Books and SFS organized play


Starfinder Society

Dark Archive 1/5

So what is required to play starting with created characters. Do all the players need to own the core rulebook, just the gm, some variation in between? In pgs if I'm not mistaken in is "assumed that the core rulebook is owned. Could anyone clarify this for me.

Shadow Lodge 4/5

Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Guide, page 5 wrote:
The Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild requires all members to have the Starfinder Core Rulebook and the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Guide (this document).

You're also expected to be familiar with the FAQ and the Campaign Clarifications, although you aren't required to bring them to game.

Edit: Before anyone jumps on me, of course this requirement is going to be relaxed for new players, which is all of us at this point. It's still the requirement, same as with Pathfinder Society, and you should look at getting the CRB as soon as possible if you decide this is a game you enjoy.

Scarab Sages 5/5

"assumed someone has access to the CRB" does not mean you don't need to own it. If everyone assumed someone else had the book, then nobody would bring it, and then nobody would actually have the book at the table and the assumption would be false.

Dark Archive 3/5 **

I also imagine once the Starfinder Reference Document goes up this may shift a little. A Core Rulebook is definitely necessary for everyone prior to a public, open source core rules reference point.

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Starfinder Charter Superscriber

For a brand new player running an Iconic, I'd be lenient on the "must own a CRB" requirement. We want to bring new people into the hobby, not turn them away. For regular players who are creating their own characters, then I'd insist.


so, where is the SFS roleplaying guild guide at. I cannot seem to find it and your like is un clickable.

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Donovan Whitten wrote:

so, where is the SFS roleplaying guild guide at. I cannot seem to find it and your like is un clickable.

The guide can be found under Starfinder/Store/Starfinder Society.

Shadow Lodge 4/5

bdk86 wrote:
I also imagine once the Starfinder Reference Document goes up this may shift a little. A Core Rulebook is definitely necessary for everyone prior to a public, open source core rules reference point.

I don't. As I pointed out, this is the same rule that is in place for Pathfinder Society, a campaign entering it's 10th year. If you are still expected to own the CRB for the PFRPG after this long, I don't see it changing once the SF SRD goes live.


Potentially stupid question but are races that are legal for play in PFS legal for play in SFS? I have Advanced Race Guide among other official books. Is it possible to create a kitsune solarion for SFS play?

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Agent, Texas—Houston

Kodyax wrote:
Potentially stupid question but are races that are legal for play in PFS legal for play in SFS? I have Advanced Race Guide among other official books. Is it possible to create a kitsune solarion for SFS play?

Only the races in chapter 3 of the Starfinder core rulebook (Android, Human, Kasatha, Lashunta, Shirren, Vesk, Ysoki) are legal without a boon.

Paizo Employee 5/5 Starfinder Society Developer

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A few things:

1) We're working on getting the SFRD webpage up, which should help alleviate some of the issues with players researching information.

2) The Core Rulebook requirement is standard. However, I would execute some "Reasonable Judgement" with regards to new players. Obviously someone who's never heard of the game shouldn't need to have to purchase the Core Rulebook to play a demo. Also, please don't power game my use of the term "Reasonable Judgement", this is NOT an excuse to break the rules laid out in the guide, just a clarification for how to handle new players.

3) Pathfinder Society boons / race boons are NOT permissible for use in Starfinder Society Organized Play. In order for a boon to be valid for the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild, it must have the correct logo in the top left corner of the Chronicle.

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Considering that some stores end up with a game distributor that run out of the CRB, it' hard to except players to have the book.

Scarab Sages 5/5

dragonvan wrote:
Considering that some stores end up with a game distributor that run out of the CRB, it' hard to except players to have the book.

A digital copy is always acceptable. And with the rules of being allowed to show proof of purchase and use the PRD, there should not be any way a player does not own the book in some fashion.

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Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Tallow wrote:


A digital copy is always acceptable. And with the rules of being allowed to show proof of purchase and use the PRD, there should not be any way a player does not own the book in some fashion.

Not everyone has access to digital resources

EDITOr can use them without getting a migraine. /EDIT

Do not presume otherwise.

Please.

Thank you.

Shadow Lodge 4/5

Your inability to use digital resources does not preclude them being valid.

Scarab Sages 5/5

Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
Tallow wrote:


A digital copy is always acceptable. And with the rules of being allowed to show proof of purchase and use the PRD, there should not be any way a player does not own the book in some fashion.

Not everyone has access to digital resources

EDITOr can use them without getting a migraine. /EDIT

Do not presume otherwise.

Please.

Thank you.

Please pay attention to what the rules in the guide actually say before you start getting all defensive about things like this. Everytime someone mentions digital options, they shouldn't have to caveat their statement with what the guide says about all the options.

There are tons of ways to "own" the book that aren't onerous on the player and accommodates almost 100% of all reasons why someone might not be able to or want to own the physical/digital book.

But you can't please 100% of the people, because there will be some people that just don't want to spend money.

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