I put a deposit down without buying as well. I'll admit...I got caught up in the hype. At times I am nervous about it. But I've watched the streams of both whitewood and proto many times so I think I have a good feel on the game. I need a game with shorter ball times in my collection so this will fit nicely. The encouraging part is that it seems to be pretty well liked by all types of players (casual, pro, and collectors). I'm also looking for a game that encourages multiplayer action. I think it will be a hit for me, my family, and my kids' friends will be drawn to the lights and sounds. And if it doesn't click with us...I think it will be game that will sell easily on the secondary market (at least in the short term). But I'm hoping it is everything I want it to be and will be a keeper for a long, long time. I really like that you can set Total Annihilation to whatever reactor you want. That way I can set it low (like on 3rd reactor) and then increase it as our family's skills improve to keep it challenging. Will I ever get to the 9nth...umm....one can dream, right?!?