OK, so I have all three books for Burning Wheel. I've read through them, grinding through the density (though helped by Luke's extremely clear prose and style). Despite preferring systems like Heroquest or FATE or TSOY, I'm strangely attracted to the game. I'm mulling over proposing a BW campaign to the new group I'm trying to put together. But the rules density is just flat-out daunting; I'm working to get a handle on them myself, and I don't know if I can carry a group through the learning curve--probably nobody else will have the inclination to pore over the books. Most of my local player pool are either WW Exalted players or lifelong DnD folks.
Let me be clear: the various parts aren't the problem. Each individual subsystem makes sense. But when I try to assemble them all, comprehension hits a breaking point. I get a handle on the base system, then add in PTGS (OK), then Steel (OK), Positioning (check), and Scripted Combat (I get the subsystem, but...we're unraveling), Advancement (errr...), Artha (uhhh, OK...) then Damage, Wound Effects, Versus Armor...and blooey. I'm left with the feeling the time investment is going to leave me a lonely evangelical in an empty room. Mind you, I know I can master them, but I "got" TSOY in less than an hour. I "got" FATE in one read. The issue isn't so much about me learning the rules--that's a question of time investment. The issue is teaching other players who very likely won't be as motivated to slog through the text.
I've read the ideas about using pre-generated characters running through set pieces to illustrate the various rules systems before getting into the real game, and speaking from my teaching experience, that makes sense. If I can convince my players to join a "Burning Wheel class," essentially, we may be able to proceed. Otherwise, Hell's bells, I guess I'll fall back on something less formidable.
So my question is: how do you approach inducting players into new rules where the rules are dense enough or radical enough to represent a phase change from their previous gaming? How do you coax people off the d20/Storyteller nipple?