First of all, further are spoilers from the special.
So I've got questions about the Scoured Stars Veteran boon.
1) Is it by any chance an example of bad wording or the new character actually loses out on those starting 1000 credits, i.e. has only about two thirds of the wealth a normal lvl 2 character would have?
2) What does "a new character" mean? What if I have some chronicles assigned to that number but didn't even bother to create a character? Simple examples of such chronicles are AP in campaign mode and GM credit. Can I finish the first book of an AP in campaign mode or GM a 1-4 game on 01.01.2019, then play the special on 02.01.2019 and then apply all that credit and the boon in question to one character?
I agree with the first post. Reading the Core Rulebook so far reminds me of programming language specifications and mathematical papers and none of those things are even close to anything I'd call an entertainment for myself. I still have a degree of optimism for Playtest, will play and gm it over the weekend, but actually reading the book diminished that optimism greatly.
The new conditions system doesn't look much better that it is in PF1. It will still result in arithmetics hell when a bunch of conditions is stacked on a character, each with its own duration.
Oh boy, I actually liked the Playtest blog posts until this one and the one before. So far the whole resonance and item systems seems to be very clunky, unintuitive and adding a level of micro-management without adding any fun. Fixing a "problem" that very far from everyone even considers to be a problem (e.g. a lot of people I know and I are perfectly fine with wands of CLW and Infernal Healing) by adding a clunky subsystem doesn't seem like a good idea.
As someone else pointed out, having Goblins as a Core Race helps distinguish Pathfinder 2 from pretty much most other fantasy roleplaying games out there. You don't have Gobbos as PCs in D&D5 or any of the other FRPGs out there. so this helps Pathfinder 2 stand out and not just be a D&D clone at first glance - especially as it is different no matter what the 4th edition naysayers are claiming.
As a sidenote, goblins have been a 5e playable race and even available in the league for some time now.
I'd like to point out another issue that I have with PSF boons: some of them should be less obscure and easier to find. I remember our VC telling us that we can't give Welcome to Pathfinder boons in non-convention games (e.g. in a home PFS game with a novice player) and I still have no idea if he was right because he had apparently read something relevant in VO-only forums. Another example is the GM-replay boon: I still have no idea if it was legal for me to cross "8" in its title and write "9" there instead to get more replays, last I checked there was no official answer, only a bunch of VOs who heard that the boon was intended to be annual. Finding it is a pain as well because it only appeared in some old blog post. There should be some repository with boons that are for everyone to use and with clear rules on how to use them (Guide seems to be a decent place for it).
I don't really enjoy the idea of slotted boons. My favorite ones by far are limited use boons that can really affect the flow of battle/exploration (spellcasting boons, reroll boons, boons that allow me to make skill checks with a big bonus). First you help the Society to liberate a god from his space prison and a few scenarios later you channel his might to save your dying comrade. It's pretty cool and really helps to get the feeling of your previous adventures being impactful and meaningful.
My group is about to finish playing The Dragon's Demand in campaign mode (not just the sanctioned portions) and I have a question about chronicles for the module. Judging by the amount of gold granted, the fourth chronicle sheet looks like it should grant 1 XP and 2 PP, just like a normal scenario. However, it's not written explicitly anywhere and I want to be sure that I give legal chronicle sheets to my players.