Well it seems that you missed the first sentence of my post about being hyperbolic.
Oh no, I didn't miss it. I just (a) don't know what the word means and (b) chose to ignore it so I could be argumentative. Hey, at least I'm being honest...
In that context, to rephrase my original post, what I am taking issue with is:
- The lack of new material along those lines for the period from mid-August to mid-March or mid-April, in favor of a re-packaged, re-formatted, re-releasing of what is, ah, essentially old material.
- The possibility that the "Era of the hardcover" is over, and that the direction for 4E going forward is Essentials.
I see your point, and I agree 100%
What I am not saying is "I hate Essentials and WotC for killing 4E and taking my stuff!" or "4E 4Evar!" I was happy when 3E came out, happy when 3.5E came out, happy when 4E came out, and probably happy when 5E comes out. I don't mind Essentials but I just hope that it is not the main direction going forward. Call me somewhat disappointed and mildly leery.
I didn't think that. I'm not entirely sold on essentials myself, and the non-hardcover look and feel of it is a turn off for me. Blah.