This is why I'm kind of hoping the House Arano PoD model signals a shift in their production method: if they can keep the rule books in print via PoD services - meaning they free themselves of stock management and other overhead - and focus on only distributing the boxed sets and other "bits" they might manage to find a better footing. Maybe. Possibly.I have been chatting on Facebook about this with Catalyst staff, and it's not lack of interest at all as you are suggesting. They are on their 3rd printing of the Core Box set, with more on the way. It seems totally a cashflow problem, they don't seem to have the money to print more than what they do.
. . . yeah I'm grasping at straws here. Sometimes it feels like Catalyst has my favorite IPs hostage and I periodically have to pay ransom money to keep 'em alive. But then I get neoprene battlemats and all is right with the world for a time.
And then I get brutally out-played by a lance of four 3025 Shadowhawks and find myself asking "why did I pay for my pain to be in a slightly nicer package?"