I always find it easier if both parties have read the rules when attempting to play a game. I will not have them memorized, but I will make the effort to read through the rules and gain some understanding of the game.
Welcome to the CONSIMWORLD Social Website, Bruce! Some classic games on your list--I confess a real love for TPS (was a playtester for it way back when). Like you, I don't spend NEARLY enough time playing games and got trounced in an ASL scenario this past weekend because of it!