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2004 XYZZY Awards Ceremony Transcript

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, including side-comments that those in attendance made on the #peanut-gallery channel. Should you not wish to see those comments, an expurgated version 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."
[peanut-gallery] inky says (to Bishop), "Act of Misdirection author"
[peanut-gallery] Bishop says, "Oh, Callico."
[peanut-gallery] inky says, "(I assume)"
[peanut-gallery] Fang says (to Jota), "It's deep, dark, secret and smelly."
[peanut-gallery] jon says, "(yeah, to her friends, of which I AM NOT ONE)"
[peanut-gallery] klimas says, "ha ha ha"
[peanut-gallery] Ellison says, "ehhe"
[peanut-gallery] Rob says, "I wish there had been some better category for Act of Misdirection to shine in"
skousend wanders distractedly towards another set of ideas.
</skousend> and he played, and he played, and he played.
Jacqueline whistles.
lpsmith says, "All of our nominees have fulfilled that dictum: Problem: Bad writing. Solution: Remove bad writing, replace with good writing."
[peanut-gallery] jon says, "Best Top Hat"
klimas laughs.
Fang laughs.
[peanut-gallery] BrenBarn asks, "isn't that what the Best Use of Medium category is for?"
[peanut-gallery] Jacqueline asks, "Is it that easy, what lps said?"
[peanut-gallery] Paul says (to Rob), "In a way it's perfectly suited for the stated meaning of Best Use...yeah"
[peanut-gallery] Jacqueline says, "We should tell people."
StarAndDan goes home.
</StarAndDan> StarAndDan has disconnected from ifMUD.
Gunther fires the punctuation cannon at lpsmith.
[peanut-gallery] inky says, "Best Freaky First Act"
[peanut-gallery] klimas says, "it's a thingamabobber in Word 2003"
lpsmith says, "The nominees include: Blue Chairs, by Chris Klimas."
Jacqueline woots.
[peanut-gallery] Ellison says, "Games Where You'd Expect the Cryptkeeper to Make A Cameo With Several Awful Puns"
Paul exclaims, "Yay BC again!"
[peanut-gallery] Bishop says, "I was surprised to see BC win Best Story, actually. It had great story elements, but they don't fit into a really solid story -- they're not _supposed_ to fit into a solid story."
maga says, "yay"
DavidW claps!!!
JoshuaH cheers wildly.
[peanut-gallery] Rob says, "best severed head in a bag"
lpsmith informs you that Blue Chairs has one one award tonight already.
[peanut-gallery] inky says (to Bishop), "yeah"
[peanut-gallery] Rob says, "yeah"
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"
DavidW applauds.
inky says (to Thrax), "Adam couldn't make it today"
rrafgon cheers
Thrax says, "ah"
Thrax says, "perhaps he fell asleep"
[peanut-gallery] Rob says, "I had an easier time seeing it as a candidate for best writing than best story per se, although it's a funny distinction at some level"
inky says (to Thrax), "hee hee"
Paul exclaims, "Yay FB again!"
lpsmith says, "Gamlet, by Tomasz Pudlo"
Jacqueline claps.
Rob claps
lpsmith says, "Necrotic Drift, by Robb Sherwin"
Rob claps
Paul exclaims, "Yay ND again!"
maga says, "yay"
Jacqueline woots.
DavidW claps
Gunther says, "N D hee hee hee"
klimas says, "yay nd"
ctate laughs.
lpsmith says, "And again, The Dreamhold, by Andrew Plotkin"
Paul exclaims, "Yay Dreamhold again!"
Rob claps again
DavidW claps.
maga says, "woo"
Tommy cheers again.
Jacqueline applauds.
Rob says, "yay writers"
[peanut-gallery] Fang asks, "What, still no nomination for Ninja?"
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"
[peanut-gallery] Thrax says (to Fang), "robbed, I tells ya"
<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..."
[peanut-gallery] zarf wait wait wait
[peanut-gallery] maga says, "it was deemed to be too derivative of Ninja 2.0, Ninja 2.14 and Ninja XP"
[peanut-gallery] Fang's breath has been truly bated.
lpsmith exclaims, "Blue Chairs, by Chris Klimas!"
Rob claps!
[peanut-gallery] Jacqueline says, "snrk"
inky says, "woo"
two-star exclaims, "Yay!"
Gunther says, "woot"
zarf says, "yay!!"
JoshuaH hurrahs!
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.
Recchi cheers!
[peanut-gallery] Fang says, "well done klimas again."
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!"
</Rabbit> Rabbit has disconnected from ifMUD.
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"
[peanut-gallery] Bishop says (to Rob), "I'm still waiting for Carcassone: Flughafen und Eisfabriken, but I don't think it's coming out until '06."
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."
[peanut-gallery] Paul says (to Rob), "Hah"
Rob claps
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"
Rob claps
inky says, "ha ha more"
klimas says, "and finally..."
[peanut-gallery] (from Fang) klimas rips off his face mask to reveal : Adam Cadre!
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."
[peanut-gallery] Gunther says, "not to mention Atomkraftwerke und Fusionsreaktoren"
[peanut-gallery] (from Thrax) klimas says, "My First Stupid Game: toilet-centric."
klimas says, "... In conclusion: thanks, everybody."
zarf says, "Yay! Er, ow."
JoshuaH claps.
Ellison says, "yay"
inky says, "excellent"
DavidW cheers
Tommy exclaims, "Whoo!"
Rob claps
klimas sits back down.
[peanut-gallery] inky says, "ha ha"
lpsmith claps.
BrenBarn says, "zoop"
Paul klaps for klimas!
Rob applauds
Jacqueline applauds wildly.
maga exclaims, "yay!"
[peanut-gallery] Bishop asks, "Blue Chairs is going to be 'that game with a toilet' forever now, isn't it?"
[peanut-gallery] Jota says, "Hey, if ATD or ND wins, there'll be four people with a pair of awards each."
[peanut-gallery] klimas says, "ha ha ha"
[peanut-gallery] ctate says (to Bishop), "as if you couldn't tell before now"
[peanut-gallery] Thrax says, "much like LYG and head-kicking"
[peanut-gallery] two-star says, "I dunno. There are a lot of games with toilets."
[peanut-gallery] K-Y says, "Forever settling the debate, at least"
[peanut-gallery] Jota says (to Bishop), "Or s/with/without/, an equally dubious distinction, I think."
[peanut-gallery] Bishop says (to ctate), "Yeah, but LYG actually has a head, and you can actually kick it."
[peanut-gallery] Ellison says, "it's the Head-That-Kicks game"
[peanut-gallery] JoshuaH says, "I only thank god that I never went in the bathroom."

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