The best way to learn how to play most MMOs is to already know how to play them. Heck, there are major parts of games you just can’t teach with tutorials. There’s no way for EVE Online to really explain its sprawling player-run conflicts to a new player, and it’s hard to really give players in Final Fantasy XI a clear picture of how the game will run to various different zones with a bunch of NPCs when all of this was communicated by players back in the day.
Still, there are games that try harder than others to offer useful tutorials. World of Warcraft, for all its faults, puts a lot of effort into making low-level play feel engaging and dynamic so that new players will stick around and understand the game. But what about you, dear readers? What MMO tutorial experience is your favorite? Is it one that gave you the best understanding of the game you were about to play, one that was doing its best to get out of your way, or just one that you feel particularly attached to?