From: Idaho Falls
Hiya DB2000 - I'm a noob myself, having picked up the game about half a year ago. Looked at it, then put it away, then about a month or two ago started to really work on it. Here are a few noob tips I have to offer (so far):
-The online community is open and friendly. The forums are a gold mine to really learning how to play the game. It's probably good to think of the game rules as just a starting point.
-The game rules are extensive - and you will find in some areas can be vague with some details left out. Many of the details you will find in the forums. Search Term is your best friend.
-The links for Noobs and FAQ invaluable - definitely review. The AAR (After Action Reports) are not only fascinating reads - but you will learn a tremendous amount too.
-The game is super complex. Not just complex - super complex. You really have to be patient, like you're climbing a 10,000 foot mountain. You're not going to learn it in a day - or a week - or even a month. So - you really have to look at it as a long term project/investment - with comparable pay back assuming this kind of simulation is your cup of tea.
-Recommend starting with Coral Sea scenario, followed by Guadalcanal, followed by main scenarios with quiet China. Usually it's a good idea to start off as Allies as handling the Japanese Industry is a more complex task (although Allies in end-game do have much more to process than Japanese - if you make it to the later years that is.)
"However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results." ~Winston Churchill