Starfinder Society Sanctioning Update

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Just over a month after the holiday season and there’s more gifts to unwrap! Today, the organized play team is proud to unveil the latest round of sanctioned content for Starfinder Society.

Credit to Mark Molnar

Attack of the Swarm

The Attack of the Swarm Adventure Path has been picking up steam and we’ve just released the final installment in the six-part epic. The story of “Heroes Vs. Evil Bugs” is far older than I am (seriously, ask me my Alien story sometime), and the Attack of the Swarm Adventure Path puts the PCs into that story by setting them right in the path of the voracious alien empire known as the Swarm. To get a new generation of heroes out to battle the Swarm, we’re hoping to enlist a whole lot of Starfinders into the Suskillon Defense Forces, and what better way to do that than by sanctioning the entire Adventure Path for Starfinder Society organized play?

While this opens up six full adventures for existing Starfinder Society participants to enjoy, it’s also the perfect opportunity for new players to step into the wide world of organized play. Exactly how can you play Attack of the Swarm and earn organized play credit? Would you like to know more? It’s easy. All you need to do is play the adventure path, exactly how you’d play any of Paizo’s adventure paths, but at the end of it, you’re eligible for a special Chronicle sheet that can be applied to a Starfinder Society character; the perfect starting point if you’re interested in trying out Starfinder Society organized play.

So pickup a rifle and get ready to defend Suskillon from the Swarm! You can find the sanctioning documents on the individual Adventure Path pages!

Along with the sanctioning on Attack of the Swarm, we’ll be updating the Additional Resources to include the latest character options permissible in Starfinder Society on Tuesday, February 4. As always, a big thanks goes out to our additional resources review team who took time to review this content and help us pick the most applicable rules to include in the campaign.

The Threefold Conspiracy

Art by Doruk Golcu

Alright, how about we take a break from battling against a galactic-level threat to take a luxury space cruise. Nothing could possibly go wrong, right? OK, loaded question! Something does go awry in Starfinder Adventure Path #25: The Chimera Mystery, and it’s up to the PCs to step in and unravel the first step in the great mystery that is The Threefold Conspiracy Adventure Path!

With pre-orders for the first installment of the Threefold Conspiracy right around the corner, why not get a little advance preview of the full sanctioning? That’s right, along with Attack of the Swarm, we’re also releasing the first three adventures in the Threefold Conspiracy as sanctioned content! Pre-sanctioning, you say? You heard us right folks, you’ll be able to play the first three adventures as they release and receive Chronicle sheets and organized play credit for doing so. You can pickup the first wave of Threefold Conspiracy sanctioning from each volume’s product page.

As a heads up, we haven’t quite got the Threefold Conspiracy updates into the Additional Resources yet—we want to give our dedicated review team the time they need to check over these rules to determine what is appropriate for the campaign! Once those updates go live, we’ll be sure to post another update and let you all know!

I hope everyone out there enjoys the new content! Come back this afternoon to see what we have in store on the Pathfinder Society side of the house.

Signing off,

Thurston Hillman
Starfinder Society Developer

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Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Captain, Arizona—Phoenix aka TriOmegaZero

Hey! It's the thing!

Sovereign Court 4/5 5/55/55/55/5 Venture-Agent, Georgia—Atlanta aka The Masked Ferret

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Holy Frak you are awesome, Thursty!

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Enjoy all my Starfinder Society pals! :D

Sovereign Court 4/5 5/55/55/55/5 Venture-Agent, Georgia—Atlanta aka The Masked Ferret

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I think there might be an error with the following boon.

Fate of the Fifth Chronicle:
Terminus Wild (Starship Boon) wrote:

You can only slot this boon in a Tier 5–6 scenario, and everyone at the table must agree to you slotting this boon. When you slot this boon, rather than choosing the standard starships presented in the Starfinder Society Guide (such as the Drake or Pegasus), you can instead choose to take the Terminus Wild further modified by the Society to include a Drift engine. The statistics for this hull are presented below. This ship can be further upgraded with Starship boons from other characters in the group as normal.

When used in Tier 5–6, the PCs crewing the Terminus Wild gain a bonus reroll that can only be used on a d20 roll made during a starship combat encounter. This reroll is meant to give the starship a slight bonus when outmatched by more powerful encounters. This reroll can be used by one PC, and does not count towards the reroll limit for that PC. Otherwise, this ability functions following the rules for rerolls as detailed in the Starfinder Core Rulebook on page 243

The boon says that the ship can only be used in a tier 5-6 scenario, but the reroll boon suggests that maybe it was intended to be played in tier 3-4, too?

Thanks for looking at it!

Also, please note that these are not currently reportable.

Boons are very interesting. That is definitely an interesting thing to do for the final boon, and the second

Spoiler:
starship
boon - wow, that is a great one! I love what you did there!

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Awesome! My home group will be very happy to hear this. We just started book three last night. They're doing their part.

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Yay!

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Yay! Have been holding off on starting AotS until it was sanctioned, but I commissioned a large range of kit-bashed minis for it. Now I'll get to bust them out!

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Also, please note that these are not yet reportable in the system.

Silver Crusade 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Pennsylvania—Pittsburgh aka Terminalmancer

This is really awesome. Thanks Thursty!

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Hooray! :)

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For those of you that wish to encourage this early sanctioning behavior, Thursty offered the following sentiment on Discord...

Thursty on Discord:
Star Daddy Thursty Today at 4:24 PM wrote:

And thanks. The intent is to (hopefully) encourage more people to get into Threefold and pickup the books!

Trying to see if sanctioning early has a positive impact on sales :slight_smile:

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As another random one-off data point, I was close to cancelling some of my SF subscriptions since I'm doing entirely PFS2 these days; however the combo of AotS sanctioning and pre-sanctioning is enough to make me stick around for a while longer.

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Presanctioning? PREsanctioning? PRESANCTIONING?!?!?!? I was disgruntled with the speed of sanctioning for Pathfinder APs, but not I am gruntled. Thurston you and all who toil under your iron fist are fantastic.

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If it made sense for me to double up on AP purchases, I would do so in thanks, because that's a decision that I would like to see more of!

Unfortunately, I'm already giving the Starfinder line a surprising amount of money each month, so I think I'll hold off on increasing that further. But the early sanctioning is awesome and appreciated. I hope the experiment continues for a couple of adventure paths to build up a good sample size!

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Everything Alex Wreschnig said.

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If only, I had time to play one of these. In the meantime, that Threefold Conspiracy art is becoming my desktop background.

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Holy cow. The 2nd boon for The Threefold Conspiracy is a horrible one. You have to sacrifice 10 race boons in order to get a boon to play a

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Gray?
That's a really high cost in order to play a race that's nothing special. I played one for a short while when going through Dead Suns and it felt just a generic as 90% of the rest.

By the way, a recommendation to anyone to expects to play this AP: Do NOT look at the boon for the 1st book. It REALLY looks like it will spoil the story line.

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James Krolak wrote:
Holy cow. The 2nd boon for The Threefold Conspiracy is a horrible one. You have to sacrifice 10 race boons in order to get a boon...

It's a lot, but I'm nearing the point where I have more boons than I know what to do with, and I don't even have very many.

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YAY! JUST YAY! And thanks Thursty!

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James Krolak wrote:
Holy cow. The 2nd boon for The Threefold Conspiracy is a horrible one. You have to sacrifice 10 race boons in order to get a boon to play a ** spoiler omitted ** That's a really high cost in order to play a race that's nothing special. I played one for a short while when going through Dead Suns and it felt just a generic as 90% of the rest.

That's only 10 plays of:

Chronicle Sheet spoiler:
The Withering World

I've got 4 chronicles of it already with barely a plan to build one of them, much less 2

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@Thaine:

The boon specifies that it must be 10 *different* races...

That said, I still don't think it is insurmountable; I mean, off hand, I have 8 race boons (all from adventure chronicles, not GM rewards) that I would be more than happy to throw on that particular pyre, as I never had any intention of playing them!

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Very glad to see this!

Thanks Thursty!


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[Desire to know more intensifies.]

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Chronicle Question:
Do the races have to be one per sheet, ie, one chronicle one race, or the chronicles that have more than race do they count for more than one race?

If the more open use is the case, then I think I may be doing me some purchasing in the future (and I'm not a one for some purchasing for APs, in all honesty...)

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Wohoo! Go thursty!

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Threefold looks fun. o.o

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James Krolak wrote:

Holy cow. The 2nd boon for The Threefold Conspiracy is a horrible one. You have to sacrifice 10 race boons in order to get a boon to play a ** spoiler omitted ** That's a really high cost in order to play a race that's nothing special. I played one for a short while when going through Dead Suns and it felt just a generic as 90% of the rest.

By the way, a recommendation to anyone to expects to play this AP: Do NOT look at the boon for the 1st book. It REALLY looks like it will spoil the story line.

It seems like perfect boon to use when you have 50+ different races and no intentions to ever create halflings or create that many characters

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*cough* How about a clue on AotS Book 6 vehicle article sanctioning?

Paizo Employee Starfinder Society Developer

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NightTrace wrote:
*cough* How about a clue on AotS Book 6 vehicle article sanctioning?

Mentioned in the article on when to expect that... :)

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Thurston Hillman wrote:
NightTrace wrote:
*cough* How about a clue on AotS Book 6 vehicle article sanctioning?
Mentioned in the article on when to expect that... :)

I meant if it made the pass or not :P. I'm stoked for today's update I assure you

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Looks like the Additional Resources document has been updated.

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Update: It's up and it's beautiful! :D

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