Celph_Titled wrote:My biggest fear of 6th ed isn't actually any of the rumors like allies, psychic shenanigans, or funky terrain; my fear is the people who decide to wait for the soft back rule book to come out instead of getting the hardcover one. The reason this is so scary is simple; some people still have an iffy grasp on 5th ed rules after 4 (5?) years and now some of these people are saying they will wait months before buying the core rule book and sitting down for a number of hours to read and reread the rules. Instead they will go into GW on release, skim over the book to see if the crazy rumors are true, and then go look at all the complaints on the internet about the new edition.
Basically by the time they actually buy their own copy of the book they will have had 2-3 months of potentially wrong rules breakdowns (look how long it took people to figure everything out with 8th) and that leads to less competent players. Personally I hate having to babysit my way through a game, and I hate people who consistently forget what edition they are playing in.
While I can't tell you that your fears are totally unfounded, what I can do is point out that many (like myself) may be tentative about spending 90 dollars on a new book for financial reasons (and yes, I do recall that I made a post about the value being semi-reasonable for the size/content). For me, it will be a matter of finances, and the projected timeline of the small book. I will be getting the mini-book, no two ways about it. But, this Saturday I am very unlikely to pick up the BYB. The Saturday after that? Possibly.
That being said, IF I don't pick up the BYB before the soft-cover one comes out, then I am very likely to continue playing 5th, or just watch 6th (kind of a weird form of voyeurism) until I can get my hands on a rule-book that I can read and learn from.
The other thing I will point out, and this is true for many things in life, is that the majority of the people who after 4 or 5 years of doing something, are still doing it wrong, is not because of 2-3 months of misinterpretations, but rather it is typically from being a willingly ignorant person, lacking the desire to learn the right way to do things. Those that DO actually want to do things the right way correct themselves as they come across the right way, or actively seek out the right way to do things. Just look at the people you work with / go to school with / etc. and you can pick out examples.
This particular community (GS) tends in my experience to contain more of the latter, those who legitimately want to work together to improve the community as a whole, and improve the knowledge base as a whole