Guide to GLing
Becoming an Organisation Leader
Firstly a huge thank you from the After Earth community. Being an organisation leader is not always an easy job, but it's an important one on so many levels. As a guild leader, you become a contact point for your organisation. You get to guide the direction the organisation takes, you become an example for newer members to your group and you can help involve them in the stories that are being told.
There's a leader channel that you can utilise to ask questions, by typing: leader (message). For covert leaders their identity remains anonymous.
For starters, let's look at some of the basic commands you'll need to hire, fire, and promote within your group.
Basic Command Summary
Hire (name) This will hire a character into your organisation, if they are: Seeking Have a helpinfo file Have enough sponsors The character does not need to be online to use this command.
Dismiss (name) This will remove someone from an organisation, if your org allows it. The character does not need to be online to use this command.
Promote (name) (number from 0 - 5) This will change the rank of the person to the specified one. Ranks start from 0 (retired) to 5 (org leader). The character does not need to be online to use this command. Typing promote on its own will list the ranks available and their title.
Orglist Orglist (group name) When used on its own, will display a list of visible members in your org, their ranks and subranks. When used with a group name, it'll do the same for that group.
Rank (name) (text) Subrank (name) (text) This will set the person with a custom rank or subrank. This is displayed on score, and on orglist. The character does not need to be online to use this command.
Sponsor (name) (reason) As an org leader, you have the option of sponsoring seekers yourself with a small influence cost (3 IP).
Along with reporters and staff, organisation leaders can submit news items about what their organisation is up to on grid. News provides characters with vital information on what is going on in the world, and lets them know that your group is active, and getting up to stuff. It also creates hooks for RP, stirring things up, and providing topics for social RP. It also helps keep off peak players abreast of things going on during peak hours.
It can be used to promote products, sales, and the stores of members. It can inform about a recruitment drive, it can hint at research going on, sneaky deals, laws that are being enforced, or investigations being done. It can give information about conflicts between groups, or even just general 'human interest' stories. It can even include a little bit of gossip about prominent members. Basically anything that would be newsworthy enough to be reported on, or promoted.
See help news and policy news for more information.
Opoints - These are organisation points that are replenished weekly based on how well your organisation is doing in civ report. They can be used for org plots that are selected with: type Guild Investigation.
Org plots can be used to do things that should be feasible on the grid, but currently aren't represented in code.
Org Plots Can Usually Be Used For
Doing something org related towards a Staff Header plot.
Investigating something that isn't possible on the grid, such as an autopsy, checking camera feeds, talking to witnesses, running a blood or DNA test, hacking phones or emails.
If you are Biodyne or Collective, researching new technology for your craft trees.
Posting an IC event post.
Getting an item that isn't an item that doesn't exist in craft trees, or on grid, but may be difficult to get (such as a gamma deck).
Org Plots Can't Usually Be Used For
Doing things that existing code already allows for on grid, such as breaking into places, stealing things from PCs, getting items that are craftable or available on grid, killing PCs.
Finding out who launched a gambit against someone.
Finding out who is subverting you, or who voted for or against you in a gambit.
Things typically handled via request board, such as new rooms in your organisation's buildings, or guard NPCs, or a new shop.
Actions - One of the most important things to include in a plot, this should include what your character and the organisation is doing, and what outcome they are hoping for. It is often a good idea to include deadlines for member submissions to the plot such as : OOC: PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR ACTIONS BY 10th of APRIL. And ideas for ways your members can help. The more you can get your organisation involved in the plots the greater the odds of success and extent of.
Contributions - In order to be able to contribute anything to your plot, including opoints, you will first need to store the plot and then get it's vnum through using the plot list. To contribute the required opoint for an org plot the command would be: plot contribute (vnum) opoints 1. There is no need to contribute more than one opoint as this does not affect success rate.
Next you need to contribute anything that reflects what actions your character has taken.
Providing bribes/incentive to help staff work faster (contribute credits) Using their influence to convince staff to work faster (contribute ip) Providing drugs to improve focus of staff (contribute stimulants) Providing supplies such as cybernetic parts, engineering components, body parts, etc (contribute objects) Or anything else you can think of that might help. See past plots by using plot list all, and plot review <vnum> to get some ideas!
If you are contributing large quantities of the same object, it is best to put them in an appropriately labeled box, such as: a box of 10 stimulants.
Store - This is the state you put the plot in when you are still waiting on contributions from your organisation, and are not yet ready for staff to process.
Submit - This is the state you put the plot in when you have wrapped up all the actions and are ready for staff to process.
Plot list all - To view past plots and get an idea of what has worked and not worked in the past for your organisation. Good for inspiration.
Plot review (vnum) - Reviews the details of a plot without going in to edit it.
Once a plot has been submitted, you will need to wait for it to be processed by staff. Sometimes they come back to you with requests for more information or contributions. Or sometimes they may finalise it and wrap the plot up. Keep checking the plot regularly as often when notes get added to a plot, no update is sent to you, to let you know.
Plots in and of themselves are not IC information. You will still need to notify people ICly about the actions you're taking and what you need help with.
Where possible, use PCs over vNPCs for support and actions. Your actions are more likely to succeed, and your success will usually have greater effect. As well, this is a great way to get newer characters involved in the story, and through that, it means we're that much more likely to get them hooked on the game.
For more information see help plots.
You can check your current leader approval by using: support show. A number of factors influence GLA, which can be read more about in help orgleaders approval. If your GLA drops below neutral, you can become gambitable after the daily update. This will display with: guilds.
For more information, see help orgleaders approval, and help gambit.
Once every two weeks, org leaders can submit a civ support or subvert for free. When you type: civ report, it should indicate to you what two metrics are the ones that primarily influence your organisation. The actions you include in your support or subvert should ideally reflect the things you have been doing on grid that week. Whether it's been hiring new staff, running promotions through news, or adding new products to your store.
The better your metrics the more income your organisation earns as well at the weekly update, and the more opoints you get each week to put towards organisation plots.
For more information, see help civ report, help metric definition and help metric impact.
Depending on how your organisation works, you may want to set up regular wages to your members that are in addition to the lifestyle payments. You can do this with the command: gpay (name) (amount) weekly. Using gpay on its own will list all currently in force payments, including the income from civ report, and below that, the payments that have gone in and out of your org account over the last month.
Being the leader of an organisation can be time consuming, and sometimes it can get too much. Remember to take regular breaks from GLing; it's perfectly fine for your character to take 'vacations' every now and then. Remember, staff are there to help and support you. If you have any concerns, they're only a request post away.