Starfinder Character Operations Manual

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The Starfinder galaxy is an expansive and diverse collection of eclectic planets, strange creatures, myriad cultures, and ancient traditions! Characters can draw from far more backgrounds, heritages, and training regimens than can possibly be contained in just one core book. The Starfinder Character Operations Manual expands the universe of what is possible for characters of any class or race, providing new choices at every stage of character creation and advancement. Whether you are a veteran or new to the game, there's something here for you! Inside this book, you'll find the following:

  • Three new character classes—the biohacker, the vanguard, and the witchwarper—that add the power to alter biology, control entropy, and tap into alternate realities.
  • Additional options for all the classes and races found in the Starfinder Core Rulebook.
  • Expanded selections of feats, spells, and equipment, including shields.
  • More roles and crew actions for starship combat, and a system for downtime activities outside of battle.

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-179-5

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Amazing

5/5

An amazing addition of Starfinder crunch, filling in tons of conspicuous gaps in PC options.

Interesting and flavorful new classes? Check.

Interesting and flavorful optional new racial abilities? Check.

Interesting and flavorful optional new class abilities (many patching awkward holes in classes in the CRB)? Including fixes to flavorful but lame Mystic connections, fixes to boost the underwhelming graviton Solarian, and two new solar manifestations for Solarians (a ranged weapon and a shield-like option)? Including awesome Soldier unarmed monk-like abilities and fighting styles, as well as options to make Soldiers more skillsy and not just all about combat? Check!

Finally introducing effective shield options? Check.

Introducing new feats to make having multiple arms more mechanically relevant? Check.

Introducing a slew of new feats of all kinds, including cool high level options, and new spells? Check.

Introducing some decent downtime options? Check.

Adding new starship combat roles (including magic officer!), new generic starship combat actions? Check.

Easily the best Starfinder product that’s been released to date.


5/5

I love this book. It is legit my favorite Starfinder book yet.

The new classes? They're thematic and different, they feel like they're a new niche not a rehash.

Species options? Rock on! I wasn't expecting this originally but new options for characters is awesome. I appreciate the Legacy options being included too!

New Class features? I AM HERE FOR IT! I feel like I can play themes that I would have access to from Pathfinder in Starfinder now, without anything being a copy/paste or something getting the serial numbers scratched off.

Also? I'm ecstatic for the new archetypes. I didn't care for the original batch from the CRB, but all of the COM ones demand I make characters for them! In particular as a player of a character who has a vehicle focus? Starwright demands to be played!


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Wind_Paladin wrote:
How does the biohacker look? Any notable changes?

The Orb does not have the best memory of the playtest version of the class, but a few things stand out immediately as different.

One thing is that Biohackers can now inject their allies at a range without making an attack roll, provided they're "attuned" to a Biohacker's "Custom Microlab", which is a kit not unlike the Engineer's custom rig.


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Wind_Paladin wrote:
How does the biohacker look? Any notable changes?

A quick glance shows a couple of name changes and injection expert is now gained at level 2 and caps at +3 instead of +2


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What kind of new race options for Core? Hykli humans perhaps? Or Azlanti?


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thecursor wrote:

What kind of new race options for Core? Hykli humans perhaps? Or Azlanti?

Most of the racial options are representative of broad categories rather than specific ethnicities. Humans get alternate ability score bonuses to represent those that live in higher gravity or lower gravity, and alternate racial traits for humans raised by other species, humans that live underground, or humans that live in environments too harsh for most others of their kind.


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The All-Seeing Orb wrote:
thecursor wrote:

What kind of new race options for Core? Hykli humans perhaps? Or Azlanti?

Most of the racial options are representative of broad categories rather than specific ethnicities. Humans get alternate ability score bonuses to represent those that live in higher gravity or lower gravity, and alternate racial traits for humans raised by other species, humans that live underground, or humans that live in environments too harsh for most others of their kind.

Oh, so my two favorite subraces still don't have flavor on them yet. *Smiles* Great. Fantastic.

*starts grumbling like Yosemite same as he walks away*

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My subscription shipped yesterday so I got my pretty pretty PDF. I adore this book, and I can't wait to see what makes it into SFS for sure. So many options, so much flavor o.o


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Gotta say, I’m loving the options in here geared towards Pathfinder player options.

COM spoiler:

We can now make rough representations of every Pathfinder Class, with a Magical Expertise alternate class option for Envoy making for a good Bard lookalike, and Soldier fighting styles Hunter, Qi Adept, and Wrathful Warrior for Ranger, Monk, and Barbarian respectively. These were very pleasant, unexpected surprises. Really loving the versatility of Starfinder classes.


I need to get this book :)

Liberty's Edge

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Opsylum wrote:
Gotta say, I’m loving the options in here geared towards Pathfinder player options.

Yeah, this really stood out to me too. You can play basically any core "Pathfinder" style character in Starfinder now without any issue but they managed to not be copy/paste rush jobs and instead are their own thing while letting you embrace those PF styled themes too. :D


Ugh... I'm so jealous everyone is getting their PDFs already. I always get my subscriber PDFs so late every month! It is SO frustrating, especially when there is a book like this one that I am especially anxious to see! Grrr... :)


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Given a certain topic of controversy:

Are there any options that either change the key ability score of a class or otherwise grant extra resolve?


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David knott 242 wrote:


Given a certain topic of controversy:

Are there any options that either change the key ability score of a class or otherwise grant extra resolve?

spoiler:
I’m not seeing anything. There’s a nice feature that lets you gain a second solar manifestation instead of zenith revelations at level 9. There are also two more solar manifestations that might help the Solarian be a little less MAD: Solar Flare and Solar Shield. First is a ranged attack (works with Trick Attack) that makes for a good DEX based Solarian, and the latter provides some good defensive options for STR Solarian, the shield doubling as a non-archaic, AoO-able unarmed attack compatible with weapon crystals.
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Opsylum wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:


Given a certain topic of controversy:

Are there any options that either change the key ability score of a class or otherwise grant extra resolve?

** spoiler omitted **

Solarian Option Insight:
I recommend you look at the wording of solar flare again, especially the areas in parentheses. It expressly CANNOT be used to make a trick attack.

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Lindley Court wrote:
Opsylum wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:


Given a certain topic of controversy:

Are there any options that either change the key ability score of a class or otherwise grant extra resolve?

** spoiler omitted **
** spoiler omitted **

Ah, curse my dyslexia. Thanks for the correction, Lindley. Also, this book is incredible. Don’t know specifically what work you did on it, but well done.

Wayfinders

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Opsylum wrote:
Lindley Court wrote:
Opsylum wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:


Given a certain topic of controversy:

Are there any options that either change the key ability score of a class or otherwise grant extra resolve?

** spoiler omitted **
** spoiler omitted **
Ah, curse my dyslexia. Thanks for the correction, Lindley. Also, this book is incredible. Don’t know specifically what work you did on it, but well done.

No worries! I was credited as Sasha Lindley Hall. I wrote the gnome and solarian sections and will give a full designer insight once it's out for the masses. ^_^


Opsylum wrote:

Gotta say, I’m loving the options in here geared towards Pathfinder player options.

** spoiler omitted **

Wait, hold on. Qi Adept? That sounds neat! Could you give a little more detail if you can, please?

Dark Archive

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If you are a fan of the game, Destiny.

Spoiler:

Opsylum wrote:
There are also two more solar manifestations that might help the Solarian be a little less MAD: Solar Flare and Solar Shield.

I immediately thought of the Hunter's "Golden Gun" from Destiny when I saw that one.

The unarmed strike Exploit for Operatives has me SOOO excited. Not holding my breath to see if it makes it into SFS after what happened with Pistol Whip. I'm not setting myself up for disappointment again like I did with Warrior Poet.


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Ventnor wrote:
Opsylum wrote:

Gotta say, I’m loving the options in here geared towards Pathfinder player options.

** spoiler omitted **

Wait, hold on. Qi Adept? That sounds neat! Could you give a little more detail if you can, please?

spoiler:
You can spend a resolve point to gain qi powers for 8 hours (or until you “gather qi” again by spending another resolve point). As long as you have 1 resolve point, your melee and ranged attacks count as magic for bypassing damage reduction and the like, and later the save DCs for all your class abilities get a small boost. Qi powers get better as you level up, but to start with you can choose to gain an increased land speed, a flight speed, or give your unarmed attacks a plasma effect that stuns on crit and can be used at range for up to 30 ft.

Dang, this sounds great! Can't wait for the 13th to roll around so I can check it out for myself!


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Any cool new gravonic revelations, or solarion feats/items that encourage switching between stellar modes?


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Mechalibur wrote:
Any cool new gravonic revelations, or solarion feats/items that encourage switching between stellar modes?

For Revelations we have: Maneuvers at range, damage boost, saves boost, sunder, make difficult terrain with attacks, and can cause damage to people who have been hit (nice, but the cooldown prevents this one from being really good).

Also one that lets you use other Graviton Revelations when wounded in addition to safe movement, but it’s really high level.

For Zenith: SUMMONS, wide range difficult terrain planting and damage.

Haven’t read the item section yet.


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ATTENTION: there is a feat that makes Skittermanders and Ysoki fluffier.


Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
Mechalibur wrote:
Any cool new gravonic revelations, or solarion feats/items that encourage switching between stellar modes?

For Revelations we have: Maneuvers at range, damage boost, saves boost, sunder, make difficult terrain with attacks, and can cause damage to people who have been hit (nice, but the cooldown prevents this one from being really good).

Also one that lets you use other Graviton Revelations when wounded in addition to safe movement, but it’s really high level.

For Zenith: SUMMONS, wide range difficult terrain planting and damage.

Haven’t read the item section yet.

No Solarion specific items, just new equipment and serums.


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Mechalibur wrote:
Any cool new gravonic revelations, or solarion feats/items that encourage switching between stellar modes?

Solar Flare users can pick up a revelation that lets them make combat maneuvers as ranged attacks instead of melee. This book honestly has everything The Orb needed to build the dreamed about ranged control-focused Solarian.

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Anyone look closely at the

mystic option:
to gain a solar weapon.
I feel like I need to read all the abilities closely to figure out the catch and it’s too late in the evening right now.


GeneticDrift wrote:
Anyone look closely at the ** spoiler omitted ** I feel like I need to read all the abilities closely to figure out the catch and it’s too late in the evening right now.

There doesn't seem to be any catch. You won't be as good as a Solarian, without things like Plasma Sheath, but a free melee weapon is nothing to sneeze at.

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GeneticDrift wrote:
Anyone look closely at the ** spoiler omitted ** I feel like I need to read all the abilities closely to figure out the catch and it’s too late in the evening right now.

I'm digging that Mystic option for Jedi/Sith inspired characters.

The All-Seeing Orb wrote:
There doesn't seem to be any catch. You won't be as good as a Solarian, without things like Plasma Sheath, but a free melee weapon is nothing to sneeze at.

You'd at least be able to get Solarian weapon crystals.

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So how many new themes are in this book? IF it's not too many, what are they?


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Athlete, Grifter, Guard, Law Officer, Noble Scion, Sensate, Street Rat


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What level does the Power Armour Jockey archetype start? Given you cant use power armour until level 5, it would be wierd if it starts at level 2 like most current archetypes. Does it start later, at level 4 or 6?


Starts at 6th.

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Opsylum wrote:

Gotta say, I’m loving the options in here geared towards Pathfinder player options.

** spoiler omitted **

I pitched and wrote the drafts for all three of those; glad you liked them! It was important to me that players could hit those classic fantasy flavors with COM.


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Alexander Augunas wrote:
Opsylum wrote:

Gotta say, I’m loving the options in here geared towards Pathfinder player options.

** spoiler omitted **

I pitched and wrote the drafts for all three of those; glad you liked them! It was important to me that players could hit those classic fantasy flavors with COM.

Vlaka Barbarian is almost enough to make me try playing again...

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Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
ATTENTION: there is a feat that makes Skittermanders and Ysoki fluffier.

Well, THAT'S going to be mandatory for all my characters of those species going forward! >:3


I’m curious what level of spells Envoy caps out at with the magic specialization?


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QuidEst wrote:
I’m curious what level of spells Envoy caps out at with the magic specialization?

4th


One of the reviews mentioned options to make Soldiers more skillful, can anyone illuminate me on this or even just confirm?


Master Han Del of the Web wrote:
One of the reviews mentioned options to make Soldiers more skillful, can anyone illuminate me on this or even just confirm?

There's a new class of options called "Special Ops Training" that you can take in place of a gear boost. They're skill focused abilities rather than things focused specifically on weapons. The two options presented in the book are just numerical boosts to particular skills (though fairly substantial ones), but it opens up space for some more interesting designs in the future.


Arrgh! I finally got my subscriber copy, but I am so upset now that I see that I cannot use...

A certain Alternate Racial Ability:
Xenometric Android to resemble a Ryphorian.


NightTrace wrote:
Opsylum wrote:
Gotta say, I’m loving the options in here geared towards Pathfinder player options.
Yeah, this really stood out to me too. You can play basically any core "Pathfinder" style character in Starfinder now without any issue but they managed to not be copy/paste rush jobs and instead are their own thing while letting you embrace those PF styled themes too. :D

PF2 character or 1E?


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The All-Seeing Orb wrote:
thecursor wrote:

What kind of new race options for Core? Hykli humans perhaps? Or Azlanti?

Most of the racial options are representative of broad categories rather than specific ethnicities. Humans get alternate ability score bonuses to represent those that live in higher gravity or lower gravity, and alternate racial traits for humans raised by other species, humans that live underground, or humans that live in environments too harsh for most others of their kind.

Since Akiton is a low gravity planet, it appears that Hylki are covered.

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Thundarr the Barbarian wrote:
Arrgh! I finally got my subscriber copy, but I am so upset now that I see that I cannot use... ** spoiler omitted **

Yeah, I think it’s probably that piece of Android art. My original turnover had options for every race in Alien Archive 1 and 2, and that art takes a ton of space (see how it cuts into the right column). Either that or my options were insanely broken and had to be purged by fire, who knows? This was the first book of its kind for SF; we authors and developers were trailblazers for this book.

That being said, John and Joe have all the options they didn’t make it into the book and the team has said on streams that there’s a “cutting room floor” they sometimes pull content from. If the fans like the xenonetric Android and want more, they can absolutely give you more. ;)


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David knott 242 wrote:
The All-Seeing Orb wrote:
thecursor wrote:

What kind of new race options for Core? Hykli humans perhaps? Or Azlanti?

Most of the racial options are representative of broad categories rather than specific ethnicities. Humans get alternate ability score bonuses to represent those that live in higher gravity or lower gravity, and alternate racial traits for humans raised by other species, humans that live underground, or humans that live in environments too harsh for most others of their kind.

Since Akiton is a low gravity planet, it appears that Hylki are covered.

Then again, maybe not. The low gravity option seems to imply even lower gravity than is found on Akiton.

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David knott 242 wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:
The All-Seeing Orb wrote:
thecursor wrote:

What kind of new race options for Core? Hykli humans perhaps? Or Azlanti?

Most of the racial options are representative of broad categories rather than specific ethnicities. Humans get alternate ability score bonuses to represent those that live in higher gravity or lower gravity, and alternate racial traits for humans raised by other species, humans that live underground, or humans that live in environments too harsh for most others of their kind.

Since Akiton is a low gravity planet, it appears that Hylki are covered.

Then again, maybe not. The low gravity option seems to imply even lower gravity than if found on Akiton.

I didn’t do human, but I think the stance on the Hylki and Azlanti is that those are just ethnic groups with a specific skin color / features associated with them, but are otherwise just humans. You could have a hylki with standard racial traits or with low gravity traits, just like any other group. There’s a bit of nastiness when when assign skin color to game mechanics, even if we’re taking a fictitious skin color. Make your character your way!


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Also (I’m surprised nobody has mentioned this yet)!

spoiler:
Kasatha mouths! Never thought I’d see that. I somewhat expected them to have tusks, like shobhads. Pretty normal looking, actually. Fun.

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I didn't take much note of this when I read it, but I cannot stop thinking about this operative class option.

Stunt and Strike (Ex):
A heavy weapons operative sounds fun. Flying around dropping explosions, muahahahh!

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Also, I think there's a typo on Page 88.

Page 88:
Is the new fighter class feature SUPPOSED to be titled "Aesthetic Warrior," or was it supposed to be "ASCETIC Warrior" and somehow autocorrect put the wrong word in?


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Thundarr the Barbarian wrote:
Arrgh! I finally got my subscriber copy, but I am so upset now that I see that I cannot use... ** spoiler omitted **

I imagine that's because there would be not benefit as they have standard humanoid physiology. You can already be ryphorian android in Core. It would suck if you were forced to take the racial trait without actually getting any benefit from it.


For somebody who has the book already, how does the Witchwarper look?

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Opsylum wrote:
Also (I’m surprised nobody has mentioned this yet)! ** spoiler omitted **

Nooo D: Please don't tell me they have lips

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