I love the new book format; the mere fact that it collects all the lists and tables into one volume and indexes things properly is worth buying the new edition in itself. The rules for Sorcery and the tip on rolling three dice at once are simple genius. The random dungeon generator is also fantastic, and I will definitely be using some of the other design ideas like traps and poisons.
But there are a few minor points to make sure you know of for a second printing:
- The character sheet has sword and light monster armour added (in case anyone hasn't found it, the AFF page linked to from the Arion Games website has a "clean" version)
- Experience (p56): There is no XP cost listed for cantrips. Can these not be learned by existing characters?
- Dying: p57 and p65 differ in the rules for dying. We're currently playing it that your stamina drops to -4 first, then your luck runs out until you die. But if this is the case, it would be much better to specify this explicitly in both places rather than splitting the rule across two chapters.
- The "Second Sight" skill (p30) says that further details will be given in chapter 4, but chapter 4 doesn't seem to mention Second Sight that I can see.
- [EDIT:]The prerequisites for special skills should probably be listed with the special skill descriptions. The requirement for a MAGIC characteristic of at least 1 is not stated for Magic-Wizardry, Magic-Priestly or Magic-Minor until chapter 4.
- A priest of Fourga, using their power on a human PC, will almost always boost Common, as most other starting stats have a maximum of 2 (or 3 for a single combat/stealth skill in the case of humans).
- This may be a mistake on my part, but I tried to create the Human, Elf and Dwarf races using the optional "new hero races" rules, and I keep coming up two pool points shorter than would be needed for the basic rules.
- Typos: There aren't that many that I've seen; I think there are more errors in the reprints of OOTP and Titan (see the last paragraph of "Messenger of Death" for example). One is on the publisher's page, "...without a similar condition, including this condition, being imposed on the ???". Also, the Wishing Well has a description for room number "v12".
- Typesetting: generally excellent quality; Important technical details like colour (i.e. the ratio of black and white on each line of text) are right. There are no hyphenation points, which is a little odd, and there are a few places where the tracking (letter spacing) is wide inside words. (Frederic Goudy would not be impressed).