Eligibility for the 2017 XYZZY Awards

We’re almost ready to launch the 2017 XYZZY Awards; the eligibility list has been assembled (thanks to Bruno Dias for help with scraping IFDB), but as usual, we’d like to give people a chance to double-check our work. If any of the following is incorrect or incomplete, please let us know as soon as possible.

The baseline we start from is IFDB entries. (We might be looking into different approaches next year, but we’ll deal with that once this year’s Awards are complete.)

Ineligible

Works can be considered ineligible for three reasons:

Not released as complete in the year under consideration. A game should be eligible for one year: the year it’s completed. If a game wasn’t finished in 2017, we don’t consider it. If it was released in 2017, but it’s presented as incomplete – it’s a demo, or a public beta, an expansion to an existing game or the like – it becomes eligible in the year that it’s completed. (We use best judgement, or ask the author, if a game is shown as ‘Chapters 1-3 of 4′ or ‘Book 1 of the Foo Trilogy.’)

The following works are presented as incomplete:

Choices that Matter: And Their Heroes Were Lost, Phill Berrie et al.
A Cock and Bull Story, Theodore Ted C. Lim
Galaxy Sim (ALPHA), Corgan Smith
Monster Age: Trials of Dustorn DEMO, Kilobyte227
The Mystical Adventure, Giacomo Benso
A Near Dawn: Text Prototype, Leonid Pilchin
The Royal Puzzle, Kenneth Pedersen
Super Bombs Away! Blast Edition, David Sherman et al.

Don’t exist. A lot of games are ephemeral – the author makes an IFDB entry and then never releases the game. Or the author publishes a game, then withdraws it from circulation without archiving it, or their website dies and the game with it. Regardless: if nobody can get their hands on the game, it doesn’t count.

Attrape-rêves, Edouard Nieh
Dan and Phil, howellester
A date with the brothers, Jasper
The Dream, Allen Ruiz
Fall of Man, Frasier Panton
Hexed Adventure, Matt Gruskin and Alex Rosenthal
husge, ben
LanguageQuester – Spanish, Valera Volkov
La fuga, Terrco
Nada de nosotros quedará, L.
One Wish Demo, GeoJen
Project Apellium, Stefan Buzas
The redzone wip, me
Secretly French, Houstonion
Schlomo, Davis Cloud
There Was a Woman, Maria
Three-Room Puzzle, Falsoon
The Train, Ivan Chuang
A Última Guerra, Carlos Henrique

Not interactive fiction, even by a generous estimate. This is the least-used exclusion; the XYZZYs aren’t interested in tightly defining what counts as IF. Sometimes, though, games show up in IFDB which are obviously category errors.

Space Invaders, Sebastian2203

Eligible

4 Alice : Lorange Journey
8 Shoes on the Shelves
1958: Dancing With Fear
A.L.A.N.
汉初
10:00 PM
迷雾中 | Into the Haze
中正恐慌 THE CCU HORROR
Absence of Law
9 Secret Steps
Advent
Adventuring 101: Rogue Like
Adventura
Alantros Survival
Ajana Path
Al Final del Recorrido
The Adventure of Esmeralda and Ruby on the Magical Island
All Hail The King!
Alice Aforethought
All Visitors Welcome
all you have to do is survive
American Angst
Another Color of Hope
Alone.
The Architect
Arizona Craters
AND WHEN I SQUINT IT LOOKS LIKE CHRISTMAS
ANATIDAEPHOBIA
Antiquest
Baking with Lizzie
Banneker Boulevard
Back Then
Arkham Investigator
The battle with the Half-Orc
A Bathroom Myth
Backslash Mountain
Avatar Of The Wolf
Balefires Burning
Beached! (Prelude)
Bookmoss
Blind Date from Hell
The Boot-Scraper
Bobby and Bonnie
Bloody Raoul
A Beauty Cold and Austere
Black Marker
Behind the Door
The Bony King of Nowhere
Broadway: 1849
Case #410113
Buck the Past
Cereal
Can you stop Jeremy Corbyn from joining ISIS?
Captain Piedaterre’s Blunders
A Castle of Thread
can you say my name again
The Castle of Vourtram
brevity quest
Choice of the Cat
A Chance for Destruction
A Christmas Game: The Sequel
Click Agree
Choose Your Own Writing Career
Choices: And Their Souls Were Eaten
Cinco divertidos juegos para Halloween
Choice of Rebels: Uprising
Civil Mimic
Charlie The Robot
A common enemy
commodification
Code Name Silver Steel
Communion
Corrupter of Dreams
Clockwork Heart
Conscientia – The Book of Eidos
Crocodracula: What Happened to Calvin
Crypt Shyfter: Colossus
Crypt Shyfter: Rebellion
Crypt Shyfter: Moonbright
Crypt Shyfter: Exile
Crypt Shyfter: Mon Magma
Crypt Shyfter: Vortex
Crypt Shyfter: Frostfall
Crypt Shyfter: Dreadnaughts
The Cube in the Cavern
The Cryptkeepers of Hallowford
Date Night
The Day I shot Alex
A dead man’s hug
Data Doesn’t Lie
Dear Child Me
Dead Meat in the Pit
Day of the Djinn
Dark as Blood
dhan
Decolor
Deshaun Steven’s Ship Log
Departure
Decision Makers
Diamant Rose
Der unsägliche und vermeidbare Tod des Matthias Claudius
Demon Mark: A Russian Saga
The Desert Breathes.
The devil tree
Dogface Finds a Stick
Diaper Quest
Disabled by…
The Dream Self
Do It
The Dragon Will Tell You Your Future Now
Doki Doki Literature Club
Don’t Mind My Apocalypse Head
Domestic Elementalism
Escape
Escape from Fetchville
Egress
dripping with the waters of SHEOL
The Elevator Game
The Eagle’s Heir
Emoji game
Enlightened Master
En la oscuridad
Eat Me
Étude Circulár
The Exegesis of John the Martyr
Escape from Terra
A Farewell to Terra
Fake News
The Fifth Sunday
The First Quest
A Fire Darkly: Chapter 1
Find Burdock
Foggy Road
Four Days of Summer
A Fly On The Wall
FOUR CORNERS
Frore Inc.
Futility
A Fly On The Wall, or An Appositional Eye
France
Footnotes in Ashes
Fog Lights and Foul Deeds
Get Seen Tonight
Getting Things Done, or The Labyrinth of Doctor Bernstein
GOOD BOY!
Golden Threads | ????
Future Threads
Gallery Exhibition: A Love Story
GIVE IT TIME
GNOEM
Going Down
Goosebumps-ish : Escape the House!
The Great Tournament
Good Night
Grand Academy for Future Villains
Hacked Mechanics
A Grim-ish Tale
Goodbye Cruel Squirrel
Grue.
Guttersnipe: St. Hesper’s Asylum for the Criminally Mischievous
Guttersnipe: Carnival of Regrets
A Halo, Flaring
The Hall of the Sorcerer King
Haunted P
Helena in Looking Land
Harasho: Love Live Yuri Dating Sim
The Herald of Consul Sloon
Harmonia
Happy Pony Valley Riding School
Harbinger
Heart of the House
The Hero Unmasked!
Hexteria Skaxis Qiameth
I woke up next to you again.
Hive Mind
Hungry Ghost(s)
The Horste
Human(it)y.
If You’re Here
Ice gift hunt
Infinite Loov
In the Wilderness
Insignificant Little Vermin
Industrial Accident
Inevitable
Imperialismo, IGM e inicios del cine
Insect Hospital
Inpatient: A Psychiatric Story
Journey to Lunar Nine!
Just Get the Treasure v0.9.1
The Integration Game
Just Saving A Mate
Into The Dark
JoinDispatch
Karen’s Secret
Ishmael
Kemono Friends
Known Unknowns
Just Another Day
La venganza
Kill Thy Neighbor: ~A Quiz~
Les petits cailloux
Land of the Mountain King
Le kébab hanté
last&final
La Tour d’Orastre
left/right
Levels over Sky – WIP
Let’s Get Better or At Least Different
LongWalk
Lost in the Pages
The Lost Heir 3: Demon War
Live from the Bunker
The Living Puppet
Les Quatre Alices
little
Little Red Riding Hood
Measureless to Man
Metal and Ice
Malcolm: a Hero’s Journey
MANTRA – The Forbidden Scroll
Mama Possum
Max’s Adventure
make build –deity
Malakos Online
Lost in time
Lost My Mind
Mind Realm
Mikayla’s Phone
The Murder in the Fog
Moon Base
Monstrous Neighbour
The Morning After The Night Before
Miki’s Futa Adventure
minor fall MAJOR LIFT
Ms. Terwilliger’s Ring
N O I R
My night
Natural Pressure
Nightbus
NIGHTBOUND
Night Drive
Nocked! True Tales of Robin Hood
One way out
Off the Rails
Nouns
Not Quite a Sunset – a hypertext opera
THE OFFICIAL RADIOHEAD AT GLASTONBURY 2017 VIDEO GAME
Order Of The Fallen
Nyna Lives
Nights in Boulder
Niney
Portfolio Piece, Writing for Digital Media
Portrait of a Troubled Artist
Pixie’s Quest
Painted World
Peeling Lucky
Plenty
Org Chem Adventure
a partial list of things for which i am grateful
Panic Mansion
The Owl Consults
Prologue: Awaken Despair
Queer In Public: A Brief Essay
Queens of Wrestling: Road to Victory
The Pyxis Memo: On Resurrecting the Free Web
Primer
Pushing Loyal People
The Queen
Psyche
Power, MT
Re-Entry
Reflections at Sunset
Refugee
Redención Momificada
The Relief of Impact
Rainbow Bridge
The Rats in the Bulkheads
Rage Quest: Disciple of Peace
Redstone
The Richard Mines
Remanence
Retratos sobre la Violencia Española
Revenge
The Ribos Operation
Revoluciones en Francia e Inglaterra s.XIX
Rise of the Memelords DEMO
Replacement
Reor’s Bush-Cave – EXPLICIT VERSION
Rib Lake
Run of the place
The Ritual
Sacrifice
A Room of One’s Own
The Road to Adventure
Runt of the Litter
Russian Roulette
The Roscovian Palladium
Salt
Sex on the Beach
Secrets de pêcheurs
The Scent of Death
Sh*t, Where’s My Poop
samsarhah
The Second Floor
self-care for wizards
Seedship
Saturdays
Somos el espejo
Silent Streets: The Boy with the Flower Skin
The skinny one.
Something In The Night
Something
The Silver Gauntlets
Stink Bug Plague
The Sissy Training School
The Superlatives: Aetherfall
Stream of Pretentiousness: The Daily Interactive
T-Rex Time Machine
Strayed
Stone Cold Coup D’État
Swigian
Susurrus: Season of Tides
Stuff Is Way
T-Shirt Blanket
Ted Strikes Back
TextCraft: Alpha Island
Temperamentum
That Darn Bone
Take up the Crown RPG
The Temple of No
Thaumistry: In Charm’s Way
Tally Ho
The Theft of the Anathema of Vorus
Time to Feed
The Traveler and the Old Mill
Traveler
The Tower of Random Doom!
Trial of the Inuop
Tickle My Goose!
The Traveller
Transient Skies
Vale, voy
Twinge
Trials of the Thief-Taker
Tuuli
Ultimate Escape Room: IF City
The Unofficial Sea-Monkey(R) Simulation
Utopian Jam
Uxmulbrufyuz
Unit 322 (Disambiguation)
Ward Z
A Walk In The Park
View From The Window
Voyageur
VR Gambler
Welcome to Moreytown
Wastes
The Wand
The Very Old Witch and the Turnip Girl
The Weight of a Soul
Witness Available
Who to Haunt?
When Hell Froze Over
Welcome to Nightmare Dungeon!
What Once Was
Winter’s Heart
Where we’ll live for nine days
Who Are You?
Will Not Let Me Go
why is this dragon so fucking cute??
Yami-Nabe!!
YOUR PARTY IS DEAD
You Got This, Brutadon!
YOU ARE A MACHINE CORPSE
Word of the Day
YOU are a General in Kaiser Oblivion’s Mutant Horde!
ZAC Investigators and the Case of the Dinosaur Tracks
The Wizard Sniffer
YOUR SMARTCAR EXPERIENCE
Your Utterly Unbeatable Natalya

6 thoughts on “Eligibility for the 2017 XYZZY Awards

    1. Sam Kabo Ashwell Post author

      The latter two are added; I’m not sure which Forgotten you mean (it’s a decidedly unsearchable title).

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