Ok, I have been running this idea around in my head for a while now & thought it was time to get it out there & see if there is any interest in it.
To my knowledge no-one has ever tried to get something like this up & running on here before, although I only did a quick search & I am sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong.
There are 2 main reasons I would like to see this concept get up & running.
1. To give recognition to the people who put genuine effort into creating & continuing the stories that entertain us all around here.
2. To offer some sort of incentive for people to stick with their stories.
So the first question is who else is interested in this idea?
So, what will it entail?
Well, this is where I need some help. Obviously the main award would be "Story of the Year" which I am thinking should be by popular vote, a straw poll or the like, between half a dozen or so of the best stories on site.
The big question this raises for me is "Who decides which stories are nominated?"
My first thought was to enlist some of the bigger names around here ( Brendn, Enrico Pucci, etc.) to make a judging panel as such but am worried about a perceived bias as those guys would, more then likely, be up for awards themselves. I have no doubt that things would be discussed in a fair & un-biased way but that may not be the perception from the outside.
Perhaps a Mod could be included in the judging to ensure all is above board? Iamauser, is perhaps a candidate as he is the only one that seems to participate in stories?
The next question then becomes, who do you think should decide on nominee's?
Or should it just be left as a free for all? Though I am not sure how that would work tbh.
The third part of the concept, the way I see it, is sub-awards. These would be in categories such as...
Best new-comer: For the best story by a FM-Base story "rookie"
Best Presentation: Self explanatory.
Best Writing: For the person who creates the best narrative.
Best original concept?: For the most original idea for a story?
Best short story?: For a story which may not have lasted a long time but was enjoyable nonetheless?
& anything else people may want to suggest, within reason of course.
Much like the main award we would need people to decide on nominee's & then put it up for popular vote I guess?
So third question, which sub-categories could we include?
If any of course. Maybe it would be best just to have the story of the year?
So, I think that is about it really. What I would like now is for people to give their opinions, even if your opinion is that its a dumb idea! I don't care. Am just spit-balling idea's here!