I shall have to wait to pre-order this until closer to the time for financial and other concerns that far ahead in the future. Either I'll pre-order it at that time, or on release day.
However, strangely, I literally just discovered the whole PC TBS/RTS Fantasy Strat thang in the past week or so after all these years of varied gaming, so finding that something like THIS was on the horizon was just fantastic(First I heard of this was within NeoGAF). I'm a big Roguelike guy, so I can see so many tantalizing things in Elemental that get the gears spinning in my head. Meanwhile, I ordered Dominions III earlier this week without even bothering with the demo and very much think I'll be giving Impulse and folk some additional much appreciated business by purchasing Elven Legacy the week after next or so. Furthermore, if you guys can happen to get the new King's Bounty as well anytime soon then my oddity of not happening to need to sign up with GG yet compared to most folk I've ran across will continue.
Besides, unlike most folk here, my current PC wouldn't even be strong enough to actually beta the game, so ultimately getting this or even getting to play the Elven Legacy I'll get in the immediate future will likely have to wait until sometime later, or late, 2009---when I shall at last have a modern PC...64-bit monster.
I'm going to try and be as active as I can forum wise meanwhile though, contribute what thoughts I can.