Apparently the designer of the game has recruited many people to send out copies of this game for evaluation absolutely free. I do not know if this is still going on, but perhaps those interested could contact the designer (who has an account on BGG) for more info. I just got mine the other day and have not really had a chance to play, but it looks great. Rules are markedly different than Risk in spite of obvious similarities.
I wanted to both express my thanks and let people know. If you are a Risk series fan, you should this game out.