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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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...

Sorry, but I have to ask it: Why are all the Kasatha covering their mouths? Loved the iconic Kasatha design, especially because he seems to be something completely different from the two iconics we already known. I mean, his class. XD

Dark Archive

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The Gold Sovereign wrote:
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...
Sorry, but I have to ask it: Why are all the Kasatha covering their mouths? Loved the iconic Kasatha design, especially because he seems to be something completely different from the two iconics we already known. I mean, his class. XD

Its their cultural thing. They apparently find it obscene to not cover mouths when not in presence of closest friends. At least thats what Inner Sea Races says


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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'm considering investing in this, but I'm based in Europe. Are the books always shipped from the States, or do you have a shipping hub in Europe? I ask because Import duties are a real killer...

Silver Crusade

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Delazar wrote:
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'm considering investing in this, but I'm based in Europe. Are the books always shipped from the States, or do you have a shipping hub in Europe? I ask because Import duties are a real killer...

If you're living in the EU, there's no import duties on books from the US. You might be hit by Vat if your order is super expensive, but that happened to me only once.


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Gorbacz wrote:
[If you're living in the EU, there's no import duties on books from the US. You might be hit by Vat if your order is super expensive, but that happened to me only once.

You seem to be lucky. then. I pay tax ("Einfuhrumsatzsteuer") on each and every package I get form Paizo.


So, this is debuting at gencon right? Because I need to know when it will ship before I pre-order.


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having just come off Voltron Season 2, I really want this. Can't wait to hear more

Silver Crusade

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Zaister wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
[If you're living in the EU, there's no import duties on books from the US. You might be hit by Vat if your order is super expensive, but that happened to me only once.
You seem to be lucky. then. I pay tax ("Einfuhrumsatzsteuer") on each and every package I get form Paizo.

Are you subscribed to anything that isn't a book line?


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I'm supporting this, but not preordering here. I actually have a really good flgs. Will bee ordering from them. Can't wait.


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Will this be available for pickup at Gen Con for people who pre-order now? May be too early to say, but this is normally done for all August PF releases.


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

Yes, they're rolling it out at GenCon. :-)


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Do we get the PDF as a bonus if we preorder?


Loving the art direction so far.

I think I might like this better than Pathfinder as I see more possible character concepts. :)


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Gorbacz wrote:
Zaister wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
[If you're living in the EU, there's no import duties on books from the US. You might be hit by Vat if your order is super expensive, but that happened to me only once.
You seem to be lucky. then. I pay tax ("Einfuhrumsatzsteuer") on each and every package I get form Paizo.
Are you subscribed to anything that isn't a book line?

Same as Zaister (though I'm in Belgium): I have to pay a tax on nearly all packages I get from Paizo (there are a few exceptions), and they contain only books. That adds a 30-some Euro tax to each 80-120 Euro package… which actually made me consider giving up on subscriptions and paper books several times, even though I really want to support Paizo.


Rules for alien environments sounds interesting.

I wonder if the rules for poisons and disease are any different.

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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.

Is there a good reason to go to this effort? Seems like extra work to go and pre-order all the items and then go back and effectively pre-order them again to sign up for a subscription. If there's a reason, it's clearly no problem for me, but I'd prefer to minimize my effort :)

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Folks, lets keep this product discussion thread focused on the product. If you have operational questions you can post them here Ask-All-Your-Starfinder-Operational-Questions.


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The only reason I can see to pre-order the AP volume would be to express interest to Paizo in the future subscription (which clearly must happen). If I still had a FLGS in my area, I would probably have just put it in the saved section of my shopping cart and left it there for future personal reference (which is what I did with the maps and GM screen, as I am not yet ready to commit to buying them).

I am not sure whether the core rulebook is meant to be the first volume of a core subscription (with Alien Archive as the next volume?) or a stand-alone product. Or maybe it will all be part of a single subscription, with future non-AP books coming in during some of the AP's off months?

Shadow Lodge

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If I preorder the books, will I get the PDFs? Or will I have to pay for those separately?


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To quote Haley from The Order of the Stick: "Money!"

(Pre-ordered, pending Paizo's decision on how subscription(s) will work)


What are the benefits of preordering over just waiting for release?


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Disciple of Sakura wrote:
What are the benefits of preordering over just waiting for release?

Good question. Paizo benefits from knowing how many people are looking forward to this product enough to pre-order it. For us customers, there is probably no benefit to ordering now but great benefit to subscribing as soon as they announce that option and the exact subscription benefits are spelled out.


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David knott 242 wrote:
Paizo benefits from knowing how many people are looking forward to this product enough to pre-order it.

This. Also, the more pre-orders that Paizo receives, the more likely that there will be a subscription option.


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

If they do not offer a subscription option, the only reason I can imagine them doing that would be if they decided that there was so little interest in Starfinder that there was no point in continuing the product line at all. I cannot imagine this line succeeding without subscriptions of some sort.

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Disciple of Sakura wrote:
What are the benefits of preordering over just waiting for release?

Memories of the Pathfinder Core Book, where the first print run sold out before the release date (this selling out does include the batch that they 'ordered' to hold back for their stall at GenCon, and orders made by distributors to go to shops


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Sara Marie wrote:
Folks, lets keep this product discussion thread focused on the product. If you have operational questions you can post them here Ask-All-Your-Starfinder-Operational-Questions.


Dalvyn wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Zaister wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
[If you're living in the EU, there's no import duties on books from the US. You might be hit by Vat if your order is super expensive, but that happened to me only once.
You seem to be lucky. then. I pay tax ("Einfuhrumsatzsteuer") on each and every package I get form Paizo.
Are you subscribed to anything that isn't a book line?
Same as Zaister (though I'm in Belgium): I have to pay a tax on nearly all packages I get from Paizo (there are a few exceptions), and they contain only books. That adds a 30-some Euro tax to each 80-120 Euro package… which actually made me consider giving up on subscriptions and paper books several times, even though I really want to support Paizo.

Also from Belgium, and in the same boat.


Will this book have stats for any new monsters or new 0HD races other then the new core 7?


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Dragon78 wrote:
Will this book have stats for any new monsters or new 0HD races other then the new core 7?

I believe those will appear in the Alien Archive from what they've said. Though they've also said there will be a legacy chapter for updating Pathfinder's core races.


My bank account is crying.


Maybe not now, but it will.


Darth Yoda wrote:
Maybe not now, but it will.

Between this and Bestiary 6, it's already crying lol


Sorry if this is a bit ignorant of me, but is Starfinder set "relatively" on Glolarion? Or what was what caused Golarion to go from Medieval to Sci-Fi?


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Raythron wrote:
Sorry if this is a bit ignorant of me, but is Starfinder set "relatively" on Glolarion? Or what was what caused Golarion to go from Medieval to Sci-Fi?

Golarion has been whisked away by the gods, along with the moon. They're not answering questions on that topic. The progression was the result of a few thousand years of development, though.


Raythron wrote:
Sorry if this is a bit ignorant of me, but is Starfinder set "relatively" on Glolarion? Or what was what caused Golarion to go from Medieval to Sci-Fi?

Time. There's a few thousand years between Pathfinder, and Starfinder, and scientific advancement just never stopped.


For those wondering if there will be subscriptions, they've been such a large part of Paizo's business model that I can't imagine them not offering one or more subscriptions for Starfinder. They may not have finalized all the details yet, but I'm sure they are hard at work on it.

Give them time guys, they've only just opened up the preorders.


Very much looking forward to this. Firefly, Star Wars, Star Trek, The Expanse, Battlestar Galactica, Alien even. And more... And the Pathfinder system. Should make for interesting combinations. And it would give me a reason to actually play an android in an appropriate setting.

Heh... Cannot wait for when the Starfinder PbPs start appearing.


I am still on the fence about this one.


any word on Giant Robots that combine to form larger Giant Robots?

Lantern Lodge

Wish I could preorder but the cost of shipping to the UK kills any chance of that.Still can't wait to havea read of this when it releases though.


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Dragon78 wrote:
I am still on the fence about this one.

Not me, my fence has already been converted to fuel for my hyperdrive. Also, somewhere to hang my towel momentarily.


Quote:


Advice on converting Pathfinder RPG content to Starfinder, and vice-versa.

So, it appears that Starfinder won't be strictly compatible with Pathfinder at it's core. Is there any sort of description on how much effort it will be to make this conversion? Or any description on how the mechanics (cruch) shakes out?


So how long until someone does a Mass Effect campaign using this system? Will that be possible?

Liberty's Edge

I'm unlikely to purchase a physical copy. Too many other games owned that will never be played, no need to add another. (And if I want a Star Wars-esque science fantasy game, I'll just cut out the middleman and play Star Wars.)

But I am curious about this and will likely snag a PDF if it's in the $10-15 range, like the Pathfinder RPG books'.


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

I certainly hope the game isn't too Star Wars...that would definitely be depressing to me. Hopefully it's a far more interesting setting...

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Pawns, Rulebook Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Risharc Moonblood wrote:
So how long until someone does a Mass Effect campaign using this system? Will that be possible?

Ashley: soldier.

Kaidan: technomancer.
Wrex: solarian.
Garrus: operative.
Tali: mechanic.
Liara: mystic.

Shepard is an envoy multiclass with one of the other six.


WOOoahhaa *schkiii* Amazing !


I wonder how different the playable races' stats will be to their Pathfinder version.

I wonder if the book will have stats for the non-core races as well.


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In space, no one can hear you bounce up and down for six months after pre-ordering...

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Will this book contain the rules for traps like the PF CRB? Did they get an update?

Are there rules for hazards as well?

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