Vote One: Sarah Bizek (nonsub vote).

Vote Two: Sarah.

Vote Three: Sarah.

Vote Four: Sarah. “It isn’t Cerie being cut because of infinite immunities, but it’s still pretty crummy.”

Vote Five: Sarah. “I feel bad because she was in the hospital”

Vote Six: Sarah. “*Sniff* Sadly, my vote is for Sarah. Take care of yourself, Beezypoof!”

Mod life sucks, yo. And take care, indeed.

Fifth Elimination from Spookymilk Survivor XXII: Sarah Bizek
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Thank you all for the conversation. Moments like this aren’t fun, even though I wouldn’t put this in the top five most difficult ever (top five in the last few years, though, absolutely).

The decision is made in part because every source outside the game completely agreed that it was a nonsub, and stated that no particular “rule” needs to be pointed out when the submission rules themselves would point out what a submission must be.

If anyone has to do this in the future, make sure your ultra-short submission fills the prompt.

Willy’s votes are due tomorrow night at 9 given how late this got. If you all have your planned votes ready, go ahead and we’ll move on.

I am currently thinking over the stance of calling Sarah’s story a nonsub, seeing as how she did send…something.

The reason I called this a nonsub was that it didn’t fulfill the prompt. I suggested a line that would’ve counted as a submission, because it would’ve been a prompt-fulfilling story. It is completely different from submitting a line saying you’re not submitting. Some of Willy sees it this way, and some don’t.

I didn’t have this rule explicitly stated before because I didn’t think I needed to say that a line saying you’re not writing a story is not a story. This is not the kind of distinction a mod should have to make.

So, basically, I’m in a position where no possible outcome can keep from pissing people off. I can ask for honest reactions on this, but when you’re in a tribe, your thoughts are colored by the fact that you want to win.

I want as many opinions on all this as possible. I hate to say it, but throwing out the week entirely is indeed on the table, if that feels like the best option. However, if I were to do this, Khan would be exempt from the week and it would be between the other two to determine who has to vote, since Khan votes out a member in neither of the possible scenarios here.

Talk to me, gang. Brendan and Matthew, too.

We had a few different ideas about how to take a detour here; most of you told entirely different stories, but some retold the original. We had three stories from the dog’s point of view, two references to The Big Lebowski, one children’s show and one video game.

The results.

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I typically don’t have to work on Sundays, but I’m here now, which kinda blows but I suppose I have time to sneak around and make this post. Of course, it would be a faster situation if I wasn’t wasting time telling you about how I’m at work.

Vote One: Colin Woolston. “I can’t tell if this is right. It might be right TECHNICALLY, but MORALLY? My heart weeps.”

Vote Two: Melissa David.
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I don’t know if there are going to be ties on this vote, but there are four voters, so it’s certainly possible.

Ties will not be settled with a write-off. We’ll be doing what CBS Survivor does, and what DK brought back in season XVIII or whatever. If there should be a tie, then those NOT in the tie will vote again, and only those in the tie can receive votes. If there’s another vote, then there will be a random eviction between those who weren’t being voted for. So, it’s in your best interest to avoid these ties unless you want to put yourself up for elimination.

NOTE ON SCORING. After Brendan jumped on, I didn’t let him know how scoring changes week to week. Since I couldn’t catch him as I was tabulating scores, I decided the three of us would maintain 3-3-3 medals this time and we’ll go to 2–2-3 as scheduled next time with 14 people left.

Three out of three judges agree: this was a good challenge. Not to say there weren’t issues to tackle, but all in all, it was an extremely enjoyable week, with some new and old faces scoring big.

Also, and this is big for me, I didn’t correctly figure out a single writer this week (even erik, who I pick out at about an 85% rate). This is VERY rare, and suggests that many of you worked in new spaces and with new ideas. Nobody died in Shawn’s story, for instance.

Here you go.

Results under the jump.
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Hey everybody, do you like playing fun games?

Sure you, do. It’s unlikely that you’d be here if you hated fun and/or games.


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A non-nonsub elimination is always an early treat in a writing game. Away we go…

Vote One: Brooks Maki. “No skating this time, buddy.”

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Hey all,

The latest round of Survivor results are right below this. You should read them even if, like me, you’re not playing. Twenty Questions is always a hoot (people still say “hoot”, right?)

Some of you might remember Cutthroat Junction. It was a sister site to this one, and featured a monthly game that was a little smaller in scope than the big, long ones that Kelly runs (yeah, I hear it, too). A lot of the games were social in nature, but took a week or two at the longest. It was fun.

Eventually, everyone got busy or something, and the site just sort of died. I’d like to revive it.

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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

XXI: Pete “The Comeback Kid” Bruzek

I: Dragging Rivet’s Name Through the Mud One Last Time: Matt Novak (Ultragrandpa) and Michael Rivet (Friph Flipher-Fiph)
II: Bahambo Number 5: Pete “Triple Crown” Bruzek and Michelle “Single Tiara…So Far” Pratt

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

2014: Brooks “The Creator” Maki
2015: Matt “The Artist” Novak
2016: Matt “Waited Them Out” Novak

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.

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

(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
VIII: Annette “Oh, Right, That’s Who Won” Barron

WEREWOLF (most recent)

Werewolf Stats Spreadsheet

I (Pure): Matthew “The Obsessor” Gilman
I (Power): Kelly “The Novak-Destroyer” Wells

I: Matt “Exploiter of Worlds” Novak (France)



Annette Barron
Jared Cedar
Bret Highum
Dan Kautz
Matt Novak


Shawn Ashley
Jonathon Pope
Colin Woolston


Ken Krouner
Jeph Novak
Christina Pepper
Zack Sauvageau
erik sundberg

18th: Laurel Ogren (T3AM)
17th: Raymond Camper (Khan’s Sore Blueberries)
16th: Brooks Maki (Khan’s Sore Blueberries)
15th: Melissa David (Khan’s Sore Blueberries)
14th: Sarah Bizek (Willy)