OngoingWorlds blog

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

By

Online roleplaying – Ideal over lockdown!

Hi folks, I hope you’re having a good 2020!

I wouldn’t blame you for throwing that compliment back in my face, as 2020 is proving to be a turbulent year, with so much going on in the news, mostly the coronavirus pandemic, forcing so many people across the world to stay in their homes :-/

With much of our social activity now going online, one of the best ways to remain creative AND be social is to start, or take part in online roleplaying.

Read More

By

5 tools to create a new alien species for your story

You might be writing a science fiction story, like one of the many sci-fi roleplay stories here on OngoingWorlds, like Jericho or Star Wars: Balance of the Force.

At some point your characters might find themselves on an alien planet, about to meet a new race of unfamiliar aliens. Or visit a spacestation of a different alien culture. You might want to make that species as different as possible, to give it an exciting bit of flavour, and put your characters completely out of their element.

Maybe the aliens are hostile? Maybe they’re friendly. Here are some tools that can help you come up with some unique aliens:

Fantasy Name Generators alien description generator

This page will generate a short alien description. There’s also a page for creating a unique alien name here.

Sci-fi Ideas Alien Species Generator

This creates an alien description & goes into a lot more detail than the one above, as it can create a lot of detail about the culture. Also there’s a page to generate an alien planet name for this alien species here.

Read More

By

5 random generators for creating a spaceship name

Stuck for creating a name? You could use a random generator. We’ve got a big list of links to random generators for all sorts of things, character names, planet names, Elf names, etc.

But the lists below are specifically for creating a spaceship name. Different scifi universes have different rules of spaceship names. For example the Star Trek universe normally has spaceships named after famous explorers, or positive-sounding words. Whereas the Star Wars universe has aggressive sounding names.

Read More

By

The Top Five Most Misspelled Words According to Oxford Dictionaries

This article was submitted to us by Stephen Benton.

There is a quote attributed to South African writer Gugulethu Mhlungu stating that the English language is not an actual language but three, stacked on each other and hiding under a trench coat. And it seems to be nothing but the truth: the language we use today has had quite a few others influence it over the centuries, from Latin to German, and French, giving birth to the one we all love today.

Read More