I'd just like to say thanks to Frogboy for keeping us in the loop and to the rest of the stardock team for trying to sort our problems out.
Lest we so quickly forget. I love blizzard, and as their name is getting dropped a lot as a litmus test for what a good company does let me share this much:
D1: Over ran with hacks that were never fixed, or corrected.
D2: Broken on Bnet for the entire first week of release. Worked great in beta, but blizzard, at the time (remember they were small once) had no way of realizing nor the resources to know the stress hundreds of thousands of gamers would place on the server and what worked well in beta absolutely did not once it was released. Took them about a week to fix the problems.
WoW: Totally f***ed for two weeks on most servers.
Now that's overwith. People are bitching because SD took the weekend off after this small dev team spent in upwards of 56 hours on shifts trying to fix things. 56 hours away from friends and families. Most of you think working a 12 hr shift is bad.
As for frogboy's suggestion of using gameranger. Obviously he was reluctant, but at least he's trying to be helpful in providing a way to enjoy the game online while things are still messed up. He could take the typical video conglomorate stance and say NO NO NO to third party software, much less one that allows pirated version play.
It's easy to armchair quarterback them all day. Most of you spent $40 and feel like you should get what you paid for. I agree, but keep in mind that most online review sites openly stated that MP was messed up for the time being. IGN's review came out on the 17th and the headline was
There's a great multiplayer game here... when it works.
Unless you bought the game the day it released I just can't believe you had no idea parts of the game were semi broken. Unless of course you just buy things on blind intuition and in that case, shame on you anyways.
Now that I look back on what I've just spent 5 minutes ranting about. I have no idea why I'm even talking. Those of you who are complaining are going to complain even after things are fixed.