This is a thread for people more experienced with the game to help new players and give hints for people that want to start playing the game. As you guys have seen it can get pretty complicated and it is nice to have people around to help guide you along.
First here are some links to help you get a feel for the crazy things that can happen in the game.
One thing you are going to want to do is get the Lazy Newb Pack. Pretty much a must for people starting out. It combines many helpful programs and has tilesets to make the game look a little easier on the eyes. (For Macs try this)
I myself started off watching some very helpful video tutorials here. Despite his accent he can come in very handy with getting you to learn the basics of the game. A tutorial for a slightly older version of the game can be found here, many of the things you would learn would carry over to the latest version.
For those of you looking for the book that Dave is using, it can be found here.
So, if anyone has experience with the game feel free to give any hints,tips etc. that you have learned over the years to help guide new players. For anyone starting out, feel free to ask questions and I am sure myself or others can go about helping you.