H&H not not the easiest game to get into. I don't think anyone would argue with me about that, but I don't think that it has to be the same way in salem. I'm not saying that salem needs to he simplified or easyfied. Just a little smother starting out.
There are many ways you can do that. A tutorial is a must in game like this. In fact it needs a lot of tutorials that pop up when you need them.
It could also include a goal system, where you tell the game what is it you would like to do ,Ex I want to build a fur hat, and the game brakes your goal down into steps ,Ex Go here, make knife, kill rabbit, make hat.
Another thing I think would help out with starting, is if the game didn't start you off alone in the woods. It could start you next to players. That way they can help you out and maybe give you some idea of what you should be doing. Sure they might just kill you, but at least that would be some interaction.
That's what I think. If you have ideas on how the game can be easier to start post them.