1997 was the second year for the Xyzzy Awards, and it introduced the catagories of "Best Individual PC" and "Best Use of Medium". The awards are as follows:

Best Game:

Interstate Zero, by Adam Cadre
A Bear's Night Out, by David Dyte
The Edifice, by Lucian Smith
Glowgrass, by Nate Cull
Babel, by Ian Finley

Best Writing:

Sunset Over Savannah, by Ivan Cockrum
Babel, by Ian Finley
Interstate Zero, by Adam Cadre
She's Got a Thing For a Spring, by Brent vanFossen
The Space Under The Window, by Andrew Plotkin

Best Story:

Babel, by Ian Finley
Glowgrass, by Nate Cull
Interstate Zero, by Adam Cadre
Madame L'Estrange and the Troubled Spirit, by Ian Ball and Marcus Young
Mercy, by Chris Klimas

Best Setting:

A Bear's Night Out, by David Dyte
Interstate Zero, by Adam Cadre
Mercy, by Chris Klimas
Sins Against Mimesis, by Adam Thornton
She's Got a Thing For a Spring, by Brent vanFossen

Best Puzzles:

The Ediface, by Lucian Smith
Babel, by Ian Finley
Heist, by Andy Phillips
Zero Sum Game, by Cody Sandifer
Everybody Loves a Parade, by Cody Sandifer

Best NPCs:

Frenetic Five vs. Sturm und Drang, by Neil deMause
Everybody Loves a Parade, by Cody Sandifer
Interstate Zero, by Adam Cadre
She's Got a Thing For a Spring, by Brent vanFossen
Zero Sum Game, by Cody Sandifer

Best Individual Puzzle:

The language puzzle in The Ediface, by Lucian Smith
Pick Up the Phone Booth and Die (the whole game), by Rob Noyes
Defeating the Kunkel in Sins Against Mimesis, by Adam Thornton
Building the sand castle in Sunset Over Savannah, by Ivan Cockrum
Setting the digital clock in Heist, by Andy Phillips

Best Individual NPC:

Bob in She's Got a Thing for a Spring, by Brent VanFossen
The Taco Junta girl in Interstate Zero, by Adam Cadre
The devil in Sins Against Mimesis, by Adam Thornton
The Stranger in The Edifice, by Lucian Smith
The cow in The Lost Spellmaker, by Neil James Brown

Best Individual PC:

Tracy Valencia from Interstate Zero, by Adam Cadre
The Bear, from A Bear's Night Out, by David Dyte
David, from Babel, by Ian Finley
Improv, from Frenetic Five vs. Sturm und Drang, by Neil deMause
Mattie, from The Lost Spellmaker, by Neil James Brown

Best Use of Medium:

The Tempest, by Graham Nelson
A New Day, by Johnathan Fry
Interstate Zero, by Adam Cadre
Sunset Over Savahnnah, by Ivan Cockrum
The Space Under the Window, by Andrew Plotkin

Related Websites:

  • A list of award winners is available at http://www.xyzzynews.com/97winners.html
  • A more-or-less complete transcript of the awards ceremony is available at http://www.ministryofpeace.com/text/ceremony_1997.html
  • And, as usual, all the entries (along with a lot of other games) are available at the IF Archive, at http://ifarchive.org/

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