by Kevin Pollock

This month, I am departing from my usual board game articles.  Instead I will be talking about the Starfinder Beginner Box. I have not played a role-playing game since 2nd Edition AD&D but I have been looking at Starfinder for quite some time and this new beginner box caught my eye.

I think Paizo really raised the bar with this product.  The first thing you will notice about the Starfinder Beginner Box is its weight.  That’s because they crammed it with everything you will need to begin playing.  But it is not just a light treatment of the core material like so many beginner boxes.  There is a 96-page Heroes’ Handbook that details character creation, races, classes as well as the basic rules for playing within the Starfinder universe.  It even includes a solo adventure.  The 96-page Game Masters Guide contains an adventure as well as a wealth of information on creatures, planetary environments and a ton of information on running an adventure.  I found it to be quite comprehensive for a beginner set. Both manuals are printed on glossy paper and richly illustrated in the style you have come to expect from Paizo.

The box also comes with 6 pre-generated character sheets and 6 blank character sheets.  Additionally, there is the requisite set of 7 polyhedral dice, 6 player aid cards, over 80 cardboard pawns, 24 plastic bases and a double-sided flip-mat.  The flip-mat is printed on thick stock instead of paper and you can write on it with pretty much any type of marker.

The Starfinder Beginner Box is impressive. If you have been considering Starfinder as your next RPG you might want to check this out.  It certainly convinced me to give the game a try.