Blind Go

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Name: Blind Go
Date(s): July 2006-May 2016 (last entry)
Moderator: Current: akichan, verloren1983; Past: blue_cage, trixie_chick, chaineddove, stillskies, silvermuse89, tarigwaemir
Founder: tarigwaemir
Type: Challenge
Fandom: Hikaru no Go
URL: Blind Go community; archive link

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Overview

Blind Go was an anonymous guess-the-writer fic-writing challenge in Hikaru no Go fandom, run from the blind_go community on Dreamwidth and formerly LiveJournal. Writers are given a period of time to write one or more piece of fanfic within a certain word count range and then submit them to the mods, who publish them through the sockpuppet journal answer_key. Writers are allowed to collaborate on a submission if they so choose. Readers then attempt to guess who wrote what from a given list of the participating authors.

There is a separate support community, Kifu Archive, which hosts support threads for each round where participants may comment anonymously and organizes periodic chats for the participants during the challenge.

Most rounds also include an additional optional [1] that authors may choose to incorporate.

There are prizes offered to the reader(s) with the most correct guesses, the reader(s) who left the most comments, the first person to correctly guess the "theme" behind the author IDs and the writer(s) who incorporate the most themes according to a rubric judged by the mods.

History

The idea for the community was inspired by subrosa_tennis, another guess-the-writer challenge in Prince of Tennis fandom.[1]

In the first year, there were three separate rounds. Starting with the second year, it became customary to hold one themed round in the fall, one mini-round during the winter, and one "author's choice" round timed for Hikago Day (May 5), though this is not a defined rule and moderators have deviated from this in the past.

Round Dates Theme Word Count Allowed No. of Entries No. of Participants No. of Works
1 July-Sept 06 Author's Choice 500+ 3 max 21 29
2 Nov-Dec 06 Short Fic 100-1000 5 max 35 83
3 Mar-May 7 Long Fic 5000+ 1 max 23 23
4 Aug-Sept 07 AUs & Crossovers 1000+ 2 max 29 33
Mini-Round 1a Jan-Feb 08 FST n/a n/a 6 7
Mini-Round 1b Jan-Feb 08 Fanart n/a 3 max 10 12
5 Mar-May 8 Author's Choice 500+ 3 max 39 52
6 Aug-Sept 08 Smut-OR-Gen 1000+ 2 max 22 27
Mini-Round 2 Dec 08-Jan 09 Drabbles 100-500 5 max 19 57
7 Mar-May 9 Author's Choice 3500 3 max 12 12
8 Aug-Sept 08 Cliche 555-5555 5 max 12 12
9 Mar-May 10 Author's Choice 250-1000 5 max 16 24
10 Aug-Sept 10 Sai 250 10 max 24 47
Mini-Round 3 Feb 11 Flashfic, All Dialogue or No Dialogue 100-3000 no limit 11 22
11 Mar-May 11 Childhood 1000+ 5 max 12 19
12 Aug-Sept 11 New Wave 500+ 5 max 16 21
13 Mar-May 12 Memories 3500+ 3 max 11 11
Mini-Round 4 July 13 Flashfic, Summer Heat 100-10000 no limit 9 11
14 Aug-Sept 13 Author's Choice 1500-8000 5 max 12 19
Mini-Round 5 Nov-Dec 13 Shortfic, Winter under 1500 5 max 9 11
15 Mar-May 14 Foreign Players 5000+ 5 max 8 8
Mini-Round 6 Jul-Aug 14 Non-fic n/a 5 max 8 9
16 Aug-Sept 14 Genderswap 500+ 5 max 9 8
17 Mar-May 15 Author's Choice 1000+ 5 max n/a n/a

References

  1. Idea and Guess-the-writer (Dreamwidth import of the original LiveJournal posts, accessed February 24, 2012)