How to Prepare to Run for a City Leadership Position

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If you have any leadership experience in a gaming environment, then you know it can be as much fun as it is work. However leading some kind of political office in Achaea is more than just filling out reports and posting to the news. It means taking initiative, leading events, and interacting with members of the organization in which you serve.

Leading a city in Achaea is the next step up from leading a house. Prominent city leaders will find that this is just one more rung on the ladder towards applying of the coveted position of Celani. Unlike leading a house, which is only one small part of a city, leading the city itself means you are responsible for a larger group of adventurers.

The Election Prep Checklist

However even adventurers who are qualified for the position of an in character leadership role can fail to achieve it if they make some common mistakes. One of the biggest mistakes that adventurers make is to throw their name in the hat on the spur of the moment without thinking through the time commitment involved in holding such a position. Here are some things that can help you be elected to a city office.

  • SUPPORT – If you don’t have the support of your in-game spouse, friends, family, house, and other organizations then you may not be ready for leadership. Does this sound familiar? If you find that it is then ask people how they feel you could improve your chances.
  • CAMPAIGN – Form a committee to help you campaign during the election. If you are running for an office in Hashan, then have someone in your trusted circle sit at the Crossroads. This person can not only interject positive remarks about you during daily conversation, but they can also be your eyes and ears, letting you know the overall feeling of the general citizenship.
  • RESEARCH – Know what issues you want to tackle, and make them part of your platform. To do this you will need to research what people want, so you can prepare to give it to them. Maybe you are tired of seeing litter in the city streets, or you feel that the list of fines for enemies needs an overhaul. The important thing is for others to want them, too. If you run for reasons that don’t matter to anyone else, then they will not care to vote for you.
  • SLOGAN – It does not hurt to have a slogan, and once you do make good use of it. Create an election ribbon and embroider your slogan on it. Use your slogan to sign news posts, letters, and set it as your return message. For example if you play the character called Cain then your slogan might be, “A vote for Cain is not in vain!”
  • DEBATE – If no one else suggests it, and you feel you are prepared for such an event, then offer to host a debate where citizens can ask questions and better get to know the people running for office. Plant volunteers from your family, house, and Divine Order in the crowd to ask questions that you are prepared to answer.

Boost Your Credibility

You can boost your credibility in preparing to run for city office by getting involved. Serve as an aide to a minister, or better yet serve in a ministry position. If you do a good job, then it will tell others in the city that you are a character of your word. Serving the city in a lesser office not only prepares you for the position of city leader, but it also teaches you about the city itself.

Serving in a city ministry can teach you about the needs of the city in various capacities. It gives you a prime opportunity to get to know other citizens. And it helps you learn about why the city holds its traditions, like celebrating New Year’s through self-sacrifice, or with a concert held by a group of bards. Regardless of which city you plan to take over, good luck!

About the Author

University student Emily Saunders discovered MUDs when a fellow computer lab classmate introduced her to Achaea. Whether she is leeching WiFi from a local café or home on holiday, she checks in often for messages, news, and of course all the latest gossip from Lyaeus the Bard! When she isn’t studying or gaming Emily works as a freelance photographer and enjoys singing karaoke with her friends at the local pub.



The research point seems most important to me. Announcing a candidacy is pointless if you don't actually stand for anything. Obviously any election is a popularity contest to some extent, but a platform of SOME sort would still be nice.

my character would probably never tackle something like this, not enough time


but given that real life keeps interfering probably not

i've often seen people be voted because they're ubiquitous, rather than because they campaigned really hard.

Obviously they had a good slogan, too!

politics in Achaea are definitely one of the interesting parts of that microverse

I love the part about forming a committee. We recently had elecetions in Achaea and I saw with my own eyes how much it is worth when an important and respected member of a community declares that he will vote for a certain candidate.

Then be ready to brieb and threat people around. :D

Sounds like a good strategy :P

I prefer dictatorships sometimes. You have to convince the God himself.

A problem with gods who have absolutes is they have to understand their positions well enough to know if they hold and make sense as absolutes. Take Hallifax in Lusternia, their understanding of Arts and Science reads as if written by someone who didn't really understand Science.

In all honesty, don't do it. Too much drama!

heh, I thought all of IRE games had too much drama?

This is really great advice. Eilona's been told that she'd make a good leader, so perhaps I'll pursue it in the future.

I don't think I've ever seen an election have more than each candidate (usually the minimum required to run the election) making a newspost  and maybe answering a couple questions if they come up, and then waiting for the votes to be counted. Is this a Lusternia/Hallifax thing, or is it fairly representative of IRE in general?


I find this article a bit distasteful. IRE games are not so large that you shouldn't know the candidates and if you don't you shouldn't be voting.

yeah ive seen the amount of drama that can be involved


aww yeah

aww yeah!



good read

It's one of the best I've read.

Useful if this is something  you're interested in

Yeah part of why I didn't like how in Shallam positions got appointed, it lost some of that element.

In Soviet Mhaldor, leadership position runs for you.

... Ruth Stalin?

Has it been done already?!?!

Nice article!






Politicians never campaign for a cause that gives them a weakness and point of attack. They always mirror each other surrounding an emotional turmoil of current events. So it comes down to who has the most friends and cheap promises that may or may not pull through. Its more so a spam of attrition too knowing when to disclose at key points.

I would say if you have to prepare at all then prepare to lose.

I haven't ran for a city position or a guildmaster position either one, but when I am voting, the candidate with what I recognize to be the most well thought out platform gets my vote, and if nobody has a decent plan, then the lesser of however many evils there are.

Always a challenge when the members of one diety's order have a stranglehold on the city's politics, but i suppose it's all in flux

No way do I ever want to be a city leader.

This has limited relevance, I think. The political cultures in the various orgs are very different from one another, and the group of involved people is small enough that a slogan, for instance, won't sway anyone.

slogans op



For the moment I am happy with the way Targossas is run. Back in the days of Shallam, I remember being a very verbose opposant to Silas' sultanate, and House-City politics were full of pointless drama and backstabbing.


Now Silas is Dawnlord, and I wouldn't have it any other way. It's strange, no? Less politics, more action, more cooperation. I'm really starting to think we don't need Houses.



try bugging everyon untill you are the only one who they remember as an option



is contesting considered rude if you think you can do more then the other person


Nope, it's never rude to do what will make your city better. More skill, however, does not make a better leader. Dedication and following through on plans do. 

So many people throw a post up on the news and expect their reputation to carry them. Surprisingly, a pretty big chunk of the game doesn't even read news posts or might not notice an election at login. Talking to people directly shows that you are invested in the role - AND it creates a dialogue where they can share their thoughts. I take the time in every election to approach people and I hear really great ideas come out of it every time from the more quiet citizens, and it helps create changes, events, features for the city that I never would have thought up on my own. And the benefit, aside from the great new ideas? People like to talk. By letting them talk, you are basically putting them in the spotlight and creating a favorable impression of you and your leadership style. Don't even ask for their vote. Just ask for their ideas. *handwave psychology stuff*

One thing to keep in mind about leadership positions as well is that they're not for everyone. Sure it may seem like a good idea at the time, but a lot of city elections often contain people who throw their name in the proverbial selection hat for no other reason than to be part of all the attention. They have no idea how to address current issues, and they really don't care, but they still want you to vote for them (of course no one actually does).

I've lived through enough Archon elections while in Ashtan to see how petty and dramatic elections can be. People who hold positions for abnormally long tenures suddenly find themselves out of office and ragequit. So it's not for everyone. Consider too, that as a leader, you're always open to public scrutiny. I actually prefer Mhaldor's dictatorship style because it takes a lot of that bs out, and results are not only expected of the leader, but demanded.

I'm not prone to leadership positions, and the only times I've stepped up to them was when it needed to be done but no one else wanted to do it.