Starfinder at PaizoCon Online

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

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Each day during PaizoCon Online, we’re taking a look at upcoming products, revealing new art and details, and diving deep into the day’s focus with a livestreamed Marquee Event panel and Q&A session. Today’s Marquee Event panel focused on the upcoming Starfinder Starship Operations Manual and other future Starfinder releases. This blog is a recap of some of the reveals covered in that session. Don’t forget to check out the PaizoCon Online Stream Schedule to stay on top of the latest Paizo news in real time!

Though convention season looks very different in 2020 than in years past, we’re still ecstatic to have the opportunity to spend PaizoCon Online with all of our fans, geeking out together (from a safe distance) over what lies in store for our favorite game of space fantasy.


Starship Operations Manual

This summer’s big Starfinder release is the Starship Operations Manual, a 160-page sourcebook for all things starship related, from custom upgrades and expansion modules, to advice on running starship-based campaigns, new starship monsters to challenge parties of all levels, to details on the galaxy’s most prominent manufacturers!

Starship Operations Manual cover illustration by Remko Troost

Cover illustration by Remko Troost


Starship illustrations by Bryce Homick Starship illustrations by Michael Soong Starship illustrations by Michael Soong

Left to right: starship illustrations by Bryce Homick and Michael Soong.

We would be remiss to make a book this size called the Starship Operations Manual and not include dozens of new starships ready to add to your campaign such as the trio shown here.

Illustration by Daniele Sorrentino

Starship Operations Manual contains rules on building supercolossal starships, such as in this illustration by Daniele Sorrentino.



Alien Archive 4

Following in Starship Operation Manual’s engine wake comes the Starfinder Alien Archive 4. As with previous alien archives, this book presents scores of new friends, foes, and potential player character races with tons of lore and new rules options tied to each.

Alien Archive 4 cover illustration by Remko Troost

Alien Archive 4 cover by Remko Troost

Starship illustrations by Bryce Homick Starship illustrations by Michael Soong Starship illustrations by Michael Soong

Left to right: alien illustrations by Tuan Duong, Victor Rossi, and Alexandre Honore.

Check out these aliens inhabiting the book from Tuan Duong Chu, Victor Rossi, and Alexandre Honore. Can you guess what they are?



Devastation Ark Adventure Path

We don’t just publish rules supplements, though! Starfinder is all about galaxy-spanning adventure, which we provide in the pages of the monthly Starfinder Adventure Path. In August, we’ll launch the first sequel AP in the line with the 3-chapter high-level Devastation Arc Adventure Path. This campaign begins at 13th level, making it the perfect sequel to nearly all of our previous APs, and characters should reach 20th level by the story’s conclusion!

The Devistation Ark Adventure Path Title Treatment



Fly Free or Die Adventure Path

In November, we’ll mix things up and return to our normal 6-chapter campaign format with the Fly Free or Die Adventure Path. In this exciting story, the player characters aren’t necessarily heroes—at least not intentionally. A crew of scoundrels, rogues, and misfits, they find it hard to survive in a galaxy where everyone has a price. Targeted by a crime boss and his army of enforcers, preyed upon by faceless mega-corporations, and hounded by rivals, the crew of the Free Trader Oliphaunt line up the big score that will at last make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. But when their many enemies join forces and the crew loses it all, they find out there are two things in the galaxy that can't be bought: freedom... and revenge.

Fly Free or Die Adventure Path Title Treatment



Galaxy Exploration Manual

Fans wondering what our next hardcover rules supplement will be need look no further, because we’re happy to announce the Starfinder Galaxy Exploration Manual for release in April of next year. This book will provide players and GMs alike with rules for hailing from or exploring the myriad worlds found in the Starfinder galaxy, covering a variety of biomes and planetary concepts, allowing for nearly endless possibility every time a starship drops out of the Drift into uncharted space. It’s still nearly a year out, so we don’t have a lot to show you now, but we’ll have a lot more on this book as its release approaches.

Galaxy Exploration Manual mockup cover



Beyond the Galaxy

That wraps up this infosphere transmission, but we’re on halfway through Wednesday here at PaizoCon Online! Be sure to check out the live-play Starfinder X.T.R.E.M.! stream this evening from 4-7 PM (Pacific Daylight Time) at twitch.tv/officialpaizo. You can find the full schedule of streamed events here. Enjoy the rest of your PaizoCon Online, stay safe, and roll high!

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What about the New Starfinder Class Playtest that was announced at todays Starfinder panel? I know nothing else was revealed about it yet, but I thought someone should bring that up here.


Well, do tell us more!

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Ashanderai wrote:
What about the New Starfinder Class Playtest that was announced at todays Starfinder panel? I know nothing else was revealed about it yet, but I thought someone should bring that up here.

Yes, thank you. That reveal was added by Rob at the end of the seminar. There will be a playtest for a new Starfinder class announced soon. The class was not revealed, nor the book it was destined for.


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The Starfinder panel starts at about 2h 30 minutes in, the announcement takes place at 03:57:00

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/633545875?filter=archives&sort=time


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The middle Starship of the 3 sample ships looks amazing, What is it's name?


Kasatha Ship X

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zergtitan wrote:
The middle Starship of the 3 sample ships looks amazing, What is it's name?

That's a Norikama Valkyrie!

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A playtest for just a single class is almost unprecedented for Paizo... the only previous example I can think of was the shifter. What kind of book would inspire exactly one class for it, I wonder?

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Shisumo wrote:
A playtest for just a single class is almost unprecedented for Paizo... the only previous example I can think of was the shifter. What kind of book would inspire exactly one class for it, I wonder?

An amazing book. I'm looking at the outline now. It's beautiful.

But it will have it's day in trillion suns soon enough. In the meantime, I'm also excited about Galaxy Operations Manual. I'm looking at the outline now. It's beautiful.

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Shisumo wrote:
A playtest for just a single class is almost unprecedented for Paizo... the only previous example I can think of was the shifter. What kind of book would inspire exactly one class for it, I wonder?

Small correction: the shifter didn't have a playtest, but the magus and vigilante did.

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MY BAAAAAABYYYYYYY!

(Well, part-baby anyway. :P)


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My guess for the class playtest is going to be that it is some sort of Mech Pilot or something in a similar similar vein or flavor, like maybe the Symbiont archetype for the Summoner from Pathfinder 1E.

It could also be something like a all-around general Pilot/Driver class, a non-magical Hacker/Virtual Reality Diver class, or a Cop/Detective class of some sort. But, I am thinking it will most likely be a Mech Pilot type of class.


HYPE IS NOW AT LUDICROUS LEVELS!

Oh how I LOVE this game!


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Alexander Augunas wrote:
Shisumo wrote:
A playtest for just a single class is almost unprecedented for Paizo... the only previous example I can think of was the shifter. What kind of book would inspire exactly one class for it, I wonder?
Small correction: the shifter didn't have a playtest, but the magus and vigilante did.

In fairness, even the playtest version of the Vigilante was more like four classes in a trench coat than just 1 class, so it probably felt like a bigger playtest than it was.


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Thanks for posting this. I had the SpaceX stream on all day so I couldn't watch.

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John Compton wrote:
Shisumo wrote:
A playtest for just a single class is almost unprecedented for Paizo... the only previous example I can think of was the shifter. What kind of book would inspire exactly one class for it, I wonder?

An amazing book. I'm looking at the outline now. It's beautiful.

But it will have it's day in trillion suns soon enough. In the meantime, I'm also excited about Galaxy Operations Manual. I'm looking at the outline now. It's beautiful.

I'm so excited about the future of Starfinder.


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How was that thing NOT named the Pangolilly? :)


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I like calling it the Bloombeast.

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That weird ghoul/goblin thing with the VR headset is going to be sorry when Pedro Pascal learns that it stole Baby Yoda's floating crib...

Wayfinders

Ohhh man...Very excited with the new Adventure Path.
Can't wait

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I'm surprised we haven't gotten any Tian Xia love in Starfinder when Asian cultures play such a big role in many science fiction and cyberpunk stories.

Would also be a great opportunity for space kitsunes, Drift wayangs, and samsarans struggling to recapture lost memories of lives during the Gap.


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Cyrad wrote:

I'm surprised we haven't gotten any Tian Xia love in Starfinder when Asian cultures play such a big role in many science fiction and cyberpunk stories.

Would also be a great opportunity for space kitsunes, Drift wayangs, and samsarans struggling to recapture lost memories of lives during the Gap.

Tengu, too.

Unless something changed I'm not aware of?

:>


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With all the new races that came out since the start of Starfinder, I really think we are overdo for some legacy legacy races like Kitsune, Tengu, Wayang, Nagaji, and Samsarans to get some representation in Starfinder, as well as some of the races from Pathfinder 2E like the Shoony, Anadi, Iruxi, and Leshies.


An Alien Archive dedicated to old races?


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Nagaji have even turned up in-setting, they just haven't been statted out.

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John Mangrum wrote:
Nagaji have even turned up in-setting, they just haven't been statted out.

Really?! Where was that?


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One of the members of Strawberry Machine Cake (from Starfinder Society scenario S1-14: Star Sugar Heartlove!!! in particular) is a nagaji, and in that same scenario, the PCs meet some other nagajis as well. In all cases, the terms "nagaji" and "cobra-headed humanoid" are used interchangeably, suggesting their appearance has changed slightly during the Gap, becoming more ophidian.

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I thought she was a vesk? Now I'm confused...


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Bone is a vesk; Tsuchi-ko is a nagaji.


A new class? I haven't seen the panel. Any clue?


LuisCarlos17Fe wrote:
A new class? I haven't seen the panel. Any clue?

No clues were given, it was only mentioned in the last minute or so of the panel. It's not even clear when the playtest is going to begin other then Soon(TM).

But based off of John's comment, it's NOT tied to the Galaxy Exploration Manual. Which unfortunately means we have no real clue what it could be. Although on the plus side, once that test starts we'd have a pretty good idea what August 2021's book is going to be about.

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John Mangrum wrote:
Bone is a vesk; Tsuchi-ko is a nagaji.

OOOOOOH, now I understand! Thanks for the clarification!


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And they're all holograms anyway.


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Aaron Shanks wrote:
I'm so excited about the future of Starfinder.

So am I.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
And they're all holograms anyway.

So am I.

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