I have been a big advocate for something like this for a while now, which i have been talking about in alot of random threads about certain events/new players objectives etc.
Make info more available, like: what does stack with what?
What stacks additivly, what multiplicativly? Make armory base game (explain things like ‘linesman and stuff’)
the keep: They can add SO much to the keep, i actually think they are missing so much of opportunity, the only thing that gets used is dummy/jumping puzzle/chest area and portal, everything else can be accessed by keybinds (i never have to visit the forge), they could better dummies aswell, which instead of telling some huge number like 25k tells something like ‘1 shot kill’ or something (to make bp’s more accessible and actually show the use of 'power vs properties) (or something else, just an idea). (ofcourse toggeable, so minmaxers still get their fun)
Adding a codex is also a very good idea. Like a big book or something (or something more lore friendly idk), where certain events are explained, or bosses are explained (a bit like in mmo’s), ofcourse don’t give strategies on how to kill a boss, just give us info and let the player decide what the best way to kill it is or do an event. (so many players don’t know convocation wizards are checkpoints, for example)
Telling players they can find books in maps. the game might tell you this, but i’m not entirly sure as early game has been a while for me. Telling players doesn’t have to remove exploration, it might just be a voiceline or something.
Revamp tutorial, this might be tricky as the tutorial isn’t really a generic tutorial, it’s more a prologue to the story. and making it more like a tutorial where alot of info pops up etc might take away from the ‘feel’ of the game.
edit: Show my total stats, which means that i can see at a glance how much crit chance or power vs i have equipped. Also add loadouts. Also show us ‘hidden crit chance’, which you can only know by looking at the source code, reddit, or forum, which shouldn’t be the case.
Edit: sorry i know this was about a codex only. i’m happy to move this if you don’t wanna derail. found my old comment Time for another Community Cataclysm Playthrough
Also great post, new player experience and making info more accessible is good to bring focus to.