On 12/16/06, TheLoneGoldfish
find saying "but it's easy!" is quite possibly the worst thing you can
say in those circumstances (I've said it a few times sadly). It usually
just leads to more frustration and pain.
It was pointed out to me at work a few years ago that responding to a
coworker's question, "Do you know how to do X?" with "Sure! It's
easy! I'll show you!" was somewhat 'insulting'. The logic
apparently was 'if it was easy they wouldn't have had to
ask'. Seems to work in gaming, too.
Recently I've started using phrases like, "it only seems difficult for
a short time" or "it's not as tricky as it first appears"
With less applications to the Looney line of games, when speaking of
the german-style board games I often say, "the rulebook can seem quite
intimidating at first, but people catch on really quickly if they give
it a chance"