Starfinder RPG: Near Space

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Journey to Near Space, the galactic region that contains the Pact Worlds, the Veskarium, and many of the planets discovered and colonized by explorers from those civilizations. This hardcover rulebook expands the Starfinder campaign setting with details on dozens of worlds and cultures found in Near Space, each perfect as a locale for science–fantasy adventure!

Inside this book, you'll find in–depth gazetteers of the nine worlds of the Veskarium, the interstellar empire founded by the warlike vesk; detailed entries on other planets and civilizations of Near Space; new starships from the Veskarium and beyond; alternate racial traits for playable Near Space races; and new themes, archetypes, equipment, spells, and more for any character!

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-228-0

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Preorder, expected approximately 25 Mar 2020

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I can't wait to see how the homeplanet of the Skittermanders (Vesk-3?) looks. :-)


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Definitely psyched for this one!


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What about the Azlanti Star Empire, will they be detailed here?


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They're in the Vast, so I'm guessing not. There's a fair few articles in the Second Adventure Path (issues 7-9) on the Empire, if you haven't got that one.

I'm guessing there'll be an analog to this book for the more far-flung regions one day (or maybe an "important enemies" book at some point).


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I always thought the Desk Empire had more than 9 planets...

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I am so excited to see this one announced!

Hmm


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Oh sweet jumping jimniy judas priest! THIS IS THE EXACT BOOK I WANTED!


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Any chance we might see poster map folios for this and Pact Worlds at any point in the future (assuming this book will have planetary maps like PW did). Those would be really fun (and extremely useful) to have around while exploring some of the bigger locations in Starfinder.

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Selene Spires wrote:
I always thought the Desk Empire had more than 9 planets...

Is that another name for the DMV?


Zero the Nothing wrote:
Selene Spires wrote:
I always thought the Desk Empire had more than 9 planets...
Is that another name for the DMV?

Autocorrect strikes again!

Meant the Vesk Planets


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Now, here's my one concern here: We're getting the Veskarium and then also a selection of Near Space worlds, which could include stuff like Embroi, Orry, Tabrid Minor, Silselrik, Heicoron IV, and Daimalko.

Assuming that they profile even three or four of those planets, plus the Veskarium, and every planet gets two pages of fluff, plus back matter with ships and weapons...will they have enough room? I mean, the Starfinder Hardcovers are pretty small by comparison to Pathfinder.

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thecursor wrote:

Now, here's my one concern here: We're getting the Veskarium and then also a selection of Near Space worlds, which could include stuff like Embroi, Orry, Tabrid Minor, Silselrik, Heicoron IV, and Daimalko.

Assuming that they profile even three or four of those planets, plus the Veskarium, and every planet gets two pages of fluff, plus back matter with ships and weapons...will they have enough room? I mean, the Starfinder Hardcovers are pretty small by comparison to Pathfinder.

And spells, and archetypes, and themes. Oh my!


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Vanessa Hoskins wrote:


And spells, and archetypes, and themes. Oh my!

I think that's Developer talk for "Shut up and buy the book because everything is going to be fine."

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thecursor wrote:
Vanessa Hoskins wrote:


And spells, and archetypes, and themes. Oh my!
I think that's Developer talk for "Shut up and buy the book because everything is going to be fine."

There's going to be so much packed into this book! My prediction is that even with all of the new material added, it's still not going to feel like enough. Starfinder has this sort of curse where the more amazing stuff Paizo releases for it, the more we want.

We hunger... HUNGER!


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Vanessa Hoskins wrote:
There's going to be so much packed into this book! My prediction is that even with all of the new material added, it's still not going to feel like enough. Starfinder has this sort of curse where the more amazing stuff Paizo releases for it, the more we want.

I concur, actually. I have a strong suspicion of what's going to be in the book (Daimalko is, after all, a shoe in) but it won't be enough. It will never be enough.

Quote:
We hunger... HUNGER!

Yes...the need...it cannot be easily sated. We must feast.


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Pact Worlds was a fantastic book, and I hope this one lives up to that high bar.


UBER-excited for this one !!!!


Vanessa Hoskins wrote:


There's going to be so much packed into this book! My prediction is that even with all of the new material added, it's still not going to feel like enough. Starfinder has this sort of curse where the more amazing stuff Paizo releases for it, the more we want.

We hunger... HUNGER!

I find this characterization entirely accurate.

:D


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I attempted to pre ordered this on Amazon UK right after it was announced, this week I received a "This order has been cancelled from the vendor" email - has the date slipped on this? I can no longer find it on Amazon to pre order...

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It's still on schedule here—any Amazon issues at this point are therefore likely of their own making.


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Oh boy, Doom Eternal and THIS in the same month...maybe I'll end up making a Vesk Soldier who has a blood-oath to fight the Abyss and RIPS AND TEARS demons.


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I don't even have my Character Operations Manual or the Deck of Many Worlds yet, now I have a new thing to look forward to... Paizo shut up and take my money.


What is the difference between the "in-depth gazeteer" that the planets of the Veskarium will get and the "detailed entries" that other planets will get?


theelcorspectre wrote:
What is the difference between the "in-depth gazeteer" that the planets of the Veskarium will get and the "detailed entries" that other planets will get?

The number of pages dedicated to them, I would guess.


The Gold Sovereign wrote:
theelcorspectre wrote:
What is the difference between the "in-depth gazeteer" that the planets of the Veskarium will get and the "detailed entries" that other planets will get?
The number of pages dedicated to them, I would guess.

I figured. I’m wondering if they are going to at least two pages for the non-Veskarium Near Space places mentioned in the core. Or maybe they’ll do a bunch of one page or half pages for Near Space planets not mentioned yet.

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theelcorspectre wrote:
The Gold Sovereign wrote:
theelcorspectre wrote:
What is the difference between the "in-depth gazeteer" that the planets of the Veskarium will get and the "detailed entries" that other planets will get?
The number of pages dedicated to them, I would guess.
I figured. I’m wondering if they are going to at least two pages for the non-Veskarium Near Space places mentioned in the core. Or maybe they’ll do a bunch of one page or half pages for Near Space planets not mentioned yet.

In a Know Direction recording of a GenCon panel, Rob and Amanda said that each Near Space planet given a half page in the Core Rulebook would be getting either a 2 or 4 page spread (they couldn't remember at the time). The way they talked about it also implied to me that there were going to be some brand new planets mentioned as well.


Kyrand wrote:
In a Know Direction recording of a GenCon panel, Rob and Amanda said that each Near Space planet given a half page in the Core Rulebook would be getting either a 2 or 4 page spread (they couldn't remember at the time). The way they talked about it also implied to me that there were going to be some brand new planets mentioned as well.

That’s really good to know. Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait for this book.

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theelcorspectre wrote:
What is the difference between the "in-depth gazeteer" that the planets of the Veskarium will get and the "detailed entries" that other planets will get?

The worlds of the Veskarium each get 6 pages, with treatments similar to the individual Pact Worlds in the Pact Worlds book (full-page map, notable locations, etc.)

The other Near Space planets detailed in the book each get a 2-page spread. Some of these planets are expansions of Near Space worlds we've talked about before, and some are brand new!


Are we going to get more on the Skyfire Legion enforcement works on the Near Colonies?

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So come to think, does this mean we can expect book on The Vast eventually? :D

I wonder what is left after The Vast... Other galaxies/planes? Or just more focus on specific areas of near/vast or solar system... Like maybe one with heavier focus on Azlanti star empire or dark tapestry or whatever?

Well whatever, I do hope we get both Vast and Planar book eventually :D Doesn't even have to focus on traditional planes, we need some scifi dimension travel shenanigans eventually!


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The Vast in general -- probably not. That would be all of the galaxy that is not Near Space -- and if we assume that the galaxy containing the Pact Worlds is comparable in size to the Milky Way, that would be huge.

But I could imagine a book on the Azlanti Star Empire at some point, followed by other themed regions of space as desired. However, I don't think we will get anything for other galaxies unless and until they come up with a way to reach them.


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David knott 242 wrote:


The Vast in general -- probably not. That would be all of the galaxy that is not Near Space -- and if we assume that the galaxy containing the Pact Worlds is comparable in size to the Milky Way, that would be huge.

But I could imagine a book on the Azlanti Star Empire at some point, followed by other themed regions of space as desired. However, I don't think we will get anything for other galaxies unless and until they come up with a way to reach them.

It’s hard for me to see Paizo not doing something like this. I don’t think any of the setting books were ever meant to be comprehensive. There are pact worlds outside of the Golarion system that weren’t covered in that book, probably Veskarium-occupied territories outside of Vesk-Prime’s solar system that won’t be covered in Near Space, and probably many more Near Space worlds that we’ll have to wait for another AP to see. A Vast book wouldn’t even have to cover a fraction of what’s out there. But it would allow Paizo to expand on a portion of their setting that’s largely unexplored right now - the unexplored! What does the uncharted frontier look like in Starfinder? Where is that mythical planet made entirely out of gold but haunted by an ancient entity that’s whispered about in taverns on Broken Rock, or that secret Dominion of the Black mothership slipping in and out of planes you’ll hear every conspiracy nut talking about? Or that failed faraway colony whose inhabitants have mutated mysteriously into fungal predators, or the cosmic museum-hoard of that reclusive collector dragon who spurns “civilised” society to unlock the secrets of the past beyond the Gap?

Most of the worlds we’ve explored in core settings books are pretty frequented, but there’s literally the rest of the galaxy teeming with secrets and strange worlds to explore, uncharted and only barely speculated about. That’s a final frontier I’d like to see a book about.

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