We can now go on to the second round, where there's a pretty good chance all the writing will be pretty juicy.
The winners are listed at the end of the post. Both winners and losers may feel free to reveal their identities and authorness in the comments if they like along with their blog addresses if they have them and anything else about themselves. You can also publish your first round submission on your own blog or wherever now.
Winners will go on to the second round, which I'm going to do a slightly different way. The second round is called "Say something original about". The key word is 'original'. Nobody else can have ever made, to your knowledge, whatever point you're going to make. It can be as mundane as "I first read Lovecraft while holding a Pink Panther plushie and so I associate Inspector LeGrasse with that" but it must be something that has not been said before. After you're 100% sure nailed original down, then make it interesting.
First round winners, you must pick a second-round topic from this list of dead and battered horses:
Say something original about JRR Tolkien
Say something original about HP Lovecraft or Call of Cthulhu
Say something original about Fritz Leiber
Say something original about Warhammer
Say something original about 4e
Say something original about 3e/3.5/Pathfinder
Say something original about Pendragon
Say something original about Vampire
Say something original about Shadowrun
Say something original about Rifts
Say something original about a movie that's RPG-relevant
Say something original about a classic RPG module
Say something original about any RPG illustrator
...as in the first round, you'll be paired with someone else. If an odd number of folks right about the same thing, you'll be paired with someone who wrote about something else--but that seems like the best way to do it since these are more topical than the other.
Your second round thoughts are due a little over one week from now, Sunday October 25th.
Here are the first round winners, in the order they were published:
Realism: First one
Books: First one
Things that don't work for you: Second one
Cute: First one
How relationships to characters change: First one
Infinite: First one
Rehabilitating an ignored or derided rule: First one
Why people choose games: First one
Common people: First one
People and their relationships to their PCs: First one
Group dynamics: Second one
Wonder: First one
Players making stuff up: Second one
Alignment: First one
Realism: First one
Evil: Second one
Abilities that allow you to skip parts of the game: First one
Brevity: First one (by a nose)
The essays on Forgotten RPG thing that's brilliant and Memorable Encounters TIED--they both go on to the second round
The essay on Emulation beat the one on Super-Intelligent monsters
The one about Time Management in Chunks got a "Yes" vote to go on the second round.