I've only played once so far, but I really enjoy it as a change of pace game. What strikes me about it is that there doesn't seem to be an all-powerful crew out there that steamrollers over every opponent. Even the Bayou Gremlins look like they have a chance.
And the initial outlay isn't that bad: rules, a boxed gang, and a deck of cards (you can use regular playing cards if you want, but will have to consult the conversion chart until you have the suit changes memorized) for about $70.00 is about all.
The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle.
The chalice from the palace has the brew that is true.