Starfinder Core Rulebook

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Shoot for the Stars

Blast off into a galaxy of adventure with the Starfinder Roleplaying Game! Step into your powered armor and grab your magic-infused laser rifle as you investigate the mysteries of a weird universe with your bold starship crew. Will you delve for lost artifacts in the ruins of alien temples? Strap on rune-enhanced armor and a laser rifle to battle undead empires in fleets of bone ships, or defend colonists from a swarm of ravenous monsters? Maybe you'll hack into the mainframe of a god-run corporation, or search the stars for clues to the secret history of the universe or brand new planets to explore. Whether you're making first contact with new cultures on uncharted worlds or fighting to survive in the neon-lit back alleys of Absalom Station, you and your team will need all your wits, combat skill, and magic to make it through. But most of all, you'll need each other.

This massive 528-page hardcover rulebook is the essential centerpiece of the Starfinder Roleplaying Game, with rules for character creation, magic, gear, and more—everything you need to play Starfinder as either a player or Game Master! The next great adventure in science-fantasy roleplaying takes off here, and the Starfinder Core Rulebook is your ticket to a lifetime of adventure amid the stars!

Inside this book, you'll find:

  • All of the rules you need to play or run a game of Starfinder.
  • Seven character classes, from the elite soldier and stealthy operative to the physics-hacking technomancer and mind-bending mystic.
  • Character races both new and classic, from androids, insectile shirrens, ratlike ysoki, and reptilian vesk to the dwarves and elves of the distant future.
  • An in-depth exploration of the Starfinder setting, including its planets, gods, factions, and threats.
  • Hundreds of weapons, spells, technological gadgets, magic items, and other options to outfit any character.
  • Complete rules for starships, including customization and starship combat.
  • Rules and tips on using Pathfinder RPG content with Starfinder.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-956-1

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Fantasy in Space

5/5

My title says it all: "Fantasy in Space".

I've been playing this set of rules for 2 years now and I will state that it is fantastic!

Be warned that this fantasy setting has both magic and technology. It builds completely on the fantasy genre and adds technology to the mix.

For those looking for hard science-fiction, I'd recommend looking elsewhere. It's hard to run that type of campaign with this ruleset without having to make a ton of changes.

This is currently my favorite futuristic game and I highly recommend it!


Tells this type of story best.

5/5

Starfinder's system tells science fantasy well, in that it's mechanics are techie and detailed, more so than more narrative rulesets. It feels designed for the genre, and makes tech stuff and starships mesh with magic and spells so they feel like they fit rather than feeling like part of the game was bolted on.

A well designed system for an underserved sci-fan market.


Absolutely love it.

5/5

It's the real deal, this book fulfills the definition of "core" to perfection.
First the only couple of "bad" things: 1) the monsters are missing, and that is surely due to the fact that it's already a huge book, so it's understandable. Besides, you can download "First Contact" for free and use those to start you off, or you can adapt Pathfinder monsters very easily with the guidelines provided in this book.
2) A few corrections were done to the part about starship combat, for which you will have to look-up the errata page online and mark down the modifications (mostly to DCs of actions in space). But to be honest, that doesn't bother me.
Apart from that, this book does a fantastic job explaining the game and quickly teaching you how to play it with lots of examples and pre-made combinations of choices for characters to guide you, should you need it. They managed to cram so much in this book that it's in itself a notable feat, but more than that, every topic is presented with enough depth to not leave you wanting too much.
The section on starships is both bold in scope and very welcome!
The value for your money alone would warrant 5 stars, let alone the fantastic layout, illustration, narration and convincing world-building.
Oh, I almost forgot about the game itself, how shall I put it... it's extraordinarily good! Exciting, fun, easy to play, sufficiently original without being weird, a bold start to a cosmic saga that continues the enormous lore of Pathfinder and opens it up to stellar proportions.
My new favorite tabletop rpg!


Loving the SciFi!

5/5

Been playing RPGs since 1977. Very excited to start playing StarFinder. Great value, 1 book is all a player needs, epic artwork, sturdy construction, the list goes on. Definitely a game produced by gamers, for gamers. I bought the physical book and then, for he first time in my life, the pdf version. If you’ve never bought a pdf before, I highly recommend it, EXCEPTIONAL value.


5/5


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Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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Folks, I realize everybody's excited, and I don't wish to halt discussion, but I really don't want this thread to turn into detailed commentary on specific mechanical content—we have a better place for that sort of discussion.

Questions about the book itself, like "how many pages is the spell section" are completely appropriate here, though.


How many pages do each of the planets of the Pact World get?


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Starfinder Charter Superscriber

How many pages are in the "Hit refresh until order shipped" section?

How many pages in the "Download my PDF now" section?


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Skeld wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Walking Skeld's dog.

I hate to tell you this, but I don't have a dog.

Also, I just got my PDFs (but I have to go to open house at school, so it'll be a while before I can look at them).

-Skeld

Then who's dog is this...


Pathfinder Companion, Maps, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Can you list the various threats, factions, and organizations that are around for GMs to play with? Also, how many years after the gap is the current timeframe of the setting and how long did the gap last?

Thanks.


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Velr-Fex wrote:
How many pages do each of the planets of the Pact World get?

Spoiler:
Each planet gets a 2-page spread.

To those asking mechanical questions, a new thread has been created in the Starfinder forums here.


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Yrtalien wrote:


Goes back to checking email every minute for shipment notification.

Must click F5... muuusssssttttt clickkkkkk...

I clicked F5. Nothing happened.


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After reading this PDF all I have to say is my favorite weapon is the Grindblade


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Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber

Ugh still nothing. *sulks away for tomorrow*


I wonder if the PDF is given to everyone who ordered the hardback core book, or if its only for the subscribers.


Pathfinder Companion, Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Free PDF with purchase is the only perk of the subscription; it is not included with a preorder.

Dark Archive

Looks like I will have to be patient at least one more day... Soon!?!


Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Been reading the pdf for a few hours, sooooo good. I cannot wait to make some characters and play.


Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

The suspense is killing me. I don't think I've ever been this excited about an RPG product.

Why are people refreshing?


People have already started getting pdfs?


Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Erich Williams wrote:

The suspense is killing me. I don't think I've ever been this excited about an RPG product.

Why are people refreshing?

Refreshing emails to see if the shipping notice has been sent out, refreshing order pages to see if the order has been completed, refreshing the product page to see if "In your downloads" shows up, plenty of things to refresh. Probably not at this point though, I think Paizo's closed for the day so there's not going to be any more shipping done until tomorrow.


I am a little bit concerned with my order showing "Payment authorization" "expires tomorrow".

I hope that does not complicate the way I will get my subscriptions IF that authorization expires before my Order is processed...


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Maps, Pathfinder Accessories, Starfinder Accessories, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Nope, that's reasonably common when it's a busy month. It just means your bank will release the funds currently set aside during the "test" to ensure everything was correct when your order spawned.

When your package comes to the front of the queue, your card will be authorised and then finalised all in one go. Provided there are funds there whenever that happens you shouldn't see any delay.


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H.P. Makelovecraft wrote:
After reading this PDF all I have to say is my favorite weapon is the Grindblade

I have no idea what that is but I love it already.

Dark Archive

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If I subscribe now, will I get the pdf? Or do would I have had to subscribe before now to get it? I've never understood this system, so sorry if it is explained somewhere better.


Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Tabletop Prophet wrote:
If I subscribe now, will I get the pdf? Or do would I have had to subscribe before now to get it? I've never understood this system, so sorry if it is explained somewhere better.

Subscriptions have always been, if you subscribe you get the pdf when the package ships - I don’t think this is any different.


Tabletop Prophet wrote:
If I subscribe now, will I get the pdf? Or do would I have had to subscribe before now to get it? I've never understood this system, so sorry if it is explained somewhere better.

If you subscribe now, you will get the pdf when your shipping label prints, which happens basically on a first come first serve basis at this point I think, and you are way after the first come. (everyone who preorders before the initial authorization is placed into a pool and then randomly placed onto a list, then people who order after that get added to the end of the list, from what Ive gleened over time)

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Card Game, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Tabletop Prophet wrote:
If I subscribe now, will I get the pdf? Or do would I have had to subscribe before now to get it? I've never understood this system, so sorry if it is explained somewhere better.

You can start a subscription with the previous item until shipment commences on the next item, and will then get the PDF. At present as shipping has started on it, the Core Rulebook is the Previous Item, the Alien Archive is the next item


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Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
H.P. Makelovecraft wrote:
After reading this PDF all I have to say is my favorite weapon is the Grindblade
I have no idea what that is but I love it already.

It works best wielded by the Bumpgauntlet.


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Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
H.P. Makelovecraft wrote:
After reading this PDF all I have to say is my favorite weapon is the Grindblade
I have no idea what that is but I love it already.

It's sharp, That's it's thing.

Silver Crusade

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H.P. Makelovecraft wrote:
Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
H.P. Makelovecraft wrote:
After reading this PDF all I have to say is my favorite weapon is the Grindblade
I have no idea what that is but I love it already.
It's sharp, That's it's thing.

I love it even more.


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Rysky wrote:
H.P. Makelovecraft wrote:
Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
H.P. Makelovecraft wrote:
After reading this PDF all I have to say is my favorite weapon is the Grindblade
I have no idea what that is but I love it already.
It's sharp, That's it's thing.
I love it even more.

No sharper than that


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H.P. Makelovecraft wrote:
Rysky wrote:
H.P. Makelovecraft wrote:
Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
H.P. Makelovecraft wrote:
After reading this PDF all I have to say is my favorite weapon is the Grindblade
I have no idea what that is but I love it already.
It's sharp, That's it's thing.
I love it even more.
No sharper than that

Oooooo...


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Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber

*waiting intensifies*

Owner - House of Books and Games LLC

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WOOHOO!!!

that is all


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H.P. Makelovecraft wrote:
Rysky wrote:
H.P. Makelovecraft wrote:
Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
H.P. Makelovecraft wrote:
After reading this PDF all I have to say is my favorite weapon is the Grindblade
I have no idea what that is but I love it already.
It's sharp, That's it's thing.
I love it even more.
No sharper than that

Yes, but can I have one made of adamantine?

Paizo Employee Customer Service Manager

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So I know that everyone is really excited for their books to ship, but to set expectations, we have a lot of orders to ship. Our dedicated warehouse staff is shipping orders as quickly and efficiently as possible, but the sheer volume of orders needing to ship right now means we will very likely take the entire 3 week shipping window to process for shipping (today being the end of week 1 of that shipping window).


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Thanks, Sara. Is there any particular order or priority in which things are being shipped that you can share with us? (Alphabetical, time of order, internal customer ID #)?

Paizo Employee Customer Service Manager

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If you have preordered and still want to subscribe, my recommendation at this point is to start with Alien Archive and contact customer service to adjust your preorder to a subscription copy. Since we are currently in the shipping window for subscriptions and preorders, our system does not always handle that conversion gracefully and we want to make sure nothing affects your preorder's place in the current shipping queue.


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Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Thanks for the updates! Hope shipping everything out goes smoothly.

Paizo Employee Customer Service Manager

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SnowHeart wrote:
Thanks, Sara. Is there any particular order or priority in which things are being shipped that you can share with us? (Alphabetical, time of order, internal customer ID #)?

It's all based on being as efficient as possible for the warehouse staff to ship. The simplified version is that packages are categorized by shipping methods, content, box size (and other internal factors). Warehouse staff might pull all the Standard postal International packages containing a Core Rulebook, an AP and the maps and jam out those, and then move on to UPS Domestic containing just a Core Rulebook because that the size of the next batch that is they can finish before they're done for the day. We have staff working on larger batches of "simple" orders in assembly line fashion and then also staff working on "complex" orders or other orders that don't fall into large enough batches, (this is very over simplified and Will is probably shaking his head laughing at me). The pattern of which we ship sets of orders can vary from month to month depending on a number of factors.


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Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Sara Marie wrote:
SnowHeart wrote:
Thanks, Sara. Is there any particular order or priority in which things are being shipped that you can share with us? (Alphabetical, time of order, internal customer ID #)?
It's all based on being as efficient as possible for the warehouse staff to ship. The simplified version is that packages are categorized by shipping methods, content, box size (and other internal factors). Warehouse staff might pull all the Standard postal International packages containing a Core Rulebook, an AP and the maps and jam out those, and then move on to UPS Domestic containing just a Core Rulebook because that the size of the next batch that they can finish before they're done for the day. We have staff working on larger batches of "simple" orders in assembly line fashion and then also staff working on "complex" orders or other orders that don't fall into large enough batches, (this is very over simplified and Will is probably shaking his head laughing at me). The pattern of which we ship sets of orders can vary from month to month depending on a number of factors.

So pretty much depending on our order we're somewhere in a lottery and it'll ship when it ships? :P

Paizo Employee Customer Service Manager

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Alfray Stryke wrote:
So pretty much depending on our order we're somewhere in a lottery and it'll ship when it ships? :P

Basically.


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Alfray Stryke wrote:
Sara Marie wrote:
SnowHeart wrote:
Thanks, Sara. Is there any particular order or priority in which things are being shipped that you can share with us? (Alphabetical, time of order, internal customer ID #)?
It's all based on being as efficient as possible for the warehouse staff to ship. The simplified version is that packages are categorized by shipping methods, content, box size (and other internal factors). Warehouse staff might pull all the Standard postal International packages containing a Core Rulebook, an AP and the maps and jam out those, and then move on to UPS Domestic containing just a Core Rulebook because that the size of the next batch that they can finish before they're done for the day. We have staff working on larger batches of "simple" orders in assembly line fashion and then also staff working on "complex" orders or other orders that don't fall into large enough batches, (this is very over simplified and Will is probably shaking his head laughing at me). The pattern of which we ship sets of orders can vary from month to month depending on a number of factors.
So pretty much depending on our order we're somewhere in a lottery and it'll ship when it ships? :P

The idea of the assembly line makes this seem like a lottery for anyone who day just got the core rulebook and nothing else. Who knows when someone will get theirs.


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Sara, I think we all hear and appreciate what you're saying and appreciate the hard work you all do, but is mine ready yet? IS IT??? I have to know!!!

WHY MUST I WAIT? WHYYYYYYYYYY????

Sorry, please carry on.


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So, if I just leave these nickels here on the desk and forget about them, any chance I can get moved up the queue? ;-)

Seriously, thanks Sara. That's actually helpful in the sense that I know I really shouldn't be waiting or expecting, but rather just go with the flow.

I'm sure big releases are chaos. Many thanks to you and the team.

Hugs.


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Excellent... and now to crouch in the bushes for the mail carrier as long as it takes...

Paizo Employee Customer Service Manager

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Tajic wrote:


The idea of the assembly line makes this seem like a lottery for anyone who day just got the core rulebook and nothing else. Who knows when someone will get theirs.

Not quite. My examples are really oversimplified for the sake of clarity explaining this. We have a very wide variety of categories of products and shipping methods.


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Sara Marie wrote:
SnowHeart wrote:
Thanks, Sara. Is there any particular order or priority in which things are being shipped that you can share with us? (Alphabetical, time of order, internal customer ID #)?
It's all based on being as efficient as possible for the warehouse staff to ship. The simplified version is that packages are categorized by shipping methods, content, box size (and other internal factors). Warehouse staff might pull all the Standard postal International packages containing a Core Rulebook, an AP and the maps and jam out those, and then move on to UPS Domestic containing just a Core Rulebook because that the size of the next batch that is they can finish before they're done for the day. We have staff working on larger batches of "simple" orders in assembly line fashion and then also staff working on "complex" orders or other orders that don't fall into large enough batches, (this is very over simplified and Will is probably shaking his head laughing at me). The pattern of which we ship sets of orders can vary from month to month depending on a number of factors.

Yeah, I'm thinking that my order will be among the last since I have preorders of all the Starfinder stuff I could get this month (including the limited edition core book), much of which converted to subscriptions orders that had to be corrected by customer service, and the authorization email stated my stuff will be coming in two separate packages. Oh, well, that's just how the cookie crumbles. In the end, we should all get our stuff one way or another, so there is no need to stress ourselves out and we should just try our best to wait patiently. :)

Thanks for the information, though, Sara Marie.

Paizo Employee Customer Service Manager

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Also, the shipping stuff is getting a little off in the weeds for this product discussion thread. If you want to keep talking about it, lets head over to the August thread.


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So excited for this! Hope it'll be in Germany soon as well!


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Maps, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Woohoo! I can now answer a couple of my own questions.

For resolve points, the level formula is 1/2 level, minimum 1.

Kasatha ability scores are totally different from Pathfinder -- they kept the bonus to wisdom, but the rest is completely different.


I've been waiting a long time for this one. Thank you for all of your hard work Paizo-people!


Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber

Looks like no luck this week. Damn. Thank you Sara for keeping us up to date.

Dark Archive

Can anybody tell me something more about the drow on Apostae?

Thx, guys.

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