Cheers, Alex, for participating in this thread.
Gladly. That's what we tend to do around here
If Crafty isn't going to make any changes to the Mongoose printing system, I'll be buying your stuff in PDF format regardless. I just don't trust what I see on the shelf from Mongoose these days to last more than a few weeks of regular play without the binding falling apart.
Suffice to say, as Mongoose is our printer, we can't really "make any changes" to thier process - that's out of our auspices. However, part of the reason SP and WOF were delayed was because we did
make a number of requests, mainly about the binding, that took a few months to resolve. If you take the Pepsi Challenge with our print books (at least the ones I've seen) and other Flaming Cobra products, you'll see our books have had no cover warpage, because of heavier stock; no spine breakage; and excepting Nez, one deaths in the field. Compared to the books like Nephilim and apparenlty some copies of Cthulhutech (though mine is great), it is a damn sturdy book. Mongoose is definately improving their printing processes, as is evidenced with their more recent products like Conan 2e. Rest assured, we will continue to vet all our print books in the same manner as they continue to work out the kinks - the utility and durability for customers is our first concern.
BUT! I totally respect your decision if you choose to go the PDF route - for us, it's basically the same as selling a print book, and there are certainly no binding issues
Thanks for your continued support, Portal - this has been an interesting discussion.