2 years waiting for WOZ pretty much killed my pre-order wood. When I finally got it, I was so jaded that after a few games, I didn't play it again for months. Perhaps it was the fact that I would call and ask about the progress, and always told "next month," or, "within the next 2 months," for TWO years. Had they just said, "It will be at least a year," I think I could have lived with that. But, they seemed to think it was better to keep me on the hook by dangling the carrot just a month away. And I kept falling for it.
I'm still in on The Hobbit, though I frankly don't know why. How many times can the release date slip, and why in the hell have I not received ANY updates on this for nearly a year?? This was supposed to be out with the movies... which have all come and gone and are on their third Blu-Ray iteration. I would have canceled my pre-order if it weren't for the fact that I used a ton of points from the Jersey Jack credit card to apply towards the purchase so I got a fair discount, and if I canceled, those points wouldn't be coming back.
As for TBL, I am in on the pre-order, but for some reason, this is a bit different for me. Maybe it's because we are getting regular updates, and maybe it's because I am a hard-core Achiever. That said, after BoP 2.0, I know DP can deliver a great product, and in the case of BoP 2.0, I got MORE than I was promised when I preordered at Expo in 2013. That goes a long way with me.
That said, I am done with the pre-order model moving forward. Pat Lawlor is one of my favorite designers, but I am so fed up with the fact that I've had over $15,000 locked up with JJP and the progress is slow as molasses that I simply won't put myself through that again, even for a Lawlor game.
And it's such a shame. The pre-order model did have a lot of promise. It's allowed upstarts like DP and Spooky enter the ring and compete with Stern. We wouldn't have all of these boutique companies putting out great games if it weren't for pre-orders. But, when companies abuse and violate the trust of their customers, as was my experience with WoZ and has been the experience for others with JPOP's games and Predator, it makes the pre-order model untenable.
I think the saddest outcome of this is that, as much as I loved WOOLY, and as much as I believed that they could produce a great machine, I just couldn't open myself up to another round of pre-order heartache. And such a shame, because that game would have been cool. They can thank JJP for stealing my mojo.