On March 28th, 2009, at 3:00 P.M. EDT, 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.
inky says, "Right, well. The next award, Best Story, is another somewhat mysterious one"
Jacqueline says, "Ooooh."
inky says, "people seem to disagree whether it means what the PC does, or what happens without the PC being around, or what the overall plot of the game is"
inky says, "but they all agree they know it when they see it"
inky says, "for this category, our finalists are --"
inky says, "Afflicted, by Doug Egan"
inky says, "Everybody Dies, by Jim Munroe"
inky says, "Gun Mute, by C. E. J. Pacian"
djfletch applauds stories
inky says, "Nightfall, by Eric Eve"
inky says, "Violet, by Jeremy Freese"
Jacqueline smiles and claps.
ParserGirl has disconnected.
ParserGirl goes home.
Lucea applauds for everyone
inky draws envelope out of his pocket. "And they all lived happily ever after, in a castle full of princesses."
inky says, "...wait, wrong story"
Jacqueline says, "Rowr."
inky opens envelope.
inky says, "and the winner is ... Nightfall, by Eric Eve"
inky says, "(deja vu!)"
DavidW says, "woot!"
Jacqueline stands back up to clap some more for Eric the Unhere.
radix says, "Yay"
Emily walks out from under the archway south of here, although you didn't notice her approaching it from the other side.
inky says, "ok, *now* Eric Eve can show up"
olethros says, "yay, hooray"