I bet you’ve seen hundreds of websites claiming to be an awesome play-by-post game, and you might have even got excited about the game and wanted to join – but then realised the game stopped running 5 years ago (or maybe even longer in some cases!).
Some play-by-post games fail, it’s a fact that we have to live with. Some are fun for a while but then go stale and close due to inactivity, maybe the members had an argument, maybe they all went on holiday or moved house and forgot about the game until it was just a distant memory. Or maybe the game just wasn’t attracting members, maybe it was too complicated, or maybe it wasn’t advertised enough to new members.
None of these things reflect badly on the person who created the game (and if definitely shouldn’t put them off trying again!), but keeping all these old games around is dangerous. I explain more about why this is dangerous here, but to put it briefly, imagine coming to a website claiming to be full of hundreds of amazing roleplaying games, but actually find that over half of them are dead and empty – like ghost towns.
Deleting old games
This is why I’ve been moderating some of the old games on OngoingWorlds this weekend, and removing all games that haven’t had a post in over 60 days. Many members will have received an email over the weekend if they created a game that has been left dormant. I didn’t want to just delete the games without letting people know, as many of them might have put some real effort into the story at some point – only to let it finish for reasons beyond their control.
The games page is now significantly trimmed down, but that’s a good thing. It means that all the games on there are current and active.
Are the games gone for good?
If you’ve had a game that’s been deleted, it’s still possible for me to retrieve the data for you. Submit an email using this form and include the name of the game and I’ll be able to restore the game for you.