The different in art is that we had many complaints about issue 1 where the art was taking over the page. The focus should be the writers words and we have tried to make it as professional looking as possible yet still keeping the retro feel. The Touhou and FF pieces come to mind as having some fantastic art yet which doesn't dominate the pages.
We had a lot of writers put in a LOT of effort into those articles and there is nothing wrong with them, few of which are writers for RG and forumites here.
Shadow of the Beast was a 2 part article each being full interviews with a programmer and the guy behind the music in the series. Rather than have it cover a massive section of 1 issue we did it as a 2 parter. The articles and questions are completely different as is the layout and design so not sure what we could have done better for that?
You have to understand that we aren't some multi-million pound publishing house and everyone produces this in their spare time. I work 9-5 and spent many mornings over the past several weeks sat up until 3/4am just to get the issue ready. I don't make a penny from the book however I'm happy to be involved as it's a big part of my love for the retro hobby as a whole. Mistakes will happen but we are trying our best to improve the big publishers have teams of full timers who are paid to pick up on things like that, we are doing our best to improve as things go along. PN2 IS a big improvement over 1 there's no doubt about it and we have already taken a lot on board to change the layout for PN3 already, things are improving all the time. Sorry to see you won't be buying it, you really will be missing out
If you drop me a PM I will refund you in full. Which is the second time I've offered to do that!
The World of NES Accessories was written by a completely different writer who has nothing to do with NES-Bit Magazine System. That's something I do with a group of forumites on the NES-Bit site, it isn't a PN book/mag. The NES deserves coverage and just because I do a mag elsewhere doesn't mean PN shouldn't have it in
I thought the art was fantastic for that piece as well, it uses the old art style from the official boxes, looks neat
We have seen the mistake with a single comment on the PN Load page, but this was down to the printers messing up and using an original bleed sample PDF instead of the provided page (shouldn't be a surprise as I'm sure people have read the problems we have had this past fortnight just trying to get the books here!), one of our writers pointed it out before release but was just too late by then. The finished piece should have a SQEnix logo at the bottom with the correct comment, it was only a small error and they have promised to make the change for all future print runs.
You keep bringing up the cost but again just look at the quality of the paper and size. They aren't cheap to produce and most of the cost goes into actually having them printed plus we have paid writers/designers now involved. Sadly this passion of ours costs money. Don't mean to go on but the PN team are trying our best to offer something really special just look at the U-Publish side and recent adverts, we are improving, building and we will get there, we really appreciate your support and apologies if we make some errors alogn the way. If someone would like to offer a copy of Too Human to Chiptune I'm sure he will be happy to accept