OngoingWorlds blog

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


2016 Tournament of Simulation Winners!

Hear ye!  Hear ye!  It’s time to announce the winners of the 2016 Tournament of Simulations (ToS).  For those who may not be aware, ToS is an annual competition, sponsored by Ongoing Worlds, where role play games of different clubs and genres compete against each other in a friendly manner for several awards.  The original tournament was held back in 1999.  For this year’s ToS, each participating sim submitted 10 posts that were written sometime during 2016.  The posts were then evaluated by three judges in three different categories on a 1-10 scale: Story, Characters, and Readability/Grammar.  The final scores were then adjusted based on the individual judge’s respective averages and standard deviations to adjust for both hard & easy grading judges and judges with small & large ranges of scores.

As I say every year, evaluating sims is a subjective art, and this is certainly true with ToS.  We’re not here to identify the best games as this is impossible.  Instead, we’re here to identify what we think are outstanding role plays that exude excellence.  A different set of judges may very well chose a completely different set of winners.  And that’s okay!  With that said, it’s time to finally announce our winners… Read More


FallFest VI is in the books & another OWCH


2016 Simming Fall Festival
image by Myrkul Sharr

What a FallFest!  Indeed, the 2016 Simming Fall Festival was one for the ages.  For those who missed it on Saturday, we had a schedule full of provocative discussions, live role plays, and interactive trivia games.  Attendance was strong throughout, with some individual events registering as many as 40 participants.  It’s a real testament to the power of our broader community.  And it was a blast!

I’d like to personally thank everyone who had a part in making FallFest 2016 happen–everyone from chair Myrkul Sharr and his leadership team at Obsidian Fleet to the event hosts to anyone who had a role behind the scenes, be it IT support, graphics design, advertising, or something else.  Finally, I’d also like to thank everyone who attended and participated.  Simply put, without you bringing your energy & ideas, there would be no FallFest.

For those of you who unfortunately missed FallFest this year, we’ll see you in 2017.
Read More


Introducing the Two Newest Ongoing Worlds Community Honor Recipients

The OWCH awardWith the Tournament of Simulations completed, it’s time for us to honor the individuals behind another absolutely fantastic role play:  Rhiannon (aka Emily Wake) and ryjones are hereby awarded the Ongoing Worlds Community Honor (OWCH) for their outstanding service as moderators of the 2778 A.D. sim.  Indeed, founded less than a year ago in August 2015, the game has seen an astounding 2177 posts since!  It has not only exceeded all expectations in terms of quantity, but it has also set the pace for Ongoing Worlds sims in the flash or short form posting style.  This has allowed for many fascinating and unexpected turns in the story.  If you’re looking for an adventure, this game is where it’s at!  Congratulations to both Rhiannon and ryjones!  Well done! Read More


The Ongoing Worlds Community Honor now has two more Laureates

The OWCH award

Ongoing Worlds Community Honor
image by David Ball

FallFest V officially belongs to history now!  For those who attended earlier this month on December 5th, you know what a fantastic event it was!  The entire team from host club UFOP: StarBase 118 put on another world-class show, just as they did two years ago at FallFest III.  I’d like to personally thank everyone who took some part in making it all happen:  those who hosted events, those who promoted & advertised, those who played a technical role whether it was graphic design or setting up chatrooms, and those who simply invited a friend to join in on the fun.  Thank you all!  And finally, I’d like to thank everyone who attended–without you bringing your energy and ideas, there would be no FallFest.  Thanks for everything!  For those of you who may have missed FallFest this year, we’ll see you next year for a day filled with lively discussions, trivia games, and role plays in IRC chat rooms.  With all that being said, it’s time to present a couple awards… Read More


Emily Wake Wins the Next Community Honor Award

The Ongoing Worlds Community Honor Medal

It gives me great pleasure to present the Ongoing Worlds Community Honor (OWCH) to Emily Wake for outstanding articles published on the Ongoing Worlds Blog.  Indeed, she has written eight articles dating back to August 21st of this year about various simming and online role playing topics.  Her tips are must reads for anyone who enjoys our craft!  You can read them all here.

Because of Emily and others like her, the blog has grown its humble beginnings of David Ball reporting on the development of his new Ongoing Worlds website to the intellectual center of the simming and online role playing universe.  This is where major announcements are made, this is where clubs come together, and this is where you can read the latest and greatest ideas form the best and brightest of the entire simming world.  Thanks for being a part of that, Emily. Read More


Two More Ongoing Worlds Community Honor Laureates

Fall festival ongoingworlds squid logoWith another outstanding FallFest in the books, it’s time to officially recognize two people who really made it happen this year.  But before I do that, I want to thank Phoenix Roleplaying and everyone else who had a role, no matter how small, in helping make FallFest ’14 another great success.  Event hosts, promoters, participants, and the like.  Without you guys and gals, we at Ongoing Worlds wouldn’t be able to do what we do.  YOU make these events possible.  So again, thank you!

With Phoenix Roleplaying picking up a Squiddie earlier this year and then hosting the 4th FallFest, history might end up recording 2014 the year of the Phoenix.  Who knows?  Okay, enough from me.  On with the Ongoing Worlds Community Honor… Read More


The 10th Ongoing Worlds Community Honor is hereby awarded to…

Ongoing Worlds Community Honor

Ongoing Worlds Community Honor

It give me great pleasure to present the 10th Ongoing Worlds Community Honor to none other than David Ball for founding Ongoing Worlds and leading it over the last 4+ years.  Indeed, David has not only created a wonderful website where independent sims, both themed and original, can thrive, but he’s also developed an online blog that has now become the intellectual center of the online role playing community.  Simply put, no one is more deserving of a community honor than David.  Congratulations! Read More


Tib & Xann awarded the OWCH

The OWCH awardYou might have seen a fair few blog articles recently written by Tib, in his “Tib’s corner” segment, and also Xan/Mike’s regular game summary articles. Bothe of these members have also been a great help in the chatbox, often at hand to help moderate spam and keeping things civil.

This is why I’ve decided to award Xan and Tib the OWCH (OngoingWorlds Community Honor)! Both of these members have been a great asset to our community. Read More


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: Read More


Locke is awarded the OWCH

The OWCH awardI’m very pleased to announce that I’m awarding the newest OWCH (Ongoing Worlds Community Honor) award to Locke, from the game Blue Dwarf.

Locke has been helping me behind the scenes with improving the website to bring you new features including email features, mentioning characters in a post, and the post preview. And hopefully much more in the future! We’ve got loads of ideas for improvement, but also if you have ideas of your own please send them in too, you can contact me on Twitter, Facebook, or via the form on the website. Read More