Recruiting Basics

Recruiting is one of the more common tasks of an Archmage. If you’re lucky, you don’t have to do a ton of it. If you’re not lucky… well, sometimes it seems like that is all you do. Recruiting can be as simple or as complex as you’d like to make it – at some point that is not now, I will talk about the etiquette of recruiting also.

First: when recruiting: Decide what you’re looking for. For example, you might be looking for a certain boost or boost. You might be looking for a certain size of city. You might be interested in cities that are super-active.

Second: Whatever it is you’re looking for, decide on and prioritize your criteria.

Third: Decide how flexible you are on those criteria, and indicate that as part of your language.

Fourth: Get the word out. Look around your maps. Get your players to look around their maps. Check on common sites and forums. Talk to other AMs.

Fifth: Be patient. Sometimes it takes a while to find a good fit. An empty slot is not the end of the world, and a player that is a poor fit for your fellowship will be painful for both fellowship and player.

Sample recruiting language for an fs overview page: **RECRUITING!** Looking for friendly, active players with a city of 35K+ in sizeĀ  for a friendly, supportive, ambitious fellowship. Tourney play a must. Desirable boosts include Dust and Planks. Please apply or contact Archmage Dr Calluna.

Keeping Up on the News

There are official forums, unofficial forums, facebook pages, websites, beta servers, and gossipmongers…. all sources of information out there about all things Elvenar past, present, and future. Most things can be known, from bugs, to release dates of new chapters and when we should anticipate (with pleasure or terror… that, of course is up to you) when the next Fellowship Adventure begins.

If you don’t care about any news that isn’t right here and now, this post is definitely not for you.

Some archmages do this themselves, some rely on mages, and some develop information networks that have several information conduits. Personally…. some of my players read the forums as do I but not as often; I keep a city on Beta; and I am in several Facebook groups for players and archmages both. Whatever your style, as archmage it behooves you to keep up on the news if you want to be able to plan and/or prepare for what is to come.