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Zodiac Fleet’s 20th Anniversary

This article was published at the request of Zodiac Fleet:

You are cordially invited to join Zodiac Fleet today, September 25, 2021 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time for our 20th Anniversary Celebration! 

Zodiac Fleet was created in 2001 to be a place for all roleplayers where people could come together to just have fun and leave the politics at the door. We are a fleet where the players are in charge and they run their own games with very little red tape and bureaucracy getting into their way. It is a lot like the tabletop games of yesterday where a group of friends come together to tell stories. 

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You’re Invited to Risa this Saturday

This article was published at the request of Zodiac Fleet:

Throughout the cosmos Risa has become another word for fun. From its tropical, sandy beaches to its crystal clear seas, any who visit are instantly taken in by Risian hospitality. Few ever want to leave the paradise planet, and that is especially true during the annual Lohlunat Festival. The Lohlunat Festival is an annual Risian holiday also known as the “Festival of the Moons.” It is a day of peace, of relaxation, and of friendship for all who journey there.

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2019 Simming Prize Winners

This article was posted at the request of John Nugra, the Administrator of the Simming Prize.

The Simming Prize dates back to 1999 in honoring the very best of the online role playing community.  Up to five Prizes are awarded annually to people, sims, clubs, and other organizations that (1) exemplify service, quality, and dedication within play-by-post online role-playing; or who (2) pioneer new technology or techniques within the community. The Prizes can recognize a significant onetime accomplishment, or sustained contributions over a period of time.  The Simming Prize is presented in the memory of longtime role player and leader Seth Cotis.  


After careful consideration and thoughtful deliberation, the Simming Prize trustees and judges hereby award the 2019 Simming Prize to:

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Bye Bye, 2020–Good Riddance!

Poussin’s Plague of Ashdod (1628-30)

2020 was unlike any year most of us have ever experienced before as the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc. Beyond the most unfortunate loss of life, many have also lost jobs, friendships, and more. 2020 is certainly a year none of us will want to repeat! With that said, all wasn’t bad, at least in roleplaying. We did publish a few articles that we hope you found helpful. As is our annual tradition, here are some of the best from 2020.

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Online roleplaying – Ideal over lockdown!

Hi folks, I hope you’re having a good 2020!

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I wouldn’t blame you for throwing that compliment back in my face, as 2020 is proving to be a turbulent year, with so much going on in the news, mostly the coronavirus pandemic, forcing so many people across the world to stay in their homes :-/

With much of our social activity now going online, one of the best ways to remain creative AND be social is to start, or take part in online roleplaying.

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Roleplaying games on OngoingWorlds based in fictional TV/Movie universes

Basing a roleplaying game in an existing world from a TV or movie franchise is a great idea because it gives everyone easy access to a world they’ve already seen.

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Some useful articles for writing about characters

many individual roleplay characters
SEE ALSO: A character doesn’t breathe until that first post

There’s quite a few articles on this website with advice for creating & writing characters that you might have missed. Here’s a list of some useful ones:

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July the 1st is Moderator Appreciation Day!

July the 1st is Moderator Appreciation Day! Please let the moderator of your game know you appreciate them by sending them a message!

If you’ve never heard of moderator appreciation day, there’s an article here, and a good video with Kim from RP Repository explaining it here.

I would like to thank the moderators of OngoingWorlds for making it a creative, engaging place for many different types of roleplaying games!

If you’d like to become the moderator of your own game (of any genre), you can create a game here.

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5 tools to create a new alien species for your story

You might be writing a science fiction story, like one of the many sci-fi roleplay stories here on OngoingWorlds, like Jericho or Star Wars: Balance of the Force.

At some point your characters might find themselves on an alien planet, about to meet a new race of unfamiliar aliens. Or visit a spacestation of a different alien culture. You might want to make that species as different as possible, to give it an exciting bit of flavour, and put your characters completely out of their element.

Maybe the aliens are hostile? Maybe they’re friendly. Here are some tools that can help you come up with some unique aliens:

Fantasy Name Generators alien description generator

This page will generate a short alien description. There’s also a page for creating a unique alien name here.

Sci-fi Ideas Alien Species Generator

This creates an alien description & goes into a lot more detail than the one above, as it can create a lot of detail about the culture. Also there’s a page to generate an alien planet name for this alien species here.

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5 random generators for creating a spaceship name

Stuck for creating a name? You could use a random generator. We’ve got a big list of links to random generators for all sorts of things, character names, planet names, Elf names, etc.

But the lists below are specifically for creating a spaceship name. Different scifi universes have different rules of spaceship names. For example the Star Trek universe normally has spaceships named after famous explorers, or positive-sounding words. Whereas the Star Wars universe has aggressive sounding names.

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