08 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

The Guild Leader’s Handbook: Strategies and Guidance from a Battle-Scarred MMO Veteran The Guild Leader’s Handbook: Strategies and Guidance from a Battle-Scarred MMO Veteran by Scott F. Andrews

When people talk of creating a Guild in and MMO they often talk about the types. So people talk about hardcore versus casual. Other people talk about PvP or PvE. This guide is for anyone that thinks that the two major categories of guilds are 1.) Those that get things done and 2.) Those that don’t. If you follow this guide you’ll be well on your way to creating a guild that not only gets things done, but has a lot of fun doing it!

This book treats guild creation and maintenance very seriously. In a lot of ways, it mimics several books that I’ve read on starting your own business. Well, in many ways, you are. You’ll have a Guild Leader (CEO), Guild Officers (V.P.s), Veterans (Middle Management), and then your general membership (employees). In order to get anything done (creating a product) you’ll have to keep the guild productive and drama at a minimum.

This book starts out simply. It asks one question: What kind of guild do you want to make? It defines many different types of guilds. It then moves on to the best ways to get people into your guild (and also lays out several ways NOT to get people into your guild).From there the topics range from guild events, alliances with other guilds, how to deal with drama in your guild, and even taking the guild out of the game and into the real world for face-to-face encounters.

There are only two things that I think detract from the book:

1.) It takes itself too seriously.
2.) It’s all text.

A little humor included in the reading or a cartoon here and there giving a humorous glimpse into the subject matter would have been welcome.

These too shortcomings aside, I think this is a great read. It should be considered required reading for anyone considering starting a guild (and for many of the Guild Leaders already out there!) Thank you Mr. Andrews for a great read and wonderful incite into the world of Guild Management.

Description:
Who said dragon slaying was easy? Leading a guild in massively multiplayer online (MMO) games like World of Warcraft is more difficult than most players think. Your members look to you to solve problems, plan raids and battles, and lead them to riches and renown.

In The Guild Leader’s Handbook, you’ll learn how to create, build, and maintain a successful guild. Author Scott F. Andrews, a longtime guild leader and guild advice columnist for WoW.com, will show you how to guide your guild to glory. Whether you’re trying to confront a monstrous threat, conquer your rivals, or simply reign supreme as the wealthiest traders in the galaxy, The Guild Leader’s Handbook offers invaluable guidance to help you achieve your goals.

You’ll learn how to:

* Plan successful raids, player vs. player battles, roleplaying sessions, and contests
* Deal with problem players and keep a lid on guild-fracturing drama
* Solve loot issues and choose the best loot system for your guild
* Boost your guild’s morale, reputation, and server presence
* Promote and motivate an effective officer corps
* Organize fun and safe real-world guild meetings and events

Whether you’re an established guild leader in need of sage advice or a dedicated player seeking to form your own community, The Guild Leader’s Handbook is an essential guide to managing a guild successfully in any MMO game.

Rating: ★★★★★

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