ORIGINAL: Blind Sniper
I've looked at the Tutorial videos but it looks like it'll take a good 15 hours of study before I can start playing. Am I wrong?
If you mean just to move the stuff around the map ok, if you mean to know how handle all situations you will need thousand hours.
+1 Actually, you can start playing the game within a couple of clicks, especially but not exclusively in one of the small scenarios. Moving things around is a little different from playing well though. It really isn't all that scary, especially with the myriad of newbies that come and usually stay because we try to be helpful on these forums.
What I want to avoid is having to get burdened with learning how to micromanage in order to play the game effectively.
Unfortunately the game requires this approach especially if you want to play Japs.
In the short scenarios - this is not the case. And even in the full blown campaign - once you have made a few turns and some hours of initial setup, you can mostly leave it with small adjustments as you go. Depending on how good you set it up initially. (see Kulls thread, read my econ101 doc, Mike Solli's AAR, look at posts from Alfred, Pax Mondo, Seille, witpqs, nygiants59, obvert; just to name a few of the hundred's of other guys that took the time to learn it). Its not rocket science after all ;-)
When I initially bought witp (which was less involved), I dove straight into the campaign as the Japanese and learned the system pretty quickly. I try to learn from my mistakes; I redid situations by replaying turns until I knew what I was doing. I didn't sit back and say "well done" when I had won a victory. I thought how I could do them better next time round. It just takes an inquiring mind, the forum, the manual and a passion for this.
Don't get me wrong; yes you can start playing within minutes. Playing well might take a considerable time investment, but that is the beauty of this game. The layers just keep peeling back to reveal more insight and beauty in its design and game-play. I know I'm still learning and that keeps we within its grip...