I think learning NT is like learning High Frontier from half of the rulebook. There's just so much left out. Simmons cops to having done that intentionally, so as not to color the gameplay and let people discover their own way. That's cool, but it's difficult to pick up because of that.
(well that was interesting, this was supposed to be a followup to the ongoing discussion... I need more practice operating my computing machine. delete away!)
I gave up on the NT rulebook the first time around. It made my skull well and truly ache and I lost touch with the local cat that turned me on to the game--no players meant no incentive. I should get back to it one of these days though...
Speaking of NT, however, do you own Bonaparte @ Marengo? I picked up a B@M map from Simmons after it went out of print and packed it in with NT since that game has all the right bits to play Marengo. Then I ended up buying a proper copy of B@M at last year's WAM from someone who wandered over to the game of Here I Stand I was playing (a friend of MSample's I think). Now I *think* I still gots me a spare Bonaparte @ Marengo map that could use a home. Want it?