Welcome to the community. I'm the Owner / CEO of the studio. Thanks for showing an interest in the game, and thanks for joining us on the forums.
Crowdfunding is awkward and uncomfortable for a lot of people, and it's perfectly understandable you'd want to wait until the game is done or in a later stage of development - such as beta - before deciding to make a purchase.
We completely understand. Just hang out in the community, engage in conversation, learn about the game, track our progress, and if/when you feel comfortable buying a copy of the game through a pledge package, feel free to do so. We certainly never want someone to put money toward something they're either not comfortable with, or don't believe in.
All that said, Chronicles of Elyria is being ran quite a bit differently. While the game won't be out for some time now, the community is actively engaged in the Dance of Dynasties, and when ElyriaMUD and Kingdoms of Elyria release, people will effectively be playing the game ahead of launch, just in a different format.
They'll be playing a Kingdom Management sim, and a graphical MUD version of the game that, while not the game itself, helps set players up for success later during launch as they play through the past lives of their ancestors.
So, for the sake of your ability to jump in and participate in those Pre-Alpha experiences, I hope you reach a point where you feel comfortable sooner, rather than later.
In either case, thanks for checking us out, and we'll see you around the community!