- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593272588
- ISBN-13: 978-1593272586
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #988,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 http://www.wow.com/. A veteran of the MMO genre, he leads one of the oldest surviving guilds in World of Warcraft.
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I've managed guilds before when they were nothing more than glorified chat channels, and the field has changed greatly since the days of EQ and FFXI.
This book concisely lays out many situations which a guild leader will come up against and should prepare for. It also does an excellent job of outlining tools that can be used, and how to deal with the unavoidable drama that will eventually rear its head.
Good read and this may become required reading for my own officers as well.
The book is just as good - in fact, better - than the blog posts. He has molded all of his experiences into a fantastic book that guild leaders in all sorts of situations can learn from. Well structured, well written, good analogies and images. I laughed pretty hard when I read about "comfort-spec priests" and the other player personality classes, but on the other hand, the information is real and accurate. We've all dealt with so-called black knights and bravado bards, even if we never thought to give them class names.
Every chapter is well-structured provides a lot of great tips for all the areas a guild leader needs to cover. Thanks for a great read!
This book explains everything nicely and really is written almost like a small business guide like The Small Business Start-Up Kit: A Step-by-Step Legal Guide. It's very thorough, it goes step-by-step and the author obviously knows what he's talking about. He gives a lot of thorough background on problems facing guilds, how to differentiate and create a guild identity, recruiting, events, what rules to setup regarding loot, raiding, meetings, and the dreaded gkick. It's tremendously insightful stuff. The author writes extremely well and is very well organized and succinct.
The only downside is the book could use a sense of humor. Some of this MMO stuff is so ridiculous that I couldn't help but laughing. For instance, the author talked about his intolerance for lies from people missed raids. Some people have lives. I mean, it's just a game, the author treats it as reverentially as a firstborn son.
The book offers three main strengths: 1) A great, realistic discussion of how to manage a diversity of personality types in a guild. 2) Different approaches to creating and managing loot reward systems. 3) A "big picture" view of how to grow and maintain the liveliness of your particular guild. While Scott includes other relevant topics, these three take center stage.
If you're really new to helping people in MMOGs, or want to bring someone on board to help you out with guild management but they lack experience, this book provides a great foundation. I think most readers will end up skimming the analysis sections and diving into the stories. Personality clashes, cultural shifts in guild behavior, loot drama...all of these make striking appearances in the stories Scott tells. It's a tribute to Scott's writing that I feel this book missed an opportunity to really examine MMOG leadership -- the book needs much more of its excellent discussion to demonstrate the ideas the book offers.
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I learned a lot and also confirmed most of my experience.Read more