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I want to stab the WotC editing staff. 
30th-Jul-2006 03:54 pm
Every rule book for 3.5 I have purchased in the past few years has had massive editing flaws.

I should start going through the books and tallying them up...

The one I am looking at right now is Monster Manual IV, where the ToC says that a list of monsters by ECL is on page 221. Page 221 however has a list of monsters by type, and some short blurbs about the designers. The list of Monsters by ECL is actually on page 204 (dispite having a crappy layout).

Other errors in the ToC include:

Monsters Ranked by Challenge Rating, pg 221 (should be 204)
Monsters by Type (and subtype), pg 220 (should be 221)
Glossary, pg 204 (should be 205)

Another book I have, I think it's Heros of Battle, tells you on page X to goto page X for more info on whatever it is.. the real pain in the butt with that error is that the actual "more info" section doesn't exist anywhere in the book, so you're kind of screwed. I think it had tro do with warships... maybe it was strongholds. When I am not planning a campaign, I'll actually start cataloging these. It's rather annoying.

Combine these editing issues they've had consistently for a few years with the lower and lower quality of material being published... I think we have the makings of a failing production line.
31st-Jul-2006 01:17 am (UTC)
I agree--there are a crap-ton of editing errors (I'm thinking here of the first four Complete books, which I think are the only ones we're talking about in common).

However, I still enjoy the concepts presented in these books, and when there are errors (whether in class progression, description of things, or what have you) I just fix them.

If you're the kind of person who's allergic to writing in books, I think you're just out of luck.
31st-Jul-2006 02:29 am (UTC)
To be fair, I don't think it's just them. I remember looking through the index in some of the White Wolf books, and being unable to find almost anything on the page the index specified(often not even vaguely in the area). Then there was Warhammer where they forgot the index and ended up releasing it seperately if you bought the GM screen. Roleplay companies generally need to get that sort of thing sorted out. Wizards have both better and worse reasons for it than most companies; they're bigger so should be able to afford decent editing, but they also release so much stuff it's not surprising errors get through.
31st-Jul-2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
One of the reviewers at EN World is pretty good about catching editing and stat errors.

The only thing I can suggest is write WotC and Hasbro, complaining that the quality of editing will prevent you from buying more books... and if you're a DM, point out that if you don't buy new books, you're players are effectively cut off too. ;)

Will it make a difference? Probably not, but you get to hit them where it hurts.
1st-Aug-2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
Take a look at some of the Mind's Eye Theater supplements from White Wolf after Vampire: Revised was released.

Things like "refer to page XXX" and "Laws of Hunt"(there was supposed to be a "the" before Hunt).
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