ggroy, your post is giving me deja vu!
True, but I wouldn't call myself a "primary author." I'm only doing a pretty small chunk of the core set.
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I'm not discounting the possibility that this is now softcover, but didn't they just release a 144 page hardcover for $19.95 in August? (Dark Sun Creature Catalog)
Is it unrealistic that for five dollars more we could get 16 more pages?