Starfinder Society Special #5-99: Battle for the Bulwark

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A Starfinder Society Special designed for 1st- through 8th-level characters (subtiers 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 & 7-8).

The Exo-Guardians faction once maintained an impressive fortress known as Sangoro's Bulwark. Years ago, mysterious forces attacked the bulwark, and the fortress was lost. Now, under the command of Ixthia the Unbreakable, the Starfinder Society launches a massive operation to reclaim Sangoro’s Bulwark, rescue any survivors, and destroy the foul forces that dared take the lives of the Starfinders stationed there. The battle for Sangoro’s Bulwark has begun!

Written by Lysle Kapp & Cole Kronewitter

Scenario tags: Faction (Exo-Guardians), Exclusive, Nova, Repeatable

Note: Due to the special nature of this product, it is NOT part of the Starfinder Society Scenario Subscription. It will be made available upon request to conventions with event support after Gen Con 2023 (August 3-6) and will go on sale to the general public in May of 2024.

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    What a thrill to play


    I played this scenario live at Gen Con and I have to say, this may be one of the best yet.

    While it retains most of the hallmarks of a Paizo multi-table special, this one just upped everything to 11! I enjoyed that there was a little 'intro' one at the start of each part that set the stage, and then you could choose which one to do after that. Every mini-mission you go on felt integral to the success of the scenario, and the buffs you get as you go seemed to tie in well to that.

    The other players at the table I was at tended to focus on the combat missions, but we did do a couple puzzle ones. Those two types seem to be better suited to the specials anyways, since social encounters tend to take a bit more time, and you really want to try to crank out as many as possible in the short time you have.

    The build-up to the final boss and the final boss itself was great. My character specifically had two standout moments disarming the boss of his cool toys, not attacking him, then getting wailed on anyways and killing him by electrostatic field. High fives were had all around the table. I wont forget this one any time soon.

    I also dug that there was something to do after the big bad to keep the quicker tables entertained while everyone else finished up. Kudos to the Starfinder team on this one.

    Freaking Amazing!


    The 99 series are always a joy to play. They are pulse pounding and the stakes are high. I swear if you get to play this on top hier tier or base low teir it will not matter. You will have an amazing time and feel like you are in a science fiction movie. I loved it!

    Something for every character


    A well-rounded scenario. Played this at GenCon. Lots of missions to do, and some skill-based ones were heavy on lore and thankfully short on Player+GM time so that we could complete multiple missions in each section of this special. Enemies were interesting and the properties of some of the more psychological effects could potentially come up in future Starfinder games. The lore of the physical location itself was most interesting to me, and is not revealed until the absolute end of the game.

    At this point I've played all the specials except for Fate of the Scoured God and The Last Bite. I'd rank this as my #2 favorite, behind Perils of the Past.

    DCs so high, you'll think they're illegal


    Typical insane DCs for every single skill check. Reality warps itself to make everything difficult for every PC.

    Paizo Employee Organized Play Coordinator

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    Now announced! Cover and product description are not final.

    This special will premiere at PaizoCon Online 2023, have its second run at Gen Con 2023 (Indy & Online), then be available for conventions after that date. It will go on sale to the public in May of 2024.

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    Pathfinder Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

    "Back to the Bulwark!'

    2 people marked this as a favorite.

    Awesome. It's about time.

    No, wait. That was 3-99.

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


    The Exchange

    Congratulations Lyle (and Cole)
    Hopefully it can make the list at SibCon 2023 !!

    Quite the achievement.

    Second Seekers (Jadnura)

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    Pathfinder Starfinder Society Subscriber

    Exo-Guardians Who've Played 2-06: Looks like Bulwark Busting's back on the menu, Sapients!

    Is this going to be openly repeatable, or have restrictions (say once 1-4 and once 5-8)?

    Paizo Employee Organized Play Coordinator

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    Map list updated.

    Pathfinder Starfinder Society Subscriber

    Boo-yah! This is an exciting setup!

    Dark Archive

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    Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

    Seeing the cover, I'm seeing side effect of Starfinder grioth art being based on the "unusually muscular large sized named grioth boss from a module" :'D

    I still find it funny that thin lean bat people suddenly became swole in starfinder

    Thaine Hepler wrote:
    Is this going to be openly repeatable, or have restrictions (say once 1-4 and once 5-8)?

    I asked this on OPO today, and Alex responded:

    Alex Speidel (OPC; he/him) — Today at 3:15 PM
    the product page says "Repeatable," not "Repeatable (limited)." It's fully repeatable.


    Anybody going to fix page 55? Encounter H for 4 players?

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