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Dear Calli

This is a fantastic idea!

In a future blog, do you have suggestions or information on how to organize a guild bank or how can we organize it better? Our bank at ER is mess. What sorts of things should be in it? Do we put tradeskill items other members can use for their trades?

Thank you in advance.

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Hi Stardancer!

Thanks for your question about guild banks. I’ve got a little bit of advice about guild banks, and hopefully it will be useful to you. The answer to your question is not an easy one, however; one answer cannot be applied universally across the board for all guilds.

If you are a small guild (less than, say, 50 accounts), and consider yourself a “social” or “leveling” guild, I think the most prudent way to set up the guild vault is to have no more than three tabs, arranged in the following manner: General Tab, Material & Pattern Tab, Quest and Services Tab. In your General Tab, provide a place for guild members to deposit and withdraw equipment such as armor and weapons and class-specific books. In the Materials & Pattern Tab, allow members to deposit and withdraw items that are used in any of the tradeskills; things like tailoring patterns and material, enchants and enchanting mats, schematics – all things tradeskill-related. In the third tab, the Quest and Services Tab, allow members to deposit and withdraw non-soulbound items related to collection quests, potions, bandages, and other things that help in the leveling process.

For a larger guild (50-150 accounts), I suggest that you utilize the above-three tabs as outlined for a small guild. However, rather than combining Patterns and Materials into one tab, break them into two separate tabs so that you have a “Materials” tab and a “Patterns” tab.

For a larger guild that is raid-focused, I suggest that you set up a “Raid” tab in which you store potions, flasks and other items that are needed on a regular basis for a regular-occurring raid group (or two, or three). Make sure that all members of the raid team are made aware of the tab; you may also choose to make deposits into the tab a requirement for withdrawals from the tab. Remember, though, I am not a member of a “raid guild” nor am I a raider, so my knowledge about bank etiquette within a raid guild is limited.

Also, for larger guilds, you may wish to assign the job of “Bank Administrator” to a trusted guild officer. The Bank Administrator is responsible for keeping tabs on deposits, withdrawals, and for keeping the bank vault sorted, stacked and free of “junk” (white items that can be bought from vendors or gray “vendor trash” items).

As for the monetary management of the guild vault, that is completely up to each individual guild. Depending upon the direction of the guild and the agreement of its members, funds may be saved for a special occasion or freely distributed to its members daily.

This answer to Stardancer’s question about guild banks may be brief, but believe me, I could have written pages and pages on how to properly run a guild bank. With that being said, I chose the “brief route” because different guilds are managed extremely differently. If my answer above doesn’t fit a specific problem you might be having with your guild bank, write me at epicdolls@yahoo.com and I’ll give your problem a look.

Thanks for your question!

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