How To Be A World Of Warcraft Guild Leader, Now In Convenient Book Form

If leading a large World of Warcraft guild seems like a fun way to spend your free time, then you should probably check out Scott F. Andrews' The Guild Leader's Handbook to see the hellish task it really is.

Leading a guild is no easy task. Well, let me clarify that: Leading a successful guild is no easy task. Getting a special tabard and a guild name hovering above the head of you and a few close friends is simple. Making sure upwards of 100 people are consistently satisfied with loot, activities, and each other is the sort of nightmare job that people generally only take for the pay, only you aren't actually getting paid.

Just ask Scott F. Andrews, writer of the weekly Officers' Quarters column at Scott leads one of the longest-running guilds in World of Warcraft, which make sense, as he wrote the book on being an effective guild leader, literally.

The Guild Leader's Handbook is 216 pages of tips, tricks, and strategies to help new guild leaders control the hordes of Orcs, Trolls, Dwarves, and Elves under their command. Chapters range from how to create an effective and memorably guild identity to how to handle passing out loot, to dealing with the most demanding WoW subscribers of them all, the role-players.

I've had my own experiences with guild leadership in the past, and they will stay buried in the past. I'll just say that with great skill at tanking or healing comes a sense of self-importance that turns even the most kind and generous among us into pouting, foot-stomping divas. Amazon should package the book together with the Idiot's Guide to Babysitting.

But they don't, so you'll have to buy them separately. Visit the link below to check out excerpts, read user reviews, and order the book.

The Guild Leader's Handbook [ via Ars Technica]


    The idea that people would buy these sort of things worries me in a way...

    I'm fairly certain that to be a successful guild leader you would have to sacrifice MASSIVE amounts of your actual IRL. What about real friends? What about real errands and the such?

    Feel free to correct me if i'm wrong...

      It really depends on those you have supporting you. When i was a guild leader, i had a great team of supporting officers, who helped me to ensure everything ran smoothly. I was more of an overseer, ensuring that everyone worked together and picking up the slack if someone couldnt do something for some reason. So if you have a good setup, being a gl really doesnt take that much more time then being a regular raider(it is a hell of a lot more stressful during raids though)

      Anywa, the book could be interesting, if it stops there being such a high turnover of guilds due to bad leadership, then will be a good thing it was written.

    I wasn't the Guild Leader but ore often than not I was the Raid Leader. We do lots of PUGs and I used to spend at least a few hours just trying to get a group together, making sure everyone knows what they're doing, monitoring buffs, healers rotations, checking gears, etc etc. It was taxing as fuck and I pretty much got burnt out so bad, probably because I never bothered trying to be as efficient as I could be.

    Kudos to Scott for manning such a large guild and being successful :) Trust me it IS literally a full time job.

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