OngoingWorlds blog

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


Enhancing collaborating storytelling with open roleplaying

Collaboration effortI created a discussion on RPG-D a few weeks ago (also mentioned in this article), about open roleplaying. Elena from Before The Mast wrote a great comment which I want to show here because I think it does a great job of explaining the benefits of open roleplaying. Read More


Do people freak out too much about godmodding?

someone's godmodding

I recently created a new discussion thread on RPG-D to see how many people have heard of open roleplaying, and how popular it is. There’s a description of open roleplaying here, and a great article here which makes a great case for it being awesome. Read More


Don’t set your world in stone

This article was written by Katie who runs Elenlond, a free-form fantasy RPG.

octopus city

When I first started play-by-post roleplaying, people just made things up as they went along. The websites where these threads took place had a roleplaying subsection with little else—there weren’t any pinned topics about races, countries, or social hierarchies. Read More


What is Open Role Playing?

Captain Dick Sprague<br>Commanding Officer of the <a href="">USS Chuck Norris</a>

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