One of the most pleasant aspects of being a GM is reviewing applications and welcoming new players aboard your sim. Opening my email and finding a new application to read and review can be quite exciting. However, as a GM, you have to be selective about who you accept on your sim, and this is where things get tricky.
Making the wrong decision on a potential applicant can cause a lot of headaches down the road, as many GMs have learned the hard way. We have a lot of tools in the application process to determine whether a new player is a good writer – the biography and the sample post are generally a good indicator of writing skill – but is that enough to determine whether the applicant is a good player?
Being a good writer and being a good player are two different things.
That’s right, if you haven’t already heard, SciWorld ’21 is on Saturday, beginning at 11:30 AM EDT (-4) / 4:30 pm BST (+1). Our team from Independence Fleet & TNU Project have put in a lot a work to create a dynamic and provocative list of events backed by an outstanding infrastructure. It’s going to be a great day, and we want YOU to be a part of it:
It doesn’t matter if you’re into Star Trek, Star Wars, Dr. Who, or something else entirely. Or if you prefer chat sims, play by e-mail, or message boards. If you’re a simmer or online role player of any persuasion, there will be something there for you! But what do you really get out of SciWorld? Here are 4 reasons you should attend:
We hereby invite all simmers and online role players to join us at 11:30 am EDT (-4) / 3:30 pm GMT (+0) / 4:30 pm BST (+1) on June 12th for the 2021 SciWorld Online Convention. We’ll start with the opening ceremony, move into seven hours of engaging discussions, interactive trivia games, and live chat role plays, and then conclude with the closing ceremony at 7:00 pm EDT / 11:00 pm GMT / midnight BST. As always, it’s sure to include a little bit of everything.
In 2019, we announced plans for an in-person simming & online role playing convention to tentatively take place in 2021. Unfortunately, 2020 had other ideas.
If we’ve learned anything over the last 12 months, it’s that we can’t anchor on anything during this pandemic. Assuming vaccines have been widely administered and COVID-19 is shrinking in the rear view mirror, we’re going to try this again for 2022. Clearly, there are a lot of ifs here!
What a FallFest! This past weekend, the entire role playing world came together for the 2020 Simming Fall Festival: a full day of lively discussions, great role playing, and interactive trivia games. It was top-notch from the opening to closing bells. A real testament to the power of our greater community. Simply put, FallFest was incredible!
That’s right, if you haven’t already heard, FallFest X is on Saturday. Our team from Pegasus Fleet and Independence Fleet have put in a lot a work to create a dynamic and provocative list of events backed by an outstanding infrastructure. It’s going to be a great day, and we want YOU to be a part of it:
It doesn’t matter if you’re into Star Trek, Star Wars, Dr. Who, or something else entirely. Or if you prefer chat sims, play by e-mail, or message boards. If you’re a simmer or online role player of any persuasion, there will be something there for you! But what do you really get out of FallFest? Here are 4 reasons you should attend:
You’ll get to rub elbows with many prominent members of our community. In fact, some of the most successful and influential role players and simming leaders of all-time will be attending and facilitating events. Learn from the best!
You’ll hear about the latest and most innovative techniques and strategies for leading a successful role play. Indeed, there will be multiple events dedicated to running better games. Discover what’s working for others today!
You’ll be able to role play with others from different clubs and genres. With a diverse set of hosts and settings, you’ll experience a wide range of concepts and ideas. Challenge the simming norms and help break barriers!
You’ll have fun! All simmers and online role players, regardless of rank or club affiliation, are invited to attend and participate. There’s no way to energize your sim or club than to come back with a fresh perspective.
Big announcement time: After nine years of sponsoring the Simming Fall Festival (aka FallFest) and three years of sponsoring the SciWorld Online Convention, we’ve decided to turn management of both events over to TNU Project, where Josh Hina will continue in my role as General Coordinator. Josh and TNU will maintain the club-host model that we’ve used, but they’ll be handling all of the behind the scenes stuff that Ongoing Worlds has typically done.
Ongoing Worlds will sponsor FallFest 2020 while TNU Project will then assume sponsoring responsibilities for SciWorld 2021 and all future SciWorlds & FallFests. Sponsoring these two premier community events, which are steeped in role play history has been one of our greatest thrills here are at Ongoing Worlds. However, it’s simply time to move on, and we have no doubt that Josh and everyone at TNU Project will continue to make them better and better. To aid in the transition, Pegasus Fleet and Independence Fleet will be jointly hosting FallFest 2020 and SciWorld 2021.
Yes, join us for FallFest X on Saturday, November 14th. It will be a full day of engaging discussions, interactive trivia games, and live chat role plays–in a Discord server open to all simmers and online role players, regardless of rank or club affiliation. Basically, this is where we all come together as one to share ideas, information, and energy!
AlexM of Pegasus Fleet & Ken Gillis of Independence Fleet will serve as co-chairs. They’ll be on point to build the schedule, advertise, and generally ensure that FallFest runs smoothly. It’s a big job, and they need your help!
What can I do?
Plan to attend: this is one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet & connect with other role players!
Invite your friends: let them join in on the fun too!
Contact star [dot] idf [at] gmail [dot] com if you would like to host a one-hour discussion, trivia game, or role play.
That’s right–it’s almost time for FallFest 2020 aka Simming Fall Festival X. If you’re interested in hosting & chairing the role playing world’s premier one-day community event, submit an application by August 28th. FallFest has been held every year since our first festival back in 2011.
For those who may be new to Ongoing Worlds, FallFest is a one-day online convention held annually in Discord chat rooms for anything and everything simming and online role playing. We remember our past and look to our future. It generally runs for a few hours and includes provacative discussions, trivia games, and live role plays. Originally intended to be a mini-SciWorld more friendly to European time zones, FallFest has since grown into much more!
We need a host & chair to make it all happen
The host is a club or fleet 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 (a Saturday sometime within September to December)
Design a unique 2020 festival logo. Last year’s logo is above.
Recruit approximately 8-12 volunteers to run individual one-hour events.
Work with those volunteers to create unique and engaging events (discussions, sims, and trivia games) that represent and support the interests of the broader community.
Create or provide the Discord 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) to 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.
The host should be a strong, robust club willing to provide the chair with all of the required volunteers and resources. Members of the host club/sim must be ready to attend the festival to help make it a success. In short, the host must fully back the 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 and to run FallFest–it’s a HUGE job!
Applications will be judged by the Ongoing Worlds Board of Advisors based on the above criteria. Applicants should highlight their past experiences and capabilities and show how those traits make them the ideal team to plan & lead FallFest X. The host & chair may be selected before the application window closes. Unsuccessful applicants will not be revealed to the public. I will notify all applicants of the selection before the official announcement. Additional information may be requested from applicants before a decision is reached.
The application window will close on August 28th at 11:59pm EDT. All applications should be emailed to star (dot) idf (at) gmail (dot) com. If you do not receive a receipt confirmation email within 24 hours, please resubmit. Requested information:
Host name (club)
Year Host was founded
Chair’s e-mail address
Year Chair began simming
Why should this host & chair be selected? (≤ 250 words)
FallFest is a special time for everyone, but especially for the host & chair. For a few short hours, the entire simming and online role playing community will circle around you–It is the biggest event in simming. Those memories will last a lifetime.
Best of luck to all applicants! And for everyone else, see you at FallFest X!