The Simming Prize

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 honor.

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 previous year.


Laureates

2015
Bravo Fleet 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
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 community.
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.
 
USS Galileo
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.
2014
The Gamemaster of Ongoing Worlds For the high quality writing and imaginative posts contributed to multiple games across Ongoing Worlds.
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.
Sci-Fi Avatars
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.
Starbase 400
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.
2013
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.
Vault 713
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.
Star Army
For its fantastic, interesting concept and design, its unique, inspiring setting, and its active, helpful community that welcomes new players openly.
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 many.
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.
2012
Anodyne Productions
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 personal logs.
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.
2011
Elena Vasilescu of Before the Mast RPG
For her creative use of social media to support a small, thriving role-playing game set during the Golden Age of Piracy.
Independence Fleet
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' Day joke.
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 simming.
Otherspace
For its innovative mix of MUSH and role-playing to create a dynamic, engrossing gaming environment.
UFOP: StarBase 118
For its exemplary community, which for over 15 years has consistently offered detailed, high quality sims, and a welcoming, friendly gaming environment.
2010
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.
2009
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 efforts.
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 Fleet
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 attendance.
2008
Erika Rheyan of Starfleet Legacy Alliance
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.
2007
Azanialix Ja'arda of Starfleet Legacy Alliance
For her dedication to the Simming League, including her two years serving as its President.
AOM Teal Fox of NewWorldsRPG
For his pioneering work exploring the educational value of role-playing through his group, NewWorldsRPG.
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 Alliance
& James B. "Warp" Mitchell of Starfleet Legacy Alliance
For their efforts to stabilize and transform their sim club following the sudden death of its leader, Seth Cotis.
2006
Ajje Games
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 Diaspora Games.
J. Twistermac of Member Focused Simulations
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 Club
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 easy navigation.
2005
Dennis Busse
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.
DragonMuse Network
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 environment.
Diaspora Games
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.
2004
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 Fleet
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.
NewWorldsRPG
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 environment.
Seth Cotis of Starfleet Legacy Alliance
During his long simming career, Seth embodied the ideals of the Simming League and worked tirelessly to enhance the simming community.
Tazlure
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.
2003
CommLink
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 information.
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.
Vex Xiang
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.
2002
Erik Nighthawk of United Simulations Network
& 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 Fleet
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 leadership.
2001
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 Focused Simulations
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.
Zappy
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.
2000
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 efficiency.
ISO Troi of Interstellar Simming Organization
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.
Trek Online
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.
1999
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 Association,
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 own club.
RolePlayerUSA.com
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.
Trek Online
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.


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