Alright, Survivors, we’ve played this game before ‘round these parts. With some frequency. One might expect that people might have had it with these [redacted] snakes on this [redacted] plane. So we’re gonna spice it up, Simpsons style. In honor of the greatest snake-centric episode of comedy, I give you Snakes On A Plane: Whacking Day.

First, look here:

As you’ll see, on this spreadsheet are lots of numbers. Your job will be to place 2 snakes, each of a length of 8, on that board. They get the value of each box they touch. The snakes must be continuous, but can move horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.

In a slightly different twist from previous iterations: if two snakes share a box, neither gets the point, but both live. If a snake is crossed twice by other snakes, it will die. If three snakes share a box, they all die (because they are each crossed twice, once by both of the other snakes).

Further complicating matters is that each person can trade a length of snake for the below described powers. You are permitted to trade up to 3 lengths (If you trade 1, you’ll have a snake of 8-length and one of 7. If you trade 2, you’ll have two 7-length snakes. And if you trade 3, you’ll have a 7-length and a 6-length). You can only buy one of each item.

Here are the powers you can buy:
Club You need a club if you’re gonna join in the Whacking Day festivities. If you use a club, you select one space on the board. Any snake that touches that space dies.
Luck Of The Irish – By now, everyone knows that Whacking Day was invented in 1924 as an excuse for beating up the Irish. If you use this power, you select one space on the board. Any snake which touches that space loses points equal to its length, and gives them to the person who set that trap.
Barry White – Snakes are sexy, baby. If you use this power, you select one space on the board. Any snake who touches a Barry White space is protected absolutely, and no harm shall befall it, no matter how many other people touch it, or how many clubs it hits, etc. In addition, if a snake that is touching a Barry White space and a snake that is not touch another space in common, the Barry White snake will get the points from the shared square. But! If two snakes touch the Barry White space, neither of them will get the benefit of the power. The catch? You cannot benefit from your own Barry White space.

The two players with the highest point total at the end of the challenge will be immune. If there is a tie for 2nd place, more than 2 will be immune. Let me know if you want to use any powers by 10 p.m. Wednesday and then snake placements will be due by 10 p.m. Thursday. Any questions?