I heard about Dune board game but never played it.
I watched the movie but didn't read books YET I like Dune's Universe.
After playing Rex I realize how great the original game must be. I made some research about the original game and now I am preparing 2 PnP copies of Dune (for me and my friend). So THANK YOU FFG for introducing REX - I would never buy this game (since it is not Dune) but it gave me a perspective how great and thematic original Dune game is !!
I personally thing that original Dune game is a goldmine. The question is who will be able to get that licence Most of my friends would buy Dune without hesitation. Even while playing Rex we are using Dune's terminology instead of Rex (spice instead of influence, Shai Hulud instead of "small bombardment", Storm instead Dreadfleet, name of factions etc.). Having that thematic is no less important than mechanics - it has to work together. Hopefully I will have my PnP copy made so I will be able to enjoy the mechanic AND thematic of the original Dune game