Alright, hear me out. I’ve been playing the game since legacy and I understand that a large part of the game’s charm is in lack of guidance. New players discover tools/weapons or game mechanics is a large part of the game.
But there’s nothing stopping Rust from having a very barebones tutorial, explaining the essential basics of getting started. I tried introducing my friends to the game, and it just failed horribly as I couldn’t even wrap my head around everything they’d need to know to avoid getting frustrated and quitting.
The tutorial should cover early game items (cloth, sleeping bag, spear, bandages, fire, hatchet, pickaxe, map, blueprint frags), food&calories system, water, rad zones, loot, building (locks, doors, cupboards, foundations), and how to mine (that’s always a tricky one). It should be an in-game walkthrough, where the player is made to do things in order to learn.
It could even be simply a modded map with signs explaining what to do, like ‘hit this tree with your rock to gather wood’ or ‘this is hemp, gather it to get enough cloth and craft a sleeping pag’ and a sign which is a screenshot of the inventory UI showing how to find the sleeping bag in there.