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Lord Basse
MI6 Scenario-Making Machine
posted 02-13-10 11:20 AM CT (US)         





The new year has lasted for over a month now, and 2009 is falling further and further back into our memories. But before we keep going into the new year, it is time to see what the best scenarios and designers of last year were. I present you The Game of the Year Awards for 2009, the closest you get to an AoKH equivalent of the Oscars, except these are voted for by the people!

Compared to last time, this time around we received a lot more ballots. Last year there were nine people voting, now there's been a LOT more. Despite some inconvenience with bloc-voting, the increase in voters has still been high and the results are very varied. Now, let us begin!




Legend:
Placement: Scenario/Campaign/Member name (authour) [number of votes]



Best Gameplay
Gameplay is something quite vague to set a score for when you are trying to review a scenario. Gameplay includes the fundamentals like a game simply being fun to play, to specific annoying details like that little spearman being on the screen for two seconds when he wasn't supposed to. Silly spearmen. This year's winner has been praised for its creative gameplay, amonst other things, and took the trophy by a large margin, gaining seven out of sixteen votes. The winner is Tsubasa's Tale, by Night Conqueror! For the second year in a row, Night Conqueror grabs this award! Congrats to him!

1st: Tsubasa's Tale (Night Conqueror) [7]
2nd: Ocean Blue - I - The Beginning (Hawk_Daght) [4]
3rd: Blood of the Bear (Mashek) [2]
3rd: Piece by Piece, the Third (SD Community)
5th: The Latean Project (Turty) [1]



Best Map Design
An awesome-looking map can bring up the overall quality of an otherwise mediocre scenario to new levels, while a crappy map can kill the fun of a wonderful story or innovative gameplay. This year's winner has won by a landslide. Using not only the standard editor's features to great effect, the authour of this scenario also included loads of wonderful modded graphics, and modded gameplay! The winner is none other than The Quiet Dawn - Chapter I by Matt LiVecchi! TQD gained more than half of the votes, 9/17.

1st: The Quiet Dawn - Chapter I (Matt LiVecchi) [9]
2nd: Sabato's Holy Grail (Berserker Jerker) [3]
2nd: The Latean Project (Turty)
4th: Ocean Blue - I - The Beginning (Hawk_Daght) [1]

Honorable mention: Blood of the Bear (Mashek).



Best Story
While a story isn't traditionally needed to make a scenario fun to play, most of the scenarios regarded as the best of all time put large emphasis on the story. So does many of this year's productions, and this round was quite a tight one. Finally emerging victorious was Blood of the Bear by Mashek, which gained 7/16 votes.

1st: Blood of the Bear (Mashek) [7]
2nd: Tsubasa's Tale (Night Conqueror) [5]
3rd: Sabato's Holy Grail (Berserker Jerker) [4]

Honorable mentions: Piece by Piece, the Third (SD Commnunity), The Quiet Dawn - Chapter I (Matt LiVecchi)



Best Score
While not all great scenario emphasise the score, the music and soundeffects, doing so and doing it good can improve the atmosphere and gameplay a lot, and make the scenario much better, and much more captivating. The winner this year used a wide array of sounds and music pieces and managed to captivate the minds of six out of sixteen voters. The winner this year, Olaf the Tardy by TheLaughingMule!

1st: Olaf the Tardy (TheLaughingMule) [6]
2nd: Blood of the Bear (Mashek) [3]
2nd: Sabato's Holy Grail (Berserker Jerker)
4th: Operation Chronos (Lord Basse) [2]
4th: The Quiet Dawn - Chapter I (Matt LiVecchi)



Best Multiplayer Scenario
While uniting the tribes of Mongolia and conquering the world might be fun, the real challenge and the greatest fun often comes when playing against other human players, thinking players. Be it hard-coded blood maps or a traditional random map about the control of the Mediterranean, multiplayer maps can take virtually any shape. The winner this year is the highly popular zombie apocalype survival scenario, Silent Evil, created in collaboration between Popecyhops and Tanks_fst! Votes gained: 5/6.

1st: Silent Evil (Popeychops & Tanks_fst) [5]
2nd: Argecide (Turty) [1]

Honorable mention: Castle Opposition (Kyra).



Best Minigame
With a very successful minigame behind us, spawning as many as sixteen entries, the judges put together the results and gave us a winner. This time around it was time for the players to pick their favourite. Just as the contest was very even in the top, so was this category here, but in the end the contest runner-up won the award. Give a round of applause to paperclip007's A Cold Winter's Day, which gained 7/14 votes!

1st: A Cold Winter's Day (paperclip007) [7]
2nd: The Escabar Ruin (Lord Basse) [5]
3rd: Lands of Rolling Green (Turty) [1]
3rd: My Castle Never Falls (Hawk_KK)

Honorable mention: Where Am I (Dtrungle)



Best Newcomer
Jumping from the scenarios to their designers now, 2009 saw the arrival of many new designers, of which three stood out from the crowd. And of these three, one received 9/20 votes. The winner is the winner of the AoKH Cinematic Scenario Contest, Lady Mule, TheLaughingMule!

1st: TheLaughingMule [9]
2nd: paperclip007 [6]
3rd: Jecon [5]



Most Improved Designer
With age follow wisdom and experiense, and when speaking of AoK you also get improvement. Well, mostly anyway. Designing, releasing, getting feedback and improving your design, ad infinitum; this is how all the master designers once started out. This year, the votes have been spread out over many different designers who have all improved their designing a lot over the year. The winner, with a 50% margin, is Turty, with 6/21 votes!

1st: Turty [6]
2nd: Julius999 [4]
3rd: Fanica [2]
3rd: Mashek
3rd: TheLaughingMule
6th: Dtrungle [1]
6th: Hawk_Daght
6th: Night Conqueror
6th: Popeychops
6th: Possidon



Designer of the Year
The award given to the one or those that the public believes were the best design of the year, who produced the best maps, produced the most entertaining projects or brought designing innovation to a new level. Whether or not having their projects mentioned in the nominees, these are the people that were the greatest designer of last year according to the public. At the very top we find Mashek with 8/32 votes!

1st: Mashek [8]
2nd: Night Conqueror [6]
3rd: Julius999 [5]
4th: Berserker Jerker [3]
4th: Hawk_Daght
4th: Lord Basse
7th: Guthan [1]
7th: Matt LiVecchi
7th: newIdea
7th: Tanks_fst




Disqualified ballots
Several ballots have been disqualified for trying to fix the ballot. Hawk_KK's thread over at HawkAOC's forums to gather people to vote for fellow Hawk members's projects over here is regarded as a breach of the rules, and whether or not KK's thread was a benevolent attempt to give the scenario the fame he believes it deserves, it will still be regarded as a breach of the rules.

As you can see from the results of GotY09, and from reviews and comments on the games, Hawk's designs are already appreciated by many, and trying to give them extra fame through bloc-voting like this is unneccesary, as well as a breach of the rules. For next year there will be more specific rules against this, as well as single-post voting accounts and the like.

The voters that were disqualified:

Hawk_KK
HawkPick
Hawk_Grassland
Hawk_tx
Jimmy King



That's all for now folks. Now, give your congrats to the winners and join the celebrations!

*clinks Pepsi-glass*

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Jecon
Squire
posted 02-13-10 11:29 AM CT (US)     1 / 26       
*grabs first post* Well done Basse! And my thanks to everyone who voted for me, I didn't expect to be one of the top three best newcomers. I am looking forward to this years awards, after I have put out my new scenario, I hope it will score in one of the other categories.
*pops the cork off a bottle of champaign and joins in the revelries* Have a cookie Basse? *offers Basse Peanut butter & chocolate chip cookie*

Host of Current Campaigns and Scenarios - Volume 6
Pround member of Black Forest Studios
Creator of: Jengar's Quest: rated 3.9
Working on: GuardianTrilogy ~25% Done
When I die, I want to go peacefully like my Grandfather did, in his sleep -- not screaming, like the passengers in his car.
"I'm slowly falling to pieces, and I know only one can put me back together, yet he seems to be letting me fall apart, I just pray that his plan is worth it. I know it will be, but its easy to say it, much harder to live it." - sadly, Me
Dtrungle
Squire
posted 02-13-10 11:33 AM CT (US)     2 / 26       
Gratz everyone. *Pops a 24-pack of chilled Coke and gobbles it all down*

*Literally dies from a ripped throat*

~
[My Dropped RPG Project | Keltos - RPG] [My Finished Games | MGC09 - Where Am I + MGC11 - All For The Horse + Puzzle Racing] [My Current Project | Defense of The Towers]
~~~
A RPG Scenario You Should Play | Tsubasa's Tale | Another RPG Scenario You Should Play | IceQuest
Joshua4missions
Knight
posted 02-13-10 11:33 AM CT (US)     3 / 26       
Well, congratulations to the winners, you deserved it. Hey Basse, I have a cake for the celebration.
*I hand you a Cake*.
Enjoy everyone, and congratulations again to the winners.

joshua4missions

[This message has been edited by joshua4missions (edited 02-13-2010 @ 12:39 PM).]

Possidon
Slayer
posted 02-13-10 12:23 PM CT (US)     4 / 26       
Ilmarinen
Squire
(id: Cilibinarii)
posted 02-13-10 12:34 PM CT (US)     5 / 26       
Neat, congrats to all =)

Cilibinarii / Ilmarinen
My AOK Maps

In spite of the tennis!
Night Conqueror
Squire
posted 02-13-10 01:40 PM CT (US)     6 / 26       
Thanks again everyone for your support! It was a pretty tight race this year, and there were tons of great games.

Night Conqueror
Fanica
Squire
posted 02-13-10 01:47 PM CT (US)     7 / 26       
I am equal with Jecon .
He's the third best newcomer and I'm the third most improved designer .
*hand myself and Jecon a cookie (me two)*

The 1st Most Improved Forummer of 2010.
The 3rd Most Improved Designer of both 2009 and 2010.
Obviously, member of the great and the well known BlackForest Studios.
Was host of Continous Screenshot Competition I at AoEHeaven.
paperclip007
Eidolon
posted 02-13-10 03:11 PM CT (US)     8 / 26       
Wow, best Minigame and second best newcomer! Thanks for the votes everyone.

~ White Light on the Black Sky ~ -- ~ 1st Place (tied) of 4, 2012 Cinematic Scenario Competition ~ [4.7]
~ A Cold Winter's Day ~ -- ~ 2nd Place of 16, 2009 Minigame Competition; Voted Best Minigame of the Year, 2009 ~ [4.7]
~ The Mole ~ -- ~ 3rd Place of 15, 2012 Minigame Competition; Voted Best Minigame of the Year, 2012 ~ [4.4]
Jecon
Squire
posted 02-13-10 03:14 PM CT (US)     9 / 26       
*hands paerclip a peanut butter & chocolate chip cookie* Good job!

Host of Current Campaigns and Scenarios - Volume 6
Pround member of Black Forest Studios
Creator of: Jengar's Quest: rated 3.9
Working on: GuardianTrilogy ~25% Done
When I die, I want to go peacefully like my Grandfather did, in his sleep -- not screaming, like the passengers in his car.
"I'm slowly falling to pieces, and I know only one can put me back together, yet he seems to be letting me fall apart, I just pray that his plan is worth it. I know it will be, but its easy to say it, much harder to live it." - sadly, Me
Mithril Knight
Squire
posted 02-13-10 03:30 PM CT (US)     10 / 26       
*Throws a Tequila at Jecon*

Good job! And don't drink it to fast or you will get like Dtrungle!

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Possidon
Slayer
posted 02-13-10 03:39 PM CT (US)     11 / 26       
Dtrungle
Squire
posted 02-13-10 03:43 PM CT (US)     12 / 26       
*Swaggering around in pain*

*Throws full cans of frozen solid Cokes at everyone*

*Sees all kinds of drinks everywhere and gobbles those down*

*Back down on the floor I go*

~
[My Dropped RPG Project | Keltos - RPG] [My Finished Games | MGC09 - Where Am I + MGC11 - All For The Horse + Puzzle Racing] [My Current Project | Defense of The Towers]
~~~
A RPG Scenario You Should Play | Tsubasa's Tale | Another RPG Scenario You Should Play | IceQuest
Popeychops
"Cool" Huskarl
posted 02-13-10 04:14 PM CT (US)     13 / 26       
Thank you all for this great award, I feel very humbled to recieve such an accolade from you all. You are all invited to my rave tonight, don't get wasted. *clutches oscar and walks off stage*

Member of BlackForest Studios
Co-creator of Silent Evil (4.6) Voted Best Multiplayer Scenario of 2009 (Most Fave'd Multiplayer Scenario)
and The Seas of Egressa (4.8) Voted Best Multiplayer Scenario of 2010
"Popey just hates everywhere." - Chocolate Jesus, on my fear of Romanian organ-traffickers
"Hooray for Dear Leader-Comrade-Generalissimo-Presidente-Lord Protector Popey!" - Lord Sipia, on my benevolent, iron-fisted rule
"You're not Popeychops; you don't get to physics." - Moff, in response to a clumsy muon simile
Possidon
Slayer
posted 02-13-10 04:50 PM CT (US)     14 / 26       
RON PAUL 2016
Squire
(id: Turty)
posted 02-13-10 05:08 PM CT (US)     15 / 26       
I'm still amzed I got a vote. Who and Why?
Coldviper did.


Congrats Night Conqueror, Matty, Mashek, TLM, Popey, Tanks, and paperclip! *joins asterisk-spam fest*
Possidon
Slayer
posted 02-13-10 05:38 PM CT (US)     16 / 26       
*joins asterisk-spam fest*

*faint because he is so amazed he got a vote*

*wants to know why Coldviper voted him*
Dtrungle
Squire
posted 02-13-10 05:46 PM CT (US)     17 / 26       
*Wakes up from the floor*

*Gets knocked out cold again by a bottle of Coke that someone through*

~
[My Dropped RPG Project | Keltos - RPG] [My Finished Games | MGC09 - Where Am I + MGC11 - All For The Horse + Puzzle Racing] [My Current Project | Defense of The Towers]
~~~
A RPG Scenario You Should Play | Tsubasa's Tale | Another RPG Scenario You Should Play | IceQuest
Jecon
Squire
posted 02-13-10 06:25 PM CT (US)     18 / 26       
It's amazing what these threads turn into... *ducks thrown can of coke* ALRIGHT WHO THREW THAT!?!?!

Host of Current Campaigns and Scenarios - Volume 6
Pround member of Black Forest Studios
Creator of: Jengar's Quest: rated 3.9
Working on: GuardianTrilogy ~25% Done
When I die, I want to go peacefully like my Grandfather did, in his sleep -- not screaming, like the passengers in his car.
"I'm slowly falling to pieces, and I know only one can put me back together, yet he seems to be letting me fall apart, I just pray that his plan is worth it. I know it will be, but its easy to say it, much harder to live it." - sadly, Me
Joshua4missions
Knight
posted 02-13-10 06:44 PM CT (US)     19 / 26       
Oh, uhhhh? I threw it. Sorry, I was trying to hit Dtrungle again. Lol

joshua4missions
whatever wingwun wants
Squire
(id: Pears)
posted 02-13-10 06:51 PM CT (US)     20 / 26       
sooooooooo... i didn't win?

TLM i need a hug!

So, again Devestator shut the f*ck up, for your own good, and for mine aswell. If you think im a noob, continue with that, but do not tell that noobstuff to the others, because there's people who do not give a flying f*ck about you, komprenas? SHUT THE F*CK UP, AND REMAIN SILENT stupid pervert. - NertyOX
Joshua4missions
Knight
posted 02-13-10 06:58 PM CT (US)     21 / 26       
Dont feel bad Pears. Lol *I hand you a Pear*


joshua4missions
Mash
Huskarl
(id: Mashek)
posted 02-13-10 08:14 PM CT (US)     22 / 26       
Thanks for the votes everyone. I must say I'm quite surprised by the turn of votes.

Congratulations everyone!

*Steps on Dtrungle*
TheLaughingMule
Lady Mule
posted 02-13-10 11:43 PM CT (US)     23 / 26       
*trips over Dt*

*hugs Pears*

*kicks cans of coke out of mid air*

Ah-hem, *gets tongue tied* - ah shucks guys thanks for the votes. I didn't think Olaf was all that special, but I'm glad you enjoyed it - it was fun to make. I do feel sort of new around here at times, and at other times I feel like I've been around forever. *hugs everyone*

Congrats to Mashek on Designer of the year! And for best story, well deserved.

Congrats Turty, I have read good things about your work, would like to see more of it in the CSC *nudge nudge*

Congrats Paperclip for Best Minigame. It looked like a tight race!

Congrats to Night Conqueror for winning Best Game Play - for me that is the hardest part of designing.

I somewhat expected to see Popey and Tanks get the best Multiplayer, you guys put a lot of quality work into your project. Congrats!

It was also no surprise to see Matt LiVecchi take the prize in Map Design, congrats. Wish you had more time to hang out here.

And congrats to all all the other folks who placed.

Thanks Lord Basse for hosting the contest and don't want to forget the News Flash from Turty was well done too.

Olaf the Tardy ~ ~ ~ ~ T he Laughing Mule
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Fanica
Squire
posted 02-14-10 03:26 AM CT (US)     24 / 26       
I am amazed that I'm the third most improved designer . My design style didn't improve so much .

The 1st Most Improved Forummer of 2010.
The 3rd Most Improved Designer of both 2009 and 2010.
Obviously, member of the great and the well known BlackForest Studios.
Was host of Continous Screenshot Competition I at AoEHeaven.
Popeychops
"Cool" Huskarl
posted 02-14-10 07:59 AM CT (US)     25 / 26       
I somewhat expected to see Popey and Tanks get the best Multiplayer, you guys put a lot of quality work into your project. Congrats!
*blushes*
Tanks and I greatly appreciate that, but without people to enjoy it any work we did would mean nothing. We're both very glad you like it
Congrats on best newcomer!

Member of BlackForest Studios
Co-creator of Silent Evil (4.6) Voted Best Multiplayer Scenario of 2009 (Most Fave'd Multiplayer Scenario)
and The Seas of Egressa (4.8) Voted Best Multiplayer Scenario of 2010
"Popey just hates everywhere." - Chocolate Jesus, on my fear of Romanian organ-traffickers
"Hooray for Dear Leader-Comrade-Generalissimo-Presidente-Lord Protector Popey!" - Lord Sipia, on my benevolent, iron-fisted rule
"You're not Popeychops; you don't get to physics." - Moff, in response to a clumsy muon simile

[This message has been edited by Popeychops (edited 02-14-2010 @ 01:13 PM).]

Courtjester1
Squire
posted 02-14-10 05:21 PM CT (US)     26 / 26       
Congrats to all the winners, there were quite a few good entries this year.
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