MAY Introducing the Official EMC New Player Awareness Month - MAY I help you? Does "What do I do?" or "Where do I go?" look familiar? This is a common calling card of a brand new player who has just joined the server. The experience of joining by itself can be overwhelming. Having completed the thorough tutorial and entered a new world where all you find is an empty plot with signs you don't entirely understand, many players are unclear on directions they could take. This oftentimes results in frustration and causes some to quit entirely. These players need our help in providing some form of guidance! Some of these new players have never even played Minecraft before, let alone played in a multi player setting. It could even be the first game they ever played. The learning curve might be quite dramatic! An online community as we all know is a unique experience; one that should not be taken lightly. To help rectify this, I am calling on all EMCers to help new players in any way you can throughout the entire month of MAY. What can you do? First, the most useful command we have is /newplayers. This will show you a list of all the players who have been on your smp less than a month. New Player Checklist: Welcome new players to the server, it is important to make them FEEL at home. Believe it or not, these new players will remember your name, and come to you when they have a question.Example: "Welcome to the server!". Letting them know that if they DO have any questions, they can ask at any time and you will be happy to help.Example, follow up with: "If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!".Tell them that if they need additional help to please use their compass that was provided to them after completing the tutorial.Commands such as /help, /guide or /assist are also essential as well as referring them to guide.emc.gs.Reminder: if they have lost their compass, tell them to simply type /assist new, and this will give them a new compass to navigate the server. Their compass also acts as an actual Minecraft compass pointing the player to their spawn point and is soulbound so they will not lose it if they die. The command /map should be mentioned as well.Remind them that they can gather materials in the wastelands, build permanent large structures / farms in the Frontier, or create their own experience on their plot - by building their very own house or unique shop!If they remain for longer than a few minutes, PM the player and ask how "everything is going so far" and if they are liking the server. You may also want to include how to respond to your tell.If someone is asking for assistance in Town Chat (especially a new player), please respond to their question, even if you do not know the answer.If a (new) player is breaking a minor chat rule, such as advertising in town chat, that player may not know about Economy Chat - In a helpful nice way, explain that "Economy Chat is used for advertisements.". This can be applied to any sort of rule the player may have broken - if it is a more serious violation, /report them rather than attempting to correct their behavior.Finally, if you have referred someone to the server, check back with them to see how they are doing.There are MANY more ways of helping new players than the ones mentioned above. Do your best. New Player Awareness Month is not about a promotion giveaway or offering a reward for welcoming the most people: it is about helping our new players feel at home. Our community is such an amazing place and it is sad when someone leaves before they can realize that for themselves... Special Thanks Alexchance for the banner, to Shelluser and Elfinpineapple for their assistance on this thread, and everyone who has helped a new player in some way. Keep up the good work!