From: Arizona, USA
When I was starting out, I looked over the stats in the old factory, and figured that AC4's were the best weapon to fight with (go ahead and laugh, you know you want to :-). So I made a team of 3 light titans, each with *only* 4 AC4's to fight the enemy with. In our first battle, we went up against a medium and a heavy, armed with AC20's, LL's and missiles. I didn't know *anything* about scanning, dodging, etc, so I charged, and lost my first pilot after two salvoes.
Can you say RETREAT?!?!?
I had my team run to each corner of the battlefield, chased by these two behemoths, getting the *cr@p* shot out of them, while stopping when they could to fire AC4 after AC4. My guys *never* made a scan because I forgot to raise their scanner skills above 15, and we missed half our shots even though my opponents were within 10 hexes most of the time.
Needless to say, I lost.
But man, looking back after hundreds of games later, I'm still amazed by the dumb decisions I made, based on the zillion things I didn't know but eventually learned. :-)