I just thought we could talk about my nubfriendly gameplay idea: ChessQuake.
It features the first four weapons and plays like FFA, but you got the weapons from the beginning. Then you can pick up quad, red armor and 50 health bubbles. It's being played on tiny maps like dm1 or dm17. New players to Quake can have a nice introduction to the positioning and item pickup theories, without getting fragged too much. Also they can find out about the fun of projectile weapons by using the not so devastating grenade launcher. What do you think?