Some GM Advice

I read a great arti­cle over at the excel­lent Chick GM about offi­cer lead­er­ship styles and what makes a good offi­cer. It made me think about what I val­ued in GMs and offi­cers, and what I learned as GM.

It took me a long time to come up with my online lead­er­ship style, and longer still to iden­ti­fy pieces of what I was actu­al­ly try­ing to accom­plish. I’ve been a leader in mul­ti­ple non-game places, but the MMORPG space is dif­fer­ent. My guild suf­fered a bit while I learned, but even­tu­al­ly I got the hang of it. When it was time for me to hand the reins over, I came up with a list of direc­tives and shared it with the sub­se­quent GMs of my guild.

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Achievements, Anonymity and Connecting the Dots

Achieve­ments could be real­ly inter­est­ing.

There are the obvi­ous parts, like “wow, I ran Strat all the way through 200 times?” to the nos­tal­gic “yay, I killed Onyx­ia when it still kin­da count­ed” to the banal “this says I’ve jumped 350,000 times, I’m going to go re-exam­ine my life”.

That’s cool stuff and will be very fun to play, but that’s not the part that caus­es me to geek out. What is real­ly inter­est­ing is that you can com­pare your achieve­ments with oth­er peo­ple.

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