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Guild Leader's Handbook

Strategies and Guidance from a Battle-Scarred MMO Veteran
by Scott F. Andrews

April 2010, 216 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-59327-258-6
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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

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.


About the Author

For the past three years, Scott F. Andrews has been helping other guild leaders and officers with his weekly advice column "Officers' Quarters" for WoW.com. A veteran of the MMO genre, he leads one of the oldest surviving guilds in World of Warcraft.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Author's Note: GM vs. GL and Other Acronyms
Chapter 1: Forging a Guild Identity
Chapter 2: Humble Origins: Foundations of a Successful Guild
Chapter 3: Nonhuman Resources: Recruiting Players and Evaluating Recruits
Chapter 4: Dramatis Personae: Dealing with Guild Drama
Chapter 5: Epic Encounters: Raiding as a Guild
Chapter 6: The Protocols of Plunder: Loot Distribution
Chapter 7: PvP and Roleplaying Guilds
Chapter 8: The Burdens of Command: Managing Officers
Chapter 9: The Long Term
Chapter 10: IRL: Dealing with Reality
A Look Ahead
Index

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Reviews

The Guild Leader's Handbook "is a compelling read, even if you're not interested in World of Warcraft."
—Ars Technica (Read More)

"Mr. Andrews is a capable writer with a colloquial style and a knack for illustrating his points with interesting real-world examples."
—The Globe and Mail (Read More)

"This is easily the cleanest and most clearly written game reference book I've read."
—Frictionless Insight (Read More)

"The bottom line is that when the author set out to create The Guild Leader's Handbook, he succeeded."
—Kill Ten Rats (Read More)

"This is a very entertaining book for everyone, no matter where you stand in the game."
—Ten Ton Hammer (Read More)

The Guild Leader's Handbook "is well written, logically put together and is a must read for anyone seriously involved in MMOs and guild structure."
—World of Matticus (Read More)

"Thanks to the great writing, reading the entire book front to back is very enjoyable, and even the most experienced leaders are sure to find at least a few things they can use to make improvements."
—Hardcore Casual (Read More)

"The Guild Leader's Handbook is an extremely solid book on guild leadership."
—Blessing of Kings (Read More)

"In the end I loved reading this book. I think it's a great refresher course for those who may have been leaders in the past as well as a good primer for those just getting into leading a guild."
—GamingAngels (Read More)

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