Starfinder Society Scenario #2-01: Pact World Warriors

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A Starfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1–4.

Recovering from its recent trials in the Scoured Stars, the Starfinder Society finds itself the target of a vicious media smear campaign. To combat this unexpected threat, the Society sends a group of agents to build up some standing in the Pact Worlds by taking part in a series of televised events orchestrated by the undead media mogul, Zo!. What these heroic agents don't know, is that their competition is willing to do whatever it takes to stop them from restoring the Society's tattered image.

Content in Pact World Warriors begins the Year of a Thousand Bites storyline.

Written by Jenny Jarzabski

Scenario Tags: Faction (Acquisitives)

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Great Content, but far too much to cram into a 5 hour slot

3/5

So, of course its grand to come back to ZO and revisit the reality television concept but it seems to me that they took ideas, two of which at least could have been fine entire scenario length concepts (thinking the American Gladiators and Chopped segments), added two superfluous underdeveloped ideas (Capture the Flag and Whack-a-Ghoul) and then ALSO tried to seed some very important plot developments.

It's just way too much and in trying to fit all of it into one 5 hour slot(that Starfinder players are frankly used to ending in closer to 3 especially at this tier) means not fully getting to ENJOY or SAVOR much of this high quality content. You're just rushing from plot beat to plot beat trying to get everyone home to supper on time.

This is especially disappointing because Pact World Warriors could have easily been one of the perfect recruitment drive adventures and as it is now I cannot really use it in that capacity at all.


Fast-Paced Action in front of a Studio Audience

4/5

Pact World Warriors is a fast-paced action-packed scenario giving the player characters another opportunity to be adored by Pact Worlds citizens. I would give this scenario a rating of 4.5 stars if I could; however, I decided to mark it down to 4 stars. (See comments hidden by the spoiler tags below.)

There’s a lot going on in this scenario and the scenario runs on the long side (around five hours). The first two challenges are the most exciting and work well to build up the tension. The scenario can be lethal for level 1-2 characters (even while playing in-tier). The banter between the undead hosts is quite amusing. The Rival Team needs a name!

The scenario has four sections:

Obstacle Course:
In general, the obstacle course is a lot of fun with varied challenges for the player characters to overcome. Not surprisingly, this section emphasizes Athletics and Acrobatics; characters trained in those skills will excel here. This challenge runs a long time and eats up most of the slot. I think it would have been better to end the obstacle course after the Lava Hop.

The main issue I have is with the lethality of the traps at the end of the course when there is no real warning that traps are present. By the time PCs get through the Electrogrid and the Lava Hop, they can be nearly be out of Stamina Points and Hit Points. In my first session, four of the seven characters fell into the Lava. Then the leading PC is possibly subjected to a 4d6 force blast (in sub-tier 1-2); that blast killed a character with only had 1 Hit Point prior to setting off the trap. Then there’s another trap dealing 3d6+1 damage (sub-tier 1-2). It is too much damage at the end of the obstacle course.

Combat Cooking:
This was a fantastic idea. I think this challenge would have been better if there was a more obvious reason to rush killing the monsters. There’s not a clear reason to be quick; perhaps points could have been awarded for the first team to kill the monsters.

The cooking section has some nice options for everyone to participate. The sabotage actions are a nice inclusion. As written, it seems that the same sabotage can be used multiple times per cooking segment and they all add (even if DCs are fairly high).

Kill Count:
If you need to run this scenario in a four-hour slot, I recommend skipping this challenge. Fortunately, only five rounds of combat are allowed. Both times I ran this scenario, the party had a healer with Harm Undead and good set of area of effect weapons. Both groups destroyed three sets of undead and accumulated a nearly insurmountable lead.

Capture the Flag:
This combat is too easy for the PCs. One problem is that PCs can re-enter the fight immediately by spending 1 RP (since they don’t have to spend a round and an RP to stabilize). The rules should have stated that PCs have to stay out of the fight after being knocked out. Why is this fight non-lethal when everything else has lethal potential?

The most frustrating thing is setting this combat to occur in zero-gravity. Since there is very little room to move around, PCs are going to keep running into each other trying to float down hallways, stopping movement, and then they’ll likely get knocked off kilter. It might be more interesting if the rival team was able to cheat and move more easily, but the zero-gravity just adds more time and complexity to a too-long scenario. On most occasions, boarding actions are going to occur in a 1G environment; why is it different here?


Lantern Lodge

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Season 2 and Zo! When you get a chance can you let us know the maps for this one? Thanks!

Liberty's Edge

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Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber
michaelane wrote:
Season 2 and Zo! When you get a chance can you let us know the maps for this one? Thanks!

Maps Needed:

1 Custom
Jungle World
Asteroid
Ghost Ship


They wrote a sequel to the best Starfinder Scenario?
Will we find out Zoe! is the undead form of Grandmaster Torch?
Will these wacky competitions be sabotaged by Aspis Consortium Agent Snidely Whiplash?
All I know is when it comes time for the Confession-Cam, I didn't come here to make FRIENDS!


Pathfinder Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

I have a group of newcomers to the game and we are playing a few scenarios before the special at GenCon. Will playing this beforehand spoil stuff from the special?

Paizo Employee Organized Play Lead Developer

Gladior wrote:
I have a group of newcomers to the game and we are playing a few scenarios before the special at GenCon. Will playing this beforehand spoil stuff from the special?

There’s a bit of background in this scenario that’s a very minor spoiler for the special, but overall I feel you’ll be able enjoy this adventure without any significant plot spoilers for #2-00.


Pathfinder Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Thanks John! They’ve played part of Into the Unknown. But, I thought it would be fun to expose them to some of the other scenarios y’all have done that really highlight that science fantasy encompasses space stations, starships, and aliens. But, it can also encompass reality television, pop stars, and so much more than people default to when they hear sci-fi or fantasy.

Second Seekers (Jadnura)

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"Abadarcorp my #(#$* tail, say hi to grandma for me."

Second Seekers (Luwazi Elsbo)

I just don't understand Grandma's obsession with Apples.

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Rulebook, Starfinder Accessories Subscriber

I can't tell if that cover is a Ferret or a Weasel. But definitely not your typical rat.

The Exchange

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Ran this over the weekend, it was awesome! The players all said they loved it and its a nice kick off for the season. Follow it up with 2-02 like we did and it really gets your second season off to a good start. I can't wait to find out what happens in future scenarios!

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