Archive for the ‘OngoingWorlds guide’ Category

New “story summary” feature added

December 10, 2012 1 comment

Last week I added a new feature to OngoingWorlds which allows long-running games to show an summary of the recent story. This is to communicate recent events to a new member without amending your game description.

I explain it better in the video here:

Introducing the fly-out character summaries

June 11, 2012 1 comment

This article has been moved, you’ll find it here. 

New feature: Rating member posts

September 13, 2011 1 comment

Here’s a new feature that we’ve recently added to OngoingWorlds. There’s nothing better than receiving feedback to help you improve your writing. We’ve added a new feature that allows you to rate other posts to let the author know how good it was.

How to rate posts

When you read through posts in your game written by other members you’ll see 5 stars at the bottom. These will show the current rating for the post, showing the average rating that everyone else has given.

Rate posts

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Need an autosave?

June 9, 2011 Leave a comment

A woman looking miserable because her computer has crashed
One of the features that has been requested to be added into OngoingWorlds is to add an autosave feature for when you’re writing a new post. I’ll explain about that in the article here.

Give awards to your members in OngoingWorlds

May 6, 2011 3 comments

Squid holding trophy

In my article “Rewarding your members with awards” I introduced the idea of giving awards to members in your OngoingWorlds game.

This article has now moved. You’ll find it here.

Writing your first post

January 12, 2011 1 comment

Worried girl writing on laptop

You might be confused, you might be cautious, you might feel under pressure that your post isn’t going to be as good as everyone else’s. This is normal when you’re writing your first post in a new roleplaying game, especially if you’ve never roleplayed before. After you’ve made the plunge and submitted your story post, things will get much easier and you’ll get a grasp of what’s going on, and wonder why you were worried in the first place.

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I’ve created a new game, now what?

November 19, 2010 1 comment

So you’ve just created a new game, given it a title and a description (if not, go back and see my article “How to create a game in Ongoing Worlds”). And you might be wondering what you have to do next. Your game is merely skin and bones, and you need to do a few things to flesh it out, by adding an image, some initial characters, and develop the story by writing some posts. You’ll probably want to do either of these things next, but you can do them in any order.

Brand new game

Add an image to your game

The image will display on your game’s homepage, next to the description you’ve already written. This image will be shown on the “All Games” page so make sure it’s inviting to the kind of people who you want to join your game. Click “Edit this image” under the default image and choose an image from your computer.

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How to create a game on OngoingWorlds

November 16, 2010 2 comments

Ever wanted to run your own roleplaying game? There are many ways you can run your game, either using a forum, or creating an email newsgroup, or using a Yahoo Group.

Use OngoingWorlds!

OngoingWorlds has been specifically created for roleplaying games, so it’s better than trying to get a forum or Yahoo Group to do something it wasn’t intended for.

With Ongoing Worlds, you’ll be able to approve pending members with a simple click, and this will automatically put their character profile into the Character List. Also as a Moderator, you’ll be able to edit the questions that you ask new members when they apply to join.

Create a game

On the Ongoing Worlds website, click “Create Game” at the top.

Click create game

Login or Register first

You need to login for the next step. If you already have an account login with your username and password. If you’re a new user, click register now.

You’ll now be taken to the New Game page

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Editing the character groups in your Ongoing Worlds game

October 17, 2010 3 comments

The Ongoing Worlds website has a lot of features to help you manage the characters in your play-by-post game. This article will explain how you can customise the character list, and how the characters are grouped and displayed.

What are Character Groups?

On the Characters page for your game, the characters will be arranged into groups. These groups can be edited by the GM.

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Categories: OngoingWorlds guide

How to join a game on Ongoing Worlds

October 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Joining a game on Ongoing Worlds is easy, and the process has been made as easy as possible for the GM to quickly review your application process so that they can decide whether or not to allow you into their game.

Browse the available games

Click on “All Games” to see a list of all available games.

click all games

Click 'All Games'

You will be shown a list of all games, including a thumbnail photo for each, a description, and the titles of the two latest posts. Look carefully at the dates of the latest posts, if they were posted a very long time ago, there’s a good possibility that this game has been abandoned. Also look at the number of players, it’s likely that you’ll want a game with more than a few players, but a high number of players might mean the game is very active.

all games

Browse games for one you want to join

Select the game by clicking on the title link. You will now be taken to the game’s homepage, where you will see the full description, and a list of latest posts.

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