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How to become a GM / Moderator!
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How to become a GM / Moderator!

A lot of players ask this question, so I'll answer what could contribute to being a GM, but this is not a sure-thing kinda list. A lot of people want to be GM and we are honestly VERY picky.

Curent "GM hiring status": Multiple GMs that could fill 1 or more roles in this list: Support GM, Event GM, Scripter/Assistant Scripter, Spriter, Wiki Manager, and/or All around GMs. We also need a promoter badly!

(Even if it says we are not currently hiring GMs, you can always send in your application, and we'll keep it until we need new GMs.)


Roleplay Manager : In addition to regular GM tasks, this GM is in charge of encouraging roleplay on the server, mainly with events and storyline. They are required to make at least 2 Light VS Dark event per month, as well as be in charge of the ToH. For each roleplay L/D event, a new chapter of the chronicles of the heroes must be written. This GM is in charge of making the storyline of the server progress (general ideas must be submitted to the Admin for approval however). Players applying for this specific role must have a certain experience of roleplaying (be it online or tabletop), mention your experience at the end of your application. It is also mandatory that the applicant has participated in at least 1 ToH in the past 6 months.

Player Relation GM: In addition to regular GM tasks, this GM will focus on reports that come from one player and relate to another player, such as KS reports, complaints of insults/disrespect, etc. This spot requires mediating skills, maturity and a good deal of patience.

Support GM: In addition to regular GM tasks, this GM is in charge of the Support Ticket system, of answering as much tickets as is possible for them and then of dispatching the others amongst the GM team. They must also do the followup on all tickets to ensure they are resolved in a timely manner.

All-Around-GM: Doing moderation, support, bot check, dual-client check, hosting some events, answering player's questions in game and in forums, etc. Someone who wants to do a little of everything. Dedication and availability is a must for people who apply for this spot.

Event GM: Self-explanatory, hosts many events for players' delight.

Scripter: Someone who can script RO NPC and also test/fix scripts from other GMs. Having a test server is a plus, mention it. An example of scripts you've made in the past helps too.

Spriter: Someone who can make graphical sprite for the server, ideally someone who can handle .act file as well.

Promoter GM: This GM is in charge of promoting heRO, mainly on RMS, they also contribute to heRO's Facebook and twitter.

Wiki Manager: This GM takes care of the heRO wiki, adding some content themselves and double-checking the content added by players, also deals with player registrations.

Test & Dev Manager: This GM handles the test & dev section application, and cleans up the user list from time to time, keeps the "to test" content up to date, as well as files and tool needed for players to contribute.

Tech GM: We are always looking for experienced technical GM to help mostly outside of game. Someone who has already hosted a server (be it a test server or real one) and who is comfortable with Linux/MySQL/the SVNs/etc.

Other GM task may include (depending on each GM's expertise) but are not limited to: helping to test scripts, spriting, mapping, making suggestions & giving opinions regarding server related issues, etc.
    Minimum requirement to apply:
  • Play on heRO! We don't accept applications from people who have not yet joined the server! Furthermore, we usually recruit our players from our veteran players that we know well and can trust. At least 3 months is mandatory.
  • Minimum forum post count of 20. GMs also moderate the forum and actively participate in ongoing discussion about the server, being forum active is important. (Don't Spam!)
  • Send in your application with the template correctly filled (see below).
  • Be part of the Test&Dev section for over 1 month. To join the T&D see here.
  • If applying for the Roleplay manager position, you must have participated in at least 1 ToH in the past 6 months, indicate the date(s).


    Other things that could contribute to being chosen as a GM:
  • Be a model player (follow the rules and encourage others to do so). GMs have to try to set a good example for players.
  • Be helpful toward others (both GMs and players).
  • Be active! If you don't have time to play, how will you have time to GM? This includes being active in game and on forums.
  • English! We welcome applicants who can speak more than one language, to support our very varied community, however good written English is a must, with proper spelling and punctuation.
  • Check your spelling, no one wants an illiterate GM.
  • Don't bother current GMs to know the identity of their legit characters.
  • Don't insist/harass GMs to become one, this is a sure way to NOT become a GM.
  • Be humble and selfless, this is not a "power" position to rule others, GMs are there to help the players.
  • Be ready to receive PMs and read support tickets with whine, rants, suggestions, lots of questions and other comments, some of that could be tedious sometimes but it's part of being a GM.
  • Be ready to start low level GM and have commands and privilege come with time (Internship period first).
  • Make sure you have time to be a GM before sending your application. It's rather demanding time-wise and GMs who are inactive will be removed after some time. Being an active GM can leave you with little time to play your legitimate character, so make sure you consider it carefully.
  • Patience is definitely a must!
  • Contribute on the heRO Wiki
  • Being a helpful part of the "Test & Dev" section can also greatly contribute to being chosen. Just joining the section isn't enough, you have to do some work. If you don't do it as a player, how can we trust that you will do it as a GM?


GM/Mod Application Template:

Copy and paste this template and fill it with your answers (remove the stuff in parentheses), you are welcome to add more for GM, for mods you can write N/A for questions that do not apply. Once complete and you're sure it's ready for review send it to GM-Rahice via PM.

We will confirm receipt of your pm, from then on all you have to do is be patient and continue the things mentioned above that contribute to being a GM/mod. All applications are kept until we decide it's time to choose a new game master or moderator, they are then reviewed, a few candidates are selected and discussed among-st the active GM until we come to a decision. We will contact you *if* we need follow-up information or if you are chosen, otherwise you will not hear from us. You may renew your interest in GMing/moding if your application was sent over 6 months ago or if some information from your old template has changed and you want to update it, however do this moderately.

For GM applicants, selected candidates become Intern (level 20) before being full-fledge GMs, with limited powers in game, a forum account and a GM account on the test server to practice their commands. If things go well they are afterwards added as GM (level 40).
    Name: (first name only will do if you don't want to give your full name)

    Age:

    Main character(s) name, class and level: (Usually most people have 1, but if you consider more than one character your main feel free to include all.) *This is mandatory, if you don't play heRO, don't bother to apply!*

    Other characters: (You don't have to list all your characters, but the more you put, the more chances you have that the GM teams notices one of your characters)

    How long have you played RO?

    How long have you played heRO? (If you have played under 4 months wait before turning in your application.)


    Servers you have played on and how long:

    What languages do you know? (Include your expertise in each language you list, this is spoken and written language, not programming ones)

    What country, city and time zone are you from?

    What do you think GMing/modding is about/entails?

    Why do you want to become a GM?

    What are your area of expertise and what kind of GM do you think you'd be best at?
    (Here is a list to help. Please leave any that are relevant, and add on any others.
    This list is a guide only.
    - Scripting npc for RO
    - Spriting graphics for RO
    - Mapping for RO
    - Hosting/GMing a RO server (say which and tell us about it)
    - Wikia formating/editing
    - C++)


    How much time per week would you put into GMing? (Think of this honestly and long term, and not just the first week where usually most new GM are very motivated)

    What contributions have you made to heRO as a player? (Examples: Testing, Scripting, Spriting, Helping newcomers, Answering questions on main, Voting, Leaving a RMS Review, Donating, heROWiki writing, Hosting a player event, etc. List all that applies.)

    What contributions have you made to the T&D? (Reminder that 1 month is mandatory. Please list what you have helped test and/or develop if you have not already.)

    What Wiki contributions have you made?

    Lastly, tell us more about yourself, your personality, etc.

Other stuff you may want to include if it applies:

Your previous experience as being a GM and on which server(s).
Your previous experience at making/hosting your own server.
The usual time frame you play / would be available to GM.
Programming experience if applying for Scripter.
Roleplay experience if applying for Roleplay manager.
Anything else you want to include.

We are always searching for Moderators! If you want to apply, fill the above form by replacing every "GM" with "Moderator" and answer to all the questions. Being part of the test & dev is not mandatory for Mods, if a question does not apply to moderator just put N/A as answer. Send your applications to GM-Rahice via PM.

I will review each application with the other GMs. I reserve myself the final word, but will be listening to their advice. I also reserve the right to de-GM any GM who would not be doing a good job, or who would be inactive.

Peace,
Pandora ^_^

Updated Feb 16, 2015

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RE: How to become a GM!

Thank you to everyone who sent their application, I'm happy of your interrest in the server and of your wanting to help it. Unfortunatly, not everyone can be chosen. I've decided on 2 people to become new GMs. I will contact them soon to tell them and ask them to choose their name, I will then introduce them in-game sometime this week.

Please do not bother ANYONE (either GMs or Players) about the identity of the GMs, I hope for everyone's cooperation on this, please consider them as new people and welcome them warmly. Please also be patient with them if needs be. ^_^

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The new GMs will have a trial period, as with previous GMs, I'll let you know when the time comes to vote.

Our 2 new GMs are:

GM-Bane (don't confuse with former GM-Ben XD)
GM-Hermes

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RE: How to become a GM!

Please welcome our newest GM!

GM-Windslip

He joins us as a true technical GM, thanks to him we should see the new svn change sooner than anticipated, he's also gonna help us get the CP back!!

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RE: How to become a GM!

2007/02/03 This weekend I'll be introducing 2 new GMs that are joining our team!

They are:

GM-Chocolate
GM-Tux

They are both in different timezone than the server, which should help to provide support during hours where most of the other GMs are not active. Chocolate joins us as our official Brazilian GM and Tux as a French GM. They will both help our international community be more united than ever ^_^

Please give them a warm welcome!

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RE: How to become a GM!

We are about to hire new GMs, I updated the topic with the GM positions available. As you know, we keep all applicant's informations and review all of them when comes the need to choose a new GM. However, since I added more specific positions available, feel free to apply to one of them if you want, or to renew your interrest by sending us an update on your application.

Once again, I'd like to remind you that we are quite picky, don't take it personally and don't feel bad if you are not chosen, I hope you can all keep enjoying heRO ^_^

I'd also like to remind all applicants that GMing is work, there are some "fun" aspects, but mostly it should be seen as a part-time job. If you want fun and play, you are already getting that from being a player, don't apply to become a GM. It's also not for you if you are power-hungry or want attention. GMs should be humble, we are not "gods", we are there to help the players and do our best to improve the playing experience of the heRO comunity.

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RE: How to become a GM!

Please give a warm welcome to the newest addition to our team: GM-Altheridos ^_^

He joins as our new Roleplay Manager, expect more L/D events!

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RE: How to become a GM!

Will be introducing a new addition to the GM team GM-Aki tomorrow night (monday), please come give your warm welcome ^_^

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RE: How to become a GM!

I'm re-opening the position of Roleplay Manager, GM-Altheridos is now an all-around-gm, his schedule did not seem to allow him enough time for his former position (which does not stop him from roleplaying), I'll take care of ToH again until the post is filled. We are also, as always, looking for tech GM, and maybe 1 more all-around-gm.

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RE: How to become a GM!

Will be introducing a new GM in game within the next few days, most likely friday night. He joins us as tech GM, but you'll also see him in game I'm sure.

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RE: How to become a GM!

GM-Loki was introduced, forgot to make a mention of it here but he's been on the server for a good 2 weeks now ^_^

Revamped the first post a little, opened up the spot of Player Relation Manager, as sadly GM-Chocolate is no longer active Icon_sad

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