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Congratulations to the latest Simming Prize Winners

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The Simming Prize Image by Jack Carter

Editor’s note: The awards season continues!

Please help me in congratulating the 2020 and 2021 Simming Prize winners. They are all more than deserving, each serving the community in their own unique way. While some are relative newcomers, others have been with us for many years. They represent the cream of the crop within simming & online role playing, and give us all something to strive towards.  Well done, Simming Prize Laureates!


Kathryn Burke of Theta Fleet: An icon of Theta Fleet, having served there since its earliest of days right up through the present, Kathryn Burke has grown the club into a simming powerhouse featuring an extremely diverse set of games.  She has also been extremely active at the community level, doing everything from hosting events to promoting common causes to supporting others from behind the scenes.  Her helpful presence is one we all can emulate.

Memory Theta: One of the best role plays on the net today, Memory Theta excels in all aspects of simming.  From deep character development to intricate plot devices to taking the unexpected turn, this crew always keeps things interesting.  Their commitment to excellence has been recognized many times over, most recently by taking home top prize at the Tournament of Simulations.

‘Souls RPG: Due to celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2021, ‘Souls RPG is a unique role playing club set in a post-apocalyptic world extinct of humans but featuring a variety of canid packs and bands.  A truly immersive culture, their real-time simming has led to a deep club lore and an extremely vivid original tale.  Few clubs reach the depth of story found here, much less one that doesn’t follow a well known franchise.

5th Fleet: A relative newcomer in the simming world, 5th Fleet really found their footing over the last year.  Not striving or desiring to become a mega-club like so many others, their small size allows them to focus more resources at the sim level and to give all players a greater say in club matters.  Finally, their inclusive culture also gives rise to organic story development and a deep enjoyment of the game. 

USF: A true unicorn in the community today, USF still focuses mainly on chat-based role playing while almost all others exist exclusively in the play-by-post arena.  The unique style is just as fresh as ever while remaining true to its AOL roots and 1995 founding.  Their longevity is a living testament to the community atmosphere, and their dedication to the craft that is evident in each chat session.

2020 Simming Prize Announcement


SJet of Canopus Station: A longtime role player who consistently puts others first, SJet has not only seen it all, but he’s done it all extremely well.  Comfortable as a player, a host, or even a club leader, he’s always open to feedback and new ideas, and is quick to pivot or change strategies if the situation requires it.  As a result, his sims are always top notch and players feel welcome to try things they might not feel comfortable to do elsewhere.

Mudwater PD of Shattered Universe: A hybrid sim set in an original science fiction fantasy world, Mudwater PD hits all the right notes while still pushing boundaries.  A diverse group of writers, seemingly effortlessly playing off the many twists and turns of each other, constantly push the story in unexpected yet believable directions.  Each post is expertly crafted, almost a story in and of itself, but yet still a perfect fit within the whole.

Obsidian Fleet: Celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2021, Obsidian Fleet has been a bastion of high quality role playing since its inception.  Fostering a close and connected community within, the club has also been active in the greater simming community for years through hosting major events like FallFest and Khitomer.  Its focus on the things that matter has led to long-term stability and created a model for others to follow.

Zodiac Fleet: Also celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2021, Zodiac Fleet does community as well as any club in existence today.  A lot of groups now regularly host live events, but Zodiac’s possess that rare “it” factor where members feel a deep connection to both the club and each other.  With highly creative role playing, games, and more, they have something that everyone can enjoy.

Sim Central: A newcomer in 2021, Sim Central was founded on a set of principles to give sims and hosts freedom to operate how they see fit while at the same time bringing them all together as a cohesive group.  Widely attempted, but rarely effective, Sim Central has achieved that much sought after balance in a relatively short amount of time.  This has resulted in some of the best simming on the web across multiple genres.

2021 Simming Prize Announcement

Up to five Simming Prizes are awarded annually to honor those in the simming & online role playing community who exemplify service, quality, and dedication or who pioneer new technology or techniques. The Prize can recognize a significant one-time accomplishment or sustained contributions over a period of time. Individuals and entities who win a Prize are entitled to use the honorific Simming Prize Laureate.

Iggy is a Trustee and the current Administrator of The Simming Prize. He also previously served as the first Administrator of the Prize under the modern Trustee model. The Prize can be followed on Twitter & Facebook.

Nominations for next year’s award may be submitted here.