Agreed. WIA (BOA II) has a much leaner interface, and the recruitment is a lot easier to learn (as in, there really isn't any in WIA). ACW really ups the scale of operations, logistics, and the struggles of high command. Having said that, there's a reason why ACW is still AGEOD's most popular game, it's great and not to be missed. But its learning curve is a bit higher. Go with BOA II first.