I'd add a suggestion: Before playing matches against live people, spend a few days playing a ton of games against the bot. You'll now be able to learn all the cards, and obviously can take as much times as you want to research each new card without seeming rude to Lord Rat (ie, the 'bot.). I think it would be considered pretty rude to the other player(s) if you, each game, have to take many minutes in the beginning to look at a bunch of cards. On the other hand, I think most players would have no problem if you write, in chat, "Need to read one new card. Will take a minute. Sorry." And, if you own, say, 3 kingdoms here, but the other player owns all the kingdoms, you will come across many unfamiliar cards. Players with all the kingdoms understand this, and will give opponents extra time if a bunch of the newer cards happen to come up in your particular game.
I suspect that most players will have strong objects to not starting a game for 5+ minutes, while you think of a strategy. But I am sure that there are *some* players out there who would like to do that. So, while you are starting to play here (welcome, by the way!
), try to play much more quickly than that, until you find out in chat if your opponent also likes a much slower, relaxed, social, game. Then, when you find these rare people, "Friend" them, and that will make it easy for you to find each other for future games.
As to in-game chat: It's something that I quite enjoy. But it's been my experience that most others players do not. I'll get a "Good luck" and a "Good game" from them, but any chat I do during the game is ignored...other than players who are asking for an Undo. They will always write out a sentence--if asked--explaining their reason for their Undo request. My guess is that, as you play live people, you'll find the ones who use chat similarly and you can Friend them as well. And blacklist the players who insist on playing more quickly, or who are much more competitive than you.
Hope you have fun here.