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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Community & Digital Content Director

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


Woohoo!


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Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber

Is this covered under the existing pathfinder subscription? Or will there be a new subscription for this? If a new subscription, can you preorder/subscribe at the same time?

Paizo Employee Customer Service Manager

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We are still in discussions about how Starfinder subscription(s) might operate. As soon as we are ready to discuss subscriptions, I am sure we will broadcast it loudly from the rooftops. In the meantime, if you want a copy of Starfinder books, I would say to go ahead and preorder them. In the next few months before the launch at Gen Con, if there is a subscription that you wish to sign up for, the process to switch from preorder copy to subscription copy will be made as easy and painless as possible for you.


Ok, ok.

NOW I'm getting excited!

^^

--C.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

double woot


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How easy will it be to make a Deus Ex style cyborg?


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My excitement levels are off the charts!


Is that a kasatha iconic?

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Lordwakkawakka wrote:
My excitement levels are off the charts!

Same! Now would it be Engineering, Computers, or some other skill to calculate those levels?


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Will the ships featured in the game encompass everything from starfighters to capital ships?


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If we preorder, can we get the PDF version with it too?

Dark Archive

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Charismatic Envoy? Is there a diplomat class?! I find that crazy exciting!


Oceanshieldwolf wrote:
Is that a kasatha iconic?

It looks like it may be the iconic solarian as seen in the Starfinder Core Pawn Collection, which appears to have the solarian classes manifested energy weapon.


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I hope everyone grabbed a towel...

Scarab Sages Developer, Starfinder Team

Oceanshieldwolf wrote:
Is that a kasatha iconic?

Well... the OTHER two figures on the cover have been revealed to be Iconics...

Scarab Sages Developer, Starfinder Team

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Axial wrote:
Will the ships featured in the game encompass everything from starfighters to capital ships?

I dunno about "featured"... but we certainly plan for those all to be options.

Shadow Lodge

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Will there be a preorder for the PDF-only version?


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so...no big red space dragon on the cover.

Grand Lodge

Want to order now...all of it. :-)

But also want to pick it up at GenCon--it's one of the main things I am looking forward to this year.

Can't wait!


Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Woot! I wondered when I saw a sub folder for general discussion in the forums if something was dropping soon. So excited. Anyway. Yeah. Here's my credit card and my first born son.

Community & Digital Content Director

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Avatar-1 wrote:
Will there be a preorder for the PDF-only version?

No. The only digital products we offer for preorder at this time are through paizo.com are the Pathfinder Legends Digital and Pathfinder Roleplaying Guild Society Scenario subscriptions.

Community & Digital Content Director

SnowHeart wrote:
I wondered when I saw a sub folder for general discussion in the forums if something was dropping soon.

;)


I am also interested on how the subscriptions will be done.


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

Preordering for now, but hope there will be a subscription available. Definitely hyped.


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Enthusiastically waves towel over head.


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I anticipate a high volume of 3pp to account for the fact that there will be less Starfinder content released over time compared to Pathfinder (with just an AP line instead of AP, setting, and player companions). Plus, there are many, many writers out there who would love to take a crack at writing sci-fi content for Starfinder.


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Starfinder Superscriber

What's the word on subscriptions?


Pathfinder Companion, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
DJEternalDarkness wrote:
What's the word on subscriptions?

Just scroll up a bit.


Yippee! Some happy news!!

Grand Lodge

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Sara Marie wrote:
We are still in discussions about how Starfinder subscription(s) might operate. As soon as we are ready to discuss subscriptions, I am sure we will broadcast it loudly from the rooftops. In the meantime, if you want a copy of Starfinder books, I would say to go ahead and preorder them. In the next few months before the launch at Gen Con, if there is a subscription that you wish to sign up for, the process to switch from preorder copy to subscription copy will be made as easy and painless as possible for you.

I encourage you to consider a Starfinder subscription that includes most, or all, Starfinder products. Last I heard the product releases were not going to be as rigorous as Pathfinder. Those of us who want to Subscribe probably want to collect all the things!

Liberty's Edge

Starfinder Superscriber

Will there *be* a PDF version?


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rknop wrote:
Will there *be* a PDF version?

Pffff! PDF? In the future, APs will be downloaded directly into your prefrontal cortex.

Liberty's Edge

Let me be honest:
This didn't build any hype. Nothing new was revealed. I was hoping for a new race.


Paladinosaur wrote:

Let me be honest:

This didn't build any hype. Nothing new was revealed. I was hoping for a new race.

They've mentioned already known races that will become playable races. I'm excited for the Contemplatives.

Liberty's Edge

Archmage Variel wrote:
Paladinosaur wrote:

Let me be honest:

This didn't build any hype. Nothing new was revealed. I was hoping for a new race.
They've mentioned already known races that will become playable races. I'm excited for the Contemplatives.

Are contemplatives a new races? I only know about humans, kashata, androids and ratfolk.


Paladinosaur wrote:
Archmage Variel wrote:
Paladinosaur wrote:

Let me be honest:

This didn't build any hype. Nothing new was revealed. I was hoping for a new race.
They've mentioned already known races that will become playable races. I'm excited for the Contemplatives.
Are contemplatives a new races? I only know about humans, kashata, androids and ratfolk.

They're listed as appearing in Starfinder First Contact as a playable race.


Archmage Variel wrote:
They've mentioned already known races that will become playable races. I'm excited for the Contemplatives.

Yes- that will be cool to see. Now I can make the Golarion version of MODOK. >:)


Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Oceanshieldwolf wrote:
Is that a kasatha iconic?
Well... the OTHER two figures on the cover have been revealed to be Iconics...

Sooo that's a no then?

:P


Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I'm just wondering what class the Kasatha is. I'd guess Soldier, but there's no huge weaponry. Maybe solarion...

Silver Crusade

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

How about a Pocket Edition of this?

Dark Archive

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Franz Lunzer wrote:
How about a Pocket Edition of this?

Way to early and financially suicidal.

The development and art costs have to be paid for first.


I usually prefer PDFs but I am mega hyped.


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I for one welcome our technomagical overlords...I'd like to remind them as a committed PFS gamer, I can help them gather others to enslave in their organized play sugar mines.


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This will be a perfect excuse to debut my science-fantasy hommage to Larry Niven's Integral Trees book

Sooo excited!

Dark Archive

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Squee :3 Its almost cruel to release pre orders half year in advance. Anticipation is starting to kill me

Shadow Lodge

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*ahem*
squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
*ahem* sorry


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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber
Sara Marie wrote:
We are still in discussions about how Starfinder subscription(s) might operate. As soon as we are ready to discuss subscriptions, I am sure we will broadcast it loudly from the rooftops. In the meantime, if you want a copy of Starfinder books, I would say to go ahead and preorder them. In the next few months before the launch at Gen Con, if there is a subscription that you wish to sign up for, the process to switch from preorder copy to subscription copy will be made as easy and painless as possible for you.

I have pre-ordered everything Starfinder except the pawns (I'm holding out for Starfinder miniatures). Once the Starfinder subscription is available I will definitely switch to that, but for now I thought I would show my support for Starfinder, and appreciation and faith in the design team, by throwing some money at it.

Silver Crusade

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Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
Sara Marie wrote:
We are still in discussions about how Starfinder subscription(s) might operate. As soon as we are ready to discuss subscriptions, I am sure we will broadcast it loudly from the rooftops. In the meantime, if you want a copy of Starfinder books, I would say to go ahead and preorder them. In the next few months before the launch at Gen Con, if there is a subscription that you wish to sign up for, the process to switch from preorder copy to subscription copy will be made as easy and painless as possible for you.

Along with the Subscriptions has there been any talk about a Starfinder Advantage attached to subscriptions? And also if you have it and the Pathfinder Advantage, while they probably wouldn't outright stack, would get an increased discount?


Yeah after reading it again, there is no new info revealed.

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