Well, I have very mixed feelings about this. I was so in support of this project.
As of 10:00 p.m. MST, I am nowhere near even getting to start the game. I FINALLY got the authentication to start, after restarting my computer. (Nobody said, anywhere, anytime, that I would need to do that.)
So, the final authentication has started, and after about 10 minutes, the Beamdog client says that it is about 3 percent finished. As in, I need to go to bed, and hold onto a slim HOPE that it might be done by tomorrow morning.
I'm pretty mad at this point. And I was one of the project's biggest supporters. I shudder to think what other buyers-in who were less unconditionally supportive might be thinking.
I'm afraid that I am seeing a Diablo 3 level fail at this point. My current opinion is borne out by the dozens of topics appearing like wildfire complaining about the game stability, from the few people who can actually play on the "release date". Uh-huh.
What would placate me now? An explanation and an apology from the devs, for starters. And, hopefully, this explanation and apology would go along the lines of "Dear supporters, we never in our wildest dreams anticipated the amount of traffic we would have on our servers when we first attempted to release this game..." That would be a good start.
Diablo 3 fans never got that much from Blizzard. Right now, it really pains me to say that the BG:EE devs are looking an awful lot like the Blizzard people.
I hope that, if there are replies to this thread and this post, and that it is not pushed to page 15 or so of the forums by tomorrow morning, as I anticipate, that I will be able to come back to this thread and say "okay, I regret posting this, because the game did come out as promised within a day or two, and it was awesome." But, I have a sinking feeling that I am not going to be able to say this.