The 2014 SciWorld Online Convention was an online convention for the play-by-post role-playing community. It was the 12th SciWorld Online Convention and was held from Thursday, May 1 through Saturday, May 3, 2014, in IRC chat rooms located in the Xertion IRC network. It was organized by Role Play Wiki due to their merge with SimEnc in November 2013. In contrary to previous years, it did not have a host.


The 2014 Convention was the first of which the organization was open for public discussion, as well as the first to be organized at the Role Play Wiki. This was unlike previous conventions, which were organized privately by a select team.

In December 2013,[1] Yatalu established a forum on Role Play Wiki where any interested individual could take part in organizing the convention. Discussions began in earnest in February, and continued through March, including a vote to pick the date for the convention.[2] The schedule of events was developed at a separate talk page.[3] Work on the schedule began in early April and continued until the time of the convention.


Advertising for the convention began in mid April, with posts at Ongoing Worlds[4] and PBEMPlayers.[5] Outreach to various role-playing groups, organizations, and wikis soon followed. On April 26, an e-mail group for the convention was launched.[6]

Additionally, Twitter was used rather frequently throughout the span of the event itself, both by Role Play Wiki and by Twitter accounts of other groups such as Ongoing Worlds and Starfleet Legacy Alliance. These tweets usually made use of the hashtag #2014SciWorld.


The convention was held online, in the Xertion IRC network. Two channels were set up on Xertion explicitly for SciWorld: #SciWorld1 and #SciWorld2.


For addition of your event to the schedule, see User:Yatalu/SciWorld.
For the version of the schedule meant for participants, see Project:SciWorld.

The 2014 SciWorld schedule spanned from Thursday May 1 until Sunday May 4, 2014. Times displayed here are in universal coordinated time (UTC).

Thursday May 1,  2014

Time (UTC) IRC room Event name Event type Hosted by
20:00-21:00 #SciWorld1 Entrance ceremony Yatalu (RPWiki)
21:00-22:00 #SciWorld1 Introduction to wiki editing Discussion Yatalu (RPWiki)
22:00-23:00 #SciWorld1 The advantages of being a role-player Discussion Chas Hammer (TOL)
#SciWorld2 Introduction to wiki editing (cont) Discussion Yatalu (RPWiki)
23:00-00:00 #SciWorld1 Turning simmers into authors Podcast Sero
00:00-01:00 #SciWorld1 RP Law & Ethics Discussion Discussion Charles Star (IDF)
01:00-02:00 #SciWorld1 Star Trek TNG Season 4 Trivia Game Charles Star (IDF)
#SciWorld2 Stargate: SG-10 (starts 1:30 UTC) Simulation FSF Falk (FSF)
02:00-03:00 #SciWorld1 USS Potemkin Simulation Warp (SLA)
#SciWorld2 Stargate: SG-10 (ends 2:30 UTC) Simulation FSF Falk (FSF)

Friday May 2, 2014

Time (UTC) IRC room Event name Event type Hosted by
13:00-14:00 #SciWorld1 Introduction to "T1" RP Discussion Yatalu (RPWiki)
14:00-15:00 #SciWorld1 Introduction to "T1" RP Discussion Yatalu (RPWiki)
15:00-16:00 #SciWorld1 Past into the Future Discussion Tigra Tigress
(Oberth Seven, COL, Sixth Fleet)
16:00-17:00 #SciWorld1 Second Generation Simming Discussion Jessica Anderson (Sixth Fleet)
17:00-18:00 #SciWorld1 The Other Sort of Aliens: Roleplaying Foreign Characters Discussion Silent Hunter (PRP)
18:00-19:00 #SciWorld1 Blogging & being everywhere Discussion David Ball (OW)
19:00-20:00 #SciWorld1 The History of Simming: Past, Present, Future Discussion FSF Ignatius (FSF)

Friday May 2, 2014 (2)

Time (UTC) IRC room Event name Event type Hosted by
21:00-22:00 #SciWorld1 The Oberth Seven Discussion Tigra Tigress, Andrew Carter
(Oberth Seven)
22:00-23:00 #SciWorld1 The Oberth Seven Discussion Tigra Tigress, Andrew Carter
(Oberth Seven)
23:00-00:00 #SciWorld1 Alternative Genres:
How to Keep Storylines Fresh and New
Discussion FSF Falk and FSF Margo (FSF)
00:00-01:00 #SciWorld1 Simming in the new Star Wars canon Discussion FSF Who (FSF)
01:00-02:00 #SciWorld1 USS Cadecus: MASH Simulation FSF Esrom (FSF)
02:00-03:00 #SciWorld1 A GM Workshop: Message Board Edition Workshop Gabriel Logan (FSF)
#SciWorld2 The IC Discussion Discussion SoapyMac (PRP)
03:00-04:00 #SciWorld1 Open Sim:  Challenge the GM Simulation Gabriel Logan (FSF)
#SciWorld2 Breaking Out of the Dreaded Comfort Zone Discussion SoapyMac (PRP)

Saturday May 3, 2014

Time (UTC) IRC room Event name Event type Hosted by
20:00-21:00 #SciWorld1 Peaceful handovers, are they possible? Discussion Tavey Burgon (SLA)
21:00-22:00 #SciWorld1 Torchwood Ten Simulation Tavey Burgon (SLA)
22:00-23:00 #SciWorld1 Character arcs Discussion Diego Herrera (UFOP: StarBase 118)
#SciWorld2 Spelling and Grammar, and why they are your friend Discussion StarlightBloodhound (OW)
23:00-00:00 #SciWorld1 Creating believable relationships Discussion Greir Reinard (UFOP: StarBase 118)
#SciWorld2 Starfleet Feud Game Azanialix Ja'arda (SLA)
00:00-01:00 #SciWorld1 USS Repulse Simulation Kalquien, Ben Monroe (FSF)
#SciWorld2 Advances in the Metaverse Discussion Azanialix Ja'arda (SLA)
01:00-02:00 #SciWorld1 Franchise Crossovers in Star Trek Simming Discussion Benjamin Wolf (Star Trek: Polaris)
02:00-03:00 #SciWorld1 Closing ceremony Chas Hammer


The convention was well-received, despite the fact that the second IRC room only had events ongoing for seven out of 28 available event slots. This channel however was used for offtopic conversation, since the first was always occupied with events. #SciWorld1 and #SciWorld2 had channel participation peaks of 30 and 24 users respectively, with more than 15 users every day at the start of the events.


  1. Aa.Vv., "Revision history of "Forum:2014 SciWorld"", Role Play Wiki. Accessed: May 1, 2014.(source)
  2. Aa.Vv., "Role Play Wiki:Vote/2", Role Play Wiki. Accessed: May 1, 2014.(source)
  3. User:Yatalu/SciWorld
  4. Yatalu (2014-04), "Announcing the 2014 SciWorld Online Convention", Ongoing Worlds roleplay blog.(source)
  5. Silent Hunter (2014-04), "2014 SciWorld Online Convention", PBEM Players. Accessed: May 1, 2014.(source)
  6. "SciWorld Online Convention", Google Groups. Accessed: May 1, 2014.(source)


  • Aa.VV. (2014-05-01), Log 2014-05-01 SciWorld1, Role Play Wiki. Accessed: May 9, 2014.(source)
  • Aa.VV. (2014-05-01), Log 2014-05-01 SciWorld2, Role Play Wiki. Accessed: May 9, 2014.(source)
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