even though i don't play it, i'm a huge fan of Pathfinder's massive tome of a core book and i'd like to see 5e get a similar treatment at launch.
I'd rather not see this. That book is a terror to carry around if you are carrying more books than just it. Plus in terms of gateway price I'd rather be able to show someone a moderately priced player's handbook than a ridiculously priced all-in-one core rulebook. I enjoy Pathfinder, but man I don't like that core book!
I agree. The inital idea of one giant core book sounds neat. It has worked in the past with other games I've played. But, I think D&D has far too much content to put into one book. I've also always liked the idea of splitting up the books into player focused and DM focused. If someone is a new or more casual player they can just buy the books they need to play the character they want. I am rarely not the DM in the groups I play. So I don't need a bunch of extra player centric content if I'm never playing a character.