Help with Coming back to SFS since GenCon 2017


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Hello all!

I'm a long-time Pathfinder player that is finally getting back into Starfinder after playing another campaign for another system, so I'm hoping for some guidance on a few things. My group and I played SFS #1-00, Into the Unknown, and #1-01 at GenCon2017 but haven't played since. I've read the CRB, RPG Guide, Alien Archive, Armory, and Pact Worlds (have yet to get through Alien Archive 2). I will be GM'ing quite a bit, but will also play quite a bit at first. My group will be playing Society games (Scenarios) and part of the Dead Suns AP.

My questions:

1) Is there a clear, linear storyline of Scenarios we could (should) follow instead of jumping from available Scenarios?

2) What path(s) would be ideal out of the gate regarding leveling our first characters? (i.e., playing a combination of Scenarios and the first and/or second books from Dead Suns)

3) Has anyone gone through the Armory, Alien Archives and Pact Worlds already and compiled useful tips, items, etc?

4) We all have the Welcome to Starfinder Boon, and all started the Alien Archive Boon, however, are there any other special or book related Boons released other than the ones you get through Scenarios?

Apologies, not being lazy, I'm just not good at finding things in forums or on the internet in general. Most of the things I've found are fairly old (2017). Any help/guidance would be greatly appreciated! Hopefully, these sorts of questions will help others in our circumstance.

Oh! one of my guys is working toward earning the early stage Barathu, has anyone had great ideas for using them in a build?

Thanks ahead, and game on!

KZ

Sovereign Court

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Keith Zeise wrote:
Hello all!

Hey! Welcome back :)

Keith Zeise wrote:
1) Is there a clear, linear storyline of Scenarios we could (should) follow instead of jumping from available Scenarios?

Well, you could just play them in order, which will also make it easier to have enough XP. There are some higher-level scenarios coming out recently that will be out of reach until you got some of the older ones under your belt.

But story-wise, yeah, there's a main thread and a couple of minor threads. There is a lot of minor foreshadowing going on; often something small will happen in one scenario like meeting someone not immediately important to the plot, and then a few scenarios later that person is important to the new plot. I'm not going to list all of those because it gets a bit crazy.

* Yesteryear's Truth goes before Yesteryear's Sorrow.
* The Commencencement -> Cries from the Drift -> Star Sugar Heartlove!!!
* The First Mandate -> Live Exploration Extreme! -> Duskmire Accord 9
* Fugitive from the Red Planet -> The Solar Sortie -> Star Sugar Heartlove!!!
* The First Mandate -> In Pursuit of the Scoured Past -> On the Trail of History -> Reclaiming the Time-Lost Tear -> The Scoured Stars Invasion
* The Scoured Stars Invasion -> Return to Sender Return to Sender
* The Scoured Stars Invasion -> Truth of the Seeker
* On the Trail of History -> To Conquer the Dragon

As you can see, The First Mandate is pretty important (it introduces the current boss), as is The Scoured Stars Invasion (the multi-table special that's all about this season's metaplot).

Keith Zeise wrote:
2) What path(s) would be ideal out of the gate regarding leveling our first characters? (i.e., playing a combination of Scenarios and the first and/or second books from Dead Suns)

I wouldn't overdo it with the AP on your first character actually, it'll be a bit easier to do all the main storyline with the same character if he doesn't level up too fast.

Keith Zeise wrote:
3) Has anyone gone through the Armory, Alien Archives and Pact Worlds already and compiled useful tips, items, etc?

Sorry, I didn't really write down the list. On the whole Armory is your go-to book for crunch, the others have smaller tidbits but their main focus lies elsewhere.

Keith Zeise wrote:
4) We all have the Welcome to Starfinder Boon, and all started the Alien Archive Boon, however, are there any other special or book related Boons released other than the ones you get through Scenarios?

I'm afraid I have some bad news there. The last line of the Alien Archive boon reads:

Quote:
Only games played between 08/17/2017 and 06/14/2018 are valid.

I think there are plans in the making for a new one focused on Alien Archive 2 however.

Some good news is that the legacy races from the CRB are now available to everyone.

There's an earnable race boon for a Ghibrani (play Yesterday's Truth first to find out what Ghibrani are!), which can be earned through the Wayfinders faction. Ghibrani could be a pretty nice race.

Also, some of the races you can earn through scenarios are really quite good and unique.

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