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One former winner will miss the final challenge…let’s see how this shaped up.

Vote One: Dan Kautz.

Vote Two: Annette Barron.
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Is this the earliest I’ve ever had all votes? I’d say there’s a good chance of that.

Vote One: Zack Sauvageau.

Vote Two: Jonathon Pope.

Vote Three: Zack Sauvageau.

Vote Four: Jonathon Pope.

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I thought I had this great new challenge idea, but as I thought more about it, I realized it’s essentially slightly-changed wording to an old favorite of mine. But let’s toss someone into the jury room first…

Vote One: Matt Novak. “You’re carrying a big gun in this game. You can’t fault me for respecting your shot.”

Vote Two: Christina Pepper. “Not because I want to, and not because she’s the biggest threat. No, I’m voting for her because the biggest threats in this game are the hidden strategists, not the writers. That’s always really the way of it. I wanted Vogons to vogon, but that’s not how it’s going to be. Maybe this works. Maybe it doesn’t. But it’s the game the strategists brought. And whether this works or not, everyone left is a real player. Everyone. And everyone else should know that about each other. As of right now, if I were on the jury, there isn’t a single person I wouldn’t vote for. History means squat, and that’s the way it should be. Because this game right here? No matter how this vote goes, no matter how little I actually know, no matter how honest anyone has been with each other… this game just became a real game of survivor.”

Vote Three: Matt Novak. “With no smart ass comments, Novak.”

Vote Four: Christina Pepper. “Sorry, lady. Mad respect.”

Vote Five: Matt Novak.

3 for Novak and 2 for Pepper heading under the jump…

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Vote One: Ken Krouner.

Vote Two: Zack Sauvageau.

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First post-merge elimination…always a fun time. But a close vote? Let’s find out.

Vote One: erik sundberg.

Vote Two: Zack Sauvageau.

Vote Three: erik sundberg.

Vote Four: Zack Sauvageau. “Ain’t no sunshine when he’s . . . oh, wait.”

Vote Five: erik sundberg. “Just a numbers game.”

Vote Six: Zack Sauvageau. “Zack Morris. The Bayside preps have been on top for too long.”

Vote Seven: Jonathon Pope. “I assum3 I’m a d3ad man walking but I gu3ss I’ll just vot3 for Jonathon Pop3.”

Going into the jump, it’s 3-3-1, with erik and Zack suffering three votes apiece…

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First, a few things on how the game slightly changes after the merge:

1) Nonsubs are a killer. You get three self-votes if you miss a challenge. You aren’t quite guaranteed to go out, but you’re close.
2) Tiebreakers will remain the same, as we will do the second vote and subsequent rock draw if necessary. Nonsubs, though, will be outright eliminated if they’re part of a tie. Additionally – and this is new – if a person who votes for himself or abstains from a vote is in a tie, he too would lose any tiebreaker against anyone other than a nonsub.

So, our challenge, due Tuesday at 9pm Central (a helpful player pointed out that Monday is Labor Day) is Season’s Beatings. Your story will be centered around a holiday. As far as “holiday” is concerned, go nuts with that. Birthdays, Arbor Day or Flag Day are all fine. However, the one thing I expect is that the holiday is a central part of your story. It can’t be about, for instance, a rampage killing that coincidentally happens on Arbor Day. If the killing is related to it being Arbor Day, though, then you’re good.

Word limit is 2000. As a result, expect to wait a bit.

Cheers, Survivors.

Five years or so after running it for the first time, I’ve realized that a better name than the plain “Dual Manipulation” for this challenge is “I’ve Got the Power.” Ah, regret. Let’s eliminate someone, though.

Vote One: Jeph Novak. “Sends a message to the group saying he understands if it’s him, then lobbies to get me out?! Dirty pool, old man. I like it!”

Vote Two: Ken Krouner. “Great guy, but I gotta do what’s best.”

We’re going to lose a first-time player tonight…see which one after the jump.
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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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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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Nonsub eliminations, woooooooooooooooo

Vote One: Raymond Camper (nonsub vote).

Vote Two: Raymond. “A pithy voting comment cannot convey the depths of my disappointment.”
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Your competition, and also you



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

XXII: Dan “The Even More Professional” Kautz

XXIII: Melissa “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” David

XXIV: Stacy “Fucking” Snell

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
V: Jake “Littlefinger” Elliott

2014: Brooks “The Creator” Maki
2015: Matt “The Artist” Novak
2016: Matt “Waited Them Out” Novak
2017: Annette “I Would’ve Voted for You” Barron

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
2018: #17 Carrie “Solid Gold” Bard
2019: #16 Jake “The Jabroni” Elliott

(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)

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