Starfinder Pact Worlds

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The Pact Worlds are the beating heart of the Starfinder campaign setting, a solar system full of citizens both familiar and bizarre. From the cosmopolitan corridors of Absalom Station to the carnivorous jungles of Castrovel or the floating cloud-cities of the gas giant Bretheda, this hardcover rulebook is your guide to Starfinder's core worlds and civilizations, and the perfect place to launch any adventure.

Inside, you'll find:

  • In-depth gazetteers of the system's 14 major worlds, from high-tech Verces and the draconic empires of Triaxus to the necromantic wastleands of Eox or magical bubble cities floating on the surface of the sun. Each gazetteer features a detailed world map, residents and cultures, settlements and adventure locations, a unique theme to customize characters from that world, and more.
  • New playable alien races, from undead Eoxians to Castrovellian plant-people.
  • New starships, from the living vessels of the Xenowardens to sinister Hellknight dreadnoughts.
  • A codex of themed NPC stat blocks to help Game Masters create vivid encounters.
  • New archetypes for every class, including the Star Knight, Skyfire Centurion, and Divine Champion.
  • Tons of new weapons, armors, spells, feats, magic items, technological gadgets, and more to help outfit your adventurers.

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Perfect companion for running a game in the Pact Worlds!

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This really helped me solidify my image of what each of the major pact worlds is like. Great for GMs and Players!


Bloated file and not a lot of content.

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Ok first off, why the HECK is this PDF 250 MB??? I buy PDFs so that I can load them all onto my iPad, but I can't do that if you start bloating these things for no apparent reason. You guys need to fix that ASAP.

Also, it has all the things it says it has in the product description, but just a very small smattering of each. A tiny handful of new spells, a few pages of new equipment, etc. I love fluff, but this book is like 90% fluff and 10% crunch.


Fantastic content

*****

The book is great new options and more flavor rich background, definitely worth to buy
The one thing that stick out is that Eoxian as a race were promised, but alas this didn't happen, just carefull with the advertisement
But none the less, great book


Worth getting.

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TL;DR: First impressions = Very good fluff, quite good crunch. Could do with a few minor additions, and the hardcover is pricey if you like to do mostly homebrew, but certainly well worth grabbing at least the PDF.

Got this today. Have had a good skim through - Looks like a good go-to book for when my PCs head to anywhere in the pact worlds.
The gazetteers are really good. Well condensed, considering each has to cover an entire planet's society, but providing a good feel for the places.
The info is plentiful but leaves enough blank canvas that you can see it 100% as "gospel" and still fit loads of homebrew stuff in where you want (e.g. my group were dealing with a "cloud-whale" hunting operation in the upper atmosphere of Bretheda's northern polar region. Now I've got the book and there's nothing in there about there *not* being such an operation, so I feel totally fine dropping the stuff from this book in around the operation - planets are big, so plenty of room for everyone).
Plenty of cool info on histories and cultures, organizations and factions. A smattering of gear of all kinds as well as a selection of starships and new ship systems. Some feats, themes and archetypes.

All told, I can see it being a very useful reference for colour and flavour for the myriad locations my players may find themselves, as well as handy info for fleshing out both PCs and NPCs.
The "supporting cast" section, also, will be handy for off the shelf antagonists and allies.

I would have liked to have seen some sample settlements with smaller scale tactical maps, etc (e.g. a sample formian hive or hellknight fortress) and maybe a selection of statted-up NPCs from each world.


Plagued by Binding Issues yet again

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Was super excited to receive my Pact Worlds copy. Lo and behold, no glue on the binding and the bookblock/signatures are both misaligned and hanging on by threads (literally).

Probably won't be buying more Paizo books unless they change their bindings. Fool me once on the first printing of the Core Rulebook, shame on you, fool me twice with this one, shame on me.

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Gorbacz wrote:
They can play it comfortably already, PDFs exist.

Please stop getting on my nerves.

I and a lot of other people can´t get pdfs because it requires a credit card. Also a lot of people prefer the print edition.
Thanks.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
They can play it comfortably already, PDFs exist.

Please stop getting on my nerves.

I and a lot of other people can´t get pdfs because it requires a credit card. Also a lot of people prefer the print edition.
Thanks.

You don't need a credit card, I use regular debit cards with paizo.com just fine for the last 10 years, and I live in a backwards country that doesn't have flying cars and teleportation yet.

And if somebody in a developed country doesn't have a debit card in 2017, well, thy are deeply in the "intentionally make your life harder on purpose" territory.

Also, "prefer print to PDF" is different from "can't play comfortably".


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Gorbacz wrote:
Also, "prefer print to PDF" is different from "can't play comfortably".

You think?

I mean, I could use PDFs and occasionally do if there’s no other option, but I won’t play a game unless I have the book in my hand. Isn’t that an issue of comfort, really?


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As much as I hate disagreeing with another magical bag I prefer having the book in hand myself. However I am a patient bag too and have no problem waiting it out.

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No, it's just an issue of you trying to bring the XX century back :P

And it's not like Starfinder requires you to juggle the amount of books anywhere near Pathfinder at this point.


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Gorbacz wrote:
No, it's just an issue of you trying to bring the XX century back :P

I know what I like.

Quote:
And it's not like Starfinder requires you to juggle the amount of books anywhere near Pathfinder at this point.

My aversion to PDFs is paging through the same book (I generally play CRB-only Pathfinder, anyhow so SF and PF are the same for me, in that regard). There’s something about the physical placement that helps me learn the rules. In a PDF page 3 and page 550 don’t have that tactile distinction.


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Their is statistical proof that some people do learn and retain information better when reading it in book form as opposed to reading it off a devise.

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There's also proof that handwriting helps your brain develop and walking/cycling is better for your body than teleportation or flying cars. BUT THE FUTURE IS UNSTOPPABLE! *zaps Steve with a time-displacing gun sending him into the distant future, the year 2000!*


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Good news everyone! In the future they give talking teethed bags time traveling laser guns! (except aprently they only send you to the year 2000)


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5E’s release was pretty slow too - it doesn’t seem to have done that game’s success any harm.

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Gorbacz wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
They can play it comfortably already, PDFs exist.

Please stop getting on my nerves.

I and a lot of other people can´t get pdfs because it requires a credit card. Also a lot of people prefer the print edition.
Thanks.

You don't need a credit card, I use regular debit cards with paizo.com just fine for the last 10 years, and I live in a backwards country that doesn't have flying cars and teleportation yet.

And if somebody in a developed country doesn't have a debit card in 2017, well, thy are deeply in the "intentionally make your life harder on purpose" territory.

Also, "prefer print to PDF" is different from "can't play comfortably".

Thanks for the civil reply (for your standards). ;-)

I have an EC or Maestro card from the "Sparkasse KölnBonn", but i think that is not one of the possible ones that Paizo offers payment with, at least when i looked last time.

Didn´t you buy an actual copy of "Ultimate Equipment Pocket Edition" recently? ;-)


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He's listed as a "Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber", so it's obvious he's able to pay at this site.

The kind of debit card Gorbacz mentions is different from an EC or Maestro card. It's like a credit card, but you have to put money into it before you can use it to pay, then it works just like a credit card. Sparkasse offers something like that under the name "Aufladbare Kreditkarte". Check here

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Zaister wrote:
He's listed as a "Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber", so it's obvious he's able to pay at this site.

Why do you write that?

I did not doubt that anywhere. ;-)


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Because your question "Didn't you buy ..." sounded like "are you able to pay here?"

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Zaister wrote:
Because your question "Didn't you buy ..." sounded like "are you able to pay here?"

Sorry if it came over that way. I meant he bought an actual print copy of UE pocket edition, despite bashing those (jokingly?). ;-)


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Ok then "nix für ungut" :)

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None taken.
Or like ALF would say:

"Null problemo." ;-)

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Zaister isn't correct on one count - my card isn't a prepaid one. It's just a regular non-credit Visa that's issued with pretty much every bank account. It just taps into my main account, no need to load it. I'm quite certain that German banks issue such cards as well.

I also do have a Visa credit card which works with Paizo as well, but I prefer not to dip into my credit line with entertainment expenses ;)


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They included rules for converting pathfinder monsters right in the CRB.

They worked pretty good for me the couple of monsters I converted.


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The world of Starfinder puts you and your friends in the role of a rag tag starship crew exploring the mysteries of a weird, science-fantasy universe! The Starfinder Roleplaying Game line of products gives you the tools to personalize your own campaign, including rulebooks, volumes of aliens, and strange worlds to keep your game fresh. Paizo plans to release rulebooks on a roughly quarterly basis.

So we've got four major rulebook releases every year, plus six adventure paths, accessories, and possibly more (any word on modules, anyone?). That's 10+ major annual releases. 5e keeps up a schedule of about 3-4 major releases every year. Yeah, the wait until March is gonna be a long wait, but if Paizo sticks by the schedule they've alluded to, pretty soon we're gonna be hit with releases left and right, almost every month. That's assuming Starfinder's awesome success hasn't convinced Paizo to pool even more resources to bolster its Starfinder release schedule. I think we're fine. All things considering, the waiting times we've had between the major releases so far haven't even been that substantial. 5e didn't get its campaign setting sourcebook until more than a year after the system's debut.

On another related note, an earlier post by Erik Mona.

Erik Mona wrote:

Size and frequency of the Starfinder Adventure Path is a realistic pace given the staff resources we have available for this project and the desire to get it right out of the gate. If the audience is there and people want larger volumes and the sales are there, we'll possibly adjust things. We're shaking up orthodoxies a bit with Starfinder in a way that we can't with Pathfinder. That means exploring different product configurations, etc.

One way that the pre-release interest in Starfinder has already influenced things is a significantly larger Core Rulebook than originally conceived, as well as plans for more accessories like Flip-Mats and for more frequent releases of product in the main rulebook line (albeit smaller books than those in the Pathfinder line, generally speaking). This latter development somewhat offsets the need of the non-adventure part of the Adventure Path to do heavy lifting on setting development and presentation of character options and stuff.

If you want to call bi-monthly 64-page volumes "tentative," I can't disagree with you. If the audience is there, we'll expand the line accordingly.

Absalom was not built in a single day. :)

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Removed a needlessly antagonistic post and the replies to it. Please find a way to express your displeasure without name calling or calling for the termination of Paizo employees.


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Will this book explore the Pact Worlds system's general history any more, such as Triune's ascension, the signing of the Absalom Pact, the Stardust Plague, the Android abolition movement, and the war with the Veskarium? Considering the consequences of the Gap, every nugget of history is gold!


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Can't Wait!


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Patrick Newcarry wrote:

Will we see a world generation system at the end of this book? Just to help out a GM if the PC's jump to a world which he was completely underprepared for?

Might we also see a town generator? A place where the PCs might venture and the harried GM is rushing to throw something together, would be really helpful for on-the-fly gamemasters.

Everything I do is on the fly. That would be wonderful. Planets I have the hardest time with.

Grand Lodge

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Vic, when the PDF comes out, do you have any idea what the pricing will be?

Hmm

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Perfect for me would be bi-monthly AP, two hardcovers a year and yearly pawn sets. Nothing else beyond Society.

Well, maps, minis and syrinscape are fine too.

[looks at children]You’re not hungry, are you?

Genuinely, if Paizo goes all-in on Starfinder then I will have to make a choice between Pathfinder and Starfinder. Both will no longer be an option.


Hmm wrote:

Vic, when the PDF comes out, do you have any idea what the pricing will be?

Hmm

I’m guessing $10 since it’s in the Core line.

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Yes, except it is the equivalent of IWSG, which turned out to be incredibly expensive in PDF. But I am hoping you’re right that it is 9.99 like the rest of the line.

Hmm


... uh, Hmm, the ISWG PDF is $9.99 as well :3

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Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
Hmm wrote:

Vic, when the PDF comes out, do you have any idea what the pricing will be?

Hmm

I’m guessing $10 since it’s in the Core line.

$10? That would be CRAZY! We're not doing that!

It'll be $9.99.


Vic Wertz wrote:
Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
Hmm wrote:

Vic, when the PDF comes out, do you have any idea what the pricing will be?

Hmm

I’m guessing $10 since it’s in the Core line.

$10? That would be CRAZY! We're not doing that!

It'll be $9.99.

I’m glad to be wrong! Woohoo!

Grand Lodge

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Thank you, Vic!

Hmm


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I read all of the bulletin points and I'm excited for this book, but how much more are you guys going to talk about the planets themselves with the gazetteers and not just copy and paste from Pathfinder Distant Worlds book?

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SphereRunner wrote:
I read all of the bulletin points and I'm excited for this book, but how much more are you guys going to talk about the planets themselves with the gazetteers and not just copy and paste from Pathfinder Distant Worlds book?

I have been wondering about that too, but with Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Distant Worlds only 64 pages strong and including a Bestiary section of Lashunta, four-armed giants of Akiton, Contemplatives, undead Bone Sages of Eox, the Forever Queen, Dragonkin, Brethedans & Oma, which have all been updated to the Alien Archive, it has to contain more than the four-page entries about the planets.

That being said, there are other things than the planets planned in Pact Worlds too.
Do we have a page count yet?
I imagine it has to have more pages than the Alien Archive, as it costs $5 more...


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Hopefully a lot, since this book will have at least a hundred or two more pages than Distant Worlds and the information in DW is a couple of centuries out of date :3


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James Sutter wrote:
Since some folks were asking: this book will be 216 pages long!

If the Pact Worlds follows the trends of AP gazetteers, we'll probably get 8-10 page spreads of planetary lore, with concise descriptions of various geographical regions and a little more detailed look on major locations. Looking back at Distant Worlds, the book seemed more about giving a feel for the atmosphere and character of each planet, spending much time on description of architecture, environmental features, culture, and the planet's major denizens - while significantly lacking in detail about anywhere on the planet that's not a major settlement or geographic novelty. Castrovel's fourth continent, Ukulam, was not even named in this book. DW is good for short, planet-hopping visits, which seems to be the flavor it was going for - but bad for extended stays - which is important for Starfinder.

Assuming Pact Worlds' gazetteers are about filling out each planet, aiming for the forest instead of the trees (as was DW's luxury), I think Distant Worlds will still have a lot of use as a supplement both for its historical relevance, and for its greater amount of detail on the locations it does cover (DW's section on Qabarat was twice as long as Dead Suns AP's). At least until we get "Guide to Qabarat" or "Capitol Cities of the Pact Worlds" type books.

Features (not already confirmed) I'm hoping will be in Starfinder Pact Worlds:
1. Encounter tables for each planet (or list of native inhabitants and monsters)
2. Brief planetary timelines citing major developments since the Gap
3. Adventure Hooks (these were a nice feature in DW)
4. Full planetary statistics (like Absalom Station had)
5. Planet's relationships with other Pact Worlds, and system-wide reputation


Just realized that, unless I'm mistaken, we're getting 14 new Themes from this book, one for each of the worlds within the Pact Worlds. I'm curious to see what the theme for someone from the Sun is.


TheGoofyGE3K wrote:
Just realized that, unless I'm mistaken, we're getting 14 new Themes from this book, one for each of the worlds within the Pact Worlds. I'm curious to see what the theme for someone from the Sun is.

Maybe they're a positive, upbeat go getter?


TheGoofyGE3K wrote:
Just realized that, unless I'm mistaken, we're getting 14 new Themes from this book, one for each of the worlds within the Pact Worlds. I'm curious to see what the theme for someone from the Sun is.

I predict that we will get the "On Fire" theme, for PCs who are constantly on fire.


TheGoofyGE3K wrote:
Just realized that, unless I'm mistaken, we're getting 14 new Themes from this book, one for each of the worlds within the Pact Worlds. I'm curious to see what the theme for someone from the Sun is.

I predict each will be related to some faction/ideal/problem associated with the planet, rather than the planet itself. The Sun might have Sarenrae connections or be about exploring harsh environments or abandoned cities.


Xenocrat wrote:


I predict each will be related to some faction/ideal/problem associated with the planet, rather than the planet itself. The Sun might have Sarenrae connections or be about exploring harsh environments or abandoned cities.

I'll find it disappointing if the themes are that specific.


I hope some of the spells they add are more technomancer fire spells (especially adding at least one to 2nd, 5th, and 6th level, where there are currently none). My vesk firebender needs them to regain his honor!


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GeraintElberion wrote:

Perfect for me would be bi-monthly AP, two hardcovers a year and yearly pawn sets. Nothing else beyond Society.

Well, maps, minis and syrinscape are fine too.

[looks at children]You’re not hungry, are you?

Genuinely, if Paizo goes all-in on Starfinder then I will have to make a choice between Pathfinder and Starfinder. Both will no longer be an option.

I think Starfinder is at just the right pace. There's SO MUCH Pathfinder material that it's overwhelming.

On the other hand, Starfinder with two books a year should be manageable.


I think the current publishing rate for Starfinder will be fine in a year or so but right now, the system feels a little starved. There's a great deal of stuff that's introduced or hinted at in the baseline system but not sufficiently fleshed out (like Power Armor).

Personally I would have loved it if they had had one more hardcover ready to launch with/soon after the SCRB hit the floor. Core rules Book/Bestiary Book/Setting Book all available at launch along with Dead Suns would have been ideal, but obviously takes more resources. I'm guessing Paizo already has a lot riding on Starfinder, putting even more eggs in that release basket is probably not that tempting.

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I think the current publishing rate for Starfinder will be fine in a year or so but right now, the system feels a little starved. There's a great deal of stuff that's introduced or hinted at in the baseline system but not sufficiently fleshed out (like Power Armor).

Personally I would have loved it if they had had one more hardcover ready to launch with/soon after the SCRB hit the floor. Core rules Book/Bestiary Book/Setting Book all available at launch along with Dead Suns would have been ideal, but obviously takes more resources. I'm guessing Paizo already has a lot riding on Starfinder, putting even more eggs in that release basket is probably not that tempting.

could be worse we could have the fantasy age publishing schedule.

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