Cosmic Crit is a weekly Actual Play podcast centered on the new Starfinder RPG from Paizo. Listen to the shenanigans as a seasoned GM, a couple of noobs, and some RPG veterans explore the galaxy and fight monsters on behalf of the Starfinder Society. It's a little roleplay, a lot of natural 20s (we hope), and plenty of fun.
000: Meet the Players
Get to know each of the five players (and our awesome GM) who will be participating in the Cosmic Crit podcast. Our experience levels vary greatly. Some of us are just starting out with tabletop RPGs, while others have enjoyed them for more than a decade. But we're all big science fiction / fantasy fans, and we're incredibly excited to try out Starfinder! We are starting with the first book of the Dead Suns Adventure Path, Incident at Absalom Station. But we'll throw in a hefty dose of homebrew and original character work along the way. Join us as we learn the rules of the game and explore the cosmos in Cosmic Crit. If you want to know more about us, you can also check out the Meet the Players page on our website.
In our inaugural episode, we meet each of the playing characters as they cross paths in the seedy "HUD Bar" deep in Absalom Station in the Starfinder universe. Rami, Alyndra, ANDIS, Edrass, and Gnak each have their (relatively) innocuous reasons for entering the bar. But an encounter with a cadre of gang members adorned with a red fist symbol incites a brawl. Emerging bruised and beaten, our heroes barely get out alive. To make matters worse, Alyndra has a spooky experience ... but what does it mean?!
In our first episode based on the Dead Suns Adventure Path of Starfinder, our heroes embark on a mission to meet their Starfinder Society contact for orders when they find themselves caught between two opposing factions. Still virtual strangers, the five of them have to work together to defeat the foes. Will they succeed?
Following their defeat of the Level 21 Crew and the Downside Kings, our adventurers decide to pay a visit to Starfinder Society headquarters. But as they start to leave, they run into three unexpected obstacles, and our heroes are put to the "test."
The Kreel Deal
The Starfinder Society graciously welcomes our adventurers at their station headquarters, The Lorespire. There, they meet with a Shirren, whose name no one knows how to spell or pronounce except the GM. The Shirren suspects Kreel may not have been merely an innocent bystander when the cross-fire happened in Episode 002: Opening Volley, and they can't help but wonder -- could he have been a target? Their suspicions finally aroused, the adventurers head to Kreel's apartment and search for clues about what may have actually happened that fateful day in Docking Bay 94. Crit Bits: Updates from DragonCon!
The Hardscrabble Connection
As our adventurers continue to unravel the mystery surrounding Kreel's death, they must work through some disagreement and confusion. But despite a few communication difficulties, they succeed in attaining more information, thanks in large part to the clever Ysoki Gnak Sizrack. He may not be much of a fighter, but he knows how to talk (sometimes). But in the middle of their investigation, our heroes run up against the same Strong Absalom Movement (SAM) thugs they encountered in Episode 001: Space Hooligans. Will they make it out of the alley alive? Crit Bits: Get to know each of the characters a little better as Edrass leads us in an in-character vocal warm-up.
Fast time at Absalom High
I’ve really enjoyed the Cosmic Crit Podcast. The GM keeps the pace moving and the players are creative and fill the game with fun. This has made me get into Starfinder. Hopefully I can find a group that will have as much fun as this group does.
Why did I just shed real tears
I’ve fallen in love with this podcast, the players, the characters, and the amazing stories that Patrick weaves. Several episodes have left me in tears and I’m not even through the first season. Thank you for making and continuing to make this podcast. I hope that I can catch up soon!
Started my own Dead Suns game
Love this group. I'm running my own game of dead suns and started following along to familiarize myself with the game. Definitely steal ideas from Patrick. Thank you you CCCrew, hope I eventually catch up to you one day.