Adventures In Space

Today I want to talk about the three genres of adventure in space and compare them for the purposes of tabletop play. These are science fiction, which can itself be split into hard and soft forms; science fantasy, which the best known example of is Star Wars; and space opera, which regards science as a thing it used as a vague starting point before blending it with the kind of over-the-top antics you might expect from a pulp adventure novel.

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Adventures In Space

Starfinder Announced

Paizo has announced a new game line, based off their Pathfinder properties – a science fantasy line they’ve dubbed Starfinder. For those of us who backed the Aethera setting on Kickstarter, this came with the news that the people working on it will apparently be involved with Starfinder as well, although so far we’ve been promised that the new product line won’t interfere with the Kickstarted products. So today I’ll look at what I have knowledge of, and indulge in a bit of speculation.

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Starfinder Announced

Big Bad: Escalation vs Knowledge

Often, in most forms of entertainment, there’s a tendency to take one opponent and set them up as the Big Bad for an arc, only to escalate things. As you take out what you thought was your foe, it turns out they were subordinates to a bigger menace, leaving you with a new foe. It continues until the campaign culmination, with a battle against something that would have trounced everyone at the beginning of the story. Rarely, however, the Big Bad is known from the start, and it brings about a different kind of game. Today, I’m going to compare the two.

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Big Bad: Escalation vs Knowledge