From: US Midwest
If you wish to learn the game fast, I suggest posting in the tournament thread and asking for an experienced opponent. A word of warning though, playing against the best players can seem overwhelming at first. People who know the game mechanics well can dismantle your forces very quickly, but watch carefully how they are doing it, as you can use the same tactics. Don't get frustrated, and soon it will be you who is doing the dismantling of newer players.
To get a leg up, try reading some of the after action reports to see what strategies people are using in PBEM, so you are not taken completely by surprise.
Lock up your wife and children now,
It's time to wield the blade..