So I've been wanting to teach a few friends this game, they're light boardgamers, mostly just catan, scrabble, pandemic type games, and also a few games of X-wing (years ago).
In playing this, i'm finding it has SO many 'rule exceptions'...things like cover, LOS, sponsor cards, pilots, orbital strikes, unlocked achievements, destroyed buildings, recon movement, etc, etc, etc. I'm finding I'm often saying "Oh, sorry, in THAT particular case, the rule is actually X"...which leads to perhaps a bit of rule overload fatigue. In my experience, throwing so many rule-exeptions at a noobie, makes them start to get 'over it', and I don't want to lose them!
Does anyone have any tips on things to leave out, or ways to play that make it a bit easier for new people to pick up? I know we're probably al experienced gamers here, so try and put your n00b-friendly thinking caps on, and throw some tips my way, if you wouldn't mind!
Also, this would help with me teaching my young sons as well.
I know that Esoteric Order of Games has a copy, and I'm really hoping that he puts together one of his amazing FAQ / Summary sheets for the game. I've just started diving into the box myself and my 6 year old might murder me in my sleep if I don't let him play soon (he plays as a 'teammate' on more complex games), so I'll update how I start breaking down rules for him to understand the game once I get there.
I would take the Harry Potter deckbuilder approach and introduce new rules piecemeal per game.
Start with just the HHs, no drones, no pilots, no sponsorship cards, no achievement board with upgrades. Create pre-configured faction decks for each player with one of each type of weapon (1 primary and 2 secondary) with orbital, reaction, and movement.
Let them play as normal with movement, combat, tagging, and resetting. Normal end of game conditions.
Then, if they like it, start introducing new elements per game. Drones and deployments. Then pilots. Then creating their own factor deck. Then Sponsorship cards. Then achievement board and upgrades (with standard board). And so on.