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Starfinder Pact Worlds

I’ve finally had a chance to sit down with the latest acquisition to my ever expanding Starfinder book collection; Pact Worlds. Being a relative newbie to Paizo’s products I’m not entirely sure how this compares to their Pathfinder offerings in terms of quality but it stands up against Wizards’ D&D books just fine. The artwork, the layout, the design is all spot on and the book physically feels like a quality product to hold.

The default setting for Starfinder has been the Pact Worlds, a cluster of planets, moons and space stations all working together under a common set of rules and laws after years of war and conflict. Obviously some resentment still remains amongst some of the races and there is a general, more widespread element of distrust toward the Vesk just as there is the undead Eoxians. The Core Rulebook does a fantastic job of filling in all the details you’d ever need to known about Absalom Station and the Starfinder Society but the other worlds were sort of left as blank canvases with little more than an intro blurb giving you an overview of their inhabitants general demeanour. This book fills in those missing gaps and does so the way a grandma might fill an empty stomach – with lots and lots of juicy goodness.The book is about 215 pages long give or take the contents and index pages and around 150 of those pages are jam packed full of history and lore. Ever wondered what the political climate on Bretheda is or which gods are worshipped on The Diaspora? This book has you covered and not only does each entry come with pages of lore and information but each planet also comes with it’s own maps, artwork and character theme for players.

  • The Sun: Solar Disciple
  • Aballon: Roboticist
  • Castrovel: Wild Warden
  • Absalom Station: Corporate Agent
  • Akiton: Gladiator
  • Verces: Cyberborn
  • Idari: Tempered Pilgrim
  • The Disaspora: Space Pirate
  • Eox: Death-Touched
  • Triaxus: Dragonblood
  • Liavara: Dream Prophet
  • Bretheda: Biotechnician
  • Apostae: Xenoarchaeologist
  • Aucturn: Cultist

Ontop of that there are also 15 pages dedicated to new Starships and information regarding the Drift and about 20 pages dedicated to the various factions and organisations of the Pact Worlds and stat-blocks for their members. In terms of player options there are 6 new Archetypes, 8 new Feats and 6 new player races. This is on top of a bevy of new weapons, armours and magical/hybrid items which will tie everyone over until the upcoming Armoury book is released in a few months.

The Archetypes are as follows:

  • Arcanium Sage
  • Divine Champion
  • Skyfire Centurion
  • Star Knight
  • Starfinder Data Jockey
  • Steward Officer

Now some of the new player races are a little “out there” and I wonder how popular they’ll be against the already existing line-up which also included the classic fantasy races such as Elves and Halflings etc but if they’re anything it’s certainly interesting. The shape-changing Astrazoans and the robotic SROs caught my eye but I’m disappointed to see there’s no option for an Eoxian player race yet!

All-in-all I think this is a fantastic book which makes for some surprisingly good reading, it’s crazy to think about how many RPG books fail at this. Pact Worlds is the sort of book you can lay in bed reading, it’s easy going and gives you the right balance of not being overly in-depth but also giving you the key things you ought to know about each of the worlds. I know it’s not part of the Pact Worlds but the second biggest let down for me (After a lack of Eoxians) is that the Veskarium isn’t detailed in this. I know, I know. The Veskarium isn’t part of the Pact Worlds system but they are arguably the most iconic Starfinder race so far and failing to include details on their planet structure is a missed opportunity in my opinion. That said, I don’t think this omission takes anything away from the book it just would have made a great book greater.

I’d definitely recommend picking it up, just for the lore and history alone but the new player options are a really nice touch and expand upon an already interesting setting with seemingly endless possibilities.

Craig

Dungeon Master / Jedi / Nerd

One Comment

  1. Got a £100 amazon voucher from compare the market so defo gonna invest in this. A lot of interesting stuff in there.

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