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The Simming Endeavor: Episode 1 (Introduction)

Hello, and welcome to The Simming Endeavor, an online role playing elimination game of skill, luck, and cunnning. I’m Charles Star and I’ll be your host. As previously announced, this experiment is both sim and game show at the same time. The contestants will role play together in the play-by-post sim we created on the Ongoing Worlds platform while weekly blog posts here simultaneously serve as game show episodes. Before we announce the sim’s genre, outline the rules of the game, and meet the contestants, let’s first demonstrate how to read these episodes.

This is me after the fact describing and reflecting on what happened.
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And this is me back in real time. I recommend not scrolling too far ahead of where you’re currently reading so that the surprises are revealed as they are intended.

Pretty simple! Got it?
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Yes, future me talking about what I’m doing now, we got it! Also joining me is our Director of Art, Bella of Omega Fleet. She will be creating the graphics that are used throughout the show’s run.

Thank you, Charles. Indeed, in addition I’ll be assisting the contestants with any and all of their avatar needs. Now, let’s meet those contestants.
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Hi, I’m Largehobbit from Ongoing Worlds. My preferred role play genre is dystopian fantasy/sci-fi, my favourite game show is Bullseye, and I started simming in 2016. I’m here to create and contribute to new worlds in which I can stretch my imagination and improve my writing skills alongside other like-minded players/writers.

Hi, I’m Avakhon Khinsharri from Broken Lands Alliance RPG. My preferred role play genre is Star Trek, my favorite game show is The Price is Right, and I started simming in 1995. I’m here to have fun.

Hi, I’m Tabitha from Star Trek: Borderlands. My preferred role play genre is Star Trek, my favorite game show is Deal or No Deal, and I started simming in 2017. I’m here to have fun 😊.

Hi, I’m October from the USS Vindicator of UCIP. My preferred role play genre is Sci-Fi with an emphasis on Star Trek, my favorite game show is Jeopardy, and I started simming in 2000. I’m here to kick some @#$ and take some names.

Hey, I’m Messenger of Heaven from Roleplay Wiki. My preferred role play genre is Fantasy, my favorite game show is Family Feud, and I started simming in 2017. I’m here to learn, have fun, and make new friends!

Hey there, I’m Alexander from the USS Scorpio of 22nd Fleet. I really don’t have a preferred role play genre, but most of the games I play on are Star Trek, though I also lead Battlestar Galactica and political sims, my favourite game show is Één tegen 100, and I started simming in 2005. I’m here to bring glory to my name and house.

Hi, I’m Sparky from Roleplay Wiki. My preferred role play genre is casual, my favorite game show is Family Feud, and this is actually my first sim. XD. I am here to have fun with everyone.

Hi, I’m Chase McFly from The Demon’s Light Wiki. My preferred role play genre is action/adventure/sci-fi, I don’t watch game shows, and I started simming in 2016. I’m here to have fun and test my RPing skills.

Hi, I’m Ametheliana from Star Army. My preferred role play genre is space opera, my favorite game show is Jeopardy, and I started simming in 2016. I’m here to write some fun stuff–win or lose!

Hi, I’m Mavis from the ISS Asha of Pegasus Fleet. My preferred role play genre is anything Star Trek, my favorite game show is most likely going to have to be ITV’s The Chase, and I started simming in 2006/7. I’m here to have some fun, but I wouldn’t mind trying to win.

Hi, I’m Mark Hyacinth from the USS Ariadne of UCIP. My preferred role play genre is Star Trek, my favorite game show is Wheel of Fortune, and I started simming in 1993. I’m here to meet new friends, and contribute to the overall fun of the game!

Hi, I’m Corliss Fortune from the USS Gorkon of UFOP: Starbase 118. My preferred role play genre is sci-fi with hints of romance, my favorite game show is Family Feud, and I started simming in 2008. I’m here to make friends and meet new people!

Hi, I’m Zuzutoo from Neverending Stories. My preferred role play genre is Firefly, my favorite game show is Hollywood Squares with Paul Lynde as the center square, and I started simming in 2006. I’m here to have fun, face challenges and collect shiny objects.


Welcome, contestants! Here you are, 13 of you to participate in this
enterprise that’s never before been attempted. First, I applaud you for taking a risk to try something that’s frankly, untried. You all are unquestionably the best the role play community has to offer. Undoubtedly, you will meet new friends, maybe even a few enemies, but that’s how the game goes.

You’re too kind. I’m definitely happy and honored to be here among my esteemed colleagues.
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This is great. I am very excited for this. I hope to meet new friends.
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Its lovely too meet you all. I can’t wait to play together! 🙂
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OMG this is so exciting. Can I say hi to all the folks back home at Ongoing Worlds? Hi Everyone and thanks for tuning in! Keep reading and supporting the show… no I mean it, keep reading or who knows what might happen to your characters and don’t think I.. of sorry yes of course. Love you all!!

So we pretty much have groups of folks pre-2010 and 2016 to present.
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Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra.
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The goal of the game is simple: Be the last player standing. Each week one of you will be eliminated by the votes of the other remaining players. The final player left will be the winner. You are free to form factions, alliances, and any other secret groups you can come up with. You are also free to double cross each other! Furthermore, you can vote for another player for any reason you like–it can be strategic, personal, or simply because you don’t like their posts. The rules are straightforward:

  • First, you must send at least two posts per week, one of which will be the weekly challenge post, which I’ll explain later.
  • Second, you must clearly indicate in-character and out-of-character text in your posts with “ON:” and “OFF:”, respectively, and sign all of your posts with both your name and your character’s name.
  • Third and finally, one person will be eliminated from the game at the end of each week. You must vote for someone.

That sounds exciting! I’m already brimming with energy over this!
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I am both excited and nervous about what’s to come I can’t wait to make friends here and complete challenges.
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I’m more than a bit nervous.
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With each episode, I’ll introduce a special guest who will announce the week’s challenge post. For example, if I were a special guest, I might say something like, “Write a post where Charles Star saves the universe.” I assure you that none of the challenges will be that dull, but please bear with me and my dreadful example. You would have until 12:00 noon EST on Wednesday to write a post where Charles Star saves the universe. As the guest, I would then read and rank all of the challenge posts based on quality, originality, and readability. The player with the top post would receive immunity for that week–no one could cast an elimination vote against that player. For episodes 2-5, the player with the #2 post will receive a 50% chance of immunity while the #3 player will receive a 33% chance of immunity and a 33% chance of granting immunity to a fellow player of their choosing. These will be decided by me with a six-sided die. For episode 6 and beyond, the #2 and #3 players will receive no reward. The player who receives the most votes at the end of each week is eliminated. Should there ever be a tie, the tied player with the lowest ranked challenge post that week goes home. For the final episode when there are only two players left, all of the eliminated players will cast a vote for the winner between the final two remaining. The one with the most votes wins. Simple enough!

Sounds exciting! I can’t wait to see what kind of challenges we will get.
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Punctuality and response. GOT IT! NOW, what about UNION dues? I am after all a registered PUN-MASER of the third degree! I got people to impress and minds to blow here!

I like that though I may be eliminated, I get to keep reading what I know will be fine posts and also get to vote in the end.
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I will also be instituting other rules and traditions as the game goes on. As host, I reserve the right of all rule interpretations and my word is final. I’m judge, jury, and executioner. There are no appeals. Are there any questions?

My agent told me I would have my own trailer and a bowl of blue M&Ms, who do I see about that?
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Largehobbit, I think you might be on the wrong show. Next question!
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I’ve never done play by post before, is it very different to play by email?
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Great question, Tabitha. Play-by-post more or less functions just like play-by-email. The only difference is that the posts are archived on the Ongoing Worlds website instead of being delivered to your email. I think you’ll catch on rather quickly.

Well there be a new genre every week?
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Wow, you are gluttons for punishment! No, I wouldn’t be that cruel. Once the genre is determined and you all collectively begin your adventure, the same storyline will continue through end of the competition. Speaking of genre, let’s do that now! The role play’s genre will be…

C’mon! Let’s get on with it!
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*Drumroll
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Ohhhh LET IT BE TREK! LET IT BE TREK!
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That’s right, the genre for your sim will be Star Trek! And your in-story setting will be the starship USS Endeavor.

YIPPEE KI-YAAA KI-YOOOOOO
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SWEET! ALRIGHT! We’re in my world now!
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Yes! My favorite!
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I’m glad! I grew up watching The New Generation I can’t wait.
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Star Trek is definitely in my wheelhouse! Endeavor is a good name.
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Oh good gracious! I’m going to have to study up on this. Not my usual!
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Wait, Star Trek. I might not understand it, but I will give it my all, you can count on it.
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Oh boy!
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Sokath, his eyes opened.
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We will now assign role play positions using a random number generator in Microsoft Excel. Whoever becomes the Captain will have a special responsibility. This individual will set the rules of the sim: He or she will determine the posting style, settle any disputes that arise, and generally choose the direction the sim takes in-story. The Captain can rule as a dictator, take votes, or use whatever other leadership method he or she can think of. Finally, the Captain shall ensure that a mission is started before the end of the first week. Should the Captain be eliminated, the remaining contestant with the next highest precedence number becomes the host. And yes, the new host can choose to promote himself or herself to Captain and to fill in the ranks of the eliminated. Or choose not to do so. In short, the Captain’s word in-story is final. This special responsibility can be both a blessing and a curse. Here are all the positions:

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Commanding Officer (CO)Captain
2Executive Officer (XO)Cmdr.
3Chief Operations OfficerLt. Cmdr.
4Chief Engineer OfficerLt. Cmdr.
5Chief Medical OfficerLt. Cmdr.
6Chief Science OfficerLt.
7Chief Tactical OfficerLt.
8Chief Security OfficerLt.
9CounselorLt.
10Intelligence OfficerLt.jg.
11NurseLt.jg.
12Astrometrics OfficerEns.
13Ship’s Bartenderno rank

Let’s begin…

Lots of roles. I hope I get something different!.
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Crosses fingers I hope I get something fun but not too complicated!
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NEVER vote off the ship’s bartender until there’s no more war nog, then OUT he goes! Klingon way to do it!
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With a precedence #13 and no rank, the Ship’s Bartender will be…
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Largehobbit.

Coughlin’s Law Number 7: “Never show surprise, never lose your cool.” Cheeky Vulcan Vimto anyone?
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With a precedence of #12 and the rank of Ensign, the Astrometrics Officer will be…
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Messenger of Heaven.

Yes! I love my rank!
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With a precedence of #11 and the rank of Lieutenant junior grade, the Ship’s Nurse will be…
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Mark Hyacinth.

Ship’s Nurse! Never done that before! Should be fun!
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With a precedence of #10 and the rank of Lieutenant junior grade, the Intelligence Officer will be…
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Mavis.

Well, I’ll be honest, I’m not really one to play Intelligence in Star Trek, but I will give it a good shot! I look forward to the challenge!
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With a precedence of #9 and the rank of Lieutenant, the Ship’s Counselor will be…
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Sparky.

Alright. So I am the Ship’s Chancellor. Okay then, time to research all I can about that role. Excuse me while I go do that now.
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With a precedence of #8 and the rank of Lieutenant, the Chief Security Officer will be…
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October.

Aight, I’m kind of living for this, I’m feelin’ it!
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With a precedence of #7 and the rank of Lieutenant, the Chief Tactical Officer will be…
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Ametheliana.

Temba, his arms wide!
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With a precedence of #6 and the rank of Lieutenant, the Chief Science Officer will be…
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Chase McFly.

Science Officer, I can work with this.
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With a precedence of #5 and the rank of Lieutenant Commander, the Chief Medical Officer will be…
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Corliss Fortune.

Oh! Medical? How fun! I haven’t played a medical officer before, this will be new!
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With a precedence of #4 and the rank of Lieutenant Commander, the Chief Engineering Officer will be…
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Zuzutoo.

Oh Come on! I’m gonna be making up most of the techie speak stuff.
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With a precedence of #3 and the rank of Lieutenant Commander, the Chief Operations Officer will be…
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Avakhon Khinsharri.

I KNEW IT! Always a bridesmaid and never the Captain! Ohhh well there’s always an alternate universe of endings! I can rule the galaxy from the bridge still as C.O.O.!

We have two players left, Tabitha and Alexander, and two positions left, Captain and XO. Who will it be?
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The suspense!!! 😨 Anxiously scrolls down.
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I hope the game isn’t always this stressful!
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I will serve this ship and her Captain with honor and GLORY, until such time as I am proclaimed victorious over the foes of my Empire!
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With a precedence of #1 and the rank of Captain, the Commanding Officer is…
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Tabitha!

Wow! 😶 I had not expected this at all. I’m a little nervous but I promise I’ll do my best.
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TABITHA! Amazing!
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Rock on, Tabitha!
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And that leaves precedence #2, Commander, and Executive Officer to Alexander.

XO, this works too.
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Congrats guys! This is going to be great.
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Good luck to both of them! I know those are high pressure roles!
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The beast at Tanagra.
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Lagehobbit, I think I could use one of those drinks now!
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There are dozens of Simming Prize Laureates and 10 individuals with Squiddie awards. However, there will be only one winner of The Simming Endeavor. This is your chance at role playing immortality. In addition, the winner will also receive $100 USD. It might be you! Second place will receive $50 USD, and third place will receive $25 USD.

Oooh! Shiny….
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Wow! Real money. I’m impressed, but I would have done it just for the experience.
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I was holding out for a speed boat and a colour Tv but this is not bad.
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Oh cool! Whoever wins will really deserve it then, and we’ll cheer each other on, of course!
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I’m only here for the GLORY fo the Empire! Of course, a few bucks to help fund future endeavors wouldn’t hurt me!
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I’m sure to give it my all, after all my ship the ISS Asha has plenty of this sort of stuff to go around with it being Terran and all. This should be a good practice if nothing else! 🙂

This is all so exciting!!!
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Now I’m shook. Game on!
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Contestants, now that we have all met, gone over the rules, and have our in-story assignments, let’s meet our first guest, who will announce the first challenge…


Tune in here to Ongoing Worlds next Sunday, September 15th for Episode 2 as the contestants face their first challenge!


USS Endeavor role playOngoing
Episode 1 (Introduction)September 8, 2019
Episode 2 (Abdication)September 15, 2019
Episode 3 (Déjè vu)September 22, 2019
Episode 4 (Humor)September 29, 2019
Episode 5 (Others)October 6, 2019
Episode 6 (Change)October 13, 2019
Episode 7October 20, 2019
Episode 8October 27, 2019
Episode 9November 3, 2019
Episode 10
November 10, 2019
Episode 11November 17, 2019
Episode 12 (Finale)
November 24, 2019