I learn't the rules when it first came out was by watching a play through of a game on YouTube by triple helix and then going through the rulebook and that helped me. If I tried just the rule book I don't know if I would of got in to it ,which would of been a shame as it's a great game. What would be good if Spartan started a YouTube channel that showed play through's, bat reps, vlog's and show off the great models. I think that would help new starters and bring more people into playing this great game. As I do agree that the new rule book is not so new gamer friendly but better than the last two rule books.