Shannon V. OKeets
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
I would like to ask how detailed all the tutorials are? It sure sounds like you have plenty of them, video, text and picture, and interactive! This sounds excellent.
As someone like me who has never played the game, are these tutorials comprehensive and detailed? Does it explain all aspects of gameplay, all screens/interfaces, etc.
Will I really learn how to play this game competently by going through all the tutorials?
Or, are they vague and just show generalities while completely missing and ignoring huge parts of the game, like too many wargame tutorials, sadly. I sure hope it's not this.
I REALLY want this game, but I also really hope the tutorials are up to snuff for a game as complex as this.
All the "help a new player learn the game" materials are solid.
- 125 pages for the picture and text tutorials.
- About the same for the interactive tutorials.
- 12 tutorial videos (~400 minutes total).
- 700+ pages in the 3 volume Players Manuals.
- 350+ separate in-game context sensitive help messages: one for each optional rule, one for each scenario, one for each phase of the game, one for each of the 90+ forms, ...
The tutorials do not cover everything; they would be boring if they did. But I'd guess about 90% is covered. Only some less commonly used optional rules are missing. And some of the more arcane subtleties of the game. The Players Manuals on the other hand are as complete as I could get them (250+ screenshots).
Bear in mind that I'm the author of most of these (Rob W. did the interactive tutorials) and I had a lot of help from many people along the way. So my opinion is surely biased. But my goal was to get as many people to buy and enjoy this game as possible. Without creating the best possible learning aids we would lose a lot of potential customers who had never played the board game World in Flames. So this work was clearly in my self-interest.
Perfection is an elusive goal.