(23 votes, average 3.96 out of 5)
Written by MOTORMOUTH   
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 16:07

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:

Basic Training

  • 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

Advanced Training

  • What is a FB:
  • How to find
  • Link to town
  • Supply
  • Spawnable
  • 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!


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Comments (13)
1 Wednesday, 20 July 2011 20:50
What about giving veterans an incentive? Something like 50% off your next monthly subscription if you give a green tag X amount of hours of hanging with them, being in missions together or something?
2 Wednesday, 20 July 2011 23:07
Man, the green tag saved my life out there! I got tons of help from old players!
3 Thursday, 21 July 2011 08:38
I am more than welcome help out new players. Even if it is just a few tips or as complex as hot dropping FBs during high noon. I have my own TS3 server for voice comms.

Come ride the HEMI Opel from Hell!

4 Thursday, 21 July 2011 13:04
5 Thursday, 21 July 2011 15:28
UBER TRAINING: Join a REAL squad with a big membership...
Less 4 man squads... Players who join small squads get ignored by other players as its assumed they already get help from their supposed squadmates (who dont exist)
6 Thursday, 21 July 2011 18:25
If only there was a group of people, lets call them 'Trainers', that did this. They would get SYSTEM spam on how to contact one if you're new to the game and want to learn it. One can dream.
Administrator's reply:
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 08:41
The trainers are awesome, but there are simply not enough of them to grab every single greentag on the battlefield. We need the greater population to lend a hand. - MM
7 Friday, 22 July 2011 14:04
D English
Are there still floating skulls?
8 Monday, 25 July 2011 09:37
"more better comms." Ugh, a double comparative.
Administrator's reply:
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 08:53
9 Sunday, 31 July 2011 06:41
Problem being is unable to tell a real green tag from a subscription dodger who just gets a new acc every 2 weeks.
Before no CC free trials i helped more, now no way to tell
10 Sunday, 31 July 2011 06:45
Would help if we had more chat channels.
At the moment i d'ont have space for help channel, sso unable to see greentag ask for help
11 Tuesday, 09 August 2011 09:34
Sadly the importance of the CPs even goes beyond most blue players. I tried everything. Chat, mission orders, pming them personally. If you really want those people to get into CPs you need big flashy red arrows that tell them to "GET IN THERE NAO"!
12 Tuesday, 16 August 2011 14:16
Great idea. If you want to help new players stick around though, you need a stronger moderation presence and much more of a bollocking dished out to those who bully or make snide flame bait remarks. I've seen dozens, perhaps hundreds go unpunished.
13 Wednesday, 17 August 2011 10:34
Having played Fighter Ace for 13 years until it was shut down last August, we had a group of experienced players known as FAVG Fighter Ace Volunteer Group. We had regularly scheduled training sessions, four per week.