|Frequently Asked Questions about
1.What is this site
This site exists to give foreigners some idea of the
history, society, and inhabitants of the imaginary country of
Umbagollah. Some sections of the site are explained directly; others will give you an impression of a certain place or thing with quotes taken from Umbagollian books, interviews and letters.
This is not a place to find cold factoids and statictics about Umbagollah, but rather an opportunity to engage with the country imaginitively, through dozens of tiny stories and different points of view.
2.What can I do here?
You can learn
about the country, talk to the inhabitants at the forum, roleplay
and become an inhabitant yourself. The country has been built somewhat collaboratively, so if you think we need a new insect, plant or animal, feel free to introduce it on the forum. It's probably best to do this only after you have settled in and absorbed the atmosphere of the place. It would be sad if you wrote a beautiful description of a man-eating elephant, only to have it rejected on the grounds that Umbagollah isn't the place for elephants. (and that our 'large carnivorous animal' category is firmly, eternally, entirely occupied by the Hippopotomus)
You can also write about your own experiences as an inhabitant in Umbagollah. See Naimah's piece about the Gum Jublet Puppetry College, for example.
3.What do 'Facts' 'People' and
The 'Facts' page will guide you toward factual
information about Umbagollah: information concerning subjects as
diverse as music, sports and communication. 'People' contains some
general information about the Umbagollian character and links to the
Inhabitants' Page and Citizenship Form. 'Places' will tell you about
the country's inhabited areas and natural wonders. You can also find
out about some of the attractions of the main cities and towns. Gum
Gooloo, for instance, has a Puppetry Collage and Museum, while Jail
takes pride in its Musical Theatre and Pleasure Houses.
4.Where can I find updates? How often is the site
New pages and inhabitants are listed on the title
page. I make some kind of change to the site at least once a week,
depending on how busy I am. I don't list new links, cosmetic
additions and webrings because I don't think of them as major
5.Do I have to be an inhabitant to post at the
No. Anyone is welcome to post.
6. How do I
register at the forum?
Go to the forum and click the Ezboard
logo in the top left-hand corner. You'll be transported to Ezboard's
front page (www.ezboard.com.) Hit 'Create new account' in (again)
the top left-hand corner. Ezboard will guide you from
7.What are the rules at the forum?
your imagination. Don't waste our time with flames. This doesn't
mean that you have to agree with everybody. It only means that you
should handle your differences with some degree of style. Profanity
is not banned, but please use it wisely. Some of our inhabitants are
8. How do I become an
Fill in the form on the Citizenship
page. If the form isn't working, introduce yourself on the forum.
9. Can I sign up more than once?
but please tell me if you are doing it because you want to play more
than one character, or if you are just changing your mind and
swapping your old character for a new one. Otherwise I get confused.
10. What should I call myself?
Umbagollian name comes in the form of a 'real' name followed by a
noun, eg, Mark Tabletop. Although the site is written in English,
you are not limited to Anglo names. Names like Yuki, (Japanese)
Mushtaq (Pakistani) and Yulydjerri (Yolngu) are fine. Keep in mind that it is offensive to use Yolngu, and some other tribes' names after the real life owner of the name has died.
11. If I am an inhabitant, what am I expected to
Well, if you came and talked with us on the forum it
would be nice. We would love you and say kind things about you
behind your back. Otherwise you could just sign up and vanish
thereby pissing me off and making me wonder why you joined in the
first place. You can also add your own observations and stories to
12. Does Umbagollah support populations of
dragons, demons, elves, fairies, pixies or any other fae
No. We're all human except for the animals.
13. Are you a particular type of human? Do Umbagollians,
for instance, look Caucasian?
Not necessarily. Umbagollians
come in any colour and size. Their genes are funny that way.
14. Can I role-play here?
are the rules?
See the Role Playing
FAQ for rules and guidelines to get you started.
16. No magic? No fae? But this is a fantasy
world, isn't it? I want to be magical! I want to be a
That's why I call it 'an imaginary country,' not 'a
fantasy country.' Magical fairies may be the norm in the high
fantasy genre, but this site is not part of the high fantasy genre.
17. That's absurd and I hate you. Your mother wears
combat boots and your father smells like elderberries.
Jesus loves you too, my child.
18. Does Umbagollah exist
in this world?
No. Like most imaginary countries Umbagollah
exists in a world of its own.
Most of the material on this
site is copyrighted to The Governor. All exceptions are the
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