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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Good Setting Overview.

4/5

I picked this book up in an LGS I play in regularly, and what a great introduction to the Pact Worlds setting. I had played the 'Into The Unknown' introduction adventure, but the lack of exposition made the adventure hard for me to immerse into.

This book makes the setting come alive, and the art compliments the good writing rather than having to make up for any lack in it.

I took away a star for the continuing lack of deckplans for playable ships. In a Sci Fi setting the party's ship fast becomes a character, and the lack of a deckplan is a severe handicap.


Space Worlds

5/5

A very good, solid, well illustrated, rich... book on the Starfinder setting.
Great as a DM, as a player to flesh out your character's background.
Super nice!


A great setting book!

5/5

Setting books are absolutely crucial for rpgs, in my opinions, it's what defines exactly why you love what you are playing at. For a sci-fantasy game such as this, a rich setting book is even more essential, as you are breaking new ground, and you need to do it in an epic, memorable way. This books does it in spades. The world building, the player hooks (arguably some of the most valuable content of this book), illustrations, playable options, starship travel and types (oh my the starships are gorgeous!), NPCs, factions, equipment, spells... this book has all you need to make the Pact Worlds your home and make them come to life in your mind. Even if your campaign takes place in the Great Beyond, you will still enjoy this book and find its exciting lore, and beautiful narration very useful. It's true that it might not be as rich as Pathfinder's Inner Sea setting book, but I find this one more than fulfilling. Looking forward to expansions for the Great Beyond or even a deep dive into the Drift!


I love this book

5/5

Starfinder has become my favourite rpg so far, right after Pathfinder... One of the things I love the most is the lore, so this book is full with it, think your Campaign Setting book... while not as big as the Inner Sea Wolrd Guide, aldo of my favourite books, still is a good purchase. I would just love if the Starfinder books would be as big as the Pathfinder, or at least, if they are not the same size, then they should not be sold at the same price. Anyway, great book, a must if you are planning to play Starfinder in the core setting which, by the way, is awesome!


5/5


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Marco Massoudi wrote:

It says that it's a hardcover in the description.

I also hope it will have no postermap bound in, i'd rather have a seperate "Starfinder Poster Map Folio" with a Star System map, Absalom Station map & a known starship size comparison map.

I don't see it as either/or. I'd like a map in this book and plenty of maps in other products too.

Some kind of schematic map of the known universe/galaxy (akin to the 'map' of the Abyss provided in WotR) would be great too, for me.


Will the undead Eoxians of this book be the same as the Elebrians teased for part 3 of Dead Suns?


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Fantastic, loving the look of this


Is this the Starfinder equivalent of Inner Sea World Guide?


I would say so.


Brother Fen wrote:
Is this the Starfinder equivalent of Inner Sea World Guide?

Most likely, yes.


Muy bien!


So I'm obviously hyped about all of this in general, particularly themes, but what really caught my eyes was new archetypes. In particular... DIVINE CHAMPION. Any chance we'll be getting more deity-specific rules in this book? Not that connections aren't hella neat, but my addiction needs more.

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Mikko Kallio wrote:

I for one am glad that all archetypes are available to all classes. At least initially, it seems Paizo is publishing only a few Starfinder books per year, so there won't be tons of archetypes, initially. Making single-class archetypes would mean that we'd have only one-seventh of the archetype options available, which would be a bit wasteful. If/when Paizo publishes new classes, the problem would be further compounded.

Besides, a Starfinder archetype designer's main design principle should NOT be "I'm designing this archetype for no particular class so it fits all"; it should be "I'm making this archetype for ALL of the seven existing classes and all classes published in the future". (Future-proofing is difficult, but not impossible.)

In other words, hopefully, whenever new archetypes are published, people will say "Yay, I'm getting new archetypes for my favorite class AND all the other classes, too." That's how I look at it, anyway. :)

Another problem with single-class archetypes in Pathfinder has been that if an archetype built around a particular concept already exists, it's less likely that other classes get archetypes built around the same concept because designers generally strive to create something new rather than more of the same.

I'm sure the new archetypes will be fun and awesome. :)

All of that sounds sensible. Ergo, he must be the Starfinder equivalent of a Witch! Burn Him! Burn the Deep-Space Witch!

More seriously though, I would like some Archetypes that are geared specifically for Caster classes and Non-Caster classes respectively.

Creative Director, Starfinder

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


Cool.


Ah...basically the default "campaign setting." Good choice for an early release.


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

Is that galactic standard size pages, or Ysoki sized?

Dark Archive

Just for comparison, the "Inner Sea World Guide" has 320 pages.

But that book showcases 41 nations on 4 pages each,
over 18 races on 20 pages,
4 prestige classes on 8 pages &
feats, equipments, spells & items on 18 pages.

My question is:
How many pages will each planet get & how much overlap will there be with the planet gazetteers in the APs #1-6 backmatter articles?


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This should be renamed to the Hitchhiker's Guide to Starfinder.


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Marco Massoudi wrote:

Just for comparison, the "Inner Sea World Guide" has 320 pages.

But that book showcases 41 nations on 4 pages each,
over 18 races on 20 pages,
4 prestige classes on 8 pages &
feats, equipments, spells & items on 18 pages.

My question is:
How many pages will each planet get & how much overlap will there be with the planet gazetteers in the APs #1-6 backmatter articles?

The Campaign Setting precursor to the ISWG is probably a better comparison (256 pages). I'll leave the pagecount breakdowns to the more energetic forumgoers. :)

Silver Crusade

This cannot get into my hands fast enough. One of my friends has been dying to play an eoxian operative.


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Phylotus wrote:
This cannot get into my hands fast enough. One of my friends has been dying to play an eoxian operative.

What a coincidence! I'm a friend of someone who and I happen to desire playing an Eoxian operative.


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Hellknight dreadnaughts! Squeeeeeeeeeee!

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FallenDabus wrote:
Hellknight dreadnaughts! Squeeeeeeeeeee!

^ Seconded!


Eoxian is good but i wanba know more about winged dragonkin

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Danubus wrote:
Can we get the stats for Dark Elves that are on their new planet? Might they come out in Alien Archive?

I think you'll be pleased when October rolls around...


Jason Keeley wrote:
Danubus wrote:
Can we get the stats for Dark Elves that are on their new planet? Might they come out in Alien Archive?
I think you'll be pleased when October rolls around...

Yay! Thank you fluffy one!

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divine champion

I can play a technopaladin. :-D


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want now!


So August, October, then March? Is that a big gap because of the holiday season, or am I missing something?

Also, loving the sound of it, has everything I was also hoping for in another book. Dying to know what those archetypes do, especially Divine Champion, as I was just looking into making a soldier with a holy weapon. One thing I can't help but wonder is this only details on the worlds within the solar system, or all of the Pact Worlds? Because the Veskarium is not within the system itself. 14 gazetteers?

1- Sun
2- Aballon
3- Castrovel
4- Absalom Station?
5- Akiton
6- Verces
7- Idari
8- Diaspora
9- Eox
10- Triaxus
11- Liavara
12- Bretheda
13- Apostae
14- Aucturn

That would be the whole star system, I suppose, but then the Vesk Homeworld would stay a mystery, unless they leave one of those out...


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TheGoofyGE3K wrote:
One thing I can't help but wonder is this only details on the worlds within the solar system, or all of the Pact Worlds?

Veskarium isn't a Pact World, it just has an alliance with the Pact Worlds.


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TheGoofyGE3K wrote:

So August, October, then March? Is that a big gap because of the holiday season, or am I missing something?

The Pathfinder RPG has traditionally released 3 hardcovers per year (not counting the occasional Campaign Setting Hardcover, which are a separate line). One in the spring, one at GenCon, and one in the fall. So far, it appears Starfinder is following a similar pattern.

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Milo v3 wrote:
TheGoofyGE3K wrote:
One thing I can't help but wonder is this only details on the worlds within the solar system, or all of the Pact Worlds?
Veskarium isn't a Pact World, it just has an alliance with the Pact Worlds.

I suspect 2019 will see a hardcover called something like The Near and the Vast and will include gazetteers and rules info for a lot of the non-Pact civilizations, including the Veskarium, the Azlanti Star Empire, Kasath, and so on.


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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:

"New archetypes for every class, including the Star Knight, Skyfire Centurion, and Divine Champion."

Does this mean we get class specific Archetypes or just Archetypes that can be used with every class?

Archetypes that can be used with every class. That's our baseline. Any different use of archetypes should be the exception.

Could we maybe get some alternative sets of trades for a class then? For instance, I like most of the mystic but don't care for the psychic stuff. It'd be nice to have an archetype to trade it out.

Dark Archive

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Shisumo wrote:
Milo v3 wrote:
TheGoofyGE3K wrote:
One thing I can't help but wonder is this only details on the worlds within the solar system, or all of the Pact Worlds?
Veskarium isn't a Pact World, it just has an alliance with the Pact Worlds.
I suspect 2019 will see a hardcover called something like The Near and the Vast and will include gazetteers and rules info for a lot of the non-Pact civilizations, including the Veskarium, the Azlanti Star Empire, Kasath, and so on.

I don´t think the next Starfinder hardcover after this one will be another worlds book.

A "Starfinder Hardware Catalogue" seems most likely, as most weapons and armors don´t get an illustration in the CRB and don´t even get me started on vehicles - a measly 9 sample vehicles on 2 pages - no tanks, drop-pods, mechas...
Also equipment and magic items get a real short part only.
We also need deck plans for the starships and more enhancements.


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My guess would be a "Advanced Player's Guide" style book maybe as the next one.


I'm hoping to see a wider variety if operative weapons myself, rather then just a knife and baton.

Liberty's Edge

I think they said that the plan is to release an Alien Archive every year. My bet on the last book is a technology guide.


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Joseph Wilson wrote:
TheGoofyGE3K wrote:

So August, October, then March? Is that a big gap because of the holiday season, or am I missing something?

The Pathfinder RPG has traditionally released 3 hardcovers per year (not counting the occasional Campaign Setting Hardcover, which are a separate line). One in the spring, one at GenCon, and one in the fall. So far, it appears Starfinder is following a similar pattern.

eh... dunno.

personally, i hope they keep stuff limited for players on a budget, and with less interest in the new and shiny.

2 hardcovers a year is fine. heck, 1 would be okay by me.

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So any guess how many gamemasters are going to have to put up with a Castrovellian plant-person and a ysoki bounty-hunting Mechanic who are best buds.... Paizo what have you done!!!

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CrankyRWMage wrote:
So any guess how many gamemasters are going to have to put up with a Castrovellian plant-person and a ysoki bounty-hunting Mechanic who are best buds.... Paizo what have you done!!!

Yeah... After deciding on a ysoki mechanic I looked into the drone and thought: "Not on the first play. Exocortex seems way easier to play for the first game."

Then I read the exocortex combat training and thought: "Now I'm a space trash panda with longarm proficiency. Where's my tree-people friend?"


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Hmmm, *taps chin*

Are we going to get a Hellknight archetype in this?


Marco Massoudi wrote:
Shisumo wrote:
Milo v3 wrote:
TheGoofyGE3K wrote:
One thing I can't help but wonder is this only details on the worlds within the solar system, or all of the Pact Worlds?
Veskarium isn't a Pact World, it just has an alliance with the Pact Worlds.
I suspect 2019 will see a hardcover called something like The Near and the Vast and will include gazetteers and rules info for a lot of the non-Pact civilizations, including the Veskarium, the Azlanti Star Empire, Kasath, and so on.

I don´t think the next Starfinder hardcover after this one will be another worlds book.

A "Starfinder Hardware Catalogue" seems most likely, as most weapons and armors don´t get an illustration in the CRB and don´t even get me started on vehicles - a measly 9 sample vehicles on 2 pages - no tanks, drop-pods, mechas...
Also equipment and magic items get a real short part only.
We also need deck plans for the starships and more enhancements.

An equivalent to Ultimate Equipment would be great. I would also love a book filled with deck plans and ship stats - a "ship archive" or something like that.


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I'd like a book detailing the Pact Worlds, maybe with a map of every planet, and starships.

Almost like a gazetteer of some sort.

But they'd never do that!


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Seriously people, there's a thread about product requests, take it there, lets keep this on the subject at hand.

Scarab Sages Starfinder Design Lead

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Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:

Hmmm, *taps chin*

Are we going to get a Hellknight archetype in this?

Neither "yes" nor "no" is a fully accurate answer to that question.


Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:

Hmmm, *taps chin*

Are we going to get a Hellknight archetype in this?

Neither "yes" nor "no" is a fully accurate answer to that question.

... this is gonna be one of those wierd NPC things in'it?


Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:

Hmmm, *taps chin*

Are we going to get a Hellknight archetype in this?

Neither "yes" nor "no" is a fully accurate answer to that question.

Are we going to get more than one Hellknight archetype in this? Will they be differentiated by combat role or order?

Scarab Sages Starfinder Design Lead

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Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:

Hmmm, *taps chin*

Are we going to get a Hellknight archetype in this?

Neither "yes" nor "no" is a fully accurate answer to that question.

... this is gonna be one of those wierd NPC things in'it?

Nope!

Scarab Sages Starfinder Design Lead

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Xenocrat wrote:
Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:

Hmmm, *taps chin*

Are we going to get a Hellknight archetype in this?

Neither "yes" nor "no" is a fully accurate answer to that question.

Are we going to get more than one Hellknight archetype in this? Will they be differentiated by combat role or order?

Neither yes nor no is a fully accurate answer to your first question. "By order" is the answer to your second question.


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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Xenocrat wrote:
Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:

Hmmm, *taps chin*

Are we going to get a Hellknight archetype in this?

Neither "yes" nor "no" is a fully accurate answer to that question.

Are we going to get more than one Hellknight archetype in this? Will they be differentiated by combat role or order?
Neither yes nor no is a fully accurate answer to your first question. "By order" is the answer to your second question.

Jim Butcher was right, being cryptic is like cocaine for writers! Someone get some straight-talking to Mr.Stephens before it's too late!


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People can already play Eoxians. Just write "Eox" on the Home Planet section of your character sheet.

Now, Elebrians, on the other hand...


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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:

Hmmm, *taps chin*

Are we going to get a Hellknight archetype in this?

Neither "yes" nor "no" is a fully accurate answer to that question.

Maybe it'll be a Hellknight theme.


I am thrilled at the opportunity to play these new archetypes. The western motif is unmistakable in STARFINDER. I hope the archetype of the frontiersman is given some thought. Frontiersman echoes in my mind from the stories my grandmother would tell me are mythic about our ancestors who were frontiersmen. Frontiersman as a theme would fit in because what the spacefarer theme did not get in-depth about the frontiersman moves in and deals with often with no support or in-depth skill.
The Law whether a theme for class or theme should be thought about too.

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