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The 2015 Squiddie Award Winners

Ongoing Worlds Medal for Superior Online Role Playing

It’s time!  That’s right, it’s time to present our top award for the entire simming and online role playing community: the Ongoing Worlds Medal for Superior Online Roleplaying… better known as the Squiddie.  For anyone who isn’t familiar with the award, we present three respective citations annually for Excellence in Role Playing, Facilitating the Community Experience, and Originality & Innovation.

We received 30 outstanding nominations this year.  However, we are only able to present Squiddies to three: one club, one game, and one person.  And believe me when I say that picking the winners was extremely difficult as there were many absolutely fantastic nominees!  Without any further ado, here are the winners of the 2015 Ongoing Worlds Medal for Superior Online Roleplaying: Read More

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How it all began

early cyberspace retro

This post is a part of Senile Rapture, a periodic instalment by Chas Hammer. In it, he revisits, mostly, his era of online role-playing, the 1990s and 2000s.

When our geeky ancestors ventured into the late 20th century unknowns of bulletin board systems and CompuServe, it was inevitable some would act out their collective Star Trek fantasies. While the particulars of the first play-by-post online role-playing games have been lost to time, enough fragments remain to paint a general picture of the rise of our hobby.

Play-by-post online role-playing is essentially a fanzine or offline role-playing game – like Dungeons & Dragons – adapted to the online medium. The basic premise is the same – people come together, play a character, describe their actions, and work to complete a quest. Read More

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Recruiting: The Lifeblood of Role Playing

Fish joining others in another goldfish bowl

No single factor plays a greater role in determining the success of a sim or club than recruiting. Read More

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Blue Dwarf is 15!

This article was written by Andy Longman from Blue Dwarf.

blue-dwarf-fifteen-years

7,884,000 minutes
131490 hours
5475 days
15 years.

All of these are big numbers. And all of these tell us exactly how long the Blue Dwarf sim has been running.

From it’s first ever story post on 23rd April 2000, to today people have been continually contributing to the ongoing saga. Read More

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2013 Simming Prize is now open for nominations

The Simming Prize Image by Jack Carter

The Simming Prize
Image by Jack Carter

EDIT – The winner for this award has been announced here

Please allow me to confirm the rumor…  The 2013 Simming Prize is officially open for nominations!  I recently had the opportunity to sit down with FSF Ignatius, the Prize’s administrator, and he filled me in on the details.  All simmers and online role players are permitted to submit their favorites from among the community through June 27, 2014 at the following link:

http://tinyurl.com/SimmingPrizeNomination

The winners will be announced at the end of July.

What is the Simming Prize?

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What is Open Role Playing?

Captain Dick Sprague, Commanding Officer of the USS Chuck Norris

That’s a question I get a lot when people read or hear about my game, the USS Chuck Norris, as it’s quite different from most other sims out there.  But before I answer that question, I should first explain what the Chuck Norris is to set up the proper context.

The USS Chuck Norris is a play-by-email sim, but we use the NOVA system from Anodyne Productions that came out a few years ago.  Play-by-post seems to be the most popular term today for this type of game.  We launched on January 2nd, 2012, and are a member of Independence Fleet.  There are currently 16 active players on the Chuck Norris, and many have been with us for more than a year.  Although, we also have quite a few players that have been simming for less than six months.

With that out of the way, I’ll finally answer the question! Read More

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Interview with Anodyne Productions!

Nova is installable software by Anodyne Productions for play-by-post games

Nova is installable software by Anodyne Productions for play-by-post games

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with two leaders from Anodyne Productions, the company behind the most popular and most widely used software for Play-by-Post games on the net.  From their humble beginnings several years ago, they’ve ascended to producing the premier simming solutions package.  Instead of putting words in their mouths, here’s what they had to say… Read More

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Borderlands – The New Kids On The Block

Star Trek Borderlands logoThis article was written by Rich LeValley from Star Trek: Borderlands, a roleplaying group that’s been running since 1993.

Well, I’ve been familiar with David Ball, Award Winning Website creator, for some time. He has been a great supporter of my own game system Star Trek: Borderlands. It is with great gladness, then, that I have been given permission to bring Star Trek: Borderlands play to Ongoing Worlds in the form of the USS Marcus (see the game’s homepage here). Read More