Sorry, guys, the switch to B&W for the Second Printing was a huge letdown for me. I'd rather see the book at a more expensive price bracket than witness a new version of the book appear lower quality than the original AEG version. At the very least, I think you guys should have been more transparent in letting fans know the new version would not be colour. And to be really on top of the ball, the interior design graphics should have been changed to reflect the need for greyscale. The tech readouts on top of the pages look excessively busy and dull.
If I had known the new version was going to be B&W, I would have bought a copy of the older AEG book at my local shop, flawed Gear charts at all. The new book is just not on the same publication calibre. Plus, the book seems to be suffering from that nasty Mongoose binder. The spine just didn't look right in the store.
I'm not trying to beat up on Crafty, as you guys are the premier designers for rules and mechanics for the d20 game system, IMO. However, it's disappointing to see a game company building systems on a higher tier than WotC release a product that, aesthetics-wise, looks amateur in comparison.
Any chance we can see Fantasy Craft in colour? For me, this will make or break this product.