Tough Guide: warning

Allison Marles apm at
Sun Nov 14 22:57:49 EST 2004

On Mon, Nov 15, 2004 at 12:22:13AM +0000, minnow wrote:
> I'm sorry if this offends anyone here who had to do with the production[1],
> but I most strongly advise anyone who is after a copy of this work to go on
> looking for the 1996 paperback, for all that the new edition is hardback
> and a convenient size for the pocket when you go Questing.  I felt that
> people ought to be warned.

There appears to have been a 1996 hardcover as I rushed over to inspect
mine and don't see any reprint or edition information on that page, just
(c) 1996.  It also has the below mentioned "Gan'ash", which is further
sign that a hardback was also produced.


(Rest of minnow's email ....)
> For some reason I can't begin to fathom, since all the illustrations in the
> original as far as I know were public domain and so won't have been
> copyright to the first edition, somebody has been employed and presumably
> paid to do Original Illustrations; they are nothing like as good, and lack
> the charm and humour of the ones that were there before (though there are
> -- mercifully -- a lot fewer).   Another somebody has been employed to
> re-draw the map and re-name much of it, thereby completely missing the
> point (I assume he didn't notice what it was that he was re-doing) and also
> missing out Gna'ash -- even if it *was* called Gan'ash in the paperback,
> that was better than nothing at all.  Some of the marginal symbols are in
> the wrong places, thus losing the point of those as well.
> I am told that the author's careful proof-reading and correction of the
> typographical errors that had crept in during this new production were
> totally ignored, and all the errors she asked to have corrected are still
> present.
> It's a great shame.  I had planned some of those as presents for the
> deserving, and now have to find something else to give instead rather than
> short-change my friends by giving them something that is not up to standard
> (the word that sprang to mind was "shoddy").
> Sadly Disappointed[2] Minnow
> [1] Actually, that's not true.  I am *not* sorry for being rude about this.
> If anyone here is offended, on account of having been (ir)responsible for
> the mess-up, let him or her now explain why this footling folly!  It can't
> have been for reasons of cost, because the piffle cost more, I assume, than
> using a map of Europe turned upside-down and out-of-copyright
> illustrations.
> [2] and angry
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