OK; Here it is in a nutshell.
The overall, main strategy to this game, for those who don't get it yet and That which is spelled out in the SoC handbook and quite clearly I might add, is;
That's it. It doesn't get any simpler then that. When the SoC Handbook talks about, "Troop Strength, and not wasting time going after bonus zones and going for the easy wins just to gain a spoil card, it's all about staying strong enough in numbers so that you have a better opportunity of winning, then if you are weak in troop strength and some one comes with a trade of 12 troops and takes you out with just that because you were so weak.
There is not much more explanation needed as the strategy is not that complicated. The strong survive the weak die. That is all there is to it. For an instructor to go into details with every student as to why this move or that move is to repeat over and over again that lesson which is clearly defined in the SoC Handbook. The instructors could just as easily send us back to the handbook and tell us to read it again if there is something that we do not understand. But to cease participation in a program that offers free mentor-ship from people who only want to be of help to us, because they are not giving us more feedback about our moves is our loss.
Now as to that "Game Chat" idea, that is not worthy to shoot down because that is an excellent idea only it should not be in a game chat which is here today and forgotten tomorrow but in a "Thread Forum" that everyone can go to and add to it. The problem is that no one hardly post any questions, out of embarrassment I guess but if people have questions, Guess what? That's what the forums can also be used for. An "Open forum" to discuss those questions. Of course then some one would sooner or later guide you to the rules or the SoC Handbook or something else that you should have read first. In some cases those "game chats" are already there, posted as forum threads. It's just a question of going through the time and trouble of reading through those threads. But after a while of doing so, it does get sort of fun as we learn through all of that reading.
There is a saying that we only get out of a thing that which we put into a thing and on an island, if you don't bring it with you, then you're not going to find it.
CC is the same way. If we don't ask and do not discuss; If we don't participate and put something into the community pot in the way of discussion and questions, then we simply are not going to get much out of it. In general I see this thread as very successful simply because, Some one took the time to create it and all of these words from all these people came out. I am grateful to see so many people willing to discuss and participate in this forum topic. May it always be so.
As to the SoC Training Games taking so long? If you feel that you have learned enough then you can always stop playing them and just play non SoC games. The SoC Games are there for that purpose that any SoC student can ask specific questions and get specific answers no matter how long it takes, but if it looks like the student has not even bothered to read the book or are not asking specific questions, then what's the point? Read the SoC Handbook, Guide to world domination and if you still have questions then join a Training Field. If you feel that you understand it all then you've graduated. Congratulations on your successful understanding of this game. And may you enjoy your fare share of the spoils.