I've been trying to figure out how to setup the board for the longest
If it's two people playing it's one type of setup. If three or more there's another variation.
Hope you can get friends who know what they are doing. I have bought one last year and only attempted to play it about 3-5 times.
The only time I managed to play a full game was with other people who knew what they were doing - and there were about 4 of them. I remember it being incredibly fun and addictive. But couldn't for the life of me remember how to set it up (considering the first time I played it was well over ten years ago
The cool thing about the game is that they have a few variations of it now: custom maps, figurines, rules. I'd actually check some info out online - how to set up the pieces, different strategies and such.
Hope you have better luck than me.