It's no secret that WWIIOL:BE is a brutal PVP, with a pretty significant learning process. Think back to your first few days in game and try to remember looking around and wondering WTF you were supposed to do next. Even though we've made the game easier for new players, it's still a challenge, so we're turning to you, the veterans, to help them learn the ropes and stick around.
While we continue to work on tools and resources to help green tags in our dev cycles, we've always found that the best tool we've got for teaching these new players is our veteran player base. Anyone whose been around BE longer than a year has learned not only how to survive on the battlefield, but thrive as well. So we're reaching out to you, our players, to help us get these new players addicted and contributing to the epic battles we all love so much.
Taking a green tag under your wing is far more effective than any tutorial or training program we could possibly code into the game. You are our best hope for showing these new players what a great game we all have.
New players often find themselves lost on the battlefield with a very limited idea of how to find the fight and, more importantly, how to survive it. They're looking for direction and answers. The best and quickest way to get them what they need is to identify them and engage them in conversation. The first thing to do is to send them a message explaining the chat system. An even better idea is to ask them to join you on Team Speak in the "Support/Help" channels that have been set up on each server. Voice comms are more better comms!! If you're part of a squad, even better. Get them in, keep them in. If you don't have time for a full training session, help them find someone who does.
"But what can I teach a new player that might convince him to hang around?" you ask. Well, let me tell you. It's not rocket surgery, but it's important stuff:
- Persona Screen’s
- Brigade Roster
- What is a AO
- What is a DO
- How to cap a CP
- How to find a battle
- Chart of game related acronym’s (EI, AB, MSP, FB etc...)
- Marking contacts on the map
- Deploying FRU’s
- The importance of comms
- How to find
- Link to town
- How to remove/destroy
- Visual Vehicle/Weapon identification
- Audio Vehicle/Weapon identification
This looks like a big list, but it shouldn't take a veteran player very long to an attentive and interested new player how it all fits together.
So please lend a hand the next time you come across a poor, lost Green Tag. When we gain a new player, we ALL win!