In the private author’s board for the 2015 IF Comp there was a lot of content that others outside the board may find interesting. Authors are invited to repost the best of their offerings.
There was a poetry thread, with a lot of good pieces. This was my fourteener in response to Mathbrush’s:
[spoiler]The duelling pairs all drop their swords and shake each other’s hands,
Now dusty pilgrims have returned from wand’ring distant lands;
Survivors of the city streets and bravers of the forest,
Break bread with stranded astronauts and other hapless tourists.
Ev’ry puzzle box is put away, the capes are on the hook;
The tombs are shut, the treasures found, the bottle’s in the book;
The coffin’s closed, the summit’s climbed, and countless cats are resting;
There’s no more birds or ceph’lapods or candidates in testing.
Personal entanglements, alchemical compounds,
With bicycles and burning bins, are littered all around;
The dreamer wakes, the blogger sleeps, the simulation ended;
The magic’s over for a year, the nice guys are befriended.[/spoiler]
I looked at the number of authors that had returned to the comp from previous years.
I also worked out how many authors had swore off entering the comp after winning it:
Year Winner Re-entered?
1995 (Inform) Andrew Plotkin Yes
1995 (Tads) Magnus Olsson Yes
1996 Lucian P. Smith No
1997 Graham Nelson No
1998 Adam Cadre No
1999 Laura A. Knauth No
2000 Ian Finley No
2001 Jon Ingold Yes
2002 Paul O'Brien Yes
2003 Star Foster/Daniel Ravipinto No (neither)
2004 Paul O'Brien No
2005 Jason Devlin Yes
2006 Emily Short No
2007 Admiral Jota No
2008 Jeremy Freese No
2009 Jack Welch/Ben Collins-Sussman No (neither)
2010 Matt Wigdahl No
2011 Ryan Veeder Yes
2012 Marco Innocenti No
2013 Lynnea Glasser Yes
2014 Sean M. Shore No
Of all the 22 authors who’ve won, 7 of them have re-entered. Only Paul O’Brien has managed to win twice (the two winning games were the second and third game in a trilogy).
So around a 3rd of IFComp winners return.[/spoiler]