The Starﬁnder Society is a worldwide science fantasy roleplaying campaign set in the Starﬁnder Universe. As an agent of the Starﬁnder Society, an organization of explorers, archaeologists, and adventurers headquartered in the Lorespire Complex of Absalom Station, you dedicate your time to discovering and chronicling all corners of the galaxy (and beyond). Starﬁnder adventures range from exploring unknown worlds and star systems to undertaking covert assignments within the bowels of the Pact Worlds' largest metropolises.
Starﬁnder Society uses Paizo’s Starﬁnder Roleplaying Game ruleset and setting under the campaign leadership of the Paizo Organized Play Team. This guide presents the information you need to participate in this exciting, dynamic campaign. Welcome to the Starﬁnder Society!
In a Paizo Organized Play campaign, your character adventures in a shared setting with thousands of other gamers worldwide. Anyone can host games at homes, game stores, libraries, conventions, and online, as long as they report the adventure’s results afterward. Reporting earns participants campaign rewards and player actions inﬂuence the fate of the world of the game.
As part of the Organized Play experience, you can take your character to any Society event in the world, allowing you to join a game with friends and strangers alike with ease. After each adventure, your characters grow stronger and carry their rewards with them to the next adventure, even if your fellow players and Game Masters (GMs) change between adventures. The experience is uniquely immersive, as the diverse range of players, GMs, and characters provide incredible depth. The campaign is also a great way to meet other gamers and play regularly without needing to schedule events with a single set of people as you might for a more traditional game.
To ensure you have access to all the tools and beneﬁts available to players, you need an organized play number and an account on paizo.com. To create an account, visit paizo.com/organizedplay and click on the “New Players Create an Account” button.
If you are unable to acquire an organized play number online, ask your Event Organizer for help.
Each community uses their own game scheduling process. Common platforms used in scheduling games include:
Join the vibrant Starﬁnder Society online community by participating in the oﬃcial Starﬁnder Society forums . Ask questions! Compare character builds! Discuss! Find events! Your feedback helps us improve our program, so drop by and tell us what we can do to enhance your organized play experience.
To participate in an Organized Play game, you need a Player Character (or PC). You control your character, who will be one of the protagonists in the game's story and can directly interact with the objects, characters, and events within the adventure. You can use a pregenerated character or create your own using the rules in Starﬁnder Society Characters below.
A Game Master (GM) is the person who presents the story, adjudicates the rules, and establishes the parameters of the player’s exploration. A GM’s duty is to provide a fair and fun game for all involved, including themselves. GMs receive credit as if their character had played the adventure as well as other recognition as thanks for volunteering their time to run events.
An Event Organizer sets up organized play games and ensures they are reported accurately. At smaller events, including tables at most game stores, there is no separate event organizer and the venture oﬃcer handles those duties. Separate event organizers are more common at conventions and other large events.
A Venture-Oﬃcer is a volunteer for Paizo Organized Play responsible for a speciﬁc geographical region, online lodge, or other area of responsibility. They set up and assist with regular organized play events in their area. They are also responsible for responding to any player concerns in their area, reporting concerns to higher ranked oﬃcers as needed, and ensuring accurate data reporting.
The rules of the campaign reside in this Guide, the Character Options page , and the FAQ . As the campaign develops, additional rulings might be needed. These rules will be published via the paizo.com forums or blogs and from there be compiled into the program documentation listed above.