Some inofficial XYZZY candidates for games

Inspired by this great thread and due to the fact that I never posted the IFDB xyzzy polls this year, I thought I’d make a similar thread for games to consider for XYZZY awards.

So here are some places I’ve looked for games:

IFComp 2020 results

Spring thing 2020 results

Ectocomp 2020 results

An IFDB search for all games from 2020

Commercial games of 2020

The Second Quadrennial Exposition for something something Ryan Veeder

Feel free to reply with some ideas of games, things that you would have put in the poll on IFDB if it had been running. I’ll mention some in a post of my own, but I’m going to look through to find a bunch of ideas first.

(Like the original post linked to and the polls, this isn’t to vote on; the main idea is to suggest additional games that aren’t already listed by someone else so that people remember what games were in 2020, especially the write-in areas like puzzles and NPCs)

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This is my contribution to the thread. If I don’t mention someone it’s not because it’s bad, it’s because I’m trying to remember as many as possible and it’s been months!

Some ideas for best game (from stuff I’m aware of, I hope people post more ideas!):

Blaseball (I don’t know much about it but a lot of people are obsessed)
Tavern Crawler
Impossible Bottle
Vampire: The Masquerade–Night Road
Several other tales from Castle Balderstone
Mask of the Plague Doctor (I just liked it personally)

Best writing:
Limerick Quest
Tavern Crawler
Lore Distance Relationship
Congee
Jay Schilling’s Edge of Chaos
Cursed Pickle of Shireton
Mother Tongue
Moon Wed Saturn
Toadstools
Vampire the Masquerade: Night Road
The Eleusinian Miseries
Caduceus
Antique Panzitoum
Jolly Good: Cakes and Ale
Scents & Semiosis

Best Story:
Lore Distance Relationship
The Cursèd Pickle of Shireton
Jay Schilling’s Edge of Chaos
Tavern Crawler
Congee
Napier’s Cache
Werewolves 2: Pack Mentality
180 Files: The Aegis Project
Present Quest

Best Setting

The Impossible Bottle
A Rope of Chalk
A Murder in Fairyland
Ascension of Limbs
Chorus
Seasonal Apocalypse Disorder
Assemblage of Angels
JELLY
4x4 Galaxy

Best Puzzles
The Impossible Bottle
Vain Empires
Stuff of Legend
A Murder in Fairyland
Vampire Ltd
Alone
Sage Sanctum Scramble
Entangled
Seasonal Apocalypse Disorder
Crocodracula: The Beginning
Limerick Quest

Best NPCs:
Vampire: The Masquerade — Night Road
Tavern Crawler
The Eleusinian Miseries
A Rope of Chalk
Sense of Harmony
Ascension of Limbs
Jay Schilling’s Edge of Chaos
Chorus
The Cursèd Pickle of Shireton
Lovely Assistant: Magical Girl
A Catalan Summer
Stay?
Jolly Good: Cakes and Ale

Best Individual Puzzle:
Leaving the house in The Impossible Bottle
Hiding the statue pieces in The Eleusinian Miseries
Talking to the cow in Stuff of Legend
Solving the murder in A Murder in Fairyland
Control panel in Alone
Becoming the baker in The Cursèd Pickle of Shireton
The meta-puzzle in "Terror in the Immortal’s Atelier" by Gevelle Formicore et al.
Registering the game in Crocodracula: The Beginning
Contacting Hell in Vain Empires

Best Individual NPC:
The dinosaur in The Impossible Bottle
Ford in Tavern Crawler
The angel in Vain Empires
Alky in The Eleusinian Miseries
The sister in Lore Distance Relationship
Nathalie in A Rope of Chalk
The seer in Ascension of Limbs
The parrot in Jay Schilling’s Edge of Chaos
The professor in Academic Pursuits (As Opposed To Regular Pursuits)
Paul in Electric word, "life"
The pickle in The Cursèd Pickle of Shireton
Mom in Mother Tongue
Janice in You Couldn’t Have Done That
Promethium in Trusting My Mortal Enemy?! What a Disaster!
The prince in Vampire: The Masquerade — Night Road
Angel in 180 Files: The Aegis Project
Babyface in Babyface

Best Individual PC
The little girl in Little Girl In Monsterland
The devil in Vain Empires
Ichabod stuff in Stuff of Legend
The doppelganger in Doppeljobs
StaircaseHaven14 in Lore Distance Relationship
Jay Schilling in Jay Schilling’s Edge of Chaos
The main character in Academic Pursuits (As Opposed To Regular Pursuits)
The assistant in Lovely Assistant: Magical Girl
Veronica in The Moon wed Saturn

Best Implementation (“This award is meant to honor proficiency in use of the parser, default messages, and so on.”)
(these first two games are the ones from Ryan Veeder’s competition where the source code itself is beautiful in some way)
Caduceus
Antique Panzitoum

Several Other Tales from Castle Balderstone
A Rope of Chalk
Crocodracula: The Beginning
Stuff of Legend
Ascension of Limbs
Entangled
The Impossible Bottle

Best use of Innovation
The Cursèd Pickle of Shireton
Present Quest
Tavern Crawler
Sense of Harmony
Babyface
Mother Tongue
Tristam Island
Blaseball (?)

Best Use of Multimedia
The Cursèd Pickle of Shireton
Babyface
The Moon wed Saturn
Sense of Harmony
Lore Distance Relationship
Congee
Accelerate
Vampire: The Masquerade — Night Road
Present Quest

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http://solutionarchive.com/list/year%2C2020/

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Limerick Quest for best implementation.

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There are more than 400 game titles in the list at XYZZY voting site. It’s an amazing number for a year. I realize that there are more than a game released by day in last year. It is impossible for a gamer having played all of them.

Edit: By the way there are 483 games listed at ifdb in 2020 including 45 commercial titles. Almost a quarter of all was released at IFcomp.

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Other links people suggested on Twitter:

Saugus Halloween competition

Narrascope jam

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These are in addition to the ones that Mathbrush already listed:

Best Story:
A Rope of Chalk

Best Setting
The Magpie Takes the Train

Best Puzzles
The Eleusinian Miseries

Best Individual Puzzle:
The Final Battle in Sage Sanctum Scramble

Best Individual PC
The Magpie in The Magpie Takes the Train

Best Implementation
The Magpie Takes the Train
4x4 Galaxy
JELLY

Best Use of Innovation
4x4 Galaxy
JELLY

Best Use of Multimedia
Vain Empires
Crocodracula: The Beginning

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I’d suggest The Eleusinian Miseries for “best setting” too; the historical setting combined with the differently-associated writing style is essentially a genre-mash setting.

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