Finally got my copy today. My only real gripe has to do with the binding - that on the older tome is much more solid, a good sewn saddle stitch binding. (How AEG managed to pay for it....?)
The new one is not as robust, more likely to wear out with use, especially on a hefty book like this. I may need to seek out a bindery, and have a new binding put in - keeping the covers, but going for cloth over paper. On the other hand, the sucker is 'uge! Even thicker than the first printing.
Should you ever go the 'Super-Duper Exclusive Color Edition That Only Hardcore Fans Will Buy' you might be well served to upgrade the binding as well.
I am glad to have this one, but I will be keeping the older copies as my 'kick around' books - the ones that players get to use, and that travel with me when I want to work on game stuff away from home. They are more durable, and since one has already suffered damage I will not be heart broken when it finally fails. And, of course, I am happy to have this see print. It has been a long, trouble filled, road.
The Auld Grump, who has forgotten a lot of the proper terms for the binding processes.... It has been almost thirty years....