Starfinder Galactic Magic

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Unravel the eldritch mysteries of the galaxy! The new Galactic Magic hardcover rulebook for the Starfinder Roleplaying Game adds magical flair to any hero with a wealth of fantastical magic-infused character options for starfarers of any class! More than 100 spells, a host of powerful rituals, and an array of magic gear, hybrid items, and artifacts give you the edge to survive in a weird universe with lurking dangers at the end of every jump. The brand-new precog class allows you to see and change the future, relying on predictive prerolls to navigate clutch situations and quick reflexes to manipulate combat. Study arcana among the stars with a host of new magical organizations and spellcasting schools or petition higher powers using new faith-based options tied to the galaxy's gods and philosophies. Whatever your path to magical might, Galactic Magic is your guide!

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5/5


4.5 but rounding up this time

5/5

Don't get me wrong, I do love the book, but I did have bit hard time deciding on how to rate it down or up since its not just magic book, its essentially also the religion book. Like overall it has more lore pages than tech revolution did, but it has less lore pages on magic in galaxy than tech in galaxy on tech revelation due to religion info taking huge part of the lore stuff and of course lore stuff isn't as complete as if book was entirely about religion. Still though book still accomplishes both goals: explaining how magic is perceived and how it affects society and world and how different caster types are seeing in the society AND making core 20 gods more interesting both lore and mechanics wise and introducing other old and new interesting gods.

So while I think there is still marketplace open for religion focused book that could perhaps introduce gods' heralds and mechanics for summoning them, admittedly as starfinder doesn't have deity focused classes its not as necessary as in pathfinder so I do think this book scratches the "core 20 are now interesting enough" itch(introducing edicts/anathema, favored weapons, alternate themes and such was good and minor way of introducing mechanically interesting choices to worshipping a god AND roleplaying guidelines) while still leaving open for further development in starfinder ap articles and such.

So yeah, I think now only books that starfinder really misses AND needs are Plane focused book and Vast focused book. After those books I'd think setting feels complete as all major areas of it are touched upon and further books can focus on fleshing out things further.


This book understands what makes Starfinder unique, and delivers.

5/5

So, full disclosure: I have a huge bias towards the -fantasy part of science-fantasy: fighting demons in space is significantly more appealing to me than with an alien species, and I'm still dying for a deep dive on the planar cosmology in Starfinder, though mixing all that with high tech is great, and part of the charm to begin with! Tech Revolution was fun and all, especially in the worldbuilding department, but I've been absolutely PUMPED for this book since the moment it was announced; now that it's actually here, how does it hold up to those expectations?

On the whole, pretty great! There’s a few rougher points and blemishes to be sure, but taken as a whole it’s a huge net positive for the game, especially if you, like me, felt that the game has been tech-dominant for the most part (a fact that’s diegetically addressed in the book itself to an extent; Pact Worlds do have a soft tech bias).

So here’s a breakdown of what’s in store:

- The new precog class, and new options for all other classes.. There’s some slightly questionable design decisions to this one when it comes to its power level relative to other spellcasters (start with proficiency in advanced melee/longarm/sniper weapons, and eventually being able to get full base attack bonus scaling is…a little much, Paizo), but conceptually it’s a fun class that delivers the chronomancy fantasy without being really hard to adjudicate, and something of a counterpart to the witchwarper in my opinion. Might warrant some errata or houserules, though.
As far as other classes go, there’s some real gems here, from biohackers who hack ley lines and create spell ampoules to psychic envoys who can speak to magic to technomantic nanocytes to pseudo-spellcaster solarians to technomancers with extraplanar tutors (making them akin to Pathfinder witches) and archer soldiers (complete with new bows); the list just goes on, and really expands on the classes in fun new ways. A controversial standout is the Broken Cycle alternate feature for solarians, which can let them completely ignore photons or gravitons and fully commit to the other, which might make certain photon builds that much more powerful, so allow that one with some caution, I suppose.
Lastly, there’s the new magic school specialist archetype for casters, which grants different benefits for each of the eight magic schools - though if you were expecting the necromancy specialist to turn you into a bonafide necromancer with a personal army of undead, you might be somewhat disappointed by its benefits.

- New items, whether strictly magical or hybrid. A particular standout here not mentioned in other reviews so far are gimmicks, which let spellcasters customize their spellcasting, both aesthetically and mechanically, akin to spellcasting foci (or metamagic rods, specifically) of old; They come in a variety of options, and some can make all those lower-level spells whose DCs just become laughable actually stay relevant throughout the game - and that’s on top of the flavor of having a cool sci-fi magic wand or what have you. A real gamechanger. Also included are some new serums, weapon fusions and armor upgrades, and three new artifacts. Overall, lots of great options, whether you’re a player looking to fine-tune your spellcaster’s build, or are a GM looking for fun and quirky new rewards to give out (the trench coat of utility is fun!).

- 100+ new spells, ritual rules, and spellcasting variant rules. The de facto main course of the book, there’s roughly 20 pages of new spells for all classes, including those for the new precog class. Many of those spells fill previously under-represented niches, like variable-level spells, offensive touch spells, barrier spells, and so on. I do wish the witchwarper received some unique spells (unlike the other classes, which all receive at least a handful of spells exclusive to their spell list), but that’s a somewhat abstract concern.
Then, there’s two new variant rules - one for allowing the classes’ damaging 0-level spells (aka cantrips) like energy ray to scale as you gain levels, and one for turning your spontaneous spellcaster into a prepared one, like a classic spellbook-toting wizard. The former still does leave the cantrips slightly below par compared to small arms (though certain builds might still take advantage of them, and they are basically free and infinite, which an ammo-using gun is not), and doesn’t have an option for the saving throw-ones to scale the DCs of those saves, which is unfortunate. The latter sounds great, if you don’t mind or even enjoy the way that classic Vancian wizards work, but might leave you a bit cold if you’re more used to the PF1 arcanist, or DnD 5e-style spell preparation. Either way, it’s very nice to have, and I for one can’t wait to have a technomancer with a spell-datapad. I also wish there was some option for druid/cleric-style preparation, but that has its own host of problems.
Lastly, there are rituals, long-form ways to channel magic (without needing to be a spellcaster yourself, even), which open up a whole host of new story opportunities (FTL communication, anyone?), and many harken back to classic Pathfinder rituals or high-level spells (such as commune or gate). Great design space for future books to expand upon, as well. Solid additions here overall.

- Information on religion, gods and philosophies in the Starfinder setting. Moving onto the more narrative-oriented section of the book, though there are still some rules bits here - notably, a way to swap out your character theme’s default theme knowledge with that corresponding to your deity, as well as a feat for gaining proficiency and some other minor benefits with your deity’s favored weapon.
If you felt like Starfinder deities were lacking in information, this should help a lot - each of the core 20 gets a full-page writeup, complete with aforementioned alternate theme knowledge, favored weapon, broad edicts and anathema, and possible blessings and curses, all things that might sound familiar to those who read Pathfinder 2e Lost Omens: Gods & Magic. Each of the core deities also receives a piece of art depicting what they actually look like - opinions are divided on some of the gods’ looks, but I myself really enjoy them, and understand the reasoning for why they look the way they do.
There’s also half-page writeups on some new and returning deities, such as Cayden Cailean (who probably has my single favorite new story, and I loved that guy even in Pathfinder), Asmodeus (now we know why he’s no longer in the core twenty), and some newcomers, like the god of food, hospitality and spycraft Cavrabon (if you enjoy House Ghallanda in the DnD setting Eberron, you will like ‘em!) and Kadrical (a name that might ring a bell if you’re invested in the Starfinder Society metaplot regarding the Scoured Stars system; I’m not, but I bet many people will be). There’s also information on other deities, including ancestral deities (dwarven Angradd, elven Calistria, pahtra Meyel, dragonkin-ryphorian Dagosarn, vesk saints, and so on), Elder Mythos (Cthulhu, Hastur, Yog-Sothoth, and friends), the fey Eldest, outsider deities (like the empyreal lord Arshea, demon lord Pazuzu, elemental lord Ranginori, arc spectra Facilian, and so on), and various nondeific philosophies - The Cycle, the Green Faith, the new Gap Recollective and Parallel Truths, Prophecies of Kallistrade, Sangpotshi, and so on.
There are a few omissions I find slightly to moderately glaring - Shelyn is only given passing mentions, and we still do not know who the Starfinder four horsemen of the apocalypse are. A mild disappointment, but oh well, what is there is pretty damn solid.

- Finally, a chapter on magic in the galaxy. To some, this will be just a lore-dumpy snoozefest, but to me, this is my favorite section of the book. First, we get a look at what stages of development magic generally goes through in the galaxy, how it functions, what its general limits are, what kind of career a magic user might undergo, and how they’re perceived in society. It’s a bit on the abstract side perhaps, but at the same time, really helps clarify magic’s role in the setting, providing some solid guidance on how the four different spellcasting classes are perceived and how they function, which is hardly useless. The following two sections are much more concrete however, discussing various magic institutions and magical factions in the Starfinder setting, from the familiar ones like the Arcanamirium, the Hellknight Order of the Gate and the Xenowardens; to brand-new ones such as the nefarious mind magic-oriented Palace Obscura academy and the Eldritch Games League. The last section of the book is titled Magical Phenomena, and it describes a number of large-scale ways in which magic manifests, parallel to how real-world physics result in black holes or nebulae. And here, there’s some truly fantastical things, from alignment singularities to Drift thinning (with an ominous potential teaser towards the upcoming Drift Crisis? Who knows), to metastars that radiate magic (including a nod to the Starfinder adventure Liberation of Locus-1, which is a nice touch) and wormgates that, like wormholes, link different planes. Overall, this chapter is full of absolutely great and creative stuff that alone can spawn dozens of quintessential science-fantasy adventure ideas, be they serious or silly or anything in-between.

With Galactic Magic, I finally feel as though Starfinder’s fantasy side will be able to flourish like never before. Stuff like this is - the unabashed embracing of the blend of speculative fiction tropes and ideas - what makes it distinct from other sci-fi properties like Traveller or Star Trek or Star Wars or The Expanse, so if that kind of thing appeals to you, it’s a very valuable grab.

Some extra things that didn’t fit into other sections:
- I appreciate the diversity of species portrayed in the art in this book, particularly in the classes section, really showing that you can play and portray all manner of people and aliens in this game.
- I do wish there was more direct information on other planes of existence (it’s mostly incidental when talking about things like the outsider deities, or the bits about Astral/Ethereal/Shadow Space), but that might warrant a book all its own honestly.
- I wish there was more lore tied to vanguards, a class I still notoriously don't understand how to meaningfully weave in on a narrative level, but I suppose Paizo doesn't consider them to be a spellcaster (which mechanically they literally are not, I suppose); yet, there are factions tied to solarians, so what gives?
- There’s art of a kobold (pg 141), the first for an actual Starfinder book, I believe (our only other one is in the Alien Character Deck, where kobolds first debuted). That’s all.
- I just have to point this out because it bothers me; The chapter opener for the Magical Galaxy section shows the iconic vanguard without his lashunta antennae, which makes him look more like a dwarf. Also, the drow in the background look …really strange there. While I disagree with most criticisms about the quality of art in this book, that one really does stick out to me in a bad way (even if it’s art that most people will briefly look at once on their first readthrough, if that), and I hope that at least the Velloro antennae situation can be fixed in a future printing (Paizo did do that for when there was an unmasked kasatha in another book after all!).


A great addition to the Starfinder rules book line

5/5

The Good:

  • The new Precog class, which feels like a more martial-oriented version of the Witchwarper.
  • The Precog sub-classes are dripping with potential for intriguing character ideas. A time traveller trapped back in time? Someone stranded from a timeline with a different past? Someone with a deep connection to the Gap? Character ideas basically write themselves.
  • A number of interesting options for each class. Standouts include alternate class abilities for Technomancers that make them feel like a Pathfinder Witch, alternate class abilities for Solarians that allow them to focus on one mode, or focus on revelations instead of attacks, and the Magical Assassin alternate class feature for Operatives.
  • Prepared spellcasting alternate rules, for more flexible spellcasters!
  • The scaling cantrip alternate rules gives spell-casters a viable way to avoid trundling around loaded up with weapons. (Cantrip damage seems to be roughly what a level-1 Small Arms weapon would do.)
  • Several new cantrip spells—such as Adhere, Misfire, Psychokinetic Shove, and Stumble—that provide decent non-attack combat options for spellcasters who don’t want to ever wield a weapon.
  • A number of fun spells for clever/intrigue-focused players (e.g., Anchor, Broadcast Message, Duplicate Data, Summon Corpse, Tracking Mark).
  • Several new Wall spells!
  • A number of spells that give spellcasters ways to use their reactions (Uncanny Luck, Temporal Flash, Swap Initiative, Temporal Bullets, Usurp Spell, Restore Consumable, Dampen Spell).
  • A number of thematically awesome spells that just drip with flavor, like Soul Surge, Sub-zero Clutch, and Fluidity of Form.
  • Ritual magic, which adds some nifty options for PCs, but is especially fun as a tool for GMs to use when building a scenario.
  • Edicts and Anathema for deities that really make them “pop” in a way they hadn’t before, giving a much clearer sense for what these deities are like, and how superficially similar deities (e.g., Desna and Weydan, or Eloritu and Ibra) differ from one another.
  • Some interesting lore about magic, including some helpful discussion of how magic-users are thought about treated in everyday life.

    The Bad:

  • Although the Witchwarper gets some new options, there isn’t anything that really addresses their relative weakness compared to the other spellcasters.
  • Although the discussion of the role of magic in everyday life is welcome, there sadly isn't anything as thorough as the discussion of the role of technology in the Tech Revolution book.

    The Pretty:

  • I like some pieces or art more than others (the art for Pharasma might be my favorite thing in this book, whereas the art for a couple of the other deities looks a little funny to my eye), but as always, the general quality of the art is great.


  • Exactly what the setting needed

    5/5

    This book has all of the setting details to really turn the Starfinder Setting (Pact Worlds and Beyond!) into a truly Science Fantasy setting.

    While there have been bits here and there about how magic is utilized in the setting, particularly in APs, most of the setting before felt highly technological compared to magical. This is even addressed some in the book itself, stating that the Pact Worlds right now do in fact have a bias towards the technological even though so much of their technology is intertwined with magic. All of the core 20 Starfinder deities get larger write-ups that are helpful for both players and GMs. Some of the Core 20 from Pathfinder also get a column each of space explaining what they've been up to, including a great reason why Asmodeus is no longer a top-tier deity!

    We get 100+ new spells, some are old throwbacks from Pathfinder but others are brand new and are potentially game-changing when it comes to spellcaster builds.

    The variant 0-level spells scaling is much needed! Now your spellcaster never needs to reach for a gun again if they don't want to!

    The prepared caster variant is something that I hope SFS allows players to utilize. I've always been a fan of prepared casting and am happy to see it has made its way into publication here!


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    The book is still not live as of 12:15 est. Does the webstore team have an estimation of when this bug will be fixed? I realize it's only quarter after 9 on the west coast. :)


    Valentius wrote:
    The book is still not live as of 12:15 est. Does the webstore team have an estimation of when this bug will be fixed? I realize it's only quarter after 9 on the west coast. :)

    Programs have bugs, people make errors.

    This seems like an error...

    18:45 MEZ waitenig nearly 10 hours.


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    Army_Piper wrote:
    ZombieKira wrote:
    Aaron Shanks wrote:
    Good Morning! I am awake and have notified the webstore team the this product did not go live at midnight as it should have. Thanks for your patience and patronage.
    Still waiting..........

    Seriously don’t be rude, they are doing their best.


    Well, its either going to be a late night or tomorrow for me at this rate. Shame. Oh well

    Grand Lodge

    Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

    Things happen when moving 1's and 0's around. sometimes those 1's and 0's don't go in the right place. Really jazzed about seeing what this book has to offer though.


    At least I could get it on Fantasy Grounds :D


    Pakishi wrote:
    Things happen when moving 1's and 0's around. sometimes those 1's and 0's don't go in the right place. Really jazzed about seeing what this book has to offer though.

    Any time I hear the words new gear, I get excited. I keep rebuilding characters each new book. Also the number of builds has grown. I think I’m on like 20 or so


    Society Character Options are updated- No scaling cantrips and prepared casting is ACP gated

    Dark Archive

    Aww man its not on roll20 for some reason yet though ap is :'D


    ZombieKira wrote:
    Army_Piper wrote:
    ZombieKira wrote:
    Aaron Shanks wrote:
    Good Morning! I am awake and have notified the webstore team the this product did not go live at midnight as it should have. Thanks for your patience and patronage.
    Still waiting..........
    Seriously don’t be rude, they are doing their best.

    Laughable that you find, "Still waiting....." rude. As for their performance, I would hope "Their Best" is better than this. This is in line with the efficiency of the US Government. Not a good business model.


    The book is now available for me! Yay! Thank you to the Webstore for getting this fixed so fast! I now have new material to distract me from planning my next session on my day off :D

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    Army_Piper wrote:
    ZombieKira wrote:
    Army_Piper wrote:
    Aaron Shanks wrote:
    Good Morning! I am awake and have notified the webstore team the this product did not go live at midnight as it should have. Thanks for your patience and patronage.
    Still waiting..........
    Seriously don’t be rude, they are doing their best.
    Laughable that you find, "Still waiting....." rude. As for their performance, I would hope "Their Best" is better than this. This is in line with the efficiency of the US Government. Not a good business model.

    It IS rude. And your further remarks clarify that as being your intent.

    Dark Archive

    Huh. I don't think deity pics are that bad overall(Yaraesa is really main one that looks weird for god of science)

    Also Oras' picture kicks ass, why did nobody mention it? :D

    Dark Archive

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    Also huh: Cayden Cailean is first confirmed god to not remember what happened during the Gap


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    CorvusMask wrote:

    Huh. I don't think deity pics are that bad overall(Yaraesa is really main one that looks weird for god of science)

    Also Oras' picture kicks ass, why did nobody mention it? :D

    Iomedae is the one I really scrunched my face up at. Her hair…


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    My watch has ended for this duty rotation.


    Very impressive that Galactic Magic was also released on Fantasy Grounds today (26th January 2022). Very very nice indeed :-)

    Dark Archive

    keftiu wrote:
    CorvusMask wrote:

    Huh. I don't think deity pics are that bad overall(Yaraesa is really main one that looks weird for god of science)

    Also Oras' picture kicks ass, why did nobody mention it? :D

    Iomedae is the one I really scrunched my face up at. Her hair…

    I did admittedly have time to get used to Iomedae's picture due to having seen it at con, but my biggest issue with that picture is the weird anatomy related stuff


    Spell speaker envoy made a dream charcter come true
    So approaches sally smith from magical technical support!
    This book was worth the wait for me.


    CorvusMask wrote:
    keftiu wrote:
    CorvusMask wrote:

    Huh. I don't think deity pics are that bad overall(Yaraesa is really main one that looks weird for god of science)

    Also Oras' picture kicks ass, why did nobody mention it? :D

    Iomedae is the one I really scrunched my face up at. Her hair…
    I did admittedly have time to get used to Iomedae's picture due to having seen it at con, but my biggest issue with that picture is the weird anatomy related stuff

    Speaking of weird god art, why does uragotha have a space helmet and shoulder pads on but no other parts of the suit?

    Dark Archive

    Because she is now clearly Space Urgathoa

    (but yeah I didn't say there wasn't weird art or design choices, I meant that none of it were as bad as I was expecting for most part, even weird ones :D)


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    ZombieKira wrote:
    Speaking of weird god art, why does uragotha have a space helmet and shoulder pads on but no other parts of the suit?

    Urgathoa has always been depicted as "alive" from the neck up deteriorating to "skeletal corpse" as you move down her body. So, metaphorically, her head is "alive" and needs environmental protections. The rest of her is "dead" and doesn't.

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    John Mangrum wrote:
    ZombieKira wrote:
    Speaking of weird god art, why does uragotha have a space helmet and shoulder pads on but no other parts of the suit?
    Urgathoa has always been depicted as "alive" from the neck up deteriorating to "skeletal corpse" as you move down her body. So, metaphorically, her head is "alive" and needs environmental protections. The rest of her is "dead" and doesn't.

    while that is true, still i think there might have been a more interesting way to show urgathoa in the future without depicting her with her upper body as 'living' and her lower half as undead. granted it is her iconic look, but i think some variety in her depiction could work well. like if urgathoa was at a party, i doubt she would look like a half corpse goddess, but maybe disguise seeming undead nature with some kind of holographic tech. then you would have the image of this seemingly beautiful and elegant woman where as you get lower down, as she exposes her leg, you could have the tech glitching exposing her undead nature and allowing you to have the same character and not needing to stick so rigidly to the look she has possessed since first edition pathfinder. i get it in fantasy where likely such magics are more than likely to fail at hiding her true form, but looking at whats said about her, she seeks to enjoy existence and excess in all its forms, but her deteriorated lower form denys her the opportunity for many of those save eating. might just be my interpretation but i wonder if her desire to have naderi on side is to one day steal her body to have the full scope of her sensuality restored. or she could just not care about hiding her undead nature.


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    Why would the goddess of undeath hide her undead nature?


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    Man some of the art I really like, and some I...do not.

    Sarenrae's depiction I do not care very much for at all.

    Oras, Besmara and Damoritosh I like a lot!

    I get the person who said the Triune looks like a clockwork reaper, but the person that said Weyden looks like Commander Shepard is doing Shep dirty! His suit reminds me of the Astronaut from the Lego Movie.

    Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

    CorvusMask wrote:
    Aww man its not on roll20 for some reason yet though ap is :'D

    Roll20 had their’s ready, but our snafu might have caused the to pull back. I’ll make sure to send them an email saying we’re up and running.

    Dark Archive

    Aaron Shanks wrote:
    CorvusMask wrote:
    Aww man its not on roll20 for some reason yet though ap is :'D
    Roll20 had their’s ready, but our snafu might have caused the to pull back. I’ll make sure to send them an email saying we’re up and running.

    Nah it was out when the pdf become available here again x'D


    I am very sad that they changed the key ability for spell casting for the Precog from Dex to Int. I guess they can still do utility spells that do not require a DC. I guess someone could make an INT based Precog instead of DEX since very few of the temporal anomalies require a DC. But that kind of negates the whole theme of a Dex-based caster...

    Oh well. Hopefully they will change it back in a later errata.


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    Kenjitsu wrote:

    I am very sad that they changed the key ability for spell casting for the Precog from Dex to Int. I guess they can still do utility spells that do not require a DC. I guess someone could make an INT based Precog instead of DEX since very few of the temporal anomalies require a DC. But that kind of negates the whole theme of a Dex-based caster...

    Oh well. Hopefully they will change it back in a later errata.

    They already are borderline the strongest caster in the game. If their casting stay was also dexterity it would have been silly.

    Wonder if they will errata gem understanding, and rewrite it like spell chip ability on mechanic so that it is future proofed?


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    Yeah this came up constantly during the Playtest, them having Dexterity as their sole stat on top of being a really good class, was not only broken, but also very silly.

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    Even the most powerful magic can benefit from improvement! For Galactic Magic errata, check out our official errata page.


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    The starfinder team is so on top of things. Thank you guys so much


    for the Sheering weapon fusion how much is the bleeding critical effect for?


    Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

    Does specialized breadth from the school specialist archetype let you pick spells from any class to your spells known? I’m playing it currently as it does, because it let’s the school specialists really live up to that title. If not then I wonder if all the spells of that school would mostly be taken by then if it’s class limited.


    You only pick from stuff off your list. Yes, this makes some schools terrible for some classes.


    It doesn't specify, so I prefer to assume it's meaning from any list since that makes playing as a school specialist far less likely to accidently be a trap option because of a player combo-ing the 'wrong' class with the 'wrong' school.


    Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

    Hmm. Xenocrat is right in that you pick from you spell lists, but I wish it specified it in this entry only because you’re right, certain classes would make bad specialists for schools. For instance, my favorite character would be a Technomancer Necromancer, but their list doesn’t have all that many spells I’d want regarding necromancy. Grabbing 4 spells total from another class, of a specific school doesn’t seem game breaking. I think I’ll run it like that to better fulfill player fantasies.


    Great book with a lot of fun options, my groups are lovin it!!

    GREAT work Team Starfinder!!

    Cheers

    Tom


    Milo v3 wrote:
    It doesn't specify, so I prefer to assume it's meaning from any list since that makes playing as a school specialist far less likely to accidently be a trap option because of a player combo-ing the 'wrong' class with the 'wrong' school.

    Nothing about this modifies your class spellcasting rules that you only learn spells that are on your class spell list. This ability further restricts that to a specific school, it doesn't remove the spell list requirement.

    Specialized Breadth wrote:

    (Ex)

    You add two spells to your list of spells known. These spells must be of different levels and selected from your specialist school. At 12th level and again at 15th level, you gain an additional spell known from your specialist school of any level you can cast.

    Assuming something in order to make a Starfinder archetype much less of a trap option would lead to assuming changes to a very great number of Starfinder archetypes.

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    Ianara Natividad

    EDITORS
    Janica Carter, Addley C. Fannin, Leo Glass, Patrick Hurley, Avi Kool, Ianara Natividad, K. Tessa Newton, Lu Pellazar, Simone D. Sallé, and Shay Snow

    COVER ARTIST
    Ignacio Bazán Lazcano

    INTERIOR ARTISTS
    Ridell Apellanes, Maksim Cerkasin, Rustan Curman, Sol Devia, Godfrey Escota, Michele Giorgi, Arturo Gutierrez, Miguel Regodón Harkness, Yun Huai Huang, Kyle Hunter, Victor Manuel Leza Moreno, Guilherme Olivieri, Mirco Paganessi, Sam Perin, Pixoloid Studios (Mark Molnar, Zsolt ‘Mike’ Szabados, Janos Gardos, Peter Lerner, Orsolya Villanyi), Aurele Pradal, Addison Rankin, Jino Rufino, Brooklyn Smith, Luca Sotgiu, Alex Stone, Remko Troost, and Peter Whitley

    ART DIRECTION AND GRAPHIC DESIGN
    Kyle Hunter and Sarah E. Robinson

    CREATIVE DIRECTOR
    Robert G. McCreary

    DIRECTOR OF GAME DEVELOPMENT
    Adam Daigle

    STARFINDER LEAD DESIGNER
    Joe Pasini

    PUBLISHER
    Erik Mona

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