Hmm... maybe show a small square in the lower right corner of the screen- which shows the cinamatic? That'd be neat and efficient.
either a marker, emblem, or a flag on the spear landing point..or...
make the spear there but turn off surface collision (or make it transparent, or a "ghost" item) so people just pass through it, until the gods intervene. so most likely there's a timer attached to it.
We've suggested quite a bit, they should get the idea.
Well, I hope they do!
Great idea about rumbling controller to notify you about the spear. I liked the cinematic- the first twenty times I saw it- now I'm sick of it.
As far as new players go- heck, they can learn about the spear just liked they learned about everything else- setting and using traps, how to use magic, capture the flag, etc.