OngoingWorlds blog

News & articles about play-by-post games, for roleplayers & writers


Taking 5

When we need to reach a certain word count set by the mod, it can be difficult. But not everything needs to be said or even thought. Sometimes, bringing in our five senses gives two characters something to do or talk about. Read More


Inner Child: Young Characters

hey arnold

Have you ever wanted to go back in time and make things better in your childhood? Do things differently? Tell the bully on the playground to shove off? Luckily, you are a roleplayer! Even better, you’re on OW! But simply putting a young age on your character and a cute picture of a kid as the character profile picture does not a child make. It’s all in their mannerisms and speech patterns. Read More



Small Avatar 2Hey OW family, I’ve been away from my home for awhile [my home here at OW] and honestly, as a moderator and a member of the community, I feel I owe everybody and explanation and an apology. And that’s exactly what I’m here to do. Read More


Myths and Legends


So, you decide to take a page from history, or the coolest parts at least, and do a game involving myths, folklore, and/or urban legends. But what do you do? You can go scary, fantastical, and more. Heck, try for superhero while your at it! But let’s see what each thing is first. Read More


Some random planet/world name generators

coruscant from star warsApologies if I’ve posted many articles about random generators, they seem to be the most popular, so here’s another!

Here are some useful links to random generators for naming your planets/worlds/realms, ideal for sci-fi or fantasy games:


Planet name generator

Simple, interesting names that can be used for a planet, or for a world/realm in a fantasy setting. Read More


Why roleplaying is like playing Minecraft

minecraft village

Minecraft is a great experience, I’m sure many of you have played it (if not, go do it! At least for an hour or so!). Even if you do not have a gaming tower, you can rent a dedicated server and start away. You start off alone in this vast world with nothing, and you might be looking at the blank landscape – “Is this it? What do I do now?” until you start digging your first mine, or building your first structure. In Minecraft you can build anything, and you might have seen some pretty amazing constructions built. Read More


Sitcoms and Roleplaying Games

Big Bang Theory cast w logoIn today’s entertainment world, it seems we are flooded with a plethora of shows that seem to just run into each other via plots or ideas. These shows tend to be very unsuccessful and usually end within the pilot or the first or second season if they’re lucky. But then, there are those shows that seem to triumph over the rest, the ones that stick out, the ones you might have thought you would hate but would come to love. Situation Comedies or “Sitcoms” go best with this pattern, in a way, roleplaying games can follow suit, since there are games like the baccarat online which is really popular these days. How does it relate? How do you make roleplaying games like sitcoms? Well there’s only one way to find out.  Read More


5 horrible scenarios to heighten drama in your story

game of thrones stark crying

Enjoy it or not, grizzly tense drama can be exciting, and you might want to create some exciting drama to put your character through. Here’s some ideas, feel free to add your own ideas in the comments at the bottom. Read More


10 Ways To Create A Near-Future World That Won’t Look Too Dated

scifi city

I saw this great article on io9 that had some great points about creating a near-future world. Read More


5 ways to make your audience empathise with your character

Data from TNG crying

Everyone wants to read about a character they can empathize with. Here’s a few tips written by Sal Taybrim from Starbase 118 from the article Compelling Characterization (read it in full here).  Read More