I was hoping FFG would release the Descent rules to the public before the game mastered (gone gold) and is sent to manufacturing. We all know how poor the Descent 1 rules were/are. I would hate to see this happen again, and with the size of a Descent type game, it probably will unless they allow fresh eyes on their rules. All of us here could offer tremendous proof-reading, play-balance, and insight BEFORE the manual and rules were finalized.
Unfortunately, I don't see them choosing this path, nor do I see the resulting rules being as solid as they should (past poor record for Descent). They could even release them to a chosen set of groups to test/proofread them. Having another rules debacle is my biggest fear for Descent 2e. FFG, consider allowing others to help you out here. I recall countless errors, play-balance issues, ommisions, and missing rules within 2 days of the Descent 1 rules being released, but unfortunately the rules had already been finalized. Not good.