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SciWorld 2020 Style. Thank you.

What a fantastic celebration SciWorld 2020 was! It was outstanding from start to finish with excellent discussions and really, really fun trivia games. We’re all obviously in a situation wholly unfamiliar to us: the novel coronavirus pandemic and everything that it affects. However, SciWorld helped us break through that barrier and connect with each other just like we always have.

I’d like to personally thank everyone who had a part in making SciWorld 2020 a success–everyone from chair Joshua Hina and his leadership team at TNU Project to the event hosts to anyone who had a role behind the scenes, be it IT support, graphics design, advertising, simply inviting a friend, or something else I’m not thinking of.  You guys rocked it!  Finally, I’d also like to thank everyone who attended and participated.  Without you bringing your energy & ideas, there simply would be no SciWorld.

Joshua Hina is awarded the OWCH

Joshua Hina is hereby awarded the Ongoing Worlds Community Honor (OWCH) for service as chair of the 2020 SciWorld Online Convention.  This year’s SciWorld was a complete success in all facets: attendance, content, and energy.  Thanks to Joshua’s superior leadership and organizational talents, his club and the entire community came together to create a once-in-a-lifetime event that SciWorld participants will remember for years to come.  He put together a top-notch schedule and ensured a smooth second-to-none festival from start to finish.  On behalf of the Ongoing Worlds Board of Advisors and role players across the net, thank you, Joshua, for a job well done!

See everyone next year!

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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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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!

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Yahoo Groups is dead.

This article was written by Sam Jones, who currently hosts the USS Mark Miller roleplay in UCIP. Sam previously wrote on this topic back in 2016.

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7 Great Places to Advertise Your PBEM or Roleplaying Game

Billboard that says join my play-by-post game

We’ve posted several articles over the years on how and where to advertise your games:

However as most things do, websites and resources come and go. Given that our most recent article on the topic is now over 4 years old, we thought it would be a good time to provide an update. Here are 7 areas to think about when it comes to advertising and promoting your games:

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