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, "Up next, Chris Klimas presenting two awards, for Best Story and Best Writing."
[peanut-gallery] inky asks, "man, there was a bear, what more do you want?"
[peanut-gallery] Norah says, "Just three more though."
klimas takes the stage, looks around, and begins uncertainly:
lpsmith says, "But only one at a time."
sdee exclaims, "wooo!"
klimas says, "Once I was at a party, and this guy kept asking me for a ride somewhere --"
Jacqueline says, "Woo Chris!"
wojohz says, "yay best story"
klimas says, "Except instead of a party, it was an awards ceremony --"
klimas says, "And the guy wasn't asking for a ride, he was feeding me lines from beneath the stage --"
olethros asks, "and instead of a guy it was ab bear?"
klimas says, "And frankly none of what he was saying made a lot of sense, but it sure sounded good."
DrewMochak, from under the stage, looks around guiltily.
klimas says, "The nominees for best story, he said, were:"
[peanut-gallery] Allen asks, "was it a black bear or a grizzly?"
klimas says, "All Hope Abandon, by Eric Eve."
olethros claps furiously.
Norah says, "yay"
sdee exclaims, "yay, eric!"
wojohz says, "woo"
klimas says, "Beyond, by Mondi Confinanti (Roberto Grassi, Paolo Lucchesi, and Alessandro Peretti)."
Merk exclaims, "Yah for all nominees -- in advance!"
Guest1 exclaims, "BEYOND ROCKS!!!"
olethros claps industriously.
wojohz applauds All Hope Abandon
sdee applauds and applauds
klimas says, "Chancellor, by Kevin Venzke."
wojohz applauds Beyond
olethros claps energetically.
wojohz superapplauds Chancellor
JasonD exclaims, "Good luck all!"
klimas says, "Distress, by Mike Snyder."
wojohz superapplauds Distress
olethros claps with lots of reverb.
Merk says, "Woo me."
Guest1 says, "yay distress"
klimas says, "And Vespers, by Jason Devlin."
Norah exclaims, "yay!"
robgrassi checks if his son is really sleeping
wojohz superduperapplauds Vespers
olethros claps thunderously.
klimas says, "The winner, he said, was --"
wojohz says, "yay --"
klimas says, "Beyond, by Mondi Confinanti (Roberto Grassi, Paolo Lucchesi, and Alessandro Peretti)!"
olethros says, "hee"
inky says, "woo!"
Bishop exclaims, "Woo!"
zarf says, "yay!"
olethros exclaims, "Ole!"
Merk exclaims, "Yay Beyond!!!!"
JasonD exclaims, "Way to go Beyond!"
Rob says, "double winner!"
HairBrain says, "Flair!!"
Eric applauds enthusiastically.
wojohz says, "yay Beyond"
Lee exclaims, "whoo hoo!"
Rob says, "don't wake the baby"
wojohz says, "triple winner"
DrewMochak puts his equalizer all the way up and then claps one time, listening as it repeats and reverberates over and over and over.
robgrassi and his sons awakes crying! :D
GaylaW says, "Bravo"
klimas gives Best Story 2005 XYZZY to robgrassi.
[peanut-gallery] Merk exclaims, ""Excellent game! But where's the love for Chancellor!"
robgrassi takes the prize
[peanut-gallery] Norah says, "Not enough votes I think."
robgrassi says, "thank you all"
[peanut-gallery] wojohz gives the love to Chancellor
robgrassi says, "nearly two years of work"
[peanut-gallery] Merk exclaims, "Me too!"
[peanut-gallery] Bishop says, "It's stiff competition this year."
robgrassi says, "but tonight it's great"
Rob says, "yay"
Lee cheers robgrassi
olethros exclaims, "Excellent!"
robgrassi says, "thank youy all, really"
sdee exclaims, "yay!"
Merk exclaims, "Very deserved, robgrassi!"
Merk exclaims, "Looking forward to what you guys come up with next!!"
robgrassi says, "we'reworking at it Mark"
[peanut-gallery] wojohz says, "i could make a joke about that, but i won't"
inky says, "they've got stuff now if you speak italian"
Guest1 says, "excellent, beyond is highly overlooked in the ifcomp"
robgrassi says, "actually, two games"
wojohz says, "woo two games"
Merk says (to Guest1), "It did get 2nd place... :)"
wojohz says, "in a language i don't know"