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Last chance to decide the Top Sim of 2016!

There is less than a week left in the final round of voting for 2016’s Top Sim! The winner of this vote will be considered the Top Sim of 2016 – one of the most highly coveted writing awards in our community. Take this last chance to help decide who will be crowned as the Top Sim of 2016.

Voting closes automatically at 23:59 Pacific Time on Sunday, December 25, 2016. Please read all four sims before choosing the one you like the best in this poll:

These sims were submitted by members of the community. A panel of judges, consisting of one judge from each ship, voted on the best sim from each round. The sims they selected from each round were then voted-on by members of the fleet. You can see those votes here:

The 2016 Hall of Fame archive contains all the sims submitted in 2016. Pinned sims are the winners from each round.

FAIRNESS AND VOTING
For a vote to win the final round, at least 10% of its votes must come from a ship other than the one the sim was created on.

Your vote in this poll is public so that we can ensure that one ship’s crew is not “stuffing the ballot box.” If we find that any one crew is trying to force someone from their crew to be the winner, that sim will be disqualified and the ship will be ineligible to participate in the contest for all of 2017. Similarly, if anyone is found coercing members of their crew to vote for them, or a sim on their ship, that sim will be disqualified — before, or after the vote.

That does not mean that you can’t vote for a sim that was originally simmed on your vessel. You just shouldn’t vote for a sim from your ship simply because it’s by your crew-mate. Instead, choose the sim that you believe is the best written, most engaging, and embodies the principles of good simming that this community values.


Vote here, vote now to crown the Top Sim of 2016!

This is it, the final round of voting for 2016’s Top Sim! The winner of this vote will be considered the Top Sim of 2016 — one of the most highly coveted writing awards in our community.

Voting closes automatically at 23:59 Pacific Time on Sunday, December 25, 2016. Please read all four sims before choosing the one you like the best in this poll:

These sims were submitted by members of the community. A panel of judges, consisting of one judge from each ship, voted on the best sim from each round. The sims they selected from each round were then voted-on by members of the fleet. You can see those votes here:

The 2016 Hall of Fame archive contains all the sims submitted in 2016. Pinned sims are the winners from each round.

FAIRNESS AND VOTING

For a vote to win the final round, at least 10% of its votes must come from a ship other than the one the sim was created on.

Your vote in this poll is public so that we can ensure that one ship’s crew is not “stuffing the ballot box.” If we find that any one crew is trying to force someone from their crew to be the winner, that sim will be disqualified and the ship will be ineligible to participate in the contest for all of 2017. Similarly, if anyone is found coercing members of their crew to vote for them, or a sim on their ship, that sim will be disqualified — before, or after the vote.

That does not mean that you can’t vote for a sim that was originally simmed on your vessel. You just shouldn’t vote for a sim from your ship simply because it’s by your crew-mate. Instead, choose the sim that you believe is the best written, most engaging, and embodies the principles of good simming that this community values.


Time is running out to vote in Top Sims Runoff Round 4

There is only a week left to place your vote for the Runoff Round 4 of the 2016 Top Sims Contest! In the runoff rounds, members (like you!) decide which sims head to the final round of the Top Sims Contest in December.

These sims below were chosen by a panel of judges (one from each ship) from the sims submitted in Rounds 21-26 of the contest.

TO START, please read these sims:

NEXT, vote for the sim you like the most. Click here to go to the poll now.

DON’T vote for a sim just because you serve on the same crew as the person who wrote it. It should be the sim that’s the best written, with strong characterization, and evocative or descriptive scene-setting. Any crew that “stuffs the ballot” (by having everyone on the crew vote for the same sim to ensure that it wins this poll) will be eliminated from the contest and shamed by the rest of the community as terrible, terrible cheaters. That would be awful.

Good luck to the nominees!


Place your vote in Top Sims Runoff Round 4

The poll is now live for Runoff Round 4 of the 2016 Top Sims Contest! In the runoff rounds, members (like you!) decide which sims head to the final round of the Top Sims Contest in December.

These sims below were chosen by a panel of judges (one from each ship) from the sims submitted in Rounds 21-26 of the contest.

TO START, please read these sims:

NEXT, vote for the sim you like the most. Click here to go to the poll now.

DON’T vote for a sim just because you serve on the same crew as the person who wrote it. It should be the sim that’s the best written, with strong characterization, and evocative or descriptive scene-setting. Any crew that “stuffs the ballot” (by having everyone on the crew vote for the same sim to ensure that it wins this poll) will be eliminated from the contest and shamed by the rest of the community as terrible, terrible cheaters. That would be awful.

Good luck to the nominees!


Top Sims Contest Set 3, 2016 Winner: Tyr Waltas

Voting has just finished for Set 3 of the Top Sims Contest and a winner has been selected: Tyr Waltas of the Embassy of Duronis II for his sim “Showdown!”

After sims are nominated by our general membership for the contest, a panel of judges reviews the nominations from each rounds and selects their favorite to proceed to the corresponding run-off round. The yearly calendar of rounds is divided into four sets, with about seven rounds each. For more information, check out the Top Sims Contest calendar.

Waltas’s sim now moves on to the final run-off round of the year in December to compete against the three other set winners for the title of “Top Sim of 2016.” Many congratulations to Tyr Waltas on this honor.

Everyone is welcome to nominate sims of their fellow crew for the contest. If you think a sim is particularly well-written, be sure to show that writer how much you enjoyed the sim by nominating it! Just head to the Top Sims Contest forum to make your nomination now.


Submit a sim to the final Top Sims Round of the year

Round 26 marks the final round of the 2016 Top Sims Contest year. This is your last chance to submit a worthy sim to be considered for the top honors of Top Sim of 2016! Submitting a sim to the Top Sims Contest is a great way to show your fellow crewmembers that you’re enjoying what their writing. And, it’s easy to do! Here’s how to get started:

  1. Open a new thread in the Top Sims Contest forum
  2. In the Topic Title box, put the primary character name of the writer, and then the title of the sim.
  3. In the Topic Prefix dropdown, choose Round 26 until the end of the day on Sunday, October 30th. After that date, we will be in the new Contest year and you’ll need to choose Round 1.
  4. Paste the body of the sim into the big box, and then click Post New Topic.

That’s pretty much it!

The sim you submit will be reviewed by a panel of judges – one from each ship – who will select the best sim from the round, which will then proceed to a vote by the general membership.

Again, this is your last chance to submit a sim for the 2016 Contest year! Submit a sim today and show your fellow writers how much you appreciate their work!


Time is running out to vote in Top Sims Runoff Round 3

There are only a couple weeks left to place your vote for the Runoff Round 3 of the 2016 Top Sims Contest! In the runoff rounds, members (like you!) decide which sims head to the final round of the Top Sims Contest in December.

These sims below were chosen by a panel of judges (one from each ship) from the sims submitted in Rounds 14-20 of the contest.

TO START, please read these sims:

NEXT, vote for the sim you like the most. Click here to go to the poll now.

DON’T vote for a sim just because you serve on the same crew as the person who wrote it. It should be the sim that’s the best written, with strong characterization, and evocative or descriptive scene-setting. Any crew that “stuffs the ballot” (by having everyone on the crew vote for the same sim to ensure that it wins this poll) will be eliminated from the contest and shamed by the rest of the community as terrible, terrible cheaters. That would be awful.

Good luck to the nominees!


Badges Awarded to the Top Sims Round Winners from 2016 Round 3

With voting now live for the Top Sims Runoff Set 3, we have some Badges to hand out… namely, the Top Sim Round Winner Badge!

By being chosen as the author of the Top Sims for Rounds 14-20, the following receive the aforementioned Badge (or added tip, in the case of this being a multiple citation):

  • Sudarshan Scudder
  • Savan
  • Jalana Rajel
  • Mirra Ezo (x2, for her wins in Rounds 16 and 17!)
  • Antero Flynn
  • John Valdivia
  • Tyr Waltas

Be sure to congratulate these badge winners, and vote in the runoff for the best sim to proceed to the final round for a chance to compete for the Top Sim of 2016!


Place your vote in Top Sims Runoff Round 3

The poll is now live for Runoff Round 3 of the 2016 Top Sims Contest! In the runoff rounds, members (like you!) decide which sims head to the final round of the Top Sims Contest in December.

These sims below were chosen by a panel of judges (one from each ship) from the sims submitted in Rounds 14-20 of the contest.

TO START, please read these sims:

NEXT, vote for the sim you like the most. Click here to go to the poll now.

DON’T vote for a sim just because you serve on the same crew as the person who wrote it. It should be the sim that’s the best written, with strong characterization, and evocative or descriptive scene-setting. Any crew that “stuffs the ballot” (by having everyone on the crew vote for the same sim to ensure that it wins this poll) will be eliminated from the contest and shamed by the rest of the community as terrible, terrible cheaters. That would be awful.

Good luck to the nominees!


Submit a sim to Round 21 of the Top Sims Contest before it closes

Submitting a sim to the Top Sims Contest is a great way to show your fellow crewmembers that you’re enjoying what their writing. And, it’s easy to do! Here’s how to get started:

  1. Open a new thread in the Top Sims Contest forum
  2. In the Topic Title box, put the primary character name of the writer, and then the title of the sim.
  3. In the Topic Prefix dropdown, choose Round 21 until the end of the day on Sunday, August 21st. After that date, choose Round 22!
  4. Paste the body of the sim into the big box, and then click Post New Topic.

That’s pretty much it!

The sim you submit will be reviewed by a panel of judges – one from each ship – who will select the best sim from the round, which will then proceed to a vote by the general membership.

Submit a sim today and show your fellow writers how much you appreciate their work!


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