I would be very helpful, ask some of the newbies in games I am in now.
I am a very helpful person, unless my HW is less then 3 turns away from people.
I think a good idea is to set a Newbie vs a More Experience person, not in a allied mode, but as an enemy, a game with lots of good starting goodies, and about 30 turns. Let the Newbie attack and defend, and then after certain tactics are tried, they share info, on why something worked or didn't work. Just setting up a newbie with a good player as a partner, can lead to some people just being used as a pawn, and not really learning.
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