We are I think officially a community now, we continue to grow with more members of the BLOOD forum each week and more blogs starting on a regular basis. We have an event to look forward to in the summer and people are getting together and having games, either in their local area or across the internet. Indeed as with everything else on the internet our community is world wide. Another thing I’ve noticed is people who don’t necessarily feel they belong within the community are talking about what we are doing, blog and forum posts mention us and link back to us.
Assuming it is desirable to do so how do we as a community promote excellence within the projects, posts and participation that make up our community. Excellence both for our own consumption but also to really fly the flag for passing browsers on the web.
My proposal is simple we give out annual awards. A nomination period would be opened for say a month each year. People and or blogs would be nominated within categories by say at least two people. All nominations after light touch vetting by the organiser(s) (nothing too distasteful allowed no matter how many nominations) would be posted on the BLOOD forum for people to vote upon. The voting could be transparent or possibly kept secret until close of the voting period, I’d suggest a month for this too. The person/blog with the most votes in the given category scoops the award to display on their blog for a year, or if we date them always.
Possible categories that spring to mind:
Oldhammer hero, for promoting the community through their blog and or forum posts.
Oldhammer general, for the best battle report, either through one outstanding contribution or a multitude of them.
Oldhammer wizard, for someone who has really turned the magic on. That one spectacular post that you keep going back to. A catch all category that rewards creative, magic posts.
Oldhammer army. Best post, set of posts about a complete painted collection old or new.
Oldhammer painter, no fancy in game name for this one unless some body can think of one. Awarded to the best post detailing a great paint job or how to.
Oldhammer Cartographer, awarded to the best post or series of posts about terrain construction, map building, you name it.
Oldhammer Historian, awarded to the person who comes up with the goods detailing insider information and or histories of the way we used to play. This could be interviews, detective work on previously mentioned but rare sources or reenactment, replaying the game as it was back then and writing it up.
Oldhammer mentor, who always encourages people on the forum or through their blog to bring out our best?
Oldhammer recruit, best new blog on the scene.
I guess if we gave people a few months to get posted that set of posts they have had in mind for some time it would only be fair. With a month for nominations and a month for voting we could be ready to award these by the time of the Oldhammer weekend and what would be about the anniversary of when we first really got together.