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RankEntryAverageStandard Deviation
1There was a young man of Dungandy80.92582009977255
1The series of holds titled "war"81.4142135623731
3From holds down where strange lights are glowin'7.85714285714291.6413036132966
4Said Beethro, "The tale I must tell7.57142857142861.9166296949998
4Whenever a Stalwart approaches7.57142857142861.4982983545288
6It strikes dread in the hearts of cruel lords,7.42857142857141.7612611437054
7There once was a lively young Slayer7.28571428571431.2777531299999
8There once was a stalwart from Tueno6.71428571428571.7496355305594
9There was once an addicted DROD player6.14285714285710.98974331861079
9There once was this messed up Slayer,6.14285714285711.9587584572574
9There once was a rule which was broken,6.14285714285712.2314999074019
12There's a toxic young Slayer named Bor5.57142857142862.1946130708196
13A scripting engine fantastic4.57142857142861.5907898179514
14There once was a delver named Micheal4.42857142857141.1780301787479
15The eighth of the rhyme4.14285714285712.8996833043121
There once was a lively young Slayer
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Average Vote 7.2857142857143
Standard Deviation 1.2777531299999

A scripting engine fantastic
12345678910
Average Vote 4.5714285714286
Standard Deviation 1.5907898179514

There once was a delver named Micheal
12345678910
Average Vote 4.4285714285714
Standard Deviation 1.1780301787479

There was once an addicted DROD player
12345678910
Average Vote 6.1428571428571
Standard Deviation 0.98974331861079

There once was this messed up Slayer,
12345678910
Average Vote 6.1428571428571
Standard Deviation 1.9587584572574

There once was a stalwart from Tueno
12345678910
Average Vote 6.7142857142857
Standard Deviation 1.7496355305594

It strikes dread in the hearts of cruel lords,
12345678910
Average Vote 7.4285714285714
Standard Deviation 1.7612611437054

Whenever a Stalwart approaches
12345678910
Average Vote 7.5714285714286
Standard Deviation 1.4982983545288

There's a toxic young Slayer named Bor
12345678910
Average Vote 5.5714285714286
Standard Deviation 2.1946130708196

There once was a rule which was broken,
12345678910
Average Vote 6.1428571428571
Standard Deviation 2.2314999074019

There was a young man of Dungandy
12345678910
Average Vote 8
Standard Deviation 0.92582009977255

The eighth of the rhyme
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Average Vote 4.1428571428571
Standard Deviation 2.8996833043121

From holds down where strange lights are glowin'
12345678910
Average Vote 7.8571428571429
Standard Deviation 1.6413036132966

Said Beethro, "The tale I must tell
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Average Vote 7.5714285714286
Standard Deviation 1.9166296949998

The series of holds titled "war"
12345678910
Average Vote 8
Standard Deviation 1.4142135623731

What did you think? (Select all that apply)
Such perfection brought a tear to my eye PollPollPoll 5 33.33%
I prefer prose PollPollPoll 2 13.33%
A rose is a rose PollPollPoll 6 40.00%
I'm astounded you think I'd reply PollPollPoll 2 13.33%
Total Votes 15 100%
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Happy St. Patrick's Day/1st Slayer's Birthday!

Thank you to everyone who entered. I'm sure many would agree no celebration is complete without poetry. Oh, another odd coincidence: on the 1st Slayer's Birthday not only is much beer consumed, but the colour of River Dugan is also changed. Of course they make it red instead of green, and use the blood of roaches instead of dye; but still, it makes you think.

Below are all the entries. I'm not leaving out any for "style." One: who am I to say? And two: many limericks intentionally break the rules to get across a point. The beat is more important than rhyming or where the lines break. As usual, vote 10 for your own entry. (Thanks Briareos!)

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There once was a lively young Slayer
Whose hairs went steadily grayer
To his distress
The cause was just stress
At not catching Beethro the player.

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A scripting engine fantastic
powerful, easy, elastic
no idiotic things,
no ponging no pings
not something worth low quality plastic

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There once was a delver named Micheal
who desperately sought to recycle
but was too freaking lazy
and felt way too hazy
so died by a roach and restarted the cycle

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There was once an addicted DROD player
Who consistently made it his prayer
But his hard disk got wiped,
And he constantly griped
About how he would re-kill the slayer.

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There once was this messed up Slayer,
who'd been pasted into a layer
where he didn't belong
everything was all wrong
so he kept on taunting the player.

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There once was a stalwart from Tueno
Who laughed when his buddy quaffed Draino.
But this was a duel
And he was no fool
So, drinking, said "Bring on the pain-o!"

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It strikes dread in the hearts of cruel lords,
To say naught of the tar and roach hordes.
But it's the dames, so I hear,
Who shout loudest in fear
When ol' Beethro unsheathes his Big Sword.

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Whenever a Stalwart approaches
A ravening onslaught of roaches,
He bids them "Good night!"
At the start of the fight--
In his native tongue, "Buenos noches!"

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There's a toxic young Slayer named Bor
Whose limericks stop on line four
They build up the pace
And put things in place
...
There was a young Stalwart named Gee
Whose limericks stopped on line three.
Nobody knows why.
...
There once was a player named Lou
Whose limericks stopped on line two...
...
There was a young man from Verdun.

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There once was a rule which was broken,
The limerick as it was spoken.
Two words at a time, just
Maybe did rhyme. The verse
Caused cracks in the forum.

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There was a young man of Dungandy
Who ate eyeball pudding with brandy;
Now when he approaches
The smell kills the roaches;
Oh wouldn't being him be so handy?

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The eighth of the rhyme
Six halves at a time
One third of the seventh was mine

The fifth of the rest,
Three quarters the best
The eighth of the rhyme was mine

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From holds down where strange lights are glowin'
Fights long drawn out still keep on goin'
"Mud's better by far,
Than silly blue tar!"
While 'round them the gel won't stop growin'.

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Said Beethro, "The tale I must tell
Is of oozes that put me through hell.
You may find it bizarre,
But I tell you, by far
The worst of that stuff is the mud."

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The series of holds titled "war"
will certainly make your head sore.
DROD's deterministic?
That's unrealistic
with mimics and scripting galore.

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Well that's all of 'em, so....

Itís time for the vote; to show what you think.
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(Will I be glad to stop writing in rhyme. See, it takes up a lot of my time. If you only knew what it puts me through... Please please, won't someone make it stop? ahh...)


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I really do not want to gripe o-
vermuch but I made a small typo
I left out an 'r'
now the words seem to jar
...
and the only rhyme left now is "hypo".

:/

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I have to say I never got "The eighth of the rhyme...". Could we have an explanation?

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I was wondering too. Though whether or not it has any meaning I just really love the way it sounds.
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Ummm... I was wondering - does the rule of having to vote 10 for one's own entry apply here as well? Because that's what I just did out of habit... :?

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quote:
Jatopian wrote:
I have to say I never got "The eighth of the rhyme...". Could we have an explanation?


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I was wondering too. Though whether or not it has any meaning I just really love the way it sounds.


When I write, it is usually based on structural and phonetic breaks. I wanted to pull off the idea of repetion using a staccato rhythm in a confined number of lines yet still create a feeling of deja-vu. That's why I broke standard poetic rules by rhyming the same word at the end of each quatrain.

My hope was that by the end of the poem, the unusal syllabic tempo would blur that final rhyme, hence representing the fact that every room in DROD is based on the same grid, yet never the same.

I also like the way it sounds.

[EDIT]

And yes, they are quatrains. Mathematically, anyway.

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Ummm... I was wondering - does the rule of having to vote 10 for one's own entry apply here as well? Because that's what I just did out of habit... :?
Thanks for pointing it out. Yes, please do. I just thought everyone would. (Habit too.)
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Fixed.
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Only seven votes so far which means some contestants haven't even voted yet. Contest closes tonight midnight EDT.
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Rather than run a second poll, a tie has been declared for Poet Laureate (much to the dismay of Dugandish children everywhere who will now have to memorize two limericks.)

Our Poet Laureates are Nuntar and Rabscuttle. Here are their winning entries:

There was a young man of Dungandy
Who ate eyeball pudding with brandy;
Now when he approaches
The smell kills the roaches;
Oh wouldn't being him be so handy?
--Nuntar

The series of holds titled "war"
will certainly make your head sore.
DROD's deterministic?
That's unrealistic
with mimics and scripting galore.
--Rabscuttle

In 2nd place, runtly, with:

From holds down where strange lights are glowin'
Fights long drawn out still keep on goin'
"Mud's better by far,
Than silly blue tar!"
While 'round them the gel won't stop growin'.

And in 3rd place we have Tahnan, epitomizing the duality (i.e. madness) of poets throughout the centuries by getting into a tie with himself.

Whenever a Stalwart approaches
A ravening onslaught of roaches,
He bids them "Good night!"
At the start of the fight--
In his native tongue, "Buenos noches!"

Said Beethro, "The tale I must tell
Is of oozes that put me through hell.
You may find it bizarre,
But I tell you, by far
The worst of that stuff is the mud."

Congratulations! Rank points have been awarded via modding up old posts, as I cannot "rain" them down upon you.

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