Mach Front wrote:I'll never understand why Matt made so many changes (both in keeping more with OD&D and S&W as a 'thing' as well as more art and a very different layout) and didn't bother with noting it was a wholly different printing with a completely separate print date. ...and why in the world he was 'finalizing' it without finding someone who could do better layout in general. Jessie/Verhaden had done layout over the year or two BHP had it and though it was slim with art, it still looked wonderful. I wish Matt had gone to him to work on it one last time. And the nonsense with that cover. Ugh. And knowing you were going to leave it alone for years...indeed...for forever? Huh? There are a number of fans who would likely have taken the time to help and grant their skills, but Matt didn't even reach out. Confusing then. Confusing now.
While he was soliciting review for the final printing of WB, I sent Matt two versions that I had been working on in the background. Both versions were 99% faithful to his final draft - I implemented all of the current errata and cleaned up the layout and art without changing anything. The first version was a faithful, polished clone of his draft, and the second version was the same, but split up into a players' book and a referee's book (I had just chopped the draft down the middle, right after the spells section). The only response I got was "How did you do this?". I replied, but never heard back. I didn't push it... he seemed... annoyed. I still have them, and they were what I was personally using until SW:FMAG came along.