one more question while I'm thinking about it...do I have to wait until 12/20 to pick my hard copy up? I would assume so; but Bioware can keep access off from their end, so I could be totally wrong.
It depends on when your retailer allows you to pick it up. Some are allowing pickups and deliveries much sooner than the 20th. Some Amazon buyers are reporting their CEs will be delivered as early as the 16th.