Starfinder Society Scenario #2-21: Illegal Shipment

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A Starfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1-4 (subtiers 1-2 & 3-4).

As the Swarm invades the distant Suskillon system, a notorious collector of alien life captures several Swarm lifeforms with the intent of selling them to interested buyers. Bringing these creatures to Absalom Station as part of a clandestine trade, events go awry and the trader's preserved wildlife escape into the station. In order to prevent station-wide panic, the Starfinder Society sends its best agents to find out what happened, track down the escaped Swarm lifeforms, and stop a full-scale infestation at the heart of the Pact Worlds!

Written by: Joseph Blomquist

Scenario tags: Faction (Exo-Guardians), Faction (Wayfinders)

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A great scenario with poorly designed maps


This scenario was a lot of fun! The encounters (running high tier with 5 players 2 out of tier) were challenging and fun. Almost to lethal, but just right, I think.

This scenario really falls down in 2 places.
The first is the maps: the map designs used feel...wrong for the encounters that take place in them. Players gravitate to the larger final fight first, rather then the expected order laid out in the scenario.

The latter is the presentation of information. A question and answer section like the mission briefing for del thara and Toressa would be far more useful in allowing gms to respond to player inquiries.

All in all, worth playing but not a standout of the season like I'd hoped


Potentially fun, but don't run for 4, and don't run for level 1s

2/5

Have only played this so far.

It's fun and generally well-written, and runs short. Short! That's amazing. We get to see a different side of Ziggy, which is also welcome. Overall, I had a good time.

The one challenge here is that IMO the difficulty knobs are tweaked too high in a couple places.

In an early encounter:
There's some nasty poison whose DC isn't adjusted downward for 1-2 subtier. It's a fairly simple thing to get poisoned twice, and that's got better than even odds of killing most characters.

Now, you can work on overcoming this with having medpatches and the medicine skill available, and it's a good lesson for players to be prepared. Even so, these are expensive for level 1s, who are unlikely to be able to afford enough medpatches to survive. I'm not so sure that's a great experience for new players.

There's also the complication that the four-player adjustment doesn't adjust the DC of the poison either, while running with 4 hurts the action economy in terms of getting medpatches on poisoned PCs. It's rough.

A later encounter:
There's also no 4-player adjustment on the last combat, which is... really problematic, given how much damage some of the challenges do there. Also considering that it's like... CR 6 or 7 or something, depending on how you calculate it? For low subtier? That seems extreme for a full party, let alone an underpowered one!

I'll probably adjust my review upward from 2 stars to 3 stars when we get a 4PA for the last encounter, because I do rather like a lot of individual components of this adventure. And it makes sense that the difficulty is high, because the swarm should be scary! But given that this doesn't run well for 4 and it doesn't run well for subtier 1-2, it's hard to review Illegal Shipment too favorably right now. Be careful with the group you run this for.


4/5

The scenario was good and the story was ok, but the briefing included the most facepalmworthy moment since a very long time. In-world the setup would not be solved by the level 1-4 PCs but by the stewards, especially if in the current plot with datch the society would not be able to risk the possible fallout.

Spoiler:
As a player of the Swarm AP: WHY no dretchers?


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