during the university period I was also using a merge, nowadays I go with the plain 2nd, it’s easier to manage having only one book with few personal options.
I didn’t finish yet to read the core book, so the list is most probably just the surface, anyway, in the 4th, compared to the 2nd, were introduced:
- choice between wood elf and high elf (different skills and talents). I mean it’s already in the core book.
- resilience, resolve and motivation, from the book “Your Resilience is your inner strength, which is directly related to your Resolve, defining your grit. Your Resilience also comes with a Motivation, which is a single word or phrase describing what drives your character forwards”
the motivation is used also to help regain resolve points
from the book “Gustavus, a young Scholar at the University in Altdorf, has ‘Thrillseeker’ for his Motivation. He lives his life in pursuit of excitement and danger, and Gustavus may regain Resolve points when he actively seeks out risky situations; perhaps he provokes antagonism in taverns, or deliberately breaks the law by stealing the feathers from the caps of State Soldiers.”
- Party Ambition, shot, mid and long term goals to get bonus xp/retire the char making it a npc one etc.
- Corruption points
- Career advancement
- every career has 4 lvls, apprentist x, x, master x, x-General
- for each one you have to buy characteristics, skills and talents advancement, this is almost the same but it has a scheme to follow.
ex. Each characteristic Advance adds +1 to the associated Characteristic. So, if you had purchased 4 Agility Advances, and your Initial Agility was 27, your Current Agility would be 31. The Advances would cost 25 XP per +1 Advance, as at each point the number of Advances previously taken would be in the 0–5 range. so the next agility advancement would fall in the 6 to 10 range meaning a 30px per each +1 cost. Over 70 values cost 520 px each +1.
- Seems that also skills now are managed in a way similar to advancements
- You can still buy a new career
So, the big change seems to be related to the careers development and on a first not complete read seems also that the authors are trying to introduce some management related elements.
I have to make some time for reading this book