The Simming Prize (officially The Prize for Simming and Online Role Playing in Memory of Seth Cotis) is an award that recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations within the simming and play-by-post role-playing community. The Simming Prize is given in memory of Seth Cotis, founder of the Starfleet Legacy Alliance and long-time leader within the Simming League.
Up to five Simming Prizes are bestowed each year to individuals or entities (games, clubs, or organizations) that (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.
Nominations may be submitted by the public at anytime during the year. All nominations, and resulting deliberations, are kept in the strictest confidence.
By tradition, all Prizes for the year are announced at the same time, typically early in the new year for the proceeding year.
The Simming Prize was established in 1999 by the Simming League. Modeled after the Nobel Prize, Simming Prizes were initially 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, responsibility for the Simming Prize was transferred to Ongoing Worlds for 2011, and to SimEnc for 2012 and 2013. 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 Prizes are managed by five trustees. The Trustees are responsible for establishing guidelines and safeguarding the legacy and ideals of the Prizes. The Trustees also select an Administrator and Judges. The Simming Prize Administrator is responsible for ensuring a through review of nominations and the timely issuance of Prizes. Simming Prize Judges consist of the Trustees, or their designee, past Laureates, and distinguished elder members of the simming community.
From 1999 to 2005, the Simming Prize was known simply as the Simming Prize. From 2005 to 2010, as the Simming League Prize for Simming and Online Role Playing in Memory of Seth Cotis. In 2011 as the Ongoing Worlds Prize for Simming and Online Role Playing in Memory of Seth Cotis. In 2012 and 2013 as the SimEnc Prize for Simming and Online Role Playing in Memory of Seth Cotis. Since 2014 the Prizes have been known as The Prize for Simming and Online Role Playing in Memory of Seth Cotis.
Simming Prize nominations are accepted all year long. Nominations can be submitted via the Simming Prize website.
For his unprecedented contributions to the simming community. As a founder and long time leader within Independence Fleet, Charles has personally sponsored the launch of 21 sims and commanded 10 within the club. During his time as IDF CinC in the early 2000s and as Chief of Fleet Ops from 2010 - 12 he oversaw exceptional growth within the club. More recently, Charles has been a primary a leader within the larger simming community, serving as the administrator/coordinator for SciWorld, FallFest, the Tournament of Simulations, and the Squiddie and OWCH awards. He is a member of the OngoingWorlds Board of Advisers, and has been the instigator of community wide April Fools jokes. Charles is also a storehouse of simming knowledge, and has been a primary contributor to the Roleplay Wiki and the OngoingWorlds Blog.
For her exemplary work as a storyteller and community builder. Kristen is the driving force within SPCsimms. With skill and good humor, she serves as a mentor to new members and is an invaluable aid to hosts and club leaders. As a game master and player, her imagination underpins multiple sims. Kristen is relied upon to smooth difficult situations, polish posts, and inspire those around her to push their writing to the next level. Most recently, Kristen was instrumental in rebuilding the Kepler Station sim after the untimely death of its longtime host. Kristen's service and dedication stands as a model example of the ideal community builder and simmer.
For its history, longevity, and current community. Founded on the Prodigy online service in 1991, STF is the oldest Star Trek sim club in existence. It has been able to persevere through a quarter century of technological change and simming political upheaval. To this day, STF remains a vibrant club with a dedicated core of members who forge new adventures while preserving the club's traditions and unique simming style.
For her dedication to the Stargate simming community. Teresa offered her time and skill to help fellow leaders build their websites, and she ran the stargaterpgs.com portal as a community resource to advertise available Stargate games. As a game master, she was the guiding force within the Stargate Ancient Legacy sim club, steering the group's story arc, playing numerous PCs and NPCs, and making sure each team advanced the story in an inclusive fashion.
For its excellent storytelling and remarkable history. Over two decades of existence, the Vindicator has sailed the Star Trek universe. It's latest captain and crew spin adventures full of villains, fantastical species, and new technologies. The depth and quality of its writing today stands as one the finest examples in the Star Trek simming community.
For setting 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.
For being a valuable recruiting resource. The dedication of PBEM2.com to run and maintain the site for the benefit of all sims and clubs is to be commended and represents the highest example of service to the simming community.
For it's long standing community and gaming quality. 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.
For its high quality sims, which stand as one of the finest examples of Star Trek simming in today's community. The episodes of the USS Galileo frame a fresh but faithful perspective on the historical Star Trek 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For its utilization 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 responsive to its members.
For exemplary service to the simming community. Jon Shuni 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.
For his service to the Simming League. 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.
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.
For it's work to connect the larger community. The DragonMuse Network 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.
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.
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.
For his service to the Simming League as Chief Justice of the Simming League. As Chief Justice, Joe has managed the Court with a steady hand, resolving disputes with fairness, and providing a calming influence within the Simming League.
TFor its role as the newsletter for the Star Trek simming community. 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.
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.
For saving the Simming League. 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.
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.
For allowing the private simming community on America Online to exist and thrive. The Non Affilated Gaming Forum (NAGF) aka the Diaspora Forum on America Online (AOL) and its staff over the years have worked to underpin the private simming community on AOL. Without them and their hard work, most of the simming community on AOL would not have existed.
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.
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.
For his long and distinguished simming career. Admiral Sorenson has 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.
For their community governance, which puts the needs of its members front and center. Always living up to the clubs name, the government of Member Focused Simulations (MFS) has proven remarkably versatile, managing to survive transfers of power from one leader to the next.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To date, 66 Simming Prizes, through 60 citations, have been awarded to 57 different entities. At least one prize has been awarded each year since 1999.