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How do I keep my players from investing too much time in their doomed characters?

Tell it to them straight I see no reason not to just say: "These characters won't be around long, don't sweat the chargen too much". You can go hush-hush all you want, but it will all go down in the ...
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How do I keep my players from investing too much time in their doomed characters?

Forget the disposable characters “You have a long and trusting relationship with the Flaming Skies Mercenary Company. Here’s a summary of them. Work it into your backstory.”
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What are the rules differences between Pathfinder and Starfinder?

The developers have previewed us with the major system differences on this blog article: Hit Points, Stamina Points, and Resolve Points. In Starfinder, Hit Points measure the health and robustness of ...
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How do I keep a party together when they have conflicting goals?

EDIT: Someone pointed out that I (and Luris in comments on the answer) misread the question as players 2 to 5 being upset and demanding to kick PC1 out of the group. Later edits of the question made ...
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How Many Grenades Can a Ysoki put in their Cheeks?

Up to 19 grenades Ysoki can store up to 1 cubic foot of items weighing up to 1 bulk in total in their cheek pouches [...] Ysoki - Cheek Pouches, Starfinder SRD Every 10 items that have light bulk ...
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How do I keep my players from investing too much time in their doomed characters?

Do you really have to kill these characters? Since the players are already invested in them, it seems a shame to waste such a powerful hook. Rather than killing them, putting them into some sort of ...
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What is corpsicum?

According to the Dead Suns adventure path "Temple of the Twelve", p.39, technomancers for the Astral Extractions mining company have discovered new magical uses for corpsicum, a rare material ...
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How do I keep my players from investing too much time in their doomed characters?

Use Pregens Pitch the doomed party as a 'session 0' of sorts and provide the players with pre-generated characters. You want to invest your time in a tangent to establish trustworthiness of an ...
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How do I keep a party together when they have conflicting goals?

If I was running one of PCs 2-5, I'd be asking the other members of that group if it's time to expel PC 1 before he gets us in trouble we can't handle. This might demonstrate to PC 1 and his player ...
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One of PCs backstabbed a powerful ally. How do I punish them without seeming like singling them out?

Actions have consequences The character acted in a way that pissed off the ally's faction, enough that they want vengeance for the death. That's fine. Actions must have consequences for the game to ...
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What is "archaic armor"?

Forward compatibility Paizo developers have recently (I believe it started with the Advanced Class Guide) to use a development strategy that they have called Future Proof (known in programming as ...
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What are the benefits of owning a computer?

Computers are incredibly freeform Computer rules are somewhat sparse, because Paizo (smartly) didn't lay out an exact, limited list of everything a computer can do. What we do know is that computers ...
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One of PCs backstabbed a powerful ally. How do I punish them without seeming like singling them out?

I should caveat that I have never played Starfinder, but this issue sounds borderline system agnostic. Also, as a tangent, I recommend against punishing players or PCs. With very few exceptions where ...
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Do humans start off with 1/3rd the languages of Other Races?

While humans won't be able to get an additional language from race, as you describe, they could still have a second language by virtue of home planet. Everyone has a home planet: the planet they grew ...
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Is having explosions as a go-to solution considered bad table manners?

Using explosions as a go-to solution could be a problem… …or it could be super cool. The only way you'll know is by checking with the people you're playing with, including the GM, the players and ...
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Can you fill a life bubble with water?

The description of Life Bubble reads, in part: You surround the touched creatures with a constant and moveable 1-inch shell of tolerable living conditions. This shell enables the subjects to ...
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Range vs Melee Balance in Starfinder

Starfinder preserves the focus on melee-range combat. There are a wide variety of elements that affects this, but ultimately there are 2 that dominate the range/melee issue. First, Starfinder does not ...
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How do I tell my S.O. that I am not enjoying playing with this group?

You need a heart-to-heart with your SO/DM before the next session And you tell them what you just told us, a host of strangers on the internet. Your problems have little to do with the game, and ...
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How do you calculate Resolve Points when Multi-classing?

Use your full character level and better key ability score. Calculate separately, or together? From SCR p. 22 (emphasis added): You have a number of Resolve points equal to half your character level (...
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Do healing spells harm undead in Starfinder?

No. In Starfinder, healing spells heal the undead in the same way as they heal regular living creatures. Starfinder is based on Pathfinder. So let's first check the original Pathfinder rules first to ...
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How do I keep a party together when they have conflicting goals?

To Design This In From The Start.... ...One way is to keep tabs on the character creation process and put very specific types of hooks and dependencies into the backgrounds. Like, Character 1 wants ...
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How can PCs keep up when maneuver DCs increase so quickly?

Vehicle upgrades increase in quality as well as 'size' (for lack of a more encompassing term). For instance, your starship can get a Short-Range Scanner (range 5) that is Budget, Basic, or Advanced. ...
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Can I put my Drone into my cheek pouches?

No (Probably). Cheek pouches can only hold 1 cubic foot. Since 1 foot is the minimum length/height a Tiny creature can be (Table 8-1, p. 256 Starfinder Core Rulebook), it's likely the drone is too ...
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What are the potential pitfalls of using Starfinder's ability score generation and advancement method for Pathfinder?

Pointing the obvious: faster rise in power Starting at level 0, the average array you get for characteristics in Starfinder must be roughly equal to a 20-points distribution, depending on your race/...
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Why did Paizo say they dropped the evil subtype from Animate Dead?

This forum hosts a slew of dev quotes, including (emphasis added): 1) something in the universe changed on a metaphysical level, in which case we would like an explanation on that since that's not ...
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Can you apply multiple personal upgrades to the same ability?

No. This FAQ says each personal upgrade must augment a different ability score. Can I place multiple personal upgrades (page 212) on the same ability score? For example, can I have both a mk 2 ...
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Can you Multi Attack with Operative Trick Attack?

No, you cannot. As explained on p93, Trick Attack is a special kind of Full Action that allows you to move, and then make an attack. A Full Attack is a distinct type of Full Action, as outlined on ...
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Are UPBs reusable?

Page 235 if the Core Rulebook explains how you go about creating items using UPBs. When creating an item, you must have UPBs of an equal price to what you are creating. At the GM’s discretion, you ...
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Can a weapon be made of both cold iron and adamantine alloy?

No From page 191 of the Starfinder Core Rulebook: If you make a weapon out of more than one special material, you get the benefit of only the most prevalent material. You could alloy them together, ...
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Can you Ray of Light from ship to ship?

Probably not - depends on how close your GM thinks ships get in combat and whether or not Solarians can enter a Stellar Mode in starship combat at all There are two significant issues with trying to ...
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