From: Cornwall, UK
How user friendly would you say most HPS titles are?
Very (as wargames go), and once you've learned your way around one you'll have no trouble with the others. Just don't expect eye candy (although the 2D maps aren't bad). You won't find many user scenarios, though.. the Tiller HPS games were designed NOT to be any sort of construction kit. The flip side is that most games come with a very generous selection of scenarios as long as you don't mind them being centred around variations, historic and otherwise, of the same campaign. Gettysburg has nearly three hundred!
To be honest, though, although I was also a big fan of AoR, things have moved on. I would strongly recommend at least taking a look a couple of real time titles (by which I mean real time, not 'RTS'!), Histwar: Les Grognards and Scourge of War: Gettysburg before taking the plunge - both have demos. Both also offer a much more realistic command experience than the HPS games, although they lack the campaign scale.
< Message edited by Hertston -- 2/24/2011 2:00:24 AM >