I agree with those who like and love this game.
Missing pieces, card or whatever is a common occurence in all games, that all the companies have a replacement program on their websites, or contact information in the book. Minor issue. The first edition printings of WoW and WYB came with a card that could not be used unless you have the other boxset, or used the work up listed on the website when they were first released. Simply, it's a marketing ploy, and boy did it work.
Every reprint is usually sold out in my usually a couple of weeks.
Do people not like the game? Sure, but they either return it or sell it on eBay or give it to one of their friends and that's it. So if you do not like it, go ahead and do one of those things.
The prices are what they are, nothing can change that. I remeber buying board games for 10 bucks. Now it's common place they are $40 - $60. But if you really like the game or the concept it's not going to stop you. Example, I have 2 of each box set (including WoW WWII), 3 of each booster pack (including WoW WWII), 2 sets of each minature in all three series. You can do the math yourself, but it's no greater then what I spent on roleplaying games, or video games, or books over the years.
So try the game, ask fr help if you needed, but stop the belly aching. :-)
Fantasy flight games are known for being one of the greatest game with sending cards if anything is missing, some companys are both slow and whiny when you miss something. But it happens, the people putting the game together are just humans like everyone else.
But the rulebook could be better, I think it would be a good idea to put together a large bound rulebook with every rule from all the expansions in it together with lots of examples of gameplay. I buy it at least, I hate having several smaller books when I need to find anything. A huge leatherbound book is always best
Still, the game is fun, particulary when you are 4 persons. When we play 8 or more I tend to prefer to play Blue max/Canvas eagles instead using the same 1/144 models because I think the faster gameplay there (yes, it is faster, hexagons are always faster than measuring on maps, particulary with many players).
The best thing with this game as I see it are tyhe miniatures, they are very beutiful and works well for other games also. I mix mine with Red eagles models in the same scale to get all kinds of planes, using the stands from Wow for them too. Some unpainted planes for us that like to paint would also be super.
And yes, it costs some money to get all the expansions and minatures but it is not that much compared to other games, like Warhammer 40K or something. And it do looks nice when you play the game on a game mat with the minatures.
Just customized my Fokker EIV using a Red eagle Fokker EIII, I cant wait until sunday afternoon when it's time to try it...