Mike, I managed to read basic rules, but been hectic over the rest of the week (Father-in-law's 70th plus lots of alcohol), so you'll have to be gentle with me (hehe) tomorrow night, as I didn't spot your post until now, and I see there are a whole load of additional rules!
Don't get too worried, there are various versions and updates of the rules. The one we use is very simple, and we will show you through it! However, something to think on... whilst listening to the D6G they were talking about this system www.spartangames.co.uk/firestorm_downloads.html which is by the same lot that make Uncharted Seas, the fantasy naval game. the guys review sounded really good, and I may be interested in getting the game to try. Dave