Starfinder Society Guide Update: Year 3

Thursday, September 10, 2020

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Good morning, RADASZAM! Here is your meeting schedule for FIRSTDAY, 27 ARODUS, 320:

0900: Acquisitives Leadership, Lorespire North 322, TOPIC: Weekly agenda
0945: Faction Leadership, Lorespire South 183, TOPIC: Weekly agenda
1100: Check-in on Inventory, Armory 012
1130: Zigvigix, Fitch, Celita, Lorespire North 323, TOPIC: Finalize duties of faction leader position
1230: Ehu Hadif, Faction Leaders, Lorespire Library 001, TOPIC: Discuss missions in Near Space for Q1 321
1400: Ehu Hadif, Celita, Lorespire Library 001, TOPIC: Overlap in stated faction goals for 320-21
1500: Acquisitives Leadership, Wayfinders Leadership, Lorespire North 322, TOPIC: Possible opportunity for exp…

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Greetings, Starfinders! Earlier today, we published the brand-new Guide to Organized Play: Starfinder Society. While the update for Year 3 includes a number of minor changes, typo fixes and so forth, I’m here today to highlight some of the more important changes.

Disclaimer: I’m writing this blog post based on a working version of the SFS Year 3 Guide. I am also human and make mistakes. If there is a difference between text as printed here and as printed in the Guide, the Guide is correct.

Legal Table Size

As we announced recently, we’ve adjusted the legal table size at Starfinder Society tables. Tables with only two players may add two pregenerated characters of an appropriate level in order to fire, and higher-level tables where pregens don’t exist may play in “hard mode” with three players as long as all players consent. The Guide also reflects the recent change in emphasis on seven-player tables, from a scheduled option to only when absolutely necessary with organizer consent.


It Comes With Lore

Each faction’s goals have been updated to reflect how they dealt with the events of Year 2: Year of a Thousand Bites, as well as their goals moving into Year 3. Careful readers may notice some hints to upcoming story arcs! Appendix 3 also contains updated summaries of the storylines featured in Years 1 and 2 of the Starfinder Society campaign.


New Character Options

I know this is the part that everyone wants most, so let’s get into it.

  • New Races

    As a result of players’ actions in the previous two years of Starfinder Society play, legacy races and the izalguun became always available for all players. As we teased in our panels at PaizoCon Online so long ago, they are now official. We’ve also added a few others. The following races are now always available for any player, provided they own the accompanying sourcebook:
    Alien Archive 1: draelik, formian, ikeshti, kalo, maraquoi, nuar, rhyphorian, verthani, witchwyrd

  • New Languages

    The following languages are now available for any character to take anytime they would learn a new language:
    Alien Archive 2: Bolidan, Daimalkan, Embri, Ghoran, Orrian, Osharu, Pahtra, Quorlu, and Vlakan (Spoken, Signed and Tactile)
    Alien Archive 3: Accaran, Akan, Brenneri, Dirindi, Dromadan, Espraksi, Hortaa, Iji, Izalguun, Koshorian, Lumos, Morlamaw, Perani, Raxi, Sazaron, Shimreen, Spathinaem and Telian

  • Ehu Hadif

  • New Faction

    In the events of SFS 2-07: Four for the First, Starfinders met four candidates for the First Seeker position, as nominated First Seeker Luwazi Elsebo had announced her retirement. Players were able to vote for their favorite candidate, and in a narrow election, Ehu Hadif Ko’ra Amares of Clan Tolar, House Zye, tenth devotee from the line of Ahmu, was elected. His faction, Second Seekers (Ehu Hadif), is now available for selection and boons are available for those who choose to champion his agenda of exploration.


  • Capstone Boon

    In addition to the capstone boon for the new faction, another capstone boon has been added that experienced Starfinders of all factions should find interesting.
    Starfinder of Note (Slotless Boon)
    Your exploits inspire others to follow you.
    Prerequisites: Any Faction Tier 4
    Cost: 4 Fame
    You are in contention for a leadership role in the Starfinder Society. Once you purchase this capstone boon, you are encouraged to send an email to organizedplay[at]paizo[dot]com with a subject line of “Starfinder of Note.” Include your character’s race, class, name, character number, and a description of 75 words or less in the body of the e-mail. That character is entered into a drawing to become a future in-world venture captain, member of the Forum, or even the First Seeker.

Boon

We included new boons in the guide, but we’ve mentioned phasing out boons. So how does this work? Well, we are starting the transition to the online Achievement Point system for boons, but that will take some time and won’t be implemented until Year 4 launches. While we haven’t made a decision on how to make the transfer of boons purchased with Fame, that is on the team’s list as part of our Year 4 planning, along with how to streamline some of the organized play specific portions of the program. The learning curve for a new player is steep and we are looking at ways to make it easier for first-time Starfinders to get involved in our program!

That about covers the major changes! We hope you all enjoy the new options opened up with this update. We’re taking a short break from these conversations before getting back into updating the Guide for Year 4. Our hope is that by starting the process earlier, we won’t have the delays we faced this year.

Until next time: Explore! Report! Cooperate!

Alex Speidel
Organized Play Associate

Tonya Woldridge
Organized Play Manager

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Clarification: Any character of a race that is now “always available” in Guide v3 can utilize the stat boost described in the “Legacy Race Clarification” section of this blog post.

Silver Crusade 4/5 Venture-Captain, Pennsylvania—Pittsburgh

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Woohoo! Nice work, Alex (and team). I'm looking forward to meeting a crop of new aliens! I mean, agents.

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So the token human will be even more rare in this huge family of agents?

Excellent!

Or is it only in my area that a human character is a rare thing?

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Question - if we already submitted a character from the Luwazi Elsebo capstone should we/can we submit them again for "Starfinders of Note"?

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Any word on changing the definition of a new character?

Currently I need to pass on most/all of my DM credit if i want to put something that requires a new character on them. It makes my DM credit less valuable and harder to track in order to prevent... I don't think we were ever sure what the rule was there to prevent.

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Awesome stuff! Downloading now.

Paizo Employee 4/5 Organized Play Manager

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Douglas Edwards wrote:
Question - if we already submitted a character from the Luwazi Elsebo capstone should we/can we submit them again for "Starfinders of Note"?

You can, but we kept all of the Luwazi submissions, so we have them on file :)

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BigNorseWolf wrote:

Any word on changing the definition of a new character?

Currently I need to pass on most/all of my DM credit if i want to put something that requires a new character on them. It makes my DM credit less valuable and harder to track in order to prevent... I don't think we were ever sure what the rule was there to prevent.

New characters are level 1. Once they have enough applied credit to be level 2+, they are not "new", even if they haven't been played yet.

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Does that override the previous ruling here ?

So if I want to leave room for a capstone or other thing for a new character, I put 2 xp on them then the thing i want on them, because that third xp will push them to 2 ?

Sczarni 5/5 5/55/5

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I agree with BNW that this can of worms needs to either be addressed in its own Blog or in a Guide update.

Grand Lodge 1/5 Venture-Agent, Online

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I still have a question about the 4th level bonus spell from the Xenodruid Mystic Connection.
What spell should replace Reincarnate?

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Charli Poshkettle, inspired by the recent announcement of Ehu Hadif's platforms, takes a glance at herself in the mirror. She's grown a lot over the course of her career. So many changes, friends, and challenging moments of service. Although she loves being a field agent, maybe it's time for a new challenge. She opens her console, and fills out the paperwork to submit her name for the next set of elections.

Yay for 'Starfinder of Note' opening to all factions!

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Thanks for all your hard work on the guide! Most appreciated!

Hmm

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This whole boon redesign sounds great to me. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I've played enough of Seasons 1, 2, and 3 that I have a character in every current Tier (including a Level 12-ish character) and I've never bought a boon. D:

Venture-Agent, Ohio—Cleveland

Tonya Woldridge wrote:
Douglas Edwards wrote:
Question - if we already submitted a character from the Luwazi Elsebo capstone should we/can we submit them again for "Starfinders of Note"?
You can, but we kept all of the Luwazi submissions, so we have them on file :)

But aren't they both Capstone Boons? The text at the beginning of the Capstone Boons section still says a given character can only buy one Capstone Boon ever.

Unless that's wrong, the same character can't be resubmitted under the new boon, although players could submit multiple characters as usual.

(This may be a moot point since it sounds like Tonya is indicating that sending a character under both boons would make no difference anyhow. Sorry, I'm that guy.)

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Peter Nalepa wrote:


But aren't they both Capstone Boons?

I believe the idea is that the Starfinders of note is the same boon that was formerly known as rising star.

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Boons are getting removed from chronicle sheets this season, but the replacement system won't be ready until next season?
So we're going to have a whole year/season of blank chronicle sheets?

Am I understanding this correctly?

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Thank you. Very happy to see this.


Cyrad wrote:

Boons are getting removed from chronicle sheets this season, but the replacement system won't be ready until next season?

So we're going to have a whole year/season of blank chronicle sheets?

Am I understanding this correctly?

Yes.

I'm hoping we see some creative use of the items area to make up some of the gap, but... yeah, it's going to suck for a while.

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I really like everything in this blog post and I am 100% now double checking my Fame because I 100% need to get my insane dropship pilot as a role of note :P

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MurderHobo#6226 wrote:
Cyrad wrote:

Boons are getting removed from chronicle sheets this season, but the replacement system won't be ready until next season?

So we're going to have a whole year/season of blank chronicle sheets?

Am I understanding this correctly?

Yes.

I'm hoping we see some creative use of the items area to make up some of the gap, but... yeah, it's going to suck for a while.

Getting a blank character sheet for the 3-00 was an awful ending to an awesome season/special. I hope they both give us a ton of retroactive achievement points for it and access to something interesting for characters who have that sheet.

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Heh, I think I have 2 level 13 characters due to playing just the AP's in Campaign Mode. This is neat.


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I am very excited for this announcement and the cracking open of new races for the society for alien diversity is a big part of Scifi. I full on love it.

#makestarfinderfarscape

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Excited about the new races - been wanting to make a Naur for a while but could not find a boon!

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An exceptionally fashionable Nuar smiles and rubs her hands eagerly before handing out sensibily-sourced cards after adjusting her Manifold Host pin.

"If anyone needs advice and guidance on their own personal style, don't hesitate to ask. Part of the thrill of Starfinding is helping everyone find a look they can call their own." she pauses, then adds an afterthought.

"Except the Jinsuul. Legblades were a fad two seasons ago, and they just won't give up on them..."

The card:
Jimaa Whitehorn Fashion Consultant *Comm address* Jimaa is a Fashion Icon whose big push is if SHE can make something look GOOD, anyone else can, too!


Thanks for all of your hard work in getting this out. I'm very excited about all of the new options!

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Kait'lax wrote:
MurderHobo#6226 wrote:
Cyrad wrote:

Boons are getting removed from chronicle sheets this season, but the replacement system won't be ready until next season?

So we're going to have a whole year/season of blank chronicle sheets?

Am I understanding this correctly?

Yes.

I'm hoping we see some creative use of the items area to make up some of the gap, but... yeah, it's going to suck for a while.

Getting a blank character sheet for the 3-00 was an awful ending to an awesome season/special. I hope they both give us a ton of retroactive achievement points for it and access to something interesting for characters who have that sheet.

Absolutely heartbreaking when my overseas friend got to experience her first multi-table special at Gen Con Online and her chronicle sheet gave her nothing except for a standard amount of credits.

Especially when boons were one of the things she loved about Paizo Organized Play. And they were unexpectedly stripped away on literally her first Starfinder Society game.

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Sad to hear the special was so unmemorable.

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John Godek III wrote:
Excited about the new races - been wanting to make a Naur for a while but could not find a boon!

It will be good to see more nuar around. My sister, Bellweather, and I have been loving service in the Starfinder Society. She quit her internship as a bioengineer to become a full time paramedic for the Society, and I very recently quit the Stewards after some concerns with organized law enforcement. I'm an independent forensics expert and P.I. now.

No, "P. I." Like for "Private Investigator," not like "Pie." No, I'm not a "cow pie." And no, I don't usually Bull Rush... that's more Zoggy's thing. Okay, now you're asking me if "Udderly" opposed to the Stewards now, or if I'm just "Milking" it for sympathy. That's real nice. I call bullsh... ah pronk, nevermind.

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TOZ wrote:
Sad to hear the special was so unmemorable.

Its like getting a sunday without a cherry on top. I mean the sundays good but you remember the lack of a cherry.

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TOZ wrote:
Sad to hear the special was so unmemorable.

The blank chronicle sheet marred an otherwise enjoyable experience. The events of the scenario made the lack of boons even more jarring.

Venture-Agent, Ohio—Cleveland

BigNorseWolf wrote:
Peter Nalepa wrote:


But aren't they both Capstone Boons?

I believe the idea is that the Starfinders of note is the same boon that was formerly known as rising star.

Looking again, they split Rising Star into two parts. The 'Fame boost' part of Rising Star still exists and has retained the name. The 'you might become an in-game NPC' part is now Starfinder of Note.

They are both Capstone Boons.

But I also seem to have misread the question in the first place. I read "can I buy that boon too?" when looking again, the question was "should I re-send from buying original Rising Star or is that submission still good?"

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Tonya Woldridge wrote:
Douglas Edwards wrote:
Question - if we already submitted a character from the Luwazi Elsebo capstone should we/can we submit them again for "Starfinders of Note"?
You can, but we kept all of the Luwazi submissions, so we have them on file :)

Oh good - I've had such writer's regret about how I handled the original submission since, oh, about ten minutes after I sent it!

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Finally, I get to be on the other side of this, and I can't wait to meet more of your characters! :)

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Glad to have you!

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Thrilled to see some more races added to the list. I wanted to make a Nuar for some time but never managed to get a boon and I figured they were rare enough to not warrant a place on the list of new races but glad I was wrong.

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Jenny Jarzabski wrote:
Finally, I get to be on the other side of this, and I can't wait to meet more of your characters! :)

We're ecstatic to have you on board, Jenny! Welcome!


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I concur on the feelings of 3-00 as the fun was then lost to the feeling of worthlessness. It was like we were just conscripted army that was not worth anything beyond the minimum wage for hours worked.

I am interested to see what happens this season but been waiting on this for races and none really interest me. Glad to see new SS is not all a straight copy. That is one thing I like.

I can also say that the ACP system does not interest me at all as requires more time spent on this site and I already don't get any replies to problems I have sent in. Hope it means if last season for me that it is a lot of fun.

Scarab Sages 5/5 5/5 Venture-Captain, Netherlands

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Hooray! Space cows!

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Just for all the folks who are saying it was a letdown that 3-00 didn't have a boon: our Most Esteemed Star Daddy has said in another thread that they've heard that message. In that same message, it was clarified that one of the perks of the AcP system is that they could, for example, go back and revisit already-released scenarios and retroactively add in a 0-cost AcP boon.

Now, no one has said that that's going to happen, and I am certainly not trying to put words in others' mouths. It's just something to keep in mind, especially for the folks who are thinking, "this stinks, I'm quitting Org Play."

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Yes, thanks for bringing this up Kishmo! It'll be very interesting to see what the boon will be... though I think we're all in for a wait, since we don't have a Starfinder ACP system set up yet.

Hmm

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Kishmo wrote:

Just for all the folks who are saying it was a letdown that 3-00 didn't have a boon: our Most Esteemed Star Daddy has said in another thread that they've heard that message. In that same message, it was clarified that one of the perks of the AcP system is that they could, for example, go back and revisit already-released scenarios and retroactively add in a 0-cost AcP boon.

Eat a sunday. No cherry.

Cherry comes later in the mail

Even if it comes, the timing is off.

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But, if you knew ahead of time that the cherry wouldn't come until later, it's not a letdown.

It's practically a pre-order at that point.

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Nefreet wrote:

But, if you knew ahead of time that the cherry wouldn't come until later, it's not a letdown.

It's practically a pre-order at that point.

The certainty wouldn't help. Its still a sundae with a certificate for a cherry.

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Your focus on the cherry is disappointing.

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TOZ wrote:
Your focus on the cherry is disappointing.

But inevitable

I think its less about the cherry itself and more about completing the whole.

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It'd also be prompting calls for just pre-ordering the cherry for less of an investment of time, effort and accessibility...

:>

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TOZ wrote:
Your focus on the cherry is disappointing.

Where else do you ever eat a Maraschino cherry?

I can get ice cream, bananas and chocolate sauce anywhere.

Paizo's cherry is the draw.

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If the first time you introduce oatmeal to a nerd it has maple syrup in it, it better have maple syrup every (#*$(#*@ time, or it’s not oatmeal.
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Nefreet wrote:
TOZ wrote:
Your focus on the cherry is disappointing.
Where else do you ever eat a Maraschino cherry?

Sometimes, I buy a whole jar.

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