FunAgain always has an open standing pre-order from the start and ships a ton of games directly back from Essen so they're always first.
I'm excited to play this one but will wait to pick it up cheap once Stronghold releases it domestically.
I guess I was expecting this to arrive a little sooner than the Essen Mule Service games since I pre-ordered in July and the European pre-orders started delivering a month ago.
As for stronghold I wouldn't be surprised if they pick it up and it has flimsy cardstock instead of cardboard for some components and a higher MSRP. That seems to be their new standard if Golden Ages expansion, Terraforming Mars, and Great Western Trail are anything to go by.