This guy is a real beta-leaker
"1. Anything that's being discussed about an Open Beta."
I think it is supposed to happen. Not sure when.
"2. Are big guilds just going to zerg anyone? Or numbers don't really matter?"
I would guess yes. Alliances and politics should matter much like they did in Shadowbane.
"3. Would you pay to play the game as it is on release? I mean there's not much stuff 30 devs can do in 3 weeks."
I would. It is my type of game and my type of world though.
"4. How big is the DF client?"
"5. Is ping a big factor in winning a PvP? Or even PvE for that matter?"
Ping is not an issue at all. I know players on the opposite side of the world from the server and they do fine.
"6. Maximum range of a bow & mage shots? I mean you cant shoot an arrow and expect it to hit someone on the other side of a mountain."
Not sure max range on bows. Magic missile I think could hit about as far as you could see. They would see this glowing bit of magic coming at them however and could just move a bit.
"7. Any details about crafting. Like how important do you think it will really be? Seeing as you can easily zerg a dozen of humanoid mobs and get a few sets for your group.
What exactly are the benefits of a player crafted item? Things like that."
I have not crafted anything. I heard it is critical. Pretty much like UO I hear.