On March 20th, 2005, at 4:00 P.M. EST (9:00 P.M. GMT), the XYZZY Awards Ceremony was held at ifMUD. Below is the transcript of the event, not including side-comments that those in attendance made on the #peanut-gallery channel. Should you wish to see those comments, a version with those comments is also available.
lpsmith says, "The penultimate award is that for Best Writing. We couldn't afford gift bags for extra presenters (as you may have noticed), so I'll present the nominees and winner for that, too."
skousend wanders distractedly towards another set of ideas.
</skousend> and he played, and he played, and he played.
lpsmith says, "All of our nominees have fulfilled that dictum: Problem: Bad writing. Solution: Remove bad writing, replace with good writing."
StarAndDan goes home.
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Gunther fires the punctuation cannon at lpsmith.
lpsmith says, "The nominees include: Blue Chairs, by Chris Klimas."
Paul exclaims, "Yay BC again!"
maga says, "yay"
JoshuaH cheers wildly.
lpsmith informs you that Blue Chairs has one one award tonight already.
Thrax asks, "wait, where's Adam?"
lpsmith says, "Future Boy!, by Kent Tessman"
Gunther says, "F B cha cha cha"
klimas says, "yay hugo"
ctate says, "yay FB"
inky says (to Thrax), "Adam couldn't make it today"
Thrax says, "ah"
Thrax says, "perhaps he fell asleep"
inky says (to Thrax), "hee hee"
Paul exclaims, "Yay FB again!"
lpsmith says, "Gamlet, by Tomasz Pudlo"
lpsmith says, "Necrotic Drift, by Robb Sherwin"
Paul exclaims, "Yay ND again!"
maga says, "yay"
Gunther says, "N D hee hee hee"
klimas says, "yay nd"
lpsmith says, "And again, The Dreamhold, by Andrew Plotkin"
Paul exclaims, "Yay Dreamhold again!"
Rob claps again
maga says, "woo"
Tommy cheers again.
Rob says, "yay writers"
Gunther says, "D H er um er"
lpsmith says, "All of which, I believe, have been nominated for other awards."
Bishop says, "Yay everyone."
lpsmith says, "Proving something, I'm sure."
ctate says (to Gunther), "zarf zarf zarf"
<Ghogg> here he's using the royal you guys to represent a hazy amalgam of everyone who's ever been mean to him
Ghogg walks out from under the archway south of here, although you didn't notice him approaching it from the other side.
lpsmith says, "And the winner of Best Writing of 2004 is..."
lpsmith exclaims, "Blue Chairs, by Chris Klimas!"
inky says, "woo"
two-star exclaims, "Yay!"
Gunther says, "woot"
zarf says, "yay!!"
klimas says, "yay!"
Fang says, "Yay"
maga exclaims, "Yay!"
rrafgon cheers wildly.
Bishop applauds wildly!
Paul exclaims, "Right on! Go BC!"
Jacqueline stands up clapping!
jon good work thar
Jota says, "Congrats."
Kwi says, "Yay!"
Tommy exclaims, "YEAH BABY!"
half cheers wildly!
K-Y says, "Hooray"
Thrax applauds tamely.
Marvin hurrays rather a lot.
ctate says, "awooga awooga"
Ghogg exclaims, "kli-MAS! kli-MAS!"
DavidW claps loudly
Jacqueline cheers, and actually starts to hop up and down a little.
Trumgottist claps his chair.
klimas goes up on stage again.
BrenBarn says, "woo woo"
Rob says, "yay carcasonne"
Paul blue cheers!
klimas says, "Originally, I was going to include with Blue Chairs a list of ergodic works of literature it mercilessly ripped off, but I was running out of z5 space... and, uh, time."
lpsmith asks (of klimas), "Weren't you just here?"
GregB exclaims, "Yea for all the people who beat Pudlo!"
Jacqueline says, "Go Chris!"
Fang exclaims, "klim-As!"
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inky says (to GregB), "now now"
klimas says (to lsmith), "indeed, it is deja vu"
klimas says, "So here are a few people I owe this award to, in part:"
lpsmith gives Best Writing 2004 XYZZY to klimas.
klimas says, "Graham Nelson, Curses: starting you in an attic."
(From Rob) klimas says, "me, myself, and I -- thank you!"
GregB says (to inky), "okay, nevermind"
klimas says, "Adam Cadre, Photopia: a maze in a story-oriented game that's probably thrown in just to frustrate players eager to find out what happens next."
klimas says, "Douglas Adams and Steve Meretzky, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: a seemingly useless object that turns out to be critical in the endgame, thereby rendering all saves totally useless."
inky says, "ha ha"
inky says, "ha ha more"
klimas says, "and finally..."
Paul says, "Yay list of influences"
klimas says, "Andrew Plotkin, So Far: a mysterious girl who may or may not actually be a) in love with the main character b) real."
klimas says, "... In conclusion: thanks, everybody."
zarf says, "Yay! Er, ow."
Ellison says, "yay"
inky says, "excellent"
Tommy exclaims, "Whoo!"
klimas sits back down.
BrenBarn says, "zoop"
Paul klaps for klimas!
Jacqueline applauds wildly.
maga exclaims, "yay!"