Whilst we all write for our own entertainment, leadership at Obsidian Fleet acknowledges the importance of rewarding our members! We are always looking into ways to improve the awards system, and there are currently three universally accepted types of awards that can be earned for a wide range of activities!

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Sim Level Awards

These awards (formerly Levels 1 and 2) can be automatically awarded by COs and above, and can be recommended by almost any member through his/her CO and above.

Captain’s Personal Merit

Awarded to the crew member who the Captain feels worthy.

Creativity Award

The Creativity Award is presented to those who come up with an outstanding idea during a mission.

This can be in battle, a diplomatic meeting, medical crises, or even during a shore leave. There is no exacting criteria for the qualifications of this award. Sample posts are required.

Crew’s Choice Award

Voted on by the crew of the simm in question. No real criteria, just the player which the crew feels excelled that month.

DeForest Kelley Humor Award

This award is meant to help us all remember that a bit of light-heartedness goes a long way; even in the face of danger.

DeForest Kelley was as much a comedian as he was an actor of the 20th century. Therefore, this is as much a tribute to him as it is an award to any recipient. This award can be given to any player in Obsidian Fleet.

Good Conduct Medal

For exceptional performance of one’s duties. This medal denotes a committed and dependable individual both on and off duty.

Library Excellence Ribbon

Awarded for the best writing style: clear, precise, and easy to follow – yet allows the story to flow smoothly and easily passed off to another crew member. Also includes spelling and grammar used properly.

Meritorious Newcomer Award

This award will be given to the newcomer who makes themselves known and puts in the most effort to make their character a valuable addition.

Non-Player Character Award

For the development of Non-Player Characters. The lives of our characters are in a setting populated by countless other people who are important to our featured individuals. This award marks the achievement of a player for his/her development of engaging, detailed NPCs who add realism and dimension to the simm.

Outstanding Volunteer Award

For the player who makes every effort to find significant ways to lend a hand to the simm’s command staff.

Performs excellent support work to the best of his/her abilities. Reserved for out of character contributions only, as such efforts differ in scope and often involve a player’s personal time commitment beyond the game play. (Not as prestigious as the Ribbon of Commitment)

Professional Merit

Awarded to the character who has developed his/her character with considerable talent, making that character a joy to interact with.

Recruitment Award

For recognition of recruitment successes.

In order to secure a bright and long lasting future for Obsidian Fleet, there must always be the continual introduction of excited and eager new players. This award is to recognize those who have successfully recruited a new player to the simm who remains on that simm for a minimum period of 6 months. (OOC award, not available to the simm’s CO)

Ribbon of Merit

This ribbon is used to symbolize the great sacrifice that the men and women of Starfleet endure.

These officers often pay the price for defending the very principles of the United Federation of Planets. A player must recieve a Purple Heart in order to qualify for this ribbon. Those who cannot perform their normal duties aboard their location of service due to ongoing medical conditions and wounds (both which must have originated in service) are eligible for this ribbon.

Also encompasses the former Unit Citation award: Awarded to the crew member who shows considerable talent in working with other crew members to create a winning plot line worthy of the vessel’s reputation.

Service Accommodation

Awarded to the crew member who performs his/her character’s job and advances above and beyond the job description they were “hired” to follow.

Service Citation 1 Year

Awarded to crewmembers who have served on the ship for one year. This award is non-cumulative.

Service Citation 2+ Years

Awarded to crew who have served on the same vessel for two years and for each subsequent year thereafter.

It is becoming increasingly common for players to extend their service beyond two years and, as such, we reward those stalwart contributors.

Service Citation 6 Months

Awarded to a member of the crew who has served with the ship for at least 6 months. This award is non-cumulative.

Tour of Duty Award

This ribbon is issued to all participating players at the end of a mission that posts the sim to the borders or interior regions of a specific area of space, such as Romulans, Klingons, Cardassians, or others. This should be specified upon receipt of the award. This includes Expeditionary (first mission) recipients.

Whoopi Goldberg Diversity Ribbon

Awarded for the successful portrayal of a non-human character aboard a simulation.

In the interest of diversity, this award is granted to individuals who have done an exemplary job writing and developing their non-human characters. Playing ruthless Romulans, killer Klingons, freeloading Ferengi, clever Cardassians, benevolent Bajorans, vigilant Vulcans, aspiring Andorians and any others, while doing so in an excellent fashion, is worthy of recognition.

This award can also be used to commend those players who support other diversity factors in real life and our sims, including race, gender identity, ethnicity, and more.

Zefram Cochrane Writing Award

For those who excel at writing unique and well-thought out styles and posts during a mission. This could include discovery, first contact, battle scenes, romance, general obstacles, and more.

Task Force Level Awards

These awards (formerly mostly Level 2 and the new Unit of Merits) are for higher-level commendations and require TF-level (TFCO or TFXO) approvals.

Bronze Star

A player who demonstrates excellence in posting and playing his/her character “to the hilt” will receive this award. This is also awarded for task force level exemplary service, community engagement, and an overall good example of a model player.

Gold Unit of Merit

For overall exemplary service by a sim as recognized by each Task Force Commanding Officer or Task Force Executive Officer. This award is awarded monthly on a basis of merit. One unit over all will be recognized for their hard work and dedication. Formerly this was a Fleet-wide award – as of July of 2017 this was changed to a TF-level award.

Medal of Honor

This medal is awarded for the showing of bravery and valor in the heat of combat. Recipients of this medal can serve in any department.

Purple Heart

Awarded to personnel who are injured in the line of duty. They do not have to be on their deathbed, or even have broken limbs and such. Basically, any crew member with an injury or injuries that a CO feels worth making record of should receive this award. Also applies to POWs: Given to Starfleet officers who are captured by enemy forces for an extended period of time.

Ribbon of Commitment

Given to a person who has truly put forth an indisputable amount of extra effort. This refers primarily to out of character circumstances. Recruiting, pulling the crew together, posting, helping to fill in the “gaps”, and helping maintain their ship’s website are just a few of the things that could count toward this award. Truly, this is one award to cherish when received. Sample posts are not required, but a detailed description of the events for which the award is being sought for is.

Silver Unit of Merit

For exemplary service by a sim as recognized by the unit’s Task Group Commanding Officer. This award is awarded monthly on a basis of merit. This was formerly the Unit of Merit Silver for fleet-wide sims, but was changed in July 2017 to be a Task Force level award, and now encompasses the former Bronze UoM as well.

Fleet Level Awards

These awards (formerly mostly Level 3) are reserved for monthly and annual awards, as well as special commendations from the JFC or Fleet Council.

Character of the Year

This award is given annually in January of each year and is decided upon by nominations from ship COs. Sample posts are not required, but reasons for the nomination are. Sample posts should be available upon request though.

James T. Kirk CO of the Year

This award is given annually in January of each year and is decided upon by nominations from Task Force COs and Task Group COs. One CO is chosen from the nominations received. Reasons supporting the nomination are required, but post samples are not.

Outstanding Character Award

This award recognizes the efforts put forth by a crew member; as recognized by his/her fellow crew members, and Commanding Officer.

Nomination and Selection for this award is on a continual basis, nominations shall be given to the Task Force Commanding Officer who will decide on the validity of the nomination. Nominations should contain a detailed explanation for the nomination. Once done the nomination will forwarded to the Awards Director for awarding. Should the Task Force Commanding Officer be nominated the Awards Director shall decide validity of the nomination. It should be noted that the Awards Director shall have the final say on the Awarding of the award.

Outstanding Commanding Officer Award

This award recognizes the efforts put forth by a Commanding Officer; as recognized by his/her Task Force Commanding Officer.

Nomination and Selection for this awards is on a continual basis, nominations should be turned into the Task Force Commanding Officer who will decide on the validity of the nomination. Nominations should contain a detailed explanation for the nomination. Once done the nomination will forwarded to the Awards Director for awarding. Should the Task Force Commanding Officer be nominated the Awards Director shall decide validity of the nomination. It should be noted that the Awards Director shall have the final say on the Awarding of the award.

Outstanding Executive Officer Award

This award recognizes the efforts put forth by a Executive Officer; as recognized by his/ner fellow crew members, and Commanding Officer.

Nomination and Selection for this awards is on a continual basis, nominations should be turned into the Task Force Commanding Officer who will decide on the validity of the nomination. Nominations should contain a detailed explanation for the nomination. Once done the nomination will forwarded to the Awards Director for awarding. Should the Task Force Commanding Officer be nominated the Awards Director shall decide validity of the nomination. It should be noted that the Awards Director shall have the final say on the Awarding of the award.

Platinum Sim of the Year

This is used to recognize the Obsidian Fleet simm which has done its very best to embody the spirit of the Fleet in the crew’s actions both in character and out of character. This includes postings; recruiting for the simm, Task Force, and Fleet; advertising for all of the above; etc.

Silver Star

A player who demonstrates supreme postings, posts often, and plays his/her character “to the hilt” will receive this award. Arguably considered one of the highest honors a crew member can receive.

This is also awarded at the fleet level for exemplary service, community engagement, and an overall good example of a model player.

William Riker XO of the Year

This award is given annually in January of each year and is decided upon by nominations from ship COs. One XO is chosen from the nominations recieved to recieve the award. Sample posts are not required, but reasons for the nomination are. Sample posts should be available upon request though.

Specialty Awards

These will be awarded on specific occasions where unique awards are warranted, such as special events and major fleet goings-on.

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