"Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation"
Next time I am in Austin I would love to play some (I have family in Austin). I have a hard time getting people to play the Winsomes out here.
Sounds good, send me a PM whenever you're in town.
Is it possible to also teach a newbie?
Easily! Most of their games only have a few pages of rules, and I've used them as gateway games for many gamers. That says nothing of the opacity of good play though, but such things only encourage repeated play. That is, if you can handle their particular aesthetic draw: