I have been on the fence about my first player’s handbook, and if I should be sending it back to Wizards of the Coast. Or making it into a spiral bound book, Or even something else like putting it in a three ring binder, as I wrote down here: http://tribality.com/2014/10/23/wizards-of-the-coasts-customer-service/. Someone is suggesting that I use Gorilla glue to fix, or take it to a library and see if they can help me.
Now I know that I am lucky in that we have three Player’s Handbooks, so I set it aside to make a decision, and give a little thought into it. The book isn’t really usable anymore to play in a game because the pages will fall out, but I can use it for reference material at my desk. I have been leaning towards just sending the book back and waiting forever to receive a replacement. I hear that it can take up to 6 weeks to get a replacement. I am going to have to make a choice and there are pros and cons to either decision. We do have 2 other books in the house, so it shouldn’t be that big a deal right?
Today, I started looking at my son’s PHB that I gave to him as a gift. He loved the book, and treated it like a baby. He is very careful with it, and it is his prized possession. He had taken it with him to GENCON 20104 also, and he has even more signatures. I also wrote in the front of his book “From Daddy to Mason Aug 8, 2014.”
Now, my son’s book is starting to show the same problem with the spine and pages separating. I am fairly confident that the books should be holding together longer than 3 months. That is now 2 out of 3 books that are duds, lemons, or whatever you want to call them. It is kind of sickening because I have TONS of books from WotC and I never had this problem before. One of Mason’s friends let me know this weekend that his book has problems, but he used tape to “fix it”. How many other people are out there that are just dealing with a defective product?
I know there are some WotC/D&D haters out there that are going to LOVE this situation. I really don’t care about that, I just want a book that I can use to play this awesome game, that isn’t falling apart.