XYZZY Awards 2017 finalists

The first round of voting for the 2017 XYZZY Awards is complete, and we have our finalists. Congratulations, all!

Voting for the second round is open. Once again, you need an IF Comp login to vote - go here to get one, or if you already do, just log in and vote. Voting will remain open throughout May, ending at 1 AM Pacific time on the first day of June.

Canvassing for votes in the Awards is strongly discouraged, and you may not vote for your own work.

Best Game

  • American Angst (m3g1dd0)
  • Eat Me (Chandler Groover)
  • Known Unknowns (Brendan Patrick Hennessy)
  • The Owl Consults (Thomas Mack)
  • The Wizard Sniffer (Buster Hudson)

Best Writing

  • Absence of Law (mathbrush)
  • American Angst (m3g1dd0)
  • dripping with the waters of SHEOL (Lady Isak Grozny)
  • Eat Me (Chandler Groover)
  • Known Unknowns (Brendan Patrick Hennessy)
  • Will Not Let Me Go (Stephen Granade)

Best Story

  • 1958: Dancing With Fear (Victor Ojuel)
  • American Angst (m3g1dd0)
  • Harmonia (Liza Daly)
  • Known Unknowns (Brendan Patrick Hennessy)
  • Will Not Let Me Go (Stephen Granade)
  • The Wizard Sniffer (Buster Hudson)

Best Setting

  • 1958: Dancing With Fear (Victor Ojuel)
  • Absence of Law (mathbrush)
  • Eat Me (Chandler Groover)
  • Tuuli (Daurmith & Ruber Eaglenest)
  • Voyageur (Bruno Dias)

Best Puzzles

  • Absence of Law (mathbrush)
  • A Beauty Cold and Austere (Mike Spivey)
  • Eat Me (Chandler Groover)
  • The Owl Consults (Thomas Mack)
  • The Wand (Arthur DiBianca)
  • The Wizard Sniffer (Buster Hudson)

Best NPCs

  • Eat Me (Chandler Groover)
  • Known Unknowns (Brendan Patrick Hennessy)
  • The Owl Consults (Thomas Mack)
  • The Wizard Sniffer (Buster Hudson)

Best Individual Puzzle

  • discovering the rest of the game in The Wand (Arthur DiBianca)
  • getting past the dragon in The Wizard Sniffer (Buster Hudson)
  • getting through the undersea vent in Measureless to Man (Ivan R.)
  • Learning the Cycle in The Wand (Arthur DiBianca)
  • Milking the cow in Eat Me (Chandler Groover)
  • Navigating the swamp in Crocodracula: What Happened to Calvin (Ryan Veeder)

Best Individual NPC

  • Anja Kaczmarek in Known Unknowns (Brendan Patrick Hennessy)
  • Kaz Kaczmarek in Known Unknowns (Brendan Patrick Hennessy)
  • The narrator in Eat Me (Chandler Groover)
  • Olivia Kwon in Known Unknowns (Brendan Patrick Hennessy)
  • Squire Tuck in The Wizard Sniffer (Buster Hudson)

Best Individual PC

  • Amelia Derringer in The Owl Consults (Thomas Mack)
  • Fred Strickland in Will Not Let Me Go (Stephen Granade)
  • Kareene Veet in Word of the Day (Richard Otter)
  • Lev/Lyubov in dripping with the waters of SHEOL (Lady Isak Grozny)
  • Nadia Nazari in Known Unknowns (Brendan Patrick Hennessy)
  • Salomé Vélez in 1958: Dancing With Fear (Victor Ojuel)

Best Implementation

  • Absence of Law (mathbrush)
  • Eat Me (Chandler Groover)
  • Harmonia (Liza Daly)
  • Seedship (John Ayliff)
  • Thaumistry: In Charm’s Way (Bob Bates)

Best Use of Innovation

  • 10pm (litrouke)
  • Harmonia (Liza Daly)
  • Unit 322 (Disambiguation) (Jonny Muir)
  • Voyageur (Bruno Dias)

Best Technological Development

  • Vorple for Glulx

Best Use of Multimedia

  • 10pm (litrouke)
  • Absence of Law (mathbrush)
  • Harmonia (Liza Daly)
  • Known Unknowns (Brendan Patrick Hennessy)
  • The Rats in the Bulkheads (Bruno Dias)
  • Salt (Gareth Damian Martin)

 

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