When i heard about witpAE the first time someone said that was better to learn it starting with Witp so i bought it also, then some other said that it was better to learn it starting from Uncommon valor, so, again, i bought that also but frankly, when i read all the effort in this forum for the add ons and the tuning of witpAE to better and better simulate the reality i never looked back to his predecessors.
I played only a few of the easiest scenarios till now, waiting always for the final patch (will ever be a final patch? i doubt luckily) , reading and collecting everything in this forum that seemed to me relevant to better learn how to play. Sometime i started the game saying to me that i knew enough to begin a serious campaign but soon i read some posts speaking about some unfamiliar aspect of the game and it stopped me from beginning and restarted my effort to manage all the rules before proceed.
Sometime i start the game and then some question arise and let me go to search in internet to find if a statistic of the db is correct or to learn more of something i didn't know before and when i finish looking around often there is no more time to play.
Sometime i spend my time forming a convoy and then searching internet to find images of the real ships i have used so to represent me the real aspect of what it could be in the reality.
Sometime i restart all reinstalling game and java and all the utilities and the addons i can find so to have an immaculated final perfect installation with all the whistles and stuff. And every time i loose my time in these lucubrations somebody add some other thing to amend or to better tune this sim.
Someone could think that this mix of learning and trying and restarting and scanning could be frustrating but i could assure that i have never been more satisfied about this simulation.
So, i never ask me when i will master everything about this sim.
I enjoy every time i open the game or i read the forum and i learn something new about it.
PS: I am 65 years old so this aesthetic approach could be misunderstood by many young warriors who do not want to debate discover or investigate but only want to fight, fight and still fight.
And here is the magic aspect of this sim that can satisfy both. You can use it as you like and whenever player you will be i am sure you will be satisfied with it.