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Updating the default character groups

Cats in a boxI’m currently working on changing the character groups in a game, if you don’t know what these are, look at the character list of any game on OngoingWorlds (for example this one). See how the characters are grouped together? Those are character groups.

Groups will be different for each game, which is why if you create a new scifi game you’ll get a different set of character groups than if you created a fantasy game, although you’ll be able to change these if they’re not suitable to whatever you want.

If you think these default character groups aren’t appropriate or you think they might need changing, now is actually a good chance to speak up and give me some suggestions. This won’t affect existing games, only ones that will be created from now on.

I’ll list the current groups, let me know if you think these should be changed by writing a comment below or on Facebook at

Fantasy games

  • Adventurer
  • Clerics
  • Fighters
  • Magic Users
  • Paladins
  • Rogues

This is the section I’d like most help with, I’ve modelled this on D&D style adventure games, but most of the fantasy games being played on OngoingWorlds are actually nothing like this.

Gothic/Horror games

  • Humans
  • Vampires
  • Werewolves


  • Royalty
  • Knights
  • Squires
  • Monks
  • Peasants


  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Administration
  • Surgeons
  • Porters
  • Patients

I originally based this modern default groups around a hospital, imagining someone to create a hospital drama, although nobody has – but we do have several school dramas. Would it be more appropriate to have default character groups as teachers, students, caretakers?

Scifi games

  • Command
  • Navigation Dept
  • Security Dept
  • Engineering Dept
  • Science Officers

This is based on a Star Trek style command structure, as it fits so well with many scifi games.

Scifi games (Star Wars)

  • Rebel Alliance
  • Galactic Empire

With the Star Wars universe being so vast, I struggled to come up with a decent list of groups other than these, can someone who roleplays in the Star Wars universe come up with something better?

Scifi (Stargate)

In the entire history of OngoingWorlds I think we’ve only had 1 Stargate game ever created, but it didn’t last very long. Unless Stargate has a sudden burst of popularity I can’t imagine a sudden interest in Stargate games, so I’m going to remove this from the list of game types.