Hey guys. Thanks for the forum.
I’m new to all fo this. Literally found AO2 some days ago and started playing it. I met some players yesterday who helped me through my first cases and I want to give feedback about the new-user experience in your community and on the website.
In terms of installation, technical support the website is pretty basic but contains enough information to install and play the game within mere minutes.
But what I wonder is…where are all the cases? People link so many documents with cases to me but when you join the game as a beginner you have no clue where to find them.
If you want people to really understand what your game is about if they didn’t watch any videos or experienced cases for themselves yet, you need to show them that there is more than the Basement Lobby of the Official Unofficial Server. Because that paints a toxic picture. I think the website needs a Case section that is communiy moderated and contains lists for beginners and veterans alike. Maybe even consider making an own template and safe the cases on the website instead of using google-docs.
I think, it is a fact that there is a need for the beginners experience to be streamlined and by providing example cases in easy to find locations on the website, newbies will have a much better idea about how and what to do in AO2.
The Help Page is already great but cases would make the game playable without people who already know what they are doing.
…and I think that’s important because if you design something that you want new people to get into it, you need to make sure that they can play the game even without people around who have all the documents ready to share.
- Why are there no case lists linked on the website or some cases for beginners.
- I feel it would be way easier to explain this project to people if you can provide beginner cases for a group of newbies to try out.
Is it because nobody wants to make them or maintain a list? I feel we need more actual content on the official communication channels (Discord, Website, Forum) for people to use. I think it is kinda shocking that you have a very unique and awesome fan-product here, that has a discord server that is filled with jokes and memes in the pinned messages where valuable information for new players could be in.
I know this community is full of memes and inside jokes and absolute hilarious casing… and that’s great… but I think this project could grow a lot if you introduce a bit more professionalism to official “institutions” like the discord and a bit less moderators posting their last speeding ticket evidence
Another thing I want to suggest is a training courtroom for beginners in the official server so newbies don’t have to fear getting thrown into veteran cases when joining other courtrooms. I don’t know if it makes sense to request that since I don’t know how many courtrooms one server can have and if the Official Unofficial server is in fact official… thanks you memers.
PS: If you know lists where I can get good cases for beginners from, please link to them.