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Throw Your Name in the Hat to Host FallFest 2020

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!

Application

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)
  • Host URL
  • Year Host was founded
  • Chair (person)
  • 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!

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2020 SciWorld Online Convention

SciWorld 2020 is today! The fun begins at 1730 UTC / 1:30 PM EDT (New York) / 10:30 AM PDT (San Francisco). Head on over:

A special thanks to Josh Hina of The New Universes Project for serving as this year’s chair.

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Why You Should Attend SciWorld Tomorrow

That’s right: SciWorld 2020 is tomorrow, Saturday, April 18th.  Join us then at 1730 UTC / 1:30 PM EDT (New York) / 10:30 AM PDT (San Francisco) for the Opening Ceremony. Josh of TNU Project and the rest of the event hosts have a fantastic line-up ready for us.

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:

  1. 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 in history will be attending and facilitating events.  Learn from the best!
  2. 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 now!
  3. 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!
  4. 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 than to come back with a fresh perspective.

As always, if you would like to host a one-hour discussion, trivia, or sim and there’s still space in the schedule, please contact Josh immediately at jhina [at] tnuproject [dot] org with “SciWorld” in the subject line.

See you tomorrow at SciWorld!

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Announcing SciWorld 2020: April 18th

With everyone stuck at home simming, why not role play some more? That’s right, join us on April 18th at 12:30 PM EST / 1730 UTC for the 2020 SciWorld Online Convention, which will be hosted by TNU Project and chaired by Josh Hina. You might remember TNU and Josh from last year’s convention, which they co-hosted. They did such a great job, we decided to bring them back.

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It’s… Also SciWorld Time!

Last year’s title card

Yep, time to get those SciWorld Online Convention hosting nominations in too. While the 20-year anniversary for SciWorld was last year, it’s still special every time.

Send nominations to me at star [dot] idf [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject SciWorld: Nominee Name and include the following:

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20 Years of Sunfire Script

Utopia Fleet

For as long as I can remember, I’ve heard people say, “I’ve been simming for 20 years.” Well, I can finally say it myself.

I’ve been simming for 20 years. 

Wow, that felt good!

On February 16, 2000, the USS Sunfire NCC-3935, a Bedford class starship, launched in old Utopia Fleet’s Deep Space Exploration Division.  I was the ship’s CMO.  That’s Chief Medical Officer for all you non-Trek role players.  Fast forward to today and it’s hard to image my life without play-by-post role playing.

I’ve been a writer, a politician, a diplomat, a founder, an editor, a counselor, an investigator, a philosopher, a Captain, an Admiral, and even a game show host–all of which are never going to happen IRL (that’s In Real Life for you non-simmers).  Role playing’s taught me a lot about people, life, and myself.  All in all, it’s been a fun ride.

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Simming Get Together IRL 2021

How would you like to meet other role players IRL? IRL stands for In Real Life, by the way. We do a lot together online–write stories, attend conventions, and generally hang out. What would it be like to meet outside of the Internet?

Let’s find out! We’re tentatively planning to host a convention or rally sometime in 2021. That’s literally all we know right now: it’ll be in 2021! If you’re interested, click on the link below and fill out the form.

Interest form: Click Here

That’s it!

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FallFest. Wow. See you Next year.

What a day! One week ago the entire role playing community came together for the 2019 Simming Fall Festival. it was a day full of provocative discussions, live role plays, and interactive trivia games.  It was outstanding from start to finish in every measure: A real testament to the power of our greater community.  Simply put, FallFest was incredible!

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2019 Simming Fall Festival

That’s right, FallFest 2019 is today. See you over there.

A special thanks to all our hosts and other contributors.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Attend FallFest on November 9th

As we previously announced, the 2019 Simming Fall Festival (FallFest) will be held this Saturday. We’re proud to have 22nd Fleet serve as host and Andrew Greenfelt as chair. Here are 10 reasons why you should attend on the 9th:

  1. The entire simming and online roleplaying community will be together in online chat rooms for engaging discussions, interactive trivia games, and live chat role plays.
  2. Basically, we share ideas, information, and energy! 
  3. 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 in history will be attending and facilitating events.  Learn from the best!
  4. 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 now!
  5. 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!
  6. 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 better way to energize your sim than to come back with a fresh perspective.
  7. You can invite your friends!
  8. You can contact 22nd Fleet if you would like to host a one-hour discussion, trivia game, or role play.
  9. FallFest is something you’ll not quickly forget.
  10. You probably have a lot to share with the community as well.
    We want to meet and hear from you!

See you at FallFest IX!