RESULTS: MARCO POLO SASQUATCH

There they are.

In a remarkable coincidence, no tiebreakers were needed.

prev – previous miles
sac – people sacrificed
Mans – people remaining after Sasquatch placement
Miles – miles earned on this challenge

Rene’ Pare’s ballsy decision to place all her people on just two different spots paid off, as neither was hit (if even just one of them had been, she would have landed in second-to-last place). I will be updating the full spreadsheet and making a results/new challenge post in the next hour and a half.

I’m never sure whether to love or be bothered by the fact that so many of our stronger weeks happen when there’s a vague, wide open prompt. Anyway, this is my way of saying I had a really good time here with the six of you who decided to play with us this week. Although this season was marked by apathy, I really did enjoy a lot of the work done all season by those of you still with us; I look forward to the playoffs even despite the challenges getting people to hang around all season long.

Your final results of the regular season.

Annette will let you know the scoring results when she comments here.

Next week, those who finished in 3rd through 6th place will write. Each judge will give one of each medal. The highest-scoring two will advance to the final four the week after, with any ties being broken by regular-season points.

If you’re writing this week, let’s do this one…

“Walking Distance”
Written by Rod Serling
Directed by Robert Stevens
Originally broadcast Oct. 30, 1959

Gig Young gave a terrific performance as Martin Sloan, a 36-year-old ad man tired of his life, who finds himself transported to the hometown of his boyhood. There he not only basks in the remembered pleasures of carousel rides and chocolate sodas with three scoops, but also encounters himself as a child – and his parents, who understandably question his sanity.

You will write about a character who has the opportunity to deliver a message to his or her younger self. This message can be delivered in any way you like, including in person. I’d suggest that it would be hard to draw me in with a story that’s simply the writing of the letter, but if you can make it pop, I guess I can’t stop you.

Word limit will be 1500. Due Sunday at 8pm next week, and hey, maybe Sunday won’t suck for once, and I can start going to bed later again. Cheers, Prosers.

CANADA (FIRST STOP): GODS CHALLENGE: MARCO POLO SASQUATCH

Results of Poutine Slam.
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…tomorrow at 9am Central. There were multiple players asking for an extension.

CANADA (FIRST STOP): MORTALS CHALLENGE: THE POUTINE SLAM

One team still didn’t decide which member was going to do which challenge, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to continue waiting for something so small, so we’re going to go ahead and get the POUTINE SLAM going.

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I reposted this from Facebook. I’ll be updating in both places, and will be allowing all forms of communication since this won’t be anonymous.

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We have eleven teams, which is a good number. Like on The Amazing Race, there will be a couple of non-elimination rounds, though they won’t be called out beforehand. Typically, there will be two different challenges per cycle, and each team will choose which individual does which based on entirely-too-vague explanations (again, like on the show).

If you haven’t named your team, send me a name!
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I could see the first challenge going up tonight if I feel we have enough team names and I have enough challenges banked to last a while.

Not enough time to write though, apparently, as we received an all-time low four stories. FOUR!

A due date doesn’t have to be a start date, gang. It doesn’t matter when the Super Bowl falls if you’ve got six days leading up to it. Oh well.

Thanks for showing up! We gave two golds and two silvers.

Here’s a TZ episode I haven’t even seen, but now want to:

“Twenty-Two”
Written by Rod Serling
Directed by Jack Smight
Originally broadcast February 10, 1961

During Season 2, a budget shortfall led to six episodes being recorded on videotape rather than film to cut costs. While those episodes ended up being more stagebound than most (no exterior or backlot shooting was possible), the claustrophobia of filming strictly on a set greatly aided this small tale of a woman who repeatedly dreams that she walks down a long, dark corridor to the morgue, where she is greeted by a nurse who says, “Room for one more, honey.”

Of course, it’s only a dream, right? But as any “Twilight Zone” fan will tell you, premonitions are meant to be heeded.

Write a story about a long hallway. I want to see where you take us. This will be the final story of the regular season as six of you will then graduate to the playoffs; you will get 1000 words for this one as a season-ending gift. Have fun with them, okay?

Last call to join the Amazing Race-inspired Gods & Mortals. We’ll be racing around the world this time! Virtually!

I have eleven teams right now (if you said you were in but didn’t have a partner, I found you one). I don’t know that I need any more, but if I get more, we’ll wedge you in.

I lament the fact that so few writers are left while also rejoice at it since doing this while moving has been a bear. Now that the important part of our house is clean and guest-ready, here I am.

I’m impressed at how strong the writing has gotten. The prose is better per person than I can remember in some time (even if I still non-secretly want Josh Longman back in the worst way).

Here are your results, Sarah.

Let’s tackle a Twilight Zone episode I saw as a kid that never left me:

“Time Enough at Last”
Written by Rod Serling
Directed by John Brahm
First broadcast Nov. 20, 1959

Perhaps the most beloved “Twilight Zone” episode, “Time Enough at Last” starred Burgess Meredith as a bookworm who would much rather escape into the worlds of Dickens, Shaw and Shakespeare than deal with testy bank customers or a hen-pecking wife. As he hides out in his bank’s vault to read during a lunch break, a nuclear bomb wipes out said wife, customers, and every other human being, leaving him alone in a decimated city with his treasured literary classics.

If you think that is bliss, it is – until the climax that would make O. Henry swoon with delight/agony.

For your story, write about a character who has found the perfect life/Heaven/utopia/whatever other than one detail that essentially ruins the whole experience. Due next Sunday at 9pm. I’m off next Sunday/Monday and the house is in good shape, so I’d say there’s an okay chance I can get to it quickly.

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HALL OF CHAMPIONS

SPOOKYMILK SURVIVOR

I: Rachel "The Double-Dealer" Flynn

II: Ryan "The Snake" Fossum

III: Patrick "The Gentleman" Kozicky

IV: Brienne "The Submitter" Maner

V: Rusty "The Porn Star" Greene

VI: Brooks "The Unlikely Hero" Maki

VII: William "The Soulful" Schuth

VIII: Brooks "The Survivor" Maki

IX: Zack "The Ice Cream Man" Sauvageau

X: Pete "The Vacuum Cleaner" Bruzek

Turbo: Brooks "The 1956-1979 Montreal Canadiens" Maki

XI: Matt "The Cold-Hearted Motherf*&^er" Novak

All-Stars (XII): Andy "The Quiet Man" Rustleund

XIII: Sarah "Clarence's Hope" Bizek

XIV: Dan "The Professional" Kautz

XV: Christina "Assault And" Pepper

XVI: Matt "The First-Time Player" Novak

XVII: Stacy "Saintly Patience" Snell

XVIII: Brian "Checkmate" David

XIX: Annette "Eammon for the Top" Barron

XX: Daniel "Neville "Smash "Hardware" Hardwood" Longbottom" Caouette

GODS AND MORTALS
I: Dragging Rivet's Name Through the Mud One Last Time: Matt Novak (Ultragrandpa) and Michael Rivet (Friph Flipher-Fiph)

BIG BROTHER
I: Brooks "Oh, for the Love of God" Maki
II: Michael "#DDB" Rivet
III: Pete "Fortune's Fool" Bruzek
IV: Erin "All Seven and We'll Watch Them Fall" Leslie

FALL, CAESAR
2014: Brooks "The Creator" Maki
2015: Matt "The Artist" Novak
2016: Matt "Waited Them Out" Novak

CUTTHROAT JUNCTION CHAMPION
Kelly "Yes, He's a Player Too" Wells

Link to the Cutthroat Junction site. Over there, we do once-a-month strategic mega-games while the champion defends his title in a one-on-one. Head over to see how it works.

THE ROYAL RUMBLE
2013: #21 Greg "The Gallant Glutton of Greatness" Johnson
2014: #29 Jonathon "Big Papa" Pope
2015: #8 Christina "Am I in This?" Pepper
2016: #22 Annette "No Backs Stabbed" Barron
2017: #30 Bernice "The Vulture" Nicaise

PLAY WITH THE PROSE
(Writing, non-elimination)
I: Sarah "Centipede Face" Johnson
II: Sarah "The Johnson Eliminator" Wreisner
III: Colin "Lonely Old Moon" Woolston
IV: Melissa "Not Sidebar Material" Diamond
V: Sama "No Family Reunions" Smith
VI: Sarah "Tumor Face" Wreisner
VII: John "Cult Following" Wreisner
VIII: Joshua "Peed the Bed" Longman

WEREWOLF (most recent)

Werewolf Stats Spreadsheet

PUZZLE CHALLENGE
I (Pure): Matthew "The Obsessor" Gilman
I (Power): Kelly "The Novak-Destroyer" Wells

DIPLOMACY
I: Matt "Exploiter of Worlds" Novak (France)

SPOOKYMILK SURVIVOR XX

THE WINNER

Daniel Caouette

THE RUNNER-UP

Bernice Nystrom Nicaise

THE JURY

11th: Melissa David
10th: Ashton Stansel
9th: Sharon Pierpont
8th: Mark Feagins
7th: Michelle Pratt
6th: Tanya Laumann
5th: Jake Elliott
4th: Carrie Bard
3rd: Pete Bruzek

THE EXPELLED

28th: Amber Keyster
27th: Jared Mitchell
26th: David Tucker
25th: Sama Smith
24th: Jesse Vance
23rd: Michael Deighton
22nd: Rene Pare
21st: Colin Woolston
20th: Colin Wolfson
19th: Joseph Rakstad
18th: Shelbi Sarver
17th: Susan Walker
16th: Bret Highum
15th: Jamie Frost
14th: Eric Schapp
13th: Annette Barron
12th: Stacy Snell