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- What the Fuck is Trailblazer?
I heard about this while browsing the thread on RPGnet that is tearing apart all the Pathfinder previews, and frankly thought it was a joke. Trailblazer is apparently a "system optimizer" for Revised Edition that, like Pathfinder, tries to maintain backwards compatibility with Revised Edition while at the same time fixing a lot of the flaws in the mechanics. Also like Pathfinder, it seems to be stealing a lot of the 4th Edition mechanics.
It identifies many of the exact same problems that the designers said about Revised Edition, such as fighters sucking, diagonal movement, and making statblocks.
The 10-minute rest period is resolved by changing per day abilities to "per rest", which is essentially a convoluted method for 4th Edition's short rest excepts its 10 minutes long instead of five. Players immediately heal 50% of their hit points, refresh Rote spells, and ongoing effects end regardless of duration (kind of like half-assed 4E saving throws).
Everyone gets Reserve Points, which are good for healing more hit points or recharging Restricted spells and Rituals. So, mostly good for spellcasters, and I'll note that you can set aside Reserve Points into a party pool, somehow...
They succeed in making encounter building even more complicating by trying to apply an XP value to monsters based on CR, using a bunch of tables, and all-in-all trying their damnest to make it look like 4E's own XP budget method. Except they fail. I'm...not sure what the hell I'm looking at, or what means what...then I got to treasure parcels.
I find it very bizarre that so many people are trying so hard to "fix" 3rd Edition by basically taking the mechanics of 4th Edition and trying to shoehorn them in as much as they can, all the while trying to proclaim how great 3E is and that its totally compatible with 3rd Edition. Really, why not just play 4th Edition? Its mostly a half-assed houseruled version of 4E, anyway.