My older friends might remember that in my previous e-life, I ran something called the Welcoming Committee. My duties there helped me become famous more than my million congress terms or Vice Presidential runs ever did. The Welcoming Committee was in charge of helping retention with newbs, by sending them food and gifts (remember those?), info on how to fight, boost their wellness and get involved in society. The WC became even more famous during wars, when it was used for weapons distributions.
No, I'm not ready to restart another Welcoming Committee at this time. However, it's become clear to me that our retention problem with newbs still exists and may now be more important than ever.
Since my re-birth a month and a half ago, I've spent some time sending new players friend requests, and sending some messages back and forth. Many of the new players I've sought out have already left, some have quickly been labeled as dead citizens.
This is a problem that affects this country, specifically. The USA is under serious threat of a Political Take Over (PTO) by the American Freedom Alliance (AFA). We need every non-enemy voter we can get, and we need to turn 2-clicker votes into smarter votes.
What can be done to help keep players around?
A big problem is the game itself. There are only so many buttons to push, especially for newbs who don't have a lot of the gold and spending money more experienced players often have. We can't fix the game, sadly.
However, for as much as us older players hate the new version of the game compared to the old one, there is one positive. In my old life, many new players got frustrated over lack of wellness and quit. They never figured out how to use the hospital to get healthy. Now it's as simple as eating food. It's still worth asking though ...
Is there some basic strategy new players don't get?
I'd really love to hear from some of the newer players on this issue. What don't you know, or took you forever to figure out? What keeps you around?
One of the best newbs I've seen lately is Jarred Brown. Five days old and already active in society. Sadly, he's the exception, not the rule.
I'm not the only one on the pro-USA side that seeks out new people. I've seen kody5, Concept, Oblige, Mercurius1000, Fhaemita Malodorous and many others friend many of the newbs I have.
Are there guides we can send these people?
Tips on to boost health?
Tips on how to maximize fighting?
Tips on how to best navigate the marketplace?
Tips on how to get involved in the political process?
Tips on how to use IRC and/or the forums?
I'd love to see some links that me and other can send new people. I plan on writing some of these myself as I get more familiar with the current version of the game. Please, let me know if these exist.
Thank you for all your input, especially those of you keeping America strong.
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