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25th Oct '17 4:00:03 PM Vilui
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A variant on the Round Robin format restricts the author's knowledge of what has come before. Typically in this variant, each new writer will be given only the immediately preceding chapter, and must extrapolate how things got there. Needless to say, this is done only as an intentional gambit to produce amusingly incoherent results; moreso the shorter each chapter is. This variant reaches its ultimate expression in comic strips where each participant is given only a single ''panel.'' This variant is often called "exquisite corpse", after a famous phrase created by this method.

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A variant on the Round Robin format restricts the author's knowledge of what has come before. Typically in this variant, each new writer will be given only the immediately preceding chapter, and must extrapolate how things got there. Needless to say, this is done only as an intentional gambit to produce amusingly incoherent results; moreso more so the shorter each chapter is. This variant reaches its ultimate expression in comic strips where each participant is given only a single ''panel.'' This variant is often called "exquisite corpse", after a famous phrase created by this method.



A modern day Round Robin only rarely results in a publishable work. It is more commonly produced for the authors's own amusement. It has also been used in FanFic.

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A modern day Round Robin only rarely results in a publishable work. It is more commonly produced for the authors's authors' own amusement. It has also been used in FanFic.



* ''The Floating Admiral'', a Round Robin detective story done by many of the great detective authors of the 1920's and 1930's, with each chapter done by a different author, who had to figure out without hints what needed to be deduced from the previous chapters, with the final chapter requiring real detective skills to figure out how to wrap up the plot. Participants included Creator/AgathaChristie, Creator/DorothyLSayers, and Ronald Knox, with Creator/GKChesterton writing an introduction.

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* ''The Floating Admiral'', a Round Robin detective story done by many of the great detective authors of the 1920's 1920s and 1930's, 1930s, with each chapter done by a different author, who had to figure out without hints what needed to be deduced from the previous chapters, with the final chapter requiring real detective skills to figure out how to wrap up the plot. Participants included Creator/AgathaChristie, Creator/DorothyLSayers, and Ronald Knox, with Creator/GKChesterton writing an introduction.



* As mentioned above, ''Series/SupermarketSweep'' had the Round Robin game, where each member of a team (three pairs of two) would alternate solving product name anagrams, getting more sweep time- and right after that came the Big Sweep, so it could be important in how much time a team got for that.
* And its' sparring partner on Lifetime and Pax, ''Series/ShopTilYouDrop'', had a similar round called the "Shopper's Challenge", where the two teams would swap positions and answer rapid-fire questions- whichever team got the most points by the end of the round would move on to the [[BonusRound Shop Til They Drop]] round. Notably, this was one of the few elements kept intact when the show was heavily revamped in 2003 (and not for the better).

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* As mentioned above, ''Series/SupermarketSweep'' had the Round Robin game, where each member of a team (three pairs of two) would alternate solving product name anagrams, getting more sweep time- time -- and right after that came the Big Sweep, so it could be important in how much time a team got for that.
* And its' its sparring partner on Lifetime and Pax, ''Series/ShopTilYouDrop'', had a similar round called the "Shopper's Challenge", where the two teams would swap positions and answer rapid-fire questions- whichever team got the most points by the end of the round would move on to the [[BonusRound Shop Til They Drop]] round. Notably, this was one of the few elements kept intact when the show was heavily revamped in 2003 (and not for the better).



* [[http://www.snopes.com/college/homework/writing.asp A piece of occasionally-resurfacing Internet lore]] concerns an English teacher who paired her students and told them to write a story in this format. Unfortunately, one such pair turned out to consist of a borderline GranolaGirl alongside an insecure ManChild. The story alternates between a MarySue ({{Wangsty}} PurpleProse about relationships) and a MartyStu (adolescent SpaceMarine power fantasy).

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* [[http://www.snopes.com/college/homework/writing.asp A piece of occasionally-resurfacing occasionally resurfacing Internet lore]] concerns an English teacher who paired her students and told them to write a story in this format. Unfortunately, one such pair turned out to consist of a borderline GranolaGirl alongside an insecure ManChild. The story alternates between a MarySue ({{Wangsty}} PurpleProse about relationships) and a MartyStu (adolescent SpaceMarine power fantasy).
1st Oct '17 8:55:00 AM nombretomado
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* ''The39Clues'' was written by a different author each book, beginning with Creator/RickRiordan and ending with Creator/MargaretPetersonHaddix. The sequel series continued the trend.

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* ''The39Clues'' ''Literature/The39Clues'' was written by a different author each book, beginning with Creator/RickRiordan and ending with Creator/MargaretPetersonHaddix. The sequel series continued the trend.
14th Sep '17 8:55:22 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/BlackTrillium'' was written by Creator/AndreNorton, Creator/MarionZimmerBradley and Julian May in this fashion: each of them wrote chapters about her respective heroine ([[LadyOfWar Kadya]], [[BadassBookworm Haramis]], and [[PrincessClassic Anigel]], accordingly), which were then compiled and edited into a single novel. However, the collaboration proved so stressful for all of them that they continued writing in the same universe independently, effectively creating three different continuities after ''BT''.

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* ''Literature/BlackTrillium'' was written by Creator/AndreNorton, Creator/MarionZimmerBradley and Julian May Creator/JulianMay in this fashion: each of them wrote chapters about her respective heroine ([[LadyOfWar Kadya]], [[BadassBookworm Haramis]], and [[PrincessClassic Anigel]], accordingly), which were then compiled and edited into a single novel. However, the collaboration proved so stressful for all of them that they continued writing in the same universe independently, effectively creating three different continuities after ''BT''.
1st Sep '17 2:24:50 AM PaulA
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* "The Challenge from Beyond"[[note]][[http://www.tor.com/2016/04/13/conan-versus-the-cosmic-insignificance-of-humanity-the-challenge-from-beyond/ you can read it here]][[/note]] was a round robin horror/fantasy novella written by Creator/HPLovecraft and four other frequent contributors to ''Weird Tales''. The story goes off the rails when Creator/RobertEHoward does what he does best and Creator/FrankBelknapLong wraps it up in a hilarious sort of way.[[spoiler:The main character's body turns into a werebeast and drowns in a lake while his mind takes over his new body and rules the worm's empire as a benevolent dictator.]]

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* "The Challenge from Beyond"[[note]][[http://www.tor.com/2016/04/13/conan-versus-the-cosmic-insignificance-of-humanity-the-challenge-from-beyond/ you can read it here]][[/note]] was a round robin horror/fantasy novella written by Creator/HPLovecraft and four other five frequent contributors to ''Weird Tales''. ''Magazine/WeirdTales'': Creator/CLMoore, A. Merritt, Creator/HPLovecraft, Creator/RobertEHoward, and Creator/FrankBelknapLong. The story goes off the rails when Creator/RobertEHoward Howard does what he does best and Creator/FrankBelknapLong Long wraps it up in a hilarious sort of way.way. [[spoiler:The main character's body turns into a werebeast and drowns in a lake while his mind takes over his new body and rules the worm's empire as a benevolent dictator.]]
24th Aug '17 8:11:34 PM DecafGrub47393
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* ''[[https://roxanne13579.deviantart.com/art/sick-in-bed-chapter-1-199983464 Sick in Bed]]'' involves Phineas and Isabella falling in love while
bedridden on a shared bed. Three authors wrote this fic.

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* ''[[https://roxanne13579.deviantart.com/art/sick-in-bed-chapter-1-199983464 Sick in Bed]]'' involves Phineas and Isabella falling in love while
while bedridden on a shared bed. Three authors wrote this fic.fic.
24th Aug '17 8:11:05 PM DecafGrub47393
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* ''[[https://roxanne13579.deviantart.com/art/sick-in-bed-chapter-1-199983464 Sick in Bed]]'' involves Phineas and Isabella falling in love while
bedridden on a shared bed. Three authors wrote this fic.
23rd Aug '17 3:32:43 AM sabrina_diamond
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Wiki/TVTropes itself [[ExquisiteCorpse has one.]]

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Wiki/TVTropes itself [[ExquisiteCorpse has had one.]]
9th Jun '17 3:04:36 PM nombretomado
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* The WhateleyUniverse story ''Parents' Day'', which worked out in the end but took about two years to get written. WordOfGod says they are ''never'' going to try that again.

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* The WhateleyUniverse Literature/WhateleyUniverse story ''Parents' Day'', which worked out in the end but took about two years to get written. WordOfGod says they are ''never'' going to try that again.
4th Jun '17 12:10:00 PM nombretomado
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TVTropes itself [[ExquisiteCorpse has one.]]

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TVTropes Wiki/TVTropes itself [[ExquisiteCorpse has one.]]
3rd Jun '17 11:56:30 AM nombretomado
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* The ''WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' game "Three-Headed Broadway Star" featured the players making up a "hit Broadway love song" Round Robin-style, one word at a time.

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* The ''WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' game "Three-Headed Broadway Star" featured the players making up a "hit Broadway love song" Round Robin-style, one word at a time.
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