From: Secret Underground Lair
I know the feeling Madgamer. I _LOVE_ probability and statistics, but I have virtually no natural ability at it. Nonetheless I teach it, and I get better all the time.
I have a bit more natural ability at computer games (the pretty maps, and pictures, and names and stuff helps ) but even there I have found that (despite my high level of education) I often cannot pick things up as fast as other players seem to. In my experience, if I prepare enough, I can overcome that. It makes gaming a bit like studying, or work, but when you succeed it is even more fun than when you succeed at work. After all, work is lame.
Keep trying, you'll get better. One of the tricks I used to get my game up in Civ was to 'cheat,' i.e., replay turns to see what would happen if you tried a slightly different tactic. It can be tedious, but it shows you upclose what works and what doesn't and it builds intuition about what to do and what not to do. Pretty soon I was sweeping PBEMs, beating the AI on "Emperor" and playing like I was one of those 20 year old computer-born whiz kids!
As someone who teaches, I am convinced: if you can understand that you want to learn something, then with the properly applied effort, in the right direction, with enough repetitions, you CAN learn it. It may not become second nature, but you can be there at least for a while, as long as you stay in practice.
< Message edited by Anthropoid -- 4/25/2009 5:19:54 AM >