For X-mas last year I made copies of my last RM game for my friends and family with cute little jewel cases and cd labels. I recently showed my grandmother, who is is fairly computer-literate for a 65 year old woman, how to play it and I realized there is a lot of information I take for granted in RPGs (Like what is HP? What is MP? What are levels? etc.) The first RPG I played was Mario RPG about 15 years ago, and I remember not liking it at first but then quickly catching on and getting addicted to the genre. Ever since I don't think I've seen an RPG with a very basic tutorial for absolute RPG noobs. Most of my students (I used to teach middle school) were able to pick up my game and figure everything out intuitively, but to the uninitiated I realize now that RPGs can be overwhelming.
Can anyone share their thoughts on this? How did you learn to play RPGs? Have you seen any good tutorials for absolute beginners? This was the best I could come up with on my project website: http://www.gilgameshgame.com/index.php/pla...game-mechanics/