New book for May 2023 - Ports of Call


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I don't usually get hyped, and maybe it's just because I've been reading the Mongoose Traveller corebook today but H Y P E


What is it about? There are no other threads mentioning the book.


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It will cover 20 interesting ports of call around the galaxy. The one they featured is "Golarion World," an amusement park planet that (inaccurately) recreates Golarion a la Disney World. The book will include 10 destinations described in detail and briefer looks at 10 more. Will also include character options unique to these sites.


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Milo v3 wrote:
What is it about? There are no other threads mentioning the book.

I wasn't at Gencon so I wouldn't know, I just saw it announced second-hand on Twitter.

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The one they featured is "Golarion World," an amusement park planet that (inaccurately) recreates Golarion a la Disney World.

That cracked me up, especially the cast member playing Abrigail Thrune posing for a selfie.

Sidenote: There were Greys at Golarionworld, which is a bit odd since I thought they stuck to the shadows and were unknowns.


No new class for 2023?


Leon Aquilla wrote:
I wasn't at Gencon so I wouldn't know, I just saw it announced second-hand on Twitter.

These panels are Twitch streams, not in-person Gen Con events.


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Leon Aquilla wrote:
Sidenote: There were Greys at Golarionworld, which is a bit odd since I thought they stuck to the shadows and were unknowns.

That artist has a track record of big group shots that probably shouldn't be taken entirely literally. (He tends to toss unusual species and even specific NPCs into those big group scenes.)

I'd treat it more as an easter egg hunt than "canon."


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They STRONGLY hinted (flat out told us) that more stuff will be announced in the remaining Live Twitch panels.

So don't give up hope yet my fellow Starfinder comrades :)

I'm kinda liking this, I'm an AP GM and player myself but some of these destination hot spots should be a spot I can pop into some of my groups games me thinks

Tom

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I would probably suggest watching our 1pm PST presentation on the Present and Future of Starfinder over at twitch.tv/officialpaizo.

All I'm gonna say.

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Apparently drift lines got canonized in this book if Erik Mona's keynote is accurate

Hopefully that means we are one step closer to having actual galactic map :p

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Leon Aquilla wrote:
Sidenote: There were Greys at Golarionworld, which is a bit odd since I thought they stuck to the shadows and were unknowns.

What Grays? Those were clearly astrazoans who shapeshifted into fictional aliens for a laugh...


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CorvusMask wrote:

Apparently drift lines got canonized in this book if Erik Mona's keynote is accurate

Hopefully that means we are one step closer to having actual galactic map :p

They said in today's Starfinder twitch stream from that Ports of Call will have a galactic map. I'm guessing it shows the 20 systems (plus probably a few key ones we previously know about) and how the drift lanes connect them.


CorvusMask wrote:

Apparently drift lines got canonized in this book if Erik Mona's keynote is accurate

Hopefully that means we are one step closer to having actual galactic map :p

isnt half the point of drift travel to NOT need one of those?

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:

Apparently drift lines got canonized in this book if Erik Mona's keynote is accurate

Hopefully that means we are one step closer to having actual galactic map :p

isnt half the point of drift travel to NOT need one of those?

Perhaps, but it was also bit boring to not have cool star map :'D Thats like half the fun of space travel

(that and drift lanes would be kinda hard to use without some sort of map. I imagine that even if they wouldn't do galactic star map, they might now do "local drift beacon system with all systems connected through drift lanes to the drift beacon" map)

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Trying to remember things that were said about this book in the Friday Twitch Panel...
Jessica Catalan mentioned that one of the Ports of Call would be a planet orbiting Agillae, one of the stars in the Scoured Stars system. I think Agillae-4, but don't quote me on that. It was previously the izalguuns' homeworld, then turned into a huge factorium world by the jinsuls, and then abandoned by them; some izalguun are now trying to re-settle their ancestral home. I believe they also mentioned in the stream that we'd get playable species stats for four species, one being the thyr, the sentient gas species from the Kreiholm Freehold, too? #GaseousHype

If we're getting a galaxy map, I wonder if we'll get an 'official' name for the galaxy, too: there's the list of stuff various people call it from Pathfinder, but I don't think we've gotten an 'official,' generally accepted, name for the galaxy in Starfinder. Like how we all call ours the Milky Way, surely there's a 'standard' name for their galaxy, there.

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I'm hyped for this book because home is where you park your spaceship!


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Xenocrat wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:

Apparently drift lines got canonized in this book if Erik Mona's keynote is accurate

Hopefully that means we are one step closer to having actual galactic map :p

They said in today's Starfinder twitch stream from that Ports of Call will have a galactic map. I'm guessing it shows the 20 systems (plus probably a few key ones we previously know about) and how the drift lanes connect them.

5/5

10 out of 10 IGN splat of the year

Wayfinders

Leon Aquilla wrote:
Xenocrat wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:

Apparently drift lines got canonized in this book if Erik Mona's keynote is accurate

Hopefully that means we are one step closer to having actual galactic map :p

They said in today's Starfinder twitch stream from that Ports of Call will have a galactic map. I'm guessing it shows the 20 systems (plus probably a few key ones we previously know about) and how the drift lanes connect them.

5/5

10 out of 10 IGN splat of the year

If Ports of Call gets splat of the year, then Drift Crisis should get best supporting actor for making it possible by introducing the idea of drift lanes.


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If you want to know why people aren't talking about Drift Crisis as much, go look at the review section.

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Leon Aquilla wrote:
If you want to know why people aren't talking about Drift Crisis as much, go look at the review section.

Hard argue on that. Two under 4-star reviews does not equate to telling people to check reviews about why people aren't talking about Drift Crisis. Also, my feed it full of people talking about the Drift Crisis, so YMMV! :)

I know people want more crunchy mechanics in the game, and especially in the hardback line. Ports of Call is going to have some awesome mechanics, but it's also going to give GMs some solid locations to use in campaigns. Interstellar Species is going to provide a ton of rad mechanics. Also, Ports of Call has Drift Lanes and a galactic map, which are _so_ important for us right now.

As for more crunchy mechanics, please give us some time. I swear, it'll be worth it!


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The prior poster was saying that DC deserves an award. Some people clearly feel it was overhyped.

I don't have an opinion one way or the other aside from the fact that I personally gave it a 4/5 and think it's a good addition, but wasn't feature complete.

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I think there's a lot of mixing up the hype for Drift Crisis the book vs the Hype for Drift Crisis the year-long event that includes
Drift Crisis the book
2 three-part APs
1 standalone adventure
1 adventure
1 bounty
3 society Scenario
plus some flip maps
and indirectly Ports of Call (no drift crisis, no drift lanes, no drift lanes, no galactic map)

That's a lot to Hype about.

If Ports of Call gets splat of the year, it's only possible because the foundation laid down in Drift Crisis. I think Ports of Call will sell more and get more use at the table than Drift Crisis. Can't wait to get my hands on Ports of Call...

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Leon Aquilla wrote:
If you want to know why people aren't talking about Drift Crisis as much, go look at the review section.

I really enjoy Drift Crisis. It's a solid book. I've used some of the monsters in my current AP, and plan to use some of the Absalom Station Ghost levels stuff in the future.


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Thing is it can take more than a while to add Drift Crisis aspects to your games.

So the reviews that first pop out (at least for me and others I know) don't have any actual hand on experience with the book as they have not had it in their games and seen their players reactions (one should keep that in mind, hopefully).

Just a read and review to be the first ones a lot of the times......

Its the later ones (after the "rush") I trust more as they might have had actual game and player/GM feedback experiences to give a more realistic review, and not a jumping the gun one.

Just my take on this aspect of the DC book and reviews "must mean THIS" :)

Tom

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And the Drift crisis book is a suport book for a year-long event, so I'm curious to see how opinions change a year from now.


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Its the later ones (after the "rush") I trust more as they might have had actual game and player/GM feedback experiences to give a more realistic review, and not a jumping the gun one.

I completed Drift Crashers #1 about 2 weeks after its street date. You can let me know privately if you feel I was unfair in my assessment of it.


Some of us have no reason to talk about drift crisis because it's not the sort of product

we'd buy to begin with. Would be weird to bring up either positively or negatively.


PM sent LA

:)

Tom

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