Monday, November 30, 2009

With so many new people starting up leagues, this is just my own personal advice I've learned from running RPWA, NGEN, BAD, and WFW/WFWNE over the last twenty years.

1. It is inevitable that you are going to make mistakes, the key however is learning from those mistakes and not repeating them.

2. In order for the league to be successful, it has to be fun for both the RPers and the owners. The two essential parts of this is keeping everything as stress free as possible and letting both the RPers and match writers to have creative freedom. If people feel like they are being held back, they aren't going to give you their all or worse, they will try to conform and lose their identity. Part of the reason wrestling has fallen on real life on PPV is that there isn't enough character that have a personality or look that stands out.

3. Understand your limitations and pace yourself. It is no good to anyone to burn yourself out. (I violated this one myself.)

4. Understand your RPers and don't burn them out. Back in the Prodigy days, you'd constantly have new people discovering Fantasy Wrestling Topic and you'd always have fresh new talent out there. It however is 2009. You have to stagger lineups and who is on each show and if cards are coming out too quickly, slow things down a bit.

5. Everyone on the card is important and you need to treat them as such, from top to bottom, you never know when someone who is lower in the card or in the midcard will step up their game.

6. Reward hard work. Every great league has "engines" which get things going. Without them, they become dead leagues.

7. Reward quality work. Some of the RPers I've read over the years deserve to be printed up in a book to be saved for prosperity.

8. Reward characters you enjoy writing for. If you as a match writing find characters that make you excited to write a match, that is half the battle with keeping a league going long term.

9. Try to make as many cards as possible feel special. Since match ups tend to repeat themselves, try to find new ways to put a new spin on the same match up so it doesn't feel like simply another repeat. Try to watch some older and modern wrestling DVD for ideas that you can use in your match writing.

10. Remember the history of your wrestlers and use it to connect the dots to tell cohesive storylines.

11. If at all possible, try to give every match on a show a reason for happening. Back in the glory days of Nitro, there were some great cruiserweight that have long been forgotten because on a regular basis, they just threw two dudes out there without a reason for having a match. It also makes a match much easier for the RPer to RP for.

12. There will be times when the person you want to push isn't the guy who should be pushed and in that case, you have to do what is best for the league.


Blogger John said...

Great write up, gives a lot of good insight for those starting a new league, like myself. I took each pointer and noted it. Thanks!

6:17 PM  
Blogger Kevin Healey said...

Really enjoyed reading this. I've dabbled in fedheading myself and you're right about so much of this. Being a fedhead is like being a good coach, you have to know how to handle the personalities in your league. Everyone is different with different agendas.

2:10 PM  

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