Frequently Asked Questions


1) Okay, I just found your site. What is "On Our Own"?

SITE RELATED:

2) When do you update the site?
3) So, do you really update every week?
4) How can I spread the word about "On Our Own"?
5) Does it cost money to read your episodes?
6) So...why are you doing this?

THE WRITERS:

7) Who are the writers of "On Our Own"?
8) Who invented "On Our Own"?
9) Okay, what were you guys on when you came up with this?
10) Can I write for "On Our Own"?

SHOW RELATED:

11) Who are the main characters?
12) Why don't any of the characters have relationships on the show?
13) Where did you come up with these characters?
14) Who invented each aspect of the show?
15) What is the basic plot line of "On Our Own"?

DAYBOQRX:

16) What's with this "Dayboqrx" place?
17) So, if I wanted to be annoying and ask for detailed driving directions through Dayboqrx, could you provide them?
18) Why can't you escape Dayboqrx?
19) Is Dayboqrx a real place, or based on a real place?

MISCELLANEOUS:

20) My question was not covered by the other 18 questions. How can I ask you my own questions?

1) Okay, I just found your site. What is "On Our Own"?

"On Our Own" is usually referred to as "the online television script show." Basically, it's a television show, with a new episode every week; however, instead of being able to watch the episodes, we let you read the scripts. If you just came across the website, we thank you for taking the time to read the Frequently Asked Questions, which will give you a much better idea about some of the confusing stuff in the show. After reading the FAQ, visit the Archives, where you can navigate to every episode that has been launched thus far.

2) When do you update the site?

We update various informative pages almost without warning, although the changes are never very substantial. Most important updates are the new episode launches. New episodes are uploaded to the website every Friday night at 6:00 PM Eastern Time.

3) So, do you really update every week?

Yes, we do upload an all new episode to the website every week. That means 52 episodes per year. Yes, we are serious.

4) How can I spread the word about "On Our Own"?

Well, if you're considering methods of telling others about "On Our Own," let me take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for doing so. Now it's time to start talking about the various ways you can tell people about the show. You can see a more detailed explanation of these methods on our Push for 4000 Page Views page. The first method of spreading the word, is by word of mouth. The simpler link to tell people about the show is http://www.oootv.tk/ or just oootv.tk. We have this simple address to make it easier to spread the show's link by word of mouth, and it's easier for people to remember it. However, if you do want to give people the longer link, it's http://www.angelfire.com/tv2/onourowntv/.

The second method is putting a link into your AIM info, by copying and pasting this code:

Visit and help support "<a href="http://www.angelfire.com/tv2/onourowntv/">On Our Own</a>," the online script show!

You can also use our small button or banner ad. The banner ad is a work in progress, however, we do have this tentative design:

Banner Ad

In addition, if you run your own comedy or script website, it may be helpful to start a link/banner exchange. For more information on link and banner exchanges, visit the aforementioned Push for 4000 page.


5) Does it cost money to read your episodes?

Of course not. Not at any time will "On Our Own" charge its fans to read the episodes contained on our website.

6) So...why are you doing this?

Basically, we, the writers of "On Our Own," enjoy writing the comedy of the show. Under normal circumstances, you wouldn't find writing 15 pages of information as fun, but when you're writing comedy, it's easy and very enjoyable, especially to bring joy to our readers. That's very satisfying. Also, according to writer Joe Termine, "we are too creative to do nothing."

7) Who are the writers of "On Our Own"?

The three writers of "On Our Own" are John Painting, James Achaia, and Joe Termine.

8) Who invented "On Our Own"?

"On Our Own," was invented on the night of Thursday, August 1, 2002, in Brooklyn, New York, by John Painting and James Achaia. I (John) give most of the credit of the show's invention to James, who came up with a large majority of the show's features.

9) Okay, what were you guys on when you came up with this?

Well, thanks to the dragonfruit flavor of Vitamin Water, both John Painting and James Achaia had approximately ten times the normal amount of Vitamin C running through their bodies at the time the show was invented. So there you go.

10) Can I write for "On Our Own"?

If you would seriously like to join the writing staff of "On Our Own," visit the Join the Staff page for more information. Be aware that the search consists of five "On Our Own" related tasks that test your abilities to write scripts for us. Your abilities will be scored by the three writers and you must attain a certain cumulative score in order to be accepted to the staff. We won't lie to you, it is difficult, mainly because we're looking for the best of the best. But if you're up to the tasks, you'll pass with flying colors.

11) Who are the main characters?

There are eight main characters of "On Our Own," broken up into two distinct subdivisions, the "central" characters, and the "supporting" characters. These two groups make up the main characters, whereas every other character is considered a "background" character.

The "central" characters, are what we refer to quite often as "The Gang." Each episode title begins with "The Gang..." This group consists of the four characters that are followed throughout the show. Three of these four characters are the writers of the show: John Painting, James Achaia, and Joe Termine. The fourth character is Katie Stalin, the only female member of the gang. More information on "The Gang" can be found by clicking any part of this sentence.

The "supporting" characters, really make the show what it is. First of the remaining four is Benji. Benji has lived in Dayboqrx for all of his life. The problem with Benji is that he takes everything told to him literally. When his girlfriend Clarissa broke up with him when he was 19, she told him "you really need some hobbies or something. Why don't you get some cats, or something." So, Benji now owns four million cats, two million guys cats named Andy, and two million girl cats named Angie. Benji lives in the other penthouse, opposite the gang.

Second is Lefty, owner of the bar/strip club/penthouse where the gang resides. He was banished to Dayboqrx (pronounced Day box) City after being arrested for selling alcohol to minors outside of the gang's high school.

Third is Dr. Johnson, the gang's professor of advanced cosmology at Dayboqrx University. Not much to say about him, other than that he's insane...and he knows Benji.

Fourth is Uhdulph Heetlar, the victim of an unfortunate name. Despite the fact that he's not German, his parents, with an already bad last name, decided to be evil and name their child Uhdulph to complete the similarity. With the bad habit of keeping a small mustache, and going to Halloween parties as Hitler, Uhdulph does have a nice side, and does not hold anything against Jewish people...in fact, his wife is Jewish.


12) Why don't any of the characters have relationships on the show?

Only because of the shear fact that we have three different writers independently writing their own episodes. If one writer created a romantic relationship with a new, or even current character, problems would then be created in the continuity of the relationship when other writers included it in their episodes. Because of the confusion this could create, rather than deal with it, we just tend to avoid it.

13) Where did you come up with these characters?

On the night the show was invented, a large majority of the characters was created by John and James. However, a lot of them didn't stick. The original show surrounded John and James living in a penthouse with six models...however, we figured out that this made NO SENSE whatsoever. Considering we added a new writer since then anyway, we added Joe to the cast, and a fictional female character for stability, while taking out the six models.

14) Who invented each aspect of the show?

You can also find this information at the bottom of the first README:

Dayboqrx invented and first spelled by Joe Termine.
Dayboqrx City designed by John Painting.
Characters invented by John Painting and James Achaia.

Anything else you can conceive about the show was probably invented by a combination of two or three of the writers.


15) What is the basic plot line of "On Our Own"?

"On Our Own" surrounds the series of odd, off-the-wall, comedic events that happen to the gang in the city of Dayboqrx. The four teenagers are going to Dayboqrx University, and living in a peculiar city where anything is possible. The show follows this series of events, and every week is always something new and interesting.

16) What's with this "Dayboqrx" place?

Dayboqrx City, referred to as "the magical city of wonder," is the weirdest place on Earth. For one, when it was founded shortly after World War II, the founders made it so you can't leave once you enter, in order to boost population. Now, 22 million people call Dayboqrx home, and it's increasing exponentionally. To the west is a large mountain, Mt. Dayboqrx, housing one solitary individual who controls Dayboqrx's weather. And since he's so lonely, he makes it always rain or snow heavily in Dayboqrx.

17) So, if I wanted to be annoying and ask for detailed driving directions through Dayboqrx, could you provide them?

Simply, yes, we could provide them. If you want to, try me by giving the names of two places in Dayboqrx (which you can find in any of the scripts). You will receive the directions most likely on the day of sending the request, or at least within three days.

18) Why can't you escape Dayboqrx?

See the answer to 15, the founders made it so you can't leave once you enter, in order to boost population.

19) Is Dayboqrx a real place, or based on a real place?

The fact that people actually ask this question is about the largest compliment I could receive when it comes to the show (not counting compliments related to scripts). It just goes to show me how well the city is designed. The answer is simple, no, Dayboqrx City is not real, nor is it based on a real place. It's just too out there to be real.

20) My question was not covered by the other 19 questions. How can I ask you my own questions?

If you would like to e-mail us to ask a question about "On Our Own," send your question to questions@onourowntv.cjb.net. You can also ask your questions on the "On Our Own" message board, which you can sign up for, for free, by clicking here.
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