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Had a podcast to record tonight, so this is the entire opening bit.

Vote One: Annette Barron. “Unsuccessfully again, I’m sure”

Vote Two: Bret Highum. “My vote is for Bret, but I’d like him to keep submitting stories anyway. That’s not unreasonable, is it?”

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War! Superpowers! Rainbow Calculators! Menial jobs! It’s all here, gang!

Thirteen pages is easier than thirty-three

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Vote One: Ken Krouner.

Vote Two: Zack Sauvageau.

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I’m glad I ran this one; it’s always a nice break from the norm to work in a much different style. We got everything from the traditional sonnet about beauty to the highly unorthodox sonnet about a killer prostitute.

Here’s what happened.

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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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You know, you can write tiebreaker rules, and still end up with ties. There are three immune parties, rather than two. For the next challenge, we’ll expand tiebreakers, just in case.

Some of you felt a little pressed for time here, but many of you used your words to the fullest.

Let’s see who did what.

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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.

This challenge is hard. It occasionally showed, and to be sure, I think it was three different people who admitted huge difficulties with this one before sending it along. However, I read some incredible stuff as a result of this challenge, and medaling was a difficult task.

Enjoy the show.

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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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This is typically one of my favorite challenges, and call it an over-representation of the now, but I’m pretty sure this was my favorite slate of Bulwyr submissions ever. These are dynamite.

Oh, the pain.

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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

XXI: Pete “The Comeback Kid” Bruzek

GODS AND MORTALS
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

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

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 XXII

TRAVELING WILLYB3RRI3S

Annette Barron
Jared Cedar
Bret Highum
Dan Kautz
Matt Novak
Jonathon Pope
Christina Pepper
Zack Sauvageau

THE GRAVEYARD
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)
13th: Colin Woolston (Khan’s Sore Blueberries)
12th: Jeph Novak (T3AM)
11th: Shawn Ashley (Khan’s Sore Blueberries)
10th: erik sundberg
9th: Ken Krouner