bigWham wrote:there is already a tutorial system, as such. it sends out a series of messages to new users as they step through various milestones of gameplay. i am not sure when it was done but my guess is the last 12 months.
there are many challenges with tutorials, instructions and information in general. they are difficult to maintain and are not as valuable as expected because new players are simply not patient or interested enough to put in the effort required... and the ones that are, just learn by practice in what is, at the end of the day, not an especially complex game (CC has a lot more going on than just the game of course).
having said all that i am about to move into re-engineering the new player experience.
unfortunately this suggestion does not appear to suggest anything other than general concept... and that seems to already exist. at least in the OP. so, either it gets fleshed out or closed.
a silly video going quickly over the basics would help a lot, you don't need to cover everything, you can keep saying "an many other options like blah, you can check them out at the blah section and a quick zoom in to the link to the section.
a silly voice, funny comments in the middle, stuff like that, inside jokes that hint to the existence a community (not to elaborated, something like "just don't go nuts like InsomniaRed"), etc.
That would be an excellent start for newbies, because, let's be honest, we love the light interface in the sense it has not a lot of images and such, but to someone new this doesn't look very appealing, just a bunch of text and a 1998-like left menu. And from then on you could think of more thorough tutorials