I’m a little curious about the new new NPE iteration.
It has the new player clicking on everything in space (rather than telling them to use the overview).
When you complete the first ‘shoot the seeker, then dock up’ sequence, it has the new player open up the agency window.
From this window, they select their career path, then select the mission.
NuAura then tells the player to click on ‘Undock’ in the Agency window. When they do, they’re told to click on ‘Warp to’, again, in the Agency window.
At this point, the player arrives in a combat situation, where 3 seekers will try to kill them.
The Agency Window is still open and taking up the majority of their screen.
They haven’t been taught to use the overview yet. They’ve been told to turn their camera and right-click on (moving) objects in space. Only they can’t see those objects because the Agency window is still open. And you haven’t even told them they can move it, and the Aurua pop-ups, on the screen. If they don’t stumble onto that, how will they know?
Having completed the 1, 1a, and 1b ‘Seek and Destroy’ missions, I’d like to suggest actually using the Aura pop-ups to educate new pilots on the Overview and Selection panels, more or less immediately. Combined, these are the single most persistent and important information and interaction tool players have. They’ll have it everywhere they’re in space.
Teaching them about this, rather than leaving them to try to do everything via the right-click menu (or, in earlier NPE iterations, the radial menu) gives them access to one-click options. You click on the item in the overview, and then you can click ‘orbit’, ‘lock’, etc. Right-clicking or using the radial menu, you right-click, find the option you want, click it, then have to right-click again. Yes, it’s a small thing, but it’s slower. And it doesn’t make sense to have them focus on that when the selection panel is right there.
They’re going to need to know how to use it. This is the tutorial. Tutor them. And tell them to close the damned Agency window. Doing everything by looking around in space is great… but only if they can see the space around them.