Single Status Update
Once the review for Suteni is posted (and a review of Memfis's forgotten DTWID submission!) I will be moving onto his 2013 output. It'll be an interesting tour since 2013 was the year he released Kuchitsu, for which he was awarded a Cacoward (which I wrote for) after which he suffered a meltdown due to embarassment, largely due to how lowly he regarded it. IIRC Xaser was a strong proponent of giving the nod to Kuchitsu; I'd only seen Memfis's work in the community sets of Heroes' Tales, Whitemare, and Interception and a well-intentioned first stab at his back catalogue with Voyage to Deimos E2M1.
Mid-2013 I came down with walking pneumonia. It took about a month to recover physically but my attempts at taking advantage of the down time left me feeling sick whenever I tried to play Doom. I wasn't sure whether I was going to give the thumbs up if I got contacted to do the 2013 Cacowards, but I eventually did. This left me grinding through releases in an attempt to catch up so that I could actually shoulder half of the writing load. 2013 was one of my least favorite years writing for the Cacowards and the root cause was how unprepared I felt since I hadn't played much of anything since July. And, uh, the whole "where is Alfonzo?" snafu.
I had good intentions to play through Memfis's works in 2013 due to the positive buzz, but I didn't. I got around to Kuchitsu because it was a strong contender in the judging booth and it was to my benefit to not burn out trying to marathon megaWADs all the way up to a finish line which we missed by leaps and bounds. After having played through his full 2011-2012 catalogue over the past year I have a much better idea of what caused the positive word-of-mouth leading into 2013. Memfis also published 16 levels during 2013 between /idgames and the forums so it'll be interesting to see whether Kuchitsu remains the humble, plucky victor or if it can be upstaged in my mind.
DID YOU KNOW: Plutonium Winds and Hellfire: Dreams were in the initial 2013 Cacowards running order? During the December of 2013 clusterfuck they were replaced by Stardate 20X6 and Swim With the Whales and Ribbiks was crowned MOTY.