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  • The new Backgrounds system feels more like 5e than it does the PF Trait system. I'm not fond of either, as (once again) mechanics should not replace story telling. These system seem targeted towards younger players who may be unable to develop…
  • And... as there are now fewer skills... but the same number of skill points to spend... this will lead to skill inflation. That will hopefully be fixed during the beta test.
  • "Skill Feats" are new. This adds something players have always hated, feat trees, to the skills system. This feels like unnecessary complexity to me. I don't think that I'm going too far out on a limb here to say that this is absolutely not what…
  • The skills list got shaved down again. Appraise, Fly, Linguistics, Perception, Profession, Ride, Sense Motive, Spellcraft, and Use Magic Device are gone. (PF has been so dependent upon Perception that this is going to require some serious rework…
  • It looks like Hero Points got moved from the APG to Core Rulebook. I can't think of a mechanic of which I am less enamored. 1) Storytelling should not be replaced by mechanics. 2) Hero Points break verisimilitude. However, this really isn't …
  • "Race" is now "Ancestry". OK, that seems like just Paizo's usual habit of prostrating itself before the demons of political correctness. "Race" was never the correct term anyway. "Species" would be better. "Ancestry" sounds like those annoying syste…