Starfinder Society Scenario #2-07: Four for the First

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A Starfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1–4.

In the aftermath of the Scoured Stars incident, the Starfinder Society has come together like never before. From the Society's ranks, a new First Seeker must be chosen, and several prominent Starfinders have already begun amassing allies. The PCs get introduced to several of the frontrunners to replace the current First Seeker and get a chance to learn what each of them represents for the Society's future.

Four for the First is a stand-alone scenario, but will be part of a global vote to determine the new First Seeker for the Starfinder Society. Players are encouraged to play this scenario and vote on their preferred First Seeker, with more information on the voting coming alongside the release of this adventure.

Written by Thurston Hillman

Scenario Tags: Faction (Second Seekers [Luwazi Elsebo]), Repeatable

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3/5

I GM'd this online. Now I'm willing to accept blame that as someone still new to running society games my preceptions/expectations might be a bit different.

First off, I felt woefully unprepared for the scenario. The fights themselves are simple and straightforward, one of them includes a really cool hazard that, in practice, I immediately forgot about (and really, is easily avoid). There are some parts throughout the scenario where I felt there was information lacking, or not clearly enough presented.

Lastly, and probably my biggest complaint, is the lack of any direction for portraying the candidates. I want to present them as fairly as possible, explaining their views so that the players can make an informed decision on who to vote. I got some excellent questions from the players. Even just a few more points on each candidate about their goals, views, or even answers to possible questions would have been very welcome. We don't get much to accomplish that. We get a little introduction to meet them, a couple of lines about their goal, and boom that's it. Then you go on a mission that's kinda related to them.

I know that the scenario is here to present the candidates, but I felt it could have done it in a much better job. I went into it feeling a little uneasy and unprepared, no matter how many times I read through it. Knowing that how I present them could very well affect the player's perceptions of them, and in turn their vote, well that's some pressure. This scenario felt a lot less like something I can use to engage with my players and facilitate good gaming, both roll-playing and role-playing, and felt more like me going "here's the candidates, here's a bit about them, now go vote."

Also final, final note, not such a fan of the way the initial debriefing is presented. But that's more of personal preference.

----SPOILERS-----
Calder

Spoiler:
A large empty map where you throw a few will save, going "teehee the scream was an illusion it's just an empty room, look dead body oh just kidding". I like the concept, but in execution it was terrible. Keep the gremlins moving through the entire area? When one is spotted do they all jump into the fight? Not to mention that 50% miss chance, man that is rough. Really just drags out the combat.

Ehu

Spoiler:
the hazard is really interesting, but I'll be honest I completely forgot about it after the first players turn. And when is the DC 8 will save supposed to come up? At the start of their turn, the end? Each round?

Tara

Spoiler:
This could be a fault of my reading comprehension skills, but where is the console for the locked doors even supposed to be? We get a bunch of empty rooms with nothing in them. That whole thing is a mess: "players start on the eastern edge", but the map shows them starting in the south. The fight is alright, but you just end up with the boss jinsul staying on the ceiling pelting everyone with magic missile.


Very well done - just a couple of small issues.

4/5

First things first - this adventure did the heavy lift that it needed to do and introduced four new characters and established their motives and what their terms as First Seeker might hope to accomplish (though some better than others)

That said the requisite adventures that did that demonstrated that could have been stronger.

Avor's adventure really should have had more avenues to handle that situation aside from combat or a highly niche skill.

Avor:
The decision to have him bad mouth two of the main factions seems to be poison to his candidacy and if anything is like this done again you should really avoid having the candidates badmouth the players.

Calder's adventure features a maddening enemy that honestly soured me and my players on the adventure, so mercifully we did it last.

Tara's was fun but in terms of presentation:

Tara's adventure:
The jinsuls felt as though they were no threat and that they were sort of pathetic which cast Tara in an unflattering light.

and finally, Ehu's adventure was definitely the highlight, the enemies and the setting were memorable and left me looking forward to more from him (tipping my hand he definitely got my first place vote).

Overall very well done, considering how difficult to put together fairly and as timely as it was.


Dataphiles

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Please note: the "Repeatable" tag above is misspelled.

Grand Lodge

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Pathfinder Starfinder Society Subscriber

Any word on which maps are included in this scenario?

Dark Archive

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It's kind of a future question, but how would the repeatibility work in future seasons with presumably different candidates?


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Starfinder Superscriber

John said on the twitch stream that the repeatability was so you could get multiple perspectives on the candidates before placing your vote.

I'm just guessing, but I'm betting that if they plan on doing this again in future, they'll 'retire' this scenario and replace it with a new one.

Grand Lodge

Once he recovers from SkalCon, I'm sure Thurston will let us know about maps.

Paizo Employee Starfinder Senior Developer

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Maps for Starfinder Society Scenario #2-07:

  • Starfinder Flip-Mat: Space Station
  • Starfinder Flip-Mat: Warship
  • Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Arcane Library
  • Grand Lodge

    Pathfinder Starfinder Society Subscriber

    Thanks, John

    Liberty's Edge

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    I'm itching for a thread for in-character endorsements already.

    Exo-Guardians

    For some reason, even though the scenario was supposed to be available today, it now shows as "Unavailable" for those that wish to purchase it.


    Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Maps, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

    It looks like it is available for sale now.

    Edit: And then it became unavailable as soon as I posted this. Weird.


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    Starfinder Superscriber

    Gratz on the 4 that got chosen.

    /cry
    Dont mind me, I'm ok... mine didn't get picked... Really, just cutting onions over here...
    /cry


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

    Can not find the voting page.

    Silver Crusade

    The scenario description still needs a working link to the survey.


    I'd like to run this and allow my players to vote, but I can't find a link to send them to.


    Here's the working link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PMJXQDY


    Thank you.

    Dark Archive

    Where is that link from? Like kinda hard to tell its the official voting link when its posted by random forum user?

    Kinda weird how hard it is to find the official survey anyway since scenario refers to check here.

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