|And now I get Pickle Rick t-shirts from edgelord teenagers, but I'm NOT BITTER!|
The very preliminary thing I will say is that this article is designed for people without a current community. If you have the option, joining an already existing community is much easier to handle and much less work on you, as likely you won't be the guy running the community you end up joining.
|No one is gonna put Buddy in charge. And yeah, it's going to be a LOT of Community-based jokes today.|
|Most importantly, don't be Pierce. Or Chevy Chase, for that matter.|
|Everyone can come in and have fun together! Hooray!|
|We need clean intelligence, Abed. No references, no callbacks.|
|They look dang good, though. And yes, that is me on Christmas Eve.|
Second, you need consistency.
|Check it against your list and see.|
Related to THAT, ensuring a clean area that's ready for players gets people in there and keeps them there. You have a good idea of how much space you're going to need, you can make sure the table is ready for your players to come in and play a game at. If you ask nicely, you can probably move anyone playing a game on that table to somewhere else (make sure to ask nicely! Flies, vinegar, honey, etc). By trying to build a community, you basically have to become bartender (keep the place clean), kids soccer team manager (organizing games/tournaments/passing out orange slices), and judge (for any rules disputes).
|My Dad is NOT Judge Judy and Executioner!|
Third, be friendly! It's not just about looking nice and having a good play area; you need to BE NICE too.
|Crazy for Swayze. And let's all ignore the rest of that quote...|
- Cheap start up cost as compared to other miniatures games!
- No need to paint, unless you WANT to!
- Easy to understand, fire then move! The rules aren't super complicated, I swear!
- Play whatever Star Wars ships and characters you want!
- No auto-win, it's a matter of what you bring and how you play it!
|I suggest Newsies costumes when passing these out|
Fifth, tolerance. Yeah, we're hitting a lot of things today.
article about tilting, and we haven't had many issues with that. My above point about hygiene, again, we haven't had an issue at our local with that either.
You can't and shouldn't kick people out for being weird/slightly off. Nerds, as a general rule, are a little eccentric to begin with. You SHOULD talk to your players and inform them if legitimate issues start to arise. If someone in your community starts becoming toxic, you need to NICELY talk to that player and let him know his behavior is affecting the game play of everyone else in the community. Remember my Dolton quote above? "Be nice!" But be Dolton, the bouncer. You're in charge of this community, you need to keep the peace for EVERYONE.
If the behavior of the player in question is just starting to be toxic, work with him and let him know ways he can improve that aspect of his personality (so that it stops affecting the community as a whole). If he persists on acting that way, let him know that it won't be tolerated for much longer before something more drastic gets done about it. This may be as simple as you and the rest of the community giving him the silent treatment and not playing him unless he becomes less of a problem, or you may even need to escalate things to have the game store's owner inform the individual that he's not welcome there any more.
Don't jump for banning immediately, don't start banning people after one incident or whatever. Banning someone is a FINAL STEP that should be taken only after that person has exhausted all other attempts and options you've given them to clean up their behavior. Banning should mainly be reserved for INCREDIBLY terrible people, racists/bigots/cheaters/ACTUAL bullies, people who have been given every chance you've given them and they've rejected them all.
|Seriously, don't be Pierce or Chevy Chase|
|I'm calling dibs on the Han Solo role before Jeff slouches into it by default|