Alright so Zamo PMed me and asked me if I could make a thread that outlines the booking process, so that people who want to volunteer know what they're getting into. So, here's some advice that I can give... 1. Don't start booking ANYTHING until you have a good amount of characters signed up. Everything that you book is going to totally depend on the characters you have available. The people running this game should first focus on advertising it around the forums and getting a good amount of people interested. There's no point in putting together a fed that has only 5 characters! 2. Once you have characters signed up, take a look at their gimmicks and how characters could potentially interact with each other. Do certain characters look like they should be heels or faces? Do some characters have some striking similarities with others that might make them friends, or some differences that might make them enemies? That's how you'll figure out your first feuds. Pick characters that you think would mesh together in storylines. 3. Come together as a booking team and figure out a long-term direction, then figure out the specifics on the way. When I book with my co-mods in the WCSF, we come up with long-term ideas first. Generally, we think of matches that we'd like to have happen at our pay per views, and then think of how we can get there with storylines. So before you start booking your first show, you should have an idea for at least a few weeks down the road of where you want this to lead to. That way, you'll be able to make stories that make sense, and not stories that change every single week. This also goes along with determining which characters you want to push. Do you have a couple promising characters that look like they'll be really good? These might be the ones that you want to push right away. Not everybody can start out as a main eventer. That's the absolute hardest part about starting a brand new game like this... you don't know who's going to be main event caliber, so you have to make your decisions based on relatively little material. 4. Booking individual shows. Alright so you've gotten to the point where you're going to start booking your first show. Just think of it as a text-based version of Raw or Smackdown; you're going to have a few backstage segments, a few matches and a few promos in the ring. Who you choose to put in what depends on the stories that you're trying to create. When you book a match, give who you want in the match and in spoiler text or whatever, a very brief sentence of what you want to happen. So, using WWE characters as an example here just to make this easy, you'd label it like this-- MATCH - Triple H vs. CM Punk [This is where you put the description. You'd say something like "Triple H pins CM punk using the ropes for leverage.] For a backstage segment, you'd do something like this: SEGMENT - John Cena interview [John Cena is interviewed by Josh Matthews about his upcoming match.] For a promo in the ring, maybe something like this: PROMO - Kane Speaks Out [Kane comes to the ring and cuts a promo about being Hell's Favorite Demon or whatever] So everything in the brackets is what the writers see, and based on what's there, they write out a full match, segment or promo, using their creativity to fill in the gaps. The bookers create the overall storyline and give a general idea of what each writer should write about, but the writer really has control over how their character is presented. I hope all this makes sense, I'll reply to this post afterwards with a better example that you'll find more useful. 5. Post the card, and assign a due date. Then, collect! The card that you create, then, is basically a layout of stuff like that, the little instructions that you give to the writers. The writers look at it, see what they're assigned to do for that show, then have however much time you give them to complete it (I usually give a week). Then they turn it in via PM to whoever is going to collect the show for that week. The person who collects the show puts it together and makes it look all nice to post, and when the results go up, all of the matches, promos and segments are posted in a thread in the order that you placed them in the card. This part is simple. 6. Enjoy the show, and repeat! Once the completed show has been posted, allow people some time to relax and take some time off from writing and enjoy what everybody else has written. This gives people a chance to discuss everything that happened on the show, and maybe take some guesses as to the storylines that the bookers are creating. Of course, a good booker never reveals the secrets that lie ahead in future storylines I know this all seems complicated, but it's really much easier than I make it sound in this post, once you get the hang of it. It's about as close as you can get in an e-fed to running things the way that actual promotions do. In the next post, I'll give some examples of matches, promos and segments. Be back soon.