I know this isn’t the usual topic for the forum because usually topics are broad have room for lots of discussion. Things that make you go “Huh” in a good way. This is a lot more specific I suppose.
I have always wanted to get into strategy games, whether it be RTS’s or 4X games. There seems to be so many cool ideas going on with this genre and the stories that come out of them sound GOOD! But I always feel like there isn’t a good on-ramp. The Civilization series is rad…but I never feel like I can take that experience and translate it to the next game up the ladder in terms of complexity. That may simply be because I don’t have the mental capacity and Civ is where I max out in terms of juggling things but I like to think there has to be a better way.
So asking for some help. What are some good beginner strategy games to start learning concepts and strategies? And probably just as important, what games are a good NEXT STEP after you’ve gotten a taste. There has to be a gap between Crusader Kings II and Civilization. I just don’t know where it is.