As one of the most iconic forum writers, if not king of the forums, the great Sadistic, is no longer capable of making posts on here, it is important to keep certain traditions alive, such as the annual awards to those who have achieved astonishing things past year, even those who have been naughty. To honour this tradition, here are this year's awards:
"American player of the year" award: texaspete09 recently broke 1000 elo and has had some very good tournament performances. The fact he's from Texas helps too .
"Brittish player of the year" award: A tough competition with TheOptician, however Unladen Swallow has won the national live championships and is on an impressive roll in the WCO aswell.
"Dutch player of the year" award: Nortrom. I humbly accept this award, thank you.
"German player of the year" award: Grizzlybear. Not only a fair and good person, but also a very tough opponent to bear. His recent tournament performances back this award up. Fully deserved.
"Greek player of the year" award: Overlord. Taking the #1 spot in the pyramid league, still competiting for a high placement in the WCO aswell as proving to be a force to be reckoned with in live gaming (winning GR national championships, participating in the Teamcup tournament in the Netherlands with good results). While there is some tough competition for the award from the likes of Major_Nelson, for this year, Overlord wins it.
"Talent of the year" award: Master_Mind. While again, Major_Nelson has also accomplished much recently, this award does go to Master_Mind, in the last round he can still win the WCO and he has also had some very good live play results.
"I have to put up with these idiots" award: GaryLShelton. Gary being the voice of reason within the MT, this award is fully deserved.
"Female player of the year" award: Kambia. Some amazing results, including victories over Morx and Fighter68 in the WCO, she also has some very nice results in live play.
"Worse service than Dutch Railways" award: Entire MT squad. Dutch trains are well known for being unacceptably late on every occasion. For being able to come up with more delays and disappointments than the Dutch trains, MT has fully earned this award for still not having implemented the ISF double-chasing rules.
"Don't bullshit me" award: Unladen Swallow. While some of the language shared is totally inappropriate, one simply does not throw mud at US and expect nothing in return.
"Video content maker of the year" award: Silverhammer. The FKS video's are also good to watch, however, Silverhammer's video's are, to me, more fun to watch. Has anyone seen his reaction to a quick game arena tournament game yet?
"Middlefinger of the year towards MT" award: OuweSok. Now this was a very tough call between OuweSok and yours truly. In the end, OuweSok won this award for having the most posts removed without receiving a single warning point, whereas yours truly received a warning point a long time ago for calling someone a "clown". The constant breach of forum rules that go unpunished is not only funny to watch, but also the biggest middlefinger towards MT.
"Devoted Fan of the year" award: Napoleon 1er. Napoleon was the first person in history to institute a fan club for a Stratego player, Hielco. While of course Hielco is an accomplished player, it is sad to see that Napoleon does not allow anyone to join the fanclub, fearing that he may no longer be officially the biggest fan there is.
"Most literate person of the year" award goes to: KissMyCookie. One has to feel happy when reading one of his gems. Posts that often are filled with sarcasm (my second language), free of vulgar language, but always able to get his point across just fine. Unfortunately I am not allowed to give out nobel prizes, but KMC would definitely deserve one! despite the "bla bla" posts that come out every now and then
"Fallacy of the year" award goes to: Undecided. This is a tough call between Lonello and Napoleon. While lonello seems to live in his own little world full of green energy, no conservative people and likes to silence people like KMC for making posts that apparently contribute nothing but trouble to the forum, one must also not rule out napoleon's nomination for this award based on the simple fact, that if one does not agree with napoleon, ergo you do nothing for the community.
"Stratego analysis fanatic of the year" award goes to: TemplateRex. Deserved for his posts including the board editor and attempts of trying to analyse as many positions as possible, in a constructive way too! keep up the good work!
"Bully of the year who can't take heat from the kitchen" award goes to: MrTimRules. Unfortunately this year does not feature an award for "Most submitted draw refusal cases", perhaps we will include one next year, or he definitely would have won this one too. MTR submitting many draw refusal cases does not stop him from disconnecting to those who, in his eyes, "deserve" such unsportmanlike treatment.
This sums it up for now. For those who have not been awarded an award (yet), next awards might feature different categories and as you can see not all rewards are for those with exemplary behavior exclusively or awards to be proud of. You can be the next one receiving an award!