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Applications now being accepted for FallFest ’13 host & chair

2012 FallFest logo

That’s right, host/chair applications are now being accepted for the biggest simming event of the year: FallFest 2013!  That statement immediately begs two questions:

First, what is FallFest?

FallFest is short for the Simming Fall Festival.  It’s an annual one-day extravaganza sponsored by Ongoing Worlds that’s dedicated to everything about or relating to online simming and role playing.  It takes place over the course of several hours in IRC chatrooms and will feature chat role plays, interactive games, and topical discussions & workshops.  Participants get to meet other role players from around the globe, learn more about their craft, and have fun all at the same time.  Each FallFest is open to everyone in our growing community, regardless of rank or club affiliation elsewhere.  It’s always a blast!

Second, what is a host and chair?

The host is a club or sim that partners with Ongoing Worlds to make FallFest a reality and success.  The chair is an individual from the host club who serves as the point person to coordinate the schedule, advertising, and logistics.  More specifically, the host and chair will work with the Ongoing Worlds staff to:

  • Select a date and time for festival (sometime in September or October).
  • Design a unique 2013 logo (last year’s logo is above).
  • Find approximately 8-12 volunteers to run individual one-hour events.
  • Work with those volunteers to create unique and engaging events that represent and support interests of the broader community.
  • Create or provide two IRC chat rooms.
  • Promote and advertise the festival.
  • Host opening and closing ceremonies on the day of the festival.
  • Attend all FallFest events (usually two at the same time) and ensure that they run smoothly.
  • Be ready to improvise when things don’t go as planned.
  • Post-festival, provide a list of lessons learned for next year’s team.

FallFest ’12 was hosted by the independent sim USS Asimov, and chaired by the Asimov’s Captain, Jonathan Swift.  Those who attended last year know that Jonathan and the Asimov set the bar high!  Indeed, Jonathan was awarded the first Squiddie for his excellent performance.  So what qualities are we looking for in a potential host and chair this year?

The host must be a robust club or sim willing to provide the chair with the required resources and volunteers.  Members of the host club/sim must be ready to attend the festival and help make it a success.  In short, the host must fully back he chair.

The chair must be highly organized, self-motivated, and possess superior attention to detail.  More importantly, he or she should be patient with others and willing to compromise when necessary.  It takes a special person to run FallFest.  🙂  It’s a big job!

Enough already, where’s the application?

Applicants will be judged by the Ongoing Worlds staff based on the criteria mentioned above.  Specifically, applicants should highlight their past experiences and show how those experiences make them the ideal team to lead FallFest this year.  This year’s host & chair will be introduced in early September.  Unsuccessful applicants will not be revealed to the public.  Charles Star will notify all applicants of the selection via the chair’s email address before the official announcement.  Additional information may be requested before a decision is reached.  All questions should be directed to Charles at

Applications will be accepted through August 31st.  All fields are required.

Good luck!


  • Kim

    May be something for next year. But looking forward to participating – time zone willing 🙂

    • Charles Star

      Kim, hope to see you there! Normally we start it in the evening for European time zones. By the time we’re wrapping things up, it’s the evening for American time zones. This way we make it accessible to as many people as possible.

      • Kim

        Brilliant, well, I’ll give it my best were it to be happening in November, we could have timed it with our own reboot!

        • Charles Star

          Just thinking about it, it might make for an interesting event for you talk about New Worlds Project. You could discuss the history of the organization, what makes it different from traditional sims/clubs, and how you see it affecting the community, etc. Basically it would be an expansion of the article you recently published here except you’d be available to answer questions. I’d at least be interested in attending. If you’re interested, I could run it by year’s chair (once we name him or her).

          • Kim

            Absolutely – we’d be up for it! There’s a lot to say about it and I think it can provide some interesting food for thought about where we positioning ourselves moving forward.

  • Charles Star

    Thank you to the teams who have already submitted applications. I want to remind everyone else that tomorrow is the last day to throw your hat in host/chair. I’m looking forward to another great FallFest this year, and I’m sure many others are too!

  • Charles Star

    I’m pleased to announce that Diego Herrera will chair FallFest ’13. I’m sure that he and the entire team from UFOP: StarBase 118 will do a fantastic job. Here’s to another great FallFest!

    • Ed Brown

      Hi guys, Diego Herrera here – just wanted to say thanks to the powers that be for choosing me and UFOP: SB118 to host this year and we’re looking forward to setting up a fantastic event for you all!