Starfinder Adventure Path #49: A Light in the Dark (Drift Hackers 1 of 3)

Starfinder Adventure Path #49: A Light in the Dark (Drift Hackers 1 of 3)

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The Drift Crisis continues!

In crumbling Alluvion, the goddess Triune’s city domain within the Drift, the heroes are thrust into the center of tensions between anxious factions at the heart of the Drift Crisis catastrophe! By agreeing to aid a desperate android priest of Casandalee, the heroes can start to help healing these divides. But first, they must curry the favor of a community of ysoki scrappers outside of the Dark, a neighborhood where technology doesn’t work that hasn’t been touched by light for decades. Exploring those murky streets, they confront undead menaces and otherworldly spirits of hatred and anger, eventually restoring light and power to the cursed region, and shining further illumination as to the origin of the Drift Crisis!

A Light in the Dark is a Starfinder adventure for four 7th-level characters, launching the 3-volume Drift Hackers Adventure Path. Drift Hackers is the exciting conclusion of the Drift Crisis, an event taking place across the entire Starfinder game line, in which faster-than-light travel breaks down and the galaxy is thrown into chaos. In addition to the adventure itself, this book includes a player's guide filled with character creation advice and new gear designed just for Drift Crisis players, along with an Adventure Toolbox filled with new rule options and strange alien creatures.

Written by: Jessica Catalan

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-485-7



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Announced for December! Product image and description are not final and may be subject to change.

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High five for Jessica C! I like how both Drift Crashers 1 and Drift Hackers 1 are written by a Jessica :) You can't kick off a Drift Crisis AP without us.

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Huh right forgot that starfinder mid tier 3 parts were a thing :O so this is the levels 7-12 one huh. I wonder if Drift Crisis will also get the levels 13-20 one or if devastation ark sold that badly that at most we get the standalones for those levels (which would be cool as well, I just hope we get multiple choices for high level content in different form xD)

But yeah cool, this is technically planar adventure since its located in Alluvion :D Also fun to have drift crisis adventure in drift itself


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I had hoped this would be a 6 part adventure path taking us up to level 20. In D&D 5E there is only one adventure published by WOTC that goes to L20. And with Starfinder only one. This is disappointing as there is only so many times I want to play level 1 to 12 repeatedly. I know Aaron Shanks said to me once on another forum that high level adventure is a perfect place for Starfinder Infinite, I agree partly, but that is not a good substitution for actual official Paizo made adventures. I think that 2 more three part adventure paths similar to Devestation Ark would be awesome and would love to see more people push for this on the forums as Paizo (unlike WOTC) pay attention to fans and subscribers. If enough people request and talk about it I am sure Paizo would do so.


I was also hoping for a 6 parter to, level not as big of a deal for me and my groups, but someday perhaps.

Can't wait to see how all these products fit together and have a fun and different experience in GMing and as a player as well hopefully in this year long event.

Thing is for th 15-20 level stuff, it usually takes a couple of them to have everyone to get the feel of them, for those who are designing and wring them, So as Paizo has the number and if it fell under what they thought I hope they realize they need to do at least one or two more.

And one has to remember that a 6 Parter level 1-20 is a HUGE commitment and with it extra page counts per module to do it justice, but you never know I guess what the future might hold.

Tom

Wayfinders

I mean, Starfinder AP issues are one third shorter than their Pathfinder equivalents, so they basically literally can't go from 1 to 20 unless they 1) Become substantially longer (Unlikely); or 2) Become 9 books long (Really unlikely).

Anyway, this one sounds fun - something urban, for a change, it seems.

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ICYMI: Devastation Ark is the only Starfinder high level Adventure Path. (Many here know that.) The AP after Drift Hackers is unannounced.


Aaron Shanks wrote:
ICYMI: Devastation Ark is the only Starfinder high level Adventure Path. (Many here know that.) The AP after Drift Hackers is unannounced.

hey there, long time listener, first time caller.

first, thank you for all of the soul-crushing work that you do monitoring these message boards. yikes.

This sounds super fun! any update on release date? I'm running a 7th level mini campaign culminating in the drift crisis occurring, and was hoping to tie into this AP for a longer story.

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RiverMesa wrote:

I mean, Starfinder AP issues are one third shorter than their Pathfinder equivalents, so they basically literally can't go from 1 to 20 unless they 1) Become substantially longer (Unlikely); or 2) Become 9 books long (Really unlikely).

Anyway, this one sounds fun - something urban, for a change, it seems.

It's kinda why I'm curious about how long the hardcover books will be.

Like would they be long enough to allow higher level range or at least the darn npc articles I keep yammering about? :'D


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General Orc wrote:
I had hoped this would be a 6 part adventure path taking us up to level 20. In D&D 5E there is only one adventure published by WOTC that goes to L20. And with Starfinder only one. This is disappointing as there is only so many times I want to play level 1 to 12 repeatedly. I know Aaron Shanks said to me once on another forum that high level adventure is a perfect place for Starfinder Infinite, I agree partly, but that is not a good substitution for actual official Paizo made adventures. I think that 2 more three part adventure paths similar to Devestation Ark would be awesome and would love to see more people push for this on the forums as Paizo (unlike WOTC) pay attention to fans and subscribers. If enough people request and talk about it I am sure Paizo would do so.

If there was enough fan demand, they wouldn't have slashed AP output to 6 a year instead of 12, so I think the burden of proof is on you to show that there's sufficient demand out there. Tondro mentioned this last year during a Q&A but 14-20 are money losers. The thing that sells is 1-7. Posting on forums doesn't keep the lights on or pay the writers, moving pallets of product does.

I don't like saying this, because I love Starfinder and have been a supersubscriber to it for years but clearly its other fans are either not numerous enough or don't put their money where their mouth is and just suck on the SRD.

Anecdotally as a GM I was mostly bored during Devastation Ark. It was FUN, the group had FUN, but it was mostly watching the encounters as written get completely bulldozed by large bags of player tricks but with bigger numbers. The closest I got to killing a player was a Disintegration spell that nearly killed someone, and a trap that killed someone but she had used Akashic Resurrection on herself so it was a wash.


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Leon Aquilla wrote:
I don't like saying this, because I love Starfinder and have been a supersubscriber to it for years but clearly its other fans are either not numerous enough or don't put their money where their mouth is and just suck on the SRD.

The sci-fi fans on the Pinnacle forum are clamouring for a Starfinder for Savage Worlds kickstarter. They're saying they would likely buy Starfinder lore books and Starfinder adventures from Paizo to run in Starfinder for Savage Worlds, if that ever happens.

I would love to know if PF1 books saw a boost in sales following the very succesful kickstarter for Pathfinder for Savage Worlds.

Just saying, the customers are there, if Paizo want them.... ;p

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I can say that Starfinder is pretty much dead here in Germany.
I don't think it will reach AP issue 100 as it is.
Sad.

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garsceg wrote:
Aaron Shanks wrote:
ICYMI: Devastation Ark is the only Starfinder high level Adventure Path. (Many here know that.) The AP after Drift Hackers is unannounced.

hey there, long time listener, first time caller.

first, thank you for all of the soul-crushing work that you do monitoring these message boards. yikes.

This sounds super fun! any update on release date? I'm running a 7th level mini campaign culminating in the drift crisis occurring, and was hoping to tie into this AP for a longer story.

You are welcome. I'll get some help soon. :)

Starfinder Adventure Path #49: A Light in the Dark (Drift Hackers 1 of 3) is scheduled for release December 14. Volumes 2 and 3 release in late February and late April.


Marco Massoudi wrote:

I can say that Starfinder is pretty much dead here in Germany.

I don't think it will reach AP issue 100 as it is.
Sad.

What have we told you about working with numbers you don't understand?

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

I can say that Starfinder is pretty much dead here in Germany.

I don't think it will reach AP issue 100 as it is.
Sad.

I mean, it literally won't reach the number 100 if they are switching to hardcovers, so even ignoring the doomsaying, that would be about 25 ears in future if they would release two hardcovers per year. (not something I likely see happening though since I'd imagine if they release hardcovers it'd be one per year)

I don't want to spend more time about complaining on doomsaying because I think everyone understands why doomsaying is very frustrating already :'D

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So. I am soon meeting with Thurston Hillman, the new Managing Creative Director (Starfinder), to discuss the future of Starfinder and its promotion. The Starfinder Team is solid. We've products plan into the future. I am enthusiastic. Be not afraid.


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For me, not quite "afraid" just a bit worried about the next couple years of Starfinder and the direction the AP's, modules and one shots might be going.

Not the right thread for this for that topic me thinks!!

My group I'm running this and I are looking forward to this AP, once they survive the first one that is, LOL

Tom


TRDG wrote:

For me, not quite "afraid" just a bit worried about the next couple years of Starfinder and the direction the AP's, modules and one shots might be going.

Not the right thread for this for that topic me thinks!!

My group I'm running this and I are looking forward to this AP, once they survive the first one that is, LOL

Tom

From what I understand... one shots aren't going anywhere... there won't be anymore.


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Yep, thats the word, so sad, and they really could'nt make any money on them , or is it more lack of Starfinder peeps to design then write em??........

Tom

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TRDG wrote:
Yep, thats the word, so sad, and they really could'nt make any money on them , or is it more lack of Starfinder peeps to design then write em??........

They straight up said that it's because the person who was heading those products is now in charge of Starfinder overall. So I mean...if you liked that style of adventure, who knows, maybe Thursty's cooking up more of the same on the SF side now? Who knows, maybe this will mean more Bounties, more often, or something. It doesn't have to be all doom-and-gloom "poor sales" or "can't hire writers" ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Oh hey, player's guide for this ap is out :D


Is it too early for the odf to be released atm or are they not doing a digital version? Sorry for noon question I haven't bought many APs before


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It looks like a mistake that the pdf link isn't there.

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Starlord25 wrote:
Is it too early for the odf to be released atm or are they not doing a digital version? Sorry for noon question I haven't bought many APs before

A Light in the Dark goes on sale in print and PDF on December 14.


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Just received my subscription PDF. I noticed there are no separate interactive maps in downloads. Are these coming soon?

Paizo Employee Director of Marketing

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Leon Aquilla wrote:
Just received my subscription PDF. I noticed there are no separate interactive maps in downloads. Are these coming soon?

I know our art team has been slammed. (But they just hired a new person.) I've asked the webstore to look into it.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber; Starfinder Superscriber

I'm not planning on running it in Q4 2022 so no big deal but I just wanted to make sure there hadn't been a policy change re: interactive maps.

Thank you


Which new creatures (name, type, subtypes, CR, size, alignment) are in the adventure toolbox?


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Alkainan (new playable species, a sentient honey badger)

Anacite Quantifer CR 6

Driftspun CR 9 Outsider

Kathum CR 2 Animal

Prismeni (new playable species, Drift Planar Scion)

Ravenous Skull CR 1 Undead


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Hey, significant problem with the PDF at time of writing. When I first opened it, I noticed that the inner back cover was included alongside the inner front cover (instead of its actual location)--creating an odd "three panel foldout." Not a big deal by itself, just not something I've seen Paizo do before.

But then I went to grab images and saw that we're back to slicing every image on every page to ribbons. A quick check reveals that this is true of both the single file and file-per-chapter versions. Unlike Fly Free or Die, this hasn't reduced the file size (as compared to the Drift Crashers average).

I'm hoping that this PDF was accidentally released in a flawed state, and not that we're back to the Devastation Ark/Fly Free or Die status quo.


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Was there any fix to this yet or still a mess? Won't buy it for a while as I'm still running Crashers, but nice to know the product is functioning on a basic level ya know.

Tom


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

Might want to give them a day.

Acquisitives

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

the cover art is pretty awesome

Paizo Employee Director of Marketing

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Thanks for bringing these product issues to our attention. I have created a ticket regarding the interactive maps, "three panel foldout" issue, etc.


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Aaron Shanks wrote:
Thanks for bringing these product issues to our attention. I have created a ticket regarding the interactive maps, "three panel foldout" issue, etc.

Thanks Aaron, the three panel foldout thing is also an issue on the new Blood Lords volume btw. It makes Adobe go all wonky once you scroll to the inside cover and shrinks the rest of the pages in the issue.

Acquisitives

Are the sliced up images in this, and the lack of the interactive maps PDF intentional?

It's going to make prepping this for VTT nigh on impossible


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So seems like a fix is still in the works, so I'll hold off buying for now myself, liked the Players guide for this though :)

Tom

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This book has alluvion during drift crisis article :O Wow city got wrecked


I just purchased the Starfinder Adventure Path #49: A Light in the Dark (Drift Hackers 1 of 3) PDF and noticed there are no interactive maps included with the download. I see in the the post above there is a ticket in to fix the issue(s). Once fixed, will I be able to download the updated Adventure Path and Interactive Maps?


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armaggon666 wrote:
I just purchased the Starfinder Adventure Path #49: A Light in the Dark (Drift Hackers 1 of 3) PDF and noticed there are no interactive maps included with the download. I see in the the post above there is a ticket in to fix the issue(s). Once fixed, will I be able to download the updated Adventure Path and Interactive Maps?

If you bought the PDF, it's permanently in your library, which will automatically update if/when they modify the product. Which is to say, if/when they upload a new file, just download it again and you'll be good to go.


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So still not fixed yet I take it? Anyone at Paizo who could give us a time line please for this?

PSSSTT........ (Looking at you Aaron!!)

Tom :)

Paizo Employee Community and Social Media Specialist

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TRDG wrote:

So still not fixed yet I take it? Anyone at Paizo who could give us a time line please for this?

PSSSTT........ (Looking at you Aaron!!)

Tom :)

We have the interactive maps and will get them uploaded soon. You will get an email when the update happens. Thanks for your patience.

Also HI! I'm Jon, and I'm the new Community and Social Media Specialist here. So, I'll be your interface for questions, comments, issues, etc. Aaron gets to step back and focus on being the Director of Marketing now. He'll still be around though, no worries there.


Thanks Jonathan and congrats on the promotion!!!

Hoping to get the map and getting the panel issue before X-Mas

:)

Tom

hoping the maps


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Thank you for the prompt PDF fixes, Paizo folks!

Acquisitives

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with the update today, it's not just the maps, the images are extractable again :)

Acquisitives

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So just finished prepping this in foundry, the Map for Area H - Luminous Kennels, the map markers for H1 and H3 are transposed

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