It can't hurt to make a starter. Sure the pack will puff up to let you know that there's some viable yeast inside, but a good starter will really get those yeasties multiplying. Check out this link for more details about pitching rates and starters.
"I don't want these logs looking like a Boy Scout was turned loose on them with a dull hatchet" -DP
primary 1: Desert Sky's Bombshell Blonde Ale
primary 2: :(
bottled: Sim'arillo IPA, Stout, BM's Centennial Blonde, Belgian Blonde, Citra'rillo APA, Saison, Mt. Hood Blonde