There's been many times, both here and over at the old blog site, where I wished I could figure out a way to include more Dune content. It's such a fantastic game on a number of levels: faithfulness to the source material, unique and interesting mechanics, and — not least — entertainment value. And, of course, it bears some striking similarities to Cosmic Encounter, which is not a huge surprise when you really think about it.
I was reminded of all of this today when I finished an absolutely spectacular game of Dune that featured more twists and turns than the old Space Mountain ride. It probably helped that I ended up winning, too** — those are my black Harkonnen pieces on the map, poised to control Arrakis with their faithful Fremen sidekicks. Mere moments after that map image was posted, it was game-over-thank-you-for-playing-drive-home-safely. As The Man said: "Veni, vidi, vici, Dune-i."
In all seriousness, any Cosmic Encounter fan who just hasn't gotten around to checking out Dune yet would be doing themselves a favor if they rectified that oversight. Good places to start are here, here, and here. Tell them Baron Vladimir sent you.
**There was also some goofy-ass Bene Gesserit thing at the very end. I'm scoring it as a three-way win.