After looking at various things (splash page for Starfinder still mentioning the release of the Beginner Box - a 4-month old piece of news, the release schedule - most being PF1e even before 2e's release, Paizo Blogs being saturated with Pathfinder with very minimal Starfinder presence - again, even before 2e, and lastly a huge 1 year and more lapse in any word on rules for the errata and tons of dead threads on the the Starfinder Forums asking valid questions and seeking help with the game) I can't help but feel Starfinder is losing momentum, and sadly it *did* have momentum - so much so that CRBs couldn't even be placed on shelves fast enough when it first was release.
Fast forward to only a few months later after its release. The dust hasn't even settled and Paizo drops the big 2e release bomb, and now it seems like a slap in the face to anyone who wanted to invest in "Paizo's new product" and I think it was even a more potent slap because the hype from the Paizo team follows 2e, not Starfinder.
What I would like to stress is not that I feel there is a drought of content for Starfinder. There are tons of hardcovers and APs and whatnot. What makes this system feel like it's going to fail is that it is such a LAUGHABLY small team of dedicated people, as opposed to the numbers working on 2e, not to mention that with the not even 10-or-so people on the SF team I can imagine that doesn't leave much room to interact with the community.
Paizo, seriously, wake the hell up. You've been running an iconic RPG for over a decade, why haven't you figured out that a community needs interaction? Hell, it would make a world of difference if we could just get answers to questions about rules and whatnot.
Yet, we keep getting money thrown at us for content, and that just makes problems worse. Now the new stuff breaks the old stuff, questions about rules and how things are intended to interact are again raised, and the cycle continues.
What's more is that all it would take to quell a lot of fears of this system would literally be some simple interaction and a few more bodies on the SF team. I don't understand why that is such a difficult thing to understands.
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... they just launched a new Starfinder web fiction series, John Compton is moving over from Org Play to Starfinder, and the Starfinder Twitch show is due to start up again next week. Yes, Gen Con was a big Pathfinder event, but Origins was a short two months ago.
I think your worries are unfounded, and your impression of lack of interaction dead wrong.
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I'd also like to point out that "a few months" is a little off, as Starfinder launched in August 2017, and PF2 was announced in March of the following year, and the playtest didn't start until the following August.
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Wednesdays are Starfinder day on the Paizo Twitch channel.
Yesterday's blog was devoted to fiction involving a Starfinder iconic.
There have been complaints recently about Paizo not releasing enough information about 2e, and it basically came down to a shift away from all information being based on Paizo.com and toward releasing information via other channels. I suspect the same thing may be happening here: The information isn't where you're used to seeing it, so you presume it's not out there at all.
Starfinder was the #2 RPG in ICv2's latest rankings, so I wouldn't say there's evidence yet that it's losing momentum.
I personally can't wait for all the new Starfinder stuff in the works!
It's my all time favorite RPG ever!
I can never settle on an actual all time favorite, but Starfinder is definitely right up there on my list too.
I'm really, really looking forward to the next year's announced content. My only concern is that there won't be anough page count to give me what I'm looking for and finishing a book wanting more of the same is always preferable to the reverse.
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