From: Santa Rosa, CA
We're making steady progress, but as you say it is getting tight for 2020. You haven't seen anything because it's up to Matrix Marketing to decide when to start showing things, and we need to complete the graphics before starting to show things. We're getting very close to being done with the graphics (waiting on some font work which should be done soon). Testers have completed short scenarios and are finding bugs and providing good feedback. In some ways, the game is in better shape than WitE was back when it was initially released. On a game like this there's always more that can be done, so it's hard to make the call when it's ready for release. My guess is you'll start seeing things in the next 1-2 months, or it means we're slipping into early 2021.
As for the manual, I can guarantee it won't be ready much before release because it's an ongoing project. We hope to start taking final screenshots for the manual within the next few weeks. Based on my past experience I'd be surprised if Matrix made it available, but maybe once Marketing decides to start showing things, we can put up some of the 1 page guides that give a brief overview of different concepts. Not surprisingly this is the longest manual we've ever worked on. It does have the advantage of having a section that covers everything in brief, but even that is not so brief. It also has charts with specific items called out that are different for WitE players, different for WitW players, and different for experienced players of both. If you are interested in the subject and want to get into the details, you will be learning this game for years. Or if you're old like me you can keep relearning parts periodically.
Not sure if there will be another wave of testers as we just let in over 50 back in early June. They're might be one more wave brought in when we reach full beta.
Not sure what you are referring to re "info regarding the roadmap".
All understanding comes after the fact.
-- Soren Kierkegaard