The elusive tablet has actually begun moving! I got an sms yesterday saying that electronic shipping info had been received for something to me from HK. At the time I was a bit puzzled, but when I checked the google doc one other person had got his/her DHL notice.
I was one of the very first pledgers, pledging probably 3 minutes before the IGG was supposed to open making me about #56. I paid VAT on Sep 22nd. And today there is actual shipping progress!
Not just that, they claim it'll be here by Friday, so stay tuned.
Update: Official shipping e-mail received, store status says shipped.
Update: Now in Leipzig, Germany! Delivery tomorrow seems quite plausible to me.