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Joe W | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Aug 9 2021 8:11 PM

It would be very helpful if an “Estimated Release Date” was given to the pre-pub products that we are paying for.  Right now, it could be a month, a year or 5 years, before we receive the product.  The point being:  we have ZERO idea. 

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DIsciple II | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 9 2021 11:10 PM

If the project is not fully funded FL have no idea either.  If the project is fully funded they may or may not have an idea but they are reluctant to to provide a date until it is fairly well locked in place as people tend to complain when there are delays and the resource is released later than they originally predicted. 

Joe W:

It would be very helpful if an “Estimated Release Date” was given to the pre-pub products that we are paying for.  Right now, it could be a month, a year or 5 years, before we receive the product.  The point being:  we have ZERO idea. 

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Joe W | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 19 2021 11:12 AM

Thanks for clarifying. 

It would be helpful if they displayed some sort of real-time status as to the percentage of funding achieved, without a projected completion date.  Just so we have an idea if it’s even realistic to expect a product. 

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David Wanat | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 19 2021 11:19 AM

I think the problem is, anybody can cancel their pre-order or commitment to a community pricing bid at any time. So, unless they do a "realtime" update, that's liable to be inaccurate.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 19 2021 12:33 PM

Joe W:
they displayed some sort of real-time status as to the percentage of funding achieved

They do this in the form of a bar chart on the product page.

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 19 2021 2:03 PM

Joe W:
It would be helpful if they displayed some sort of real-time status as to the percentage of funding achieved, without a projected completion date.

As MJ notes, there's the little bar graph.

But it's not quite real-time. After you wait several years to achieve 100%, they then re-calculate production costs with actual data (estimates previously). Which can send the bar graph back to square-one. That happened on several of the OL prepubs ... anything that's going to need some serious expertise.

Of course, after 'funding', in development stretches out, people get frustrated, and sometimes, it starts all over again (insufficient funding).

I just scan the shipping-soon every now and then, to see what FL's serious about. Been 'burned' one too many times.

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