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NOTE FROM BBBEN: There was a little chatter before the awards, but mostly it was just people getting ready for the awards. Also note, as usual, that DavidW is David Welbourne, logging the ceremony for the IF community, and not author David Whyld. "trix" is author Fellatrix_uk.

BBBen says, "Okay, I'm starting now..."
trix applauds
A_Ninny tolerates one of his kids wiggling his chair.
BBBen walks to the front of the room dragging a small cart behind him. He pulls a stand out of the wagon (it looks very much like a music stand) and sets it up in front of him, then takes out several pieces of paper and leafs through them before placing them on the stand.
A_Ninny pushs a button on the can, and you hear the audience gasp.
BBBen looks up with jealous disdain at the massive, hovering platform behind him with its laser lights displays advertising the mainstream IF awards ceremonies, then reaches back into the cart. He produces a board of wood that appears to have a string of Christmas lights nailed to it, and he props it carefully against the front of the music stand, making sure it can be seen by the audience.
DavidW grabs a seat... and sits down.
A_Ninny pushes a small button on the can. The room resonates with a sympathetic 'awwwwwwwwwwwwwww.'
BBBen flicks a switch behind the board and the lights illuminate the words "2007 E IN AWARDS". He frowns, kicks the board gently, and the missing "R" lights up.
Paul_Swift gasps at the impressive display
abomire wonder whose seat DavidW grabbed.
trix kneels on the floor watching with rapt attention
A_Ninny begins to nod off
Winkle looks around for the voices in his head
abomire is distracted by the pretty lights. Pretty...so very pretty....
lordp paces around at the back of the auditorium
A_Ninny pushes a button on the small can. Suddenly the room is filled with uproarious laughter!
PurpleDragon purpledragon is distracted by abomire. Pretty...so very pretty....
NOTE FROM BBBEN: There were some technical difficulties at my end here that have been edited out.
Winkle scratches his nose.
BBBen says, "Sorry, believe it or not, my computer is spazzing out a bit."
A_Ninny pushs a button on the can, and you hear the audience gasp.
lordp says, "multi talented can"
abomire whispers "Is that part of the ceremony?"
trix starts counting the tiles in the floor.
Paul_Swift wriggles uncomfortably as his arse goes numb from sitting on the floor.
BBBen looks around, muttering, "Hmmm, is that everything?" to himself absent-mindedly. Then recognition dawns on his face and he reaches into the cart one more time. From it he pulls a small stick with a star on the end - a wand - and he gives the audience a knowing little smile.
Winkle starts scratching the dandruff from his head
lordp says, "lovely wand"
Paul_Swift flintches
BBBen waves the wand with a sweeping motion, and suddenly the lights dim, giving way to a series of sweeping searchlights dancing around the room. Music starts up, loud, booming and exciting, as if there were a full orchestra playing in the room, and a perfect, TV presenter's voice washes over the crowd announcing: "Welcome, one and all, to the Adult Interactive Fiction Awards!"
Paul_Swift can't spell
trix says, "No wonder that little bird flew away."
trix applauds.
lordp applauds
trix applauds louder.
A_Ninny claps loudly
Winkle claps softly
BBBen says, "I go to all the trouble of preparing an opening and my computer starts having a fit while I'm doing it..."
abomire exclaims, "Hey! I recognize that wand!"
trix applauds better than everyone else and they are all envious.
Paul_Swift hits BBBen's computer
BBBen gives the wand to A. Bomire, to be returned to the Fairy.
A_Ninny exclaims, "BBB filched it from the fairy!"
DavidW says, "goodness"
abomire looks around as the Fairy pops in, takes the wand, kisses BBBen on the nose and then pops out once more.
</dfan> When everyone starts grabbing each other, the results are unpredictable!
BBBen exclaims, "Hello, everyone! I'm glad you could all make it to tonight's ceremony - the Erin Awards for outstanding achievement in AIF for 2007!"
DavidW applauds.
abomire exclaims, "Hoorah!"
trix asks, "did abomire just kiss bbben on the nose?"
lordp exclaims, "Woo!"
BBBen says, "Blasted MUD client doesn't understand punctuation."
Paul_Swift cheers
lordp says, "It will, just not MS Word style punctuation"
BBBen says, "That's the only kind I've got."
abomire exclaims, "Uh..I guess I did. I /told/ you I was distracted by the lights!"
A_Ninny summons forth a rimshot from the can, appropriately complimenting that wacky joke.
lordp says, "I'm sure everyone can figure it out"
BBBen exclaims, "To start with tonight, I'd like to thank Knight Errant, whose work in preparing the online ballot may not have been all that glamorous, but made my job a HUGE amount easier than last year and also made it much easier for people to vote. I'm sure that it's in large part thanks to his online voting system that we had the largest voter turnout ever this year. Let's have a round of applause for his help!"
trix says, "i hope there aren't any more lights, or lord knows what you'll be doing to bbben next."
abomire wipes mouth vigorously.
trix applauds.
DavidW says, "woot!"
A_Ninny asks, "How many votes were there?"
lordp applauds the missing Knight
trix exclaims, "ummm, woot!"
BBBen says, "A mighty 68."
A_Ninny raises a glass to Knight Errant
A_Ninny exclaims, "wow!"
lordp says, "Nice"
trix says, "i don't remember casting that many."
Guest1 applauds
abomire applauds and whistles for the errant Knight.
Paul_Swift tries to applaud and hits himself in the face
DavidW says, "Shame it wasn't one more."
BBBen exclaims, "I agree!"
lordp grins
A_Ninny says, "I only voted eight times. Should have made it nine."
A_Ninny says, "If I'd only known."
Paul_Swift laughs
PurpleDragon says, "damn, i forgot to vote."
BBBen says, "And also, I'd like to make a small apology. In all the effort to get the categories sorted out this year, one slipped through the fingers of the judging panel. That's why, this year, there is no "Best Gameplay/Puzzles" award - we just forgot about it. I'll try to make sure it returns for next year's awards."
trix tuts disapprovingly.
A_Ninny pushes a small button on the can. The room resonates with a sympathetic 'awwwwwwwwwwwwwww.'
Paul_Swift exclaims, "you mean my incredibly ingenious and original hunger puzzle won't win an award. This ceremony is fixed!"
abomire exclaims, "Whoops!"
Winkle asks, "Hunger puzzle?"
Winkle tries to remember a hunger puzzle
BBBen says, "Now, without further ado, the awards! First up is the award for best player character. This year any player character, male or female, was eligible for this combined award. The nominees are: The PC from "Crossworlds Part 4 - Scream for Me!" by BBBen, the Goblin from "A Goblin's Life" by Burnout (with BBBen) and Gerald Manly from "The Fiendish Revenge of Baron von Glockenspiel" by Girion."
trix applauds.
DavidW claps.
A_Ninny cheers the nominees.
Winkle says, "Oh, the mmo one..."
Paul_Swift does a drum role
A_Ninny grabs the envelope and runs screaming from the room.
PurpleDragon says, "They all deserve to win."
Winkle exclaims, "Go gobby!"
BBBen says, "Now, without further ado, the awards! First up is the award for best player character. This year any player character, male or female, was eligible for this combined award. The nominees are: The PC from Crossworlds Part 4 ? Scream for Me! by BBBen, the Goblin from A Goblin?s Life by Burnout (with BBBen) and Gerald Manly from The Fiendish Revenge of Baron von Glockenspiel by Girion."
NOTE FROM BBBEN: This was another technical problem. I was lucky to hold things together as well as I did.
BBBen says, "Sorry..."
Winkle exclaims, "Go gobby again!"
trix hesitates, and then cheers again.
A_Ninny checks the surface of his record for scratches
PurpleDragon looks more confused than usual.
abomire asks, "Does that mean the winner gets two awards?"
BBBen says, "The runner-up is... the PC from Crossworlds Part 4. And the winner is..."
Winkle asks, "goblin?"
A_Ninny cheers BBB for not winning.
trix applauds.
lordp cheers and applauds
BBBen exclaims, "The Goblin from A Goblin's Life!"
A_Ninny says, "Wait, that's not what I meant"
Winkle exclaims, "Woo!"
trix applauds.
A_Ninny says, "Hooray"
DavidW claps.
A_Ninny pushs a button on the can, and you hear the audience gasp.
PurpleDragon says, "Yay for the goblin."
Guest1 applauds
abomire applauds for Burnout (with BBBen).
Winkle says, "Even if GoblinBoy is ineligible to win - a surrogate goblin must at least win."
trix says, "Goblins are definitely the way to win these awards."
abomire says, "That was a truly memorable character."
BBBen says, "As Burnout really has a good reason for not being able to make it, I will accept the award on his behalf. I know that my name is attached to this game, but the writing was primarily Burnout's and he deserves all the credit for the goblin."
Paul_Swift says, "even for a non-human that was a good character"
lordp says, "The writing on the game was awesome"
trix says, "It's always refreshing when the player character actually has some character."
abomire says, "That's why my next game is Goblin Wars, starring Gobbly Goblin."
BBBen says, "Now for the award for best non-player character. Again, this year both male and female characters are eligible for the same award. The nominees are: Ana from HORSE by A. Ninny, Lisa from Crossworlds Part 4 - Scream for Me! by BBBen and Clara from The Second Guest by GoblinBoy."
Paul_Swift says, "although an orc would beat him in a fight"
trix thought orcs and goblins were the same thing.
A_Ninny crosses his fingers
Winkle says, "Depends on the source"
BBBen says, "The runner-up is... Ana from HORSE. And the winner is..."
trix applauds.
A_Ninny exclaims, "DOH!"
Winkle asks, "clara?"
A_Ninny says, "Another runner-up. My specialty."
BBBen exclaims, "Clara from The Second Guest!"
trix applauds.
Winkle says, "woot"
lordp exclaims, "Yay!"
A_Ninny Applauds.
DavidW says, "ooh"
BBBen says, "GoblinBoy's not here, so we're giving his awards to A. Bomire..."
trix woots without really knowing what it means.
abomire says, "I thank you on his behalf."
Paul_Swift applauds Ninny and Goblin "I bought the judges" Boy
abomire surreptitiously scratches at GoblinBoy's name on the trophy, then frowns when he sees it isn't coming off.
lordp says, "GoblinBoy not even here and still winning"
BBBen exclaims, "Next comes the award for best one-on-one sex scene. Any combination was acceptable this year, so long as there were only two participants. The nominees are: PC/Ana from HORSE by A. Ninny, PC/Candy Girl from Crossworlds Part 4 - Scream for Me! by BBBen and PC/Lisa from Crossworlds Part 4 - Scream for Me!"
Paul_Swift congratulates A.Bomire on his new sahiny award
lordp goes home.
</lordp> lordp has disconnected from ifMUD.
<lordp> lordp has connected to ifMUD.
lordp arrives from the west.
trix says, "Welcome back, lordp."
lordp grumbles about dodgy internet connections
BBBen says, "The runner-up is... PC/Lisa from Crossworlds Part 4 - Scream for Me!. And the winner is..."
abomire grins, holding the award with his hand over GoblinBoy's name.
trix applauds.
lordp says, "Thank you trix"
Winkle says, "Honestly, none of those were really particular favorites of mine this year."
Winkle shrug
BBBen exclaims, "PC/Ana from HORSE!"
trix applauds.
lordp woops
Winkle claps
A_Ninny faints
DavidW cheers
Paul_Swift cheers
trix says, "Well done Ninny."
abomire exclaims, "Congrats, Ninny! Finally breaking the 2nd Place Curse!"
lordp says, "Congrats A. Ninny :D"
A_Ninny says, "They like me... They really like me."
BBBen says, "Beat both of my darn nominations."
lordp hands Ninny a box of tissues
A_Ninny says, "Thank you"
PurpleDragon applauds wildly for the ninny.
BBBen exclaims, "The only reason you won was because you were only up against me!"
A_Ninny blows his nose loudly.
Paul_Swift enjoyed the scene in that game very much
Paul_Swift maybe enjoyed it too much
A_Ninny decides that maybe Paul is providing too much information.
BBBen says, "Next is the award for the best threesome or orgy sex scene. Any sex scene applies so long as it has more than two participants. The nominees are: PC/Teagon/Riley from The Last Hurrah by Priapus Rex, PC/Becky/Mike from School Dreams 2: Forfeit Fantasy by GoblinBoy and PC/Molly/Others from School Dreams 2: Forfeit Fantasy."
PurpleDragon agrees
Paul_Swift blushes and stands at the back
BBBen says, "The runner-up is... PC/Becky/Mike from School Dreams 2: Forfeit Fantasy. And the winner is..."
Winkle says, "Wow"
trix waits to applaud.
lordp applauds
BBBen exclaims, "PC/Molly/Others from School Dreams 2: Forfeit Fantasy!"
trix applauds.
A_Ninny is on pins and needles.
DavidW cheers
A_Ninny pushs a button on the can, and you hear the audience gasp.
Paul_Swift whoops
lordp says, "GoblinBoy wins again"
lordp says, "he's going to run out of space soon"
abomire says, "Another fine example of the GoblinOne's furtile imagination."
A_Ninny applauds.
DavidW asks, "I haven't played that game. How many 'others' are we talkin' about?"
PurpleDragon says, "126"
Winkle says, "He won almost every award last year"
trix says, "Next year, other authors may want to focus their Erin-winning efforts on categories that GoblinBoy is not competing in."
DavidW says (to PurpleDragon), "my my my"
BBBen says, "Next is the award for hottest game. This replaces the old "best sex overall" category, as we felt this year that it would be a better way to express the nature of this major award. The nominees are: Crossworlds Part 4 - Scream for Me! by BBBen, School Dreams 2: Forfeit Fantasy by GoblinBoy and The Second Guest by GoblinBoy."
A_Ninny says, "It's already January 18 and GoblinBoy hasn't released a game yet. I wonder what's wrong."
BBBen says, "The runner-up is... The Second Guest. And the winner is..."
Winkle says, "4 of the last 6 nominees have been goblin boy..."
trix says, "i hope he's busy working on the next Gifts of Phallius gane."
PurpleDragon says, "Maybe he finally got a job."
Winkle says, "Job? Noooooo"
trix meant game, not gane.
BBBen exclaims, "School Dreams 2: Forfeit Fantasy!"
Paul_Swift says, "Yeah I think he has released three of them while I have been working on one of mine, and it still isn't near finished"
lordp says, "or he's lying in a pool of his own blood from a disgruntled writer"
Winkle faints from shock
A_Ninny pushs a button on the can, and you hear the audience gasp.
A_Ninny claps again for the Gobster.
lordp cheers for GB
abomire exclaims, "Congrats to GoblinBoy..again!"
DavidW says, "gasp"
BBBen says, "Next is the award for best technical implementation. The nominees are: Crossworlds Part 4 - Scream for Me! by BBBen, HORSE by A. Ninny and The Second Guest by GoblinBoy."
PurpleDragon claps but is a bit surprised at that one.
lordp cheers for HORSE
BBBen says, "The runner-up is... Crossworlds Part 4 - Scream for Me!. And the winner is..."
Winkle says, "Hmm. I can't even remember who voted for on this one."
DavidW cheers for all the nominees.
A_Ninny claps for Crossworlds 4
BBBen exclaims, "HORSE!"
trix exclaims, "Hooray!"
A_Ninny exclaims, "OMG!"
Winkle asks, "GoblinBoy lost!?"
lordp claps for the Ninny
A_Ninny asks, "Wait, is that a word?"
DavidW says, "HORSE!"
A_Ninny says, "Thank you once again."
abomire begins to accept award for GoblinBoy, then stops and looks at A. Ninny.
abomire exclaims, "Congratulations, Ninny!"
A_Ninny wrestles the award away from A. Bomire.
Paul_Swift cheers
Winkle asks, "Is that 2 for A Ninny?"
trix says, "Horse was well-technicalled. It deserved to win."
BBBen says, "Next up is the award for most innovative AIF game of the year. The nominees are: HORSE by A. Ninny, School Dreams 2: Forfeit Fantasy by GoblinBoy and Time in the Dark by Purple Dragon."
Paul_Swift says, "yep, he's doing well this year"
DavidW says (to trix), "mmhm"
A_Ninny says, "Thanks, Trix."
PurpleDragon says, "You're on a roll ninny, keep it up.""
Winkle says, "TitD was pretty cool."
A_Ninny says, "I agree. That was a very cool game."
PurpleDragon says, "thank you winkle"
BBBen says, "The runner-up is... Time in the Dark. And the winner is..."
PurpleDragon says, "and ninny"
Winkle says, "Just speakin' the truth."
trix gasps.
BBBen exclaims, "HORSE!"
trix applauds.
BBBen says, "Popular game, that HORSE."
A_Ninny says, "Wow! I'm humbled and amazed."
lordp says, "Wow, nice work Ninny"
DavidW says, "H! O! R! S! E!"
Paul_Swift applauds Ninny and Goblin "I bought the judges" Boy
PurpleDragon says, "woo, hoo. great job Ninny."
trix says, "i thought Time in the Dark would get that one."
abomire exclaims, "Woot! That's 3-3 for GoblinBoy and A. Ninny by my count!"
BBBen says, "I actually think this was a pretty innovative year, and all the nominees deserved the award."
PurpleDragon says, "It might have is goblinboy had written it."
Paul_Swift says, "not sure why it re-typed something from earlier lol"
abomire says, "I agree. I had a hard time picking one in this category."
trix wonders if everyone is really GoblinBoy under many different pseudonyms.
A_Ninny says, "I'll be back in a bit - gotta get the chuckleheads to bed."
PurpleDragon wouldn't put it past him.
BBBen says, "Next is the award for best use of multimedia in an AIF game. The nominees are: Ghost by GoblinBoy, The Casabian Virus by GoblinBoy and Inheritance by Tina B."
trix looks around suspiciously.
abomire pulls off a mask to reveal he is GoblinBoy!
Paul_Swift laughs
Winkle exclaims, "Multimedia... boo!"
A_Ninny leaves his empty shell sitting in his chair.
PurpleDragon pulls off a mask to revel he is abomire
BBBen says, "The runner-up is... The Casabian Virus. And the winner is..."
trix says, "/i'm/ Spartacus -- i mean GoblinBoy."
lordp waits for the "pesky kids" to show up
BBBen exclaims, "Ghost!"
trix applauds
DavidW says, "yay!"
lordp claps for GB again
Winkle says, "Huh... I can't get my ego out of my shorts..."
lordp asks, "it's the goblinboy/ninny show... GoblinNinny?"
Winkle struggles with something in his pocket
abomire says, "Good job on this one. I think GoblinBoy lost sleep getting DAZ to spit out those images in time for the comp."
***NOTE FROM BBBEN: A. Bomire is crazy - "Ghost" was released well after the mini-comp.***
PurpleDragon doesn't want to see what's in winkle's pocket.
BBBen says, "Next up, the award for best writing. A while back we amalgamated several minor awards to make one major award that would properly recognise the category. The nominees are: Crossworlds Part 4 - Scream for Me! by BBBen, A Goblin's Life by Burnout (with BBBen) and The Fiendish Revenge of Baron von Glockenspiel by Girion."
Paul_Swift says, "I haven't played that one, I'll have to give it a go"
abomire exclaims, "What has it gots in its pockets? String or Nothing!"
Winkle exclaims, "Gobby, gobby!"
lordp says, "Tricksy hobbits"
BBBen says, "The runner-up is... A Goblin's Life. And the winner is..."
trix fingers her magic ring.
Winkle says, "aw"
lordp asks, "magic decoder ring?"
BBBen exclaims, "Crossworlds Part 4 - Scream for Me! Hooray for me!"
trix applauds.
DavidW says, "congrats!"
Paul_Swift says, "congrats BBB"
abomire exclaims, "I have to say that Girion had the most interesting title!"
Winkle claps
BBBen exclaims, "Everybody cheer!"
PurpleDragon says, "Hooray for BBBen."
lordp cheers for BBBen
trix congratulates BBBen.
abomire exclaims, "Congrats BBBen!"
Winkle says, "I don't know... I have one major objection to that game. You use soap as a lube for anal sex. (that would hurt like a bitch)"
PurpleDragon gives his best golf clap.
trix winces.
BBBen bows, accepting the accolades for his brilliant writing talents.
abomire wonders if trix should be fingering her 'ring' in public.
BBBen says, "Did I? I'd forgotten about that."
Paul_Swift says, "yeah, vaseline doesn't work quite as well as you'd think either"
trix thanks abomire for turning her double-entendre into a single-ententre.
trix can't spell entendre.
Winkle asks, "Wait, there's a girl here?"
Winkle panics
DavidW says, "ha ha"
abomire pulls off yet another mask to reveal he is Vachon - master of the single-entendre.
Paul_Swift says, "one entredre should be enough for anyone"
BBBen says, "Next is the award for best humour in an AIF game. The nominees are: A Goblin's Life by Burnout (with BBBen), Plains of Passion by Paul Swift and The Last Hurrah by Priapus Rex."
trix says, "abomire can't be vachon. He uses punctuation and everything."
Paul_Swift pulls off a mask to show he is infact Vachon's sister
BBBen says, "The runner-up is... The Last Hurrah. And the winner is..."
PurpleDragon wonders where Vachon's other sisters are.
Winkle says, "It's a hard choice between Gobby and Plains..."
trix applauds.
BBBen exclaims, "A Goblin's Life!"
Winkle says, "I'm not sure I get why tLH was in this category though."
trix applauds.
Winkle applauds
abomire exclaims, "Okay...you got me. If I actually *were* Vachon..Paul_Swift would be in very big trouble!"
DavidW claps.
BBBen says, "I will again accept this award on behalf of Burnout. He deserves credit for the laughs in the game - it has a great comic and sexual premise that deserves further exploration beyond a mini-comp game, in my opinion."
Paul_Swift says, "congrats BBB"
lordp cheers
PurpleDragon says, "You can say that again abomire."
BBBen offers comiserations to Paul Swift.
trix asks, "When's the sequel to Goblin's Life coming out then?"
abomire says, "Congrats to BBBen and Burnout. A very funny game."
Paul_Swift runs away crying
Paul_Swift is scared
Paul_Swift says, "a sequel to Goblin's Life would be cool"
BBBen says, "We've talked about collaborating on some sequelesque stuff, but there's nothing beyond some detailed outlines as of yet."
Paul_Swift jumps
trix cackles
Paul_Swift hides under a dusty chair
PurpleDragon looks questioningly at Paul_Swift
BBBen says, "Next up is the award for the best new author to have released a game last year. The nominees are: Burnout, Knight Errant and Paul Swift. And may I say this was a very tight category this year."
Paul_Swift says, "mmmm tight catagory"
BBBen says, "The runner-up is... Knight Errant. And the winner is..."
BBBen exclaims, "Burnout!"
trix applauds.
lordp cheers for Burnout
DavidW claps!
Winkle claps
Winkle gets the clap
PurpleDragon applauds
Paul_Swift applauds Ninny and Goblin "I bought the judges" Boy
Paul_Swift says, "lol it did it again"
abomire says, "Another close one. Congrats to Burnout for a great game."
Paul_Swift says, "I hate this client"
BBBen says, "Now, I knew Burnout wasn't going to be able to make it to this ceremony, so I let him know he was going to win this award. He didn't know any other results, but I felt he should be able to prepare a few words that I could present on his behalf. Here are the comments he gave me to say: "I'm really surprised, and really honored, to have won this award- Never really thought that my game would make it so far. I'd like to thank the AIF community, for its interest, and BBBen in particular, for his tireless help in programming and testing, without which this wouldn't have been possible. For all would-be AIF authors out there, I'd like to say 'Go for it!': Try your very best, and don't ever give up. For all the other winners, I'm glad for you, too, and I look forward to your future games. ^_^ ...And that's about it. Thanks again!""
trix asks, "One of your personalities acting up again?"
Paul_Swift applauds
trix applauds.
DavidW cheers
Winkle drops tan shorts.
abomire says, "Well said, Burnout (whom I hope will read the transcript)."
BBBen says, "The best beta-tester award is nominated by authors, and the winner is the tester that receives the most nominations. I will mention all three of those that received nominations this year."
DavidW gets tan shorts.
Winkle exclaims, "Hey!"
trix asks, "Will he? Can we edit out that tirade of abuse i directed at him?"
DavidW gives tan shorts to Winkle.
Winkle says, "Thanks"
Paul_Swift laughs
BBBen says, "Of course - he'll never see any of us bitching about him."
BBBen exclaims, "In third place is: Richard Gillingham!"
abomire says, "In that case..let me tell you something about that S.O.B. Burnout...In the first place..."
Winkle removes all the items from tan shorts.
trix says, "Good, because he's the sort that would [ text missing ] which would be pretty painful if he did."
Winkle exclaims, "woo!"
BBBen says, "In second place is... A. Ninny! And the winner is..."
BBBen exclaims, "A. Bomire!"
trix applauds.
lordp says, "woo! congrats AB"
DavidW says, "yay testers!"
abomire says, "You know..I've never used Richard - but I've heard lots of good things about him."
Winkle gives ego to A_Ninny.
Paul_Swift says, "congrats A.Bomire"
BBBen says, "He manages to win awards even without releasing any games this year."
abomire asks, "Huh? Me?"
PurpleDragon says, "Yay A. Bomire. Yay to all the testers."
trix congratulates abomire.
Paul_Swift says, "A.Bomire deserves it, he has always done a great job for me when asked to."
abomire says, "Thanks everyone who voted for me. I have to say that I feel honored to be ranked among the other testers nominated. Both Richard G. and A. Ninny are testers of the highest caliber."
BBBen congratulates A. Bomire (even though he's never tested any of BBBen's games).
BBBen exclaims, "I'll just be AFK for a moment, then we're going to get into the last few, big awards!"
Winkle asks, "More?"
DavidW says, "[insert commercial break here]"
Winkle says, "Dang. I have to leave. :("
BBBen exclaims, "Place your bets for the winner of "Best Game" now!"
Winkle says, "Oh right."
trix will be back after these messages.
abomire jumps up on stage.
lordp says, "best game, best short game, and badman memorial to go"
abomire says, "So these two nuns walk into a bar. One looks around and says..."
PurpleDragon looks around for the stippers for the intermission.
Paul_Swift says, "I'm sure to win the Best all round greatest person ever born and incredibly handsome to boot award."
Winkle says, "Um... something by goblin boy, horse, and... chewbacca."
abomire says, "Wait..did I say nuns? I meant a priest and a nun. Yeah, a priest and a nun walk into... no, that's not it either..."
Paul_Swift laughs
PurpleDragon give abomire a "here we go again" look.
abomire says, "A horse! That's it! A horse! A horse walks into a bar..."
DavidW says, "Better than a horse backing into a bar."
abomire mutters to himself for a moment, then looks sheepish before stepping down from the stage.
Paul_Swift says, "I like the one with the horse in the bar"
trix wanders back in inconscpicuously.
Winkle says, "So, a horse walks into a nun..."
lordp says, "Ridden by a priest, in a chewbacca costume"
trix says, "and the sheep says 'So why the long face?'"
PurpleDragon says, "A horse walks into a bar and says 'hey, bartender.'"
BBBen says, "Okay, I think that's enough out of you lot."
trix falls about, laughing far too much.
Winkle exclaims, "the bartender says, HOLY SHIT MR. ED!"
Paul_Swift laughs at the best punchlineless joke in the world
PurpleDragon asks, "what joke?"
Winkle asks, "Why do priests and nuns walk into bars anyways?"
Paul_Swift says, "Well it's more of a colarerated joke"
BBBen says, "Now we're into the business end of the awards - the award for the best short game of the year. The nominees are: HORSE by A. Ninny, The Second Guest by GoblinBoy and Time in the Dark by Purple Dragon."
trix asks, "Because they're too drunk to drive there?"
Winkle says, "SG"
PurpleDragon says, "I was just honored to be nominated."
DavidW says, "yay Best Short Game!"
Say The runner-up is... HORSE. And the winner is...
BBBen says, "The runner-up is... HORSE. And the winner is..."
Winkle says, "a priest and a nun drive into a bar..."
trix applauds.
BBBen exclaims, "The Second Guest!"
trix applauds.
lordp applauds
DavidW claps!
Winkle's head eslpodes
BBBen says, "Unsurprising, I suppose, considering it won the mini-comp."
abomire applauds for GoblinBoy.
Paul_Swift congratulates GoblinBoy's hall of fame statue in the corner
lordp says, "I'm so not cleaning up Winkle's brains"
BBBen says, "But may I say that the mini-comp was particularly good this year."
DavidW says (to lordp), "yeah, leave the mess for the regular mudders to clean up."
lordp says, "the mini-comp had many excellent entries"
BBBen says, "Very tough competition."
Paul_Swift laughs at Lordp's double entrandre
abomire says, "This last mini-comp was the best yet."
BBBen says, "Now the big one: the best AIF game of the year. The nominees are: Crossworlds Part 4 - Scream for Me! by BBBen, School Dreams 2: Forfeit Fantasy by GoblinBoy and The Last Hurrah by Priapus Rex."
A_Ninny exclaims, "I'm back!"
BBBen says, "Just in time to hear the results of "Best Game!""
abomire exclaims, "Howdy Ninny!"
lordp exclaims, "hallelujah!"
DavidW says, "anticipation mounts."
trix says, "Welcome back."
DavidW says, "(who anticipation mounts, to be decided.)"
A_Ninny says, "Why, thank you."
Paul_Swift goes home early knowing that deep down he is too good to win an award
BBBen says, "the runner-up... is Crossworlds Part 4 - Scream for Me!. And the winner is..."
A_Ninny asks, "Did I win anything while I was gone?"
BBBen exclaims, "School Dreams 2: Forfeit Fantasy!"
NOTE FROM BBBEN: Since GoblinBoy wasn't able to attend he didn't get quite the recognition he might have, and since I was preoccupied with handing out awards I couldn't address that. However, on behalf of the community I'd like to extend my congratulations to GoblinBoy for winning with another excellent game.
trix applauds.
DavidW says, "woot!"
lordp cheers
Paul_Swift says, "I wrote that game really"
BBBen says, "Sorry, Ninny, you didn't win anything else."
Winkle drops Winkle's brains.
abomire exclaims, "Ninny won School Dreams 2? Oh wait...that's the winner. Congrats GoblinBoy!"
A_Ninny says, "Ok. Then I didn't miss anything."
A_Ninny says, "Awww. I thought CW4 should have won."
A_Ninny pushes a small button on the can. The room resonates with a sympathetic 'awwwwwwwwwwwwwww.'
BBBen says, "You came second in "best beta-tester" behind A. Bomire, and HORSE got second in "Best Short Game" behind the Second Guest."
A_Ninny says, "Thanks for the update. Congrats, AB."
abomire says, "This was another really close one in my book. I think they were all three great games."
BBBen says, "Well, second place is pretty good. It's a pity that the Crossworlds games never really set the Erin Awards on fire, but them's the brakes."
A_Ninny applauds for GoblinBoy.
A_Ninny Applauds for BBBen.
BBBen says, "The voting wasn't too close - SD2 was a pretty big winner."
Winkle drops Winkle's headless corpse.
Winkle goes home.
</Winkle> Winkle has disconnected from ifMUD.
Paul_Swift applauds for everybody
trix asks, "Why hasn't GoblinBoy prepared a message in advance to entertain us?"
NOTE FROM BBBEN: The reason I didn't give GoblinBoy the chance to write out a message in advance was that I didn't have word that he wouldn't be able to attend until quite close to the awards, hence he was not made aware in advance of any of the results.
abomire says, "It's a tribute to how good they are that they are always nominated."
BBBen says, "And now the final award: the Badman Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award."
lordp says, "Too busy writing more games"
PurpleDragon says, "just print one from last year."
Paul_Swift says, "yeah take your pick lol"
A_Ninny says, "We should make an award named in honor of Chris Cole."
A_Ninny says, "(wherever he is)"
BBBen says, "It's kind of a pity that I couldn't arrange for someone else to host the awards this year, because the winner is actually me! I guess... erm... I'll award it to myself. Kind of an anti-climax, really. Still, at least I had time to prepare some thankyous."
trix applauds.
lordp cheers for BBBen
trix exclaims, "Hooray!"
abomire exclaims, "Congrats BBBen! You deserve it!"
A_Ninny claps BBBen on the back.
Paul_Swift says, "well done BBBen"
PurpleDragon says, "You da man BBBen. Should have come before now.""
trix says, "Well done."
DavidW congratulates BBBen.
A_Ninny exclaims, "Excellent choice!"
BBBen exclaims, "I'd first like to say a very sincere thankyou to everyone who nominated me or even just enjoyed playing one of my games; player recognition is what makes this stuff worthwhile. I'd also like to thank Chris Cole, One-Eyed Jack and A. Bomire for writing the games that most inspired me to start writing AIF. Though I haven't yet published most of my collaborative work I'd like to thank those that have worked with me on my games - Mike Philips, Grimm Sharlak, Purple Dragon and Burnout, of course. And then there are the people that have engaged with me via email or been one of the fantastic beta-testers that I've worked with; they're too numerous to name and many were really, very impressive but I'd like to make special mention of Richard Gillingham who took a particular interest in my games and showed an attentiveness to my writing that surpassed my own understanding of it. Finally, I'd like to thank, in particular, A. Ninny; we both started AIF writing at a similar time (I was just a few months ahead of him) and so were part of more or less the same AIF generation. Since then we've both worked together on many of the projects that have defined the community over the past few years, but where I was all talk, he actually got things done. He hosted the first two years of the Erin Awards after we revived them, he's run the mini-comp, and for two and a half years (only recently ending) he ran the newsletter. Add to that the fact that his intensive beta-testing has always been available for my games, and it's really appropriate to say I couldn't have gotten this award without his help. So thanks, Ninny, and everyone else in the AIF community - the last three years have been a lot of fun!"
trix applauds.
A_Ninny says, "Cheers, BBB."
BBBen takes a bow.
DavidW claps after the long textdu^Hspeech.
abomire cheers and whistles for BBBen!
PurpleDragon winks at BBBen and makes a kissy face.
BBBen says, "And that's it for the formal part of the awards this year! I hope some of you can hang around for a little while, though I understand if you can't, because now we can actually discuss the year's games and the winners..."

NOTE FROM BBBEN: Some people did hang around for a while, but that's not really part of the ceremony, so it's not included here. There was also some back-slapping for me, Knight Errant and the Erins judging panel for making the awards happen this year. Anyway, that's all, folks!
 

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