It’s International Fanworks Day 2021!

Yes, it’s everybody’s favourite day of the year: International Fanworks Day! As is now traditional every February 15, the OTW will be celebrating with a chatroom games marathon, hosted on Discord. You will find all the details below, but be sure to check out our previous post for details of the rest of our #IFD2021 celebrations.

About the IFD games session

The OTW’s chatroom games session is a 30-hour party which lasts from 21.00 UTC on 14 February until 03.00 UTC on 16 February. The times listed below are in UTC, but you can click the link to find the time in your own timezone.

The games will be hosted on our dedicated Discord channel and moderated by OTW staffers throughout the day. Every hour you will be able to participate in a different fandom-themed game! The timetable and game descriptions are given below; if you want to join in, you’ll find the Discord link at the top of our Linktree page. Please note that we will be staggering invites to keep numbers manageable; if you can’t get in on your first attempt, please give it a little while and have another go later. The games will be played and moderated in English.

14th Feb

21.00-22.00 – Trivia – hosted by Izzy
22.00-23.00 – 5 Things – hosted by Izzy
23.00-00.00 – 20 Questions – hosted by Izzy

15th Feb

00.00-01.00 – Lyrics Round Robin – hosted by Irina
01.00-02.00 – That’s Life – hosted by Irina
02.00-03.00 – Scattergories – hosted by Irina
03.00-04.00 – Trivia – hosted by Julie
04.00-05.00 – 5 Things – hosted by Julie
05.00-06.00 – 20 Questions – hosted by Julie
06.00-07.00 – Lyrics Round Robin – hosted by Chrome
07.00-08.00 – That’s Life – hosted by Chrome
08.00-09.00 – Scattergories – hosted by Chrome
09.00-10.00 – Trivia – hosted by Papernote
10.00-11.00 – 5 Things – hosted by Papernote
11.00-12.00 – 20 Questions – hosted by Papernote
12.00-13.00 – Lyrics Round Robin – hosted by C Ryan Smith
13.00-14.00 – That’s Life – hosted by Jonny H
14.00-15.00 – Scattergories – hosted by solovei
15.00-16.00 – Trivia – hosted by Claudia R
16.00-17.00 – 5 Things – hosted by Claudia R
17.00-18.00 – 20 Questions – hosted by Claudia R
18.00-19.00 – Lyrics Round Robin – hosted by Koteneko
19:00-20:00 – That’s Life – hosted by Adi
20:00-21:00 – Scattergories – hosted by Dorottya
21:00-22:00 – Trivia – hosted by Martisz
22:00-23:00 – 5 Things – hosted by ami
23:00-00:00 – 20 Questions – hosted by ami

16th Feb

00:00-01:00 – Lyrics Round Robin – hosted by EmilyFowl
01:00-02:00 – That’s Life – hosted by EmilyFowl
02:00-03:00 – Scattergories – hosted by EmilyFowl

Access the chatroom via the first link on our Linktree page. To keep things manageable we are limiting capacity, so if you’re unable to get in for one event, please try another.

Details About the Games

5 Things

How to Play: During this game the host will name a topic and players in the room will call out examples from their favorite fandoms. This will repeat for at least 5 rounds. Be prepared to explain why your answer counts (maybe you’ll recruit someone new to your fandom!)

Lyrics Round Robin

How to Play: During this game, we’ll collectively write FANDOM lyrics to replace those of a familiar song. The host will choose the song and type out an alternate first two lines. Then those in the room will write the next lines until the song is finished.

That’s Life

How to Play:  Participants will first name a character that they know well for each round. Every round will consist of two random questions posted by the moderator. You will then share how the character you chose for that round would answer the questions as if answering from their point of view. For each round, you will name a different character to answer the new questions. There will be roughly 5 minutes for you to come up with answers to each set of questions.


How to Play: Like most trivia games, the host will ask a question and the first person to answer correctly wins that round. Because we’re online and you’re free to do searches we’re going to add another factor, which is time — you must answer within 3 minutes. But you can call out your answer as soon as you think you know. If you have the correct answer, the host will type your name and award you a point. At the end of the game, whoever has gotten the most points will be named the winner!

20 Questions

How to Play: The host will think of a person, place or thing. Your task is to guess what it is. The first person in the room roster (on the upper right side) gets to ask a question that the host will answer with a YES or NO. As soon as the host replies, the next person on the list can ask their question. Players can call out a guess at any time but the host will only answer if it’s correct so that the next person gets their turn. The game will continue until someone has guessed the person, place or thing.

Scattergories/List Builder

How to play: List Builder is a competitive game in which each player takes a turn to name something belonging to a particular genre. The host will give you a topic: examples could include capital cities, actors from a certain series of movies, or anything else your mind can conjure up. The winner is the last person to successfully add to the list.

Scattergories is a variant where the host will name five categories at once and ask contestants to name an example from each category beginning with a given letter of the alphabet. Play will continue for 5 rounds and pick a different random letter each time, giving people a limited time to think before naming their examples. The person who accumulates the most points over 5 rounds wins.

We also want to hear from you about other celebrations taking place today. Leave us a comment here to tell us about what your fandom communities are doing!

  1. Zhie commented:

    Not sure how the discord is set up but it seems to have knocked me out 15 mins in. The link is now showing as expired on the list of links.

  2. Dez commented:

    Hi! The link is expired. You need to set it up so it doesn’t expire and you have unlimited uses. If you need help I run a pretty big discord server and can give you guys some tips.

  3. Jess H commented:

    Thanks, Dez; we’re limiting invites so that the mods don’t get overwhelmed but we’re adding more regularly so keep checking back!