This is one of my favorite games. I Bought the base game in 2005 and have played through all of the haunts a few times (and wore down the boards and bits in the process). The new version is somewhat cheaper in quality and durability but the game is fun enough to compensate (and Wizards Coast has a history of replacing faulty pieces).
I will say that the game relies a lot on luck due to die rolling, card drawing, but even so, the story-rich environment pushes that to the side. I have rarely played a game that does as good of a job as pulling you in and losing you in the theme as this one. The upcoming expansion will only add to the excitement and replayability.