, won't they be 20-point builds? And doesn't the AP - not to mention bestiary entries, etc. - assume 15-point builds?

Starfinder uses a completely different system for buying ability scores than Pathfinder, so it won't be an issue!


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Robert G. McCreary wrote:
Starfinder uses a completely different system for buying ability scores than Pathfinder, so it won't be an issue!

Interesting, tell us more!


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I was disappointed to see it was bimonthly at first. Then I realized that I might actually be able to keep up at that rate.


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Mine all mine...don't touch wrote:
Will we be able to convert preorders into subscriptions?

Paizo's current subscriptions remove one existing preorder from your account. So presuming these are the same, all you'll need to do is add a subscription and any single copy preorders will be removed. If you've preordered multiple copies subscribing should cancel only one of them.


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As someone who only kind of knows Pathfinder and is picking up Starfinder as a more manageable beginning, I have to ask... what is the hype with akatas.

Not what they are; I know what a wiki is and was able to check it easy enough. But aside from causing a spit take from "This is a CR 1 monster", the wiki can only tell someone so much. So what is the hype; what have these little zombie making stealth wolves from behind the stars actually done to the playerbase to make them infamous?

And yes, I know typing out the sentence "zombie making stealth wolves" should be enough of an answer, but that's the buzz headline. I want the actual story.

Liberty's Edge

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Akatas first appeared in the Second Darkness Adventure Path, in a context where you have to fight a whole lot of them, over and over and over again. By the time you are done with them, you are done with them.


^As Shisumo says, they are part of a very memorable encounter in AP #14.

Paizo Employee Publisher, Chief Creative Officer

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Mine all mine...don't touch wrote:
Will we be able to convert preorders into subscriptions?

Yes.

Actually, the way we are planning this will happen automatically.


I find it interesting that it doesn't say "Adventure Path" in big letters under the main logo.

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BTW, any minis fiends looking here to wonder what happened to today's blog should know that we're planning on getting it up tomorrow. Apologies for the delay!


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Good to see you doing your bit for German-US relations, Erik.


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GreatKhanArtist wrote:
I find it interesting that it doesn't say "Adventure Path" in big letters under the main logo.

It says it under the title of the AP... since Starfinder seems like it'll just be the core book, the Alien Archive, and AP volumes, there might not be as much need to differentiate product lines within the Starfinder umbrella.


Erik Mona wrote:
BTW, any minis fiends looking here to wonder what happened to today's blog should know that we're planning on getting it up tomorrow. Apologies for the delay!

Not to sound like a Shirren, but I would far prefer specific list of options to a general description of the product line.


The pommel of the gang leader's sword-thing (right hand) is cropped weirdly. This must be a mistake.


Robert G. McCreary wrote:

There are no pregens in the Adventure Path. However, we are creating pregenerated characters for the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild organized play program, which will work fine for the Adventure Path. These characters hould be available to download for free in August!

Bellona wrote:

Just to check: if those pre-gens are for the Guild, won't they be 20-point builds? And doesn't the AP - not to mention bestiary entries, etc. - assume 15-point builds?

Rysky wrote:

Pretty sure Pathfinder has used 20pt buy ever since going to pathfinder rules.

And Bestiary entries use arrays, not point buys to my knowledge.

(Setting aside the fact mentioned afterwards by someone that point-buy works differently in Starfinder.)

Just to explain what I meant ...

I know that the PF iconics have been build with 20 points since they were converted to PF. However, PF APs are calibrated for a party of four with 15-point builds, hence my wondering if the SF iconics were likewise "overpowered" for APs.

And my mention of the bestiary entries was also referring to how they are supposed to be calibrated as opposition to a party of four 15-point characters.

But thanks for the answer anyway! :)


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Robert G. McCreary wrote:
Bellona wrote:
Robert G. McCreary wrote:

There are no pregens in the Adventure Path. However, we are creating pregenerated characters for the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild organized play program, which will work fine for the Adventure Path. These characters hould be available to download for free in August!

Just to check: if those pre-gens are for the Guild, won't they be 20-point builds? And doesn't the AP - not to mention bestiary entries, etc. - assume 15-point builds?
Starfinder uses a completely different system for buying ability scores than Pathfinder, so it won't be an issue!

Stealth reveals are awesome! :P

Liberty's Edge

Question

Normally, Adventure Path modules reference Bestiaries for standard monsters (because statblocks are space hogs). However, Alien Archive doesn't drop until October, after the second volume is out.

Will the first couple APs (or more) include full statblocks?

As the Alien Archive was likely still in production when this Adventure was written, is there any chance statblocks will change between this product being released and that book being releassed?

Sovereign Court Senior Developer, Starfinder Team

Jester David wrote:

Question

Normally, Adventure Path modules reference Bestiaries for standard monsters (because statblocks are space hogs). However, Alien Archive doesn't drop until October, after the second volume is out.

Will the first couple APs (or more) include full statblocks?

As the Alien Archive was likely still in production when this Adventure was written, is there any chance statblocks will change between this product being released and that book being releassed?

One of the big challenges with releasing the Adventure Path at the same time as the Core Rulebook was the fact that Alien Archive won't be out until October. As a result, the first few volumes of the AP make heavy use of the new monsters in the AP Alien Archives (the bestiary in the back of each volume), and where necessary, with full stat blocks.


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Akatas. Why did it have to be Akatas?

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