Ive played it twice with revised rules and the 1st ed game and it went well both times. One thing that makes the game a lot smoother... ditch the cylinders. Go get some 36 packs of chessex red blue and green dice and use them to keep track of resources on planets and such.
interesting, thanks for your response. Not sure i'll be able to get the dice in time, but it is reassuring that it should be ok with the 1st ed. Too bad i can't have everyone watch a video though.