From the foreword:
The 200 Word RPG Challenge began as an accident. I posted a little game that I had written in under 200 words, and blasted it out, not thinking much of it. The next morning I had over 150 submissions and tons of people asking about contest details, what were the prizes, who was judging, etc.
Something about the tight constraint has captured people's attention ever since. Maybe it's because you can make a 200 word game in a lazy afternoon. Maybe it's because you can read a dozen entries during your coffee break. Or maybe it's just an interesting challenge to see how much game you can fit inside such a brutally small design space.
Whatever the reason, I'm glad that the Challenge has encouraged and inspired so many people to create a complete roleplaying game from start to finish, many for the first time!. This wouldn't be possible without the incredible creativity of the participants, the hard work of the Readers and Judges, the generosity of those who offered Prizes, and the support of the RPG community as a whole.
Thank you all. Now let's enjoy some awesome games!