Well, I thought I had pre-ordered the game but found out by looking at my purchase history that I bought it on the 25th. What a BUMMER!!!!! I even paid $60 total to get the DVD--that should count for something!!!!! (other than me being a wanker!)
To be fair, I think Stardock needs to create a simple algorithm for those who purchased it after the release date but still in 2010. Why should a guy who bought the game on December 31st, 2010 be allowed to download it the same time as someone who purchased it the day after it was released?!?!? <grin> Essentially, instead of having to wait the full week to download the beta, they need to divide the time, in minutes of the week (10080), by the nuber of days from August 24th through December 31st in 2010 (129), and multiply that answer by the number of days AFTER the 24th to get your time (in minutes) to give you the time period after 3:00 today when you can download the beta. For instance, I purchased it 1 day after the release, so...
(10080 mins/129 days) * 1 day = 78.14 minutes
Thus, I should be eligibale for downloading it at roughly 4:20 this afternoon EST.
Come on, Brad, there's still 4 hours and 45 minutes before the beta release... you can do this!!!!!! Of course, if it's too difficult to do this now for everyone, you can always just set me up for a 4:20 download since I've done the math for you