Starfinder Alien Archive 2

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Outer space is full of alien species both benign and malevolent. Starfinder Alien Archive 2 presents a host of new creatures designed for use with the Starfinder Roleplaying Game! From the laser-breathing tashtaris and starship-eating stellar protozoans to dust mantas and undead bone troopers, the creatures in this codex will challenge adventurers no matter where in the galaxy they may travel. What's more, player rules for a variety of species let players not just fight aliens, but be them! Inside this book, you'll find the following:

  • Over 100 bizarre life-forms both classic and new, from the voracious akatas and silicon-based quorlus to radioactive pluprex demons and void-dwelling vermin.
  • More than a dozen races with full player rules, letting you play everything from an uplifted bear to a sentient slug.
  • New alien technology to help give your character an edge, including armor, weapons, magic items, and spells.
  • New rules for magical polymorphing, environmental template grafts to modify creatures to fit any world on the fly, and more!

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-075-0

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A must have for the GM Toolbox

*****

I'm still absorbing it, but beyond lots of cool creatures it adds quite a few "base" creatures and template grafts. Alien Archive 1's charts are great if you have time, but if you need some quick stats mid session for, say, a void dragon t-rex, you have one in a minute or less. I really like the improvements to the appendix and wish that Alien Archive's was that good - for example, it is nice to have a list of playable races and what pages they are found on. Starship-scale foes are few, but it's nice to be able to kill the giant space worm and then make a ship out of it's corpse.


So this has what I want:

*****

Cool new races, cool Pathfinder monsters returning, new creatures for several outsider categories and cool new creatures.

It also helps that things introduced in this are type of variety that is really helpful when running homebrew games, like having several "templates" for different alien animal types is great. It also has good balance of fantasy, scifi and both mixed in.


A must have for any GM and most players.

*****

One of the genius things about Starfinder is that it offers systems that make it easy and fun for Game Masters to create customized creatures. Alien Archive gave us the graft system similar (but infinitely simpler) to Pathfinder's template system that allowed the GM to create unique creatures by attaching simple flavorful bundles of abilities to generic stat blocks. Alien Archive 2 continues this by giving us much needed ways to create any animal creature we need using the Herd Animal and Predator Animal creatures and the environment grafts.

Alien Archive 2 also gives many awesome creatures to build stories around, including a Motherbrain-like ooze that controls starships, powerful guardian fey born from a dying planet, the adorable squox (with a feat to have one as a companion) and old favorites such as metallic dragons and Colors out of Space. We also got races, including aasimar and tieflings (now combined into a single race with different statistics). While we don't have catfolk, we do get new races, including bear people, cat people, and a really neat race of space wolf people that can give Resolve Points to allies. I did wish we got kitsune, especially when this book also (finally) introduces polymorph rules.

Speaking of polymorph rules, they were the reason I picked up the volume as shapeshifting is one of my favorite tropes in fantasy and science fiction. The volume did not disappoint. At a glance, the polymorph rules seem complicated, but they're quite easy to understand and remember. The rules are well thought out and give both GMs and players a sense of customization and agency that Pathfinder, 5th Edition D&D, and even the current iteration of Pathfinder Playtest failed to capture. While some may get turned off by the rules, I really appreciate the amount of work that went into them. Especially polymorphing could have easily been glossed over.

Polymorphing gives you a set of rules to create a form, allowing you to select a creature type and abilities. When you learn the polymorph spell (level 1-6 for both mystics and technomancers), you create four forms with limitations based on the spell level. When casting, you select one of the forms to transform your target into.

Baleful polymorph (also a 1-6 spell) works completely different from Pathfinder and instead gives the target cosmetic features, a penalty to many statistics, and possibly changes their size. If cast as a level 2 spell or higher, the penalty gets worse unless they succeed at an additional saving throw each round as the transformation progresses. At 3rd level, the spell becomes permanent if the penalty progresses too far. At 5th level, the spell can transform the target into a helpless critter when the penalty progresses too far. At 6th level, the spell can permanently transform the target into a helpless creature. Overall, I like this. While no longer the classic save-or-die spell, it makes the spell more cinematic. Though, it is a shame you can't change a creature into a new race, such as teaching that ysoki a lesson by turning him into a barathu.

As much as I love the polymorph rules, there are a few issues that hinder the fun. The biggest issue is that a form's natural weapons use a pre-determined attack bonus based on your level that completely ignores your base attack bonus, ability scores, and any buffs. This bonus equals to 1.5 times your level with a maximum equal to 3 times the spell level. While the weapon does scale in damage, the math means that the natural weapon's attack bonus will always be significantly lower than your normal attack bonus, making the natural weapon essentially useless. However, there seems to be an intentional loophole around this. The polymorph spell allows you to select a limited number of racial traits, which can be any trait from a player race that doesn't involve equipment. You can select one of the many natural weapon racial traits (such as the Vesk's). The best part is that you don't necessarily have to make the form look the race to gain their trait. Go nuts turning yourself into the ultimate chimera!

However, I still wish that there was a way to make polymorph last longer. There's currently no way polymorph someone into a form for more than 1 minute per level. You don't even have the option to cast polymorph with a higher duration at the cost of a lower level effect.

Overall, Alien Archive 2 is a great addition to Starfinder. It gives us plenty of fun creatures and the much needed way to create wildlife without having a seperate statblock for every animal in the universe. It introduces or brings back races that will easily attract players. A lot of effort went into the polymorph rules, something needed in a game with magic, science, and gods dedicated to evolution. While the rules feel a tad bloated and a little rough around the edges, it does a great job giving players and GMs a level of agency and creativity not seen in other games. A must have for any GM and most players.


Very fun book!

*****

The second Alien Archive is a fun book! There is a variety of playable races, and also many different kinds of monsters, suitable for very different campaigns. The "general" stat blocks for herd creatures and predators also make GMing alien adventures more comfortable, I'd say.
The twists on "known" creatures like Orcs are creative. I have not seen a huge amount of reprints from the Adventure Paths (though there are several), and some of the monsters from Pathfinder are ones I'd say would be on the harder side to rebuild/convert properly.
The artwork is very good throughout the book.


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Marco Massoudi wrote:
Will this reprint the Alien Archive sections from Dead Suns 1-6 (like the Pathfinder Bestiaries reprinted creatures from older AP volumes)?

A few creatures from Dead Suns will appear in Alien Archive 2, but not all. More AP creatures will likely be reprinted in later Alien Archive hardbacks, as with Pathfinder APs and Bestiaries.

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Robert G. McCreary wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:
Will this reprint the Alien Archive sections from Dead Suns 1-6 (like the Pathfinder Bestiaries reprinted creatures from older AP volumes)?
A few creatures from Dead Suns will appear in Alien Archive 2, but not all. More AP creatures will likely be reprinted in later Alien Archive hardbacks, as with Pathfinder APs and Bestiaries.

Thank you for the answer, Robert.

I imagine that Akatas, Bone Troopers, Driftdead, Void Zombies and the playable races Elebrians, Kish, Ferrans, Ghibranis, Ilthisarians, Scypozoans, Selamids and Seprevois are good to have in a handy hardcover Bestiary volume. ;-)


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AmbassadoroftheDominion wrote:

Let's start wondering about the description, shall we?

Quote:
Want to play an intelligent, multi-legged centipede? An emotionless, mask-wearing mollusk? and Uplifted Bear?

Not gonna lie, I want to take that "uplifted bear" and make a character called "Yogi" or run around yelling "only you can prevent forest fires". Can't wait to see them.

...

Winston, who lives under the name Mr. Saunders.

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JJCheatah wrote:
Please let there be a cat race in this one.... you have them in the lore of being in the veskarium. I really wanna see the cat race.

That would be cool...

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The Drunken Dragon wrote:
Are these uplifted bears bipedal humanoid aliens (a la how rats are to ysoki) or are these more just literally genetically modified super-intelligent bears

They’re bears what have smarts!

Grand Lodge

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Joe Pasini wrote:
The Drunken Dragon wrote:
Are these uplifted bears bipedal humanoid aliens (a la how rats are to ysoki) or are these more just literally genetically modified super-intelligent bears
They’re bears what have smarts!

So...the second one? Now I'm even more confused...


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Micheal Smith wrote:
I think we need to see Xenomorph or something similar.

Agreed. A Starfinder update of the hive (see Pathfinder's Horror Adventures) would be great to see.

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Xuldarinar wrote:
Micheal Smith wrote:
I think we need to see Xenomorph or something similar.
Agreed. A Starfinder update of the hive (see Pathfinder's Horror Adventures) would be great to see.

Yes, more Kucharn/Swarm creatures please!


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Marco Massoudi wrote:
Xuldarinar wrote:
Micheal Smith wrote:
I think we need to see Xenomorph or something similar.
Agreed. A Starfinder update of the hive (see Pathfinder's Horror Adventures) would be great to see.
Yes, more Kucharn/Swarm creatures please!

While I would be all for more Swarm stuff, I do have to say that the Hive is different from the Swarm.

The Swarm are insect-like monstrous humanoid creatures bound to the hive mind.

The Hive are aberrations that are basically xenomorphs with swarming larvae instead of a face hugger.

Granted, you don't want either knocking at your door but one is more Starship Troopers, the other is more Alien.

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Oooh Shiny! there are some cool looking aliens on there. Im really curious about the spectral goblin looking thing. Very nice!


Ooooohhh. A Trox and Mi-Go on the cover! I think this artwork a lot. I'm excited! We've got cover art for all the "Core" books that they have announced now, right?


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TROX!!!!! I love those damned bugs so much I’m glad there making a return! Also Mi-Go...maybe playable and some kind of Gremlin by the looks of it.


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I love Trox! I wonder if Mi-Go will be considered part of the Unseen conspiracy, considering their knack for infiltrating societies and abducting people. I adore their artwork. Pathfinder/Starfinder's design for this creature is simply the best across all of Lovecraftverse, methinks. And I'm getting real Gremlin vibes out of that ghosty creature.

Will this book have any new summons (or maybe even familiars)?


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Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
AmbassadoroftheDominion wrote:
Soooo............ Space Linnorms?
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssss

Someone likes Linnorms. I forgot that Rysky loves them.


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EltonJ wrote:
Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
AmbassadoroftheDominion wrote:
Soooo............ Space Linnorms?
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssss
Someone likes Linnorms. I forgot that Rysky loves them.

I does ^w^


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Has there been any talk about how Polymorphing is going to work in SF? Anything from Gencon, perhaps?

Grand Lodge

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I also heard rumors that someone mentioned that domesticated pet mechanics will be introduced in this one? Or was that baseless?


The Drunken Dragon wrote:
I also heard rumors that someone mentioned that domesticated pet mechanics will be introduced in this one? Or was that baseless?

Squirrel Foxes will have mechanics to have them as pets. There is no mention of general rules for domesticated pets if that was what you were wondering.


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Milo v3 wrote:
The Drunken Dragon wrote:
I also heard rumors that someone mentioned that domesticated pet mechanics will be introduced in this one? Or was that baseless?
Squirrel Foxes will have mechanics to have them as pets. There is no mention of general rules for domesticated pets if that was what you were wondering.

Wait.. squirrel-foxes? LIke from Nausicaa?


Any news if this book contains new creatures from the Swarm?


Joe Pasini wrote:
The Drunken Dragon wrote:
Are these uplifted bears bipedal humanoid aliens (a la how rats are to ysoki) or are these more just literally genetically modified super-intelligent bears
They’re bears what have smarts!

"I'm a courier. If a mountain gets in the way of my route, I growl at it and it clears a path for me."

(That's a paraphrase; nonetheless, it's what still springs to mind.)

Anyhow: along with my previously-stated hopes for this book (Arkanen races, Veskarium beasties, and so on): I'd like to know about the neon-hued electric theropod with all of the limbs, eyes, and teeth that's featured on the cover of the Pact Worlds book.

Paizo Employee Starfinder Design Lead

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Brew Bird wrote:
Has there been any talk about how Polymorphing is going to work in SF? Anything from Gencon, perhaps?

I don't believe we discussed it at any length at Gen Con. It's obviously something we might cover in a preview blog or one of the Pathfinder Wednesday Twitch streams.


ButterPanda888 wrote:

You had me at uplifted bear.

Also, with D&D re-introducing the Giff, I feel Starfinder could use some interplanetary pachyderms. Could be rhinos (like the Judoon) or could be elephants, or hey maybe it could be hippos. Please consider.

Elephants would be pretty nice, give me those Loxodons!

I did homebrew a Pachyderm race...for my home game.


Think we'd be getting some more classic races like orcs, bugbears, hobgoblins, kobolds, and trogs? Also werewolves...

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I hope ORCS are in this volume, as they (and mongrelmen & troglodytes) are now residents of Apostae.


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Are we going to see Tieflings in this book? I would love to see some space tieflings added to the Starfinder universe.


Are there any creatures reprinted from SFS scenarios?


Marco Massoudi wrote:
I hope ORCS are in this volume, as they (and mongrelmen & troglodytes) are now residents of Apostae.

Apparently, Orcs are nearly extinct.

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Farlanghn wrote:
Are we going to see Tieflings in this book? I would love to see some space tieflings added to the Starfinder universe.

That would be cool...


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So... Sentient slugs? I am sincerely hoping these are modeled after the Yeerks from Animorphs, not going to lie.


The Khizars are pretty cool, but I miss my Ghorans. A race that can produce oxygen, food, and purify water would make an excellent addition to a spaceship crew. I hope they make a comeback eventually.


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Joe Pasini wrote:
Farlanghn wrote:
Are we going to see Tieflings in this book? I would love to see some space tieflings added to the Starfinder universe.
That would be cool...

You... you bloody tease!


Joe Pasini wrote:
The Drunken Dragon wrote:
Are these uplifted bears bipedal humanoid aliens (a la how rats are to ysoki) or are these more just literally genetically modified super-intelligent bears
They’re bears what have smarts!

They are also excellent motivational speakers.


Any chance we'll see a higher CR strain of Akatas? I've always had a soft spot for the horrible space doggos.


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Uplifted bears, that is music to my ears, I have the subscription for the hard covers and at this point you can't take my money fast enough to ensure I get this ASAP but I have a couple of questions/hopes. Please tell me the uplifted bears are going to something akin to Smokey, as in standing up right with opposable thumbs to make something close to true hands. And just as important how fast will they get greenlit to be usable as a PC race in SFS?


Big Lemon wrote:
AmbassadoroftheDominion wrote:

I guess they might reprint a few from Pathfinder, and maybe a few from the Adventure Path, but I hope they'll stick with mostly original creatures, at least until the third Archive.

If they do reprint a few Pathfinder Aliens, I would hope it was Dominion Creatures (Chyzaedu, Neh-Thalggu, Rhu-Chalik, Lunarma, Neshmaal, Yangethe, Yah-Thelgaad, Shipmind, Intellect Devourer/Egophage, Vespergaunt and Ugothokra) although there are several other Alien races which could be brought forth into Starfinder (all the creatures associated with the Old Cults, Several creatures From Bestiary 1-6, Distant Worlds, People of the Stars, Numeria, Land of the Fallen, and Iron Gods)

Please, Paizo, reprint mi-go for Starfinder! I want to be able to canonically make by players relive that terror!

I believe they are in there, they are on the front cover after all :p


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Alright, so my wishlist for this book goes as follows:

Genie-kin
Orcs
Tieflings
Aasimar
Samsarans (Farscape, anyone?)
Catfolk or a suitably Catfolk like race (Any Larry Niven fans out there?)
Fetchlings (In space, no one can hear you shadowstep)
Something suitably xenomorphish and horrifying
More living ships
Playable Azlanti (They have different stats then baseline humans, always have)
Some of the near human races (Ex: Akitonians)
Munavri (We've got Drow,so why not?)
A full list of the Veskarium's sentient species
More Kaiju!
More Deities!
Empyreal Lords!
Demons and Devils!


That's a really tall order. Given how they plan their books ahead of time, though.

Paizo Employee Starfinder Design Lead

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Marco Massoudi wrote:
I hope ORCS are in this volume

So do I!


Do we know if things like Mi-Go will get Starfinder-ized officially, with the chance of a player race in this book?

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The Imperator wrote:
Do we know if things like Mi-Go will get Starfinder-ized officially, with the chance of a player race in this book?

Mi-Go are in the book, but i am 100% sure that there won't be player stats.

These NE Dark Tapestry scientists are meant to be opponents, not pcs. ;-)


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EltonJ wrote:

That's a really tall order. Given how they plan their books ahead of time, though.

I'm aware. So I'm viewing it more long term.


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I really hope they finish fleshing out the pact worlders, instead of necessarily adding more pact worlders. I want the two Arkanen races to have stats, and maybe the arthropods of Nchak. Not that I don't want far-flung alien species. I totally want that. It's just my campaign is about to hit Arkanen and I'm winging it. *crosses fingers*

Here are other hopes that may be dashed in a matter of days.

I would love to get some living programs (to supplement the living holograms) or other technological possession type creatures.

I'd also like a non-humanoid empire that wasn't the dominion of the black. Don't get me wrong, I love those things. But they mean to extinguish the stars, let the universe grow cold, and either stretch it until atoms break, or compress it back into a primordial soup or otherwise make things weird. And those are good goals. Just not mortal goals. I want something more akin to Marvel's Brood race. Alien and not humanoid, but an expansionist mortal empire.


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Got my order notification last Friday. Now for the waiting game. Fingers crossed that I'll get my shipping notice sooner rather than later.


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Looks like I'm one of the lucky ones who got my pdf early! I'm still reading through but I'll try to answer any questions in a relatively spoiler-free way.


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Luke Spencer wrote:
Looks like I'm one of the lucky ones who got my pdf early! I'm still reading through but I'll try to answer any questions in a relatively spoiler-free way.

Playable species? Catfolk?


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zergtitan wrote:
Luke Spencer wrote:
Looks like I'm one of the lucky ones who got my pdf early! I'm still reading through but I'll try to answer any questions in a relatively spoiler-free way.
Playable species? Catfolk?

I got mine pretty early. This is a first. I can be the guy that answers peoples questions instead of asking.

Spoiler:
Not exactly. They are called Pahtra. 16 playable races.


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Micheal Smith wrote:
zergtitan wrote:
Luke Spencer wrote:
Looks like I'm one of the lucky ones who got my pdf early! I'm still reading through but I'll try to answer any questions in a relatively spoiler-free way.
Playable species? Catfolk?

I got mine pretty early. This is a first. I can be the guy that answers peoples questions instead of asking.

** spoiler omitted **

good to know, what's their stats? what type of appearance do they have? Bestiary 3 or Advanced Races Guide?

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