In addition to the adventures written for Starfinder Society, several of the other adventures Paizo produces have been sanctioned for society play. All of these are published for a wider audience than the Starfinder Society campaign, so such adventures often include a short, downloadable sanctioning document that details any special considerations for running the adventure for organized play, as well as Chronicle Sheets for the individual volumes.
- Starfinder Adventure Paths: Multi-volume campaigns representing dozens of game sessions to complete. Many Adventure Paths are sanctioned for use in the Starfinder Society campaign.
- Starfinder Adventures: Stand-alone adventure books that take one or more sessions to complete. Many Adventures are sanctioned for use in the Starfinder Society campaign.
The society rules for play are customized to work with Starfinder Quests and Scenarios, and are not necessarily applicable to other sanctioned adventures. As such, SFS has 2 different modes for play:
Society Mode is used for SFS Scenarios and Quests, and adheres to all the rules published in this guide. Society mode is governed by the Run as Written provisions in Game Master Basics.
Adventure Mode is used for adventures not published for society play, and allows the GM more freedom to adapt those adventures, including running the adventure in Starfinder using GM house rules, and the ability to alter encounters and statistics found in the adventure.
Most Starfinder Society Scenarios and Quests require the use of a SFS character or SFS sanctioned Pregen. However some come with separate sets of pregens. Most Adventure Mode sanctioned products can be played with any character, however some have pregens, and players are encouraged to play those characters for an optimal experience.
Starfinder Society Characters must be built using the rules in the Character Creation Appendix, starting at level 1, and played from there. (Some boons allow characters to start at higher levels.) Any adventure that can be played with a SFS character can also be played with a SFS Sanctioned Pregen. When playing an adventure using a SFS character, the chronicle must be assigned to that character.
Story Pregens are characters released with an adventure, and often contain ties to the adventure's backstory.
Champaign Characters are characters that are designed according to the GM's House Rules.
|Ruleset||SFS Characters Only||Story Pregens Required||Story Pregens Recommended*||Campaign Characters|
|Society Mode||Scenario, Quest||-||-||-|
|Adventure Mode||-||Free RPG Day||Beginner Box, One Shot||Adventure, Adventure Path|
* GMs who chose to use Campaign Characters instead should work with their players to tie the characters into the backstory to provide the same level of experience.
Each Sanctioned Adventure comes with a freely downloadable Sanctioning Document located on the product’s description page on paizo.com. This document contains the rules for running that adventure, as well as Chronicles Sheets rewarded for completion. GMs should read the sanctioning document carefully, as it may modify the Adventures rewards. Unlike Starfinder Society adventures, Chronicles for Sanctioned Adventures are assigned at the completion of the adventure.