The 2021 XYZZY Awards are complete! Here are the winners; congratulations to all, and thanks to everyone who participated.
Best Game: What Heart Heard Of, Ghost Guessed (Amanda Walker)
Best Writing: Sting (Mike Russo)
Best Story: What Heart Heard Of, Ghost Guessed (Amanda Walker)
Best Setting: The Weight of a Soul (Chin Kee Yong)
Best Puzzles: Grooverland (Mathbrush)
Best NPCs: Lady Thalia and the Seraskier Sapphires (E. Joyce, N. Cormier)
Best Individual Puzzle: The hair swap, in The Libonotus Cup (Nils Fagerburg)
Best Individual NPC: Liz, in Sting (Mike Russo)
Best Individual PC: Marid, in The Weight of a Soul (Chin Kee Yong)
Best Implementation (tie): The Libonotus Cup (Nils Fagerburg); The Weight of a Soul (Chin Kee Yong)
Best Use of Innovation (tie): 4×4 Archipelago (Agnieszka Trzaska); Excalibur (J.J. Guest, G.C. Baccaris, Duncan Bowsman); The Last Night of Alexisgrad (Milo van Mesdag)
Best Technological Development: Gruescript (Robin Johnson)
Best Use of Multimedia: Fish & Dagger (grave snail games)
Congratulations again to the winners and nominees. See you next year!