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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To Dance Among the Stars

5/5

Okay, first off, the art is absolutely gorgeous.

It's a lot to go through for the hwole book so I'm just gonna ramble.

The classes all look interesting, enough to pry me away from the Solarion or Soldier and maybe make try one of the others.

A lot of this stuff I was hesitant about but i'm liking what i see so far, we'll just have to wait and see if I actually like it in play but I'm hopeful. Themes instead of traits look really interesting, and the new way point buy is handled has my attention. The two universal archetypes presented are kinda meh but that's one of the few downers I've seen in this book so far.

Well, that and all magic being the same and alignment not looking like it matters much but this is a whole different system so it's not enough for me to hold it against it, being well, a whole new system.

I'm, still finding stuff I'm wary of and stuff I'm really excited for but haven't really found anything I hate outright so I think that''s pretty good ^w^


To Infinity (but not quite beyond)

4/5

The review is fresh so it may take some time before the final result comes to light, but the initial reception is very positive. The Starfinder Core Rulebook is an excellent start, keeping some of the Pathfinder feel while finally breaking away from the chains that tied it to 3.5 and letting it experiment with new design and ideas. Almost everything is well-balanced, and thanks to the modular design of the classes, feats (which have finally gotten rid of massive prerequisite chains!), and equipment, new material can feasibly be added without strange interactions and long chains of requirements that make something nearly impossible to use effectively.

Not everything is perfect of course. The Envoy is the major sticking point on that matter, and while it has some interesting ideas around using its actions to give boosts and buffs to allies, those buffs might be overtuned. Unfortunately we don't have enough material to make a complete judgement, but the bonuses may range between invaluable in combat to completely negligible depending on how the math shakes out. It feels a lot like the original Rogue: keep them around for skills and the occasional help in combat, but you don't miss much if they're not present and they don't work well alone. Other sections in the book, like Feats, feel a bit lacking too, but I imagine that's more due to space restrictions than design issues. Like Pathfinder, once the game has more material out (especially more material for the Envoy) and more room to breathe it'll be fantastic, but right now it's just an excellent start.


Fantastic new rules!

5/5

The PDF unlocked for me when my subscription order finalized, and I spent the weekend reading it cover to cover. Other than the obvious "It's Pathfinder with aliens and spaceships!" there are a few small changes in the rules which I really like, and would likely back-port into Pathfinder as house rules for my ongoing games.

- No more dump stats: A more simplified Point buy is the norm for character generation, and the scores for normally-created characters will not be below 8 (unless very specific circumstances). You can voluntarily lower a score for roleplaying reasons, but you do not get to reallocate the points!
- Ability score increases are now slightly further apart, but more meaningful in terms of shaping a character.
- Crits are automatic if you would hit with the natural 20 roll

I really look forward to playing a game this coming weekend in preparation for Organised Play being released at GenCon, and will update this review with further comments at that time.


Amazing

5/5

Got the PDF August 3rd, very prompt. Began reading, read it nearly all day. Next steps; generate a few characters and try out the combat, skill system, vehicles, ships, and the magic system.

So far reading the book, the layout is good, the artwork is solid, and the whole book has a really nice flow.

The system itself is very 3.5 / Pathfinder at its core, but a lot of the more prickly parts of the system have been cleaned up. It just feels more smooth and streamlined. Two examples. No more iterative attacks. Thank you! I expect this will speed up combat at higer levels quite nicely. Also, magic only goes to 6th level and their are no more full 9th casters. Once again, thank you. From what I am reading, martials are in a much better place in Starfinder.

Overall, this game looks really amazing, can't wait.


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Gorbacz wrote:
I am sad that Paizo didn't deicide to murder the sacred cow of alignment interacting with rules. Oh well, I guess we'll still have "how many castings of death knell on dying space-chickes do I need to break bad?" threads after all.

Amen brother. My fondest hope is that one day, Alignment will be taken out, burned and then the ashes scattered to the wind, with the sole exception of spiritual beings such as angels and demons.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber
gharlane wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
I am sad that Paizo didn't deicide to murder the sacred cow of alignment interacting with rules. Oh well, I guess we'll still have "how many castings of death knell on dying space-chickes do I need to break bad?" threads after all.
Amen brother. My fondest hope is that one day, Alignment will be taken out, burned and then the ashes scattered to the wind, with the sole exception of spiritual beings such as angels and demons.

But why?

In Pathfinder (and I think this applies to Starfinder as well) alignment is quantifyable. You have detect spells, alignment auras, protection from spells, and items.
These things have to interact with other rules.
It took us long enough from getting a vague "casting spells with the [evil]-descriptor is an evil act and might change your alignment (check with your GM)" ruling to a less vague "if you are neutral and cast 3 [evil] spells in a short period of time (check with your GM), your alignment should change to evil"


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Huh? Where does it say that?

Silver Crusade

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Horror Adventures finally put down word count for it (and also that torture is evil).


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Ah, interesting. I'll have to look that up. I would still argue, though, that it should depend on the spell. There should be a difference between casting protection from good and casting, for example, wracking ray. But that doesn't really belong in this thread.

Silver Crusade

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Zaister wrote:
Ah, interesting. I'll have to look that up. I would still argue, though, that it should depend on the spell. There should be a difference between casting protection from good and casting, for example, wracking ray. But that doesn't really belong in this thread.

Oh I agree, but that wasn't really feasible to do in that book for every spell unfortunately :3

But enough about Pathfidner, back to Starfinder!


SOLARIONS!


Franz Lunzer wrote:


But why?

Because of this like this:

Quote:

In Pathfinder (and I think this applies to Starfinder as well) alignment is quantifyable. You have detect spells, alignment auras, protection from spells, and items.

These things have to interact with other rules.
It took us long enough from getting a vague "casting spells with the [evil]-descriptor is an evil act and might change your alignment (check with your GM)" ruling to a less vague "if you are neutral and cast 3 [evil] spells in a short period of time (check with your GM), your alignment should change to evil"

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Vic Wertz wrote:
Please keep the product discussion threads focused. Discussion of your expectations for the system as a whole would be better placed in the Starfinder General Discussion forum.

This goes for discussion of specific rules or systems (such as alignment) as well. Thanks.

Sovereign Court

At first, I wasn't sure about Starfinder (for while yes, it is a stand-alone game in it's own right). But, after seeing that it is a spiritual sequel to Pathfinder, I'm quite interested in getting it. The envoy would be the class for me with the android being my choice of race.

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).

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook, Starfinder Society Subscriber

I'm wondering if there will be a pocket edition of this down the road.


Does anyone have their copy yet.

Grand Lodge

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Only GenCon GMs.


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Captain The Hoff wrote:
Does anyone have their copy yet.

Anyone who does is under an NDA.

The earliest anyone can possibly get their subscriber PDFs is a week from today.

Liberty's Edge

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Only GenCon GMs.

And not even all of us.

Grand Lodge

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David knott 242 wrote:
Captain The Hoff wrote:
Does anyone have their copy yet.

Anyone who does is under an NDA.

The earliest anyone can possibly get their subscriber PDFs is a week from today.

I thought PDFs weren't getting unlocked until the 17th, regardless?

-Skeld


David knott 242 wrote:
Captain The Hoff wrote:
Does anyone have their copy yet.

Anyone who does is under an NDA.

The earliest anyone can possibly get their subscriber PDFs is a week from today.

How did you get to that day? I'm asking for a friend...

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Card Game, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Skeld wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:
Captain The Hoff wrote:
Does anyone have their copy yet.

Anyone who does is under an NDA.

The earliest anyone can possibly get their subscriber PDFs is a week from today.

I thought PDFs weren't getting unlocked until the 17th, regardless?

-Skeld

There hasn't been anything saying that - There was some early speculation that there might be that restriction, given that we had the same restriction on the Pathfinder CRB, but nothing official from Paizo.

Dark Archive

Skeld wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:
Captain The Hoff wrote:
Does anyone have their copy yet.

Anyone who does is under an NDA.

The earliest anyone can possibly get their subscriber PDFs is a week from today.

I thought PDFs weren't getting unlocked until the 17th, regardless?

-Skeld

Nope, subscriber shipping starts normally on july 31st (including all Starfinder products) and i bet that you will be among the first to be able to download the pdfs, as usual. ;-)

Thx again for all the time you spend informing us non-subscribers of what to expect. :-)


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Sadistic GM wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:
Captain The Hoff wrote:
Does anyone have their copy yet.

Anyone who does is under an NDA.

The earliest anyone can possibly get their subscriber PDFs is a week from today.

How did you get to that day? I'm asking for a friend...

See this thread.

Grand Lodge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Marco Massoudi wrote:
Skeld wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:
Captain The Hoff wrote:
Does anyone have their copy yet.

Anyone who does is under an NDA.

The earliest anyone can possibly get their subscriber PDFs is a week from today.

I thought PDFs weren't getting unlocked until the 17th, regardless?

-Skeld

Nope, subscriber shipping starts normally on july 31st (including all Starfinder products) and i bet that you will be among the first to be able to download the pdfs, as usual. ;-)

Thx again for all the time you spend informing us non-subscribers of what to expect. :-)

That'd be nice. Since they bin up the subs/orders for efficiency, we don't know what the addition of new subs will do to the workflow. I might end on the tail end of things.

-Skeld


David knott 242 wrote:
Sadistic GM wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:
Captain The Hoff wrote:
Does anyone have their copy yet.

Anyone who does is under an NDA.

The earliest anyone can possibly get their subscriber PDFs is a week from today.

How did you get to that day? I'm asking for a friend...

See this thread.

Thank you!

Silver Crusade

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Sqqqqquuuuueeeeeeeee!!!! My card was charged, soon....

*waiting intensifies*

Silver Crusade

Me too! Eeeeeeeeeeee!

Silver Crusade

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Eeeeeeeeeeee!!!


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Soon! Shipping starts on the 31st (I'm not going to Gen Con). I guess we'll see if PDF is delayed until Gen Con or not. I'm probably not going to be first due to having unrelated items in sidecart, so I'll be counting on you Skeld! ;)


Still waiting patiently to do my preorder before GenCon.. Just checked and pickup isnt a listed option yet.


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Woo, my card was charged! But shipping was almost the price of the book again! I don't think I can keep this subscription going.


Derfmancher wrote:
Still waiting patiently to do my preorder before GenCon.. Just checked and pickup isnt a listed option yet.
Sara Marie wrote:
To pick up your August subscription order you must have this option selected by July 26th!

Looks like you missed the deadline.


Sedoriku wrote:
Woo, my card was charged! But shipping was almost the price of the book again! I don't think I can keep this subscription going.

what shipping speed did you pick?


If you didn't choose the one where they deliver it last year you did not choose the right one. Always got to click that time travel option. sure it charges more but boy is it worth it.


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Sadistic GM wrote:
Sedoriku wrote:
Woo, my card was charged! But shipping was almost the price of the book again! I don't think I can keep this subscription going.
what shipping speed did you pick?

The cheapest but international shipping from the US is prohibitively high.


Sedoriku wrote:
Sadistic GM wrote:
Sedoriku wrote:
Woo, my card was charged! But shipping was almost the price of the book again! I don't think I can keep this subscription going.
what shipping speed did you pick?
The cheapest but international shipping from the US is prohibitively high.

Oh international... yeah probably should go with time travel option then talk about pricey.

<Orders 40k books Shipping is redic>


Derfmancher wrote:
Still waiting patiently to do my preorder before GenCon.. Just checked and pickup isnt a listed option yet.

Just to make sure you are aware, pre-order and subscription are not the same. Only subscription orders can be picked up at Gen-Con.


pinvendor wrote:
Derfmancher wrote:
Still waiting patiently to do my preorder before GenCon.. Just checked and pickup isn't a listed option yet.
Just to make sure you are aware, pre-order and subscription are not the same. Only subscription orders can be picked up at Gen-Con.

Welp, either way, looks like "waiting for the July releases" led me to wait too long, and ill be picking it up the hard way at Gencon.

Have we heard if they will be doing a "one copy per person" rule? I have two buddies that aren't going to Gencon that would like me to pick up a copy for them.


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Rysky wrote:

Sqqqqquuuuueeeeeeeee!!!! My card was charged, soon....

*waiting intensifies*

As a non-subscriber, non-pre-orderer, have to wait until August 17th:

ARGHHHHHH!


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I've found myself looking at my pending order in anticipation from time to time.


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Sets up tent outside of Skeld's front door for shipping notice.


captain yesterday wrote:
I've found myself looking at my pending order in anticipation from time to time.

Seconded... All weekend!

Silver Crusade

Sooooooon.....


Is it too early to begin hitting refresh....


Yrtalien wrote:
Is it too early to begin hitting refresh....

Sadly yes... Hopefully we get ours shipping out Monday Morning!


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Their hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific standard time. :-)


captain yesterday wrote:
Their hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific standard time. :-)

Only 4.5 hours until they open :D


Oh boy oh boy


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Sends the kids inside Skeld's house for lattes while I huddle in the wet morning dew, waiting for my shipping notice.

Grand Lodge

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captain yesterday wrote:
Sends the kids inside Skeld's house for lattes while I huddle in the wet morning dew, waiting for my shipping notice.

Sneaks into the Captain's house and drinks all the milk.


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Soon


so if you only pre-ordered online, is it shipping today? or on the 17th? i pre-ordered on july 10th


We wait for answers
Soon we we have them
Soon they will have us

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