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Topic Subject:Managing a Clan
Alex
(VIP) Reverie World Studios
(id: pEpsIdUDe_123)
posted 03-31-06 08:42 PM EDT (US)         
The one big guide to managing a clan!

The intentions of this guide, is to show you a little more about what it takes to manage a great clan and to get a clan of your own started.

The guide will be divided into 7 parts.

  • What is a clan?
  • Getting started
  • Be unique
  • Promoting your clan
  • Choosing staff
  • Online strategies
  • Forum parties
  • Quick Links


    First of all, What is a clan?

    A clan is a group of people who play multiplayer games together. Clan members compete, trade strategies, and just have a good time playing with one another. Clans are a great way to improve your online skills and compete in competitions with your fellow clan mates.

    There are generally four kinds of clans.

    The first type of clan is for competing online with other clans. This type of clan sets regulations on who can join. You might have to have a certain online ranking or win percentage to insure that you are good enough to be in the clan. A clan like this will regulary set up forum party dates where fellow clan members are all asked to get online and play together. This clan will compete with other clans and try to become the single best clan on eso.

    The second type of clan is similar to the first type, but not so competitive. These clans are for everyone to join. The idea behind these clans is just to have a good time and play with other clan members without having to worry about your win percenatage or how good you are compared to the rest of the clan. These clans are great for the begginer and intermediate players.

    And the third type of clan is a designing clan or design team. This type of clan doesn't fully revolve around online play, it revolves around designing. A designing clan is a group of people who use the editor to create custom scenarios, mods, or utility programs. However, some of the designing clans are invite-only where only the best designers can get an invitation to join the clan. Many design clans play online to discuss new scenarios and share there strategies.

    And the fourth type of clans, are clans that specify in something special that isn't in the frames of the previous. That could be a clan focusing on things like Fort Wars (yes, that exist), or modders seeking inspiration in all the units they'll use while playing. They normally don't have any special requirements for joining, and they are rarely high on members.

    Also, something to think about when creating your own clan, is who do you want to play with? People around the world are in different time zones so it will be harder to play with people outside your timezone. Many clans are European-Only, American-Only, etc., so that all of the clan members will be on a similar time-zone.

    Getting started

    Now, that you have hopefully chosen a clan type, it is time to get your clan started. The first thing you need is a clan name. Try to pick out something that relates to your clan type or pick a name that can be made into a theme for your clan. If you can't think of a name, ask other forumer's for a good name, or use a name of your favorite Age of Empires 3 unit as your clan name. For example, you could name your clan the Musketeer Clan.

    The next step is optional but it will make your clan nicer looking and it will give your clan more publicity. I'm talking about getting a website and forum. Forums or message boards are a great way to arrange forum parties and discuss different strategy methods with your other clan mates. You don't need to have any previous knowledge in site design or forum making to get a site and/or forum.

    A simple site maker that I would suggest would be Freewebs. FreeWebs allows you to design your own site with HTML or use a premade site and just add the site content. And if you couldn't guess by the name, a basic freewebs account is free. If you wanted to change your freewebs' site URL, you can register for a free .usa.gs sub-domain or you can pay a little bit more for a .com domain name. This will change your URL from http://www.freewebs.com/MusketeerClan to www.MusketeerClan.usa.gs or www.MusketeerClan.com

    The next thing you'd need is a forum. You have a lot of easy choices for forums. If you wanted a free forum, I'd prefer getting an invisionfree forum. To do this, go to www.invisionfree.comand register for your own forum. In a matter of seconds, you'll have your very own forum. All you have to do is add categories to your forum and start posting. You can also customize your forum with unique buttons or skins from www.ifsz.net

    If you want to pay for a better forum with more features, I would recommend buying an Invision Power Board These boards are very simple to manage and have a lot more features like a downloads center and a shoutbox.

    After you register for some forums and a site, you are pretty much good to go until the next step.

    Be unique

    There are many clans out there. But, what makes a clan great is what that clan has to offer. Take a look at other online or designing clans and see what you can do to make your clan different from all of them. If your clan is unique, it will get more publicity and more people will want to join.

    Some things you can do to make a clan unique, are:
    - Hosting weekly forum parties
    - Hold several unique contests (eg: fastest win in an online game, best scenario, etc.)
    - Start a ladder (A ladder is kind of like a championship where you compete against other players in your clan)
    - Offer your members something for being active in the clan's forums (eg: allow them to be moderators, give them more authority over the clan, put them in an 'elite' member group)
    - Let your clan offer more than a fun gaming experience. If possible, it's always a good idea to offer your clan mates something. An example is many clans have graphic designers that make graphics upon requests.
    - Put a strategy guide data-base on your site for easy access to guides on each civilization

    Promoting your clan

    Now, it's time to get the members! To promote your clan, you should advertise it (where allowed). Many AoE3 forums including HeavenGames will allow you to make one advertising thread for your clan. Advertising threads should have a nice description of the clan, state what it takes to join that clan, and state the clan facts (eg: How many members are in the clan, How often you have forum parties, etc.)

    Advertising on those sites should give you your first few clan mates. You also might want to try to hold online games on Age of Empires, and if you play against someone who you think would make a great addition to the clan, invite them. Most of the time if this player doesn't already belong to a clan, they will be extremely excited to join you.

    You can also affiliate or link up with other sites. To do this, create an affiliate button(see below)or give the link to your site to another clan leader who allows affiliates. Being affiliated with another clan will give you free advertisements on that clan's site in return for advertising on their site.

    An affiliate button is usually a 88x31 graphic that states your clan name or clan tag. The affiliate button would also link to your site when someone clicks on it.

    Here are some examples:

    Choosing staff

    After you get some members, it will help to hire some staff to help you out. The staff would help you out with updating the ladder, moderating the forums, recruiting new members, and adding content to the site.

    Be careful when you choose your staff. You shouldn't hire just any one who asks to be a staff member. Pick who you think could benefit the most to the clan and who would stay active. It's good to have a helpful staff but you don't want too many staff members. Just pick the staff as you find that you need more.

    Online strategies

    Clans should always have part of their forums dedicated to discussing different strategic methods. Part of the clan is to help each other get better and the best way to do that is to share your own strategies. If you find a really good strategy, you could even update it to your site. Strategies help everyone. Say you have a strategy based on the Dutch, a Spanish player can read the strategy to learn how to counter the Dutch in a game.

    Forum parties

    Forum parties are a must. Forum parties are set dates where your clan members can all get online and play together. Forum parties allow your members to get to know the other members better and they can also be used to introduce the clan and to recruit new members.

    Many clans hold several forum parties to get well-known or to improve there strategies on eachother. Forum parties are also a great way to get matched up with someone of your skill level.

    Quick Links

    http://members.freewebs.com/
    - Get your free site here
    http://invisionfree.com/
    - Get your free forum here
    http://invisionboard.com/
    - Purchase an Invision Power Board here
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    - The official site of Age of Empires 3. Learn more about upcoming patches or news from Ensemble Studios here!
    http://www.usa.gs/index2.html
    - Get a free .usa.gs sub-domain name here
    http://www.yahoo.com/
    - Purchase a cheap .com domain name here

    Hope this helps,
    Pepsidude_123


    [This message has been edited by Pepsidude_123 (edited 04-07-2006 @ 07:52 PM).]

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    Octavian_AGE3H
    Skirmisher
    (id: Octavian_3009)
    posted 03-31-06 08:51 PM EDT (US)     1 / 18       
    That's a good post, Pepsidude.
    Alex
    (VIP) Reverie World Studios
    (id: pEpsIdUDe_123)
    posted 03-31-06 08:53 PM EDT (US)     2 / 18       
    Thanks, I originally posted at Rise of Legends Heaven

    [This message has been edited by Pepsidude_123 (edited 03-31-2006 @ 08:57 PM).]

    Alex
    (VIP) Reverie World Studios
    (id: pEpsIdUDe_123)
    posted 04-01-06 06:22 PM EDT (US)     3 / 18       
    The text color is all messed up because of this Mexico forum skin

    Poisonium
    Skirmisher
    posted 04-03-06 03:15 PM EDT (US)     4 / 18       

    Quoted from Pepsidude_123:

    The first type of clan is for competing online with other clans. This type of clan sets regulations on who can join. You might have to have a certain online ranking or win percentage to insure that you are good enough to be in the clan. A clan like this will regulary set up forum party dates where fellow clan members are all asked to get online and play together. This clan will compete with other clans and try to become the single best clan on eso.

    The second type of clan is similar to the first type, but not so competitive. These clans are for everyone to join. The idea behind these clans is just to have a good time and play with other clan members without having to worry about your win percenatage or how good you are compared to the rest of the clan. These clans are great for the begginer and intermediate players.

    And the third type of clan is a designing clan or design team. This type of clan doesn't fully revolve around online play, it revolves around designing. A designing clan is a group of people who use the editor to create custom scenarios, mods, or utility programs. However, some of the designing clans are invite-only where only the best designers can get an invitation to join the clan. Many design clans play online to discuss new scenarios and share there strategies.


    I can't find my kind of clan there...
    And the fourth type of clans, are clans that specify in something special that isn't in the frames of the previous. That could be a clan focusing on things like Fort Wars (yes, that exist), insulting NerVe (that also exist...), or modders seeking inspiration in all the units they'll use while playing. They normally don't have any special requirements for joining, and they are rarely high on members.

    Rain is coming down
    N_58
    Skirmisher
    posted 04-07-06 07:32 PM EDT (US)     5 / 18       
    nice, enough said

    *dances insanely so that i don't miss another closed thread*
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    Alex
    (VIP) Reverie World Studios
    (id: pEpsIdUDe_123)
    posted 04-07-06 07:52 PM EDT (US)     6 / 18       
    Hmm, I'll add the fourth type of clan.

    And thanks

    [hint]This got stickied at ROLH [/hint]


    StonewallJ
    Seraph Emeritus
    (id: Conquistador34)
    posted 04-07-06 08:37 PM EDT (US)     7 / 18       
    Fine, fine.

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    Alex
    (VIP) Reverie World Studios
    (id: pEpsIdUDe_123)
    posted 04-07-06 09:08 PM EDT (US)     8 / 18       
    Thanks!

    "Pepsidude_123
    Taking over HG one sticky at a time!"

    j/k


    [This message has been edited by Pepsidude_123 (edited 04-07-2006 @ 09:14 PM).]

    Taufiq Khan
    Skirmisher
    (id: Shala_T)
    posted 04-21-06 05:00 PM EDT (US)     9 / 18       
    Why does this look so familiar?

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    Alex
    (VIP) Reverie World Studios
    (id: pEpsIdUDe_123)
    posted 04-21-06 05:14 PM EDT (US)     10 / 18       
    It's a little different from my other one.

    PoWeRHoUsE_LeNi
    Skirmisher
    posted 06-13-06 01:17 AM EDT (US)     11 / 18       
    great thread
    I made a forum though, from forumer.com, it aint bad, and i fixed it with one of thos efree subdomains you mentioned, but i think it neeedds something more, what do you guys think?
    aoe3power.usa.gs

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    LoH_Numa1
    Skirmisher
    posted 06-13-06 10:45 PM EDT (US)     12 / 18       
    I think that this is really a great post.


    It would be useful if somebody added a few thoughts on 'splintering' and longevity too.


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    clifford007
    Skirmisher
    posted 11-16-07 10:02 PM EDT (US)     13 / 18       
    I would like to play age of empire online ut I don't know how to, Can someone help me please?
    ClamMan
    Skirmisher
    posted 03-31-08 09:20 AM EDT (US)     14 / 18       
    Great post pepsidude.
    But where do you create the affilate buttons?


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    George Custerd
    Skirmisher
    posted 06-04-09 05:10 PM EDT (US)     15 / 18       
    Can someone tell me what type of clan mine is by looking at our About Us Page? Here it is:

    http://fox-companyclan.webs.com/aboutus.htm
    musketeer925
    Skirmisher
    posted 08-26-09 03:51 PM EDT (US)     16 / 18       
    Quoted from Pepsidude_123:

    The first type of clan is for competing online with other clans. This type of clan sets regulations on who can join. You might have to have a certain online ranking or win percentage to insure that you are good enough to be in the clan. A clan like this will regulary set up forum party dates where fellow clan members are all asked to get online and play together. This clan will compete with other clans and try to become the single best clan on eso.

    The second type of clan is similar to the first type, but not so competitive. These clans are for everyone to join. The idea behind these clans is just to have a good time and play with other clan members without having to worry about your win percenatage or how good you are compared to the rest of the clan. These clans are great for the begginer and intermediate players.

    And the third type of clan is a designing clan or design team. This type of clan doesn't fully revolve around online play, it revolves around designing. A designing clan is a group of people who use the editor to create custom scenarios, mods, or utility programs. However, some of the designing clans are invite-only where only the best designers can get an invitation to join the clan. Many design clans play online to discuss new scenarios and share there strategies.


    I can't find my kind of clan there...
    And the fourth type of clans, are clans that specify in something special that isn't in the frames of the previous. That could be a clan focusing on things like Fort Wars (yes, that exist), insulting NerVe (that also exist...), or modders seeking inspiration in all the units they'll use while playing. They normally don't have any special requirements for joining, and they are rarely high on members.
    ____________________________________________________________


    Dont forget about the somewhat noobish clans who only try to get as many members as possible
    DavesBack
    Skirmisher
    posted 10-26-11 09:02 AM EDT (US)     17 / 18       
    Hello,

    Awesome write up :-)

    Was wondering if it were possible you could perhaps link our affiliate into your post like the others you got there?



    The website link is:

    http://www.nationofwarriors.co.uk/

    would really appreciate it.

    Many thanks and hope you have a nice day.

    DavesBack
    huezang2
    Skirmisher
    posted 12-17-14 10:31 PM EDT (US)     18 / 18       
    While I'm very happy to see your enthusiasm, I must tell you that The XX Century it's not yet ready to be tested as there are many things that are still needed to code, I'm afraid that if I sent you the files you would have many incomplete civs and lots of bugs, wich is very normal for a mod in production.

    Omar
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