Furthermore, I am not a troll. Just a gamer who does not like what some of the biggest companies that I use to really love have done to some of my favorite games.
Perhaps some of my hostility is carry over from Wizards of the Coast and how they destroyed D&D, and maybe I will cool down and actually buy something from FFG again. Who is to say? I can't predict the future. Maybe FFG will surprise me, maybe they will redeem themselves.
Posting on this site was a risk, most of the people who are posting here frequently are hard core FFG loyalists who viciously attack anyone who does not blindly agree with their party line. I don't care, I had something to say and I wanted FFG to read it.
Dude, I know you aren't a troll. I sensed that you were really angry, though.
Look, I am not a hardcore FFG loyalist. In fact, I created an account entirely to call you out.
First off, it's obvious you didn't know what you were talking about, as your admission later in the thread proves. That was obvious to me from your first post, however.
Secondly, your rage about D&D 4 and the changes in your hobby are good. Use that anger. But you can't just "Hulk SMASH!" every game company when they come out with a new edition or change things up. Not all changes are bad, and not all changes are made to screw the consumer. Just because one company does it, doesn't mean every company does. You have to individually examine each situation. And you hadn't here. You just reacted from the gut and went all Wolverine on FFG without taking some time. You could've come on here and asked and wondered about the exact same things as above without getting all angry and whatnot.
Third, dude, you claim to know game publishing, but then you rail and assume that they are publishing for the reasons you thought were going on. And sure, somethimes what you thought was going on does happen. But you assumed one thing, instead of considering the possibility that "Hey, this is an old game system that they've improved significantly in the past several years through their various products. Furthermore, this edition will give us a lot of the rules we need in one convenient place, along with all the errata. This product is being released to make them money, sure, but we consumers can also benefit from this, making this a win win." Games aren't created in a day. Do you remember the mess that was AD&D 1st? By the time 2nd edition came out you needed 6 core rulebooks, a setting, three or four modules, and 27 issues of Dragon to play the game. Seriously. Because everyone wanted or needed all the optional stuff. It had become so much a part of the game you couldn't run a serious game without it. Sure, 2nd Edition AD&D sucked for some reasons (aimed at 12 year olds comes to mind), but the fact was that you could buy the three rulebooks and a setting and you would be able to play the game. Anything that came after was optional and an add on entirely.
This new edition of DH might not be perfect. Hell, it's probably flawed in many ways. But to assume that it was made only to rip you off is silly. It was made because they wanted to offer a better product to you. Maybe they were wrong. Maybe they are right. Maybe it is a better product, but not as good as it could have been. But they aren't doing it just to make more money. Sure, they want money, we all do, but you don't spend hours and hours of your life rewriting a game system and running betas and whatnot just for the money. There is easier ways to get rich than game design.