In other words the difficulty of the game to a newbie and the difficulty of the game to a pro. can be directly linked, but they don't have to be. You may believe that there is always counter play that can be achieved. You are right there probably is ... however that is completely irrelevant. If the opportunity for counter play is not obvious apparent and perceivable to a new player ... there might as well not be any ... and they will leave. Ergo the more elitist your comments the more you kill the game. The more elitist the solution the less chance you have of even having a place to be elitist about.