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It’s 2017 Tournament of Simulations (ToS) Time!

With FallFest out of the way, it’s time to turn our attention to something else.  Ahem…  Role players, hosts, and club leaders alike are all hereby invited to enter their games/sims/role plays in the the oldest and most prestigious competition of the entire simming and online roleplaying world: the Tournament of Simulations (ToS)!  What, did you think it was some other competition?  C’mon!

Ongoing Worlds is now officially calling on YOU (yes, you!) to enter your simulations and online role plays in the 2017 edition of ToS.  This will be the 13th tournament to be held, and the 4th sponsored by Ongoing Worlds.  Nominations will be accepted through December 31st, 2017.  Winners will be announced sometime later.  Here’s how to enter:

The Rules (there aren’t many)

  • 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 I’m missing!
  • There is no limit to the number of nominations one may make
  • 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!)
  • Posts and chat logs must be open for public viewing and not password protected.

How to Enter

Nominations shall be made via e-mail using the template below.  Judges will only be reading 10 posts from each play-by-post sim entrant.  Play-by-post games should submit a URL for a single post.  The judges will read that post and the following nine (for 10 total).  Chat games should submit a URL for one chat log.  Since the judges may need context for both play-by-post and chat sims, you are permitted to submit up to 250 words for a backstory and 250 words for what follows the posts.

Please e-mail all entry forms with the following information to star [dot] idf [at] gmail [dot] com.  Place “ToS Nomination: [Sim Name]” in the subject line.  All entries will receive a confirmation e-mail within 48 hours.  If you do not receive an email confirmation within 48 hours, please resubmit.

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

Each nominee’s posts or chat logs will be graded by a panel of impartial judges using set criteria.  Winners will be announced by genre & category sometime in 2018.  If you would like to volunteer to serve a s judge, please email me at star [dot] idf [at] gmail [dot] com.  We always need judges!  Serving as a judge will NOT affect your game’s changes of winning as you will NOT grade any sims that directly compete against your own.  In addition, no prior experience is necessary!

If you haven’t yet read our article from late 2016 on how to win awards, do so today!

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

Good luck!