I will leave this poll open until at least Sunday evening. If the results are clear then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open a while longer.
These epics are currently available ...
"Catching in the Rye" -- 75 lines, $37.50 (Hart's Farm)
"Half of Four" -- 78 lines, $39 (Path of the Paladins)
A comment under "Quarterboard" turned straight into the free-verse poem "Half of Four." Gorrein is sulking in his temple, the drummer tries to cheer him up, they wind up talking about the game ... and even more unhappy history comes to light. Ouchie. But it lightens up toward the end.
"No Secrets" -- 107 lines, $53.50 (One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis)
A comment under "Hit or Missile" led to the free-verse poem "No Secrets." Trobby has a nightmare. Shaeth finds out more about Trobby's past and personality than is necessarily comfortable.
"Playing the Field" -- 70 lines, $35 (Torn World)
I liked the idea of Dareg in a game of bola-ball. "Playing the Field" catches him the summer of his adulthood tests, as the hot new favorite. Emphasis on hot. Come watch buff sweaty players run around with sticks and balls.
"Quinn's Nursery" -- 76 lines, $38 (Schrodinger's Heroes)
From your assortment of toys I got the free-verse poem "Quinn's Nursery." It's a story of transgender childhood, told through a series of gendered toys. This poem belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.
"Rigging the Game" -- 172 lines, $86 (Path of the Paladins)
I thought about the prompt on regarding people as toys for nonconsensual amusement, and how it would be gratifying to give the bad guy enough rope to hang himself creatively. That turned into the free-verse poem "Rigging the Game," a very graphic tale of murder and perversion and what happens when you piss off the wrong paladin. You said dark, so, if it's black make it black. This poem belongs to the series Path of the Paladins. (Additional note: this one featueres Einar instead of Shahana.)
"Scotch Hobby" -- 64 lines, $64 (The Steamsmith)
From the prompt about hopscotch rhymes, I got the poem "Scotch Hobby." Maryam Smith goes for a walk in the park and encounters several boys playing a version of hopscotch, using two different rhymes. She decides to pose a bigger challenge for the more experienced pair of players.
How do you want to distribute the $30?
How much do you want "Catching in the Rye" (low 1 to high 10)?
How much do you want "Half of Four" (low 1 to high 10)?
How much do you want "No Secrets" (low 1 to high 10)?
How much do you want "Playing the Field" (low 1 to high 10)?
How much do you want "Quinn's Nursery" (low 1 to high 10)?
How much do you want "Rigging the Game" (low 1 to high 10)?
How much do you want "Scotch Hobby" (low 1 to high 10)?