On March 20th, 2005, at 4:00 P.M. EST (9:00 P.M. GMT), the XYZZY Awards Ceremony was held at ifMUD. Below is the transcript of the event, not including side-comments that those in attendance made on the #peanut-gallery channel. Should you wish to see those comments, a version with those comments is also available.
lpsmith says, "OK! Back to present more awards are Daniel Ravipinto and Star Foster, presenting 'Best Setting'."
inky says, ""ow!""
Dan and Star enter from stage left.
Paul exclaims, "Yay DanAndStar collective again!"
"The next award is Best Setting," says Dan.
maga prepares to be assimilated
Star says, "The nominees are..."
Fang sets ifmud to FUN!
Thrax says (to Star), "YM 'the nominees is...'"
<Guest2> I'm not here to be entertained! Stop amusing me!
"Future Boy!, by Kent Tessman."
Paul exclaims, "Yay Rocket City!"
"Gamlet, by Tomasz Pudlo."
Gunther says, "disembodied game naming!"
Guest2 walks out from under the archway south of here, although you didn't notice it approaching it from the other side.
"Mingsheng, by Deane Saunders."
klimas says, "yay mingsheng!"
Paul exclaims, "Yay zen garden!"
Hugo goes home.
</Hugo> Hugo has disconnected from ifMUD.
"Necrotic Drift, by Robb Sherwin."
Paul exclaims, "Yay New Haz!"
Bishop practices the applause stance.
half says, "Hooray for Mingsheng."
maga says, "yay"
klimas says, "woot mall"
"The Dreamhold, by Andrew Plotkin."
inky says, "meet the new haz, same as the old haz"
Paul exclaims, "Yay wizard's house!"
Paul says (to inky), "Ha"
"The Fire Tower, by Jacqueline A. Lott."
DavidW says, "hooray!"
BrenBarn says, "woo Jacq"
maga exclaims, "yay!"
Rob says, "go jacq"
klimas says, "yay fire tower!"
Paul exclaims, "Yay yay yay nature hike!"
jon claps for scenic detail
inky says, "yay jacq"
Gunther says, "whoa"
Thrax claps A. Lott.
Recchi applauds Jacqueline!
DavidW says, "yay bear"
lpsmith says (to Thrax), "*thwap*"
Dan opens the envelope with a flourish.
K-Y claps for everyone
Guest2 leaves the auditorium to the west.
Fang says (to Ferret), "Eww.."
jon says, "bear what-bear thwap"
"And the winner is..."
</Guest2> Well THAT was certainly... interesting.
"The Fire Tower, by Jacqueline A. Lott!"
maga says, "WOO"
lpsmith exclaims, "Yay!"
Kwi says, "YAY!"
inky says, "yay!"
klimas says, "woot!"
Rob says, "yay!!"
Paul exclaims, "WOOOOOO!"
Gunther says, "Awesome!"
DavidW says, "HOORAY!"
skousend exclaims, "Yay!"
Bishop exclaims, "Woo! Congrats, Jacq!"
two-star exclaims, "Yay!"
Rob says, "hurrah!"
rrafgon says, "yay yay."
Paul says, "So deserving"
DavidW claps loudly!
klimas says, "yay!!"
Thrax says, "claps in an isquiesque fashion."
K-Y says, "Yay!"
Recchi congratulates Jacqueline!
jon exclaims, "!!!!"
Trumgottist claps hands.
BrenBarn says, "hooray for Jacq!"
maga says, "SPEECH"
Thrax also forgets how to emote.
DavidW says (to Jacqueline), "Congratulations!"
Paul exclaims, "Hike to the stage!"
StarAndDan exclaims, "Congratulations!"
Fang exclaims, "speech!"
Jacqueline stands up.
Jacqueline walks, rather shocked, to the stage.
Jacqueline says, "My. Um, I sort of had this category pegged for somebody else."
Rob says, "wrong!"
Jacqueline says, "A certain someone who's been sweeping the awards."
inky asks, "the janitor?"
StarAndDan gives Best Setting 2004 XYZZY to Jacqueline.
inky says, "that was a few years ago"
Jacqueline says, "And I also really, really thought that there were some other tough contenders."
Jacqueline thanks Star and Dan.
Gunther says, "there's no sweep yet!"
(From lpsmith) Jacqueline says, "But I guess not."
Jacqueline says, "And with six in the category, you know it was a very tight race."
Jacqueline says, "At any rate, thank you!"
DavidW claps again!
inky says, "yay real speech"
klimas says, "yay!"
Jacqueline walks, still shocked, back to her seat.
Gunther says, "yay Xyzzyesque"
Paul exclaims, "Hooray Jacq!"
ifdhan says, "congratulation jacq"
inky says (to Gunther), "hee hee"
Jacqueline sips champagne in copious amounts.
DavidW says (to Gunther), "heh"
BrenBarn says, "a truly isquiesque speech"
Fang says, "well done."