Week before : streamers start getting organised, get threads hijacked by someone with a schedule for the day (link)
The day before : threads start asking when the release is (link)
08:30 : Game announced servers going down
09:00 : Servers go down
09:05 : First threads on forum - why are the servers down?
09:10 : First threads on forum - what is this 2.4 you talk of, never knew that was coming
09:15 : Reports of F5 breakage looking for patch notes
09:17 : Lots of posts from FD staff, as they are idle while the release goes out, friendly banter ensues
09:20 : First complaints - why do they do this in UK daytime - why not US daytime, no-one cares about that
09:21 : Late shift US CMDRs retort, everyone points out devs in UK
09:22 : Someone who 'works in IT' says they do updates overnight, so everyone should
09:23 : Someone asks why the servers go down at all (they also work in IT)
09:30 : First reports from console forums of the game being down
09:31 : Patch Notes found.
09:32 : Positive reactions to patch notes.
09:33 : Complaints begin, patch notes are widely misunderstood, chaos ensues
10:00 : By now complaints about game being down are peaking, though they stay high for rest of day
10:30 : First people to ask why there is no new client available yet
10:59 : First post asking why the T10 is not mentioned in patch notes. Many follow.
11:00 : How can it take this long - I have the day off - this is unacceptable
12:00 : Complaints about the Launcher saying the servers are up when they patently aren't
13:00 : FD flip the server status to show offline, everyone complains servers are down
15:38 : CMDRs raise bug about game not being playable yet
16:00 : Everyone points out that the game is normally back by now, F5 is broken
16:30 : Servers now show as up, but cannot log in as 'versions mismatch'
16:35 : Complaints about the client not being available peak
16:40 : First reports from consoles that they have a client available and are downloading, PC players freak out
17:00 : Steam players realise they don't have a client, start asking how to use FD launcher in desperation
17:05 : Lots of users suggest witchcraft to get the new client. It is witchcraft, and wrong
17:15 : CMDR Thrust from Bradford gets first PC client download - he is a liar
17:30 : Client appears - joy!
17:31 : People post the FAQ about broken client downloads, because it's gonna happen
17:32 : People complain about a slow network, failed client downloads - they ignore the FAQ
17:33 : People post the FAQ again, it is still ignored
17:34 : Someone posts to reinstall windows if the client fails. This reduces the complaints for a while as ppl reinstall windows
17:35 : Start of questions about how large the download is, as their internet is over wet string - no-one answers
17:40 : Arguments about how to make launcher use beta files rage
18:00 : People start playing game and posting new content. Others still cannot download. More fury
19:00 : Start of people noticing they need a client download and asking why, as they just woke up
19:30 : First PvE player encounters Thargoid, immediate calls for Thargoid nerfing
19:45 : First PvW player encounters Thargoid, immediate calls for Thargoid buffing - chaos ensues
20:00 : First complaints from unpledged PP CMDRs - "why was I not told?"
I'm sure there's more
Thanks to all the CMDRs I stole suggestions from in an earlier version