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:

  • Runners Up are given to mods which would have been good enough for inclusion if there hadn't been even better mods filling all the slots. There are usually two runners up, though the number has varied between zero (2011) and five (2012).
  • Multiplayer Awards (Best DM Level until 2007 and Best Multiplayer Level until 2011, then Best Multiplayer in 2012) honoring the best multiplayer WAD of the year. For the 20th Cacowards, this became a full-fledged page with several winners.
  • Best Gameplay Mod, presented to the best gameplay modification of the year. The first such award was given in 2011, however they were preceded by a non-repeated, ad-hoc award ("This Is My Boomstick") in the 15th Cacowards in 2008.
  • 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 Worst Wad, dishonoring the worst WAD of the year, a category that was officially retired in 2011 because it was considered "sort of dumb" to reward people for uploading low-quality work.
  • The Mockaward, given to the best joke WAD of the year, in honor of Mockery, was suspended in 2011 because of the apparent dearth of joke WADs worth considering for an award, but came back in 2012.
  • The Mapper of the Year, awarded to the best level designer of the year.
  • The Sky May Be pays homage to departed members of the community.
  • The Espi Award for Lifetime Achievement, started in 2013, honors someone for their contributions over an extended time, instead of a single year.
  • Since 2011, Honoring a Newcomer spotlights promising new blood.
  • Non-recurring categories are sometimes created for given mods that could not fit anywhere else but deserved a mention nonetheless. This has included "Honorable Mention" (2004), "What the Hell!?" (2005), "Escher Award" (2006), "This is my Boomstick" (2008), "Consolation Prize" (2011), "What the Pope?" (2012), and "Sing the praises of pants" (2013).

As of December 17, 2013, the series has had its 20th (actually 10th) 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 and ending with the 18th. Hobbs' disappearance in early 2012, and lack of surprise reappearance in time for the Cacowards, led the community to select a team made of Xaser, Alfonzo, and kmxexii to take the hold. For the 20th installment, Michael Mancuso (esselfortium) and Boris Klimeš (dew) joined the small team

Contents

11th Annual Cacowards (2004)[edit]

Winners[edit]

Runners Up[edit]

Honorable Mention[edit]

Best DM level[edit]

Worst Wad[edit]

Mordeth Award[edit]

Mockaward[edit]

Mapper of the Year[edit]

12th Annual Cacowards (2005)[edit]

Winners[edit]

Runners Up[edit]

What the Hell!?[edit]

Best DM level[edit]

Worst Wad[edit]

Mordeth Award[edit]

Mockaward[edit]

Mapper of the Year[edit]

13th Annual Cacowards (2006)[edit]

Winners[edit]

Runners Up[edit]

Escher Award[edit]

Best DM level[edit]

Worst Wad[edit]

Mordeth Award[edit]

Mockaward[edit]

Mapper of the Year[edit]

14th Annual Cacowards (2007)[edit]

Winners[edit]

Runners Up[edit]

Best Multiplayer level[edit]

Worst Wad[edit]

Mordeth Award[edit]

Mockaward[edit]

Mapper of the Year[edit]

15th Annual Cacowards (2008)[edit]

Winners[edit]

This is my Boomstick[edit]

Runners Up[edit]

Best Multiplayer level[edit]

Worst Wad[edit]

Mordeth Award[edit]

Mockaward[edit]

Mapper of the Year[edit]

16th Annual Cacowards (2009)[edit]

Winners[edit]

Runners Up[edit]

Best Multiplayer level[edit]

Worst Wad[edit]

Mordeth Award[edit]

Mockaward[edit]

Mapper of the Year[edit]

17th Annual Cacowards (2010)[edit]

Winners[edit]

Runners Up[edit]

Also mentioned[edit]

Best Multiplayer level[edit]

Worst Wad[edit]

Mordeth Award[edit]

Mockaward[edit]

Mapper of the Year[edit]

18th Annual Cacowards (2011)[edit]

Winners[edit]

Honoring a Newcomer[edit]

Consolation Prize[edit]

Best Multiplayer[edit]

Best Gameplay Mod[edit]

Mordeth Award[edit]

Mapper of the Year[edit]

19th Annual Cacowards (2012)[edit]

Winners[edit]

Runners Up[edit]

Honoring a Newcomer[edit]

Best Multiplayer[edit]

Best Gameplay Mod[edit]

Mordeth Award[edit]

Mockaward[edit]

What The Pope?![edit]

  • Grezzo 2

Mapper of the Year[edit]

20th Annual Cacowards (2013)[edit]

Winners[edit]

Runners Up[edit]

Honoring a Newcomer[edit]

Multiplayer Awards[edit]

Best Gameplay Mod[edit]

Mordeth Award[edit]

Mockaward[edit]

Sing the Praises of Pants[edit]

Mapper of the Year[edit]

Espi Award[edit]

External links[edit]