At this point I'm really just waiting for the entries to come in.
A bit under a month yet to go. The anticipation is part of the fun!
Any predictions on who or what the winners will be?
I was giving this some thought lately. My first instinct was that the winning game always has some kind of gimmick to it -- no matter how good the story or the writing or setting or the puzzles or whatever, without something innovative it doesn't win. But it seems like that's not strictly true. Quite a few of the winners over the years have been traditional -- but very well done -- entries.
I think I remember last year you came pretty close
Well, not last year, or the year before. The Traveling Swordsman
was 4th in 2006. Distress
was 4th in 2005. Trading Punches
-- 2004, my first game after five years, and the first that wasn't a home-brewed parser -- was 10th place. In 1999 it was Lunatix - The Insanity Circle
which I was pretty impressed with at the time (still am, on some technical levels), which came in 12th.
I guess "close" is relative.
Since I've always been in it as much for the competition as for the enjoyment in and of itself, it's been gratifying to place highly yet a little disappointing not to break into the top 3.