The contest is afoot, three games have been submitted and more than twelve other games are being worked on! The designers are busily working away, with more playtest than in many contests, I imagine, since an audience of 1 is easier to get together.
There is another part of the event that is going on: reading up about your compatriot's games. Ten so far are designing in the open. They are dealing with the same constraints, and coming up with different solutions. And just as you might want to hear an encouraging word or get a timely suggestion, so would others.
All who comment on someone else's blog are eligible for the Birds of a Feather Award. And those who give substantial comments on everyone else in the running will receive the Golden Crow Award: which involves a physical prize that will be sent to you by the US Post. Both these prizes are open even to those who don't finish their game, or who are only participating through comments.
This is really the best part of these contests. I look forward to seeing you all in the comments pages.