That's great to hear, Adam! That's why I always include those links in my welcome message. I like CESN's idea of linking to the New Player Guide from the index page. Maybe the Games Tavern and Public Games Index as well? Just a thought.
I will try to remember to do that tonight! Where in the thread should I post it? Beginning, middle, end?
I dunno, be patient with me - I'm new here. Here's my story.
My experience was:
1) I know RPG, but I'm interested in PbP - How does that work? I google and end up here.
2) Rolls investigation. Nat 1.
Nah. I don't get it. What does PbP on here actually look like? I don't know if I missed it, but it would have been helpful to see the public games before registering.
3) I wander off, then come back again.
4) Passive perception 10.
Ooo - there are games to join. Let's register and see if I can have some of that.
5) I've registered. It says "Join a game!" in big letters. I click that. Find a game and apply to game.
6) I then find the guide, and start following it. I've already clicked join game (step 2), so I guess I'd better quickly create a character.
7) I then skip back to step 1, introduce myself, and start browsing the forums.
Only when I got around to reading the forums I realised that it wasn't as simple as the guide made out. Most games appear to be in progress and there don't seem to be that many open games (am I wrong?). Encouraging people to "join a game" is perhaps setting an unrealistic expectation? I don't know.
Now I've read some of the forum posts I think I understand some of the problems. It's incredibly frustrating to have players join a game only to drop out. It's super simple to register on this site, but playing requires a level of commitment that many people won't have. I completely understand why it's not as simple as just "Joining a game". This completely makes sense now.
Okay, I think. I'm really keen to do this. I'm pretty sure that I can commit time to this. I'm happy to chill in the forums until a game turns up and DMs can trust that I'll post. But what am I letting myself in for? How different is this to regular RPGs?
That's when I discover the public games thread and it all makes sense.
8) (I'm still on this bit). Oh, this looks cool. I wonder how often new games turn up? If there's a shortage of games, maybe I should even thinking about DMing one (although I'll need to browse the forums for tips on that). In the meantime, let's continue reading the forums.
But for me, reading the Public Games and other forum posts, is when it all made sense.
Although... I've only just arrived, and this is just my onboarding experience.
It's entirely possible that I'm wrong or I'm missing something.