The Guild Master's Handbook: How to Create, Recruit, Manage and Compete in MMORPG's.
Definition of MMORPG for those new to this subject.
MMORPG: An MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game) is an online video game where many people play together in real time as fantasy characters such as elves, dwarves, humans and others. The characters pick a class or profession like a warrior or wizard and beginning at level 1, progress to the highest level by doing quests alone or with others. Players can group up and also join guilds which are like teams or armies. These guilds for the social fabric of the game. Guilds go to war against an opposing faction ordinarily. You must choose a faction at the start when you create your character. It is like living in a fantasy world with a real economy and more.
Starting a Guild - How to start a guild or legion in an MMORPG.
Starting a guild in an MMORPG requires some thought and decisions. The more people you involve in these thoughts and decisions - the harder it will be to take action. It is strongly suggested that you do the following alone or with 1 or 2 very close friends who you know and who think like you do. Warning: if you tend to disagree with the people who will help you, this will very much so slow you down. Too many cooks spoil the broth!
The following are the essential and basic decisions you need to think about before you start your legion or guild. Do not worry because you can always change your mind later and modify your choices and decisions as time passes. As you learn and grow with experience to become a wise leader - you will be able to do the same with what you think your guild should be like.
1. What to name your guild.
Choose a short name that people will remember. Shorter names are also easier to create legion or guild logos, emblems and capes for. Since I began playing MMORPG's back in 2004, the very best guilds have almost ALWAYS had a short guild name. Some examples of excellent guilds that I either was a member of or started myself are:
Fist of the Empire
Requiem of Hell
The Inner Circle
PvP or PvE
What kind of guild do you prefer - PvP or PvE?
2. Decide what the main focus of your guild will be. Use the following questions to decide. Remember you can change this later. You are in the development stage
Are you a casual or hardcore player?
If you are playing many hours in a week and expect people to be online for events and want to run a very organised group that competes - then you are a "hardcore" guild. Otherwise you are "casual".
Will your guild focus on PvP (player versus player), PvE (player versus environment), RvR (realm versus realm), RP (role playing) or more than one of these?
This is important because when you recruit people, players will expect the leadership to run events and activities that reflect your choice.
Is your guild an adult group or open to all ages? Is your guild more family oriented and will you allow children to play?
• This is an important choice. If you are young and new than your guild should reflect your age.
• If you are older and more experienced you may not wish to play with newcomers. And if you will allow 13 to 17 year olds to play, you must make sure that the other members are not poorly influencing them. It matters because you are a leader and have a responsibility for what goes on with membership.
• If you plan on using vulgar language, having a few beers while playing, engaging in "adult like subjects" than put an age limit. I have had guilds with 18 and over and 21 and over always. For myself it is just too much responsibility when you have 250 to even 1000 people playing with you to allow younger people to play.
I am a hardcore PvP GM (Guild Master) but that is my preference. I run large competitive guilds. You may want to run a casual and fun group with a smaller amount of players. I suggest starting off this way if it is your first time being a Guild Master. It is NOT easy when you have so many people to keep focused.
3. Write a guild description.
Now that you have a name and have chosen your focus and age group you will need to write a description about your guild or legion. It can be very simple and a few paragraphs or longer and more involving.
Many great guilds have a guild charter which not only describes who they are and what they do but also their rules and regulations. And you are going to need rules if you plan on making a large group.
If you are a veteran player than you already know all about this but even so, maybe you have never ran a guild and always been a member. If you are a newcomer and starting off with the suggested casual and smaller guild focus all you need is a few paragraphs that tell people about who you are and what your guild represents. But you do not want to sound boring or generic. There are so many guilds to choose from when a new MMORPG begins that you must consider how you will stand out. Otherwise why will anyone want to join you?
I don't know how many times I have seen almost the exact same description for a guild and it basically goes something like this: Bloodsworn is a casual adult legion that is friendly and active. We are helpful and make groups together for PvE events. This is really not good enough if you are trying to attract people to your guild. It is like so many other guild descriptions I have seen in every game I have played. Even if you are running your first guild or legion, take some time to think about what types of things you want to do with other players, what your legion offers that other's do not, what events you will have and if you are focused on PvE, PvP or both. You can look online at any number of websites and read other people's descriptions, charters, and rules to give you ideas. And this is because most good guiilds have a website. We will speak about website creation later but for now, here is my guild charter for my most successful guild. Have a look at it in the next section.
What kind of guild are you creating?
4. Guild description example.
This is my description. Please keep in mind that at the time of writing this I have already gamed in many MMO's for over 10 years. My legion or guild concept is my own. There are not many other's around like it. In fact, there are no other's like it because there is only one me. And that is what you have to look forward to. You will learn by mistakes and to play better the more you play and the more games you play. And eventually learn what to do and NOT to do as a leader. Eventually, you will reach a point where you can come up with a description or charter that reflects your personality. I can guarantee it. My example is as follows:
" ... Black♥Heart is an open concept guild. We are not elitist and nor are we exclusionary. Our main focus is to provide players with a good atmosphere to enjoy the game in and cooperate together as a team to level up and get the best gear for PvP. Blackheart works with the members it has available online for our events using an organic approach to game-play.
You are expected to take initiative to make groups based on your needs. And you are expected to answer questions and be helpful when possible.
We expect people to raid with us on PvP days if they are playing. As a guild we have had success in Guild Wars, WoW, Warhammer, Aion, Rift, GW2 and Neverwinter. We have always had one of the most active groups on our server. It is not possible to play an MMO totally alone unless you skip content or PuG.
A legion or guild is only as good as its members, if you sit back and do nothing or say nothing you will indeed feel left out, a community is built on trust, a mature social attitude and being generous.
Large groups of people must avoid gossip, drama, anger and selfish attitudes, and above and beyond all be thankful for the hard work of the leadership for recruiting, providing vent, a website and an active place to play. The downfall of a legion is based on a lack of respect for its creation and we will not tolerate any swaying of the open legion concept.
In other words, if you think that playing an MMO is a great accomplishment, believe that you are better than others because of your rank or are a person who imagines that elitism is the way to be, you will in fact not like it here. This is a community aimed at civility, friendship and a calm and relaxed manner of game-play. If you have no sense of humor or are a puritan - you will not like it here either.
Egoism is the failure of all groups. Let yours go and you will have a great time killing, stabbing, murdering, drowning, burning and indeed beating the opposition - level up! Gear up! Group up and move as ONE."
5. So what do I do now?
There is more to my description, concept and rules but I think the above gives you a sense of what I like to do when I play and who I like to play with. This is what I like though. Make sure you play how you want to and lead your guild as you wish. Otherwise you will enjoy yourself less and after all, the main point is to have fun. Many people forget to have fun, it becomes too serious. I have seen it ruin guilds and destroy alliances. Keep it happy!
In the next section of this online handbook for guild leaders, I will explain how to recruit. You can begin in your game now if you have done everything above. If you're a seasoned expert, it will go well. But if you are new and have an unknown guild - it will prove to be more difficult. There are many ways to recruit and I will explain these in my next post.
Here are all of my MMORPG Guides to date.
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How do I recruit for my guild? How do I recruit for my legion? How to recruit in MMOs and MMORPGs like Wildstar, Elder Scrolls Onine and WoW.
Please remember that I did not know how to run a legion when I started off in 2004, I learned some of what I know from playing in other guilds. And some it from the very best types of guilds. It was only after many years that I was able to make a name for myself online and I did not do this alone. I had many friends, officers, assistants and just great people who helped me.
And without all of these people and my own personal experiences of what I like about certain guilds and what I absolutely hated about others - I would never have come up with something I am happy about.
Thanks for reading!
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