Hundreds of votes have been cast, and we finally have the winners of the annual CIC contests! It's hard to cast just one vote in each category when every project or site has made a major contribution to the community over the past year, but we appreciate this opportunity to recognize a few of the endeavors that had some of the largest impact. Here's who came out on top:
Flat Universe. They made a big splash when first announced in 2013, but progress accelerated last year with regular status updates, art previews and playable test releases. Their responses to initial player feedback has also helped earn a dedicated following.
Sometimes votes are close and there are more than just a single winner or runner up who've made a significant impact, and in cases like this we'll give out two awards.
Klavs' Model Archive. Fans have enjoyed seeing Klavs' models in exquisite renders, make surprise appearances in other fan projects and even physically interact with them as 3D prints. In 2014, other aspiring modders got a big boost when Klavs' digital fleet was posted for download to jump start the creation of even more projects.
Prophecy Fan Movie! Although Beckmen kept a relatively low profile leading up to its release, the project was clearly very time consuming and was in the works for quite a while. The final product allows fans to recap and experience the game again in a compact format that doesn't require any PC tweaking or relearning controls. But it's captivating enough that some pilots end up digging out their joysticks again after watching!
Daedalus Station! We don't always allow multiple nominees from a single person or group into the contest, but the Maslas Brothers have earned their top honors in both categories this time around. The Flat Universe game is its own distinct experience, and its website has distinguished itself as another premiere entity with a flashy WC-style interface, useful information and its own in-universe magazine. Either one could stand out on their own, but fans have come to appreciate both for what they've done over the past year!
Wing Commander RPG Wiki. Its wealth of encyclopedia-style information, frequent status updates as well as the RPG game itself have been a winning combination on the web. capi's creativity is nowhere near being tapped out, so we look forward to even more ahead!
While we congratulate the latest winners, we also appreciate the contributions of all of the other nominees and dedicated Wingnuts everywhere. We're always surprised and impressed by the different things that wind up in the news each year. Let's make 2015 great together!