At the turn of the year in meatspace, award season starts to spin up. Across the general media, folk are encouraged to look to their peers and recognise excellence and inspiration from the previous year.
For the past two years I have attempted to do the same for EVE by distributing imaginary Free Boot Awards to an eclectic assortment of community luminaries. This year I thought it might be nice to expand the concept.
For Blog Banter 43 I would like to invite every participant to nominate their peers for whatever awards you think they deserve. Let's start the year with some EVE-flavoured altruism and celebrate the best and the worst of us, the funniest or the most bizarre, the most heroic of the most tragic of the past year. They could be corpmates, adversaries, bloggers, podcasters, developers, journalists or inanimate objects. Go nuts.
There's only one rule: no narcissism allowed (so step away from that mirror and resist the urge to nominate yourself).
Other than that, if it's great, let's celebrate.Did you all know that last year Milla Jovovich (yeah, THAT Milla Jovovich - multipass!) hosted the Scientific and Technical Awards two weeks before the main Oscar Awards last year? Did you know that it's quickly become a highlight of the entire awards process? Here's the purpose of it.
The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards honor the men, women and companies whose discoveries and innovations have contributed in significant, outstanding and lasting ways to motion pictures.This is what I'd like to concentrate on for this Blog Banter. This will save me the problem of making some folks happy and some folks not so happy. You see, I really dislike the idea of handing out awards that are not anonymously voted upon. Feelings always get hurt when you don't do it anonymously. To avoid upsetting people I admire (all of you,) I'd like to recognize those that have contributed most to the Scientific and Technical aspects of playing EVE Online. I'll loosely use the awards the Academy gives as a basis for mine.
This year's recipients of the Award of Merit are:
- Rixx Javix for creating and handing out Twitter Hats.
- TurAmarth ElRandir for the art work he creates on his blog A Carbon Based Life.
- Penny Ibramovic for Wormhole Glossary and Guides but perhaps most for her secret database of wormhole occupation gathered through years of intelligence gathering.
- Blake for his willingness to document in pictures and tables all things industrial (even of they aid his competition) in his blog K162space.
- Wollari for DOTLAN Maps - need I say more?
- Marc Scaurus for the EVE Online Bloggers Portal.
- Riverini for EVE News 24.
- The Mittani and minions for Mittani.com.
- Cailais and Zapatero for EON Magazine.
- Laci and Mermalior for The ISK Guide, all versions, because without you the others would not exist.
There are many capsuleers who are nominees for this award. However, in my mind, there is only one capsuleer who consistently, over a long time, has striven to uphold the high standards of this game - even if they are his standards and I don't myself have those particular standards. Nevertheless, his play style is valid. And beyond that, when he sees something that is truly not right, he takes action. His 'frill' campaign can leave no doubt about his dedication to high standards. This year's winner of the Vile Rat Medal of Commendation is Rixx Javix for his Vagabond frill campaign.
EVE Online has often been called the spreadsheets in space game. There are many things about EVE Online the beg to be quantified and analyzed. It is easy to see where and how the EVE Economy can lend itself to that sort of treatment. After all, spreadsheets were invented by economists in the guise of financial officers. But developing a spreadsheet is the low end of the technical contribution for the game. There are many other tools we use to play this game day in and day out. They track our accomplishments. They help us fit our ships. They allow us to follow our progress in the game even though we aren't playing the game at that moment. From Capsuleer, to Aura to EVE Mon, to EVEHQ and the many, many websites that help us make every minute of game time count, the nominees for this award are too numerous to list. But there is one application that I have used consistently for over four years and without it I would not be where I am today. Though it recently changed caretaker, this year's Chribba Award for technical contributions go to Vessper, and by extension the team that keeps EVEHQ up to date and indispensable.