We played this at Origins this year and got a great deal on the demo copy on Sunday. Our first gamenight rolled around I it made it to the table. I really like the "negotiating" (read threats of terrible death) that goes on during this game. It looks like risk but plays like diplomacy and has a certain element of chaos thrown in for good measure. Nukes make 0 sense but at least one was launched in frustration in both games. I am not going to comment on how balanced it is or isn't at this point but I will say that having played once before gave me a huge advantage over new people. I expect after a few plays people will fully realize the effect of each action and it will be even more fun. If you get a chance to play this game don't miss it.