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The People's Choice Hold Awards.

The Background:

In late 2004, our very own Patrick Fisher created the concept of an award show to recognize some of the greatest hold builders and the masterpieces they created. Many people thought this was a novel concept, although he had only created it to feel like less of a miser when it came to moderation points. Nevertheless, the show was born, and it was destined for moderate success.

The very first ceremony consisted of seven different categories, and brought an interesting new awareness to some nearly forgotten holds. The big winner of the show was Wesley Chua, taking home Hold of the Year with his fantastic hold, Bavato's Dungeon. The rest can be seen here

Creating the Tradition:

In 2005, forum veteran Ryan (Robobob3000) took over the reins of this little award show. His biggest contribution to the ceremony was the unofficial name of "The Deadlies". The show jumped from seven categories to eleven, and participation increased greatly, partially thanks to the publicity we got in DROD's monthly email newsletter.

Of that year's winners, Larry Murk's architectural skills were rightly recognised, netting him a grand total of three awards, including the great Hold of the Year award for his Smitemaster Selection hold Perfection.



Subsequent Events:

Later years saw the proceedings helmed yet again by Patrick, followed by CuriousShyRabbit, one of the community's top contributors, Trickster, a relative newcomer, and RabidChild in 2013. These subsequent events saw even greater numbers of categories and nominations, in particular with the new category of Best DROD RPG hold, after the release of DROD RPG: Tendry's Tale.

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Past Winners:

Hold of the Year:


  • 2004: Bavato's Dungeon by Wesley Chua.
  • 2005: Perfection by Larry Murk.
  • 2006: Beethro's Teacher by Henri Kareinen and the Caravel Team.
  • 2007: Terrakept Resonant by George Wanfried.
  • 2008: Advanced Concepts with levels by Chaco, Jacob, Larrymurk, Rheb, TFMurphy and Tim.
  • 2009: Gigantic Jewel Lost by zch and kallor.
  • 2010: Elusive Exhibitions by Jutt.
  • 2011: Finding the First Truth by Chaco.
  • 2012: Flood Warning by TFMurphy.
  • 2013: Beethro and the Cake by Kwerulous.

Creative Design for Difficulty:

  • 2004: Bavato's Dungeon by Wesley Chua.
  • 2005: Perfection by Larry Murk.
  • 2006: Beethro's Teacher by Henri Kareinen.
  • 2007: Think Outside the Box by Larry Murk
  • 2008: Museum of Ooze by Larry Murk.
  • 2009: Gigantic Jewel Lost by zch and kallor.
  • 2010: Koenigsburg Swamps by incnone.
  • 2011: Archipelago by Penwielder.
  • 2012: Flood Warning by TFMurphy.
  • 2013: The Pile of Puzzles by mxvladi.

Technical Design Excellence for Concept:

  • 2004: The Fool's Errand by bibelot.
  • 2005: not dr0d by Robobob3000.
  • 2006: Tar Ballroom by Rabscuttle.
  • 2007: Val Unrich by the spitemaster
  • 2008: Advanced Concepts by jbluestein.
  • 2009: One Step Ahead by Hartleyhair.
  • 2010: Going in Circles by Jacob.
  • 2011: Advanced Concepts 2 by Jacob.
  • 2012: Flood Warning by TFMurphy.
  • 2013: Hypercube by Dischorran.

Technical Design Excellence for Layout and Aesthetics:

  • 2004: Eye by Clayton Weiss
  • 2005: Great Uncle Yurgess' Hold by Sergenth
  • 2006: Figure or Ground by Jacob.
  • 2007: The Consequence by Oneiromancer
  • 2008: Castle Steele by Elfstone.
  • 2009: Gigantic Jewel Lost by zch and kallor.
  • 2010: Detention Complex by Penwielder.
  • 2011: Archipelago by Penwielder.
  • 2012: Conspiracy by Neather2.
  • 2013: A World in Miniature by blorx1.

Most Promising Hold:

  • 2004: Simon's Dungeon by Henri Kareinen.
  • 2005: Great Uncle Yurgess' Hold by Sergenth.
  • 2006: MetDROiD Prime: Echoes by Geomatrx.
  • 2007: The Goblin by Jacob
  • 2008: Porthole Demo by Robobob3000.
  • 2011: The Plague Within by Trickster.
  • 2012: The Intelligence by Lucky Luc.
  • 2013: Diamond Dungeon by bomber50.

Graphics Design Excellence for a Modification or Addition:

  • 2004: DROD in Space! by the DRODIS Team.
  • 2005: Sanctum 2 by William Frank.
  • 2006: Volcano by William Frank.
  • 2007: Volcano 3.0 by Vylycyn
  • 2008: Basalt by Jutt.
  • 2009: InFlamesRock by Zch.
  • 2010: Better DROD by Timo006.
  • 2012: Flash DROD by skell.

Creative Design for Entertainment:

  • 2004: Loony Labrynth by zzyzx.
  • 2005: Simon's Dungeon by Henri Kareinen.
  • 2006: Tunnel Vision by Tim.
  • 2007: MetDROiD Echoes by geomatrx
  • 2008: Beethro's Brain by Dischorran.
  • 2009: One Step Ahead by Hartleyhair.
  • 2010: Uncle Arable's Rooms by Jacob.
  • 2011: Finding the First Truth by Chaco.
  • 2012: Cube of Memories by Penwielder.
  • 2013: Beethro and the Cake by Kwerulous.

Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role:

  • 2005: I Saw Isoceles fromPerfection.
  • 2006: Denfry from Beethro's Teacher by Tony Porter.
  • 2007: The Gossiper from TCB by Elfstone
  • 2008: Tendy from Tendry's Tale by Abbyzzmal.
  • 2011: Beethro from Finding the First Truth by Snacko.
  • 2012: Gunthro Budkin in Gunthro and the Epic Blunder by west.logan.

Technical Design Excellence for Scripting:

  • 2005: MetDROiD Prime by geomatrx.
  • 2006: Channel One Suite by Stuwy.
  • 2007: MetDROiD Echoes by geomatrx.
  • 2008: RPG 3.0 by Jason.
  • 2009: Gigantic Jewel Lost by zch and kallor.
  • 2011: Finding the First Truth by Chaco.
  • 2012: Duncan the Graveyard Guard by Kallor.
  • 2013: Tower of Din by RuAdam.

Technical Design Excellence for Custom Game Elements:

  • 2012: Duncan the Graveyard Guard by Kallor.

Creative Design for Storyline Excellence:

  • 2005: MetDROiD Prime by geomatrx.
  • 2006: Beethro's Teacher by Erik Hermansen.
  • 2007: Terrakept Resonant by George Wanfried.
  • 2008: Imperial Wandering by Chaco.
  • 2009: Complex Complex by Rheb.
  • 2010: Rosebud Museum by Noma.
  • 2011: Finding the First Truth by Chaco.
  • 2012: Flood Warning by TFMurphy.
  • 2013: Beethro and the Cake by Kwerulous.

Novice Architect Award:

  • 2005: Chaco for Chaco's Dungeon.
  • 2006: Elfstone for Seasons.
  • 2007: Calamarain for Witherwood Castle, At A Distance and Below Witherwood.
  • 2008: Dischorran for Beethro's Brain and Entropy.
  • 2009: Penwielder for Penwielder's Palace.
  • 2010: incnone for Koenigsburg Swamps.
  • 2011: da Rogu3 for Perplexing Puzzles and Mystical Palace
  • 2012: TFMurphy for Flood Warning.
  • 2013: The Intelligence by Lucky Luc.

Most Promising DROD-RPG Hold

  • 2012: The Forgotten Castle by Suwako.

Best DROD-RPG Hold

  • 2008: Fetch the Pie by Chaco.
  • 2009: Test of Mind by JeffRay.
  • 2010: Washed Ashore by Dischorran.
  • 2013: The Forgotton Castle by Suwako.

The Erik Hermansen Lifetime Architectural Achievement Award:

  • 2006: Henri Kareinen.
  • 2007: Larry Murk.
  • 2008: Jacob Grinfeld.
  • 2009: Boyblue.
  • 2010: Rasmus Bj?rling.
  • 2011: George Wanfried.
  • 2012: Brian Richardson.
  • 2013: mxvladi