XYZZY Awards 2018: finalists and final round

The final round of the XYZZY Awards is open, and the finalists announced! Congratulations, all!

Anyone may vote for the Awards. The XYZZYs use your IF Comp login; if you need to register an account with the Comp, or you’ve forgotten your account details, go here. You can log in here (you’ll get kicked back to the front page) and then vote here. You should not vote for works that you authored, and you should not direct voters to vote for particular games or slates of games. Voting will remain open through August 9.

Without further ado, the finalists:

Best Game

  • Alias ‘The Magpie’ (J. J. Guest)
  • Bogeyman (Elizabeth Smyth)
  • Cannery Vale (Hanon Ondricek)
  • Cragne Manor (Ryan Veeder, Jenni Polodna, et al.)
  • I.A.G. Alpha (Serhii Mozhaiskyi)

Best Writing

  • Alias ‘The Magpie’ (J. J. Guest)
  • Animalia (Ian Michael Waddell)
  • Bogeyman (Elizabeth Smyth)
  • Human Errors (Katherine Morayati)
  • Tethered (Linus Åkesson)

Best Story

  • Alias ‘The Magpie’ (J. J. Guest)
  • Animalia (Ian Michael Waddell)
  • Bogeyman (Elizabeth Smyth)
  • Cannery Vale (Hanon Ondricek)
  • Dead Man’s Fiesta (Ed Sibley)
  • Dungeon Detective (Wonaglot, Caitlin Mulvihill)

Best Setting

  • Alias ‘The Magpie’ (J. J. Guest)
  • Bogeyman (Elizabeth Smyth)
  • Cannery Vale (Hanon Ondricek)
  • Six Silver Bullets (William Dooling)

Best Puzzles

  • I.A.G. Alpha (Serhii Mozhaiskyi)
  • Illuminismo Iniziato (Michael J. Coyne)
  • Junior Arithmancer (Mike Spivey)
  • The Lurking Horror II: The Lurkening (Ryan Veeder)
  • The Temple of Shorgil (Arthur DiBianca)

Best NPCs

  • Alias ‘The Magpie’ (J. J. Guest)
  • Animalia (Ian Michael Waddell)
  • Bogeyman (Elizabeth Smyth)
  • Erstwhile (Maddie Fialla, Marijke Perry)

Best Individual Puzzle

  • defeating Ynf-Okh-Omm in The Lurking Horror II: The Lurkening (Ryan Veeder)
  • The last Flower Child puzzle in The Temple of Shorgil (Arthur DiBianca)
  • Rooftop puzzle in I.A.G. Alpha (Serhii Mozhaiskyi)
  • solving your murder in Erstwhile (Maddie Fialla, Marijke Perry)
  • Werewolf/moon puzzle in The Origin of Madame Time (Mathbrush)

Best Individual NPC

  • Arthur the cat in Charming (Kaylah Facey)
  • The Bogeyman in Bogeyman (Elizabeth Smyth)
  • Colin Ritman in Bandersnatch (Charlie Brooker, David Slade)
  • Crystal in Illuminismo Iniziato (Michael J. Coyne)
  • Lemmy in Terminal Interface for Models RCM301-303 (Victor Gijsbers (as VigiMech Corporation))
  • Ruslan in I.A.G. Alpha (Serhii Mozhaiskyi)

Best Individual PC

  • Author in Cannery Vale (Hanon Ondricek)
  • Jacob Morris in Grimnoir (ProP)
  • the Magpie in Alias ‘The Magpie’ (J. J. Guest)
  • Nikolai in I.A.G. Alpha (Serhii Mozhaiskyi)
  • the Silver Agent in Six Silver Bullets (William Dooling)

Best Implementation

  • Alias ‘The Magpie’ (J. J. Guest)
  • Cragne Manor (Ryan Veeder, Jenni Polodna, et al.)
  • Junior Arithmancer (Mike Spivey)
  • The Master of the Land (Pseudavid)

Best Use of Innovation

  • Cragne Manor (Ryan Veeder, Jenni Polodna, et al.)
  • I.A.G. Alpha (Serhii Mozhaiskyi)
  • Re: Dragon (Jack Welch)
  • Restless (Emily Short)

Best Technological Development

Best Use of Multimedia

  • Bandersnatch (Charlie Brooker, David Slade)
  • DEVOTIONALIA (G. Grimoire)
  • Ürs (Christopher Hayes, Daniel Talsky)
  • Soft Earth (Jon Sorce)
  • StupidRPG (Steven Richards)
  • Where the Water Tastes Like Wine (Dim Bulb Games)

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