Xyzzy awards 2019 winners announced

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Xyzzy awards 2019 winners announced

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If you can log in to the IFcomp site, you can also log in to the Xyzzy Awards: http://xyzzyawards.org/

The first-round voting is now open until September 13th 2020.

In 12 categories, you can vote for any game created in 2019.
You don't have to vote for categories you are not interested in.

The categories are:
* Best Implementation of 2019
* Best Individual NPCs of 2019
* Best Individual PCs of 2019
* Best Individual Puzzle of 2019
* Best Innovation of 2019
* Best Overall Games of 2019
* Best Overall NPCs of 2019
* Best Overall Puzzles of 2019
* Best Setting of 2019
* Best Story of 2019
* Best Use of Multimedia of 2019
* Best Writing of 2019
(* Best technological development [NOT a game] )
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Re: Voting for Xyzzy Awards is now open

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Is there a list of eligible games somewhere so I can see if it is worthwhile creating an account so I can vote?
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R2T1 wrote:Is there a list of eligible games somewhere so I can see if it is worthwhile creating an account so I can vote?
The list of eligible games can be found here:
http://xyzzyawards.org/awards/games.php
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Thanks Denk.
I don't recognise anything that I have played recently. Maybe I've been too busy playing games from the past comps, etc to notice when they were made/appeared.
I tried to pull up a list on IFDB and I'm sure it didn't have half as many. I'll try adding some extra filters to reduce it to only include those platforms that I play. Then I'll compare them with what's on the list.
I know that there were a few I started but never finished due to genres that I don't enjoy or there was at least one with so much swearing that it detracted from the story. (I won't name them - just to say my choices are quite narrow.

Good luck with yours.
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Voting Round 2 of Xyzzy Awards is now open

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Voting Round 2 of Xyzzy Awards is now open. You can vote until (and including) 27th of September 2020.

About 30 games and 3 tools have been nominated for round 2. You can vote in 13 different categories here: http://xyzzyawards.org/
(if you can log in on IFComp's website, you can also log in and vote here)
The nominees are:

Best Game
Crème de la Crème (Hannah Powell-Smith)
Skybreak! (William Dooling)
Turandot (Victor Gijsbers)
Zozzled (Steph Cherrywell)

Best Writing
Crème de la Crème (Hannah Powell-Smith)
The good people (Pseudavid)
Limerick Heist (Pace Smith)
Out (Viktor Sobol)
Speed Demons (Pleroma)
Turandot (Victor Gijsbers)
Zozzled (Steph Cherrywell)

Best Story
Crème de la Crème (Hannah Powell-Smith)
Dull Grey (Provodnik Games)
The good people (Pseudavid)
Heretic’s Hope (G.C. Baccaris)
The Missing Ring (Felicity Drake)
Out (Viktor Sobol)
robotsexpartymurder (Hanon Ondricek)
Turandot (Victor Gijsbers)
Zozzled (Steph Cherrywell)

Best Setting
Additional Tales from Castle Balderstone (Ryan Veeder)
Dull Grey (Provodnik Games)
Founder’s Mercy (Thomas Insel)
Heretic’s Hope (G.C. Baccaris)
Pirateship (Robin Johnson)
Ryan Veeder’s Authentic Fly Fishing (Ryan Veeder)

Best Puzzles
Chuk and the Arena (Agnieszka Trzaska)
Hard Puzzle 4: The Ballad of Bob and Cheryl (Ade McT)
Pirateship (Robin Johnson)
Skies Above (Arthur DiBianca)
Sugarlawn (Mike Spivey)
Zozzled (Steph Cherrywell)

Best NPCs
Crème de la Crème (Hannah Powell-Smith)
Heretic’s Hope (G.C. Baccaris)
Mental Entertainment (Thomas Hvizdos)
The Missing Ring (Felicity Drake)
robotsexpartymurder (Hanon Ondricek)
Zozzled (Steph Cherrywell)

Best Individual Puzzle
Finding the good ending in Dull Grey (Provodnik Games)
Helping Madame Ping Ping with the séance in Zozzled (Steph Cherrywell)
Inspiring the artist in Zozzled (Steph Cherrywell)

Best Individual NPC
Kim Kitsuragi in Disco Elysium (ZA/UM)
The mother in Night Guard / Morning Star (Astrid Dalmady)
Pontiff Apocrita in Heretic’s Hope (G.C. Baccaris)
Turandot in Turandot (Victor Gijsbers)

Best Individual PC
Hazel Greene in Zozzled (Steph Cherrywell)
Leonora in Night Guard / Morning Star (Astrid Dalmady)
Sniff Chewpaw in Dungeon Detective 2: Devils and Details (Wonaglot)

Best Implementation
AI Dungeon (Nick Walton)
Dull Grey (Provodnik Games)
Pas De Deux (Linus Åkesson)
Pirateship (Robin Johnson)
Ryan Veeder’s Authentic Fly Fishing (Ryan Veeder)
Skies Above (Arthur DiBianca)
Sugarlawn (Mike Spivey)

Best Use of Innovation
AI Dungeon (Nick Walton)
The Ballroom (Liza Daly)
Dull Grey (Provodnik Games)
Flight of the Code Monkeys (Mark C. Marino)
Heretic’s Hope (G.C. Baccaris)
Pas De Deux (Linus Åkesson)
Pirateship (Robin Johnson)
Ryan Veeder’s Authentic Fly Fishing (Ryan Veeder)

Best Use of Multimedia
Dull Grey (Provodnik Games)
The good people (Pseudavid)
Heretic’s Hope (G.C. Baccaris)
Mushroom Hunt (Polyducks)
robotsexpartymurder (Hanon Ondricek)
Wolfsmoon (Marco Innocenti)

Best Technological Development
AI Dungeon
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I missed round 1 but just got my votes in for round 2.

Can't wait to see if AI Dungeon wins anything, that'll be the clearest indicator I've ever had that these awards are a farce that can be safely ignored forever.


....oh yeah and obviously an ADRIFT game getting nominated for Best Game is kind of of a big deal.
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Lumin wrote:I missed round 1 but just got my votes in for round 2.

Can't wait to see if AI Dungeon wins anything, that'll be the clearest indicator I've ever had that these awards are a farce that can be safely ignored forever.


....oh yeah and obviously an ADRIFT game getting nominated for Best Game is kind of of a big deal.
I am glad you voted. I mean, if we don't vote, we cannot really complain ;)

I agree that sometimes a bad game is nominated, which could indicate some sort of mechanism (perhaps unintentional) which favours some games, is sometimes present. For instance, American Angst from 2017 was nominated in 3 categories, though most people didn't seem to like it. However, it did not win in any category, so I think those are usually sorted out in round 2.

Of course, the IF community consists of several sub-communities who have different views, so we cannot expect to agree on everything.
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Well in AI Dungeon's case it's just flat out not IF, it"s just a bot that chews up other people's writing and spits it out in semi coherent pieces. It can be a neat toy if you pay the dev for something his bot is doing with uncredited work from actual authors, but it doesn't deserve an award or any recognition in a major IF event. That's insulting to all authors who created their own game this year.

As for Skybreak, this is literally what we've always wanted, so I'm not going to have much sympathy if one of those 'boohoo the mainstream community hates ADRIFT' threads ever pop up again if there's anyone here who doesn't bother to vote.
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Only a few hours left if you want to vote...
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The Xyzzy awards winners are being announced right now on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/XYZZYawards
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The Winners are: :bravo:

Best Game (TIE)
Crème de la Crème (Hannah Powell-Smith)
Zozzled (Steph Cherrywell)

Best Writing
Crème de la Crème (Hannah Powell-Smith)

Best Story (TIE)
Crème de la Crème (Hannah Powell-Smith)
Turandot (Victor Gijsbers)

Best Setting
Heretic’s Hope (G.C. Baccaris)

Best Puzzles
Zozzled (Steph Cherrywell)

Best NPCs
Zozzled (Steph Cherrywell)

Best Individual Puzzle
Inspiring the artist in Zozzled (Steph Cherrywell)

Best Individual NPC
Turandot in Turandot (Victor Gijsbers)

Best Individual PC
Hazel Greene in Zozzled (Steph Cherrywell)

Best Implementation
Ryan Veeder’s Authentic Fly Fishing (Ryan Veeder)

Best Use of Innovation
AI Dungeon (Nick Walton)

Best Technological Development
AI Dungeon

Best Use of Multimedia (TIE)
Dull Grey (Provodnik Games)
Heretic’s Hope (G.C. Baccaris)
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I knew Zozzled would sweep it. It was nominated for basically everything and followed the established 'game that wins' formula pretty well.

Not surprised about AI Dungeon, but I still find it pretty distasteful and hope it doesn't start a trend. Although with its popularity and profitability I'm sure there will be imitators, the IF community doesn't have to acknowledge them as IF. The only authors involved are always going to have their work just taken without permission or acknowledgement so that everyone can be wowed by a fancy Mad Libs generator, and that's just depressing.
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