I wasn't too into the game "back in the day". It was too unbalanced towards just a few play paths in my opinion, so I never got into it.
I liked what I saw in the demo. I also talked to the guy afterwards and he said that in the re-release that balance was one of the key points they addressed.
I must say, I am really looking forward to this game now. I wish I had picked up a copy or two that first day at GenCon now.