My review of Burning Empires has been posted on RPGNet. I expect torches and pitchforks at my door tonight. :-\
I really wish I could have made it a positive review, and I really tried to be fair and clear. But damn, that game was un-fun to play. I want to give readers and prospective buyers a note of caution; so often, these critically acclaimed RPGs are also uncritically acclaimed. I honestly believe that there are relatively few gamers out there for whom this game is suitable.