Vetting Possible Players

One of the common tasks in any fellowship is finding new players. I’ll talk about recruiting in another posts – that could be a whole topic series by itself. In this post, I’ll talk a bit about vetting players before bringing them into your fellowship.

I’m making an assumption that you as archmage care what kind of player you get, and that not just any random player will do. In some “school” fellowships that have a goal of helping small cities grow, for example, they will in fact accept just about any city. But the fellowship I have in mind is a more standard fellowship.

Here are some of the things you might want to look for when a player expresses interest in your fellowship:

  • What are the player’s boosts? Make sure they are ones that fit fellowship needs and help to keep boosts balanced.
  • What is the player’s rank/score? Sometimes this matters to a fellowship and sometimes not. In general, it matters because if a player is a lot larger or a lot smaller than most of the other cities in the fellowship, it can make playing challenging for the new player.
  • Why is the player looking for a new fellowship? This is one that you may not always get an answer to, but archmages often ask. Why? If a player is a fellowship climber, they may stay with you only until they find a higher-ranked fellowship to join. There’s nothing really wrong with that except most archmages aren’t really interested in people who intend to play with the fellowship for only a short time. If the player left because of conflict, it may be that the player is hard to get along with, and so it’s worth digging into a bit more. Usually it’s not a big deal, but it is worth asking the question.
  • What is the new player looking for in a fellowship? This one really does matter, because fellowships tend to fall into play styles based on things like the fellowship’s level of ambition, frequency of play required, trading habits, and so on. You need to know what they’re looking for so you can tell if your fellowship is a good fit for the player.
  • What are the player’s habits? This is frequently reflected in what the player is looking for in a fellowship, but not always. Often in emails I get from prospective players, they’ll say something like: “I’m so-and-so, score is 100k, boosts are Marble/ Crystal/ Elixir and boosts are maxed. I visit daily and play in tourneys. I’m looking for a new fellowship because the players in my current fellowship only visit once or twice a week, and I need a more active fellowship than that”.

Personally, I think it is worth exchanging a few messages with a prospective player. It’s not a lot, but you can sometimes get a sense of what players are like – and you can see some things like how long it takes them to reply that can tell you a lot.

At the end of the day, due diligence on your part vetting potential players will reduce turnover of players and increase the satisfaction and investment of the players who are in your fellowship. It’s worth the effort.

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