This years awards will try a new format. It will be split into 3 one-week voting stages. I’ don’t like the idea of complicating things but I want to make sure it’s fair and open.
This year there will be FOUR awards: Best Source Release, Best GoldSource Release, Best Ville Entry and Best Moment in a Release. Last year there was best overall release, but that didn’t seem fair as the engines for Source and GoldSource are so different.
Voting will be like the standard Poll Questions systems. I like the idea of limiting it to members who have used at least 25 recommendations during the year, but for now it will be public.
For the Best Source Release, Best GoldSource Release award category I will list the top ten or so possibilities, which will be taken from the Recommendation System. Readers will then be able to make their own nominations. If a nomination gets at least five other readers nominating it, it moves onto the next stage.
For the Best Ville Entry and Best Moment in a Release, I will make some suggestions but again, readers will be able to make their own nominations and if a nomination gets at least five other readers nominating it, it moves onto the next stage.
Stage One nominations will start on Friday 1st January 2016.
Voters will be able to make 3 votes for each category.
At the end of this stage there will be just two options left in each category.
Stage One nominations will start on Friday 8th January 2016.
This final stage will allow voters just one vote in each category. The two options will fight it out for the right to be called “WINNER 2015”.
Stage One nominations will start on Friday 15th January 2016.
There may be prizes for each category, but only Steam Games.
For 2016, I would REALLY like to award really good prizes but that depends on whether I can raise some extra income or not.
I considered running a short donations campaign to raise money for good prizes but because it is Christmas many readers are strapped for cash it seemed pointless and I want to run another donations campaign for the new mapping challenge series early next year and I hate asking for money as it is.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions related to the Awards format, now is the time to make them as once the voting starts it is highly unlikely I will change anything.