2013 Figgie Award Winners!

April 3rd, 2013

We know that last week’s postponement of the Figgies threw a few of you for a loop, but fret no more because the time has come to announce this year’s winners.  The votes have been tabulated, the envelopes filled, so click on the icons below to see who one each award.

Best Developed Band

 

Best Tagline 2013

 

Best Band Name 2013

 

Best Single 2013

 

Best Tour/Festival 2013

 

Best New Artist 2013

 

Album Cover of the Year 2013

 

Album of the Year 2013

 

Congratulations to all of the 2013 Figgie Award winners and nominees.  You all released incredible work this year.  Each of the winners will receive 1,000 pieces of Lucre for each Figgie they received as well as a shiny new Figgie icon!  Until next year…

Billboards & Figgies: Doh!

March 28th, 2013

In a bit of a scheduling snafu our not-so crack-this-time editorial staff has realized that we scheduled the announcement of the 2013 Figgies for the same day as the announcement of our winner in the “Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboard” contest.  Doh!  Needless to say, we’d rather space these out to allow for the winners to get their proper due, so we’ll be postponing the 2013 Figgie Awards announcement until next week.  Our apologies to those of you up for Figgie consideration, but we hope you understand, and can stand another few days of suspense.  Stay tuned for the announcement of our “Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboard” contest winner tomorrow!

The 2013 Figgies!

March 13th, 2013

It’s that time of year again!  The time when you get to recognize those fake bands on Figment you think deserve to be awarded for their achievements in 2012.

The Figment Awards, or “Figgies” as we like to call them, are awards that are handed out once a year to those Figment bands and albums that garner the most votes from the Figment community.  They recognize excellence in fake band creation and design.

Our crack Figment editorial team have selected the fake bands, albums, singles, tag lines, new bands and tours of 2012 we thought deserved to be nominees, but we’ve also given you the opportunity to write-in a nominee.

While clearly these awards are all in good fun, we ask that you try to be as fair and impartial as possible when casting your votes. Try to vote for the band or album that you think best deserves the award.  If you honestly think your band or album deserves your vote that’s fine, but keep in mind that everyone else might not feel the same.

Also keep in mind that any Figgie Awards for Album, Single or New Band only apply to those releases or bands created in 2012, so if you write-in an album, single or new band that isn’t from 2012 they will be disqualified.  As for the tour Figgie, we will only recognize those tours that started in 2012. If you created a tour in 2012 but it didn’t begin until 2013 then it will not be considered for an award this year.

An email linking you to your official ballot will be sent out to all registered Figment players* on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 , so if you want to cast a vote, make sure you have a Figment account or create one now!  All ballots must be submitted by Wednesday, March 27, 2013, and we’ll reward every player that submits a ballot with 50 pieces of Lucre.

As we did last year, you’ll be asked to cast a vote on the following award categories:

Best Developed Band – this award recognizes the fake band that was the most complete in every facet of the game – bio (back story), artwork, album cover design, song titles, band news, marketing/promotion, collaborations with other players bands, and fan base development.  In short, we’re looking for you to cast a vote for the fake band that is 2010’s best and most complete fake band.  Last year’s winner was Let’s Not and Say We Did.

Best Tagline – this award recognizes the fake band with the best tagline.  Promotion is important in the fake music business, and with so many bands trying to capture people’s attention you have to find a way to cut through the clutter to get a fan’s attention.  We’re looking for you to cast a vote for the band that not only best summed up their band’s aesthetic in one line, but also created a memorable slogan that grabs your attention.  Here’s last year’s winner from The~Sexeh~Tacoz.

Best Band Name – this award recognizes the Figment fake band with the best name.  A name that captures not only your attention, but also a bit of the band’s aesthetic, while also being clever and original.   Last year’s winner certainly fit the bill!

Best Single – this award recognizes the best song title!  We know a lot of you are releasing singles these days, but we’re not looking for you to cast your vote on album covers, but instead simply on how great of a song title it is and whether or not it made you want to buy the album .  Yeah, we’ve included quite a few funny ones in the nominees we put forward, but we’re also looking for a song title that resonated with you, so if you have a favorite that appeared on a 2012 album that isn’t funny please write it in – and remember to include the group that created it!  Last year’s winner was the single “Artifice of the Orifice” by Vorpal Queen.

Best Tour/Festival – We’re looking for the best tour or festival, but there are a lot of factors that go into what makes a fake tour or festival seem real.  Obviously the name of the tour is the first thing that grabs your attention, but we’re looking for more than that.  We want you to consider the concept behind the tour or festival.  How original of an idea was it?  Do the bands involved fit with the overall concept, and how involved were they in the tour or festival?  How was the artwork for the tour?  Did the creator publish news, use the shout box or other online media (i.e. Twitter) to promote the tour before, during and after?  How well did they merchandise the tour?  All of these things should be factored in when you cast your vote for this Figgie.  Again, if you write in a nominee please keep in mind that the tour/festival you nominate had to have taken place in 2012, and not just created in 2012.  Last year’s winning tour/festival was “Up The Creek”.

Best New ArtistThe Best New Artist Figgie will be awarded to new bands that were created in 2012.  We’re looking for a new band that best exemplifies a great fake band – name, band description, logo, tagline, etc.  We’re also looking for a new band that’s built a strong fan base and released some great albums in the past year.  So think hard on this one, because you’re picking a band we expect to see great things from in the future, and if you’re writing in a new band make sure you only nominate one that was created in 2012 or it won’t be considered.  Case in point, last year’s inaugural winner of this Figgie was none other than x-muffin-x.

Album Cover of the Year – this award recognizes the best album cover design of the year.  We’re looking for you to vote for the cover that not only has the best design and visual impact, but also best communicates the album’s genre and content.  The cover design for Zandergriff Miggs album “Wabi Sabi Bang Bang” was last year’s winner.

Album of the Year – this award recognizes the album that is the best of the best.  We’re looking for you to take into account the cover design, the album description and the song titles when casting your vote.  In short, which album do you think was the best of 2012.  x-muffin-x’s “Tragic 8-Ball” took home last year’s award!

So those are the awards we’ll be asking you to vote on this year.  We hope you’ll take a moment to check out all of the bands nominated before filling out your ballot.  The last day to submit your ballot is March 27, 2013, so make sure you get your votes in before the end of the day on the 27th.  The winners will be announced here on the Figment News blog on Friday, March 29, 2013, and each of the winners will receive an icon for their winning band/album page as well as 1,000 pieces of lucre.

Check your email because we’re sending out the invite that will link you to your ballot later today.  We’re looking forward to seeing who you vote for!

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*  Only Figment players who have NOT opted out of the Figment Email Newsletter will receive an official ballot.  If you have opted out of the Figment Email Newsletter and would still like to cast a ballot, please contact our Customer Service department to request a ballot by clicking on the feedback link on the bottom of any page on Figment.

 

We know you’ve all been waiting patiently to find out who will take home a 2012 Figgie Award, and we’re happy to say the wait is over!  It was a close competition in almost all of the categories, so congrats to every band that was nominated!  Now here are the winners!

 

Click on each of the award icons to see who won!

Best Developed Band 2012

Best Tagline 2012

Best Band Name 2012

Best Single 2012

Best Tour/Festival 2012

Best New Artist 2012

Album Cover of the Year 2012

Album of the Year 2012

Congratulations to all of the Figgie winners and nominees.  The winners will receive 1,000 pieces of Lucre for each Figgie Award they received.

2012 Figgie’s

February 20th, 2012

It’s that time of year again!  The time when you get to award those fake bands on Figment you think deserve to be recognized for their achievements in 2011.

The Figment Awards, or “Figgie’s” as we like to call them, are awards that are handed out once a year to those Figment bands and albums that garner the most votes from the Figment community.  They recognize excellence in fake band creation and design, and since they are voted on by the community represent those bands that have truly resonated with their peers on Figment.

This year we are happy to announce a new Figgie category “Best New Band”!

Our crack Figment editorial team have selected the fake bands, albums, singles, tag lines, new bands and tours of 2011 we thought deserved to be nominees, but we’ve also given you the opportunity to write-in a nominee.

While clearly these awards are all in good fun, we ask that you try to be as fair and impartial as possible when casting your votes. Try to vote for the band or album that you think best deserves the award.  If you honestly think your band or album deserves your vote that’s fine, but keep in mind that everyone else might not feel the same.

Also keep in mind that any Figgie Awards for Album, Single or New Band only apply to those releases or bands created in 2011, so if you write-in an album, single or new band that wasn’t they will be disqualified.  As for the tour Figgie, we will only recognize those tours that actually took place in 2011. If you created a tour in 2011 that doesn’t begin until 2012 then it will not be considered for an award this year.

As we did last year, you’ll be asked to cast a vote on the following award categories:

Best Developed Band – this award recognizes the fake band that was the most complete in every facet of the game – band back story (description), artwork, album cover design, song titles, band news, marketing/promotion, collaborations with other players bands, and fan base development.  In short, we’re looking for you to cast a vote for the fake band that is 2010’s best and most complete fake band.  Last year’s winner was Old Republic.

Album Cover of the Year – this award recognizes the best album cover design of the year.  We’re looking for you to vote for the cover that not only has the best design and visual impact, but also best communicates the album’s genre and content.  The cover of Lucifer and The Long Pigs “All Our Hexes Come From Texas” was last year’s winner.

Best Tagline – this award recognizes the fake band with the best tagline.  Promotion is important in the music business, and with so many bands trying to capture people’s attention you have to find a way to cut through the clutter to get a fan’s attention.  We’re looking for you to cast a vote for the band that not only best summed up their band’s aesthetic in one line, but also created a memorable slogan that grabs your attention.  Last year’s winner from Cherry Vendetta was certainly memorable, and created a rallying cry for the band that they have woven into their albums, tours, etc.

Best Band Name – this award recognizes the Figment fake band with the best name.  A name that captures not only your attention, but also a bit of the band’s aesthetic, while also being clever and original.   Who could forget last year’s winner!

Best Single – this award recognizes the best song title!  We know a lot of you are releasing singles these days, but we’re not looking for you to cast your vote on album covers, but instead simply on how great of a song title it is and whether or not it made you want to buy the album .  Yeah, we’ve included quite a few funny ones in the nominees we put forward, but we’re also looking for a song title that resonated with you, so if you have a favorite that appeared on a 2010 album that isn’t funny please write it in – and remember to include the group that created it!  Last year’s winner was the single “Judas In Disguise” by Stonekrank.

Best Tour/Festival – We’re looking for the best tour or festival, but there are a lot of factors that go into what makes a fake tour or festival seem real.  Obviously the name of the tour is the first thing that grabs your attention, but we’re looking for more than that.  We want you to consider the concept behind the tour or festival.  How original of an idea was it?  Do the bands involved fit with the overall concept, and how involved were they in the tour or festival?  How was the artwork for the tour?  Did the creator publish news, use the shout box or other online media (i.e. Twitter) to promote the tour before, during and after?  How well did they merchandise the tour?  All of these things should be factored in when you cast your vote for this Figgie.  Again, if you write in a nominee please keep in mind that the tour/festival you nominate had to have taken place in 2011, and not just created in 2011.  Last year’s winning tour/festival was “Merchants of Metal IV:  Hell on Earth”.

Best New Band – The newest Figgie will be awarded to only new bands that were created in the previous year.  We’re looking for a new band that best exemplifies a great fake band – name, band description, logo, tagline, etc.  We’re also looking for a new band that’s built a strong fan base and released some great albums in the past year.  So think hard on this one, because you’re picking a band we expect to see great things from in the future, and if you’re writing in a new band make sure you only nominate one that was created in 2011 or it won’t be considered.

Album of the Year – this award recognizes the album that is the best of the best.  We’re looking for you to take into account the cover design, the album description and the song titles when casting your vote.  In short, which album do you think was the best of 2011.  “Censored For Your Protection” by Old Republic took home last year’s award!

So those are the awards we’ll be asking you to vote on this year.  We hope you’ll take a moment to check out all of the bands nominated before filling out your ballot.  The last day to submit your ballot is March 19, 2012, so make sure you get your votes in before the end of the day on March 19th.  The winners will be announced here on the Figment News blog on Friday, March 23, 2012 and each of the winners will receive an icon for their winning band/album page as well as 1,000 pieces of lucre.

Check your email because we’re sending out the invite that will link you to the ballot later today.  We’re looking forward to seeing who you vote for!

 

2011 Figgie Winners!

March 18th, 2011

Well it’s the day you’ve all been waiting for.  The 3rd Annual Figgie Awards are about to be announced!  Can you feel the excitement?  Are you wondering why there is no podcast to accompany the announcement?  Well, we’re sorry to say that we’re a bit crazed over here at Figment central of late and we simply couldn’t pull one together.  So our apologies, but enough about that, let’s announce the winners!!!

The voting for this year’s awards was quite competitive and several awards were decided by just a few votes, so since we couldn’t build suspense with a podcast we thought we’d allow you to unveil the winners for yourself!  So click on each award to find out who won.

Best Band Name

Best Tagline

Best Tour/Festival 2011

Best Developed Band 2011

Best Single 2011

Album Cover of the Year 2011

Album of the Year 2011

So congratulations to all of the nominees, and of course all the winners!  We’ll be putting one of these shiny new Figgie icons on your band pages and depositing 250 pieces of lucre in your accounts very soon!

Thanks to everyone who voted.  Until next year…

Your Final Hours To Vote!

March 14th, 2011

Today is the final day to get your votes in for the 2011 Figgie Awards.  If you haven’t filled out your official ballot, check your email now and get your votes in!  We’ll even give you 50 pieces of lucre if you fill out your official ballot and cast your votes.  There are a lot of great bands and albums nominated this year, so don’t let them down.

If you’d like to get your friends and family involved please direct them to the ballot we have open to the general public.

The voting deadline is midnight tonight ET, so don’t delay!  We’ll be announcing all of the winners on Friday here on the blog, so be on the lookout for that.

Good luck to all of our nominees, and if you haven’t cast your ballot – WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?  VOTE!!!!!

The 2011 Figgies!

February 14th, 2011

It’s that time of year again!  The time when you get to award those fake bands on Figment you think deserve to be recognized for their achievements in 2010.

The Figment Awards, or “Figgie’s” as we like to call them, are awards that are handed out once a year to those Figment bands and albums that garner the most votes from the Figment community.  They recognize excellence in fake band creation and design, and since they are voted on by the community represent those bands that have truly resonated with their peers on Figment.

This year we’re very excited to announce a new Figgie for Best Tour/Festival.  This Figgie Award was suggested by javdoc and we thought it was such a good idea we have included it in the 2011 Figgies ballot.

Our crack Figment editorial team have selected the fake bands, albums, singles, tag lines and tours of 2010 we thought deserved to be nominees, but we’ve also given you the opportunity to write-in a nominee.

While clearly these awards are all in good fun, we ask that you try to be as fair and impartial as possible when casting your votes. Try to vote for the band or album that you think best deserves the award.  If you honestly think your band or album deserves your vote that’s fine, but keep in mind that everyone else might not feel the same.

Also keep in mind that any Figgie Awards for Album or Single only apply to those releases created in 2010, so if you write-in an album or single that wasn’t they will be disqualified.  As for the brand new tour Figgie, we will only recognize those tours that actually took place in 2010.  If you created a tour in 2010 that doesn’t begin until 2011 then it will not be considered for this award this year.

As we did last year, you’ll be asked to cast a vote on the following award categories:

Best Developed Band – this award recognizes the fake band that was the most complete in every facet of the game – band back story (description), artwork, album cover design, song titles, band news, marketing/promotion, collaborations with other players bands, and fan base development.  In short, we’re looking for you to cast a vote for the fake band that is 2010’s best and most complete fake band.  Last year’s winner was Zandergriff Miggs & The Parliament of Owls.

Album Cover of the Year – this award recognizes the best album cover design of the year.  We’re looking for you to vote for the cover that not only has the best design and visual impact, but also best communicates the album’s genre and content.  Chronicles by Suicide By Papercut was last year’s winner.

Best Tagline – this award recognizes the fake band with the best tagline.  Promotion is important in the music business, and with so many bands trying to capture people’s attention you have to find a way to cut through the clutter to get a fan’s attention.  We’re looking for you to cast a vote for the band that not only best summed up their band’s aesthetic in one line, but also created a memorable slogan that grabs your attention.  Last year’s winner Zandergiff Miggs & The Parliament of Owls is a perfect example.

Best Band Name – this award recognizes the Figment fake band with the best name.  A name that captures not only your attention, but also a bit of the band’s aesthetic, while also being clever and original.   To give you an idea of what we’re talking about – here’s last year’s winner!

Best Single – this award recognizes the best song title!  We know a lot of you are releasing singles these days, but we’re not looking for you to cast your vote on album covers, but instead simply on how great of a song title it is and whether or not it made you want to buy the album .  Yeah, we’ve included quite a few funny ones in the nominees we put forward, but we’re also looking for a song title that resonated with you, so if you have a favorite that appeared on a 2010 album that isn’t funny please write it in – and remember to include the group that created it!  Last year’s winner was the single “Double Bacon Hateburger” by Fistful of Firearms.

Best Tour/Festival – This is the first year for this award, so we ask that you give it some real thought before casting your vote.  Clearly we’re looking for the best tour or festival, but there are a lot of factors that go into what makes a fake tour or festival seem real.  Obviously the name of the tour is the first thing that grabs your attention, but we’re looking for more than that.  We want you to consider the concept behind the tour or festival.  How original of an idea was it?  Do the bands involved fit with the overall concept, and how involved were they in the tour or festival?  How was the artwork for the tour?  Did the creator publish news, use the shout box or other online media (i.e. Twitter) to promote the tour before, during and after?  How well did they merchandise the tour?  All of these things should be factored in when you cast your vote for this Figgie.  Again, if you write in a nominee please keep in mind that the tour/festival you nominate had to have taken place in 2010, and not just created in 2010.

Album of the Year – this award recognizes the album that is the best of the best.  We’re looking for you to take into account the cover design, the album description and the song titles when casting your vote.  In short, which album do you think was the best of 2010.  “Seizure Salad” by Zandergriff Miggs & The Parliament of Owls took last year’s prize!

So those are the awards we’ll be asking you to vote on this year.  We hope you’ll take a moment to check out all of the bands nominated before filling out your ballot.  The last day to submit your ballot is March 14, 2011, so make sure you get your votes in before the end of the day on March 14th.  The winners will be announced here on the Figment News blog on Friday, March 18, 2011 and each of the winners will receive an icon for their winning band/album page as well as 250 pieces of lucre.

Check your email because we’re sending out the invite that will link you to the ballot later today.  We’re looking forward to seeing who you vote for!

Ballots go out soon…so make sure you check your email.

After the After Party

March 22nd, 2010

The 2010 Figgies did not disappoint.  We saw bands like Suicide By Papercut, Hot Flying Fragments and Fistful of Firearms each take home a Figgie, but the big winner of the evening was clearly Zandergriff Miggs & The Parliament of Owls.  Zander wasn’t at the awards because he’s hard at work on his new opus, the rock opera Prime!, but he did take the time to record this acceptance/thank you speech from his Uncle Duff HQ.

Following the Figgies though, things really heated up as the after parties got underway.  The Forgotten Falling held a party at an abandoned warehouse made up to look like a steam-punk amusement park.  The band played a short set debuting songs from their new album “Albion” and then turned the stage over to a pick-up band featuring members of Stonekrank, The Nymphomaniacs and The Waiters.  Members of Fistful of Firearms joined them for the encore and they drunkenly belted out the band’s Figgie Award winning hit “Double Bacon Hate Burger”.

Across town, Fait Accompli held their own soiree and despite going home empty handed were upbeat and happy to have been nominated for so many awards.  They played tracks from their new album “Infinitum” and brought members of fellow Figgie nominees Taxine Fontaine and the Park Avenue Sluts up for an encore of that band’s “Convertible Kisses (Take the Top Down)”.

A lot of band’s couldn’t attend the awards because of tour commitments, but called this reporters cell phone to comment on their wins or lack thereof.  Barry Reese of Hot Flying Fragments called in to say, “It’s a great honor for the Fragments to receive this award.  After all those days of practicing into the wee hours of the night, this makes it all worthwhile.”   The rest of the band echoed his thoughts, but said the win is bittersweet.  Turns out founding member Jenny Moss has been lured away by her husband Richard ‘Yoko’ Moss to the sleazy underground of the Archaeological music scene, and although the rest of the Fragments wish her only the best, they are understandably angry that she’s no longer around.  Reese, the band’s electric cellist and chief spokesperson, summed it all by saying, “Oh…uh…thanks again for the award.  We’re honored.  And, as always…watch for Hot Flying Fragments!”

Riki Milligan of Eccentric Arcade checked in from Baltimore, MD where the band was playing as part of the Nothing to Prove Tour.  Said Riki, “Huge congrats to all the winners!  I have had the pleasure of collaborating with several of my fellow nominees, which has been awesome.  And now I will have the pleasure of working with Zander in Prime!  And who knows?  Maybe we’ll collaborate on other ventures down the line.  It was an incredible honor just to be nominated.  As cliche as that may sound.  Time to raise the bar and make BIG things happen for next year!”

We ended the night at the official Figment party where bands as diverse as Ernie, Mother Rage, The Damaged, Andre Darko and The Screamin’ Ohs played sets.  A clearly inebriated Phil Graspman of the band The Cosmic Stoners ended the evening by screaming “Until Next Year!” into the mic before launching into an acappella version of his band’s classic song “There’s a Party in My Pants (But I Didn’t Get An Invitation)” Security promptly removed him from the premises.