Checking out The Labyrinth yesterday, I ran across this post detailing what the new Hacklopedia of Beasts will look like. In a word, WOW. Talk about some nice production values!
That said, this sucker's going to cost $59.99, and I think I'm to that point in my life where I'm neither young nor old enough to spend that much on a supplement or core book, if you understand my meaning. I think Kenzer hit the price point right with Hackmaster Basic, but I can't see myself investing that much in a product, no matter how nice it is. I've got too many game books already I'm not using, and there's too much free/cheap stuff besides to roll the dice on something that expensive. Plus, aesthetic have never been on the top of my list, though I suppose there is something to be said for that "wow" factor.
I don't mean to single Kenzer out, because they're a) super-nice guys, and b) clearly have something that's working for them, but these days elaborately-produced, pricier books don't jive with my "budget" gamer realities.