Got a pleasant surprise in the mailbox. My replacement copy of the Abney Park's Airship Pirates RPG book arrived in the mail today from the good folks at Cubicle 7.
What replacement copy and why did I need it, you ask? Before I discuss this further, let me first say that just because the copy of the book I purchased at GenCon fell apart doesn't mean that the copies other folks got at GenCon will fall apart. I don't treat my rpg books that I use delicately, though I do treat them well, and I've gotten extensive use out of this book since I first got it. As you'll see below, this copy of the book wasn't the final print run version, so that may have had something to do with it combined with the handling and use the book got from me.
As most folks already know, I bought my copy of the Airship Pirates roleplaying game book at GenCon 2011 this past August. Returning from Indianapolis on the Sunday, I started running the game on the Friday after that, as the players wanted to play the game desperately after I told them about the basic premise. Over the course of the month of August, my copy of the game started to come apart at the seams, literally, and I got in touch with the folks at Cubicle 7. (Even sent the lads there some pictures of the start of the book disintegration.) Dom or Angus (I can't remember which one) told me that the 50 copies of the book that came out at GenCon were "quick print" (whatever that means) editions of the book, and that the binding was not as solid or permanent as the books that would be released later in mid-August to early September, and they agreed to have another copy shipped my way.
Which arrived in my snail mail today. And a good thing too, as my GenCon copy bit the bullet today when I was at work, and fell apart into batches of sheets connected by the string/whatever that bound the book together (sort of). The new copy of the game that I received is extremely solid, the text is not as close to the spine as it was in the GenCon edition of the book, and still looks really really good.
I've still got another copy on order as well from the local comic shoppe here in Ottawa that I frequent, and so should be getting that copy of the book in the near future as well. I will likely take this copy of the book and have it bound somehow at the local print shoppe one of these days, but we'll see how I feel about it and how much it costs to do so.
In the meantime, I want to thank Dominic and Angus at Cubicle 7 for their quick service and delivery. Much obliged, mates! And I'm glad that I buy a lot of stuff from you folks! :)