With 1999 drawing to a close and 2000 dawning, Venusada (SL for our merchant squad) came up
with the idea to host a weekly Lottery on AD for a fun guild event. The lottery
would be open to all players who could come and behave themselves and would be
free of charge. Names would be randomly drawn and prizes given out to the winners.
Lotteries were fairly easy to setup, attracted large crowds and would increase the visibility of
AD and the customers to it. In addition, since many prizes of great value (like
weapons of vanquishing, power, silver and force, portraits, armor etc..) were given
out to many people, the players who came were benefited as well.
By Jan. 2000, 4 lotteries had been held on a nearly weekly basis with many more planned. On average
120+ people would show up for them and a system had been worked out to get prizes to the
winners and make things run as smoothly as possible. Many Syndicate members
are involved in running them now and without them Lotteries wouldnt be possible. Open
to the public, Lotteries have proved a huge hit on Atlantic shard.
Here is a picture of a typical lottery turnout.