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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).
  • 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, 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 inappropriate to reward people for uploading low-quality work.
  • The Mockaward, given to the best joke WAD of the year, in honor of Mockery, were 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.
  • 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), and "What the Pope?" (2012).

As of December 25, 2012, the series has had its 19th (actually 9th) 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, St. Alfonzo, and kmxexii to take the hold.


Every year starting with the third spoofs another work in the Cacowards banner and opening blurb.


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)

The banner read "Ultimate Cacowards 3" in reference to Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.

Winners

Runners Up

Escher Award

Best DM level

Worst Wad

Mordeth Award

Mockaward

Mapper of the Year

14th Annual Cacowards (2007)

The banner read "Caco Wars IV: A New Slope" in reference to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The opening blurb was a spoof of the Star Wars opening crawl.

Winners

Runners Up

Best Multiplayer level

Worst Wad

Mordeth Award

Mockaward

Mapper of the Year

15th Annual Cacowards (2008)

The banner read "Cacowards 5: Legend of the Cybers" in reference to Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers.

Winners

This is my Boomstick

Runners Up

Best Multiplayer level

Worst Wad

Mordeth Award

Mockaward

Mapper of the Year

16th Annual Cacowards (2009)

The banner read "Six Frags" in reference to the wikipedia:Six Flags, with a logo replacing the park's flags with shotguns.

Winners

Runners Up

Best Multiplayer level

Worst Wad

Mordeth Award

Mockaward

Mapper of the Year

17th Annual Cacowards (2010)

The banner was a parody of the 7-Eleven logo.

Winners

Runners Up

Also mentioned

Best Multiplayer level

Worst Wad

Mordeth Award

Mockaward

Mapper of the Year

18th Annual Cacowards (2011)

The banner was a parody of the Super 8 poster.

Winners

Honoring a Newcomer

Consolation Prize

Best Multiplayer

Best Gameplay Mod

Mordeth Award

Mapper of the Year

  • Paul DeBruyne (skillsaw)

19th Annual Cacowards (2012)

The banner was a parody of the Nine Inch Nails album With Teeth, with the logo replaced by "NIИe".

Winners

Runners Up

Honoring a Newcomer

Best Multiplayer

Best Gameplay Mod

Mordeth Award

Mockaward

What The Pope?!

Mapper of the Year

20th Annual Cacowards (2013)

The banner was a parody of the Final Fantasy X cover featuring a Lost Soul.

Single player awards:

1) Back to Saturn X: Episode 1, by various authors

2) Doom II The Way ID Did, by various authors

3) Unholy Realms, by Snakes & other guest mappers

4) ZDoom Community Map Project Take II, by various authors

5) Fuel Devourer, by Archi and c4tnt

6) Kuchitsu, by Memfis

7) Forsaken Overlook, by Matt Tropiano (with goal to imitate style of Lupinx-Kassman)

8) Stardate 20x6, by Ribbiks

9) Pirate Doom, by Darch

10) Swim with the Whales, by Ribbiks

Runner ups:

1) Interception, by various authors

2) Hadephobia, by various authors

3) Hellbound, by Z86

4) High/Low 5, by Chris Hansen

5) Soulcrusher, by Alter-Zero

6) Stomper - Unfinished, by "NMN"

Multiplayer awards:

1) Eyedea, by "AlexMax"

2) Samsara, by TerminusEst13

3) Eon Deathmatch, by Ru5tk1ng & Hatred

Best gameplayer mod: Project MSX, by MagSigmaX

Mordeth award: ZDoom CMP Take II, by various authors

Mockaward: Extreme Weapons Pack, by Doggo120

Mapper of the Year: Ribbiks

21st annual Cacowards (2014)

Single player awards:

1) Going Down, by mouldy

2) The Adventures of Square, by Bigbrik Games

3) Back to Saturn X: Episode 2, by various authors

4) Plasmaplant, by Sverre Kvernmo

5) Shadows of Cronos, by 'Kaiser" (First ever Hexen Cacoward)

6) Monster Hunt Ltd. Parts 1/2, by didy

7) Resurgence, by Joshy & guest mapper Darkwave0000

8) Mayan Mishap, by Tango

9) Urban Brawl: Dead of Winter, by Scuba Steve

10) Thy Flesh Turned Into A Draft-Excluder, by cannonball

Runner ups:

1) Bloody Steel, by BigMemka

2) Bauhaus, by didy

3) Whitemare 2, by various Russian Doom Community authors

4) Mayhem 2048 (AKA Mayhem 2014), by various authors

5) The Wailing Horde, by Chris Hansen

6) You Dig, by Tuxlar

7) Reconstruction/Decomposition, by Da Werecat

Multiplayer awards:

1) 32in24-13: A Thanksgiving Without Burgers, by various authors

2) Push, by TerminusEst13 and others

3) Rage CTF, by Mechanix Union

Best gameplayer mod: DemonSteele, by TerminusEst13

Mordeth award: Doom 2 In Name Only, by various authors (development time of exactly 666 days)

Mockaward: Brutalist Doom, by 1337Doomer

Mapper of the Year: Joshy

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