Good thread with so many thoughtful responses. Applause and +1's to all the posts above me!
I started playing soon after open beta started (it's all a bit cloudy now but it was certainly in the very early days, what was it? 2, 3 tile sets if that?) so it's difficult to gauge the new player experience now. But after seeing the damage that can be done to a game that chases new players with shiny tutorials at the expense of the current players, I can fully respect Steve's decision to not try to dedicate too many resources to that. That is, not spend their limited time and energy trying to