I just spent a great deal of time explaining to a player that played in 2 alphas, the importance of a good alliance. Unfortunately, because he did not understand this earlier, he is now leaving the game.
He had "gone it alone." thinking that would keep him out of the wars. He did not realize that he was more likely to be attacked, due to that fact that he did not have diplomatic relations with anyone.
I too, made this mistake in the beginning of A4. Luckily, after I was attacked, my attacker explained what made me a desirable target and I was able to get in an alliance right away.
The social aspect of this game is very important and I really believe that no player can ignore that. And while not every player is friendly, most are.
Maybe Z-man could have a quest where they have to become mutual friends with 1 or more players. This would get them started at communicating with other players.
Then maybe Bulat could explain, in his special manner, that banning together with others, will improve their chances of survival.
While no alliance can guarantee the safety of any member, the player still stands a better chance of surviving if he is in an alliance. And they need to know that.
And Bers, I swear that I am not the aggressor. - This time :)