Cacowards

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The Cacowards are a yearly feature in Doomworld, released on Doom's birthday. The series started in 2004 with the so-called 11th installment, which was an attempt to replicate the success of the previous year's 10 Years of Doom celebration, more precisely the Top 100 WADs of All Time and Top 10 Infamous WADs articles.

Apart from the regular Cacowards, there are additional Cacowards granted each year:

  • Best Multiplayer (Best DM Level until 2007 and Best Multiplayer Level until 2011,) honoring the best multiplayer WAD of the year.
  • Best Gameplay Mod, presented to the best gameplay modification of the year. The first such award was given in 2011.
  • The Mordeth Award, recognizing whichever WAD of the year has taken the longest time to develop and release, in honor of Mordeth's notoriously protracted development schedule.
  • The Mapper of the Year, awarded to the best level designer of the year.

There were two other annual awards: Worst Wad, dishonoring the worst WAD of the year, and the Mockaward, given to the best joke WAD of the year, in honor of Mockery. Both awards were officially retired in 2011, the former because it was considered "sort of dumb" to reward people for uploading low-quality work, and the latter because of the apparent dearth of joke WADs worth considering for an award.

As of December 10, 2011, the series has had its 18th (actually 8th) installment released.

Mike Lightner (Mancubus II) produced the logos for the feature, and Stephen Browning (Scuba Steve) was responsible for the content, although Dean Joseph (deathz0r) joined him for the 14th installment. Patrick Pineda and Darknation assisted with the 15th installment. The 16th installment saw writing contributions from Pineda, hobbs, and esselfortium. After the 17th installment, Browning stepped down as the host of the Cacowards, and was succeeded by hobbs beginning with the 18th.

Contents

11th Annual Cacowards (2004)

Winners

Runners Up

Honorable Mention

Best DM level

Worst Wad

Mordeth Award

Mockaward

Mapper of the Year

12th Annual Cacowards (2005)

Winners

Runners Up

What the Hell!?

Best DM level

Worst Wad

Mordeth Award

Mockaward

Mapper of the Year

13th Annual Cacowards (2006)

Winners

Runners Up

Escher Award

Best DM level

Worst Wad

Mordeth Award

Mockaward

Mapper of the Year

14th Annual Cacowards (2007)

Winners

Runners Up

Best Multiplayer level

Worst Wad

Mordeth Award

Mockaward

Mapper of the Year

15th Annual Cacowards (2008)

Winners

This is my Boomstick

Runners Up

Best Multiplayer level

Worst Wad

Mordeth Award

Mockaward

Mapper of the Year

16th Annual Cacowards (2009)

Winners

Runners Up

Best Multiplayer level

Worst Wad

Mordeth Award

Mockaward

Mapper of the Year

17th Annual Cacowards (2010)

Winners

Runners Up

Also mentioned

Best Multiplayer level

Worst Wad

Mordeth Award

Mockaward

Mapper of the Year

18th Annual Cacowards (2011)

Winners

Honoring a Newcomer

Consolation Prize

Best Multiplayer

Best Gameplay Mod

Mordeth Award

Mapper of the Year

  • Paul DeBruyne (skillsaw)

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