Just because this was mentioned in a beta topic, doesn't mean it was promised for the final game. I think people are being intentionally difficult for no reason. Those that want true LAN only play (no internet) will have to wait until custom servers come out.
People were expecting a feature, and that feature is missing. They voiced their displeasure. It got "difficult" when the thread turned into talking about piracy and how it's a SP focused game. But hey, it does have multiplayer, and that offering is missing stuff it shouldn't be (both LAN and modding).
And I'd say it does count, since Brad is the authority on the game. He talked specifically about custom server support because it's required for modding in MP, and also for LAN play. Modding is a core feature of this game, it's entirely reasonable to expect it to work in all areas of the game at release. It doesn't. That got buried by the LAN issue, but it's another symptom of the same problem. Since most of the information about the game has come from his journals, how do we tell which ones "count" and which ones don't?
Paying customers who want those features are entirely within their rights to bring it up.
Honestly, that is a good business decision on Stardock's part. This is primarily a SP game, no matter how vocal/obnoxious the MP minority is. It would be dumb for them to sacrifice SP features (AI, monsters, quests, etc) for LAN support which by most posters admission they want so they can have multiple non-paying people play at the same time.
There was actually one guy who said that, the rest of the piracy talk was actually from Brad. What SP features have to be sacrificed in order to make the promised modding features in the game also work in MP? None. There's no conflict here in features, except they ran out of time and the MP area didn't get finished.
Come on folks, we all know that Stardock and Brad in particular are uniquely understanding and giving to their customers. There is no reason not to support them. Sure, if you want something than ask for it, give your arguments, but don't be intentionally obnoxious or rude just because its a forum.
Going back to the first couple of pages, I don't see a whole lot of obnoxious or rude from the people talking about lack of LAN play. I do see people trying to redefine what "LAN support" means, other people dismissing the whole thing as unimportant to a SP focused game, and Brad giving some non-answers about the LAN issue (followed by flippant remarks about piracy farther in).