It is a fun game, especially since they reduced the price tag. Despite many negative voices on the game I really like it. Sure, it does not even come close to games like Twilight Imperium, but it is a fun game for mixed rounds of hardcore gamers and the Monopoly/Settlers of Catan clientele. I like those and Risk too, but those games are easier and dice rolling plays a greater role, which adjusts the average gamer to the hardcore strategist. It can build a bridge for those who are new to your game group or who do not like those evening eating strategie games. If you like Risk, you will like Dust! But since you found this forum, you WILL (sooner or later) turn to Twilight Imperium!
Just an example: My Girlfriend likes to play Dust. But everytime she enters the room with a table filled by command counters and war suns she leaves the room staring to the ground and shaking her head.