🏆 AGS Awards 2023 - Ceremony on 23 March 2024

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🏆 AGS Awards 2023

Welcome to the AGS Awards, the event where you, the player, choose the best games of the year!


Step # 1 - nomination time!
Play the games released in 2023. Then select the games you deem worthy in each category!
Step # 2 - vote, folks!
Pick from the nominees and we get a winner!

Step # 3 - party!
Big party to celebrate the winners!

Voting is over!
Thanks everyone who played the games and voted!


The results will be revealed in a ceremony on

Saturday, 23 March 2024 at 20:00 London time

The ceremony is an online event, using a special AGS-made client. If you can't use this client for some reason, you will also be able to join via IRC.



Nomination results

Votes have been counted and recounted. Here are the nominated games of the Awards 2023.

Congratulations!

Best Game Created with AGS

Abscission
Barn Runner 5: The Forever Friday 5
Dreams in the Witch House
Shards of God
Stranger in Utopia


Best Freeware Game Created with AGS

D-List Diva
METRO CITY: Night Shift
Shards of God
Stranger in Utopia
Tunnel Vision


Best Writing


Barn Runner 5: The Forever Friday 5
D-List Diva
Dreams in the Witch House
Shards of God
Stranger in Utopia


Best Character

"Dr Noriko" from Barn Runner 5: The Forever Friday 5
"Mother Tiabata" from Shards of God
"Sister Ava" from Shards of God
"Walter Gilman" from Dreams in the Witch House



Best Gameplay


Abscission
D-List Diva
Dreams in the Witch House
Shards of God
Stranger in Utopia


Best Visuals

D-List Diva
Dreams in the Witch House
METRO CITY: Night Shift
Shards of God
Stranger in Utopia


Best Audio

Abscission
Dreams in the Witch House
Shards of God
Stranger in Utopia
Tunnel Vision


Best Demo

An English Haunting DEMO
Captain Disaster and The Two Worlds of Riskara DEMO
Magret and Facedebouc
Stormwater (Early Access)



Best Non Adventure Game Created with AGS

How to: Witchcraft Cuisine
Lost & Found
Mad Jack: Breakdown Shakedown
Super Author Simulator 2023
Super Star Trek (1978) meets 25th Anniversary


Best Short Game


D-List Diva
Stranger in Utopia
The Distant Door
Trapped On The Balcony
Yip Quest


Best Programming

Abscission
Dreams in the Witch House
Shards of God
Stranger in Utopia
Tunnel Vision




This year, we have made a few changes to how the awards work, so please read carefully!

The main changes to last year are:

Schedule
There is going to be a tighter schedule this year. Nominations start already NOW and last till the end of January. The voting will start a few days after closing the nominations. In the next few days I will create a poll to find a date for the ceremony that suits as many people as possible.

Categories
We unified the art categories (background art, character art, animation) into Best Visuals.
Best music and voice acting now form the category Best Audio.
Best gameplay and puzzle were merged into Best Gameplay.

Game lists
Only games that are eligible for specific categories are included in the drop-downs for nominations based on their database entries. This should make the nominations easier, as the lists for some categories will contain fewer games.


The rest stays the same:

Every year, the AGS community embarks on a quest to find the best games made in the last year. All games are eligible, that were added to the AGS Database in the year 2023. There is a For Your Consideration thread where authors can promote their games and players get a good overview what might be worth playing.

The awards are a two-step process: First there is a nomination phase where all community members can nominate the eligible games in several categories. The top five games of each category make it to the voting (as long as they've received at least five nominations). During voting, all members of the community can vote for their favourite games.
The final result is then announced in a live ceremony that can be joined either with a special client or any regular irc client.

Party like it's 1990 in this thread!

CaptainD

Thanks Cat and the Awards Team!  ;-D
 

Danvzare

Wow, you really are being speedy this year. Thank you everyone on the Awards Team for all of your hard work so far.  :-D

The Last To Know

Thanks cat & Co., it was a pleasure to nominate. There were some great games in 2023!

cat

First nominations are in already  ;-D

Remember, you don't have to do it all at once - you can do your nominations in several chunks, saving in between. You can also change them until the deadline.

Kastchey

A quick heads up for the game authors: if your game ends up nominated in any category, I will reach out to you at the beginning of the voting phase, asking if you would like to provide additional screenshots or an avatar for the ceremony.

This will be entirely optional (we can always use the database screenshots for the slideshow, and you can use one of the default avatars), but IF you feel you want your game to shine more during the ceremony, consider preparing some screenshots or an avatar in advance.

Again, this is optional. If you are happy with the database screenshots and default avatars, that will be perfectly fine.

cat

How are you getting along with nominations? Do you like the changes we did this year? Are they helpful?

Rik_Vargard

I'm new to this part of AGS, so it's a little overwhelming to see all those games in the list. And the possible up to ten nominations per category.
I'll do my best to play some more games for this time and do my best, I guess?
I'll have to keep this in mind for 2024.  :-[

Kastchey

Please remember you really don't have to play all games, or even many games to nominate. Any nomination for a game that you think deserves to be recognized is valid. You can always change your votes later if you get to play more games.

Really appreciate everyone's votes!

Rik_Vargard

Quote from: Kastchey on Wed 10/01/2024 19:10:26Please remember you really don't have to play all games, or even many games to nominate. Any nomination for a game that you think deserves to be recognized is valid. You can always change your votes later if you get to play more games.

Really appreciate everyone's votes!

Alright then! Thank you for your reply  :)

Kini Games

Has it been a year already?! Time for me to get nominating!

CaptainD

Is the nomination stage still open? I've nominated already but was hoping to play another couple of games that seem like they might be worth a nom and add them, but I can't see a link to the nomination page anymore.
 

cat

Yes, nominations are still open. The link is in the first post, but here it is again: https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/awards/nominate/

CaptainD

 

cat

Nor worries, I'm glad this is sorted and you can continue with nominations.

Rik_Vargard


cat

Only one week to go! It's very close in some categories, so your votes do make a difference.

We also need many more votes for the best character category. I noticed that one person typed two characters in the same field. We cannot count this, please make a single nomination entry for each character (nominating different characters from the same game is possible if you make an entry for each.)

heltenjon

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Quote from: cat on Thu 25/01/2024 21:59:31Only one week to go! It's very close in some categories, so your votes do make a difference.

We also need many more votes for the best character category. I noticed that one person typed two characters in the same field. We cannot count this, please make a single nomination entry for each character (nominating different characters from the same game is possible if you make an entry for each.)
@cat - This is not possible. I tried to nominate more than one character from the same game, but when I refresh, only one character is counted, and the second one is removed. There is no error message, though.

Idiotic workaround - If you cannot fix this, as possible workaround would be to pick another game, but specify in the name field that you are voting for Ms X from game Y. (If this is a stupid idea that won't work, forget I mentioned it or answer this post with an appropriate insult.) ;)

Edit: And idiotic it was.

cat

Please don't do this workaround. If there is a problem with nominations, we should see if it can be fixed. @AGA can you have a look at it, please?

AGA

Submitting multiple nominations for the same game in Best Character should work now.  There is an issue where it will show the first character's name multiple times if you reload the form to nominate again, but please rest assure the correct nominations are being stored in the database.

Kastchey


cat

Awesome, thanks @AGA !

@heltenjon Is it working now?

AGA

At least one person has managed to nominate the same game for multiple Best Characters now, although it wasn't heltenjon.

cat

Last few days!

We need more nominations especially in the "Best Character" category. If we don't get enough votes there, we will drop the category next year.

Ponch


cat


cat

Nomination results!

Votes have been counted and recounted. Here are the nominated games of the Awards 2023.

Congratulations!

Best Game Created with AGS

Abscission
Barn Runner 5: The Forever Friday 5
Dreams in the Witch House
Shards of God
Stranger in Utopia


Best Freeware Game Created with AGS

D-List Diva
METRO CITY: Night Shift
Shards of God
Stranger in Utopia
Tunnel Vision


Best Writing


Barn Runner 5: The Forever Friday 5
D-List Diva
Dreams in the Witch House
Shards of God
Stranger in Utopia


Best Character

"Dr Noriko" from Barn Runner 5: The Forever Friday 5
"Mother Tiabata" from Shards of God
"Sister Ava" from Shards of God
"Walter Gilman" from Dreams in the Witch House



Best Gameplay


Abscission
D-List Diva
Dreams in the Witch House
Shards of God
Stranger in Utopia


Best Visuals

D-List Diva
Dreams in the Witch House
METRO CITY: Night Shift
Shards of God
Stranger in Utopia


Best Audio

Abscission
Dreams in the Witch House
Shards of God
Stranger in Utopia
Tunnel Vision


Best Demo

An English Haunting DEMO
Captain Disaster and The Two Worlds of Riskara DEMO
Magret and Facedebouc
Stormwater (Early Access)



Best Non Adventure Game Created with AGS

How to: Witchcraft Cuisine
Lost & Found
Mad Jack: Breakdown Shakedown
Super Author Simulator 2023
Super Star Trek (1978) meets 25th Anniversary


Best Short Game


D-List Diva
Stranger in Utopia
The Distant Door
Trapped On The Balcony
Yip Quest


Best Programming

Abscission
Dreams in the Witch House
Shards of God
Stranger in Utopia
Tunnel Vision

RootBound

Huge congrats to all the nominees!! You all made some amazing games this year! ;-D

And thank you SO MUCH to everyone who voted for Tunnel Vision--I am so incredibly happy and grateful that so many of you enjoyed it, and this makes all the time and effort beyond worth it. So many thanks. Seriously.

And also, WOW is "best short game" going to be a difficult vote!  8-0  Those are probably my top 5 games of the year all together in one category!
J. They/them. Here are my most recent games:

Ponch

Congrats to all the nominees and thanks to everyone who got my game on the list.  :cheesy:

Some tough choices to make when it comes time to vote, especially in non-adventure game.  :shocked:

Kini Games

Wow! Thanks so much to those who nominated D-List Diva. We weren't expecting any nominations, let alone five! Some stiff competition in all categories, though. Best of luck to all the other nominees  :)

Kastchey

BIG congratulations to all the nominees! Stay tuned for the voting page and the ceremony date doodle, both are coming soon :)

CaptainD

Congrats to everyone! Especially my pal Lorenzo for about a million nominations there  :-D

Some of these are going to be VERY tough to choose between when it comes to voting  8-0
 

heltenjon

Congratulations to all nominated! And if you weren't, don't worry, you may have gotten some votes in after all. Here's what I nominated, in spoiler to not clutter the thread.
Spoiler
Best Game of the Year
•   Abscission
•   Dreams in the Witch House
•   Shards of God
•   The Devil's Teeth
•   Trapped On The Balcony
•   Tunnel Vision
________________________________________
Best Freeware Game
•   Broken Windows - Chapter 4
•   Shards of God
•   The Devil's Teeth
•   Trapped On The Balcony
•   Tunnel Vision
•   METRO CITY: Night Shift
________________________________________
Best Short Game
•   D-List Diva
•   Painted Hills
•   Stranger in Utopia
•   The Devil's Teeth
•   The Distant Door
•   Trapped On The Balcony
•   Yip Quest
________________________________________
Best Non-Adventure Game
•   Glorious Wolf - a Star Trek / Aliens musical comics
•   Glorious Wolf 2 - The Queens Gambit
•   Lost & Found
•   Mad Jack: Breakdown Shakedown
•   Super Star Trek (1978) meets 25th Anniversary
________________________________________
Best Demo
•   An English Haunting DEMO
•   Captain Disaster and The Two Worlds of Riskara DEMO
•   Magret and Facedebouc
•   Murder Cases(Demo)
•   Stormwater (Early Access)
________________________________________
Best Audio
•   Pirate Theme Park - A Short Adventure
•   Shards of God
•   Stranger in Utopia
•   The Sleeping Castle
•   Tunnel Vision
________________________________________
Best Visuals
•   D-List Diva
•   Dreams in the Witch House
•   METRO CITY: Night Shift
•   Outlaw's Gold
•   Painted Hills
•   Pirate Theme Park - A Short Adventure
•   Shards of God
•   Stranger in Utopia
•   The Sleeping Castle
•   Tunnel Vision
________________________________________
Best Writing
•   Abscission
•   Broken Windows - Chapter 4
•   Dreams in the Witch House
•   Glorious Wolf - a Star Trek / Aliens musical comics
•   Shards of God
•   Stranger in Utopia
•   The Devil's Teeth
•   The Distant Door
•   Trapped On The Balcony
________________________________________
Best Programming
•   Abscission
•   Barn Runner 5: The Forever Friday 5
•   Chaluul's Curse (Remake)
•   Dreams in the Witch House
•   Shards of God
•   The Sleeping Castle
•   Tunnel Vision
•   Why the Wrong Face?
•   Yip Quest
________________________________________
Best Character
•   "Will Stanhope" from Abscission
•   "Dr. Noriko" from Barn Runner 5: The Forever Friday 5
•   "Bill" from D-List Diva
•   "Walter Gilman" from Dreams in the Witch House
•   "Granddad" from Grandad and The Quest for The Holey Vest
•   "Guy dressed as a cup" from Pirate Theme Park - A Short Adventure
•   "Shai-La" from SHAI-LA OF THE SITH
•   "Mother Tiabata" from Shards of God
•   "Sister Ava" from Shards of God
•   "The Girl" from Trapped On The Balcony
________________________________________
Best Gameplay
•   Abscission
•   Broken Windows - Chapter 4
•   Dreams in the Witch House
•   Lost & Found
•   Shards of God
•   The Devil's Teeth
•   Trapped On The Balcony
•   Tunnel Vision
•   Yip Quest
[close]

Durinde

Wow, I feel like I'm up against some juggernauts in the Short Game category. Congratulations to everyone nominated and thank you to anyone who considered any of my games for this. 

RootBound

Quote from: heltenjon on Fri 02/02/2024 10:30:59And if you weren't, don't worry, you may have gotten some votes in after all.

Very true! I voted for The Devil's Teeth in a lot of categories just as you did, so I suspect there were some very popular runners-up.
J. They/them. Here are my most recent games:

Danvzare

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated.  :-D

rongel

Wow, amazing to see Dreams in the Witch House in so many categories! Huge thanks to everyone who voted for it, and congrats to everyone who got nominated!  :=
Dreams in the Witch House on Steam & GOG


cat

Thanks, @Kastchey !

Voting is up until end of February. This should be plenty of time to play the games you haven't played yet and vote.

Rik_Vargard

Congratulations to everyone who got nominated! All well deserved! (nod)

And wow! Did I ever expect to see my game on the list?!  8-0
I am so  honoured, so humbled and also so grateful to all those who voted.

Thank you so much.  :)

And good luck to everyone!  (nod)

Cheers!

adipson

Thank you and good luck to everyone!  ;)  :)
POINT AND CLICK
2023-2024 : Magret & FaceDeBouc : https://store.steampowered.com/app/2661780/Magret__FaceDeBouc/
2019-2022 : Grandma Badass : https://store.steampowered.com/app/1606640/
Official website : https://adipson-studio.com/

Creamy

Seeing Lost & Found on the list was unexpected. Thanks for making my day  :)
 

Congratulations to all nominees and good luck to everyone!  ;)

Ramorama

Thanks so much for nominating Yip Quest as Best Short Game!  :cheesy:  :cheesy:

Wishing everyone good luck!

AbsurdumCodice

Today has been a great day for my game, and therefore also for me :D
I have seen that Trapped On The Balcony is in the pick of the month (I don't know if I believe it) it has been nominated for best short game of 2023 (I really don't believe this) and just a few minutes ago I was able to solve a bug that could ruin the entire experience my poor little game offered! Thank you very much to the entire AGS community and congratulations and good luck to all the nominees!!!

Honza

#45
Many thanks to everyone who nominated! Especially excited to see both Mother Tiabata *and* Sister Ava in the Best Character category... unless it's a devious plan by Dr Noriko/Walter Gilman to divide & conquer ;). Congrats to all the other nominees, will be looking forward to the ceremony!

Kastchey

Dear nominees, I will soon send each of you a message summarizing everything that might be useful to know about the voting phase and the ceremony.

Keep an eye out for PMs! ;)

Stupot

Well done to all the nominees. Good luck, everyone.


cat

The results will be a revealed in a ceremony using our famous client.

Please tell us, when you are available to join, using this poll:

Ceremony date poll

Kastchey

Thanks, cat!

Everyone, in case you miss that in the doodle description: the ceremony will happen at 20:00 GMT.
The date will be decided through the poll cat linked above.

cat

44 people have voted already, but in most categories it's pretty close.

Also last few days for the Ceremony date poll

CaptainD

44? Not sure if it's my bad memory but that seems better than the last couple of years already?
 

cat

Yes, we have really good participation this year, now at wonderful 48 voters. Keep it coming, folks, it is still very close!

Yanek_Crispbread

Really awesome to have Abscission nominated, thank you so much it means a lot!
Correlation is not causation.

Ponch

Voted, and it wasn't easy to choose just one in each category.*  :cheesy:

Spoiler
Okay, it was easy in three categories  := 
[close]

cat

The ceremony poll has been open for quite some time, so it's time to close this down.

The ceremony is going to happen on

Saturday, 23 March 2024 at 20:00 London time

Put this down in your calendars to make sure you don't forget it.


Voting is still open till the end of the month.

Kastchey

We are now looking for presenters, streamer(s) and someone to record the ceremony.

If you plan to attend the ceremony and feel like helping out, please send me a PM!

cat

We are also looking for people who would like to say a few words about Slasher and Philip J. Reed.
If you can't attend the ceremony, you can also prepare a few words beforehand that we will include.

cat


cat


Rik_Vargard

Hey I was wondering if you had some kind of intro logo movie or so for the ceremony?
I was starting working on one but then I thought that perhaps you already had something?

Just in case: I thought about doing a montage starting with "AGS AWARDS 2023" and then "THIS YEAR'S NOMINEES", with pictures showing up of all the nominated games.

Well, I can help with anything video if needed. (nod)

Cheers!

cat

Voting is over! Thanks everyone who played the games and voted!

The results will be revealed in a ceremony on

Saturday, 23 March 2024 at 20:00 London time

The ceremony is an online event, using a special AGS-made client. If you can't use this client for some reason, you will also be able to join via IRC.

If you feel like playing more games and voting for them, please head over to the MAGGIES thread in the meantime. There you can help to decide on the best MAGS game of 2023.

Kastchey

Quote from: Rik_Vargard on Thu 29/02/2024 17:13:04Hey I was wondering if you had some kind of intro logo movie or so for the ceremony?
I was starting working on one but then I thought that perhaps you already had something?

Just in case: I thought about doing a montage starting with "AGS AWARDS 2023" and then "THIS YEAR'S NOMINEES", with pictures showing up of all the nominated games.

Well, I can help with anything video if needed. (nod)

Cheers!

I'll send you a PM  :)

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