Starfinder Core Rulebook

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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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Dark Archive

No luck this week in subscription roulette. Le sigh. Maybe next week...?


Can we get notifications of things being shipped on a weekend>?

Silver Crusade

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Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
Can we get notifications of things being shipped on a weekend>?

The good people at Paizo are enjoying their weekend ahead of GenCon apocalypse, so likely not.


Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber

Paizo and infact most things don't do shipping on the weekends. People need a break when they are going through these packages for 7 hours a day 5 days out of the week.

Silver Crusade

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

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

Thx, guys.

There isn't much to tell really, except they're signatories to the pact worlds, they don't control all of their planet (which is basically one huge Darklands they're still exploring) and they hired most of the orcs to work for them.

Liberty's Edge

Gorbacz wrote:
Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
Can we get notifications of things being shipped on a weekend>?
The good people at Paizo are enjoying their weekend ahead of GenCon apocalypse, so likely not.

We are really excited for this game, but they need to rest during the weekend, just as any of us, and do family/life/hobby stuff.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber

Especially with how hot it's been in the Pacific northwest lately.

Wasn't it like a hundred degrees in Seattle yesterday or the day before yesterday.

Liberty's Edge

It's been pretty apocalyptic around here. There's also a major wildfire going on in BC, which means the air around here is nice and smoke-filled.

Today's been relatively nice, though, and this coming week shouldn't be as bad.

Dark Archive

Dean HS Jones wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:

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

Thx, guys.

There isn't much to tell really, except they're signatories to the pact worlds, they don't control all of their planet (which is basically one huge Darklands they're still exploring) and they hired most of the orcs to work for them.

Thanks, Dean.

Drow pay money to orcs now?
The universe is going to hell in a handbasket!

Scarab Sages

Does this book include monsters too?


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No.

Silver Crusade

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I read the PDF over approximately 13 hours. My mind has expanded beyond your mortal understanding of reality.


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DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
I read the PDF over approximately 13 hours. My mind has expanded beyond your mortal understanding of reality.

"I didn't know you could play chess"

"I can't"


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DragonBelow wrote:
Does this book include monsters too?

There is a reason it doesn't include any new monsters. Instead in the free book first contact paizo explained the monster stat blocks and told us how to convert pathfinder monsters into star finder. Then we will get more as the adventure paths release and I believe alien archive is about new monsters and the like.


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Tajic wrote:
DragonBelow wrote:
Does this book include monsters too?
There is a reason it doesn't include any new monsters. Instead in the free book first contact paizo explained the monster stat blocks and told us how to convert pathfinder monsters into star finder. Then we will get more as the adventure paths release and I believe alien archive is about new monsters and the like.

There will be a forthcoming Alien Archive as well.

Silver Crusade

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Marco Massoudi wrote:
Dean HS Jones wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:

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

Thx, guys.

There isn't much to tell really, except they're signatories to the pact worlds, they don't control all of their planet (which is basically one huge Darklands they're still exploring) and they hired most of the orcs to work for them.

Thanks, Dean.

Drow pay money to orcs now?
The universe is going to hell in a handbasket!

I didn't say anything about money; you can pay mercenaries in all sorts of ways. For example, continued access to life support, caster services (dominate person) and so on.

Dark Archive

Dean HS Jones wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:
Dean HS Jones wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:

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

Thx, guys.

There isn't much to tell really, except they're signatories to the pact worlds, they don't control all of their planet (which is basically one huge Darklands they're still exploring) and they hired most of the orcs to work for them.

Thanks, Dean.

Drow pay money to orcs now?
The universe is going to hell in a handbasket!

I didn't say anything about money; you can pay mercenaries in all sorts of ways. For example, continued access to life support, caster services (dominate person) and so on.

Hire and fire, i understand. ;-)

Looking forward to the inevitable "Starfinder World Guide: Apostae" or "Starfinder: The Pact Worlds" hardcover. ;-)


Chris Lambertz wrote:
Now available for preorder! Cover image and description are not final and may vary before release!

Preordered hardcover. Payed more than double price for shipping to another country via USPS Priority Mail. No free pdf included. Thanks, Paizo, this is last time you get my money.


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Alpha-00 wrote:
Chris Lambertz wrote:
Now available for preorder! Cover image and description are not final and may vary before release!
Preordered hardcover. Payed more than double price for shipping to another country via USPS Priority Mail. No free pdf included. Thanks, Paizo, this is last time you get my money.

The free PDFs have always been for Subscriptions, not preorders. Sorry.


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Alpha-00 wrote:
Chris Lambertz wrote:
Now available for preorder! Cover image and description are not final and may vary before release!
Preordered hardcover. Payed more than double price for shipping to another country via USPS Priority Mail. No free pdf included. Thanks, Paizo, this is last time you get my money.

Is any of this surprising to you? Shipping cost should have been displayed to you before you ordered the book, and there is nothing implying there would be a free PDF, is there?


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I for one am still quite enthusiastic. :-)

Grand Lodge

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Alpha-00 wrote:
Chris Lambertz wrote:
Now available for preorder! Cover image and description are not final and may vary before release!
Preordered hardcover. Payed more than double price for shipping to another country via USPS Priority Mail. No free pdf included. Thanks, Paizo, this is last time you get my money.

Contact customer service and ask them to convert your order into a subscription. Then, once the core rulebook ships, ask them to cancel the subscription. You'll get your free PDF that way.


Pathfinder Maps, Pathfinder Accessories, Pawns, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Hardcovers never have free PDFs if you order them ala carte. That's always been a perk for subscribers.

Follow TriOmegaZero's suggestion if your order hasn't already shipped.

Dark Archive

You guys are assuming he is going to bother to check the posts to see if anybody gave him advice.

I mean, he could have posted in customer service to complain or try to get refunded, but didn't .-.

Grand Lodge

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That would be why I PMed him directly. But the product discussion is seen by many more people, who might have the same misconception.


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We're an optimistic bunch.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
That would be why I PMed him directly. But the product discussion is seen by many more people, who might have the same misconception.

^ this.

Discourse isn't always about who you're talking to, but who may be watching and listening.

Dark Archive

Is this the right place to post potential errors/layout issues in the book?


It'd be neat to make a new FAQ/Errata/Typos thread so that they'll see it, it'll probably get lost here.

Dark Archive

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I made it a post under the Starfinder general discussion forum. I've always been too paranoid that I read/interpreted it incorrectly or something and never post when I see errors. But since this is a new book, I thought I'd give it a go.


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Yells at Skeld's neighbor for him, checks to see if the shorts hanging on the clothes line are dry.

Yay! A brand new week!


Pending limbo

Dark Archive

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Oh, god... I just need the pdf... At least until the book reach in Brazil... Ages of waiting... Pending... Pending... I'm gonna lose my mind! :p

Liberty's Edge

Radamanthys wrote:
Oh, god... I just need the pdf... At least until the book reach in Brazil... Ages of waiting... Pending... Pending... I'm gonna lose my mind! :p

Do books get stuck forever in Curitiba?

Dark Archive

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Paladinosaur wrote:
Radamanthys wrote:
Oh, god... I just need the pdf... At least until the book reach in Brazil... Ages of waiting... Pending... Pending... I'm gonna lose my mind! :p
Do books get stuck forever in Curitiba?

Have no idea. I'm still in may. June's still... in someplace strange and unknown...


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Radamanthys wrote:
Oh, god... I just need the pdf... At least until the book reach in Brazil... Ages of waiting... Pending... Pending... I'm gonna lose my mind! :p

Well, good luck, it could still ship anytime between today and the 18th! I hope mine will ship this week...but we'll just have to see...

Dark Archive

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Luthorne wrote:
Radamanthys wrote:
Oh, god... I just need the pdf... At least until the book reach in Brazil... Ages of waiting... Pending... Pending... I'm gonna lose my mind! :p
Well, good luck, it could still ship anytime between today and the 18th! I hope mine will ship this week...but we'll just have to see...

My group are gambling the day. A box of candy for the winner... we can only wait...

Grand Lodge

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Me for the past week, and right until I get the e-mail saying it's shippped


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Jelloarm wrote:
Me for the past week, and right until I get the e-mail saying it's shippped

My "favourite" is when you see at one location in your state, and then you check the next day and it's in a different state.

No! Other way, damnit!

Silver Crusade

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My least favourite? Going all F5 and then realising that you aren't subscribed to this line :(


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My least favorite?

Skeld's yogurt selection.


Gorbacz wrote:
My least favourite? Going all F5 and then realising that you aren't subscribed to this line :(

*offers hugs*

Silver Crusade

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Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
My least favourite? Going all F5 and then realising that you aren't subscribed to this line :(
*offers hugs*

Thanks for the hugs, but hugging the USPS into setting shipping costs at a slightly more reasonable level would be even better ;-)


Gorbacz wrote:
Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
My least favourite? Going all F5 and then realising that you aren't subscribed to this line :(
*offers hugs*
Thanks for the hugs, but hugging the USPS into setting shipping costs at a slightly more reasonable level would be even better ;-)

I'll do my best!

Silver Crusade

Not a problem I have! International shipping is apparently not trackable. :D

Honestly I'd kinda forgotten I'm waiting for a physical copy because I mainly use PDFs for everything.

Liberty's Edge

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I just got my shipping notification, granting me access to the PDFs. Yeah!

The email says my package will be shipped the 17th, so I guess the order has ben packaged and finalised to be sent, but it won't be on its way until the 17th. In the mean time I have the PDFs to read :-)


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber

Well.. half my order is shipped! I am grateful to at least be able to read up on the Core book PDF. Anxious to see my limited edition and adventure path ship as well but I will count my blessings. Mine shows the 18th.. really hoping that is a display bug because it also shows the other half of my order as having shipped July 31st but also further down that it hasn't shipped and the order overall is still pending. :)

Safe to say the shear amount of orders is borking their system atm.


Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber

*waiting intensifies *

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

*also waits*

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