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Newbie experience from another IRE.
Hiya! I am sorry if this is the wrong place but I'm just dropping this off as food for thought and as a reflection of my experience thusfar in Achaea.
I come from Lusternia and came to try Achaea on the recommendation of a friend who I like to speak to on the occasion. From the first moment the experience in the tutorial was a lot more fun. The short pygmie scene was enjoyable and far more replayable than what I am used to. Stumbling around the newbie areas was also very enjoyable and far less tedious (for me) than the other IREs I have experienced. Unfortuantely for me, that is where the enjoyment mostly ended. After being thrust out of the newbie zones at level 20 I felt very misguided with next to no direction as to what to do. It may be because I overlooked the 'tasks' line or maybe because I forgot about it entirely, but I ended up stumbling around for about 3 hours until I was eventually picked up by a very helpful set of people who showed me where I could hunt and gave me supplies and explained a few things. Still not remembering about the tasks, I ended up bashing to level 50-something before another newbie (actually another friend who retired elsewhere to come to Achaea) reminded me that there are a set of tasks which are designed for orientating players post tutorial.
Being invited for a raid at level 20-something was extremely fulfilling and even though I was numbly hitting things with my mace, being completely stopped because I ended up becoming deaf and blind at one point with no cures or tattoos, I enjoyed the experience thoroughly. Even after being boomeranged(?) from just inside Targossas and being killed in what felt like 1-2 balances, I enjoyed how quickly I was pulled into the world.
The theft mechanic has left an extremely bad taste in my mouth and, even if it's very easily avoidable, as a complete newbie to the game and not having experienced it, it was extremely offputting. Losing the work of my some 20 hours experience in an instant and then being told that it as A ) my fault and B ) that I can make it back in an instant\I should just ask my city to give me more gold was not the experience I was looking for in a new mud. I don't know if this is merely a trend which I am used to but usually if you beat someone easily, you're meant to give them advice as to how to be better or to help them. I know I can only complain the first time and not the second or third time it has happened in my short duration of play, but it really destroyed my want to keep trying after I lost all my progress the second time, especially after someone replaced the gold. I would have much preferred just being killed one, twice, thrice or any number of times.
Maybe if I was more confident and had the personality who could ask for help more on CT/Newbie I would have enjoyed the experience a lot more, but I figure that if I had this kind of experience, other people might also.
I'll probably come back soon but for now, I think I'll just stick to my mud.
I would like to leave this, though:
Just because it's easy for you to do something, and yes, it might be easy and very straight forward once you're used to it, but that doesn't mean that a newbie is going to understand it or know how to do it or even remember how to do it.
Edit: Unintentional emoji