Woohoo another smart new guy!
Definatly just hang around the forums, realise that most peoples internet personalities are far different than in real life. And it's usually a good bet to fill in your profile.
Check out the FAQ section in the forums for all your answers, ... T7 may show up with a copy paste info packet or not, but the FAQ is your best bet.
Check out the Quebec game threads in the forums for games near you. You may not be able to play, but depending on the host you may be able to come out a watch, maybe take some pictures, we're all huge photo whores. And games are by far better sources for information that just the FAQs and the internet, so if you can get out to a game I suggest making the trip.
And welcome to ASC.
"War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend: the city of the Men of Numenor, and I would have her loved for her memory, her ancientry, her beauty, and her present wisdom. Not feared, save as men may fear the dignity of a man, old and wise." - J.R.R. Tolkien