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, "Right, well. The next award, Best Story, is another somewhat mysterious one"
Jacqueline says, "Ooooh."
[peanut-gallery] djfletch asks, "or is it?"
inky says, "people seem to disagree whether it means what the PC does, or what happens without the PC being around, or what the overall plot of the game is"
inky says, "but they all agree they know it when they see it"
inky says, "for this category, our finalists are --"
inky says, "Afflicted, by Doug Egan"
inky says, "Everybody Dies, by Jim Munroe"
inky says, "Gun Mute, by C. E. J. Pacian"
djfletch applauds stories
inky says, "Nightfall, by Eric Eve"
inky says, "Violet, by Jeremy Freese"
Jacqueline smiles and claps.
ParserGirl has disconnected.
ParserGirl goes home.
Lucea applauds for everyone
[peanut-gallery] Jacqueline says, "It's interesting to really have multiple people that you'd like to see win."
[peanut-gallery] Jacqueline says, "A good thing, obviously."
inky draws envelope out of his pocket. "And they all lived happily ever after, in a castle full of princesses."
inky says, "...wait, wrong story"
Jacqueline says, "Rowr."
[peanut-gallery] Lucea says, "they're turning out a lot less sweepy than I was expecting"
inky opens envelope.
inky says, "and the winner is ... Nightfall, by Eric Eve"
inky says, "(deja vu!)"
DavidW says, "woot!"
Jacqueline stands back up to clap some more for Eric the Unhere.
radix says, "Yay"
Emily walks out from under the archway south of here, although you didn't notice her approaching it from the other side.
[peanut-gallery] Lucea says, "I mean I figured any of the top 3 comp games would sweep, but it's a lot more spread out"
inky says, "ok, *now* Eric Eve can show up"
[peanut-gallery] Nate says, "it's a pity Nightfall never ran for me"
[peanut-gallery] radix says (to Taleslinger), "I was waiting for that one."
[peanut-gallery] Jacqueline says, "Oh, man. Yes, too bad."
[peanut-gallery] Ben asks, "Is anyone updating the chalkboard?"
[peanut-gallery] Jacqueline says (to Nate), "You can play it on Floyd, fwiw."
[peanut-gallery] Nate says, "cool"
[peanut-gallery] inky says (to Ben), "I will in a sec"
[peanut-gallery] Jacqueline says, "Though if you use the >GO TO X it runs quite slowly."
olethros says, "yay, hooray"