On March 12th, 2006, at 5:00 P.M. EST (11:00 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, "Oh, well. Next up! 'Best Setting', presented by inky."
Eluchil claps in place
Kelby claps, for once.
inky says, "hey, that's me"
lpsmith exclaims, "It is!"
McMartin waits with bated breath
inky says, "Settings are often neglected in IF. While it's true that characters are generally what drives the story, a good setting can provide a lot of flavor and set the tone. More importantly, a really exceptional setting can drive the characters to interact in ways they otherwise wouldn't and produce a great story"
inky says, "This year's nominees for Best Setting are ..."
inky says, "Ekphrasis, by JB"
inky says, "Floatpoint, by Emily Short"
McMartin says, "Hooray for non-English IF"
Emerald claps for the game in a language she doesn't know.
RootShell_ifreviews says, "JB will win... because that's my name ;)"
Kelby claps. Yay. Arrr.
Eluchil claps for an alien planet
DavidW says, "bon chance, Ekphrasis"
inky says, "Star City, by Mark Sachs"
McMartin applauds with Science
Baryon gives a stellar applause
inky says, "Strange Geometries, by Phillip Chambers"
Baryon claps orthogonally
DavidW claps everywhich way
inky says, "and Unauthorized Termination, by Richard Otter"
HairBrain applauds non-Euclidically.
McMartin transmits approval sequence
cendare hopes clapping is not forbidden.
a_magical_me exclaims, "Yay for games I haven't played!"
inky pulls out an envelope.
RootShell_ifreviews says, "... hummm.. good nominees"
VictorGijsbers seconds a_magical_me, mostly.
inky says, "In any other situation this might hold a bill, or an advertisement, or an invitation to lower my mortgage payment"
inky says, "but in *this* setting it holds ..."
inky says, "Floatpoint, by Emily Short!"
[peanut-gallery] Gunther says, "man, not only have I not heard of the games, I have not heard of their authors"
eileen applauds and applauds
Emerald applauds heartily.
[peanut-gallery] Gunther says, "minus the winner"
Emily stands up
inky gives Best Setting 2006 XYZZY to Emily.
[peanut-gallery] McMartin says, "This year's IFComp had lots of really strong entries by newcomers"
Eluchil says, "Cheers for the coming ice-age"
Kelby rejoyces muchly.
Recchi exclaims (at Emily), "Congrats!"
DarkStar claps loudly
VictorGijsbers claps for the only nominee in this category he has gotten around to playing.
Kelby exclaims, "Congrats, Emshort!"
RootShell_ifreviews says, "hurray... hurray... hurray..."
Flit whips out the trademark mackulay culkin gasp
[peanut-gallery] McMartin says, "I knew of Sachs mainly through the comic he drew, now-complete"
Emily says, "Thanks very much"
[peanut-gallery] Rob says, "not strong enough to defeat zarf"
[peanut-gallery] Rob asks, "what comic where?"
[peanut-gallery] DavidW says, "A Miracle of Science"
[peanut-gallery] inky says, "miracle of science"
[peanut-gallery] McMartin says, ""A Miracle of Science, indeed"
[peanut-gallery] inky says, "it's good stuff"
Emily says, "and I'd like to thank Sam Ashwell and Jacqueline Lott for taking me to see a real live glacier, which was a huge influence on the exterior setting"
[peanut-gallery] schep asks, "whoa, that's the same Sachs?"
[peanut-gallery] Rob says, "oops, not katre"
[peanut-gallery] McMartin says, ""He also did the Grand list of RPG cliches"
[peanut-gallery] DavidW says, "it is the same"
kate walks out from under the archway south of here, although you didn't notice her approaching it from the other side.
[peanut-gallery] McMartin says, "Yup, same guy"
DavidW says, "yay Sam and Jaq"
Emily says, "and my patient testers who asked me lots of pointed questions about how everything worked"
Gunther says, "yay testers"
McMartin cheers for testers
nm claps claps
Eluchil claps for beta-testers
RootShell_ifreviews says, "Jacqueline Lott is someone very nice indeed."
Kelby exclaims, "Tsters! How wonderful they are!"
Ben applauds the testers heartily.
DarkStar cheers for all the testers
olethros says, "hooray for testing"
VictorGijsbers applauds all testers of all XYZZY-nominated games.
Newington applauds Tommy Herbert, my beta team, and ambiguous punctuation
inky says, "hee hee"
Rob says, "hey, I helped test! that's me!"
JDC applads; fortunately a tester catches the typo.
lpsmith exclaims (at Rob), "You can clap for yourself!"
Flit claps for beta tasters
Rob says, "how unseemly!"
VictorGijsbers says (to JDC), "You should use a spell chacker before sending the game to your testers."
Rob says, "the king and his royal beta tasters"
VictorGijsbers says, "Like I should use one before posting to the MUD."
DavidW says, "mm, needs oregano"
olethros says, "they used to call them food tasters"
Gunther says, "royal with cheese"
lpsmith returns to the stage.
lpsmith exclaims, "Thanks, Emily!"