First of all, I'm sorry for the disappearance, which was totally due to the end of year crunch to get projects in. Well, that and a bit of spazzing out over how to deal with being made editor (read: creator and maintainer) for a blog site for the journalism course.
Still that's all done now (except the website bit, but I have all summer for that) so onto the stuff.
Looking at the poll, props and mechanics are the big favorites, so I plan to put together two essays before Monday. One will be a walkthrough and cheatsheet of the basic system, while the other will try to address basic visual style and props.