You know, looking at the entries I didn’t get around to, I think they were a lot less intimidating than reviews, and they gave me a good idea of themes in the game without spoiling too much.
And I think this topic helped me get around to more I would’ve than otherwise, both just to have something to write and to say, hey, that’s worth a chance.
You know, we think of limericks (or other comic poetry) as frivolous, but when I go back to many reviews on the old newsgroups, back when Rule 4 was a Big Thing, I noticed something.
More than I’d expect are one or two sentences long, and I don’t know if they really encouraged me to try anything new. (Of course, I have more motivation to work through IFComp entries, since it helps boost the community, etc. But limericks may have more practical value than we think, and it may be a great way for people to warm up to longer reviews if they want, or even offer something very useful if they don’t have the time for a full review.)
All of this is a long-winded way of saying I hope this topic survives and thrives to 2024 and beyond, whether or not I’m able to participate–it certainly helped me write a few things beyond the confines of IFComp!