I'm not sure what to think about all this Deathbus stuff... but, what I do know is that over and over again, I'm still pleased with the maturity level of arguments and such that inevitably brew from anxious gamers. Reading all this was both enlightening and amusing.
My two cents (since I didn't get to toss any in while people were still going crazy on it):
1. Color is all well and good, even worth a few extra bucks. Color pictures can be worth it, but not always. As an attempted graphic designer (college as usual has a way of making people change career paths 8-10 times) I have to say that even if you get all your pictures in black and white, tossing in a bit of color to the text, and general backgrounds or tables etc, helps spruce it up a bit while not costing overly too much for rights and such that pictures would. I'd say its worth the little extra. Having the second printing in greyscale is most excellent, but my friends leave it to sit in the corner, while they fight over getting to use my color PDF.
So, while I think that color pictures are not worth Crafty's time, I'd love to see the pages have a little bit of color. It'd make my eyes happy. If not, not gonna complain too much. I'm already too anxious to have it in my greedy mits right now that I'm willing to sacrifice a few luxuries of some of the other RPGs out there.
2. the 3.5 system while awesome and all now sits on my shelf gathering dust, and I pretty much refuse to look at the 4e stuff. After I heard about FC, (and had a lousy couple experiences with GMs at cons) my friends refuse to play it anymore. Heck, I'd dig it up and go nuts, but ultimately, the creative freedom granted by crafty products far exceeds anything WoTC can toss out. (Maybe with the exception of the Unearthed Arcana book, that thing made life good for alternatives). So, as 4e continues to stomp 3.5 out of the heads of young impressionable gamers, my friends are waiting on baited breath for FC to come out, lest we be forced into playing Hackmaster again... *shudder*
Please Crafty 3, don't make them make me play hackmaster again...
(although Aces and Eights is fun)
3. This is a last second add on cent. Also, nowhere did 3.5 provide canon ways to make Kaiju. (the magazine doesnt really count, as noone allowed those at convention play really) However, with Crafty's monster NPC creator system, those tools will be at my disposal, and my Godzilla Universe game will finally come to fruition!