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Putting Pictures in Posts

holding a photo above a canyon

Many of us have wanted to put pictures in our posts because we often can’t describe something, but a picture helps. After all, they say a picture is worth a thousand words. But sometimes, those words are blocked. I’ll tell you what I mean in a little bit.

A Thousand Words

First off, let’s say you searched the web and found a picture you liked that describes what you want to say. You will need to view the picture in it’s own window. This is because you will use the picture’s URL to put it in your post. Copy the URL and return to your game. Now, click on the little picture above the text box. This will bring up a window where you past the URL. When you click on “Post This”, you will see your post with a picture in it.

Please keep in mind, if the site hosting the picture takes that picture down, or if the site closes down, the picture will also be removed here. But, for the brief moment that it was in the post, it told everyone reading what you wanted.

Silencing the Word

I know many of you have noticed this, but you can’t upload pictures. In order for you to post a picture, you will have to first upload the picture to a site, such as DeviantArt, then view the picture to past the URL. This secures the picture, so that it will remain on Ongoing Worlds, but it seems like a needless step. Why can’t we simply upload pictures like we can when making a character’s profile? It could be for various reasons, such as memory space or overloading the servers.


Whatever the case, it would be nice if, instead of having to search and search and search all over the web for that perfect picture, we could upload one we already have. Who is to say that it won’t happen in the future? For now, upload those pictures to your favorite site, then paste the URL into your post. The hardest part will be waiting for the other site to download the picture from your computer, but at least you will finally tell the story you want the best way you can. Well, when your amazing writing skills fail, anyway.