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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 returns to the stage. "OK, next up we have the award for 'Best NPCs'. Presenting the award is, uh, me."
Rob claps
inky says, "yay you"
half says, "So, thanks again. It was worth it all for the stream of puns following anything I say."
Jacqueline says, "Yes. Yay you."
Thrax exclaims, "anything for puns!"
inky says, "please welcome noted IF author and XYZZY emcee Lucian Smith"
lpsmith greets himself, yields the stage to himself.
Paul claps again for half, and for the first time for lpsmith
Rob applauds half, then lpsmith
[peanut-gallery] Tommy throws a peanut,
DavidW says, "claps for lpsmith"
[peanut-gallery] Thrax asks, "wait, what won Best NPCs last year?"
half cartwheels off the stage into his seat.
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Gunther half claps for half
Eluchil applauds heartily.
[peanut-gallery] Rob says, "I don't remember"
[peanut-gallery] inky says, "Emily's City of Secrets"
Gunther says, "and half for lps"
[peanut-gallery] Rob says, "oh yeah"
[peanut-gallery] inky says, "but she wasn't going to be here tonight"
lpsmith says, "Having even one NPC is a challenge, so having a bunch is akin to the aforementioned 'masochism' mode."
klimas laughs!
[peanut-gallery] Emily says, "I'm not, as you can see.#"
Jacqueline nods.
[peanut-gallery] maga says, "damn, Evaine would have made a cool MC"
Eluchil applauds loudy.
[peanut-gallery] Emily says, "specifically, my connection is liable to cut at any minute"
[peanut-gallery] inky says, "adding unexpected drama to the whole thing"
[peanut-gallery] maga says, "maybe she's actually, y'know, hiding and employing lpsmith for her dark machinations"
[peanut-gallery] (from Thrax) Emily says, "but it should be good for n
[peanut-gallery] Emily says, "ha"
lpsmith says, "But awarding masochism is what IF is all about. So, this year's bastions of self-flagellation include:"
[peanut-gallery] Paul says (to Thrax), "HA"
DavidW says, "heh"
skousend says, "hah"
lpsmith says, "Blue Chairs, by Chris Klimas"
[peanut-gallery] Emily says, "also, I wouldn't have gone with such an S&M themed presentation, so Lucian is more hip"
Eluchil applauds sincerely.
Bishop exclaims, "Yay self-insertion!"
JoshuaH cheers.
Paul exclaims, "Yay author-as-NPC!"
Jacqueline applauds for one of the best games of the year.
[peanut-gallery] Fang asks, "rewarding masochism, surely a contradiction in terms?"
Rob claps
rrafgon cheers
zarf claps
Recchi applauds Chris
lpsmith says, "Future Boy!, by Kent Tessman"
[peanut-gallery] Jacqueline says (to Em), "heh"
Eluchil applauds wildly.
Rob claps
[peanut-gallery] Tommy smacks Fang in the face as a reward.
Fang applauds.
Paul exclaims, "Yay superhero-as-NPC!"
klimas says, "yay"
Gunther says, "YAY!!"
jon says, "claps"
lpsmith says, "Luminous Horizon, by Paul O'Brian"
Rob claps!
Eluchil applauds politely.
Bishop exclaims, "Yay other-superhero-as-NPC!"
jon claps "says"
zarf says, "yay"
Recchi exclaims, "yay!"
Paul says, "heh"
Jacqueline claps.
Gunther says, "Also YAY"
klimas cheers.
jon yays clap
Eluchil says, "Yay PC as NPC"
Rob says, "best use of comic art as a feelie"
rrafgon claps
Tommy claps.
Jacqueline says (to Rob), "Definitely."
Recchi cheers for Paul!!
Fang cheers.
DavidW says (to Rob), "of course"
lpsmith says, "Necrotic Drift, by Robb Sherwin"
Thrax says, "yay LH"
Eluchil applauds heartily.
maga says, "yay"
jon cheers up
Gunther says, "even more YAY"
Paul exclaims, "Yay slacker-roommate-as-NPC!"
rrafgon says, "lots of yay"
Rob jumps up, cheers, falls back down, gets hit by water and fire
Jacqueline says, "Hooray for Robb again."
[peanut-gallery] DavidW says, "Strong contenders in this category."
Rob applauds
[peanut-gallery] Rob says, "yeah."
[peanut-gallery] Bishop says, "Damn, seeing these makes me wish I'd voted this year."
[peanut-gallery] Fang says, "I'm going for BC, but I like drugs."
lpsmith says, "And finally, Sting of the Wasp, by Jason Devlin"
Eluchil applauds loudy.
Tommy shouts excitedly.
[peanut-gallery] klimas says, "ha ha"
[peanut-gallery] Rob says, "I had trouble voting in a lot of categories this year"
[peanut-gallery] JoshuaH says, "Yup - really stong category."
Fang applauds.
Bishop says, "Boo bitches! Er, I mean, yay bitches."
[peanut-gallery] Jacqueline says (to Fang), "heh"
Paul exclaims, "Yay evil-rich-people-as-NPCs!"
Recchi claps
maga exclaims, "yay!"
[peanut-gallery] Rob says, "because there were a lot of worthy nominees"
[peanut-gallery] Marvin says, "Damn, seeing these makes me wish I'd played IF this year."
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Rob claps
Emily has disconnected.
Emily goes home.
[peanut-gallery] Paul says, "And there she goes"
Jacqueline applauds.
DavidW cheers for all the nominees.
Eluchil claps for all the nominees.
[peanut-gallery] baf says, "If she were presenting, that would indeed be the ideal moment for her connection to drop."
half holds breath.
lpsmith searches his coat pockets for the envelope, and finally remembers he put it in his pants pocket.
[peanut-gallery] Bishop says, "Heh. Yeah."
jon applauds a fine smogasbord of nominees
lpsmith says, "And the winner is..."
Fang goes blue.
lpsmith exclaims, "Sting of the Wasp, by Jason Devlin!"
Marvin exclaims, "YAY!"
Fang exhales.
klimas says, "yay!"
DavidW says, "WOO"
Eluchil applauds loudy.
Rob applauds
skousend exclaims, "way to go!"
Tommy exclaims, "Hooray!"
reese roars lustily
inky says, "woo"
Kwi says, "Woo!"
maga exclaims, "yay!"
Bishop applauds.
rrafgon cheers
Gunther says, "congrats"
zarf claps
inky cheers.
Fang cheers.
Paul exclaims, "WOO! A very deserving winner!"
JoshuaH claps.
two-star exclaims, "Yay!"
Eluchil goes home.
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half says, "Hooray!"
Trumgottist cheers.
maga claps
Fang collapses.
Paul exclaims, "Go Jason!"
K-Y Woo!
Jacqueline says, "Hooray!"
Jacqueline applauds for a very deserving game.
Thrax stings a wasp.
DavidW says, "Congrats again, Jason."
Jota exclaims, "Congratulations!"
[peanut-gallery] jon says, "Wasp seems to be doing well"
Jason says, "Wow! Thanks again guys."
klimas cheers.
[peanut-gallery] Fang says, "Hmm, two for Sting. This is very different from IFcomp... Well done Jason."
lpsmith informs you via voiceover that this is the second win of the night for 'Sting of the Wasp', and the first IF game with an insect in the title to win an XYZZY.
Rob says, "ha ha"
Paul says, "ha"
Jacqueline says, "heehee"
Jason says, "Im trying to get ready for a party. You guys are so distracting : )"
[peanut-gallery] Bishop says, "Well, in the characters category anyways. I wouldn't call it the strongest game of the year, but you've got to agree, it's got awfully well-written characters."
Thrax says (to lps), "other than Beeing Andrew Plotkin"
Rob says, "argh"
[peanut-gallery] Jacqueline says, "Yes. I voted for it in this category."
[peanut-gallery] Tommy asks (of Thrax), "How long have you been working on that?"
[peanut-gallery] Thrax says, "two seconds"
lpsmith says (to Thrax), "*thwap*"
[peanut-gallery] Marvin says (to Thrax), "It shows."
[peanut-gallery] Bishop says, "I'm hoping to see BC still take home a few, but I'm thinking it's a stronger contender in Best writing and Best game."
[peanut-gallery] inky says, "yeah"
[peanut-gallery] jon asks, "isn't best game a bit of a zarf-tastic?"
Rob claps
[peanut-gallery] Jacqueline says, "yes"
[peanut-gallery] Tommy says, "I think best writing for BC."
[peanut-gallery] inky says (to jon), "it depends how many votes PJ gets"
lpsmith asks (of Jason), "Anything else to say to your fans?"
[peanut-gallery] baf says, "If BC doesn't win something, I'm going to ask for my money back."
[peanut-gallery] Fang says, "Be patient, folks."
[peanut-gallery] Tommy says (to lpsmith), "He's busy putting on his shiny shirt."
[peanut-gallery] Gunther says, "I'm still holding hope for FB"
[peanut-gallery] Rob asks, "PJ?"
[peanut-gallery] Gunther says, "Peter Jackson"
[peanut-gallery] Fang tosses baf a bottle of something green.
[peanut-gallery] Jacqueline says, "What Jason does not realize is that the party is RIGHT HERE."
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