Spellbound – Thank You for Two Years of Magic

Aetherion IIIAfternoon everyone, Leon Archer here also known as Phantasmagoria, the GM for Spellbound. I’d like to tell you about some cool things that I’ve got planned for this November/December.

So, you may have noticed this month that Octy has donned his wizard’s hat and wand. That’s because this month is the 2nd anniversary for Spellbound. I want to personally give everyone who’s been with us all this time and those who are more recent a massive thank you for all the support and love you’ve put into the Spellbound world. Really, you guys are the best! Continue reading Spellbound – Thank You for Two Years of Magic

How to roleplay on Tumblr

I don't really know what "get out of the tag" means, but this was the only Tumblr image I could find that wasn't animated
I don’t really know what “get out of the tag” means, but this was the only Tumblr image I could find that wasn’t animated

I’ve been curious recently about the people roleplaying on Tumblr, and asked a roleplayer to send me a good help guide. With an initial reaction of “duh isn’t it obvious” she probably assumed I was an old fogie who didn’t know how to use the internet (it’s true, I’m over 30 now). Thing is, it’s NOT obvious. Tumblr is a minefield of horribly animating GIFs and blinking text that’s enough to give a squirrel a seizure.

Tumblr is very popular for roleplayers though, so I persisted. I was given this link, which I’ll paste some of the important sections here in case you’re also curious (but I recommend reading the full article if you are of course). Continue reading How to roleplay on Tumblr

There’s millions of roleplayers. They just might not be where you’re looking

I noticed recently that RPGlibrary has closed the section of their forum for PBEM games, citing “the era of PBEM roleplaying has come and gone”. Utter nonsense, or is that true? Continue reading There’s millions of roleplayers. They just might not be where you’re looking

What a great FallFest & two OWCH for the price of one

FallFest image by James Drysdale
FallFest image by James Drysdale

What an outstanding FallFest!  Indeed, Diego and the entire support team from UFOP: StarBase 118 put on an absolutely fantastic show.  I actually counted 50 people in chat room #1 at one point during the first hour.  Wow!  Maybe next year we’ll need to expand to three events at once.  Who knows?

Anyway, I’d like to again thank everyone who had some hand in putting FallFest together.  We had contributors from seven different clubs (United Federation of Peaceful Simmers, Ongoing WorldsUFOP: StarBase 118Phoenix RoleplayingUCIPNew Worlds Project, and Independence Fleet).  So without any further ado, here they all are: Continue reading What a great FallFest & two OWCH for the price of one

2013 Simming Fall Festival

FallFest image by James Drysdale
FallFest image by James Drysdale

FallFest ’13 is almost upon us!  This year’s premier event for the role play community is hosted by UFOP: StarBase 118 and chaired by Diego Herrera.  As always, #OWFallFest is open to all simmers and online role players, regardless of rank or club affiliation elsewhere.

The schedule of events includes interactive discussions, dynamic role plays, and engaging trivia games.  Be there later today at 1:45 PM Eastern Standard Time / 6:45 PM British Summer Time when Diego and co. kick things off with the opening ceremony!

Below you’ll find a complete listing of events and links to the applicable chat rooms and live audio feed. Continue reading 2013 Simming Fall Festival

Tentative FallFest ’13 Schedule

FallFest image by James Drysdale
FallFest image by James Drysdale

That’s right, we’re less than 48 hours away from FallFest ’13!  And we’ve got a *great* lineup of events ready for you and the rest of the role playing community.  In fact, that schedule is posted below.  Not only are there going to be a lot of interesting discussions, role plays, and trivia games, but Landon Wakeland will be DJ’ing his third FallFest.

Check out the facebook page for the latest news and information.  Be sure to let all your friends know about FallFest too.  And don’t forget to mention #OWFallFest in your tweets!

Other than that, we’ll see you at 1:45 PM Eastern Standard Time / 6:45 PM British Summer Time! Continue reading Tentative FallFest ’13 Schedule

4 ways how attending FallFest will help your role play

Image by James Drysdale
Image by James Drysdale

For anyone who hasn’t yet heard, FallFest ’13 is happening this Friday, October 11th.  We’ll kick things off with the opening ceremony at 1:45 PM Eastern Standard Time / 6:45 PM British Summer Time.  After that, we’ll continue with six whole hours of interactive discussions, dynamic chat role plays, and multiple trivia games that’ll be packed into two chat rooms.  We’ll also have an audio feed with a live DJ throughout.

We’re fortunate enough to have Diego Herrera of UFOP: StarBase 118 as our chairman this year. Diego and the entire team at SB118 have put together a fantastic lineup of events that will be published sometime on Wednesday. Continue reading 4 ways how attending FallFest will help your role play

Comments on Reddit about “why rpgs improve speech & language skills”

Some dudes just sat on the grass, chillin

In July we posted an article titled “Why Role Playing Games Improve Speech and Language Skills” which continues to be one of our most shared articles, and seemed to inspire many people. After posting this article to Reddit, a few users commented with their own experiences of how roleplaying has helped improve their vocabulary and language skills. Continue reading Comments on Reddit about “why rpgs improve speech & language skills”

“Do it or lose it!”…the bullies code…

This blog article is an account of real-life bullying by roleplayer Jan De Brett. Jan contacted us through the Facebook page asking if we’d run an article about bullying in roleplaying. Shocked that it existed at all in our community which is normally so friendly, I encouraged Jan to write about the experience to educate & help others. Here’s Jan’s article: 

depressionRPG bullying may not seem like something that’s real, but it is. You may ask yourself, “How can I be bullied in a non-fictional setting?”, and the answer is very simple, bullying takes on a number of forms.

It can range from someone forcing you to write something you’re not comfortable with, to someone forcing you to write with one person or others that you’re not comfortable writing with, otherwise ‘you’re out of them game’, to being verbally abused (if you use skype say) or abused in written form (a text, email or PM through a game web site). Continue reading “Do it or lose it!”…the bullies code…

Applications now being accepted for FallFest ’13 host & chair

2012 FallFest logo

That’s right, host/chair applications are now being accepted for the biggest simming event of the year: FallFest 2013!  That statement immediately begs two questions:

First, what is FallFest?

FallFest is short for the Simming Fall Festival.  It’s an annual one-day extravaganza sponsored by Ongoing Worlds that’s dedicated to everything about or relating to online simming and role playing.  It takes place over the course of several hours in IRC chatrooms and will feature chat role plays, interactive games, and topical discussions & workshops.  Participants get to meet other role players from around the globe, learn more about their craft, and have fun all at the same time. Continue reading Applications now being accepted for FallFest ’13 host & chair