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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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


Great game!

5/5

Just to put it simply, this is an amazing game, the rules are an improvement over Pathfinder, but nos as simplistic as 5th edition. And the setting is just a great... we are having a blast playing the Dead Suns campaign. So far, it has become my favorite rpg!


Solid game overall

4/5

Starfinder is the latest roleplaying game offering from Paizo. But what is it really? Fans hoping for Spelljammer or fantasy Pathfinder in space with dwarves and elves will be highly disappointed. This is not the book for you. Honestly, you may be better served by looking at Starjammer (d20pfsrd) instead. So what is Starfinder? Let’s take a look.

First off, Starfinder is much more of a hard-core science fiction game with some fantasy elements blended in. Character creation is much like any familiar process with the addition of themes, core aspects of a character’s background and motivations. In addition to reflecting a certain background, a theme provides benefits to an appropriate skill and ability scores.

The races to choose from are all completely new except for human. Androids needs no explanation. Kasatha are a four-armed race from a distant desert world with a highly traditional culture.
(Almost sounds like the Dark Sun Thri-Keen with the serial numbers filed off, doesn’t it?) Lashunta are a charismatic and telepathic race of scholars with 2 subspecies, one tall and lean, the other short and muscular. The Shirren are an insectoid race that broke away from a locustlike hive, community-minded but addicted to individual choice. The Vesk are a warlike reptilian race that recently declared a truce with the rest of the other races – for now. Lastly, you have the Ysoki, also known as the ratfolk, who are short, furry scavengers that make up for their short size with big personalities.

The classes you can pick from provide considerable flavors yet maintain a strong sci-fi feel. The Envoy is your diplomat who is good at a wide range of skills and inspires allies to accomplish great heroic feats. The Mechanic is a master of machine and technology whose tinkering produces a drone companion (Shiny!) or a powerful brain implant. The Mystic is a magic user (yes, magic – I did say there were some fantasy aspects) whose mysterious connection to a powerful force grants him abilities that break the laws of the universe. The Operative is your standard sneaky-type class. The Solarian is a disciplined warrior who mastery of the stars grants him either a weapon or armor made of stellar power. The Soldier is your basic combat party fighter/tank. That role really never changes. Lastly, the Technomancer is a magic user who preternaturally attuned to technology and can use it to unlock powerful effects. (I kept calling this class a Techno-mage in my head 90% of the time.)

Resolve Points are another new addition. Essentially, they are used to activate class features and regain resources. Some abilities require you to spend points but are active only as long as you leave a minimum number of points available to you. For example, an Envoy with at least 1 RP remaining in his pool can use her expertise class feature to roll an extra die on Sense Motive checks without spending the point. Resolve Points can also be used for regaining stamina points (I’ll talk about those in a minute), stabilizing and staying in the fight (healing 1hp to go from unconscious to conscious).

Instead of sticking with the traditional hit point system as a way of tracking wounds and health, Starfinder implements a combination system of stamina points and hit points. Hit Points (HP) serve as a measure of health. Reduction in those points represent physical wounds/damage, illness, or other serous physical impairment. Stamina Points (SP) measure your readiness and energy. They also replenish much faster than hit points. When you take damage from an attack, spell disease, etc. – it reduces your pool of SP first with any damage beyond that extending into your HP. You can of SP like your ability to shake off a hard impact. It’s fairly easy to get up after the first one or two, but eventually they add up and wear you down and start to seriously to hurt you.

Let’s talk about space travel and starships. In the world of Starfinder, travel time between planets within the same solar system using standard thrusters can be measured in days. However, if you want to travel between star systems, it would take decades. It requires a certain technology and navigation of the hyperspace area known as the Drift to make the trip much quicker. (More on the Drift later.)

Starships are a key component to Starfinder. In fact, it fact, it would be hard to run a campaign in Starfinder without starships. Right away, you get in in-depth explanation on how to read a starship stat block. This is followed by rules on how to build a starship. This is a 7-step process consisting of:
1. Conceptualization.
2. Determination of tier and build points.
3. Selecting ship frame.
4. Selecting a power core.
5. Selecting thrusters.
6. Fill out remaining systems.
7. Add remaining details.

If you don’t want to build a starship on your own or lack the time before running a game, several sample starships are provided. The Eoxian ship styles remind me of ships the Chaos faction in Warhammer Gothic. My personal favorite is the Vindicas Tyrant from the Veskarium ship styles. Granted, it’s a tier 16 Colossal dreadnought, but man, can she shell out the damage.

Starship combat takes a bit of getting used to but gets everyone involved which is good. Combat is dependent upon the role that each of the PCs assume when they board ship. These roles determine when the PCs act in combat. Players choose from Captain, Engineer, Gunner, Pilot, and Science Officer.

Starship combat is typically represented on a hex grid with some object used to signify the ship (miniature, pawn, coin, candy, etc.). Each ship occupies 1 hex unless otherwise specified. Combat occurs overs a series of rounds until it reaches conclusion. Each round is divided into 3 phases, resolved in order. Each character aboard a starship typically acts in only one of these phases, dependent upon his role.

1. Engineering – engineers each take an action to repair ship systems or to give them a boost.
2. Helm – each pilot attempts a Piloting check to move the ship. This is repeated each round the Helm phase. Also, during this phase science officers can scan for other vessels or target foes.
3. Gunnery – fire all weapons.

If combat is not resolved, a new round begins, and everything goes back to step 1. A Captain mact during any phase of combat. His options, however, depend on his character level. He may Demand, Encourage, Taunt, Order (6th level), or give a Moving Speech (12th level).

Starfinder contains a chapter on Game Mastering. If you are strictly a player, you can skip or skim the chapter. However, if you plan on running a Starfinder game, I suggest you read it. If you don’t have a lot of experience being a GM, you had better set aside some time to study this chapter! I’ve been a GM for over 30 years and even I found nuggets of good information here.

Now, let’s talk about the actual setting. In Starfinder, characters adventure among the Pact World, a densely inhabited solar system. One of the great mysteries is that all historical records go back a few centuries and then go blank or end. Or become completely contradictory. There is a period of time referred to as the Gap where history is just missing. It was during this time that the planet of Golarion simply vanished. No one knows why. In its place lies a vast space station known as Absalom Station.

The Drift is a hyperspace dimension reachable only via technology and allowing faster travel between stars. One of the problems with how Drift engines work, though, is they bring a chunk of a random plane into the Drift each time a jump is made. The longer the jump, the larger the piece of planar material that gets dragged in and left floating endlessly in the Drift. Sometimes this chunk appears right next to the ship which, if it happens to be a rock from Hell filled with devils, could be big trouble.

So remember what I said in the beginning of this review about not using Pathfinder races in Starfinder? Well, I kind of lied. The final chapter contains information on how to convert Pathfinder to Starfinder. Paizo warns you up front that such conversions can require a lot of work, but they do give you some tools to work with.

Overall, Starfinder is a very interesting beast of an RPG. While not true hard science fiction like Traveller, it’s not fantasy in space like Spelljammer either. It represents a good blend of both – mostly sci-fi with a touch of fantasy sprinkled in. If you are familiar with how the mechanics of 3rd edition D&D or Pathfinder works, then Starfinder will be a no brainer. If you are coming from a different gaming system, you will find it an easy learning curve. It’s a good game.

Score: 137/150


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Shadow Lodge

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May I receive it before leaving for GenCon.


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TOZ wrote:
May I receive it before leaving for GenCon.

Hey, TOZ. Not sure if it applies to you, but just in case:

Everyone who had opted to pickup subscriptions at GenCon, should have access to the PDF by now, although the orders haven't been finalised.

Grand Lodge

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I mean the hardcover.


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Ah, my bad.

Scarab Sages

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kadance wrote:

I see you found the most Bruce Campbell-ish avatar to use. I salute you.

I've been giving the Starfinder CRB a second read through, and I'm wondering if it would be appropriate to start a "Things Pathfinder players should know about Starfinder" thread.

Do it. And link it here.

Scarab Sages

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The Invenusable Flytrap wrote:
Indeed, I'm starting to think up some homebrews that take place AFTER Starfinder (they would basically be Pathfinder homebrews still, but story wise keep all of the events and features of Starfinder) where Golarion has been mysteriously returned and a new deity named Omnia has made it's presence known (I actually attempted to make this deity already, check out the General Discussion thread in Pathfinder, look for Jurassic Bard).

What if we've got it all wrong?

And Starfinder isn't the sequel to PF, but the other way round?

PCs who break level 20 get to form a new planet from the wreckage of the asteroid field, and set themselves up as deities?

Sovereign Court

An interesting theory, my friend. For all any of us know, it could go either way (however, it does look like Starfinder is set AFTER pathfinder) and you could even make your homebrews around the concept that you are theorising. :-)


Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

So I got an email saying that my order will not be shipped until the 18th. however it also said my PDF was available and I am downloading it now.

So thank you Paizo team for making sure the subscribers get their PDFs at least before Gen-con. I was worried that I would end up getting my PDF after everyone else. :)


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zergtitan wrote:

So I got an email saying that my order will not be shipped until the 18th. however it also said my PDF was available and I am downloading it now.

So thank you Paizo team for making sure the subscribers get their PDFs at least before Gen-con. I was worried that I would end up getting my PDF after everyone else. :)

Any possibility other subscribers will be seeing their PDFs show up before the ship date? Or is this just for orders that won't be shipping until the 18th?


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Pathfinder Card Game, Maps, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

You get your PDFs when the shipping label is printed. The 18th is the end of the shipping window, but if you got your PDFs it's probably a good bet your package either shipped that day or will ship the day after.

The email should say "expected to ship by Friday, August 18" -- in other words, that is the latest date it will ship. It can (and probably will) be shipped before that if your card was charged and you have PDF access right now.

Grand Lodge

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Shipping notice GET!


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

Huzzah, got mine! ...damn, I have a Pathfinder Society game tonight...


Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Still Waiting for Mine... :(


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IT HAS SHIPPED!!!!!


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captain yesterday wrote:
IT HAS SHIPPED!!!!!

That is not fair. :(

;)


John Kretzer wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
IT HAS SHIPPED!!!!!

That is not fair. :(

;)

So I shouldn't say that it got delivered at my house today and that I have it in my hands right now?


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Rannik wrote:
John Kretzer wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
IT HAS SHIPPED!!!!!

That is not fair. :(

;)

So I shouldn't say that it got delivered at my house today and that I have it in my hands right now?

Sigh...I am going to go hide now. I do not like crying in public. :(

;)

Grand Lodge

me too...

Grand Lodge

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John Kretzer wrote:
Rannik wrote:
John Kretzer wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
IT HAS SHIPPED!!!!!

That is not fair. :(

;)

So I shouldn't say that it got delivered at my house today and that I have it in my hands right now?

Sigh...I am going to go hide now. I do not like crying in public. :(

;)

My copy is scheduled to arrive tomorrow.

Salt, meet wound. :p

-Skeld


John Kretzer wrote:
Rannik wrote:
John Kretzer wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
IT HAS SHIPPED!!!!!

That is not fair. :(

;)

So I shouldn't say that it got delivered at my house today and that I have it in my hands right now?

Sigh...I am going to go hide now. I do not like crying in public. :(

;)

Aww... Don't cry. You'll get yours soon. I think this is the first time I get a rulebook before the street date.

Liberty's Edge

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I've only got the PDF but holy crap the art in this book is amazing. The picture of the Ysoki in the Mechanic class section looks incredible.

Dark Archive

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Waiting is hard when it seems like everyone around you already got the PDF :(

Paizo Employee Customer Service Manager

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Folks, since this is a product discussion thread, lets keep the posts related to that. If you want a place to commiserate over not having gotten your ship notice yet, I would recommend a new thread. Thanks!


ONE WEEK TO GO!!!

Dark Archive

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It's HERE! Thank you Paizo folks.


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

It looks like a lot of fun!

The Starship section is a definite highlight for me (among a book of highlights).

Also I absolutely love the Vesk, Shirren and Ysoki (cheek pouches!!).

Dark Archive

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The pdf was awesome, but now holding the book in my hands, I can attest it is one of the most beautiful books Paizo has produced. Thank you Paizo!


So uhhh anyone else's hard cover have chapters mixed and switched in it?

Silver Crusade

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H.P. Makelovecraft wrote:
So uhhh anyone else's hard cover have chapters mixed and switched in it?

I highly recommend contacting Paizo customer service if that's the case.


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Subscribed. Got shipping notice telling me it would be shipped by 25th August. I'm in the UK, this is no big deal to me, I'm used to waiting for my hardcopy books, so I enjoy the PDF while I'm wait...

Huh? SayWHATjustarrivedtoday?

Woohoo!

Edit: (P.S. New book smell... Mmmmmmmmm.)


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Arriveded!

Two days ago. Still havn't had time to go through it well, but decouring lore first and will savor crunch later. Still, damn good presentation and looks amazing

Community & Digital Content Director

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Download links for the character and ship sheets have been added to the product description!


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Thanks, Chris. Will there be an analogous Starfinder page to the PF Resources page of free downloads? (Or will that page perhaps be renamed and expanded to include Starfinder, which would be preferable, imo).

It's really useful to have one place to go for anything like this.

Community & Digital Content Director

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Yep, eventually there will be.

Community & Digital Content Director

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Frankly, the whole sidebar needs some love. But it won't be for a bit because I need an assist from our Tech Team to implement that...

However, that's neither here nor there for this thread. If you have further feedback like this, please post it to the Website Feedback subforum :)


Rannik wrote:
John Kretzer wrote:
Rannik wrote:
John Kretzer wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
IT HAS SHIPPED!!!!!

That is not fair. :(

;)

So I shouldn't say that it got delivered at my house today and that I have it in my hands right now?

Sigh...I am going to go hide now. I do not like crying in public. :(

;)

Aww... Don't cry. You'll get yours soon. I think this is the first time I get a rulebook before the street date.

Me too. I've never pre-ordered anything before.


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I downloaded the free Character Sheet and Ship Sheet and was a little disappointed that the PDF's were not fill-able. I plan on playing Starfinder online and would prefer if I could edit my character's information on the PDF's instead of having to print them out. Anyone know a quick fix so I can edit the PDF's to make areas where I can put in the information?


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Try this THREAD. There's a few already up.


Look forward to a thorough review after people have had a good session or two. Not convinced that "I have it" warrants a 5 star review!!


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So when you say PDF available "tomorrow", is that 12:01 AM Pacific, or does someone need to come in and push the magic button to make it happen during the day tomorrow?


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You have the time right.


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Yep, 12:00AM Pacific or 3:00AM Eastern.

Just 2 hours and 9 minutes from right now....

...8 minutes from right now...

{WAITING INTENSIFIES}


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

Looks like the PDF is available. Wonder how the site is going to hold up...

(Here's hoping the humble bundle upgrade pays off).


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{Waiting unintensifies}


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Downloading now, slower than usual, but holding steady. Here's hoping the site holds up when everybody else is awake.

Edit: Download servers must be getting crushed under demand. Now downloading very slow.

Silver Crusade System Administrator

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Site's a little slow, but steady. I think download bandwidth is going to be the biggest problem. Expect it to be a little slow for the first day but as people get their books, should clear right up. We'll see how it goes. I'll be watching things. But pretty pleased with it so far. Kind of expected to get slashdotted for the first 30 minutes or so.


Starfinder Charter Superscriber

I notice the SFS scenarios aren't available yet--are they on a different time-frame?


Does not the Pre-order include the PDF?


No, sorry, free PDFs are only included for Subscriptions.

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