The Rings of Orbis a science fiction fantasy RPG in a virtual Alien world

The Rings of Orbis is a FREE online Science Fiction Game created by Author Philip-Jon Haarsma – now known as PJ Haarsma  – and his team to accompany his best selling series of books The Softwire series.  Books and gaming together are a fabulous formula to encourage and children to read!  How better to spark an interest in reading, that when you play game that is so interesting you have to find out more.

I’ve been looking The Rings of Orbis and now even I want to read the books so I can get a full background to the game, and to find out more clues to help with the game – but I am a big kid!

I am a super fan of this idea, probably as reading is so important and as a gamer but also because my own son, had a similar idea, he has written a book and planned a series, got some designs for a game, drawings and ideas and he started all this when he was around 12 years old when he was inspired by another series of books –  he has always loved to read and has a wild imagination. He is now at university studying computer games development. 

Not only is PJ trying to reward children for reading by way of the game, In 2007 PJ  founded the non profit organisation Kids Need to Read along with his mate and fellow Canadian Nathan Fillion (big fan) from the TV series Castle to help all children to be able to have access to the books they need, through funding schools, library’s and other institutions that often supply free books to children.

 “It is our dream to fill library shelves with great books so that no child lacks for amazing stories to inspire their imaginations.” PJ Haarsma. 

Just to get a taster you can actually listen to Nathan Fillion read the first three chapters of The Softwire – what a treat!! 🙂  I heard a rumor that Nathan might be making a set of audio books for the series, I really hope so.

The Rings of Orbis

Is a free online web browser game developed and published by Automatic Games with some amazing artwork.   You don’t need anything special to be able to play the game and there are no hidden charges at all. You can buy certain things for upgrades and to speed things on but you do not need to.

This Virtual adventure takes place with many aliens in an area of space with four planet-like rings that stabilise a busy wormhole.

How to play the Rings of Orbis

You beginm the game by becoming a Citizen of the virtual Alien Society and then you start then to build your empire.

Choose which Alien Race to be from these five exciting playable races…

  • THE BELARANS: An unyielding race who believe that the universe, and everything in it, is theirs for the taking.
  • THE TREFALDOORS: A race known for their bizarre appearance and undying commitment to the truth.
  • THE CHOI: Blessed with the innate ability to navigate the cosmos, this race also boasts powerhouse negotiation skills.
  • THE SOLINN: A race marked by empath-level intuition and an unparalleled ability to fight to death.
  • THE SESSII: Although cultured and elegant, this race is second to none in ruthlessness.
  • THE ENTHANS: Hard workers that are quick to anger if they see behavior they consider unfair or dishonorable.

The purpose of the game is to be the most powerful Citizen in The Rings of Orbis, to do this you need to earn “Chits”  which is the currency of the game – and by leveling up all of your abilities.

See more on the website – Gameplay 

What are Knudniks

There are Aliens called Knudniks  not your virtual pet but your virtual alien, you get given one and then you can buy more by bidding on them in the game.  These creatures are your irresponsibility, you have to feed them, rest them, and work them, when they work they earn you money – Chits – but you also have to raise their abilities to do better jobs.

You get to build your own spaceship, (even fleet) which when you customise allows enhanced abilities and also this means that you can leave “the rings” and venture out to the outer planets for adventures and quests.  Not only that you can post your spaceship creation into the gallery to win weekly prizes.

On The Rings of Orbis game, is HUGE,  there are missions full of danger and enemies to defeat, quests to conquer, there is so much to do, if you are a gamer and/or like sci fi – you will have to just go and look for yourself, you won’t be disappointed you did.

Join me here – Shundrie

Find out what your Alien race is here – Which Alien Are You 

Hope this helps

Must go and feed my Knudniks



Save Stargate Universe Fan Page now has an amazing 54000 fans.

Save Stargate Universe

The popular science fiction television series Stargate universe has an enormous following which is demonstrated by the 54k likes on the  Save Stargate Universe fan page . The page was created when fans found out via NBC from Syfy in December that  MGM would not be picking Stargate Universe up for a third season, and that the last show would be in Spring 2011.

There is also now a brand new fan page for the UK – Save Stargate universe UK page and in 4 days it has 800 fans!

Stargate Universe is a Canadian sci fi series, created by Brad Wright and Robert C. Copper and has been showing in America since 2009.

Stargate Universe is set on the Ancient ship Destiny, which was launched by the Ancients from our galaxy several million years ago.

[49] Several ships were sent ahead of it to seed the universe with Stargates. The Ancients had planned on using its Stargate to board Destiny when it was far out enough into the universe, but they eventually abandoned the project after looking into ascension among other things. In order to reach this ship, an address would have to be dialed consisting of nine chevrons, a possibility that had been unknown in the previousStargate series, due to energy constraints.[26]

From Wiki

There were even talks of a movie after the series ended on a cliff hanger,  but that was short lived as it was also announced in April at the Official Stargate Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia that there would be no SGU movie.

The number of fans on the Save Stargate fan page has doubled in the last month, numbers are growing fast! Which is absolutely amazing! Will the powers that be at MGM take notice of this and put Stargate Universe back on the screens?

If you want to know how you can help then firstly join the Save SGU Fan page and look at

The Plan: Save Stargate Universe

  1. Add a Twibbon to your Facebook or Twitter profile page.  Add a link to Save SGU and “The Plan” in your caption to that photo if you do it on facebook. Example:
  2. Sign the Save SGU petitions:
  3. Email Charles Cohen from MGM letting him know how much you love the show and think it should move networks to get the full 5 seasons.
  4. Email SyFy (if possible, email regularly), let them know how disappointed you are, but PLEASE BE RESPECTABLE, don’t let anger take over your letters:
  5. Leave posts on SyFy‘s Fanpage.  They seem to be completely ignoring all the SGU posts.  Don’t stop posting!  It seems like they’re no longer asleep at the wheel over there.  Read theirFacebook Comment Policy. When you get banned (Not if), you can go and join SyFail(Also founded by Save SGU founder, TheDudeDean) and Banned by Syfy.  You can also try to email Syfy;
  6. Contact ABC, CBS, TBS, USA, The SPACE channel and Showtime (if possible, email/leave wall posts regularly) letting them know how much you want SGU and why.  “As for SPACE saving SGU, right now we are monitoring fan interest, and trying to see what we can do.” -Mark Askwith
  7. Participate in any of the Social Media pranks that I cook up on Twitter, Facebook, Stumble Upon, Digg, YouTube and Vimeo  (no reddit I got banned again).
  8. Email other channels and tell them that SyFy isn’t buying any more episodes of SGU (don’t say it was cancelled):

See more about The Plan on the above title link.

Wouldn’t it be great if “the people” managed to create such a stir that they save their favourite show.

Power to the people!