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OngoingWorlds is changing its name

The new homepage

It’s pretty much obvious to everyone that this was an April Fools day joke, but I’ll leave it here for you to read:

OngoingWorlds creator, David “Onion” Ball has decided to give up making websites for a simpler life of herding beef & dairy cattle, and is planning on changing the name to match this lifestyle.

The new name will be OnCOWingWorlds, and the following games will be renamed to be cattle-themed:

The Story Forge > The Dairy Forge

Jackalope Crossing >Jackalope Cattle

OW Community Platform > COW Community Platform

Netfritia > Beef Fritters

Sliders: Unsolved Mystery > Steak Sliders

Blue Dwarf > Blue Steak

The name change will happen on the 1st of April 2019.

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Highlighting Hero Members

Hello roleplayers! I’ve made a recent change to the homepage that highlights our Hero Members.

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Hey-o Ongoing Worlds! It’s been a while hasn’t it? Don’t answer that, we’re not actually talking and you talking to a screen with no reply really isn’t flattering. Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah. The beacons are lit and I do call for aid! YOUR AID! Why? BECAUSE THE CHAT BOX NEEDS OUR HELP! Read More


New “mature” category available

mature categoryThere’s been requests recently to be able to distinguish games with mature content from other games, to make it clear which games contain adult themes.

Today I’ve added a new “mature” category, which can be applied to a game if it’s going to contain descriptions of graphic violence, sex, or adult themes. This is a way you can be clear about the type of content your game will include.

If you think your game falls under this category, you can edit your game now and add it.


The price for making your game private has dropped

private sign do not read

Some people might want to make their game private, either for anonymity or to keep your plot secret from prying eyes. Whatever the reason, I used to be asked regularly to add a feature to make a game private to it’s members only. Read More


Ratings are back. Back again. Ratings are back. Tell a friend!

post ratings on member profile About a month ago I removed post ratings. From the stats I could collect, this was an under-used feature, and I wanted to clean up the interface to focus on the important things, the post itself. Also I wanted to see if anyone actually noticed or cared they were removed.

It took about a week before someone asked me. We had a discussion in the OW Facebook group about this, and Max & Cheridan advocated for it to be returned, as well as an anonymous user on Tib’s survey.

So they’re back! You’ll see a 5-star system on every post in a game you’re a member of, and ratings that you receive will appear on your “My games” page.

There’s more info about post ratings here.

Question though…

There was some discussion in the Facebook group whether people should be able to rate posts on games where they’re not a member. This could be good because it could encourage users by getting more good ratings, or depressing if people get bad ratings from people they don’t know.

What do you think? Can we have a vote in the comments below? Just write “yes, free ratings for all!” or “No, only members should rate!”.


You might have noticed the “Featured game request” area

featured game pointerYou might have noticed on the homepage there’s now an area for “Featured games”. This is something I’m trialling to see if it’s popular, as it has been requested by several people now.

I don’t really like to show favouritism to one game over another but this might solve 2 problems: Read More


Story summary fixed

story summaryFor quite a while (probably since the last major update) the Story Summary input has been broken. But now it’s fixed, and you can continue adding your story summaries again.

If you don’t know what thsi feature is, there’s a video where I explain it here.

Thanks Jaxx for letting me know that it was broken. Read More


So yeah… about that Virtual Reality statement…

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So… yesterday I posted that the future of OngoingWorlds is Virtual Reality. If you haven’t seen that, read it here.

I’m sorry to tell you that this was an April Fools day joke. The next version of won’t be in 3D, you won’t have to wear a VR headset, and you won’t have to talk or act like your character! Read More


The future of OngoingWorlds is Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality is cool. Take a look at this video:

Cool right? Imagine roleplaying in a virtual world that augments your own. Virtual reality isn’t anything new, there’s great devices like Oculus Rift that can immerse you into virtual reality.

OngoingWorlds is going to grasp this virtual reality future! Read More