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I've been browsing this place for a couple days off/on for a while -- couldn't particularly solve anything because I just don't really have the experience (plus I don't really know any of the cipher stuff), but I decided to try my hand at making a riddle anyway! Apologies for messing up the format / tagging if I do. I'm sure you nice people will get it fairly easily, though.

I stand at the front of my formation, pointing at the enemy.

What sounds like a boulder rushes towards me, but I stay strong.

Even when I get knocked back, I rise again.

The enemy struck hard, but resilient I am,

standing tall and enduring this,

hoping that next time they'll spare me.

What am I?

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  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling! The formatting and tags are fine, well done there. This looks like a good first riddle, and the best way to gain experience here is through making and solving. If you want a headstart though, I suggest looking through the highest voted riddles, and for ciphers I wrote a guide for exactly this purpose to help new users. Good luck in the future! :) $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Jun 18 '17 at 17:06
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you! I'll take a look. Any tips for solving? $\endgroup$ – TheThirdMage Jun 18 '17 at 17:28
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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling! (Take the Tour!) Very good first riddle - nicely hinted to a clear correct answer. Glad to see you here, and know that experience is just a matter of time. :) $\endgroup$ – Rubio Jun 18 '17 at 17:28
  • $\begingroup$ @TheThirdMage there's a link somewhere in there to a post where it talks about how you can recognise a cipher from the ciphertext (it should appear on the right hand side). generally there should be a hint somewhere in there too. On puzzling its most likely either rot13 or vigenere, so I recommend taking a good luck at them first $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Jun 18 '17 at 18:36
  • $\begingroup$ It was pretty easy (coming from someone who's not so great themselves), but I definitely applaud you for this excellent first attempt! I personally am not creative enough to write puzzles, so I'm a veteran lurker. It can take awhile to come across something solvable. A suggestion? Think more intrigue. You've definitely got the first-person riddle format down and have some good metaphors, but you could safely go a little more vague without sacrificing solvability. $\endgroup$ – feelinferrety Jun 22 '17 at 14:21
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Got it this time.

You are

a skittle/ a bowling pin (I call em skittles but apparently that's just me XD )

I stand at the front of my formation, pointing at the enemy.

The skittle at the front, facing the incoming bowling ball

What sounds like a boulder rushes towards me, but I stay strong.

The bowling ball misses

Even when I get knocked back, I rise again.

When a skittle gets knocked over it is resurrected

The enemy struck hard, but resilient I am,

The bowling ball hit the skittles but not all fell down

standing tall and enduring this,

The skittle is still standing

hoping that next time they'll spare me.

If all skittles are knocked over the second attempt its a spare (like the wordplay)

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    $\begingroup$ I've never seen it called a skittle before xD $\endgroup$ – TheThirdMage Jun 18 '17 at 17:10
  • $\begingroup$ @TheThirdMage I'm english :P What do you call it? $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Jun 18 '17 at 17:10
  • $\begingroup$ American here, simply called bowling pins. Logic is sound though, got the right answer even through dialect differences. $\endgroup$ – TheThirdMage Jun 18 '17 at 17:27

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