When @Sal Taybrim writes about how she prodded me to join SB118, it is completely and utterly accurate. In truth, she has been someone I've considered a mentor and friend for ages, and I believe I speak for everyone when I say the Pike Award is one she epitomizes in spades. @Sal Taybrim is someone who knows the value of these games, that the stories we weave together are another way for us to test our creativity, build friendships, and in a way, another way to enjoy our lives more fully. She builds her characters with care, and because she knows the value of her own characters, she treats other people's characters with an equal amount of care to help other players build upon what was created to make a more complete whole. She emphasizes that the value of a "game" is not just merely whether you win or lose, but the experience itself, and most importantly having fun. @Sal Taybrim is fierce, passionate but all of that energy goes to show just how much she wants everyone to have a good time and really experience things to the fullest. Congratulations @Sal Taybrim - you absolutely deserve this.
Congrats to the other winners and all the best wishes!