Awards are given in recognition of out-of-character (OOC) achievement. Nominations are solicited at the end of the year, and the awards are presented during the annual awards ceremony.
There are five categories of awards given at three different levels:
- Fleet: Awarded to one member from the entire fleet.
- Ship: Awarded to one member per vessel.
- Individual: Awarded to all eligible members.
IC vs. OOC
The difference between awards, badges, and service ribbons:
- awards and badges: Presented for OOC accomplishments by an individual simmer/writer. Awards and badges can be displayed on any and all characters' pages of that simmer/writer.
- service ribbons: Presented for IC performed by a specific character. Service ribbons can only be displayed on that specific character's page.
To display all of your collected awards and service ribbons in a display case for your bio, use Template:Ribbons Display.