T I P S
Hosting a large-scale event is more difficult than it seems. Common problems that arise include: dropping out, cheating, late prizes, and lack of motivation. Here are a few tips you should take into consideration before posting your event thread:
✔ Plan beforehand. Before posting your thread, make sure it's visually appealing, organized, concise, and informative. Have most of your missions/tasks written out.
✔ Don't make it too time consuming. If your focus is spamming (fps, exp, etc.), expect most of your participants to drop out within the first week. End the event within a month unless your price is HUGE; keeping people motivated longer than that will be difficult. Give at least 2-3 days to complete each mission. Don't drag out registration either. Keep the registration period around 1-2 weeks, or participants will stop checking your thread and won't be on top of things when the event actually begins.
✔ Keep the competition close. Close scores => competition => motivation. Don't make your event too easy or too hard. Have a maximum number of points attainable for each task. If needed, plan a (fair) tiebreaker.
✔ Make it fair. Certain players may have advantages such as: being a pro, being an amazing artist, having tons of free time, being in your time zone, etc. Don't make it too skill-based if you're looking for a lot of participants. Examples of non skill-based missions include: puzzles, forum hunts, anagrams, drawings, and writing. Take other time zones into consideration. If you're using NPCs, make sure they're online at reasonable times for players who live in other countries OR create a time schedule.
✔ Know your event. You (and any co-hosts) should be able to answer every question with clarity and confidence. If you lose track of scores or are unfamiliar with your own deadlines/rules, you'll lose credibility as a host & people will lose interest in your event.
✔ Minimize change. You have no obligation to change rules/prizes/missions just because a few participants complain. If you're constantly making changes to your event, participants are going to get tired of keeping up.
✔ Have the prizes ready before you begin the event. (& Don't use it.) You never know what emergencies might arise later on that prevent you from purchasing cash or attaining the prizes.
✔ Keep your event page clean and simple, yet visually appealing. Minimize text. If there's too much to read or if the design/fonts/colors make the page look cluttered, no one's going to bother to read it. Emphasize key phrases by bolding/underlining/coloring certain parts of the text.
✔ Enforce your rules. If you allow even one exception, others will demand the same later on.
✔ Don't make too much work for yourself. If there's a lot to do, designate certain tasks to co-hosts. If you have to look through hundreds of screenshots on your own, you'll get tired of hosting your event. And if you're tired of your event, your participants will most likely be tired of it as well.
✔ Update regularly. If you update scores regularly, participants will see the persisting competition and be motivated to do better. Update your Current Mission, Mission Index, FAQ, etc. frequently as well.
✔ Be reachable. Check forums and empty your inbox regularly. Answer questions ASAP; no one likes waiting.
✔ Make it unique. Have a fun storyline, include videos/pictures, etc. It'll help get people interested and keep them interested.
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