For those more familiar with the algorithm AE has elected to utilize, what is some decent hardware I can start accumulating in preparation?
I would recommend checking the git repo of cuckoo cycle for an up to date info on hardware. A GPU like NVIDA 1080Ti seems to be a good choice.
Any official introduction about mining?
We have documentation on building and setting up a node - that would be an entry point for starting a mining node. We will provide an intro into mining topics, bur right now it is work in progress.