Re: 2 questions for a new guy.
Erm... the whole Alien thing is a hot debate right now so I am not going to touch that with a 10 foot pole since I have never smoked out of one.
I will say that the Vortex is awesome and easy from personal experience. I would suggest getting that first and maybe a Alien later on... but that is just my opinion.
34" Km Americana Trimetal, KM Jumbo Base, Crown Jewel Bowl, Blue v3 Narbish, CH "Blue Lollipop" Tip
24" Solid Al Fakher, AF hose, MNH Phunnel
30" Solid Al Fakher, AF Hose, Vortex, Blue v3 Narbish, "The Circus" Crown Hookahs Tip
36" Solid Al Fakher, Blue Razan
29" KM Trimetal, KM "Red Lion" Gilded Base, Crown Jewel Bowl, Red v3 Narbish, CH "Solar Flare" Tip