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TRAILBLAZER - PDF Release - Discussion/Questions/Errata

GlassJaw

Hero
Hello! I recently bought Trailblazer and am quite impressed, particularly by the spellcasting system. I've tried a number of alternate spellcasting systems and this is one does a superb job of balance, universality, and simplicity. Anyways, kudos.
Thanks hollow! Glad you are enjoying it.

Had one question regarding the rules: in the podcast mentioned earlier in the thread, it was mentioned that rogues could add their Combat Tactics bonus to aid another and related combat reactions. However, I can't find anything in the text. Was it errata'd out, or am I just not seeing it?
It's one of the rogue's special talents called Harrier. A rogue can choose talents starting at level 10.
 

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jdrakeh

Adventurer
How's the campaign going? Still in the planning stages?

Would love to hear about it.
Quick update. I am having an incredibly hard time selling Trailblazer here. Seems that people are ready to bash it as inferior to Pathfinder without even reading it first. :( Clearly I wouldn't want to play with these people anyway, but it's still a little depressing that so few people are willing to give it a chance.

That said, I may have found three people who are willing to at least give it a shot, so the game will be back on (though I'll be running DCC adventures, rather than the originally planned Warlords campaign so as not to scare off anybody with non-traditional fantasy).

Man, I miss Topeka. The gaming scene was soooooo much better there.
 

TarionzCousin

Second Most Angelic Devil Ever
Quick update. I am having an incredibly hard time selling Trailblazer here.

...

Man, I miss Topeka. The gaming scene was soooooo much better there.
Now you have another reason to move.

I find that people interested in playing 3E are won over by the first part of Trailblazer--the stats about the Spine and such. Honestly, it's one of those brilliant things that should make people say "Why didn't WotC do this years ago?"
 

Wulf Ratbane

Adventurer
Quick update. I am having an incredibly hard time selling Trailblazer here. Seems that people are ready to bash it as inferior to Pathfinder without even reading it first.
Opinionated gamers? The deuce you say!

That said, I may have found three people who are willing to at least give it a shot, so the game will be back on (though I'll be running DCC adventures, rather than the originally planned Warlords campaign so as not to scare off anybody with non-traditional fantasy).
DCC is an excellent choice. Remember that TB characters have more oomph, so bump the difficulty up appropriately.

You know that I am at your service for any and all questions. Keep me posted as you go and I will give you my thoughts and advice from a lot of personal playtesting. (We just wrapped up our second Trailblazer campaign last night-- Red Hand of Doom. The "end boss"-- as a Solo-- dropped 3/5 characters and had the last two in single digits before we prevailed... nail biter!)
 

GlassJaw

Hero
Quick update. I am having an incredibly hard time selling Trailblazer here. Seems that people are ready to bash it as inferior to Pathfinder without even reading it first. :( Clearly I wouldn't want to play with these people anyway, but it's still a little depressing that so few people are willing to give it a chance.
It's probably because of the black & white artwork. :angel:
 


GlassJaw

Hero
"Whatcha you talkin' about, Glassjaw!" :lol: That art ROCKS. (Very sword and sorcery-esque.)
Thanks! I like it too. I was being facetious. When we released TB, Wulf found a quote from someone who was critical because we didn't have full color artwork like Pathfinder. Oh well, can't please everyone.
 

SolitonMan

Explorer
I'm still in the stages of reading the print version (got the PDF a while ago, but never liked long term reading in that format). I have to say that I'm very impressed with the work put into this product! Thank you! :) I don't know if I'll be playing with it anytime soon, but our GM is getting tired of running his GURPS game, so soon it'll be back to something 3.5ish - and I'll be lobbying for Trailblazer, maybe in conjunction with Pathfinder.

Anyway, thanks again, I'm looking forward to your future productions. :)
 


cauldron

First Post
question

Hello,
If you allow me, I've just a quick question about Combat Reactions. A character earns a second Combat Reaction at BAB 6. Must the Monk's Centered bonus or the Rogue's Combat Tactics be taken into account?
A rogue, for example, earns his/her second CR at level 6 or level 8?

Thanks,
cauldron
 

meomwt

First Post
I've been using some of the bits of Trailblazer in my campaign - solos & elites :devil:, Action Points, Treasure Packets and the lovely, lovely encounter design system.

These things have gone down an storm - especially the deadly hard-to-kill Solos - so much so that, whilst my game is on hiatus and another DM is running, he's using the Action Points mechanic based on how it's been used when I've been DM-ing.
 

GlassJaw

Hero
Hello,
If you allow me, I've just a quick question about Combat Reactions. A character earns a second Combat Reaction at BAB 6. Must the Monk's Centered bonus or the Rogue's Combat Tactics be taken into account?
A rogue, for example, earns his/her second CR at level 6 or level 8?
A rogue and monk would get their 2nd reaction at level 8: BAB +6.

The bonuses for Centered and Combat Tactics are conditional and aren't considered part of the classes BAB.

Thanks for the question!
 

GlassJaw

Hero
I've been using some of the bits of Trailblazer in my campaign - solos & elites :devil:, Action Points, Treasure Packets and the lovely, lovely encounter design system.

These things have gone down an storm - especially the deadly hard-to-kill Solos - so much so that, whilst my game is on hiatus and another DM is running, he's using the Action Points mechanic based on how it's been used when I've been DM-ing.
Good stuff! I love me some Action Points. I can't imagine playing a d20 system without them!
 

cauldron

First Post
Thanks!

Sorry, I forgot I have another question..
Is the Weapon Finesse feat taken into account when calculating the Combat Maneuver Bonus??
 
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GlassJaw

Hero
Thanks!

Sorry, I forgot I have another question..
Is the Weapon Finesse feat taken into account when calculating the Combat Maneuver Bonus??
No problem - keep asking!

Weapon Finesse can be added to your CMB if the maneuver is "Weapon Permitted? Yes." For example, you can add your Weapon Finesse bonus if you are tying to disarm someone with a rapier but not if you are attempting a Bull Rush.
 


Aluvial

Explorer
I've bought and really like this book. My question is, how do I know if I have an updated version of this book?

Have there been updates? Am I eligable to get the updated version if I bought this?

Aluvial
 

Wulf Ratbane

Adventurer
I've bought and really like this book. My question is, how do I know if I have an updated version of this book?

Have there been updates? Am I eligable to get the updated version if I bought this?

Aluvial
First off, there have been no recent updates.

Now, as for getting an updated version, it depends on whether you are talking print or PDF.

For PDF files, if I update, you'll automatically receive notification from RPGnow (unless you're blocking their emails!) whenever a new version goes up-- and it's free to download the new version.

For print versions-- unfortunately, you'd have to buy the book again. But-- I have no plans to update the print version (other than, for example, a second edition).
 

Aluvial

Explorer
First off, there have been no recent updates.

Now, as for getting an updated version, it depends on whether you are talking print or PDF.

For PDF files, if I update, you'll automatically receive notification from RPGnow (unless you're blocking their emails!) whenever a new version goes up-- and it's free to download the new version.

For print versions-- unfortunately, you'd have to buy the book again. But-- I have no plans to update the print version (other than, for example, a second edition).
Ahh, thanks. I have the PDF and it did update... It was just burried in my email.

Aluvial
 

TheLastRogue

First Post
Truly enjoying this book so far. Quick question though: to be clear, the book is proposing the idea that dropping the big six, or at the very least greatly limiting them, will actually bring the game into better balance (so long as APs are used)?

It seems like that is the conclusion made, but it's not implicit, so I wanted to make sure.
 

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