Does the Front Matter Matter?

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If you cruise around and visit different fellowships, you’ll see all sorts of front matters describing various fellowships. Some are very brief – “Recruiting Gems.” Others are very long, explaining attitudes, telling everyone what the player boosts are, offering up the rules of the fellowship, and more.

I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone when I suggest that the front matter … matters. It’s the first impression people get of your fellowship. Are you friendly? Is it a mature fellowship? Is it well managed? Those are all impressions you give folks when they’re cruising around looking for a the best home (fellowship) to fit their needs.

So, what do I (this is a blog, and my opinion matters) put in the front matter?

  1. First, any recruiting you’re doing: “RECRUITING for planks and silk. Full up on elixir” tells people a lot right off the bat
  2. Tell people about the flavor of your fellowship. Are you competitive? Avoiding competition at all costs? Friendly? For advanced or large players? For beginner players?
  3. Indicate any hard rules you might have. “Visits required 4x per week” is a pretty solid rule, and if someone knows s/he can’t meet that, they’ll save both of you some trouble and look elsewhere. I’d recommend keeping the rules you post few, short, clear, and friendly in tone.
  4. Anything else they need to know about your fellowship.

What are common things we see in front matter?

  • Rules
  • “Flavor” of the fellowship
  • Boosts in the fellowship
  • How to join
  • What the fellowship is recruiting for, if it is recruiting
  • A story to draw you in

Tool for Growth: The Round Robin

One of the basic tenets of a truly successful fellowship is teamwork. One aspect of teamwork is goods-sharing – trading to balance goods, and trading to support your fellows.

Trading to support your fellows sometimes takes the form of “bad” or unequal trades. For example,  a cross-tier trade from Silk to Planks lets one get plenty more planks than one could get from a Tier 1 Marble for Planks trade.  LINK: Basics of trading

Another way that you can support a fellow is through a ratio trade within a tier. Normally, the Elvenar trader wants to equalize trades: 100 marble for 100 planks. It is possible, however, to post 100 marble for up to 400 (a 1:4 ratio) planks, using a ratio to increase the number of goods you get at someone else’s expense. It’s a great way for a large city to help a smaller city build up goods.

Example Tier 1 Round Robin

Small City: I have 500 planks and nothing else in Tier 1. Help!

Larger City: Okay, I can help. Here’s what we’re going to do:

  • Post 500 planks for 2000 Marble
  • post 500 Marble for 2000 Steel
  • Post 500 Steel for 2000 Planks

End result: 2000 planks, 1500 each of marble and steel in the small player’s inventory.

You can do this Round Robin several times to boost someone’s goods within a tier or across tiers. The more goods the smaller cities have access to, the faster they and thus the fellowship will grow.