So! I have noticed that the general amount of novice players seems to be lower than I remember - however, I could be/probably am off-base on this (memory does warp perceptions!).
What I'd like are some suggestions for ways for players to make the game more engaging for novices. I remember I, personally, was thinking Aetolia wasn't for me at around a month or two in (I felt pretty solitary), but then I managed to snag Anfini's web boots and some other credits from the first treasure hunt and thought I'd give it a second try. Ensoi started stalking me, and I realized how fun and engaging the game can be when you have pals and hijinks to participate in.
I'd love to hear some ideas for ways to help get newbies excited and enthralled in Aetolia. Maybe events/contests you've held which have had success, maybe tips for teaching them, tasks you've set them on - in short, ideas, please! I would appreciate suggestions to help make my guild/city/the game! more fun and engaging for new players.