Umm... so, do you like it or not? In the opening, you say its fun level is akin to watching paint dry, but then give it a thumbs up if you aren't just looking for a beer/pretzel game.
You must've had some purpose when you sat down and wrote this. I just cannot for the life of me figure out what it was.
The OP said:
You can certainly play this game as a Sludge hauler or a mineral/food collector but it will take a long time to get to 50 points and will be about as much fun as watching paint dry.
The post did not indicate that the game is as fun as watching paint dry. It implies that if you only trade in Sludge or Mineral/Food the pace is slow.
If your life was hanging in the balance based on your interpretation of the OP... See ya!