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We Need A FallFest Host!

Hello everyone!

It is that time of year again… for what you ask… FallFest or the Simming Fall Festival! With us entering the season of FallFest we need to select a host. It is the first time for applicant selections through SimmingHub but we are trying to keep things like they were in the past. If you’re interested in hosting & chairing the role playing world’s premier one-day community event, submit an application by September 4th. FallFest has been held every year since our first festival back in 2011 started by OngoingWorlds.

For those who may be new to these events, 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 towards the 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!

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SciWorld and FallFest Need You!

Hello everyone,

Today I just wanted to post a quick message to remind the community at large that the SimmingHub Organizing Committee has openings to help select sponsor clubs for each of the upcoming SciWorld and FallFest Conventions. In the coming months we want to start accepting applications for FallFest’s sponsor club and as a result we need help from those who have a vested interest in offering their time. This will not take much work and would merely be a few short conversations over Discord about applications and reviewing those who apply to select a sponsor for each event. If you have an interest please feel free to explain why you are interested, the group or groups you have been part of and a brief bit about your history in simming/role playing then send this via email to jhina (at) tnuproject (dot) org.

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What a SciWorld!

A SciWorld for the ages! Where do I even begin? With some of the most diverse topics & panels I’ve ever seen, great ideas & comments from the audience, and a trivia event that felt more like a shark feeding frenzy, this SciWorld had it all. I haven’t even mentioned the hilarious opening ceremony video yet; thank you Charles and the team for that. If you missed SciWorld, we look forwarding to seeing you at FallFest, which will happen sometime later this year. Both events will be held in this discord server moving forward.

Now that TNU Project‘s SimmingHub has officially assumed the management & administration of SciWorld & FallFest with the completion of our first convention, I would like to personally thank Ongoing Worlds and Charles Star for sponsoring the last three SciWorlds and all 10 FallFests. Your service to the community is much appreciated and we hope to live up to the ideals you championed. On behalf of the Ongoing Worlds Board of Advisors and the SimmingHub Organizing Committee it is also an honor of mine to bestow some awards to members of the community, without whom this event would not have been possible.

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2021 SciWorld Online Convention

The 2021 SciWorld Online Convention begins today at 11:30 am EDT (-4) / 3:30 pm GMT (+0) / 4:30 pm BST (+1). 

This year’s convention is sponsored by TNU Project, hosted by Independence Fleet, and chaired by Aurther Winters.

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4 Reasons to go to SciWorld this Saturday, June 12th

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:

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SciWorld 2021: June 12th

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.

As we previously announced, Ongoing Worlds is turning over general management of both SciWorld and FallFest to TNU Project and Josh Hina. This and future conventions will be sponsored by TNU Project’s Simming Hub. This year’s SciWorld will be jointly hosted by Independence Fleet & Pegasus Fleet, and co-chaired by Aurther Winters & Amethyst.

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2020 ToS Winners!

It’s time to announce the winners of the latest Tournament of Simulations (ToS). We asked for nominations in January, and you responded by nominating a whopping 64 absolutely incredible games from across the community. That’s definitely a modern tournament (since 2011) record, and maybe even of all time (since 1999). It just goes to show that simming and online role playing is far from dead. In fact, it’s as strong as ever.

As I say every year, evaluating sims is a subjective art, and this is certainly true with ToS.  We’re not here to identify the best games as this is impossible.  Instead, we’re here to identify what we think are outstanding role plays that exude excellence.  A different set of judges may very well chose a completely different set of winners.  And that’s okay! In case you’re interested, this is how we select the winners. With that on the record once again, here are your 2020 tournament winners:

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The best-laid plans… Simming IRL Get Together… in 2022?

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!

Assuming all works out…

…If you’re interested in participating, please fill out this short survey.

Thank you, and we’ll see you next year–hopefully!

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2020 ToS: Submit Your Nominations Today

2020 has finally come to a close, which means it’s time for the annual Tournament of Simulations (ToS) competition. For those who may not be familiar with ToS, this is where you can enter your role play to potentially win a prize at no cost or risk to you! Judges from around the community go through all of the entries and grade them on story, characters, and readability. All sims will be considered, regardless of any club or fleet affiliation. We then present awards to the top-scoring games. The games that don’t place are not announced. That’s right: you’ve got nothing to lose, so why not enter?

Okay, enough on that. How about we get on with the nominations…

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That’s How You Do FallFest

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!

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