Welcome to what will hopefully become an annual event here in the Expanded Universe Community, the EUC Character of the Year Awards!This is an event for celebrating our favorite characters, and their accomplishments, from the past year in the novels, comics, video games, TV shows and more. In order to be eligible a character does have to meet a few requirements.1. The character must owe a significant portion of its history to the Expanded Universe. So favorites from the films like Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Leia Organa, Nute Gunray and Jar Jar Binks(just to name a few) are not eligible to be voted for. Other characters named in the films, like say Darth Plagueis that were little more than named in he films would be eligible based on virtually everything we know about them having originated in the EU.2. Only Expanded Universe characters that have had some sort of reasonably significant role in the calendar year of 2012 are available to the voted for. For example a character like Grand Admiral Osvald Teshik, who had a new short story added to the universe in the Essential Guide to Warfare, would be eligible to be chosen based on the new material added about him in the 2012 calendar year.Kal Skirata would be an example of a character that is not eligible for inclusion this year. While he had fresh artwork in the Essential Guide to Warfare, nothing new was added to his character or story.If someone wishes to include a character that may be considered a fringe candidate that characters credentials for inclusion will be reviewed by the CotY Awards team and a ruling will be made on if that character has had enough new material in 2012 to be included in the voting process.3. You are allowed to vote for up to five different characters, though you don’t have to pick five if you don’t wish. If you feel there were only two decent EU characters this past year your more than welcome to vote for just those two if you wish.Overall voting will be tabulated with a points system so be sure to label your selections in order of preference. For instance your #1 selection will get 5 points; your #5 selection will only get one point.The following template may be used to submit your selections if you wish:2012 EUC Character of the Year Awards18.104.22.168.5.Best New Character of 2012:Please include what novel, comic, video game or TV show your character appeared in during 2012 so it is easy for the EUC CotY Awards team to review the eligibility of the selections.Your selections(votes) can be forwarded via PM to the EUC CotY Awards sock. Please feel free to discuss them publically in this thread as well. All selections must be in by February 11th, 2012 and the winners will be announced that week leading into the new EUC elections.4. As seen, there will also be one additional category that is simply “Best New EU Character of 2012”. This category is only open to EU characters that first appeared in the year of 2012. This character can of course be included in your ‘Character of the Year’ selections as well as this category.Everyone is more than welcome to participate and may feel free to use this thread to promote, show off, brag about and recommend their favorites to others. Have fun!Examples of New EU Material From 2012While this is not meant to be a comprehensive list it will at least give an idea of what new material came out and thus the characters within them that will be eligible for the awards.Darth Plagueis – NovelApocalypse – NovelScourge – NovelMercy Kill – NovelTOR Annihilation – NovelKotOR War – Comic (starting with #1)Agent of the Empire – Comic (starting with #2)Crimson Empire – Comic (starting with #4)Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storm (starting with #1)Dark Times: Out in the Wilderness (starting with #4)The Old RepublicThe Clone Wars: The Enemy WithinBlood Ties: Boba Fett is DeadDarth Vader and the Ghost PrisonPurge: Tyrants FistThe Essential Guide to WarfareDarth Maul: Shadow ConspiracyThe Clone Wars Season 4Escape from KadavoA Friend in NeedDeceptionFriends and EnemiesThe BoxCrisis on NabooMassacreBountyBrothersRevengeThe Clone Wars Season 5RevivalA War on Two FrontsFront RunnersThe Soft WarTipping PointThe GatheringTest of StrengthBound For EscapeA Necessary BondSecret WeaponsA Sunny Day in the VoidEdited by Authors Request.