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) 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.
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, responsibility for the Simming
Prize was transferred to Ongoing Worlds for 2011, and to
SimEnc for 2012. 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.
Nominations may be
submitted by the public at any time during the year.
| Charles Star of Independence Fleet
| 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.
| Kristen Romanelli of SPCsimms and
| 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.
| Teresa Snow of Stargate Ancient Legacy
| 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.
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
| Bravo Fleet
|| 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.
Original Marvel Roleplay
||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 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.
| USS Galileo, Obsidian Fleet
| 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
Gamemaster of Ongoing Worlds
||For the high quality writing and
imaginative posts contributed to multiple games across
|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
|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 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.
||For its fantastic,
interesting concept and design, its unique, inspiring
setting, and its active, helpful community that
welcomes new players openly.
|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 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 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.
|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.
|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, Federation
|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 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.
|Jon Shuni of Federation Sim Fleet
|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
|J. Twistermac of Member Focused
|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.
|Starfleet Library of Starfleet Sim
|For it's invaluable archive. The
Starfleet Library contains a treasure trove of
documents from one of the longest running sim clubs,
including records that illuminate the earliest days of
|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.
|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
|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
|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.
|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
|For his service to the simming
community. During his long simming career, Seth
has 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.
|For 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.
|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
|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.
|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
|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
|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
|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.
|Member Focused Simulations
|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.
|Starfleet Legacy Alliance
|For their website. The beautifully
designed website of the Starfleet Legacy Alliance
(SLA) 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
|For its experiments with simming
governance. 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.