I played The Duke back when it was brand new. I really enjoyed it. I tried to sell a couple of my typical opponents on it but none of them ever got excited by the idea. Each time I see it I think about buying it but have been unwilling to take the leap based on not knowing who I'd play it with.
I like D&D. I like board games. My history with D&D board games is mixed. I owned Ravenloft but let it go for lack of players and I felt like I had gotten everything from it I was going to. Then, a few years later (last yea), I borrowed it from a friend and found it really fun and challenging to play. It made me want to get another copy but I haven't actually done that yet.
I've played two games of Nations. I liked it a fair bit but didn't absolutely love it. When I looked, it was $100 which felt like about twice what it was worth. It's come down since then so it's a want.
I've not played any of the Space Cadets line of products as they've all been a little intimidating to teach and play. This one feels accessible to me and I like it's mission focus and campaign concept as opposed to the huge party game atmosphere of the first game. I've not played this so interest is on reputation alone.
I have played the Stronghold edition of Survive and liked it. I never quite got around to buying it because the only people I would play it with already had a copy. I no longer get to play with those folks so it's time to consider a copy for myself. Since this new edition exists, it seems like a natural fit.