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I'm 99% certain that PF2 playtest books were not included in subscriptions.


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The-Magic-Sword wrote:
John Mangrum wrote:
I don't believe skipping a month is possible. (I know that once upon a time it definitely was not, but don't know if that ever changed.) You'll need to cancel that subscription (and then renew it afterward if you want the final SF2 core book).
You can actually contact Paizo customer service for this, it's something they can do now.

That's good to know, thanks. (But based on past and current experience, I would advise informing Paizo that you want to pause a subscription at least a full month in advance.)


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I don't believe skipping a month is possible. (I know that once upon a time it definitely was not, but don't know if that ever changed.) You'll need to cancel that subscription (and then renew it afterward if you want the final SF2 core book).


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If you want the starship's computer to join the party as a PC or GM/PC, "SRO or hologram being remotely operated by the ship's VI" is fine for me. (SRO in this case being how I would suggest a player handle playing a suit of autonomous power armor.) But if it's contributing to adventuring, I think it's best to treat it as a PC for all effective purposes (i.e., take its inclusion into account for APL).


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Concur; for good or ill, SFS hasn't tied multi-table events to seasonal metaplots since Year Two.


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There's only one release left in the SF1 line (aside from Starfinder Society scenarios), and that's the Mechageddon! adventure path. I would be surprised if the PC option in that expanded past some new mech-related options.

In terms of official releases, I think we can safely assume the 1E evolutionist is "feature complete."


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No, no updates yet.


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The adventure doesn't say, and to my eye does its best to stress it doesn't matter (it's sold and gone by the time the adventure starts). It's referred to as a relic and an artifact, but isn't necessarily either of those in the technical sense. So it's probably some high-level item (magical, hybrid, etc.) that could be found deep inside the sun. If the players get curious, I'd dig up some magic item (or maybe lesser artifact) associated with efreet, the Plane of Fire, or some such. Or you could use it to foreshadow the culture the PCs are going to encounter down the line.


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I'm trying to not weigh in on SF2 discussion because, well, I want to be generally positive, but I'll say this. As someone who just isn't interested in the PF2/SF2 ruleset but is interested in the SF setting, I plan to keep up with the game line once it transitions.

The twofold truth of the matter is that SF's creature and encounter design is streamlined enough that converting SF2 adventures to SF1 will likely be relatively painless (I say this as someone who converted all of Legacy of Fire from 3.5 to PF1 to run it.), and it's going to take SF2 a good long while to branch off in directions that SF1 hasn't covered. So my hope is to keep on trucking in the 2E era, converting adventures. Heck, I'd even ponder putting adventure conversion guides on Infinite, but I think I'd slam into a hard OGL/ORC wall there.


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Multi-table, I believe.


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Sanityfaerie wrote:
Does the core pantheon necessarily have to have 20 deities in it specifically?

Only so far as "core deities" is shorthand "branding" for "the 20 deities we're going to focus on."


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CorvusMask wrote:
Oh hey new Forum members :O How many members does Society's Forum even have?

We've never been given solid numbers, but the Scoured Stars hardback suggests that the Forum is actually fairly large. The Forum is "the most numerous of the Society's leaders" and made up of veteran field agents, managers, scholars, and some venture-captains. They're essentially the entire upper-management bureaucracy running the Society.

For me it actually raises the question of whether the faction leaders shouldn't be officially considered Forum members as well.


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Thought of another one, related to the Historias:

Spoiler:
Why was all identifying info about Historia-3, both digital and analog, wiped? There's obviously something in the works here.


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In my home game, the PCs revealed the truth to the membranes but not the husks. The membranes then hushed it up and basically locked out the Society, so this theme of reconciliation would fit my timeline just fine.


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BookBird wrote:
As far as I understand, Starfinder is considered a separate canon from Pathfinder and thus developments here don't need to affect Starfinder. So a god that's alive in Starfinder could wind up being the one dying here.

True. But, also, now that Pharasma has been marked safe, I'll note that I'm a fan of the quite unofficial fan theory of the Gap that can justify how any other god can die without breaking Starfinder's continuity.


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Noven wrote:
I have a question since I really haven't done society stuff since Season 1.... what ever happened to the AbyssHead download that was in 1-06?

That boon triggers a few times later on in Year 1, if the stars are right, but that's it.


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Sounds like a lot of the right choices being made.


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Did the org play subscriptions go out today? (Checking before I poke custserv again this month.)


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John Mangrum wrote:

I'll touch on some of these when I update my Narrative Arcs thread, but:

** The Other Scoured Societies **

Dipping back in to footnote myself. Having taken a closer look through the Scoured Stars AP now, I reckon there's a good chance...

Spoiler:
..., based on how the book presents the Kreiholm Freehold, that the underwater weaponry the jinsuls were developing could have been intended to target the undersea syngnathrix cities on Saaruq 5.


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Noven wrote:
Is there currently a mechanic where people can look at a map of the galaxy or look at the sky and point to a star and find a path to that system? Like blind exploration? Right now it is you just follow beacons and get to your destination, but what if I see a Type K star "here" and want to go explore it, do some calculations and enter the drift.

A fairly large chunk of the Dead Suns AP is predicated on not being able to astronavigate to a visible star via the Drift without the system's Drift coordinates.

On the other hand, explorers have to be able to go to an unexplored system somehow, and explorers like the Pact Worlds and the Azlanti visiting their closest galactic neighbors first doesn't sound like a coincidence.

So, presumably, some kind of "blind" Drift navigational calculation is possible, but it's likely to require extensive, time-consuming number crunching. And it may be that real-world distance adds to the complexity, making it, say, difficult but reasonable to calculate a Drift course to the nearest unexplored star, but exponentially more difficult to reach some dot on your starmap of the far side of the galaxy.

The Gap could factor into this. Real-world star maps are based on light and radio emissions traveling at the speed of light. If you're chasing a star, and the light from that star left it before the end of the Gap, the light you're seeing now might be wrong.


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Pretty sure the current picture is just a digital mockup but couldn't say about the rest.


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I didn't even realize interactive maps had been included; I'll have to take a look.


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John Mangrum wrote:

Welp, with the new Scoured Stars AP announced it looks like it's time to put this thread out to pasture. I'll retire it with with a laundry/wish list of four dangling threads I hope the new hardback addresses.

Scoured Stars Spoilers #1

Scoured Stars Spoilers #2

Scoured Stars Spoilers #3

Scoured Stars Spoilers #4

Now that the book is out I can finally check and see that, yes, of the three lingering questions I really wanted answered, I got answers to all three.

Plus bonus history! The hardback intro tucks in some important specific facts about the early days of the Starfinder Society! We know why and when the first First Seeker was elected now! And why and when the Society established the Lorespire Complex!


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John Mangrum wrote:
And lo, the long wait begins.

One year, one month, and 26 days later:

And lo, my watch has ended.


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Ed Reppert wrote:
Still don't have last month's Society pdfs.

You should definitely contact customer service.


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Getting the Friday afternoon jitters


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I'll touch on some of these when I update my Narrative Arcs thread, but:

The Other Scoured Societies:
The Year of Scoured Stars metaplot/adventure path only encountered two of Kadrical's heralds (see above) and only four of the eight civilizations that fled the Scoured Stars so long ago. During the metaplot, there are hints that the Jinsul Hierocracy may have been prepping to attack (or even actively waging war) against a totally-unseen-by-the-PCs underwater enemy. The jinsuls were scattered, but not eliminated, and we've recently heard that the jinsul menace will return, under new management, in 2E. Will we meet the rest of the Scoured Stars species?

Icefront:
Just a few years ago, the Starfinder Society earned the respect of the izalguuns of Icefront/Izalraan by preserving their secret: that they were not actually iron-age hunter-gatherers. But by 324 AG, the Pact Worlds know that izalguuns were once highly technolgically advanced, and that, indeed, the new leader of the Starfinder Society is one of these entirely-modern izalguuns. Will this draw unwanted attention to the "traditionalist" izalguuns still living on Icefront?

The Hitchhiker:
Back in Year Two, an infernal imp hitched a ride on a Starfinder ship to Absalom Station, where he flew off to get up to some devilry. A boon promised that PCs might encounter that imp again; will it ever happen? (I'll hold myself to just this one "Will this NPC boon ever pay off" entry.)

The Wildlife Trafficker:
In 320 AG, Starfinders got to choose whether a smuggler who accidentally unleashed Swarm components into the guts of Absalom Station faced the law or was spared (in expectation of big favors in return). What choice did the Society make?

Competing Realities:
The Starfinder Society has (unpredictable) access to alternate timelines, which agents got to check out once in Year Four. Meanwhile, we know that the Veskarium (in multiple realities if we include Drift Crashers) has conducted military experiments in accessing alternate realities -- including the seemingly abandoned Prime Timeline experiment that seemingly introduced those adorable Alien Specimens to our galaxy. Will the Starfinder Society ever cross paths with competing timelines again?

Faithful Allies:
Toward the end of the Year of the Data Scourge, the Starfinder Society may have made allies of any of several religious leaders and dignitaries. Will the Society -- oh, look, let's jump to the point. Are we going to see Shadebringer Nevis again or what?

A Giant Problem:
Every time the Starfinder Society has delved into Pholskar's history, they've emerged with closets full of skeletons. Naiaj seems certain that this is primed to explode in the Society's face if the Society isn't increasingly careful. Is she right?


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Update: Now that I'm a week or less away from having the Scoured Stars hardback sent my way, and now that I've seen the full schedule of scenarios for Year Six, I will shortly hop back on the horse to revise and update this thread.


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So far, my players have created (SF1) PCs using the following species:

Android
Astrazoan
Borai (human)
Brenneri
Draelik
Dragonkin
Drow
Dwarf
Gnoll
Gray
Half-Orc
Human
Ifrit
Pahtra
Ryphorian
Shatori
Skittermander
Suli
Uplifted Bear
Vesk
Ysoki


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Ooh, I appreciate that the season finale's a bit higher level than usual. Promising!


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Kishmo wrote:

Fun Fact: prior to the Drake and the Pegasus, the backbones of the Starfinder fleet were the combat-capable Manticore, and the more scientifically-equipped Griffon!

Source: Manticore Charity starship boon

Ooh, that's a neat nugget of lore that had somehow eluded me!


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If you're interested, there's a third-party publisher sourcebook on the topic from early in Starfinder's run: Cosmic Odyssey: Service Bots and Synthetic Companions. That said, I do agree that the game is simply not built to handle PCs controlling combat-ready robotic minions beyond mechanic's or various other drones.


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Hero Lab Online has missile launchers come unloaded.


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Bad (i.e. Pathfinder 1e) wording there. It translates to a ranged attack targeting EAC.


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Driftbourne wrote:
Part of the issue with Dead Suns hardback is that the original AP came out before the first Alien Archive was released. What was cut out of the toolbox in the Dead Suns hardback, that wasn't already reprinted someplace else? That is not the typical situation for new APs printed in hardcover.

A list of what was included in the hardback and what was omitted.


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Oooh!


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Going off the Dead Suns hardback, the only downside for me would be that ultimately, you're getting considerably less Toolbox material in the back. (Important to note: You're getting less Toolbox content but paying much less than you would for six volumes.)


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This AP uses milestone leveling. PCs level up at the end of each scenario except for two, which will boost them 2 levels each.


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Dr Blitz Krieg wrote:
future 2e compatible?

This is for SF1E.


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Justin Norveg wrote:
Spoilers!

Ooh, also an interesting guess!

My own main guess is that it's:

Spoiler:
It's a Pegasus being flung to the surface of Bastiar-2 by the Godsheild during the Scoured Stars Incident

...which would raise the obscure continuity error that...

Spoiler:
...the Pegasus-class rolled off the production lines shortly after the Incident.


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I can't offer any insider knowledge or guarantees, but it's been 2 years since the 3rd printing went out, and Paizo generally waits until books are out of print (or nearly) so before reprinting. At this point, I have to assume that odds are overwhelming that you'd receive the 3rd printing.


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Hmm... The second half-page illustration I recognize, but anyone have any (spoilered) guesses what the first one might be? I can think of a few candidates, but I'm not confident about my guesses.

In terms of retro-canon, I appreciate learning about Elsebo's whereabouts during the Scoured Stars expedition and am a bit tickled by the implication that we've only ever learned about three members of the Forum because most of the Forum was trapped.


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Sure, sure, but the issue I'm thinking of is entirely on the part of the Icefront izalguuns. The kiirinta didn't have a secret to protect, whereas Icefront izalguuns have a secret that Starfinder Society players literally voted to preserve five-ish years ago.

So, really, for me the questions is, "What do Icefront izalguuns like Naarma think of the "modernized" izalguuns out there now, drawing attention to their mega-tech past?"


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Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:
Congratulations to Sarmak (and his player!)

Ditto to this, and now hoping that we circle back around to Icefront/Izalraan. All of these technologically modern izalguuns popping up in public are certainly going to draw attention back to their adopted home world; how is this affecting the "traditionalist" izalguuns who wanted to stay under the galaxy's radar just a few years ago?


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Sharkbite wrote:
I don't suppose it would be possible to put some sort of additional snippet into 1-99 in order to reveal the final fate of Ziggy's friends.

Who knows what's in the book, but its content has been locked in for many months now. It's likely rolling off the printers or sitting in a warehouse as we speak.


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I just rolled with learning that they'd all died, and the Exo-Guardians in general (including their unidentified faction leader) had suffered massive losses.


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Just to add to the knowledge base, I've had multiple subscriptions for many years. Pathfinder 1E, 2E, Starfinder, and maps, in different combinations over time. No matter what's being shipped, I expect about a week's wait, give or take a day or two, between the pending order confirmation and the shipping notice.


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Long discussion elsewhere on the forum here


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This is all extremely handy; thank you.


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Sounds like the election results will be announced during Paizo Live! on Twitch today (starting 7 PM Eastern/4 PM Pacific).

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