From: Vermont, USA
ORIGINAL: Erik Rutins
How about this - we didn't discuss the price because the price isn't changing. The black and white manuals will not reduce the price, with the new printer they'll allow us to keep the price the same without losing money.
lol...u sound mad there Erik.
Not mad, sorry - just woke up with a headache. I probably shouldn't post with a headache, but I don't see anyone else around waiting to respond to questions, so...
I want to make this key point. This release describes our catalog _as it already is_. We already have titles with no manuals, black and white manuals and color manuals. There's just no clear way for the customer to tell at this time. The editions with their logos will clear that up.
The pricing on all physical versions will not change. Just as it is right now, it's going to be $10 across the board.
The reason for this release was two-fold. First, we wanted to find a solution for the _many_ questions we get on a frequent basis as to which game has printed manuals, which game is PDF only, etc. Second, after we had to change printers, we had to make a decision. That change happened right before the Christmas season and we were lucky to find the printer we did, which allowed us to continue the "on demand" printed manual program. It was either go to black and white for the majority of manuals or end the printed manuals alltogether. I think I know what you all would have chosen.
We certainly would have liked to continue with all color manuals, but that decision was in the end made by printing prices rather than us. Hans, I hear you on that, but we can't make it feasible to print two sets of manuals for each game. It was a bonus though, even though you don't want to hear it, but yeah it will also seem like a downgrade now. There's still some color printed manual stock in the warehouse though, grab them while we've got them. Up until the last year, whenever we did a printed manual it was in black and white and we had no complaints. We decided that for some releases that are already up there in price we could afford to still go the extra mile and do a color manual - we've had folks tell us that they loved the color manuals as "collector's items" so we decided to call that a collector's edition.
The black and white manuals are not done cheaply - they're good print quality on good stock and having already seen them, I'm confident that customers will like them too. I'm sorry to see the brief era of "all color printed manuals" come to an end, but the change in printers made it impossible to continue (it took us over a year to make that possible in the first place - we certainly expected it to last in perpetuity, but reality had other ideas).