ZBB Awards

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The ZBB Awards are tradionally held each year during the month of December, in which users of the ZBB nominate other members in various categories, casting their votes into the ceremonial voting thread. The task of actually counting all these votes was originally taken up by Warmaster. In later years this job has been performed by several other people, most recently (2012) by Sevly.

2012

Conlanging

  • Best Conlang: Mecislau's Alashian won this category easily with 9 of 11 votes.
  • Best Phonology: MONOBA's Siwa took this category with 3 of 6 votes.
  • Best Morphosyntax: It was Cuhbi by Yng here with 3 of 5 votes.
  • Best Script: In a runnaway contest in which every single vote went to clawgrip in one way or another, it was Fkeuswa that took the prize with 11 of 13 votes in a well-deserved landslide victory.

Conworlding

  • Best Conworld: Océano de la Vida by Xhin won this quiet category with 2 of 3 votes.
  • Best Conworld Element, Written: A single vote gave this category to these Imperial Messages, by Jipí.
  • Best Conworld Element, Visual: For people who would love to make a font for their own conlangs, Jipí's Tagati Book G is an impressive and inspiring font that totally deserves the win it received in this category with 2 of 4 votes.

Community

  • Best Topic: Apparently everybody loves Whimemsz's Polysynthesis for Novices, which won this category with 8 of 12 votes.
  • Best Newcomer: In addition to sweeping the Best Script category, clawgrip won this category with the love of 7 of 9 voters.
  • Best Quote: With 7 of 10 votes, the best quote of the year was this one, by Jipí:
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    (This was written as a response to ShmJay's suggestion to Christopher Schröder to go eat some burgers at McDonald's or something, in order to get cured from his Disease of capitalizing Nouns in English.)
  • Special Award for Outstanding Services to Conartistry: Although it only received 7 votes rather than 10, a Special Award for Outstanding Services to Conartistry is given to Zompist for writing Advanced Language Construction.

2011

Conlanging

  • Best Conlang: goes to MisterBernie for Baranxe'i, with 8 out of 15 votes. Honorable Mention: Salmoneus for Rawàng Ata, which got 3 votes.
  • Best Morphosyntax: goes to Radius Solis for Dimana Lokud, with 3 out of 7 votes.
  • Best Phonology or Diachronics: Whimemsz pulled way ahead of the competition with Reĥta, receiving 10 votes out of 15.
  • Best Script: Jádyndár wins this easily, for his Pékrif script for Gomain (PDF), with 7 votes out of 12.

Conworlding

  • Best Conworld: Observer wins with Kćeća Ora, receiving 2 out of 8 votes.
  • Best Conworld Element, Written: Eandil's Theory of Magic wins, with 3 votes out of only 4 that were cast.
  • Best Conworld Element, Graphical or Physical: This was by far the most competetive category! 18 votes were cast, and of those, HandsomeRob wins yet again, this time for his City of Norrilund map (PDF), with 6 votes. Honorable Mentions: Nae's Maainm map and Vampireshark's money and passports etc. were right behind, with 5 votes each.

Community

  • Best Topic: The award goes jointly to Skomakar'n and to Finlay for both threads, "Help your fluency in a nifty way" and "Help your conlang fluency", which when taken together got 5 out of 20 votes. Honorable Mentions go to Sirred for "Con Comparison: What would they think of that?" and to Nortaneous for "How to design a non-European phonology", receiving 3 votes each.
  • Best Newcomer: MisterBernie, with 12 out of 15 votes.
  • Nicest or Most Helpful ZBBer: Astraios, who received 6 out of 17 votes.
  • Best Quote: The winner is Kereb, receiving 3 votes out of 12, for this one:
Kereb wrote:
    Bob Johnson wrote:

    Essay question: how does use-mention distinction apply to Godwin's law
    You have 30 minutes

godddd
giving me a TIME LIMIT to answer a forum post?
what is this, NAZI GERMANY?????
  • Special Award for Outstanding Services to Conartistry: Receiving all 11 of the votes that were cast, Ollock gets this award for the Conlangery Podcast.


2010

  • Best conlang: goes to Cathbad for High Eolic, easily the most popular candidate with no less than 6 votes.
  • Best phonology: goes to Egein for Siwa, again an easy win with 4 votes.
  • Best conscript: is won by Risla Amahendir for the South Eresian script, with a remarkable total of 12 votes.
  • Best conworld: is won by HandsomeRob for Steampulp, with 3 votes.
  • Most experimental conworld: is another unanimous category, won by Nae for Flatworld, with 4 votes.
  • Best conscriptor: goes unanimously to Zoris, with 3 votes.
  • Best conworld art / meta-art: is won by vampireshark, with 8 votes and very little competition.
  • Most ambitious conlanger: goes to Neek, with 3 votes.
  • Best website: is won by zompist for zompist.com, with 3 votes (Mecislau's veche.net won 5 votes, but is ineligible having also won last year).
  • Special Award for Outstanding Services to Conartistry: goes fairly easily to Goatface for his ASCA, with 4 votes.
  • Most helpful person: goes narrowly to Torco, with 3 votes.
  • Best newcomer: on the other hand, is an easy win for Astraios, with an impressive 8 votes.
  • Best topic: is also easily won, this time by Skomakar'n for Help your fluency in a nifty way, with 7 votes.
  • Best topic starter: also goes to Skomakar'n, with 3 votes.
  • Nicest ZBBer: is our first tied category, with 2 votes each for Nancy Blackett and Delthayre.
  • Smartest ZBBer: is just won by Pthug, with 3 votes.
  • Coolest ZBBer: the award ultimately goes to Kereb with 2 votes.
  • Most serious ZBBer: is won by Salmoneus with 3 votes.
  • Most eccentric ZBBer: is an easy win for Eddy, with 6 votes.
  • Best-looking guy: is narrowly won by Skomakar'n (his third award), with 3 votes.
  • Best avatar: is the second award this year to go to Risla Amahendir, another landslide victory with 12 votes.
  • Best quote: received numerous nominations but was narrowly won by Torco (2 votes) for:
    Breasts are good for more than just grabbing, therefore, their fit to a hand's size isn't enough criterion on which to evaluate them. Motorboating, pillowing, intermammary sex, extensive kneading, twin nipple suction, penis-slapping-the-nipples, are all sexual options that are only, or preferently, available with bigger breasts. Plus I love how they look. of course, I'm not above the feeling of having all of a woman's breast inside my mouth either
  • Best maps: goes to HandsomeRob. Rob is not technically eligible for this award, having won it once before; however, given that he received an incredible 14 votes for these maps, with extremely little competition, it only seems fair to give it to him again.


2009

Conlangery

  • Best Conlang -- First Place went to West Saxon by WMiller, with 4 votes. Chatter by Prickly Pear got second with 3 votes, and Siwa by Egein grabbing Third Place with 2 votes.
  • Best A Priori Conlang - Siwa by Egein, with 2 votes.
  • Best A Posteriori Conlang - West Saxon by WMiller won with 3 votes. Chatter by Prickly Pear got second with 2.
  • Best Phonology - Bricka's Sunovian won first with 4 votes. WMiller's West Saxon got second with 2 votes.
  • Best Morphosyntax - Three-way tie between Vecfaranti's Uscaniv, Egein's Siwa, and Jal's Kotane
  • Best Written Grammar - Egein's Siwa won this with 2 votes.
  • Best Experimental Conlang - Feayran by Trailsend, with 3 votes.
  • Most Promising Conlangling - Xeon's Gerteco & Lateco, with 2 votes.

Conworlding

  • Best Conworld - First place goes to Mecislau's Novegrad, with second place a tie between Neek's Aspharu and Anguipes' Menducia
  • Best History - Ils, for his history of Idari, with 2 votes.
  • Best Map - Nae's Ysi Earth, with 4 votes.
  • Best Conscript - Anguipes' Cujda, with 4 votes.
  • Best Meta-Art/Artifact - Xeon won this by a landslide, with 6 votes.
  • Best Experimental Conworld - Menducia by Anguipes, with 3 votes.
  • Most Promising Conworldling - Xeon's Iftland, with 4 votes.

Artists

  • Best Writer - Ils, for his writing on Idari
  • Best Graphical Artist - Two-way tie between HandsomeRob and Nae, each coming in with 4 votes.
  • Best Website - Mecislau's website won this with 3 votes.
  • Special Award for Outstanding Services to Conartistry - Saizai barely pulled this out of a tie, grabbing 2 votes, and no, that's not counting Jar Jar Binks' vote.

Community

  • Most Helpful ZBBer - TomHChappell gets first place, with 8 votes. Pthug got second place by 6 discerning people voting for him.
  • Best Newcomer - Rickardspaghetti was the favored newcomer, with 6 votes. Sir Rei was a distant second, with 3 votes.
  • Best Topic - con quesa had the favored topic with Some spam-inspired conlang silliness getting 6 votes. The rest of you (5 people) prefered Salmeonus' A brief overview of the development of Western Philosophy
  • Smartest ZBBer - gsandi, despite his own objections, won this with 4 votes.
  • Coolest ZBBer - Yiuel got this one with 5 votes.
  • Most Serious ZBBer - TomHChappell was the most serious, according to 4 votes. Salmoneus got second place with 3.
  • Most Annoying ZBBer - The nondiscerning ones, however (see above), pegged Pthug as the most annoying, giving him 8 votes in all.
  • Most Improved/Reformed ZBBer - A very-last minute vote by Bryan (so late that it didn't show up until I was done writing the first draft of this post-- dude, you had all month!) saved this one from an icky 7-way tie, awarding Serali with first place.
  • Best Looking Guy - Torco and Radagast are both too sexy for their shirt, according to the votes of 3 each.
  • Best Looking Girl - Sir Rei is smoking hot, said the votes of 9 people, also giving her the award for most total votes of all the winners.
  • Best Avatar - Jlyne's photo of Chris Pine's nipple won this one, getting 3 votes. (I originally wrote "penis" there. Embarassed ) Second place was a tie between finlay and Åge Kruger.
  • Best Sig - dhokarena56's Irish lolcat won best sig, with 3 votes. Coming in at second place was Xephyr-- hey, that's me!-- getting 2 votes for my old Trekathon pic.
  • Best Quote - Heroically saving me from having to repeat 9 full quotes in this post, Neek broke the tie with 2 votes coming toward:


2008

Conlangery

  • Best Conlang: Jaibi (chris_notts)
  • Best A Priori Conlang: Jaibi (chris_notts)
  • Best A Posteriori Conlang: Proto-Kuma-Koban (TheGoatMan)
  • Best Phonology: Ta'Araui (nebula wind phone)
  • Best Romanised Orthography: Tie between Alopian (Egein) and Jaibi (chris_notts)
  • Best Morphology: Proto-Kuma-Koban (TheGoatMan)
  • Best Syntax: Tie between West Saxon (WMiller) and Delta Naidda (Radius Solis)
  • Best Diachronics: Central Mountain family (vohpenonomae)
  • Best Lexicon: Tie between Delta Naidda (Radius Solis) and West Saxon (WMiller)
  • Most Improved Conlang: Tie between Delta Naidda (Radius Solis) and Proto-Central-Mountain (vohpenonomae)
  • Most Promising Conlang: Proto-Central-Mountain (vohpenonomae)
  • Most Experimental Conlang: Rawang Ata (Salmoneus)
  • Best Quick Conlang Sketch: Ta'Araui (nebula wind phone)

Conworlding

Artists

  • Best Conlanger: vohpenonomae
  • Best Conculturer: Radius Solis
  • Best Conscriptor: Tie between Guitarplayer and nortala
  • Most Realistic Conlanger: TheGoatMan
  • Most Ambitious Conlanger: TheGoatMan
  • Most Ambitious Conworlder: Tie between TheGoatMan and vohpenonomae
  • Most Ambitious Conscriptor: Tie between StrangeMagic and Tarasoriku
  • Best Writer: Nae
  • Best Graphical Artist: HandsomeRob
  • Best Website: Sorolpedia (HandsomeRob)
  • Special Award for Outstanding Services to Conartistry: saizai

Community

I'd hate to think that it's like this on other topical message boards:
GEOLOGY FORUM
Post: I heard that the upcoming new Dean Koontz novel will feature hills. No word yet on how accurate the depictions are.
Reply: Omg, this is so awesome, I can't wait to read it. I hope the hills and rocks in it are portrayed realistically, and aren't just vendor-bin trash.
Reply: Don't get your hopes up-- the hills aren't an essential element of the plot or anything. He just threw a couple hills in around in a few chapters as scenery, instead of researching and developing naturalistic hills like he should have.
Reply: I've been working on my own novel that is about hills.


2007

2006

2005

  • Best Conlang: tie between Dewrad's Tailanca and halyihev's Alurhsa
  • Most Improved Language: Eddy the Great for Socialese
  • Best Phonology: pharazon
  • Best Orthography: Nikura for Tatzic
  • Best Morphology: Dewrad for Tailanca
  • Best Syntax: Miekko for Bryatesle
  • Most Experimental Conlang: Eddy the Great for Socialese
  • Most Realistic Conlanger: tie between jsburke and chris_gr
  • Most Insane Language: Eddy the Great for Socialese
  • Best Conscript: Noriega for Mayan glyphs for !Xoo
  • Best Conworld: Maknas for Serakus
  • Most Improved Conworld: tie between Serakus and Kutjaraworld
  • Most Ambitious Conworlder: Space Dracula
  • Best Maps: krinnen
  • Best Conworld Art and Meta-Art: Nortala
  • Best Conculturer: Salmoneus
  • Best Writer: Salmoneus
  • Best Website: Rory
  • Most Helpful Person: Nuntar
  • Nicest ZBBer: Nuntar
  • Evillest ZBBer: Feijuada
  • Best-Looking Guy: tie between Rory, King and vlad
  • Best-Looking Girl: Hokulani
  • Best Reformed Member: Sano
  • Best Newcomer: Radagast
  • Smartest ZBBer: gsandi
  • Most Eccentric: Eddy the Great
  • Most Serious: chris_notts
  • Craziest Accent: vlad
  • Best Topic: The Anas Thread (Twpsyn Pentref)
  • Best Quote: pharazon
  • Best Topic Starter: chris_notts
  • Biggest Spammer: Feijuada
  • Best Avatar: Nuntar
  • Best sig: tie between Soap and Xephyr

2004


2003

The year of the first ZBB Awards.