Many of my previous articles have discussed character creation, dealing with in character things as a player, this one I'd like to discuss something we rarely think about, and that is giving back. I play a rare type of game and love it, a free to play text MUD. There are of course perks that can be paid for but monetary investment is not required to succeed in Achaea.
After a year or two of playing I sat back and realised that I wanted to give something back, a small token of thanks for the days and weeks of engagement and fun. I looked into the volunteering opportunities, and Achaea has a few methods one can use to help out.
Firstly and the most common are what we know as the Guides. These are volunteeer players who have proven to be stable people, who know the ins and outs of the game, and who have patience in great abundance as players.
They take on the role of semi-Divine characters (known as Romeo and Juliet in Achaea) and are responsible for assisting all the new players as they find their feet during the first 20 levels of experience. It's not glamorous, I imagine it can be pretty damn frustrating at times, but these people help to give the best first impression to a new-player, are the frontline of player retention and ensure that a standard of behaviour is set from the word go.
Requiring more technical skill are a group called Mortal Builders. These are players with an eye for detail and sticklers for spelling, punctuation and grammar. While the actual Divine staff isn't a huge group this bunch of volunteers helps with design and creation of new areas, new denizens (NPCs) and come up with inspiration for quests and items.
Both Guides and Builders are volunteer positions where (in Achaea) one gets to keep their player character. For those who really wish to get into the details and working of the game there is one more route to take, it's a big step and a hard path to succeed at. Every once in a while the Divine in Achaea annoucne a Celani call. The Celani are demigods, players who have left their mortal character's behind in the hopes of training to pick up a Divine role. These are our future administrators, moderators of forums, judgers of issue, art and writing contests, creators of events, overseers of the game, coders and the Divine whom many of our characters serve as followers of.
If you play a game and decide you want to give a little something back, why not ask and see what options are there for you? If you don't yet have a game that makes you want to invest back into it, why not give one of the great MMORPGs from Iron Realms a try. Many of us have and we are hooked.