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MensajeTema: Apuntes   Jue Jul 29, 2010 12:10 pm

I was asked to write this up to help you get started. In this guide I
used parts of the guides written by Insamountable Odds, Malice and
DocSpock and parts of my own guide I use to train my VGMs. This is the
layout of the GM panel from Server 1. I don't have access to S3 GM
panel, but we should be able to work something out soon. Let's start at
the top.

Once you get your GM button and click on it, you will see this: ( The GM button is located in the 'extras' :

Server 1:


Server 3:


For
Server 1 the red text is open links. The rest of the
"links" don't work. The Admins were supposed to make
them work, but last I've heard, they have decided not to (we don't
really need them anyway).

Under "Shows" you got:

Show
calendar and show scheduling - this link opens the show creation panel
(when VGMs click on their GM button they are taken directly to this
panel) - the link for this is just 'Calendar' on S3.
Show arena - this link shows your arena info - the link is just 'Arena' for S3.
Calendar
- this link opens up the show calendar (the same one that is in the
"Federations" section of the game)

Under "Roster" you got:

Send
a message to the whole roster - you can use this to send a message to
the whole roster - the link for S3 is under board at the bottom where it
says "You can send a global message to all roster"
Show
Roster - shows the roster ranking list based on the "Wrestler
score". You can also view your roster members contracts here
and send them PMs - this is 'view roster' for S3
Show Roster (new) - same as the link above only you get more options on what to base the ranking list
Roster Settings - this link shows the settings of your roster (roster name, show names, days and times of your shows, etc.)
Set
Champions - this is where you can assign your titles to your roster
members and they will show as champions in the "Show
Roster" ranking lists - this is done in the 'roster settings'
section for S3.

Under "Contracts" you got:

Show
active contracts - here you can manage the contracts (delete expired
contracts, give free breaches, etc.) - this is done in the 'view roster'
section of S3.
Show pending contracts - this is where you can see
the list of wrestlers you sent contracts to. Once they sign or refuse
the contract, they will be removed from this list - this is done in the
'find wrestler' section of S# where it says 'show pending contracts'
Find wrestlers without contract - this is where you send people contracts - this is jsut 'find wrestler' on S3.
Find wrestlers without contract (new) - same as the above, but with a few more options

Under "Boards" you got:

Your message in the Bulletin Board
Bulletin Board: "Seeking Wrestler"
Bulletin Board: "Seeking Roster"

This
is pretty much the same as what you got in the
"Federations" section of the game when you're not in
the roster. The only difference is that "Your message in the
Bulletin Board" is not your "wrestler
presentation" message, but your "roster
presentation" message.

On S3 you can either send a msg to your whole roster here or post a board msg more or less as above.

Under "Balance" you got:

Roster's
Budget - shows your roster balance (how much money you have to spend on
paychecks, special matches and arena upgrades) and lets you keep an eye
on show costs and if your wrestlers got payed, etc.
Budget history - doesn't work
Income history - doesn't work
Loss history - doesn't work

This feature is not yet implemented on S3.

Under "Extra" you got:

Buy
special matchs - this is where you can buy special matches (each match
costs 50 000 fantaeuros and you can't use them in the shows until you
buy them) - This is under 'Roster Settings' at the bottom where it says
'Roster match type' panel on S3.
Delete uploaded images - this is
where you can delete images you have uploaded to use in the shows (once
deleted, they are removed from the shows you used them in) - This is
under 'Roster Settings' at the bottom where it says Uploaded images'
panel on S3.
Attendeance history - doesn't work
Merchandise selled - doesn't work

When you click on "Show arena", you will see this:



You'll
notice that there is a field at the top to name your arena, seven areas
you can improve on your arena, and a field where you can add more
seats, as well as a display that shows how many levels you have
upgraded.

Naming your arena has no actual effect. Upgrading your
arena is supposed to increase your attendance at the shows. There is
still some debate at to the actual effect of this feature. If you are
going to upgrade any items, you should upgrade all seven before
upgrading one a second time, because each level of upgrade costs €10,000
more than the last upgrade (i.e. Level 1 costs €10,000, level 2 costs
€20,000 more, then level 3 costs €30,000 more etc.) Increasing the seat
amount is pretty self explanatory. It costs €40 for each new seat. You
should only do this if your shows are close to meeting your current
capacity.


When you click on "Roster settings" you will see this:



This
is actually one of the first screens you'll have to see, as you'll have
to name your fed and shows, as well as set the time and days for your
shows. Setting a forum address is important as well, as it gives your
fed a place to communicate outside of TWG in privacy to set up your
shows. We'll discuss forums a little later. From this screen though, you
can change your forum address, change the time of your shows and even
the names of them. This is where you also set the names of your three
titles. You can not change the day, except at certain specific times
during the off-season.

This is also where you will set your Vice
General Managers (VGMs) by clicking on the dropdown menu at the bottom
and clicking the person's name you want to set as VGM, or set reporters
to make reports of your federation's shows for others to read.

When you click on "Set champions", you will see this:



This
is a fairly straight forward page. The four titles you set on the
roster settings page will be listed here with the option to set anyone
on your roster as the champions. Simply click the dropdown menu, select
the champion and click "Confirm".


When you click on "Roster Budget", you will see this:



As
you can see it shows recent financial actions, much like a bank
statement. While the money doesn't always add up, it does give an
accurate amount for show expenditures versus incomes. Those numbers next
to GM salary are really what Malice made per show. GM salary is similar
to a salary you would get from a "Jobber" contract.


When you click on "Buy special matches", you will see this:



This
is where you can buy most match types in the game. These are rather
expensive, however, and early on in your GM career, you shouldn't even
fathom looking at these. They are also expensive to add into your shows
after purchase, though they do boost show attendance slightly. In the
long run, it only makes editing matches easier later when you're making
so much money you don't know what to spend it on.

When you click on "Delete uploaded images", you will see this (if you have uploaded images):



Maybe
you accidentally uploaded the wrong pic into your editor earlier, or
you have a pic for a wrestler that has left, and you want to clean the
clutter. This is the place to get rid of old pictures. Do note that any
image you delete will remove the image from past shows that included it.
If you upload a new picture by the same name, that picture will replace
the old one in old shows. Unfortunately, you have to delete pics one at
a time, which can be very time consuming if you are reworking your
entire images folder.

What would a federation be without
wrestlers? Nothing. There'd be no performers to put on a show.
Fortunately for you, there's a section that's completely dedicated to
getting you new members and helping you maintain them. The parts of this
section are Show Active Contracts, Show Pending Contracts, and Find
wrestlers without contracts.

First let's view the Show active contracts.



This
page allows you to view every wrestler in your roster, and see the
details of their contract. This is also the place to go if a wrestler
has requested a free breech and you wish to grant it to him. From this
page you can view every contract you have that has not been deleted yet,
and is therefore active. You may also elect to delete expired contracts
at any time by clicking view, and scrolling all the way to the bottom
of the contract. Normal, unexpired contracts where no free breech has
been requested can not have anything done to them except view.

Next is show pending contracts.



If
you have sent someone a contract, but they have not accepted, you can
see the contract offer on this page, and view it or delete it. There's
nothing else about this page.

Last is the Find Wrestlers without Contracts.



This
is one of the more important pages on the GM panel. It is the only
place you can actually go to offer anyone a contract. If you have
contacted a member about a contract, and verified that he is indeed
without a contract by searching him from the challenges button on the
main page, you will go here and type their full TWG name into the Name
field. You need to type the full name because every search is run as if
the "Find exact name" box is ticked. From there you
click on the contract button and the contract offer page will load.



Here
is where you set the terms of the contract. You set the length of the
contract from 2-12 weeks in increments of 2 weeks. You also set the
level of pay for the contract from Jobber up to Legend, and appearances
from 2 to 4. The last item is merchandise %. This dictates how much
money a person will make off of all the merchandise that he sells at a
show. The roster keeps the remainder. After you have selected the
appropriate values, click send contract, and it will appear in the
pending contracts page until it is accepted or declined by the target.


You
get a total of 50 contracts to give away and a total of 160 appearances
to promise. You can book each wrestler 5 times in one month (regardless
of the appearances promised) and there is no penalty if you book them
less times then promised. Also, be careful when you promise appearances
because if you run out of them you won't be able to send any more
contracts. If you give everyone 4 promised appearances you will be able
to send only 40 contracts. This is the amount of contract types
available:

(1) Jobber 3
(2) Mid Carder 7
(3) Main Eventer 15
(4) Star 15
(5) Super Star 7
(6) Legend 3

And this is how much money each contract gives:

1) Jobber 0.875% of a shows ticket income.
(2) Mid Carder 1.75% of a shows ticket income
(3) Main Eventer 2.65% of a shows ticket income
(4) Star 3.5% of a shows ticket income
(5) Super Star 4.35% of a shows ticket income
(6) Legend 5.25% of a shows ticket income

If
a wrestler's contract expires, he is still in your roster and can be
booked in your shows as long as one of you doesn't delete the contract.
You can keep someone in your roster for forever with an expired
contract. He will still get fans, money and everything else and your
roster's name will be in his info page.

When you click on "Show calendar and show scheduling" for the first time, you will see something like this:



Here
you write your roster info and set the days and times of your shows (be
careful when setting days of your shows because you won't be able to
change them until the next season). There is a "check box" you need to
click on to confirm the info. After that, you will be redirected to this
panel:



Click on "binoculars" image and you will see this:



Here, you got 3 options:
Match
Tag team Match
Segment

If you click on "Match", you will see this:



Write
who is fighting who in the "Match title" and pick the wrestlers from
the drop down boxes. You can also change match types and make a match a
belt or non belt matches by using drop down boxes (that will cost you
extra).

After you double check if you did everything correctly, click the "Confirm" button. You will see this:



Confirm
or delete the match. Once the match is confirmed, you can't delete it
any more. That's why you have to make sure you pick everything
correctly.

If you click on "Tag team Match", you will see this:



The rest is the same as in singles match

If you click on "Segment", you will see this:



You write the name of the segment and copy/paste or type RP's in it. When you finish, click on the "Confirm" button.

Once the matches are set and segments added, the card will look like this:



To edit matches and segments, click on the image next to the "magnifying glass" image. You will see this:



Here
you can edit every aspect of the match, from entrance, to commentary,
adding images, music etc. Editing is the same for matches and segments.
This image shows which button is used for what:



When you click on "Image" button, this window will open:



Use
the drop down box that says "Seleziona immagine" to pick an image you
want to use. once you pick an image you want, click on "Insert" and then
"O.K." If you want to upload an image, use "Carica immagine" button to
open this window:



After
that, click on "Browse", find the image you want and click on "Upload
selected file". You can delete images you upload, but once you delete
them, they are deleted from shows you used them in too (kind of works
like Photobucket). You can also put images in the matches/segments using
HTML. Use the "HTML" button to open the "HTML Source Editor" and use
this code in the correct place:

Código:
<img src="image URL">

If you wanna change the size of the image, use:

Código:
<img src="image URL" alt="" width="640" height="64" />

or
click on the image and drag the little boxes that will appear, until
you get it to the size you want. I suggest you use the boxes in the
corners of the image to keep the same ratio between height and width.
Also, the numbers in the code above are just for an example.

To
change the text color, mark the part of the text you wish to color and
then click on the "Color" button. After that, you click on the color you
want and the text will change the color

To put Youtube videos in the matches/segment, use the "HTML" button to open a "HTML Source Editor":



Copy/paste the "Embed code" into it and click update.

After
you edit match/segment, click on the "Confirm" button. If you do
something wrong, click on "Go back" and the changes you made will not be
saved.

There are drop down boxes next to match/segment names.
Use them to get matches and segments in the correct order. There must be
a total of 10 matches to run a show, tag team matches count as 2
matches. You can put as many segments as you like.

After you finish everything, click on "Confirm" show button.

Don't
click on it before everything is completed! Once confirmed, the show
can't be edited any more!



I will post a quick guide on how to make backgrounds for the matches/segments but i still suggest you find someone who knows HTML to help you make them, so you avoid having problems with them.

This is an example of the HTML code for a background with a color:

Código:
<table border="0" width="620" cellpadding="30" style="text-align:center; background-color:yellow;">
<tr>
<td>

text

</td>
</tr>
</table>

Replace "color" with the color you want ("yellow" is just an example) and you can add border and cell padding by replacing the "0" with a number. By adding cell padding, you will be able to avoid text going to close to the border and it will make the show look better (you should play around a little with the "border" and "cellpadding" codes to get a better idea of how the match/segment will look). Also, you replace "text" with actual match/segment text.

I suggest you edit the match/segment before you put the background in. Once the match/segment is edited, open the HTML box and paste the part before "text" at the beginning of the code and the part after the "text" at the end of the code and click "Update".

Here are some screenshots of how the background will look:





Pleas note that the text won't actually repeat itself. I wrote it a few times as an example.


This is an example of the HTML code for a background with an image:

Código:
<table border="0" cellpadding="0" width="620">
<tbody>
<tr>
<td align="center" background="URL">

Text

</td>
</tr>
</tbody>
</table>

It's all pretty much same as the first code. The only difference is: you put an image URL where it says "URL". This is an example of how the background will look:



Pleas note that the text won't actually repeat itself but the image will. Also, you will notice that the text is hard to read. This is why you have to pick your background image carefully.

First of all, a few warnings:

1. Don't use ANY of the WWE/WCW/ECW material! Images and videos of WWE/WCW/ECW wrestlers, arenas from their shows, even if you have edited them, made them (even hand drawn images, images from &quot;Create A Wrestler/Belt/what ever&quot; from WWE/WCW/ECW games, etc.) or what ever. If it has anything to do with WWE/WCW/ECW, it's against the rules! Even if you use videos and images of their wrestlers before they joined WWE or from their movies.

2. Even though WWE images are not allowed, images from other real life Feds (ROH, TNA, etc.) are. However, if the person in your pic or video decides to join WWE, the pic or video will be considered against the rules.

3. Use common sense when using videos and images. Just because something is on Youtube (just an example), doesn't mean you can use it in your show and get away with it (videos of bands that have &quot;Parental Advisory&quot; stamp on their albums might be a bad idea).

Now, for some tips:

(Posted by Deathstar, not sure if you guys can see it, though)

Number1: Get an decent forum. My pick is Proboards

Number2: Send out contracts to any one , doesn't matter who it is , all you want to do is get an full roster.

Number3: Pick your name of your federation , and get logos made...

Number4: Get your commentary made , make sure to write there names down how you want it in an show and color and if you want it in bold or what ever....

Number5: Do not use WWE stuff in your shows , I know i did at an time and didn't realize that I was , but now I have an great show with no WWE logo's in it....

Number6: Be active , if you are not at less on your forum every day checking stuff , then you will miss out on something important......

Number7: Just remember you may have to do a lot of the work your self for at less 2 season's until you can find an decent VGM you can trust to help you out , remember do not trust every one , cause they can screw your shows up , one by confirming shows that ain't done yet , so I advice you to make all match's except for one and make sure to only make that last one after you know you are about to confirm your show....that way you don't have to worry about someone confirming your show , as for me I have always confirmed my own shows cause I like to go over everything before I confirm it , just to make sure it all looks good.


And a few tips of my own:

1. Less is more! Too many colors will make shows look like children playing with crayons (just my opinion). The same thing goes for huge images and videos.

2. Don't use videos for entrances. Sure, they might look good to you, but not everyone will post his video and even if they do, those things tend to get removed because of copyrights. It will make your shows look bad if half of the videos don't work.

3. Find a site to save your shows to, if you don't wanna lose all the hard work you do. A few seasons were lost from the game archives due to bugs and rollbacks. I suggest http://sites.google.com . Its easy to edit and maintain and it's free (all you need is a Gmail account). Basically, you can copy/paste the entire show on a page with images and everything (videos won't be copied, though).

That's it for now. This might get updated without any notice.

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MensajeTema: Re: Apuntes   Jue Jul 29, 2010 12:13 pm

Forums:

The first place to begin when planning your roster is to setup your own forums. There are some great free forums available so you are quite spoiled for choice. Some are:

http://makeforum.org/home.php
https://www.forumotion.com/
http://www.forums-free.com/en/
http://www.proboards.com/
http://netforums.us/
http://www.runboard.com/
http://www.atfreeforum.com/
http://www.getphpbb.com/joinnow.html
http://www.freesmf.org

With forumotion probably being a secret favorite of mine. It’s fairly easy to setup and use and there is a great support community for it. I won’t go into any detail on how to setup a forum ( maybe that will be a guide for another day ) but if you get stuck and need help ask in our questions and answers section as all GMs have setup their own forum at some stage and can help ( as well as us GMLs ).
It is quite important you get all this setup and running how you want BEFORE you are made a GM. This is going to save A LOT of time when you get your roster and you are going to need it as you will not have much time to get your members up to the required number of 30 and get your first show out ( usually 2 weeks at the most ).

Show dates/times:

You are going to want to plan when you shows are on and at what time. Usually a good way to work this out before you confirm it in TWG is to do a poll on your roster to see what timezone suits most people and go with that. Maybe even see what day suits them. In the end you are making these shows for your roster above anyone else in TWG so you want whatever suits them best to keep them happy. The happier they are the more likely they are to remain active.
Also when planning your days try keep them 3-4 days apart to ensure you’ve got adequate time to work on both. At first before you have staff you will find you have to do a lot of it yourself so having that gap can work wonders. Later on when you have say a VMG to concentrate on a show themselves and leaving you one for yourself then you can maybe tighten up those days if you would like

Staffing:

Back to rosters and the first place to begin with any new roster is going to be staff. You are going to want to sort out some sort of hierarchical structure within your roster and start looking for people to fill those positions early on as it will make your life a lot simpler.
The first thing to think of when picking staff is to ensure they are trust worthy. The reason for this is any staff with access to their in game VGM panel and basically do anything show wise that you can. That is to say they can add matches, segments and confirm shows so there is a risk that if you employed someone untrustworthy that they could book themselves in all the matches and confirm or worse confirm with offensive material that you would be responsible for ( we do not accept “but my vgm did it!” as an excuse ) so be very careful in your staff selections. Try pick people who have a history of doing roles for other rosters or at least come across very mature and you think you can trust them. It’s a good idea to give people at least 1 season in your roster before considering them for staff positions if they don’t have any references from other rosters.

Some ideas for staff are:

Vice General Managers ( VGMs ) – These are basically your second in command. You have assign them any job you want but usually a good idea is to maybe only have one and assign him the responsibility of running the minor show by himself after some good training from yourself.

Graphics person – This can be a 2 fold role. Firstly you want someone talented with graphical software that can create custom images, wrestler cards, banners, etc. etc. for your roster. Secondly you might want someone who’s sole job it is to insert all the graphics and video’s into each and every match/segment of your shows. This 2nd part is only really justifiable as a staff role once you have a lot of graphics created because it’s quite a simple job until there is lots of it to go in. Usually the person creating the graphics would be well suited for this role as their job becomes quite quiet after they’ve made them all but it’s up to you. Just remember the more staff you have the more you have to manage them and it can be hard chasing after many different people to ensure they’ve all done their job.

Commentary writer – someone whose job it is is to put in commentary into all the matches to make them more entertaining.

Match editor – Someone whose job it is is to edit matches and make them custom. Like adding in all sorts of weird and wacky matches and make them far more exciting and unpredictable than the standard TWG matches.

Story/RP writer – Someone whose job it is is to come up with custom stories for inactive members of your roster. Some GMs like to keep some high level entrance people in their rosters who won’t RP etc. so rather than waste that match slot with a boring match you employ someone to write custom RPs for these people for the shows.

Now all these roles you need to be able to do yourself and you don’t want to go creating every role and doing little yourself as your roster will just start to view you as lazy and not want to work for you anymore. These are just some idea’s on some staff positions you should think about having for your roster to make your job easier and to allow you concentrate on the actual management of the roster and gluing the shows together to make the exceptional.

Show rosters:

The next thing you might want to think about as far as roster planning goes is whether or not you will have separate rosters for each show. That is if you want assign set people to each show to make things easier to manage, especially if you have a VGM running one of the shows, you would then both know exactly who to work with for each show.

Personally in the interests of management and ease there of I think this is definitely a good idea. No doubt some people will disagree with me but that’s their prerogative. I just feel it is much easier to manage a roster when people know what show they are on and where to RP. It means you can plan your stories for the season far easier too as you aren’t left wondering who can fit on what show and whether that works with what happened last week etc. etc. – in short it’s just much simpler.

Now some people choose to split their roster with a major show that has all their active talent on it and a minor show that has all their inactive talent on it. Let me warn you on why this is a bad idea. As a GM you will be hired to write TWO shows a week so you cannot have one awesome show with lots of content and one show with little to no content. We don’t care how much content your main show has, if your minor has little to none you will be warned as per the rules. So if you do choose to split your roster this way be prepared to be writing a lot of custom RP’s yourself for the minor show.

I always found a good idea for splitting the roster was your low level, new talent on a minor show to prove themselves before being shifted up in time as they get stronger to the major show. Quite often you might find it is your minor show that ends up with more content as a result from the new people all trying to prove themselves with activity levels. 

Titles:

The next thing I can think of on roster planning is your title belts. You have 4 title belts to work with. A major, middle, minor and special belt. These all cost varying amounts to use in matches ( see the GM guide ) and give a bonus to ticket sales accordingly ( remember it’s illegal to book titles matches in your panel if they aren’t title matches per your show storyline ). The best and easiest way to do sort these belts is to have the major-minor set to match the strength of the roster members. e.g. you might set them to certain wrestler levels or WS scores or stat totals or whatever it pleases you to outline who is eligible for what title and to ensure it gets shared around. The special title you can do anything your imagination can come up with. To using as another title in the above tier, a special RP title for the best RPers as voted on your forums to contest to even using it and the minor title as tag belts – whatever works for you and your roster these are just some ideas.
Remember also that once you book a title matches these tiles aren’t automatically changed to the winner – you need to do it manually in your settings. Also if you do want tag belts that show on the TWG roster you will have to use 2 of the above titles to do so leaving you only 2 titles for singles. Most rosters run their tag belts internally.

Activity:

Lastly we get to activity and some idea’s on how to keep your roster active ( RPing etc. ).
Firstly the best idea is to always offer your top contracts and merch bonus to your staff. This keeps them happy to work and ensures the hardest works get the best bonuses. Next you should offer up the remaining top contracts or at least high merch bonuses to those that work the hardest on your shows as far as putting in RPs go. Make sure your roster knows that if they get slack and don’t RP they won’t get good contracts and you will likely get lesser renewals or even fired altogether.

Some rosters offer up top contracts to the high entrance players etc. who some are also inactive but it’s pointless doing this early on when you don’t even have a good show to run. Save this strategy until you have a good team of RPers and staff who are happy to take lesser contracts for the good of the roster and to help rankings by offering them to these higher entrance players.

Now always be active, always respond to msgs no matter how inane you might think some are. Show your roster you are active and hard working and they will want to work for you.
Also be sure to often send out global msgs updating the roster on what is occurring in the roster and also offering some incentives and punishments for lack of activity.

Some incentives can be title shots, increased contracts or merch bonuses, possible staff positions, extra appearances, supporter even if you run a monthly reward system. Whatever you can think of.
Some punishments can be decreased contracts or merch bonuses, less appearances than normal, no title shots, telling them they will find it hard to find another roster to be lazy with as GMs talk to one another about possible roster members and you will obviously have nothing good to say about inactive people.

In short do whatever you think you have to do to get people to be active because the more activity you have the better your storylines will be and the easier your job will be meaning more time to put into everything for you. Smile

Right so now that you know how to plan setting up and administering your roster it’s to move on to show planning which should be the next tutorial you read. Smile

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MensajeTema: Re: Apuntes   Jue Jul 29, 2010 12:14 pm

this section is for new GMs and any exsisting GMs... also for new people about to step into the dark blue shoes. I understand that all shows are different but this is designed to be a universal set of tips.


1. Do not mistake GM to be like VGM

I was a VGM myself of SWP and honestly I believed that GM can not be that much different? right?
Well being a GM means you take responsability for the entire fed and you are the one which everyone talks to when/if you have issues. If you have a good roster then your pm box is likely to be very active. That on top of the recruiting messages means that GM may require a lot of time.

2. Just because someone wants to join does not mean they are Free
Found this one out myself the hard way :O Wont mention names as its not fair but i had someone message me with an example of a roleplay and a bit about himself. he asked if i had any spots in the show and straight away i wanted to snap him up. after about 4 pms later he then told me to wait for him to delete his contract. I felt a bit cheated to be honest so what i did was immidently message his GM to inform him of the guys desire to leave and also a GML to raise my hand to the accident. I refused to sign the guy when he was free.
So if they ask then check first or it could get you in trouble



3. If they ask to be VGM in their application then be cautious
Most good VGMs are happy to prove themselves as active members before you give them the power of VGM. Remember that VGM is assisting you and if they do something wrong then so do you. There are several types of VGM you got to watch out for if you hire from the unknown, The first is the type who uses extreme language and contents... if you confirm a show when you have that stuff in you face a warning. The other type is one who likes to book his own matches. this is unfair on the rest of your crew and unless you have given them booker rights they are spitting in your face effectivly.


4. Think twice about stepping down.

Even the best of GMs have all considered stepping down at one point or another so dont feel like you would be the first to consider and then retract your decision. The best advice on this i can give you is if you are seriously thinking of stepping down from GM then give yourself 2 weeks to weigh up the options; If after that you still don't wish to be GM then step down... but sweat out the GM stress because we all get it at some point or another.


5. Write a recruitment letter.
If you want to attract the most Active and loyal members to your fed then messaging someone "do you want a fed" is not going to attract them really. write a recruitment letter that you can copy and paste to people. When sending this letter, try to edit it so you add a bit about the person themselves and what you like about them (like read your bio ect ect ect)
As for the contents of the recruitment letter you kind of need to give them your shows archive so they can see what work you have done in the past. to find your archive you can find it on the list below mine http://www.thewrestlinggame.com/wgame/show.asp?roster=442
The rest you put in is entirly up to you but if you post lots of information you usually scare of the inactives before they leech your show.


6. assign a show head for each show.
now you can bring in one show head and you are show head of the other show or you can bring in two show heads... but having 2 different people in charge of shows means there is more care that goes into each of your shows. As active as you may be, you wont give both shows amazing attention long run if you are the one in charge of running the other show.
Myself I have 2 amazing show heads and I help out as a VGM on one of the shows. The guys play their part amazingly and It is also great to be able to send people to talk to show heads if they have any concerns (cuts your pm load a bit)
We are a great team and without them we would not be as good as i believe we already are.


7. You are in charge of the contracts you send
People often like to negotiate contract offers and its dangerous because if you let them in with a great contract they can disrupt your other active dudes should they share contract details. I once had a guy who i knew was good for graphics back in the day who requested a superstar contract when he was on 20kws... Was like no sir if you want a part of the show then it wont be that high of a contract.
this is also relevent for current members who request higher contracts... if they have been amazingly active then your call but if they are inactive i would say fire their ass


8. hire clone names at your own risk

I consider a Clone name as your Randy "RKO" Orton or your J0hn C3na's. Usually if these guys are not imaginative enough to make thier own name then they are usually uncreative in roleplays. Also do you really want your show to be Randy "RKO" Orton RKO's J0hn C3na? if so then yeah best of luck to you.
This by the way is not saying that all people who have Clone names are bad. I have 2 in my roster who proved themselves to be good for what they can do. they are Jordz Hardy and Scotty 2 Hotty.


9. Make sure someone looks over a show which is ready to be confirmed.

This is a very good tip as it saves you from the potential risk of warnings. someone (could be GM) should look through each and every match and segment to make sure there are no rulebreaks. videos in particular if you use them shoud be watched to make sure no swears/extreme content.
in AFC we have the people who add Graphics doing the last minute checks. This is because Graphics are the last thing we add and they have to open every segment anyway.


10. Set Deadlines for your roster and keep to them.
Nothing is more unfair for you VGM team then someone who roleplays the day of your show. the show realistically should be complete the day before so you have time for the graphics team to do their stuff but sometimes this does not happen. In AFC we have a deadline of 24 hours before the show for both commentry and roleplays. Any roleplays that are posted after run the risk of not being used. Commentry is re-assigned to a different VGM and if that VGM keeps missing his deadlines he is asked to leave VGM.






these are simpily my tips for any TWG GMs. I could proberbly do 15 but you would get bored of me writing lol. Anyways I hope this comes in helpful to you and if you have anymore tips please dont think i will be pissed off if you post it below Smile We are here to help and the more info we can share the better

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MensajeTema: Re: Apuntes   Jue Jul 29, 2010 12:18 pm

GM Leaders:

Abdel:Technical Assistant and Vice Admin of entire game - responsible for anything and everything as required.
DocSpock: GM Supervisor - Primary contact for S3 GMs, supervisor for entire federation system and GML's
Ninoslav Maricic ( Tanto on S3 ): GM Leader - Co-Primary contact for S1 GMs
Stone Cold Gary Barnes: GM Leader - Co-Primary contract for S1 GMs



Rules: These are the rules you must follow. Any breach of these can warrant punishment from a simple caution or warning through to immediate deletion of your federation. The level of the punishment will be at the GM Leader’s discretion and will depend on the severity of the infraction.
You will get 2 warnings and on the 3rd warning your federation will be removed. You can ask a GM Leader at any stage as to the amount of warning you have received.


If you dispute a decision by a GM Leader then you should first discuss it privately with them and if you are still not happy with the decision you can then take it to Abdel whose decision will be final. We do not want people airing their laundry in public on the forums or in the GM section. This just creates conflict and is likely to earn you another warning. Now the rules …

- No WWE content of any sort, images, videos, logos, or anything else that refers to their trademarked intellectual property. This includes any ECW or WCW images past or present.

- There is to be NO HTML code in the name of your federation or show in the TWG settings ( where you name your shows and federation ). This includes bold, underlined and italic. The reason for this is some people were using buggy code to try get an advantage in their show listing placing and it stuffed up tables and what not. So I can't just 'ban' bad code so I am banning all use of code - it's not needed and it's more fair if all feds just use the standard practice of regular text for their show/federation names. Offenders will be asked nicely a couple of times to remove their code but if they persist then warnings will be issued.

- Use of other copyrighted/trademarked material should only be with the owner’s permission - this includes images from Google etc. If the image clearly shows a copyright/trademark logo and TWG receives a complaint about your using it then you risk losing your fed. Especially never try pass off other people’s ( including other federations ) work as your own.

- No swearing of any kind, offensive images, videos, or music. Vulgarity, Racism, and Nudity, are not to be in a show. There are other of course other off limited topics too ( they come under the blanket of ‘offensive’ ) so use common sense for these. The GM is responsible for ensuring the content does not offend anyone.
Censoring swears is considered ok within reason but please try to use (censored) or (beep) rather than #$%# style masking as it doesn't look as good. - e.g. "I hate him! He is such an (censored)!" - I would consider ok. Usually 1-5 censored words per RP is ok to put across some emphasis. The swear should try to be unobvious also e.g. "he (censored) up this time and he will pay!" is not as good as "He (censored) this time and he will pay!"
Also the content containing the censored words will be judged so if you are discussing something offensive and disgusting and think it's fine as you censored the bad words then it will still be breaching the rule of offensive content. e.g. talking of lude, sexual acts but censoring the bad words.
Monitoring censoring will be at GML discretion and cautions will be issued if complaints are received or it is viewed as harsh by the GML's themselves. Warning will be issued directly in severe cases.


- On Server 1 each Regional roster MUST have 30 members to run a show. All other federations in all other sections must have 40 members.
(If you are under these marks when your show is due to air then don't confirm your show until you get the necessary numbers to avoid punishment).
On Server 3 only rosters in their first season can by with 30 members, all rosters into their 2nd season or more MUST have 40.

- You MUST air 2 shows every week. If for whatever reason you cannot air a show then you are to msg a GML and let them know why not. Missing 1 show will warrant a caution per season and any further missed shows that season will warrant a warning against your roster. Note that airing a show lacking in content is an instant warning so sometimes it could be better to take the caution and sort your roster out to get the rest of your shows full of content than to take the warning for airing a sub standard show.
If for whatever reason a roster slips by unnoticed not airing shows and has not aired a show in 1 month then that roster/GM will be added to the deletion list without any notice from the GMLs. It is not our job to chase you up if you are not airing your shows, this basically just tells us you do not want the job anymore.
If you feel your roster might have been affected by this rule upon reading it please contact DocSpock to find out if your roster has been put down for deletion.

- Boosting show income by solely booking title matches is prohibited unless the story calls for it. Title Matches are only to be used within a storyline that involves an actual Title shot or match. For example if we see you booking 10 title matches and we read your show and do not see a story supporting the use of these title matches then this will be considered cheating and your federation will be facing deletion if we deem it necessary. If you do decide to write a story in such a way that every match of every show is a title match remember that this will probably look quite stupid and ruin your chances of being nominated for the monthly federation voting rewards.


- No Reference to other federations, their wrestler or non-contracted wrestlers UNLESS you have their permission. To show the leaders that permission has been gained you must be do the following ( this is to be done by the person hosting the other federations material e.g. wrestler or banner ):

1. Create a post in the Advertising and Collaboration thread of the GM section.
2. Put your post in the following format-

*-Your federation and ingame GM name:
*-Name of federation and ingame name of GM you are dealing with:
*-Date of the other federations show ( put permanent if this is a permanent deal ):
*-Nature of collaboration: e.g. Advertisement, wrestler (Name) appearing in a match etc.

3. The other GM will then to need to post in the same thread that they accept this collaboration.
4. If the other GM is also wanting something from your show they go back to step 1 and repeat.
5. once a deal is accepted it will be added to the table in the Advertising and Collaboration thread and the posts deleted, it wil lbe removed ocne it expires.
6. If you wish to break a deal then simply post in the Advertising and Collaboration thread saying so and it will be removed from the table. If it was a 2 way deal either yourself or the other GM can state they want both sides removed.

If this seems like too much effort or work then fine. Don't bother putting any content from other feds into your shows or yours into other shows. This is how it is to be done.

As to using wrestlers that leave your federation a rule of thumb is, if a wrestler left your fed suddenly in mid season you could use him once more in one more show to make a storyline about his dismissal.

- Making a show that contains only booked matches is strictly against the rules. You have been entrusted with a roster to create entertaining shows – not to generate easy income for yourself or your friends. The amount of content that will be deemed minimum will be at the GM Leaders discretion and any warnings about lack of content will be discussed between them all before a warning is issued if they are in agreement. GM Leaders are chosen for their maturity and impartiality so you can rest assured if you know that you put in a good effort into your show that you have nothing to worry about. Also note we will not accept excuses like “I lost my net last night” when it’s 24 hours before your show – you get a week to work on 2 shows and have the ability to appoint as much staff as you want to help you. If you do feel unforeseen circumstances have hindered your progress then please contact a GM Leader BEFORE the show airs to get an exception if possible. Remember warnings are not handed out for missing shows so sometimes it could be better to have no show at all than to risk a warning.

- Breaking any chat/forum rules and getting yourself banned can result in you getting punished towards your federation. You are all considered staff of TWG as GM’s so you are required to act like it.

- There is to be no federation contract talk or recruitment in chat. Simple.

- As English is the primary language of TWG all shows must be in English. Exceptions to this might be if you decide to include a foreign speaking wrestler to your fed as a gimmick but you must ensure the language he sues doesn’t break any of the content rules.

- For the monthly show voting you are not to go around offering any rewards of any sort to anyone to vote for you. All you can do is ask people to view your show and if they like it then to vote for you. Anything we find that is used to try boost your voting illegitimately will disqualify you from the voting and earn you punishment.

- Any GM found to be using illegal means to boost ticket sales or popularity or anything at all will face instant dismissal. This can range from exploiting the code of the game to not reporting a flaw in the system that you have found out and not bothered to tell anyone about. If you find any flaws that you think are giving you an unfair advantage/disadvantage you are to report these to a GM Leader immediately. An example of this would be if you were booking a show with special matches, titles matches and then when you confirmed it you notice the cost never came off effectively giving you a free show. GM Leaders will be getting the ability to see federations finances so any exploits will be quickly picked up on so do the right thing and be honest to get the game running fairly for everyone.

- Any GM who goes idle in game for 14 days or longer will be removed from his position come the end of the current season. If you need an exception please msg a GM Leader to arrange one. Of course exceptional circumstances like disasters or what not will be accepted but it can't be helped if we don't know about it and you are gone over the removal period and your federation is removed. At best all we can do in these circumstances is offer you your fed back at our discretion ( depends on the reason for being away ) but it would have to restart at regional level.

- Blacklist - The blacklist is a guideline for GM's to know if a potential wrestler they are planning on signing is trustworthy or has any sort of bad record. This is not a rule saying you must not hire these people - it is purely a guide to help you in your choices.
There are no minimum requirements to what you can or cannot TRY add a person to the blacklist for but the decision to put them on will be at the GM Leaders discretion. It is important when adding someone you put down their game name and a clear reason why you want them added. In serious cases the GM Leader may follow it up with the person being blacklisted to get both sides of the story.
NOTE: There is to be NO sharing blacklisted names with non GMs - period. The only exception to this is if someone applies to your fed you may say "No sorry you are blacklisted" but that's it - if they want more information or the reason you send them to DocSpock. I do not want GM's being hassled by people for adding them to the blacklist because another GM told them "such and such just blacklisted you" - anyone I find giving out such information will receive an official warning.

- No contract negotiations of any kind with other wrestlers signed under another federation. Tempting other wrestlers to leave their federations to join yours, under any circumstances, will be considered cheating, and we will deal with it accordingly. Your staff can recruit off contract wrestlers on your behalf ( this is change to the old rule of only a GM could discuss contracts with people ) if you choose to let them but remember if they break the rule of contacting on contract staff ( even if it’s a friend of theirs ) then it’s the same as if you did it yourself and will be just as punishable … which brings us to the last rule.

*Update to this rule - if a GM has announced is resignation publically ( via forums ) then are you now entitled to contact any and all of his wrestlers whilst they are signed to his fed or free agents. Be careful though that when discussing with them they haven't already signed to another federation as that would be breaking the above rule.

- You are solely responsible for EVERYTHING that happens with your federation. If a VGM confirm one of yours shows be it accidentally or on purpose … to bad, you chose them as VGM so you need to be very careful who you allow as a VGM. If any of your staff does anything to break any of the above rules then it’s on you. An exception to this though is if you fire someone and they start going around doing malicious activities with the sole purpose of getting you into trouble. We advise then that if you are wanting to fire people you screenshot/log any activity if they refuse to go in case they do do something malicious it can back you up against their actions. This will be until we can get the GM’s the ability to breach contracts ( with a penalty of some sort of course – same as wrestlers face ) then there is no excuse if one of their wrestlers runs off trying to get them into trouble.

Guidelines: These are some general guidelines to help new and current GM’s get a feel for what they can do to improve their shows. Nothing here is a rule and if you decide to ignore this advice then you can do so albeit at the risk of receiving less votes for your show.

Forum: It is requested that you create a forum account with your in game name and post in the thread: http://thewrestlinggame.com/public/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=11534&sid=f47bd2690f9317b58ce42ba603e5726f to get access to the private GM section and have the ability to create your own recruitment thread. This helps you keep up to date with all the latest developments and also your recruitment thread will help you fill your roster.

Booking: Try to only book your wrestlers for their contracted amount of appearances. Anytime they start going over this it will mean a loss in popularity and and attendance for their matches which means it can affect your rankings and overall income.

Reality: You should try to keep your shows realistic and wrestling related. Super powers, supernatural events, or other such fantastical events may want to be avoided. Your shows content must be convincing if you want to succeed and votes you get are the best reflection of your work. Remember this is a wrestling community so don’t be surprised if you do decide to ignore the wrestling aspect of it that some people feel negatively about it.

Illustrations: Images are a crucial part of a show. Your show can’t be entertaining without pictures. The TWG community has come to expect a high level of quality in their federation product and to this end role-plays just aren’t enough any more. No images and just a bunch of text will not attract people and you might find people giving up reading it after the first few lines. The trick though is to find a good balance between some subtle imagery that helps explain things and makes your show look awesome to going way over the top and viewer Bob then has time to go make 10 cups of tea whilst he waits for it all to load. Odds are if it’s too graphic heavy some people may not even bother letting it load. Also if you are only using images for your staff/wrestlers etc. when they speak maybe you should re think this as often without some simple text stating the person’s name your viewers could have trouble figuring out what is going on. As I said above – try to find a good balance.

Role-Plays: The heart and soul of a show. Roleplay’s should tell a story and that story should continue from week to week. That is to say if Wrestler A attacks Wrestler B in the first week don’t forget about it in the second week and have them off being buddy and facing Wrestler’s C and D. Having a story flow is what I call continuity and is one of THE most looked over parts of a show. The art of putting it altogether and ensuring it all makes sense and one part doesn’t contradict another.
You should try to do whatever possible to try encourage your roster to roleplay – sometimes it is the best interest to offer the top contracts to the role players and staff as opposed to those that just have the biggest entrances or fans.

Commentary: No show is complete without commentators. Commentary is what gives matches their identity, and it’s the best way to represent wrestlers gimmicks, history, accomplishments, future anticipations about their career in your roster… etc.
Plus it serves to act as great separator between the monotony of a match because most TWG players have seen thousands of matches before and if you want them to read what is in your match then the best way is to put in some commentary.

Cards and Profiles: Try to create a uniform set of cards for your wrestlers. It gives an elegant view, and an easier way to browse your show. Give commentators and announcers a specific picture to identify them too. If you do use your cards for identifying the speaker in a role play ensure that you viewers can tell who the wrestler name is also be it from the card itself or from the some text stating the name underneath.

Presentation: Always use a dialogue form instead of narrative discourses.
(i.e: Use “Wrestler1: Speech” Instead of “speech” says wrestler1)

Videos: Try to reduce from their use, or not to use them at all. They just slow down your shows, preventing visitors from fully browsing the show, which eventually end up in repelling viewers instead of attracting them. If you want them maybe have one for the start of your show but giving them to every wrestler is a waste of time because honestly … noone cares what song some wrestler in your fed got off Youtube to use for his theme.
The exception to this is if you create your very own custom video’s. If that’s the case be sure to find a way to promote the fact they are custom because then people will probably want to see what you have created.

Originality: Try to come up with original storylines, original graphics, original matches. Anything and everything original as this will help get people hooked on watching your shows. Sometimes even trying to keep an original roster can help because I can assure you people have seen more than enough John Cena’s or Stone Cold Steve Austin’s and there various variations over the years.

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