It's roughly the same size as the 1E rulebook, has more pages of mechanics, and larger text. And the class/career pages are less fluff each, and fewer in number, this also providing less.Thanks! Every day is a school day.
Do you feel the HC has a lot less fluff than earlier editions?
Im looking at the 4e section on Glorious Reikland and it comes to 22 pages about the empire, including history. The races and careers sections also seem to have a lot of fluff. It’s difficult to compare with 1e as the buying guide part is kind of rolled into the fluff.
So, yeah, I think it is notably less, if one considers the amount of setting in the 1E career descriptions. It's a bit more useful for what fluff it has, and is probably a slightly better game... but I know 1E already.
There is enough setting material to actually run it, albeit shallower.