It only took a few minutes after the doors to Gen Con 2017 opened for people to realize that Starfinder, Paizo’s newest space RPG based on their well established Pathfinder game rules, was going to be a big hit. The lines at Paizo’s booth were enormous as people queued up in massive lines to get their hands on the Starfinder core rulebook. Pathfinder rules reworked for a sci-fi setting—what’s not to like?

Set a few thousand years in the future of the Pathfinder universe, Starfinder isn’t a simple re-skin of the existing Pathfinder game, instead giving players all new races, classes, gear, and systems built on the familiar foundation that they have come to know and love with Pathfinder. One of the more exciting facets of the game is that each group of adventurers is the crew of a starship. That starship not only gets better over time, but there are rules for ship to ship battles that will let you take the ship you spend your time with and let it do some of the heavy lifting for you.

We stopped by the Paizo booth at Gen Con 2017 and met up with Robert McCreary, Starfinder‘s Creative Lead, who walked us through an overview of what players can expect in Starfinder, some of the key differences between this new game and Pathfinder, and some of the neat mechanics that players can look forward to exploring. While the Starfinder books sold out in short order during Gen Con, they should be available now wherever you typically pick up your RPG kit, including your friendly local game stores. Both the core rulebook and the first volume of the Starfinder Adventure Path are already available in both physical and pdf versions.

For players that like to participate in organized play, Paizo has created the Starfinder Society, and they plan to support organized play for the game in a similar manner to that that they have been supporting Pathfinder. Whether you like to participate in organized play, or if you have a core group that you like to play in, the future is looking really bright for Starfinder.

What do you think of Starfinder? Are you an experienced Pathfinder player looking to change settings? Are you a brand new player who has been waiting for a sci-fi game to really sink your teeth in to? Let us know in the comments below.


Travis Williams

Tabletop Editor

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