We have had many so far; The tutorial island, Learning the Ropes, Unstable Foundations and the Troll Warzone.
I have played them all and there were some I did like and some I didn't like, with the least appealing being Troll Warzone and the most appealing Tutorial Island...Until perhaps now!
The new tutorial is a true masterpiece and I credit the creators for the RS Gold effort they put into it!
The environment, the textures, the story, the fights!
When I first entered Ashdale, I was stunned by the happiness and colourful surroundings and already got exited. And it didn't stop until I finished the tutorial!
You start on a small island, with polished looking houses and lovely trees, sparkling small rivers crossing the island and sea gulls flying around.
We learned a bit more about our own character, new people will learn why their character is special. You learn what your duty is on Gielinor.
The basics of the skills got explained well, why you need it and how to use it, and fits in the small story you take part it.
You get introduced to fishing and cooking, mining and smithing and melee combat and get to know the purpose of those skills.
I think this is indeed what the players asked for, and it replaces Tutorial Island very well and I won't be saddened anymore Runescape 2007 Gold that Tutorial Island disappeared and this is the new Tutorial Island :)
It's short, it's pretty, it's colourful, it has a story!
All in all, This tutorial really appeals to me, and I bet it will appeal to new players even better than the dark-gloomy-long-dreadful Troll Warzone did!
The great environment really makes me looking forward to the rest of the game (If I were to be a new player), because it's so pretty!
And the fact you can return to Ashdale to look around, is really great! (Which couldn't with Tutorial Island).
I would give it a rating 9/10! because of the splendid tutorial, but a tad few basic skills introduced! :D