I ran Incident at Absalom Station for SFS and am confused about the amount of XP the players should receive.
I know the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Guide says "Typically, you gain 1 XP for completing a Starﬁnder Society scenario or 3 XP for completing an Adventure Path."
But there is a sidebar in the AP book that says the players should "begin this adventure at 1st level. The PCs should reach 2nd level while exploring [spoiler redacted], and they should be 2nd level before [spoiler redacted]. The PCs should be 3rd level by the end of the adventure."
I followed the instructions in the AP, so my players were level 3 for the final boss fight, but they almost died twice, with a near TPK at the final boss. If they had all been level 1 it seems very unlikely they could have survived the third section of the first book.
Also, if they want to play in the second book of the AP, they have to be level 3 when they start, but if they only get 3 XP for the whole first book (and have to start as a level 1) then they won't be the right level for the second book. I know they could theoretically play some SFS Scenarios between the books, but is that really the way it is supposed to be done?