On March 12th, 2005, at 4:00 P.M. EST (10:00 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 presentation for the award for Best Individual Puzzle is next, with Rob."
wojohz says, "yay Rob"
Jacqueline says, "Yay Rob."
Recchi has arrived.
Rob somehow emerges from a featureless white cube on stage.
maga exclaims, "yay Rob!"
wojohz asks, "wait, what did Rob write?"
HairBrain says, "Rob *is* the puzzle!"
Rob says, "While the award for Best Puzzles tends to go to the latest in the noble lineage of puzzle-fest IF games"
maga says (to HB), "and danishes are the answer"
wojohz turns Rob ninety degrees counterclockwise
Rob says, "the prizes for Best Individual Puzzle, on the other hand, have often gone to more story-oriented games, singling out the instances where the crossword and the novel synchronize, where solving the puzzle is the same as advancing the story."
Allen says, "Mohemmedan pastries"
inky says (to wojohz), "Rob is subbing for half sick of shadows, who is buried under his own thesis work at the moment"
Rob says, "These special puzzles require both involvement and ingenuity to surpass."
[peanut-gallery] zarf says, "'thog, hit intricate mechanism with rock'"
Rob says, "Continuing this tradition of giving IF players that special 'aHA!' moment where the real magic happens, the nominees for Best Individual Puzzle for 2005 are:"
[peanut-gallery] (from Thrax) Rob says, "or TXD. Whatever."
Rob says, "Moving the stone (after escaping the labyrinth), in All Hope Abandon. Writing and programming by Eric Eve."
klimas says, "yay"
wojohz says, "yippee"
Merk exclaims, "Woohoo!"
Rob says, "Following the murderer, in Beyond. Concept and main story by Roberto Grassi, programming by Paolo Lucchesi. (Graphics by Alessandro Peretti)."
[peanut-gallery] Emily asks (of zarf), "Gary Larson has turned to writing IF?"
Guest1 exclaims, "following murderders rocks!!!"
wojohz says, "yay Glulx"
Merk says, "Woohoo! My fav. game (that I actually played) from last year."
[peanut-gallery] ParserGirl says, "yay"
[peanut-gallery] Allen says, "why aren't there any AMATNG jokes?!"
[peanut-gallery] zarf says, "it'd be cool though"
Guest1 says, "beyond is awesome"
wojohz says, "yay pseudonym"
[peanut-gallery] Bishop hasn't taken this award seriously ever since a nonexistent puzzle got nominated last year.
Rob says, "Finding something to eat, in Chancellor. Writing and programming by Kevin Venzke."
inky says, "it's the murderiest!"
Norah says, "No hissing"
inky says, "yeeeeeah pizza"
[peanut-gallery] Merk asks (of Bishop), "what puzzle?"
Jacqueline applauds again.
Eric claps enthusiastically.
wojohz says, "yay weird vending machine"
Merk exclaims, "Wooo! Another great game!"
Rob says, "Beating the creature, in Distress. Writing and programming by Mike Snyder."
HairBrain says, "yay nutrrrrients"
[peanut-gallery] Bishop says (to Merk), "The toilet in Blue Chairs. Yeah, I don't get it either."
[peanut-gallery] DrewMochak says, "Getting into the bathroom in Blue Chairs. Apparently."
JasonD exclaims, "Wooo Chancellor!"
Jacqueline applauds for a great puzzle.
wojohz says, "woo Merk"
sdee claps loudly
inky says, "yay Distress"
maga exclaims, "yay!"
Guest1 says, "yay"
JasonD exclaims, "Woo Distress!"
Allen asks, "who doesn't like beating the creature?"
DrewMochak exclaims, "Yayaya!"
olethros says, "that was one long puzzle that was"
maga says, "also, yay the hints"
Rob says, "Identifying the killer, in Mystery House Possessed. Writing and programming by Emily Short."
[peanut-gallery] Merk says, ""It's been theorized that a bunch of random puzzles nominated from the same game maybe get condensed into one easy-to-describe nomination. But who knows."
Merk exclaims, "Woo me!"
olethros exclaims, "hooray!"
sdee exclaims, "yay!"
Thrax says, "YLT 'beat the creature' AMATNG"
wojohz accuses Emily... of winning
inky says, "it was the butler!"
[peanut-gallery] Bishop says (to Thrax), "SOmeone had to say it, I suppose."
Rob says, "And the Xyzzy goes to...."
Jacqueline leans forward.
Rob opens the envelope.
Jacqueline leans forward more.
Rob says, "!!"
wojohz uses xray vision to read the sheet
Rob says, "Beyond, by the Mondi Confinanti team of Roberto Grassi, Paolo Lucchesi, Alessandro Peretti!"
Fang asks (of Rob), "A puzzle in itself?"
Storme walks out from under the archway south of here, although you didn't notice her approaching it from the other side.
inky says, "woo!"
[peanut-gallery] Thrax asks (of Bishop), "what was the nonexistent puzzle?"
Norah claps aloud!
Merk exclaims, "Yah Beyond!! Great game!"
klimas says, "yay!"
zarf says, "yay!"
Guest1 exclaims, "YES!!!!!! congrats italian dudes!"
Jacqueline says, "Congratulations all of you!"
olethros exclaims, "hooray!"
Rob asks, "is robgrassi here?"
inky says, "go team Mondi Confinanti!"
Lee exclaims, "whoo hoo!"
JasonD exclaims, "Good job!"
wojohz says, "hurray Mondi Confinanti"
Bishop exclaims, "Grats italian-type peoples!"
sdee exclaims, "nice!"
eileen claps and claps
Eric applauds egregiously/
GaylaW exclaims, "Bravo!"
Guest1 says, "mondi confinanti = new dario argento"
Rob gives Best Individual Puzzle 2005 XYZZY to robgrassi.
olethros exclaims, "Speech! Speech!"
Rob claps for the idling winner
Thrax says, "perhaps he's fallen asleep"
Guest1 says, "sara perche ti amo"
Roberto Benigni leaps up onto the back of his seat!
Norah pokes the man
Thrax says, "it's almost midnight there"
olethros says, "hehe"
Roberto Benigni says, "I MAKE LOVE TO YOU ALL!!!!"
olethros says (to thrax), "dinner time"
wojohz says, "discorso discorso"
jmac falls over in the other direction.
maga asks (of Roberto), "do we have to form an orderly queue, or what?"
lpsmith asks, "Wasn't Narcolepsy last year?"
olethros says (to maga), "hahaha"
[peanut-gallery] Jacqueline says (to lpsmith), "yay"