However, a month ago, I downloaded this game and gave it another try, and this time, I was really committed to learn it. It was pure pain. I didn't know what to do, where to go, I didn't want to believe that the game is only about doing the same thing until tier 8 where the game stops. I thought that there was only gathering, crafting, killing mobs on the map. I was very wrong about that, but I had only 10% knowledge about what Albion really has to offer. I eventually joined a guild and found out that there is so much more to this game than it first seems to be. I had absolutely no knowledge of hellgates, random and instanced dungeons, that every random dungeon also has randomly generated inside, the entire outlands (hideouts and fame boost), that the premium only provides you some boost, and your island stays even if your premium ends, and you can even buy premium from in game currency, avalonian raids, GvGs, ZvZs, ganking,hardcore expeditions, and still to this day I annoy the hell out of my guild mates with my questions. What happens with your loot in the hideout when you leave a guild? What are runes, relics, souls for? How do hellgates work? Will you loose your items if u get killed while being flagged up in a blue zone? How do you even go to the blackzone? etc etc etc. Also, when I bought my island I had no idea how it works. I was like " How can you even build? Do you buy the buildings on the auction, or there is some kind of vendor I don't know of?"
This is a really fantastic game with many different and interesting stuff to do,it is really well made and thought out, but it's really a pain in the ass to discover these contents all by yourself. I know, you can always browse the Wikipedia for information, but Wikipedia only show what you can do in the game, and it also lacks some major information, and is confusing to use. Also a game should have the general information you need without Wikipedia.
I love games what doesn't hold your hands,and put everything in your mouth, but it's so rough to get the knowledge of Albion as a new player.
Many of my friends also quit because this reason, and it's hard to pull them back in. "there is nothing to do in that game man".
So anyways my suggestion is that for new players, there should an alamac button in the upper right corner what can be turned off. The alamac should have graphic content like a survival book (with pictures helping that for example "this green rombus is a random solo dungeon") showing the major stuff and mechanics what are in the game.
I am happy if you do it in other ways, but it should definitely be graphic, because people don't give a shit about long text tooltips, so they might just hover over them.