You are setting too tight a schedule for beta releases.
I totally agree. I am also very suspicious that you could be handing us the cheese platter here. Therefore this Beta s not only about finding the usual small bugs, but also about tweaking the game balance a lot. Tis cannot be done in a week - especially for larger maps!
So I have normal propulsion and can trade for special propulsion tech (or better yet: steal it when I conquer a planet). Well then I'll take a hyperwarp civ and add the special tech on top of that to get Uber-Warp drives.
Sounds a bit harmless for warp drives (also it might upset engine nerfing). Well, if I can do the same with my economy or other factors, I can unbalance the game in ways no AI in the world has a chance against (or are you telling me that your AI can handle something so complex as well?)
Sorry for being so pessi/realistic about this.
We could have an entire thread on which is better.... going like Blizzard in that you take forever and a decade to release a game (God knows when Starcraft 2 is actually going to be released... probably after I have been dead for 50 years!!), but the game released is as close to perfection as possible, or just release the game quickly without any major bugs of any kind but balance it with many later patches that come out (which inevitably have to come out to balance the game anyways). I mean which is better????
Because we can all wait until April next year for T of the A to come out, giving us all heart attacks and strokes from the sheer stress of being denied our crack, I mean awesome update to galciv2. If the game is released in April next year, it might be excellently balanced, but again, we won't be getting our crack cocaine and will proceed into a seizure state.
Therefore, I am all for releasing the game without major bugs soon so we can start having fun. If it is discovered that the game is horribly unbalanced, Stardock will fix it in a timely matter with more game updates and patches.
I say hand us the cheese platter; I want my crack NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!