The Simming Prize is the Nobel
Prize of the play-by-post online role-playing ("simming")
community. (Or at least we like to think so!)
Up to five Prizes are
bestowed each year to individuals or entities (games, clubs,
or organizations) who (1) exemplify service, quality, and
dedication within the play-by-post online role-playing; or
who (2) pioneer new technology or techniques within the
community. The Prizes can recognize a significant onetime
accomplishment, or sustained contributions over a period of
time. Individuals and entities that win a prize are entitled
to use the honorific Simming Prize Laureate.
Officially known as the
The Prize for Simming and Online Role Playing in Memory
of Seth Cotis, the Simming Prize honors the memory of
Seth Cotis, founder of the Starfleet Legacy Alliance and a
long-time leader within the Simming League.
The Simming Prize was
established by the Simming League and first awarded in
1999. Initially, Prizes were awarded in five
categories - Internet Technology, Literature, Management,
Peace, and Service. These categories were discarded in 2007,
and since that time the Simming Prize has been issued
without a category. Following the death of Seth Cotis
in 2005, the Simming League proposed to establish a Seth
Cotis Medal of Honor in his memory. Ultimately, the
already established Simming Prize was instead renamed in his
After the Simming
League ceased operations in 2011, responsibility for the
Simming Prize was transferred to Ongoing Worlds, and in
2012 to SimEnc. In 2014, responsibility for the Simming
Prize was entrusted to a group of trustees. The Prizes are
now issued in the name of the trustees and are no longer
associated with a larger organization.
The Simming Prize is awarded
annually between February and March for nominations received during the
It goes without saying this award is long
overdue. Since its creation in 1997, Bravo Fleet has set the
gold standard for quality and success within the simming
community. Few can match the longevity of Bravo Fleet. No one
can match the growth and evolution the club has experienced.
Bravo Fleet has been able to adapt to multiple shifts within
simming, and find success with each new generation. Through its
ups and downs, it has developed a robust community and self
governing system; and one that is able to learn from the past,
correct mistakes, and reform around new realities.
pbem2.com has served the simming community as
a valuable recruiting resource for years. Its dedication to
running and maintaining such a site is to be commended and
represents the highest example of service to the simming
The Original Marvel Roleplay
The Original Marvel Roleplay has been a
fixture within Second Life since 2007. It is, first and
foremost, a top destination for individuals who want to play
their favorite superheroes. But more than that, it's a
community. People are encouraged to engage in social RP or
create their own events at the many spots available throughout
the multi-level region. They also allow created characters,
offer classes for student characters, and host a number of fun
gatherings throughout the year. Even though the members of the
leadership have changed and the region called home has moved
several times over the years, it is a real testament to the
overall community that it has remained strong and open to
players of all stripes.
The Galileo stands as one of the finest
examples of Star Trek simming in today's community. The episodes
frame a fresh but faithful perspective on a historical
franchise. The posts are well written and prolific. The
individual qualities of each character shine through, as each
person works to carry out their duty. The website is elegant,
filled with ample detail about the ship and crew. It's evident
the members of the crew have put serious thought and time into
carving out a home on the Galileo.
of Ongoing Worlds
||For the high quality writing and imaginative
posts contributed to multiple games across Ongoing Worlds.
|For the unparalleled dedication and resources
it provides the online role-playing community. Through the
selfless dedication of its gamers, staff, and contributors,
Ongoing Worlds has become a home to hundreds of games, and
stands as a trusted, central hub for all online role-players,
regardless of affiliation.
|For it's compilation of images and graphic
assistance it offers to the online role-playing community. With
its images, Sci-Fi Avatars has enlivened an untold number of
websites and message boards.
|For it's long standing quality and success, in
which two decades of simmers have sustained a creative energy
and continue to generate a universe whose imagination and depth
is without equal in the Star Trek simming community.
|David Ball of Ongoing Worlds
||For his devotion to the craft of
role-play, his many contributions to the larger online
role-play community, and his efforts in maintaining
the Ongoing Worlds roleplaying community and Ongoing
World Blog, which services the greater community.
|For its consistent excellence and
devotion to creating and exploring uncharted worlds in
a compelling narrative, and for their exploration of a
classic literary tale.
|For its fantastic, interesting concept
and design, its unique, inspiring setting, and its
active, helpful community that welcomes new players
|FSF Radio 2
|For its enchantment and groundbreaking
innovation of broadcasting the lives, stories, and
other humanistic qualities which continue to make
simming and online role-play an enjoyable hobby for
|Trek Simming Podcast
|For its groundbreaking innovation that
has created informative radio, honored simming and
online role-play culture, and its path of reaching out
to the larger simming community.
|For creating and supporting the NOVA
RPG management software. Easy to manage and update,
NOVA has become a backbone of today's play by post
community. NOVA allows crew members to update their
character bio, send private messages, and write joint
posts with fellow simmers; it allows sim hosts to send
out announcements, approve applications, and create
NPCs. An invaluable auto-logging feature provides
seamless archiving of posts, mission logs, and
|Darian Caplinger of Bravo Fleet
|For his years of service as the
webhost of Bravo Fleet and Ninth Fleet, as well as for
a number of individual sims within both groups.
Despite the challenges of maintaining two large sites
for clubs that have sometimes been at odds, Darian has
kept a neutral bearing and has gone above and beyond
to make sure the servers are online and updated, and
that the sites are up and running.
|Ed Brown of UFOP: StarBase 118
|For his community development work
within UFOP: StarBase 118. In addition to having
earned a reputation as a captain who ensures his crew
members are engaged in the sim, Ed has become a
cornerstone of the club's community. He is active with
the UFOP: SB 118's academy training program, where he
helps teach new simmers. For two years running, he has
been the creative force behind the club's "summer
blockbuster" fleet-wide plot arc, developing the
overall story arc and writing mission briefings for
each ship. Ed has also facilitated the club's "Writing
Challenge" judge's team and was the leading force
behind UFOP: SB 118's "Writing Improvement Month."
|Kerrigan Morgan and Black Scar Ozzy
of the Starfleet Legacy Alliance
|For their quiet service as linchpins
of the Starfleet Legacy Alliance. Between them,
Kerrigan and Black served on over a dozen sims during
their storied careers. With his sims, Kerrigan
always managed to put a smile on the face of others,
and Black's cheeky stories delighted, in the process
dragging a plot out of crises and into mayhem.
Both were friends and mentors to countless individuals
within the club. Once earned, Black's loyalty
was incredible. Kerrigan provided a caring ear
and unabashed advise. As the Recruiting Chair,
Kerrigan was able to re-energize sims by providing new
members and hosts. Black's only desire was to
write, but when needed he would step up and serve as
second in command, and on one occasion was found to be
in command of a sim.
|Starbase 400 of Ninth Fleet
|For its rich, dedicated community.
Simming continuously since 1995, Starbase 400 has
developed a vast backstory, complete with two dozen
permanent NPCs, a fleet of ships, and a dangerous
intersection of space to defend. To support its in
character universe, Starbase 400 maintains an academy,
a database, a timeline of sim canon, and logs of each
mission to ensure members are informed. Infused with a
focus on character development and realistic
storytelling, these factors combine, producing an
intensely vibrant sim.
|Elena Vasilescu of Before the Mast
|For her creative use of social media
to support a small, thriving role-playing game set
during the Golden Age of Piracy.
|For its outstanding efforts to
facilitate community; internally fielding a wiki,
newsletter, and group chats; and externally hosting
the SciWorld Online Convention, organizing Fall Fest,
and pulling the Super Space Command 3000 April Fools'
|Mike Bremer of The Ninth Fleet
|For his exemplary leadership within
the simming community. Having founded or nurtured
clubs as diverse as Tango Fleet, Bravo Fleet, and now
The Ninth Fleet, Mike stands as one of the most
successful and influential figures in the history of
|For its innovative mix of MUSH and
role-playing to create a dynamic, engrossing gaming
|UFOP: StarBase 118
|For its exemplary community, which for
over 15 years has consistently offered detailed, high
quality sims, and a welcoming, friendly gaming
|Nathalie Chapman of Sixth Fleet
|For her innovative command style,
through which she fosters crew dedication and
creativity by breaking the traditional molds of
simming. Her sims, most recently the USS Avalon,
follow no set pattern, with missions that run from the
serious to the comical, and which can be tightly
controlled with a sim master or run free though a
collaborative crew effort.
|Tigra Tigress of Continuum Online
|For her decades of exemplary service
to the simming community. Beginning as a host in
Spacefleet Online, through her service as the leader
of the Continuum Online and publisher of the
Communique Online, and to the present day, Tigra is a
fount of wisdom and fairness, and has been a friend
and mentor to generations of simmers.
|USS Sunfire-D of Independence Fleet
|For its energetic, engaging sims.
Through its many incarnations, the Sunfire has
attracted raw simmers and molded them into future
leaders, sending out over a dozen simming hosts from
its ranks. Its open approach to membership, which
welcomes simmers of all ages, interests, and writing
styles, gives rise to a diverse crew, who, feeling
welcome, produce hundreds of posts a month. This
openness has been emulated across Independence Fleet,
helping spark a renaissance within the club.
|Alex Verdusco of Ajje Games
|For his distinguished work, founding
Ajje Games in 2005, serving as its president until
2009, and establishing Ajje Games as a leading member
of the simming and online role-playing community.
|Sam Jones of Sixth Fleet
|For serving as Commander in Chief of
Sixth Fleet and leading the group out of stagnation by
revamping its organization and improving recruiting
|Thomas of UCIP
|For his exemplary skills as a simming
host, devoting countless time and energy to his crew,
and in service to the UCIP.
|USS Providence of Federation Sim
|For utilizing an open approach to
simming, welcoming new members and visitors alike to
join in the mission, giving rise to numerous
memorable, engaging storylines and steadily growing
|Erika Rheyan of Starfleet Legacy
|For her prolific simming skills that
have established her sim, the USS Lionheart, as one of
the best, and for her endless spirit, making her a
cornerstone of the SLA, providing care and advise to
those in need.
|Azanialix Ja'arda of Starfleet
|For her dedication to the Simming
League, including her two years serving as its
|AOM Teal Fox of NewWorldsRPG
|For his pioneering work exploring the
educational value of role-playing through his group,
|Jay Truce of Federation Sim Fleet
|For his outstanding service to the
Simming League and the Federation Sim Fleet. Jay has
long been the invisible man behind the scenes who make
sure things get done.
|Pamela Kyle of Starfleet Legacy
& James B. "Warp" Mitchell of Starfleet
|For their efforts to stabilize and
transform their sim club following the sudden death of
its leader, Seth Cotis.
|For its utalization of a unique
umbrella structure that provides overarching
foundation and IT support to its several clubs
(fleets) to create a uniform gaming environment. Ajje
Game's individual clubs elect their own leaders and
are responsible for the bulk of decision making,
creating a diverse club reponsive to its members.
|Jon Shuni of Federation Sim Fleet
|For exemplary service to the simming
community. He is a mentor to numerous leaders, spends
countless hours running his club, and provides free
webspace and other support to sim clubs through
|J. Twistermac of Member Focused
|For over five years, Twister served as
a Justice and Magistrate of the Simming League,
helping to resolve numerous disputes and promote peace
and understanding within the League. His honesty and
integrity is above reproach, gaining the respect of
all who come into contact with him.
|Starfleet Library of Starfleet Sim
|The library contains a treasure trove
of documents from one of the longest running sim
clubs, including records that illuminate the earliest
days of simming.
|UFOP: StarBase 118
|For its website. The site is full of
rich graphics and useful information, presented in a
well organized and streamlined fashion, facilitating
|For The Sim Group Papers. The Papers
are a series of insightful, easy to read essays that
confront the basic issues of simming, question the
fundamental strategies employed by simming leaders,
and proposes new methods to improve our game.
|A network that works to ensure online
role-playing is viewed as a community and not a
competition among groups. To this end, the network
promotes peace, cooperation, and communication and has
brought together a collection of online role-playing
groups who share resources and follow a basic set of
guiding rules, greatly enhancing their gaming
|For exemplifying the best of the
simming community by offering free webservers,
support, and other IT features to sim clubs.
|Starfleet Sim Club
|For its pragmatic management style -
where the club selects an 'elected dictator' every 8
months. This system has served the club well. As a
result, Starfleet - founded in 1991 as one of the
first sim clubs - has also become one of the longest
running clubs ever.
|Star Trek PBEM Network
|For their website. The site, its
content, and graphics combine to make a simming
experience that recreates Starfleet and brings
together a series of sims and groups.
|Chas Hammer of Trek Online
|For My Simming Memoirs. Providing
remarkable insight into the evolution of simming and
the inner workings of a sim club, Chas' memoirs follow
his career from a wide-eyed simmer on Prodigy, to a
revolutionary leader, to the downfall of his club,
which he analyzes with great candor.
|Joe Ferguson of Federation Sim
|During his service as Chief Justice of
the Simming League, Joe managed the Court with a
steady hand, resolved disputes with fairness, and
provided a calming influence in the Simming League.
|For their website. Utilizing a content
management system, New Worlds is pioneering the use of
new technology in simming, and is able to provide
their members with a seamless role playing
|Seth Cotis of Starfleet Legacy
|During his long simming career, Seth
embodied the ideals of the Simming League and worked
tirelessly to enhance the simming community.
|For its unique blended in
character/out of character management system that has
produced and sustained an intense, high volume fantasy
message board RPG for several years.
|The venerable old newsletter of
Spacefleet Online, CommLink and its dedicated staff
have recast themselves and now provide an invaluable
service as an independent source for simming news and
|Federation Sim Fleet
|For its skilled use of technology,
human resources, and an efficient quasi business/quasi
government model unmatched in simming community that
has allowed the FSF leadership and staff to build one
of the best sim groups of all time.
|For the Xiang Monthly newsletter. This
hilarious newsletter seamlessly blends serious simming
news and information with hilarious spoof articles,
comics, and real life social commentary. The product
of a gifted mind, Xiang Monthly is a delight to read.
|Erik Nighthawk of United
& Zappy of Nova Fleet
|In August of 2001, the Simming League
threatened to rip itself apart. Erik Nighthawk,
President of the Sim Senate at the time, and facing
major internal problems in his own sim club, threw
himself into the situation in the League. He was able
to save the League, but it cost him his own club.
Zappy followed as the next Sim Senate President,
continuing Nighthawk's work and overseeing the
development of a new constitution which put the League
back on track.
|Gabriel Logan of Federation Sim
|For his novel Star Trek: Portal of
Eternity, posted to the FSF message boards, which is
based on his simming character of five years. This
wonderful work is an enjoyable read, reveals a great
writing talent, and highlights the immense creative
possibilities of simming.
|Non Affiliated Gaming Forum
|Aka the Diaspora Forum on AOL and all
of its staff over the years, for without them and
their hard work, most of the simming community on
America Online (AOL) would not have existed.
|RolePlayerUSA.com and the Web
Development Bureau of the Simming League
|For providing news, information, and
services to the simming community.
|Starfleet Legacy Alliance
|For its unique management system that
employs a hands off government whose main duty to
develop a club wide community and gives most authority
to the sim hosts. This system has allowed the SLA to
quickly become a model of efficiency and skillful
|Federation Sim Fleet
|For its Weekly Buzz newsletter.
Thorough and informative, the FSF Writing Guild works
hard to achieve the remarkable feat of publishing a
newsletter each week that keeps the vast FSF community
informed on going ons in the group.
|Jeffrey David Sorenson of Member
|During his long and distinguished
simming career Admiral Sorenson labored behind the
scenes to promote peace, cooperation and stability in
the simming world. Many times he was called upon to
serve as an independent arbiter to diffuse tense
situations, and he was instrumental in establishing
the Simming League.
|Member Focused Simulations
|Always living up to the clubs name,
the MFS government has proven remarkably versatile,
even managing to survive transfers of power from one
leader to the next.
|Starfleet Legacy Alliance
|For their website. Their beautifully
designed website is easy to navigate and provides easy
access to tons of information.
|For organizing the 2001 War Games
Competition. This friendly competition between clubs
allowed simmers to show off their skills and win
bragging rights for having the best sim.
|Federation Sim Fleet
|For their website. Through their new
Starbase 254 web site, the FSF has provided a base for
their online community that's filled with information
and advanced webtools. Additionally, via Starbase 254,
the FSF is working to help other clubs by providing
server space and support.
|Interstellar Simming Confederation
|Employing a business organizational
model, the ISC has built a strong, united club that
provides its members with a high level of service and
|ISO Troi of Interstellar Simming
|For the Tournament of Simulations.
Primarily ran and organized by ISO Troi, with support
from RolePlayerUSA.com and the Simming League, ToS
brought together many sim clubs in friendly
competition and helped to continue the traditions of
Sci World and the Simming League.
|Robin Knight of Trek Online
|For her TOL Park comic strip. A
hilarious spoof of Trek Online, TOL Park has delighted
countless simmers from TOL and other clubs.
|For the TOL Times. Trek Online is
dedicated to the belief that in order to have good
sims, there must be good information, and the Trek
Online Times -- which is filled with club news,
information, and comedy -- reflects that belief.
|Alliance Simulation Group
|For its excellent website with
integrated irc chat rooms and mud servers. The site is
beautifully designed and organized, and filled with
tons of info about the ASG.
|Ender Maki of Online Simulations
Tashak of Online Simulations Association,
& Chas Hammer of Trek Online
|For organizing and running the 1999
SciWorld Online Convention, the first large scale,
privately run online simming convention. After years
of struggle and conflict in the simming world,
SciWorld showed that sim clubs can peacefully
cooperate, have fun, and, in the process, help their
|For providing independent news,
information, and ratings so that simmers can find a
club that best suits their desires.
|Star Trek Galactic Newsletter
|For its excellent independent online
reporting and Star Trek reviews.
|For its pioneering republican
government and constitution. Involving the members in
the affairs of the club while maintaining efficient
operations, and led by knowledgeable, friendly
leadership, TOLs government has contributed greatly to
the club's creative community and high quality sims.