On March 28th, 2009, at 3:00 P.M. EDT, 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.
inky says, "and now, for the Best NPCs award from someone who knows a little about NPCs, Nameless Adventurer!"
dougegan goes home.
Taleslinger says, " haha to both of you"
NamelessAdventurer steps up to the stage.
mwightman goes home.
NamelessAdventurer says, "I would like to dedicate this award to all the NPCs everywhere, both nameless and named, who suffer so that PCs may solve puzzles"
maga sheds a single tear
[peanut-gallery] Jacqueline says, "Bonjour, Otto."
[peanut-gallery] Taleslinger says, "nods gravely"
NamelessAdventurer says, "whether they get shot, cheated, framed, abused, or just embarrassed, all so the PCs can get a few more points in their score tally, NPCs are always willing to go the extra mile"
Taleslinger nods gravely
Pacian suspects they had it coming anyway.
Ben concentrates, and disappears.
Ben walks out from under the archway south of here, although you didn't notice him approaching it from the other side.
Otto walks out from under the archway south of here, although you didn't notice him approaching it from the other side.
[peanut-gallery] Ellison says, "the Last Lousy Indignity"
NamelessAdventurer says, "the games full of these noble souls nominated in this category are as follows:"
DavidW says (to Pacian), "You're probably right."
NamelessAdventurer says, "April in Paris, by Jim Aikin"
mwightman walks out from under the archway south of here, although you didn't notice him approaching it from the other side.
NamelessAdventurer says, "Everybody Dies, by Jim Munroe"
NamelessAdventurer says, "Gun Mute, by C. E. J. Pacian"
NamelessAdventurer says, "Snack Time!, by Hardy the Bulldog and Renee Choba"
maga says, "woo"
NamelessAdventurer says, "and Violet, by Jeremy Freese"
DavidW applauds all the nominees.
Lucea claps for everyone
McMartin hopes they don't get hurt *too* much.
Jacqueline applauds for all the nominees.
NamelessAdventurer asks, "please, just a few zorkmids a day can help an NPC save for a game of their own -- won't you think of the NPCs?"
Jota throws a zorkmid at the stage.
[peanut-gallery] Taleslinger says, "Lost Grunk"
JimMunroe grins, and moves his wallet to his front pocket.
Lucea says, "I know your tricks. NPCs savescum."
NamelessAdventurer draws envelope out and opens it up.
[peanut-gallery] DavidW says, "Nameless has a point. Some NPCs do deserve to be PCs in sequels."
Fang walks out from under the archway south of here, although you didn't notice him approaching it from the other side.
jdouglass weeps openly
[peanut-gallery] Lucea says, "yeah, I'm a bit surprised there aren't more sequels. all I can think of, except Zork/etc, is Earth and Sky"
NamelessAdventurer exclaims, "and the winner in this category is someone who has made great strides in really helping PCs and NPCs understand each other's position -- please congratulate Everybody Dies, by Jim Munroe!"
maga exclaims, "yay!"
DavidW says, "huzzah!"
JimMunroe exclaims, "Wow!"
jdouglass bangs his hands together
inky says, "speech!"
Taleslinger says, "woo"
Guest2 exclaims, "Yeah!"
JimMunroe looks at feet
DavidW says, "one fish, two fish, three fish, yay fish!"
JimMunroe says, "um..."
Taleslinger says, "Boo spoilers in the title!"
Maryam walks out from under the archway south of here, although you didn't notice her approaching it from the other side.
JimMunroe says, "Thanks everybody. Way back when I decided to do another IF,"
[peanut-gallery] Fang asks, "...not a lot happened?"
JimMunroe says, "I thought I should focus on characterization."
JimMunroe exclaims, "So this is a really gratifying thing to be recognized for. Thanks!"
NamelessAdventurer says, "hooray"
Ellison says, "yay"
Jacqueline says, "Well done, Jim."
radix throws underpants.
JimMunroe doesn't know where to look.
radix says, "(in a... good way)"
[peanut-gallery] Lucea says, "a bad way = they belonged to Grunk"
jdouglass waves his "characterization build character" flag
[peanut-gallery] McMartin says, "So THAT'S where Grunk's sub-pants went"
[peanut-gallery] inky says, "it's pants all the way down"
[peanut-gallery] Jacqueline says, "My."
inky returns to the stage.
[peanut-gallery] vimes says, "having just recently watched three seasons of Coupling, where in British fashion "pants" refers to the undergarments and "trousers" to the civilized leg tubes..."