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Need Help Leading a Clan?
 
GodShin  posted on Jul 31, 2007 6:37:47 PM - Report post

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How to Lead a Successful Clan
So, you want to start a clan now? By all means, I'm no where near the best clan leader out there, but I've been doing it for quite a while now and I'll do my best to try and guide you in making a strong, stable and well respected clan. I would like to give a shout out to borkl and Sgt.Bally for helping me lead Slay! 9. Without them, we wouldn't be where we are today

When you have a motive, or a desire to create a clan, by all means, go through with it, but please give it your all. If you're going to make a clan, but only put half of your effort into it, it won't be nearly as successful as you would've liked, and probably just won't even be worth it. If I could only give you one suggestion, it would be to make sure that you have enough time to devote to the clan. Being a good leader, and co-leader, takes a lot of effort, time, and responsibility.

Creating the Clan
First off, before you do anything else, you need to actually create a clan. I've gotten a few replies asking how to do this, so I thought I'd include it in the guide. First, sign on to online multiplayer through Resistance, then go to Community>Clan. From there, you should see the option to create a clan. Click that and it should then ask you for the clans name.

Naming Your Clan
When you create a clan, be sure to think of a catchy name. Remember, a name is the very first impression that someone gets of your clan. There have been a few instances where the clan's name or tag is racist and offensive. Before even talking/playing with these guys you get a bad impression, you know? I would stay away from those types of names, but definitely think of humorous and catchy ones. Personally, what I did with S!N is thought of a neat tag, then worked my clan's name out of that. Sometimes it helps to think "outside of the box" as well.

Building a Roster
First thing: don't send random clan invites. I made a mistake and did this when I first started and I'm embarrassed to say so. Sure, maybe it'll make your clan grow a significant amount, but all it does is invite random guys into your clan that you know nothing about. They're probably going to get cut anyway, as long as you pursue your "clan dream". To get your clan recognized, start out with a low K/D (kill/death ratio) requirement, I'd say 0.75. Make a thread in the Calling All Clans section, as it gets a lot of traffic. Once the clan gets well established, you can start making cuts, upping the requirements, and those sort of things. After that, the first "steps" to building a roster are pretty much done. Now, you'll want to build a deeper one. Try to recruit snipers, bum-rushers, defensive specialists, offensive specialists, all these things play a big part in a roster. What would a clan be with nobody that knows how to play offensively? Snipers cover base and offensive squad, while defensive squads defend. Fairly simple, yet if it's executed correctly, it's a hard strategy to overcome. Also, be sure to keep in regular contact with your members; communication is key.

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GodShin  posted on Jul 31, 2007 6:41:32 PM - Report post

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Getting To Know Each Other
An important part of a clan is that you guys are always around each other, or at least should be. It's important to build good relationships with your fellow clan members. Whenever you're online, try partying with them as much as you can, you'll find that once you can learn and adapt to your clan's playing styles, you'll play much better. When you get the to point where you know what they're thinking and where they're going, everything just flows together much more smoothly. Also, try to make it a requirement to have mics. Communication is the key to any, and every, relationship. How could you effectively take control of another node, if you can't even talk to your teammates? Also, make it a habit to shout out "grenade!", "behind you, LordYod!", "watch out, Hanh!". I'd steer away from standard comments such as "behind you!" and such, because that'll just cause everybody to turn around.

Clan Practices
Although this isn't necessary, clan practices help the "bonding" go much more smoothly. Once again, it helps to know how to play effectively with your teammates. Also, this gives you time to set up and practice strategies. You'll find out that certain maps pertain certain areas that have advantages. Whether it be a geographical advantage, better weapon spawns, whatever, every map has one, and you should take advantage of it. It's hard to coordinate practices to everyone's schedule because I'm sure that you'll have members from different time zones and such, but, hey, you can't please everyone, right? I would just suggest making it a reasonable time, most likely at night, that would fit time zones anywhere from HST (Hawaii Standard Time) to EST (Eastern Standard Time). Setting up parties and going into ranked games works fine, but if you would like more control over what you'll be "practicing" unranked matches work wonders. All you have to do is create a party, invite all your members, press [] (square), I believe, and "Create a Custom Game". Make sure to set your game to "private", unless you want random players jumping in with you.

Also, be sure to incorporate squad usage in practices. It really helps a lot, especially the function that allows you to spawn with your squad. Here's a small little squad guide, put together by borkl: Link

Get Your Clan on GB (GameBattles.com)
GB (GameBattles.com) is a great site to organize clan battles. On GB you can decide what maps, whether you want the LAARK on or off, friendly fire, everything. Bio-Shock wrote a great guide on how to get your clan up and running, I'll provide the link below. Anyways, be sure that all, or most, of your clans members are registered on GB. To invite members to your clan, go to your clans page, click Manage Account>Manage>Roster and input their GB username and their R:FoM username. When you're inputing their R:FoM username, be sure that it is exactly as it appears online in-game. If you ever battle a "low" clan, they may be able to cheat you out of a win by saying that you have a ringer and that someone played in the game that isn't on your GB roster. If you ever have any doubts about another clan that you'll be warring, try to get a referee in the game, or make sure someone on your team has a camera to take pictures for evidence. The pictures can later be submitted to GB staff through a ticket, which you can learn more about in Bio-Shock's guide.

Guide to GameBattles: Link

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GodShin  posted on Jul 31, 2007 6:44:22 PM - Report post

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Keeping Your Clan in Line
I'd have to say that this is one of the more difficult parts of leading a clan. In order to get the respect that you want for your clan, you must be sure that your players never trash talk, glitch, cheat, or in any way, say anything offensive. By doing any of those, you're going to get someone, or some clan, against you. You'll lose your respect from them as well as some other people. In a way, this is sort of like being a parent. You have to lay down the law, and once you say something, you must go through with it. Once members start doing something you told them not to, you should give them a warning and if they continue to misbehave, lay the line there and cut them from the clan. Although they're responsible for their own actions, they are representing then clan that you've built. Something similar to this happened to me a while back with on of my members. He was one of our best, but always trash-talked and was very ****y, so I had to let him go. He was Slay! 9-less for more than a week, and I could tell he was dying. He improved his attitude and I let him back in. Okay, enough with my story... Anyway, just be sure that you stick to your word and don't let anyone ruin your reputation, no matter how good they are.

Sportsmanship
Everyone looses. Slay! 9 lost. Heck, even P$ lost. Just take the loss like a man. If they beat you fair and square, don't go trying to cheat them out of it as all it does is lower your reputation and stresses everyone out. If you think they got lucky, schedule a rematch. If you win however, always tell them good game, no matter how bad they did. Hopefully they'll do the same to you. By playing with good sportsmanship, you'll gain the respect of higher, better clans. Respect means a lot in this "sport", you'll always have someone there to back you up.

Clan Loyalty
Being loyal to your clan is a very important party of "clan leading". If you create a clan and decide to leave after a months time, or whatever, you're letting every single one of you're members down. Since you can't hand over leadership of clan, the whole clan goes down the drain, and it's up to one of the members to remake it, which, most likely, they wont. Also, for the members, try not to clan hop. When you get all these clan invites, don't go join every single one just for a couple days, do some research and find the one that best suits you. When clans get really talented players that come and leave like the wind, it's pretty discouraging. Another thing is that when clan leaders are looking for members, if they know that you've been in 5+ clans, it isn't a plus on your part. Don't worry though, if you play enough, you'll grow to like your "family", and hey, if you don't, at least you tried.

Website
Although this isn't necessary, it may help out. This would provide a place to discuss strategies with your clan without having everyone else out there seeing it. If you set up a forum, permission masks really come in handy. They allow you to give a group of people certain permissions, such as viewing a clan-member-only thread, which you can discuss rosters and strategies.

Thanks for reading! This guide came from myresistance.net

Hope this helped.

-GodShin


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