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Enter Your 2018 Squiddie Nominations Now!

The time is here!  Time for YOU to nominate the best from our community to win a Squiddie (aka The Ongoing Worlds Medal for Superior Online Roleplaying).  Each year we present Squiddies to three different entities: one person, one sim/game, and one club.  Squiddies are bestowed for exemplifying one or more of the following characteristics, primarily during the previous calendar year:

  • Excellence in role playing: Outstanding role play or leadership performance far above and beyond the typical person, game, or club
  • Originality and innovation: Using a new technology or innovation or combining existing technologies together in a new way to elevate the role play adventure
  • Facilitating the community experience: Enhancing interaction, cooperation, and/or collaboration among role players to improve or advance the community

You can read about past winners here: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Just 4 Rules:

  • Nominations may be made by anyone
  • Self-nominations are permitted
  • There is no limit to the number of nominations one can make
  • Prior winners are not eligible

Each nomination should include a write-up of why the person, sim, or club is deserving.  The write-up should not exceed 250 words and should concentrate on one or more of the three characteristics highlighted above (focusing on actions and events of 2017).  It is highly recommended that everyone read this first before submitting their nominations.

All nominations will be considered by the Ongoing Worlds Board of Advisors.  The winners will be decided by consensus and will be announced shortly after the nomination process ends.  Nominations will be accepted through July 15th.

Nomination Form

All forms should be emailed to star (dot) idf (at) gmail (dot) com.  If you do not receive a receipt confirmation email within 48 hours, please resubmit.  Requested information:

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Nominee name
  • Nominee category (person, sim/game, or club)
  • Nominee email or URL
  • Primary reason for nomination (Excellence in role playing, Originality and innovation, or Facilitating the community experience)
  • *Secondary reason for nomination (Excellence in role playing, Originality and innovation, Facilitating the community experience, or N/A)
  • Write-up (≤ 250 words)

*Not required

Good luck, everyone!

On a related note, Chris of Ongoing Worlds will be joining us as a guest judge for this year’s Squiddies.

On a semi-related note, Misty Diamond of Phoenix Roleplaying has joined David Ball, Kenny Gillis, Leon Archer, Mister Xanadu, Tiberius Creations, and myself, Charles Star, as a member of the Ongoing Worlds Board of Advisors.  Welcome aboard, Misty!

  • Ametheliana

    I can’t wait to find some new role players, communities, and sims through these Squiddies! It should be a great way to expand the roleplaying community through connecting with each other!! It’s also really great thinking deeply about who and what deserves the awards and I look forward to spending some time writing those ≤250 words! I’m going to have a hard time narrowing down who and what, though, as I enjoy so many people and plots in the roleplaying community! I hope the Board enjoys judging everyone and everything submitted!!

    • Charles Star

      You’re free to submit as many as you like! 🙂

  • Chris

    Looking forward to helping out and seeing all the awesomeness out there!

  • Nim Ir Arleth

    In what timeframe do the heroic, innovative, or otherwise awesome deeds for potential candidates need to have occurred in order to be considered for the Squiddie Awards? Is it all of 2017, later half of 2017 and first half of 2018, or what? I admit that I have a fairly hazy recollection of what transpired in the roleplaying community during most of 2017.

    • Charles Star

      Great question! Squiddies are awarded *primarily* for events of the prior calendar year (so in this case, 2017). However, that doesn’t mean things that happened before or after 2017 won’t be considered. As an example, suppose a game had a really great run Oct 2017 – Feb 2018–nominate! Or someone did something really awesome Nov 2016 – Mar 2017–nominate! Or a club had something incredible happen Sep 2017 – present–nominate! If in question, nominate away! And if you don’t win, nominate again next year!

      I hope that helps!

      • Nim Ir Arleth

        So a game that was created in January of 2018 would not be considered?

        Why do we wait till halfway through the year before we do these Squiddie Awards for stuff that happened the previous year? I barely remember half the games I was a part of last year, let alone the games I wasn’t a part of that other noteworthy Squiddie Award candidates made significant contributions to.

        • Winteroak

          Probably to give enough time to games created in the last quarter of the previous year. So if you did the awards ceremony in Jan 2018 any events or games created in the later months, lets say November 2017 would be at a disadvantage. This way you give time for games that were created later in the year or an outstanding player that joined later a fair chance to compete.

          If your forgot half the games you played last year they probably don’t deserve your vote. Stick with the ones that impressed you and you remember. 😉

  • Charles Star

    Everyone who submitted a nomination should have received a confirmation email by now. If not, please re-submit your nomination(s) to star [dot] idf [at] gmail [dot] com immediately. Thank you and good luck!