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The Guild Leader's Handbook by Scott F. Andrews

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Chapter 10. IRL: Dealing with Reality

If you've played MMOs for any length of time, you know the acronym IRL and its strange relationship with MMO gamers. IRL stands for "in real life." It gets tossed around quite a bit in statements like, "I'm 24 years old IRL," "What do you do IRL?" or "Problem IRL, gotta go." The implication is that the online world is somehow completely separate from real life. For some people, it may be comforting to believe that this is the case. Role-playing aside, however, it just isn't true.

This chapter should help you to deal with the reality beyond the game itself, as well as how to set up and organize fun and safe real-world guild events.

Online Gaming Is Real

Although the characters you play are confined to a computer ...

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