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XYZZY Awards: Second-Round Voting for Your Favorite Games of 2004

It's now time to vote in round two for the best IF games of 2004 — to determine the winners! The top five vote-getters in each category were selected in round one, and are listed below. Please note that six nominees appear in categories where there was a tie:

Finalists for 2004 XYZZY Awards

Best game
Blue Chairs, by Chris Klimas
Future Boy!, by Kent Tessman
Necrotic Drift, by Robb Sherwin
Return To Ditch Day, by Michael J. Roberts
The Dreamhold, by Andrew Plotkin
Best writing
Blue Chairs, by Chris Klimas
Future Boy!, by Kent Tessman
Gamlet, by Tomasz Pudlo
Necrotic Drift, by Robb Sherwin
The Dreamhold, by Andrew Plotkin
Best story
Blue Chairs, by Chris Klimas
Future Boy!, by Kent Tessman
Necrotic Drift, by Robb Sherwin
The Act of Misdirection, by Callico Harrison
The Cabal, by Stephen Bond
The Dreamhold, by Andrew Plotkin
Best setting
Future Boy!, by Kent Tessman
Gamlet, by Tomasz Pudlo
Mingsheng, by Deane Saunders
Necrotic Drift, by Robb Sherwin
The Dreamhold, by Andrew Plotkin
The Fire Tower, by Jacqueline A. Lott
Best puzzles
All Things Devours, by "half sick of shadows"
Future Boy!, by Kent Tessman
Goose, Egg, Badger, by Brian Rapp
Square Circle, by Eric Eve
The Dreamhold, by Andrew Plotkin
Best NPCs (non-player characters)
Blue Chairs, by Chris Klimas
Future Boy!, by Kent Tessman
Luminous Horizon, by Paul O'Brian
Necrotic Drift, by Robb Sherwin
Sting of the Wasp, by Jason Devlin
Best individual puzzle
The time puzzle in All Things Devours, by "half sick of shadows"
The toilet in Blue Chairs, by Chris Klimas
Cracking Eno's computer in Future Boy!, by Kent Tessman
The poltergeist in Necrotic Drift, by Robb Sherwin
The cistern in The Dreamhold, by Andrew Plotkin
Best individual NPC
Bob Finger in Future Boy!, by Kent Tessman
Jacek in Gamlet, by Tomasz Pudlo
Audrey in Necrotic Drift, by Robb Sherwin
Xojo in Return to Ditch Day, by Michael J. Roberts
Dr. Todd in The Great Xavio, by Reese Warner
Best individual PC (player character)
Dante in Blue Chairs, by Chris Klimas
Tomasz Pudlo in Gamlet, by Tomasz Pudlo
Austin in Luminous Horizon, by Paul O'Brian
Jarrett Duffy in Necrotic Drift, by Robb Sherwin
Julia from Sting of the Wasp, by Jason Devlin
Best medium
All Things Devours, by "half sick of shadows"
Bellclap, by Tommy Herbert
Future Boy!, by Kent Tessman
Return to Ditch Day, by Michael J. Roberts
The Dreamhold, by Andrew Plotkin


And now, on with the second-round voting:

Voting: Anyone is eligible to vote. You may not vote twice. Authors may not vote for their own games. While it is suggested that you play as many of the eligible games as possible before casting your ballot, we're not going to get ridiculous here.

Deadline: The deadline for second-round voting is Wednesday, March 9th at midnight Eastern Standard Time. More details about the online award ceremony itself are still to come!

Submit your ballot by filling out the online form below and pressing the Submit button. You may also send an e-mail to eileen.interport@rcn.com by Wednesday, March 9th.

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Best game:

Best writing:

Best story:

Best setting:

Best puzzles:

Best NPCs:

NPC stands for "non-player character"
Best individual puzzle:

Best individual NPC:

Best individual PC:

PC stands for "player character"
Best use of medium:

This award is meant to honor proficiency in use of the parser, default messages, and so on.


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