Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Scenario #1-14: Star Sugar Heartlove!!!

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A Starfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 3-6.

It's finally here; the sugar-pop band sensation, Strawberry Machine Cake, is starting its Pact Worlds tour. Thanks to the Exo-Guardians' leader, Zigvigix, the PCs and Historia-7 have tickets to attend the holo-concert event of the year. As Zigvigix hopes to celebrate and mourn friends lost in the Scoured Stars, Historia-7 enlists the PCs to track down an attendee associated with a conspiracy against the Society. When a stunning revelation endangers the concert, it falls to the PCs to step in and save one of the most hotly anticipated concerts in Pact Worlds history.

Content in Star Sugar Heartlove!!! also contributes to the ongoing goals of the Dataphiles and Exo-Guardians faction.

Written by Eleanor Ferron

Scenario Tags: Faction (Dataphiles), Faction (Exo-Guardians)

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Can I give this six out of five stars?

*****

I thought that no scenario could top Live Exploration Extreme! But I think I'm wrong. This scenario, if it doesn't surpass it, at least gets to the same level. Hilarious, good-natured romp all around, with tons of super fun tongue-in-cheek scenes. It's got challenging combats, really fun role-play elements, a thrilling cyber-mystery plot, and so much more! It's just really . . . the best. Top tier. Words cannot do it justice, it is super fun.

I will say that even more than 1-09 (Live Exploration Extreme), the the players need to be on board and the GM needs to be prepped. Preferably with a playlist of K/J-pop songs because it really adds to the concert atmosphere.

And, also like 1-09, the players really need to be willing to go along whole-hog with the scenario. That doesn't mean you have to be a Strawberry Machine Cake superfan, but you do need to get into the spirit of things. A murderhobo who is just sitting around waiting for the next fight is going to miss out on a lot of the atmosphere and fun of the session.

In short. Gms, prep it. Players, Role-play it. If your character hates going to concerts, play up that angle (we had a player who did, he still had tons of fun!) If your character is a Strawberry Machine Cake fan, ham it up! (My Character bought Strawberry Machine Cake Formal Attire!)


Over the top in all the right ways!

*****

I have now both GMed and played this scenario and it is fun on both sides. It has a fantastic cast of characters, both new and regularly appearing. As previously mentioned it offers combat, skill checks, and a load of rp opportunities, with all fitting beautifully so that the play doesn't have to skip a beat.

I would zealously recommend this to everyone, however playing the 1-01(The Commencement), 1-04 (Cries from the Drift), and 1-07 (The Solar Sortie) are suggested as pre-plays.

P.S. GMs, get a playlist for running this scenario.


Fun and Hilarious, but Still Challenging

*****

#1-14 Star Sugar Heartlove!!! is a wacky, fun scenario that is exactly what you'd expect given its title. Offering a balanced blend of roleplaying, combat, and skill challenges, SSH!!! has a little bit of something for everyone.

Set on a massive concert venue in the Diaspora with a unique enchantment surrounding it, the scenario boasts a colorful cast of characters that can help or hinder the PCs in their mission to uncover a dangerous conspiracy.

The plot is well-paced, and skill challenges and combats are not overly-burdened by additional rules that might cause them to drag. Furthermore, skill challenges do not lean too heavily on one skill, although certain skills do recur throughout multiple challenges (given the ubiquity of said skill, however, this really isn't a problem).

The scenario's final set-piece, an explosive battle with a unique enemy, is nothing less than awesome. It is, however, my singular concern with the scenario, especially at the tier 5-6 level, since the enemy seems very powerful, even with the situational buffs the PCs gain each round.

In conclusion, Star Sugar Heartlove!!! is exactly the scenario you've been waiting for since you first heard about Strawberry Machine Cake during #1-01 The Commencement, and then some. It's entertaining, challenging, and unique--a welcome installment in Starfinder organized play that will entertain groups for years to come.


Liberty's Edge

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Starfinder Charter Superscriber

I feel like this warrants the addition of a Strawberry Machine Cake scenario tag. Just kidding. Maybe.


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Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Does it come with MP3s?

Exo-Guardians

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I sold the single...

*turns Apostaen drow death-grind up to 11*

...for more guns!

But I'm always ready for more exo-guarding.

Shadow Lodge

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squeeeeeee

Shadow Lodge

Sweet Christmas...

Silver Crusade RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16

I'm all in on this one. :-D

Second Seekers (Luwazi Elsbo)

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Eeee! Been waiting for this tour since the release! Even though getting a VIP pass would be easy, it'll be nice to be able to enjoy the concert with friends. Don't worry Hissy, we won't let that conspirator ruin this grand occasion!

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Yes

Starfinder Society Developer

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Maps!

Maps Appearing in Starfinder Society Scenario #1–14: Star Sugar Heartlove!!!:
-Pathfinder Map Pack: Starship Decks
-Starfinder Flip-Mat: Urban Sprawl
-Half-Page Custom Map


Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Thurston Hillman wrote:
Maps!

maps:

- Half-Page Custom Map

Is it a performance stage? I hope it's a performance stage.


I LoL'd at both "Strawberry Machine Cake" and "Star Sugar Heartlove!!!". Cannot wait to see artwork for this. :)

Starfinder Society Developer

Distant Scholar wrote:
Thurston Hillman wrote:
Maps!
** spoiler omitted **

Hmmmmmmm....

Well...:

Of course it is.


Imma just bust out my old Theater flip mat. :P

Second Seekers (Luwazi Elsbo)

Distant Scholar wrote:
Does it come with MP3s?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJdj9BmabyY


App-L wrote:
Distant Scholar wrote:
Does it come with MP3s?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJdj9BmabyY

Also, https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ52BW8hW70

Second Seekers (Luwazi Elsbo)

"... of Tian ancestry..."

Definitely had the right idea musically.


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Pathfinder Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Subscriber

:o

That cover artwork! SMC are officially confirmed to be sci-fi Babymetal?


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Cellion wrote:

:o

That cover artwork! SMC are officially confirmed to be sci-fi Babymetal?

Oh hey I was the Illustrator for this particular piece... and I may or may not have had their tunes on repeat while working on this ;)

Paizo Employee Organized Play Lead Developer

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Sporkfiend wrote:
Cellion wrote:

:o

That cover artwork! SMC are officially confirmed to be sci-fi Babymetal?

Oh hey I was the Illustrator for this particular piece... and I may or may not have had their tunes on repeat while working on this ;)

It's an excellent image that we excitedly passed around the office when we saw it. Nicely done!


I wonder if Abysshead is mentioned in the scenario.

Liberty's Edge

Starfinder Superscriber

I smell potential for a sequel where Abysshead and SMC perform together

Grand Lodge

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Rumor has it Strawberry Machine Cake does neo-psy-punk covers of the band A-ha.

At least in my game setting they do...

Shadow Lodge

*preheats the roll 20 table*

Shadow Lodge

yawwwn.. wake up. Poke. Nom nom nom. Grumble. zzzz

Scarab Sages

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Just skimmed through this scenario, I'm incredibly hyped to run it. I would love it if Paizo made an official Strawberry Machine Cake shirt!


Pathfinder Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

It seems that from running this scenario for my home group I got the group extremely interested in

Spoiler:
tracking down the Scoured Stars conspirators mentioned in this scenario. They picked up on the fact that the computer virus potentially endangered the people on Songbird Station, including many innocent children, and are really eager to find out who these people are and bring them to justice (probably of the vigilante kind).


David knott 242 wrote:
It seems that from running this scenario for my home group I got the group extremely interested in...

Spoilers, man! This isn't a GM-only forum!


I totally love it that the name of one SMC member is clearly based on Babymetal girls' names. That was a great touch!

Paizo Employee Customer Service & Community Manager

Added spoiler tags.


Starfinder Charter Superscriber

I'll write a real review after I run it, but for now I just have to say how much fun I had reading it. It made me laugh and and feel a bit sad at different moments, which isn't easy for a game scenario to do!

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