Thanx for all your help.
I am just within another try on a long weekend getting into Normandy 44. Seems getting now a better grip on this and that.
It usually takes me several sessions to really dig into a new wargame.
Just aout of interest: How do you guys get into rules of new wargames ? Do you play simultaniously while reading the rules ? Or do you read the rules beforehand maybe more than once to get a first picture ? What is the best approach ?
Both. There is no one best approach for me. Lately, I'm inclined to reading the rules over the course of several evenings, but not in really great detail. The notion is to get an idea of how the game is set up and played.
However, quite often I'll just lay out the map and throw some units down for some move-and-shoot.
It's the difference between top down and bottom up, both are helpful.
In my special case with Normandy I just become little by little familiar by playing while reading the rules and looking some youtubes.
Any first play through for me is rules-in-hand, so that sounds about right.
Have fun! The Normandy '44 system will open up a vast number of wargames with similar mechanics. Learning this one well will make learning the other much, much easier.