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Squiddies and ToS and SciWorld, Oh my!

That’s right, we’re accepting Squiddie, ToS, and SciWorld nominations all at the same time!  Good luck!


Officially the Ongoing Worlds Medal for Superior Online Role Playing

Read this first: How to Win a Squiddie (and other awards too)!

Past winners: 20132014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

Send nominations to Chris of Ongoing Worlds (chenglan [at] gmail [dot] com) with the subject Squiddie: Nominee Name and include the following:

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Nominee name
  • Nominee category (person, sim/game, or club)
  • Nominee email or URL (if known)
  • Reason for nominating (choose 1, 2 or 3 below):
    • 1) Excellence in role playing: Outstanding role play or leadership performance far above and beyond the typical person, game, or club
    • 2) Originality and innovation: Using a new technology or innovation or combining existing technologies together in a new way to elevate the role play adventure
    • 3) Facilitating the community experience: Enhancing interaction, cooperation, and/or collaboration among role players to improve or advance the community
  • Very brief reason why (≤ 250 words)

Due date: March 15, 2019


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


Officially the Tournament of Simulations

Read this first: How Does the Tournament of Simulations (ToS) Work?

Past winners: 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Send nominations to: Charles Star (star [dot] idf [at] gmail [dot] com) with the subject ToS: Nominee Name and include the following:

  • Your Name
  • Your Email
  • Nominee Name
  • Nominee Genre (e.g., Star Trek, Star Wars, X-Men, original horror, etc.)
  • Nominee Category: Play-by-Post (message board, email, Nova, etc.) or Chat;
  • URL for first post to read (Play-by-Post; the judges will read this and the next 9 posts) or chat log (Chat): 
  • Backstory (≤ 250 words, optional)
  • Poststory (≤ 250 words, optional)
  • Yes/No – I am interested in also serving as a judge (this will not affect my nominee)

Due date: March 15, 2019


  1. Anyone may enter any game that they are a part of:
    • Players: role plays they participate in
    • Hosts: role plays they lead
    • Club leaders: role plays in their clubs
    • Plus anyone else
  2. There is no limit to the number of nominations one may make
  3. Games that do not place will not be announced–so there’s nothing to lose from entering!
    • But don’t throw a temper tantrum if you don’t win (not everyone can win!)
  4. All posts and chat logs must have been originally posted in 2018
  5. Posts and chat logs must be open for public viewing and not password protected

Please also contact Charles Star (star [dot] idf [at] gmail [dot] com) if you’re interested in serving as a judge.


Officially the SciWorld Online Convention

Send nominations to: Charles Star (star [dot] idf [at] gmail [dot] com)  with the subject SciWorld: Nominee Name and include the following:

  • Host name (club)
  • Host URL
  • Year Host was founded
  • Chair (person)
  • Chair’s e-mail address
  • Year Chair began simming
  • Why should this host & chair be selected? (≤ 250 words)

Due date: March 15, 2019 (selection may occur prior to this date)

The host is a club that partners with Ongoing Worlds to make SciWorld a reality and success.  The chair is an individual from the host club who serves as the point person to coordinate the schedule, advertising, and logistics.  More specifically, the host and chair will work with the Ongoing Worlds staff to:

  • Select a date and time for convention (sometime in the Spring or early summer)
  • Design a unique 2018 Sciworld logo; Last year’s logo is above
  • Recruit approximately 8-12 volunteers to run individual one-hour events
  • Work with those volunteers to create unique and engaging events (discussions, sims, and trivia games) that represent and support the interests of the broader community
  • Promote and advertise the the convention
  • Host opening and closing ceremonies on the day of the convention
  • Attend all SciWorld events (usually two at the same time) to ensure that they run smoothly
  • Be ready to improvise when things don’t go as planned
  • Post-festival, provide a list of lessons learned for next year’s team

The host should be a strong, robust club willing to provide the chair with the required volunteers and resources. Members of the host club must also be ready to attend the festival to help make it a success. In short, the host must fully back the chair.

The chair must be highly organized, self-motivated, and possess superior attention to detail. More importantly, he or she should be patient with others and willing to compromise when necessary. It takes a special person and to run SciWorld–it’s a BIG job!

Good luck with all three!  And pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!