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The Starfinder Roleplaying Game (SFRPG) by Paizo is a planned tabletop science-fantasy role-playing game system. While it uses modified Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Click this link to see if this article exists on PathfinderWiki. rules and a campaign setting linked to Pathfinder's, it is being designed as a standalone product line.[1]

Announcement

Paizo announced the game on May 28, 2016, during the PaizoCon 2016 Click this link to see if this article exists on PathfinderWiki. Preview Banquet, with the first products expected to be released at Gen Con 50 Click this link to see if this article exists on PathfinderWiki. on August 17–20, 2017.[2]

Design and playtest

In blog posts and interviews before its release, Paizo staff announced several planned features for the Starfinder Roleplaying Game:

  • "Conceptual compatibility" with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, allowing for gamers to convert Pathfinder assets with "a minimum of fuss at the table."[3]
  • A slower release schedule compared to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game line, and a greater reliance on the Starfinder Adventure Path line to introduce new rules and concepts.[3]
  • Seven core classes:[3]
  • A feel similar to Star Wars, but with "more magic and moral ambiguity".[3]
  • Starships, including:
    • A greater focus on exploration than in Pathfinder, with a galactic scale, many alien worlds and races, and the assumption that player characters comprise the crew of a starship.[3]
    • Starship battles with a distinct miniatures-based combat system[3] on a hexagonal grid[4] with facing and distinct roles for party members similar to Star Trek bridge officers.[5]
    • A system to design, build, and upgrade custom starships.[6]
  • Plans for a compatibility license, reference document, and organized play program all similar to Pathfinder's.[3]

While the system is designed to be largely compatible with Pathfinder, there are also some significant differences:

  • Magic items work differently, and Pathfinder's magic item creation system will be omitted or radically changed.[7]
  • Some skills are consolidated, while other skills are added.[8]
  • Cybertechnology, such as body modifications and implants, are integrated into the core system.[9]

Unlike the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, which had a massive open playtest Click this link to see if this article exists on PathfinderWiki. before its release, the Starfinder Roleplaying Game would have a closed playtest, a decision made due to the limited timeframe to release the core rules. The closed playtest "will feature other RPG designers and third-party publishers, Pathfinder Society Click this link to see if this article exists on PathfinderWiki. members, and various key members of the industry and community".[3]

Release

The RPG's Core Rulebook is scheduled for release at Gen Con 50 Click this link to see if this article exists on PathfinderWiki. on August 17-20, 2017.[1]

Releases

Cover Title Release Date Author
First Contact.jpg First Contact 170617 June 17, 2017 John Compton, Jason Keeley, Robert G. McCreary, and James L. Sutter
Core Rulebook.jpg Core Rulebook 170817 August 17, 2017 Paizo Staff
GM Screen.jpg GM Screen 170817 August 17, 2017 Paizo Staff
Player Character Folio.jpg Player Character Folio 170817 August 17, 2017 Paizo Staff
Alien Archive.jpg Alien Archive 1710 October 2017 Paizo Staff

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Paizo Staff. (Retrieved November 23, 2016). Starfinder, Starfinder.
  2. James L. Sutter. (May 28, 2016). Announcing the Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Paizo Blog.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 James L. Sutter. (September 30, 2016). Starfinder—What We've Revealed So Far, Paizo blog.
  4. James L. Sutter. (October 14, 2016). That's No Moon..., Paizo blog.
  5. Charlie Hall. (November 17, 2016). Starfinder hopes to do for space opera what D&D has done for fantasy, Polygon.
  6. James L. Sutter. (November 11, 2016). Captain's Log, Stardate Something-Something..., Paizo blog.
  7. James Haeck. (June 4, 2016). Interview with the creator of Starfinder, Pathfinder's sci-fi sister game, Geek & Sundry.
  8. Gamer Goggles and James L. Sutter. (August 12, 2016). Gen Con 2016 Coverage 21: Starfinder with James L. Sutter (2:58), Gamer Goggles Canton Ohio YouTube channel.
  9. Gamer Goggles and James L. Sutter. (August 12, 2016). Gen Con 2016 Coverage 21: Starfinder with James L. Sutter (3:09), Gamer Goggles Canton Ohio YouTube channel.