A Guide for GMs
Planning a Clan
The Legend Clan system is a very flexible, player-driven system. Clan formation and functioning is entirely player-controlled. This provides for a great deal of freedom, but might also leave you feeling a little overwhelmed and wondering where to start and how to be successful. You may also find some interesting reading in Sandra's talk on Clan Building that can be found in the Lecture Series archives.
You should ask yourself a few questions before you form a clan.
Forming a Clan
The vital commands to know in forming a clan are as follows:
After you form a clan, four people must:
Clans must have at least 5 members at all times, and can have a maximum of 20 total members.
After you successfully form your clan, make sure that you enter the following information:
These three pieces of information can be viewed by the general public with the clans command and will be included on the Clans page in the Community section of these web pages.
All clans have the following benefits:
Maintaining a Clan
To deposit into the clan bank account, you type CLANDEPOSIT # where # is the amount you wish to deposit. Money deposited into a clan account can only be used for clan housing and cannot be withdrawn. There is no system in place for you to transfer money from your personal account directly into the clan account without paying the banker's cut. However, you can set a TITHE level -- each time someone deposits into their bank account, a percentage of their deposit will be deducted from the deposit and put into the clan account instead. The maximum tithe a GM can set is 10%. Members can also set their own tithe amount in excess of the required tithe, up to 100%.
You can add clan friends, and enable them to use your halls. This may serve as a good inducement for an alliance, or a way to expand your clan's membership beyond the 20-member limit. Clan friends can use halls, rent there, and drop things, but cannot listen to the clan channel or view the roster. Choose your friends very carefully.
Clans die quickly without effective leadership and regular maintenance. Whatever the unifying force in your clan might be, it must be maintained. If your members joined expecting RP, then encourage clan-related RP. You might start by devising ceremonies, symbolism, or holiday celebrations to go along with your rules and standards.
Keep a watch on your membership roster -- if your members archive, they'll be automatically removed from the clan, whether they want to be or not. You may need to advertise to keep your membership at a healthy level.
Don't forget that publicity is self-perpetuating -- if you have an active set of members and your clan has regular activities associated with it, people will want to join, and your members will be more likely to stay.
Publicity is important for all clans -- you want to attract members, but you want them to be the right kind of members for the kind of clan you're building. You want to keep a high enough profile that as members leave for whatever reason, new ones can be found to take their place. In addition, it never hurts to get a little credit for your members in the mud-community at large.
Developing a Clan RP
This is a topic which could be discussed for many hours -- here's a few tips to get you started.
Dealing with Problems
In any human organization, struggles and conflicts are inevitable, even for the best GM. Your clan will benefit from open communication lines, clear standards of conduct, and a GM who listens to all side of a conflict. If you need help in arbitrating a problem, you might consider calling on a trusted third party.
Whatever rules and standards you have for your clan should include a decision-making process -- a method to determine whether someone will be allowed to join the clan, a way to decide if rules have been broken, a set of accepted punishments, and a friendly way to transition between GMs.
Remember that the number of pledges, given via the PLEDGE command, is what determines who is the GM. If you'll be leaving or stepping down temporarily, you may want to ask a few people to pledge to your chosen successor to ensure a smooth transition. If the GM is archived, clan members will default to pledging themselves. Pledges can happen when the person being pledged to is offline.
Clans disband automatically. If the time comes to put an end to your clan, and you wish to do so manually, the DISBAND command will take care of it.
RP Clan? PK Clan?
Deciding whether your clan will be PK or RP may be difficult or easy.
You should consider the following distinctions between PK and RP clans in making your choice.
Under a combined system of PKE and PKOK, RP clans may in fact be PKOK clans or pure RP clans. PK clans are comprised purely of PKE members. The interactions between PK clans and PKOK individuals differs somewhat from interactions between RP clans and PKOK individuals. In a PK clan, the clan's accept list is controlled by the GM, and will override the personal accepts of the clan members. This may gain you some respect when it comes to clan wars and ease the matching of accept lists when it comes to defending clanmates, but it will remove some of the control your members have over their pk interactions with PKOK individuals.
In an RP clan, the GM can add to the clan accept list, but clan members can remove entries AND their personal lists will override the clan's list. Please be sure that you fully understand the pkok system before making a pk clan.
PK clans and RP clans also tend to have different outlooks and different cultures. PK and RP are not mutually exclusive, but some people prefer to only do one or the other, and they tend to populate the clans corresponding to their views. Think of the clan types as two overlapping circles -- there's a middle zone where both RP and PK happen, and there are two outer zones where only RP or PK happen. Where you fall in that continuum is up to you, but the type of clan you choose will tend to pull you in one direction or the other.
You can convert the clan from RP to PK (read help rptopk for info on this), but you can't go back the other way. The safest route for new clans and new GMs is to start out as an RP clan and then consider making the clan PK if the membership and other conditions support the change.