Starfinder...Companion?


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Anyone heard if Starfinder will get dedicated splat books at some point? I know Modules are getting phased out of everything but I wonder if we might start getting player companions or setting books. If they do the possibilities are endless.

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At the moment they are using the AP books as a form of companion to provide new information. Probably unlikely in the near future.


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I would buy these, if they were available. Just saying.


Wait, modules are getting phased out?


It's already got some. Alien Archive has some player stuff, and then there's the Armory


Wingblaze wrote:
It's already got some. Alien Archive has some player stuff, and then there's the Armory

I think it's more in reference to the Pathfinder Player Companions. 30-ish page mini-books of player options that aren't technically core if a GM doesn't wish to use them.


Azalah wrote:
Wait, modules are getting phased out?

Not officially, but the last two years (at least) of Pathfinder modules publication has been less than robust. He's saying given that Paizo has reduced their effort on their Pathfinder modules line so drastically he doesn't expect to see a Starfinder modules line, but has hope for the other lines to be extended to Starfinder.


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Xenocrat wrote:
Azalah wrote:
Wait, modules are getting phased out?
Not officially, but the last two years (at least) of Pathfinder modules publication has been less than robust. He's saying given that Paizo has reduced their effort on their Pathfinder modules line so drastically he doesn't expect to see a Starfinder modules line, but has hope for the other lines to be extended to Starfinder.

YUUUUUUP. Not that I wouldn't love to death a Starfinder module line (I can haz Starfinder Emerald Spire style Super Dungeon plz?) but that's increasingly unlikely given that they seem to be an unprofitable product line as a whole (or at least that's what all the "insiders" keep saying under their breath to me at cons).

But Starfinder has a lot of places to expand and I would love a third book product line outside of the Hardcovers and the APs.

I mean, Starfinder GMs, tell me you wouldn't buy a "Solarian's Codex" or "People of Akiton".


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thecursor wrote:
I mean, Starfinder GMs, tell me you wouldn't buy a "Solarian's Codex" or "People of Akiton".

I refuse to lie to you sir, even if you demand it.


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AtlasSniperman wrote:
thecursor wrote:
I mean, Starfinder GMs, tell me you wouldn't buy a "Solarian's Codex" or "People of Akiton".
I refuse to lie to you sir, even if you demand it.

Gonna level with you, I totally name drop things like "People of Akiton" because I hope someone from Paizo sees that and gives me that book one day.


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I'd rather buy three $40 books a year then three $40 dollar books and twelve $15 dollar books a year.


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Gamerskum wrote:

I'd rather buy three $40 books a year then three $40 dollar books and twelve $15 dollar books a year.

Good for you? I personally love the splat books.


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Right now the APs are my splatbooks. I'll skip to the back and read all the articles and new options ... and then remember there's an adventure in there, too.


Gamerskum wrote:

I'd rather buy three $40 books a year then three $40 dollar books and twelve $15 dollar books a year.

I didn't really think about that before, since I normally buy PDF versions, which generally have flat cost. I went to my local game store last night for my game though and decided to check out the prices.

Now granted, I'm Canadian so this was all CAD, but comparing some prices. There's a limited edition set of the main 3 D&D 5e books for 217$. Expensive but beautiful. The Pathfinder Playtest manual (of which the store has sold 0) retails almost 80$ before tax, which for that price I can buy a full price AAA game. The Constructs Handbook and Martial Arts Handbook were also on the shelf. CH retailed over 40$, and MAH was just under 30$ before tax.

So I could get 3 limited edition cover core books and a nice DMs screen for D&D for 250$. I could buy Smash Brothers Ultimate and all its DLC for 120$. Or I could get 2 splatbooks which I may never be even able to use, and a core book missing 30+ pages of errata for basically 200$.

That's some perspective. As a note, I did have a complaint not long ago when my friend purchased the Starfinder core book for 80$ that it was a Sept printing and errata was not only multiple rounds further, but also hasn't been updated since Feb now. The same price as a full price game which can be patched over the air, for a book which can be proven obsolete in an afternoon.

I like hard copies, they're beautiful. However digital is really the only option, not only because of errata but because we still haven't gotten hard copies of Pact Worlds here yet.


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Perpdepog wrote:
Right now the APs are my splatbooks. I'll skip to the back and read all the articles and new options ... and then remember there's an adventure in there, too.

Very much a ditto. I never miss an AP because of what's in the back.


thecursor wrote:
Perpdepog wrote:
Right now the APs are my splatbooks. I'll skip to the back and read all the articles and new options ... and then remember there's an adventure in there, too.
Very much a ditto. I never miss an AP because of what's in the back.

Starfinder APs: the only acceptable book series in which skipping to the end is perfectly okay for the goodies.


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Wishing Wells wrote:
Starfinder APs: the only acceptable book series in which skipping to the end is perfectly okay for the goodies.

What Pathfinder players see when they read a Starfinder AP: "Okay so they're starting the horror themed stuff early in the new setting..."

What Starfinder players see when they read a Starfinder AP: "Oh good, the Paranormal Investigator Character Theme book is here..."

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Much different than the firefly companion...

But yes they're playtesting the operations manual , which should be the advanced players guide equivilant.


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BigNorseWolf wrote:

Much different than the firefly companion...

But yes they're playtesting the operations manual , which should be the advanced players guide equivilant.

Uh, not quite what I mean. I meant the Pathfinder Companion line of soft splat books like "Blood of the Elements" or "Legacy of the Dragon"


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So far, there has been no positive mention by anyone from Paizo about any Starfinder Companion line.


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David knott 242 wrote:

So far, there has been no positive mention by anyone from Paizo about any Starfinder Companion line.

Of this, I am acutely aware.


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thecursor wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:

So far, there has been no positive mention by anyone from Paizo about any Starfinder Companion line.

Of this, I am acutely aware.

On the bright side -- the frequency of negative mentions about such a product line has gone down, so maybe they are considering it?


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David knott 242 wrote:
thecursor wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:

So far, there has been no positive mention by anyone from Paizo about any Starfinder Companion line.

Of this, I am acutely aware.

On the bright side -- the frequency of negative mentions about such a product line has gone down, so maybe they are considering it?

I'm glad we're seeing intentionally crafted content instead of more splat. Splat is what drives the increasing cost-of-entry (both monetary and intellectual), especially in Society play, and that cost-of-entry keeps the hobby from spreading in a way that would bring in new players (new to RPGs or from other systems) and ensure it's continued viability for Paizo. Pathfinder can be great, but I don't think that they should be trying to replicate that type of model with Starfiner (and communication from devs that I've seen recognizes that pretty clearly).

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