Character Operations Manual Preview: Race Options

Monday, October 28, 2019

Starfinder has over 100 playable species now, but one of the things we wanted to do in the Character Operations Manual was give a little love to the 13 species found in the Starfinder Core Rulebook (including legacy races). What does that mean? That means alternate ability score adjustments, alternate racial traits, and new feats, gear, and class options which—while perhaps pioneered by a given species—are actually available to everyone.

Let’s start with the simple stuff: ability score and racial trait options unique to each species. So, for example, some androids were built for manual labor; instead of high Intelligence and Dexterity, they’re stronger and more able to endure tough working conditions (Strength and Constitution). Species known for settling diverse environments have options that model adaptation to high (human), low (human and vesk), or zero gravity (human and ysoki). There’s a lot more.

Every species also has one or more options that replace each of their racial traits. A player who doesn’t like the shirren’s Cultural Fascination ability, for example, has three (three!) new choices. Cultural Assimilation gives you a bonus to Disguise checks instead of Diplomacy, as you blend in with an adopted species; Individual Obsession allows you to pick an additional class skill and get an automatic skill point every level, along with a +2 bonus in the chosen skill; and Linguistic Acculturation swaps out that Diplomacy bonus for more languages (a lot more).

But what I find really cool are feats, gear, spell, and class options, and if your character has the right physiology, you can take these options no matter your race. Check out kasatha, for example: You’ve got a bunch of new feats for characters with four arms. (How many new feats? Four, of course!) There’s even a new class option for soldiers who wield three or more weapons at a time: the Fourfold Tactician. As followers of the Four-Armed Conspiracy™ can tell you, you don’t have to be a kasatha to qualify. Even a human or lashunta soldier with a couple of cybernetic arms can use the Fourfold Tactician fighting style to fire two automatic weapons at the same time! (We call that class feature “Overkill,” and you can see why.) Other class options have no requirements at all: the Crusader connection for mystics, for example, or the vesk Battlemaster fighting style for soldiers.

On top of all this, there’s spells and gear. Now your ysoki can cast shrink object to fit that big special something in their cheek pouches (at high level, a really big special something).

The rest of the Star Chamber will be chiming in here over the next few weeks with more glimpses into the Character Operations Manual, but let me tell you, you are not going to be disappointed. This book blows Starfinder character creation wide open. From now on, you’ll never feel like your hero is just like everyone else.

Jason Tondro
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A book that "blows Starfinder character creation wide open" is something this game really needed. A long two years waiting for this. I'm sure it will be worth it!


Looks Good! I wonder how many new connections for Mystics will be offered in the book.

Grand Lodge

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Hype!


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Glad to see legacy races will be covered too!


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School of Hard Knocks Androids

Belters!

Omniglots!

Gun-Kata! MACHINE GUN-KATA!

Space Marines Online!

I *love* it!


Neat.


Mmmmmmm. I am loving the alternate ability scores especially. A small thing, but seeing some models of how such a thing should work will help in making up our own species variants later on.

Gonna whip me up a workable formian worker and taskmaster with this puppy.


Awesome decision to include new options for legacy races.

Sovereign Court

I am counting the days!

Liberty's Edge

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:O oh man, I like the sound of this a whole bunch :O


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Now the important question...

How soon until the options become available for SFS?

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Yes, stuff I worked on is talked about here!

For those wondering, I designed the ysoki-pioneered spell that is being referenced here specifically so at higher levels you could shrink a car to the size of a toy car and shove it into your cheek pouches. XD

This book is full of my weirdness. I am so excited for people to see it!

Sovereign Court

Exciting!


Starfinder Superscriber

If I were a betting man, and I'm not, I'd say late November Early December. AA3 and DoF still aren't in Additional Resources, but they're going to want to get the new classes in ASAP, so I'm betting they do them all as one chunk and drop a few weeks to a month after COM drops.

Liberty's Edge

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pithica42 wrote:
If I were a betting man, and I'm not, I'd say late November Early December. AA3 and DoF still aren't in Additional Resources, but they're going to want to get the new classes in ASAP, so I'm betting they do them all as one chunk and drop a few weeks to a month after COM drops.

Yeah. *sigh*.

The consistent problem of being someone who buys "everything" but really only plays in Organized Play. I love the material but I always have to wait half a year it feels like at minimum to get to use it :P

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Working as fast as I can on this! :)


Hurray! Very happy to see this coming soon

Liberty's Edge

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Thurston Hillman wrote:
Working as fast as I can on this! :)

No doubts there, the schedule is rough as it is. Thanks for the work you're doing :D


I want it so bad. Give give give!

Second Seekers (Jadnura)

Can't wait for the awesomeness! We'll be starting another AP right after so will get a chance to try out some even before it gets sanctioned.


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Starfinder Superscriber

GIMME!


So excited to play with this!

Grand Lodge

Can't wait to see lvl 10+ envoy options in this!!


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Ah, my hearts can't take much more of this!


My hype for this manual has no bounds!


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Master Han Del of the Web wrote:
Ah, my hearts can't take much more of this!

I've been pulling other people's hearts out to compensate, but even they can't take much more of this.


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pithica42 wrote:
Master Han Del of the Web wrote:
Ah, my hearts can't take much more of this!
I've been pulling other people's hearts out to compensate, but even they can't take much more of this.

Even if you replace them, original spec parts are better, so be sure to acquire hearts responsibly...


I'm not excited at all about this book. Though I like it when the legacy races are getting some love.

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