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OtherSpace – Story arcs in a MUSH

December 1, 2012 2 comments

Otherspace

I received an email the other week letting me know that the space-opera MUSH OtherSpace is starting a new story arc, and they’re asking for money contributions to help out with funding their hosting, marketing expenses and production costs. You might have heard of OtherSpace, we hosted an article about them earlier this year interviewing Wes, the creator (you can see it here).

Whilst OtherSpace is a bit different to the types of roleplaying games ran on OngoingWorlds, they’re remarkably close and still have members who contribute to an ongoing story, just like our play-by-post games. I interviewed Wes again, asking some questions about his new story arc called “Broken Web”. Read more…

Your character is a product of their ancestors

November 29, 2012 Leave a comment

I hope you’re enjoying Way Back When Week! If you’ve not heard of it yet, see here.

Your character is a product of their ancestors. It’s a weird way to look at it, but it’s true of us all. The knowledge and experience that our parents have gathered gets passed onto us, including many life valuable life skills, and family values. Often we pick up hobbies and interests from our parents, follow the same sports, watch the same TV programmes, and do similar hobbies. Don’t forget though that your parents probably got a lot of these skills, values and interests from their parents too, and them from their parents and so on. Read more…

Time distortions in roleplaying – Do your story threads match up?

November 23, 2012 2 comments

Distorted clock

One of the most complicated aspects of writing for a roleplay online is one that I’ve actually never heard many people discuss, although every game and group probably has their own interpretation of how it should be handled. What I’m talking about is time.

Time is more or less constant (unless you ask an astrophysicist of course). And often days or weeks can go past between writing your roleplay post, and you often don’t want time to have elapsed since your last post, which means time goes slower in your roleplay. Read more…

Introduction to Star Army – a bespoke play-by-post universe

November 3, 2012 Leave a comment

People and armour

Star Army is a play-by-post roleplaying game using a phpbb forum. The game consists of dozens of plots, all taking place in the same shared universe. They have about 80 regular members who write and roleplay for the site, and has been going since 2000.

I spoke recently with Wes Davis, creator and administrator of the game, and he was able to answer a few questions about Star Army.

Tell us about Star Army

Wes DavisRoleplay primarily focuses on military starships and their crews. We’re just coming out of a multi-year metaplot that was war-centric, so we’re starting to shift focus onto independent adventure plots on the dangerous frontiers of the major empires and improving the diversity of plot types and character types.

Star Army is a space opera setting with faster-than-light travel, aliens, space navies, and post-human construct races. Major themes include questions about what makes us human and what is worth fighting for. In Star Army, the galaxy is in the aftermath of an epic series of wars. Read more…

New OOC update for everyone

November 1, 2012 1 comment

I heart OOC

The OOC update has been around for quite a while, but until now you’ve had to opt-in by registering on a form on the original article. Now it’s available for everyone, in all games.

Here’s a video where I explain how to make a post into an OOC post, it’s really simple. Read more…

Chas Hammer is awarded the OWCH

October 29, 2012 Leave a comment

The OWCH awardI’d like to inform everyone that Chas Hammer, a member of our Board of Advisors, has resigned and decided to move on with his career. Chas joined us earlier this year in March when OngoingWorlds and the Simming League merged. During his seven months on the board, Chas has been an invaluable asset to us all. With that in mind, I now present the second Ongoing Worlds Community Honor to Chas Hammer for his service on the Board of Advisors and for hosting SciWorld 2012.

Congratulations! Read more…

The best sims are original sims – member-created universes in RPing

September 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Submarine

Then the torpedo struck. A massive explosion threw him clear of the ship and over the side, tearing the small warship in two in the process.

The captain came to a minute later. As he floated in the Arabian Sea, he saw a flash in the middle distance. A streak of light climbed out of the ocean and turned north, dropping low and hugging the sea. Another flash followed a minute, doing the same.

At this point, he realised what the streaks were. Cruise missiles.

As two more missiles followed from their underwater launcher, the captain prayed that a Third World War had not just started. Read more…

Fallfest 2012 – IRC event for roleplayers

September 18, 2012 2 comments

Fallfest banner

DavidThis article was written by Charles Star of Independence Fleet. Fallfest is similar to SciWorld, a chat event that ran a few months ago, but at a much more friendly time for Europeans. This sounds like a good idea to me, I was asleep when the best bits of SciWorld were happening!

Charles StarWe’re less than a week away from FallFest ’12!  What is FallFest, you might ask?  Well, it’s actual name is the Simming Fall Festival, and it’s an annual extravaganza held in online IRC chat rooms.

So this year on Friday, September 21st, role players from around the globe will come together to celebrate their craft: online simming and role playing.  We’ll meet for discussions, trivia games, and live sims hosted by some of the most talented and celebrated role players on the net.  With everything from Star Trek to Buffy, we’re sure to have something for you! Read more…

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Impressing the Moderators – Character creation 101

September 14, 2012 Leave a comment

DavidThis article was written by Andy from Blue Dwarf, a roleplaying game I’ve been running for over 11 years. Andy’s been a moderator for many of those years, and knows what to look for in the application of a new character. On OngoingWorlds, creating a character is the 1st part of an application to join a game, so it’s got to get the Moderators attention, and be well written. It’s the only way you can prove your skills as a writer and if it’s not up to the Moderator’s expectations, they might not allow you to join the game.

 

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Stand out from the crowd

As a moderator of a sim on Ongoing Worlds, I tend to see a lot of character submissions. It’s always great to see interest in a sim, for people to have a genuine desire to join the story that you’ve been building for several months or even years, which makes the disappointment of a poor character submission so frustrating. The character that you submit to the moderators is what the first impression they will have of you will be made up of. They don’t know anything about you, other than what you put in the form, so it’s important that you get it right.

Imagine, that you’re applying for that job you really want. Would you send a CV that’s lazy, and unimaginative? Of course not, so why do it here?

The profile that you compile will tell moderators what you’re going to be like as a contributing member of their group. Moderators care about their sims, and are usually protective toward them and will only want to accept members who will create interesting posts, and they’re not going to be convinced of that if you send them a profile that doesn’t even live up to that expectation. Read more…

Aimee gets her prize

August 24, 2012 1 comment

You’ll remember a few weeks ago week Aimee won the First Person Fortnight competition, which meant I swiftly sent her prize (a snazzy mug) through the post to her. She sent me this photo of her enjoying a cuppa!

Aimee drinking from mug

Aimee with her prize

Congratulations again Aimee!

If you haven’t read the winning entries for the competition, you can see them here.

Member Izzy publishes book “Simply Complicated”

August 10, 2012 Leave a comment

simply complicatedOngoingWorlds member Izzy and GM of the popular game “What will be, will be…” has published a book, making her the first published member (I published a story in an anthology but I’m not sure if that counts). Here’s the blurb of her short story:

Do you ever feel unloved? As if everyone around you was oblivious to your pain, and wish only that someone could hear your silent screams? Phoenix Hudson does. Her best friend, Juniper, has suffered from depression and various other mental conditions since the age of ten, and it has always been Phoenix’s job to stay strong for her, allowing her own mind to suffer. But now Phoenix has noticed a new guardian angel in her life. Will the love she feels make or break her fragile soul?

I asked Iz what made her want to publish a story and where she got her inspiration and encouragement. Read more…

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Runner up – Back To the Deep End

August 5, 2012 1 comment

This story was voted 4th place in the First Person Fortnight competition. You can read the winning story here.

Back To the Deep End, written by Sue Wilson.

I am down at the Dock watching the river go by. It is running high and fast and the ripples of brown water carrying detritus from upstream; logs, bottles, plastic, bags. Occasionally they vanish, sucked under by the current, some times reappearing a few feet  away, other times being lost forever. Others spin round and round in the eddies set up by the angles around the dock gates. It is almost hypnotic – I could watch this all day.

“Cale! There you are!”

Only apparently I can’t. Read more…

Runner up – Last Rites

August 4, 2012 1 comment

This story was voted 3rd place in the First Person Fortnight competition. You can read the winning story here.

Last Rites, written by Mark Vorenkamp.

The once brilliant blonde hair was nearly all gone and what remained had turned grey-white. The fit physique of a country-boy had become the ponch of an older man in the age of easy divorce and fast food. The boyish charm and easy smile of long ago had been replaced by a pleading look and a slight quiver at the edges of his mouth.
How I hated him.
We had met a lifetime before, 1953, before civil rights, in a small town in the Deep South where even today crosses are burned in front yards and “good old boys” were the celebrated norm. I had the misfortune of having been born there. I walked an hour every morning to the small run-down school in the next town while my neighbors climbed into school busses and rode in comfort to the new brick structure standing as a monument in the center of town. That particular day I had been running late, having stayed after school to finish my work in one of the dozen communal-textbooks shared between the three classes of senior math. I had no choice but to take a short cut through a local farm to get to the elementary school before my brother and sister were released. They weren’t allowed to walk themselves back to town. Read more…

Runner up – Ethical Considerations

August 2, 2012 2 comments

This story was voted 2nd place in the First Person Fortnight competition. You can read the winning story here.

Ethical Considerations, written by Alleran Tan from Starbase 118.

I was born on Ferenginar and, much like most Ferengi, I was raised with the principles of our species: a form of hyper-capitalist profit-seeking completely out of place with nearly every other warp-capable civilization in the Alpha Quadrant. For all of my life this was all I cared about, a numbers game. How many bars, how many strips, how many slips. Credits and debits, stock options, negative gearing and dividend reinvestment.

How small and pathetic all that seems to me now. Read more…

Competition winner announced

August 1, 2012 9 comments

First person fortnight

The First Person Fortnight competition was a huge success, we had more entries than I even imagined! Before I tell you the winners, I want to thank the judges for all their hard work. Remember that every submitted story had to be read by our special ninja judges, then critiqued and scored to find the best story!

If you’re desperate to know the winner, you can scroll to the bottom but first Read more…