God, I love this challenge.

Before each answer on the document, the letter displays which team provided it. Our initials are given after each response to which we gave a point. Is it readable? I hope so, because I’m done looking at it.

Click the above link to read all responses. Click below to see the final scores and find out if you’re voting.

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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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There were a lot of wild ideas and takes on the prompt this time around, and in that spirit, the judges certainly found some places to split. But none of it matters, because we had a nonsub this week too.

People have professional pride, though, so have a look at some results.

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First and foremost, welcome Brendan Bonham to the judging booth. Assuming he’s fairly quick with results, we’ll be rolling with the three of us for the rest of the season.

Second and secondmost, let’s get to an elimination. T3AM will open up the corpse-pile this season:

Vote One: Laurel Ogren. (nonsub vote)

Vote Two: Laurel.
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This was a good start, Survivors, aside from the one non-submission. Matthew and I ended up giving medals to almost the exact same stories, although only one Survivor took home a double-gold. Two stories were disqualified for going well past the word count, which I mention in the comments after the stories in question.

Link to the Google Doc results.

As far as submissions go, here’s how things would’ve looked without the non-submitter in there from an average score per person:

Willy: 8-2-0-0-0-0 = 10/6 = 1.80
Kahn’s Sore Blueberries: 6-2-8-10-3-0 = 29/6 = 4.83
T3AM: 1-0-0-6-8 = 15/5 = 3.00

Any submission by the lone non-submitter would have saved T3AM from the vote, but unfortunately we never heard from Laurel Ogren. Laurel’s vote is automatically cast for herself, while the rest of T3AM has until tonight at 9pm Central to cast a vote. Any votes not cast will result in a self-vote. Once I have all the votes, I’ll post the elimination along with the new prompt.

Not that it comes up much during a non-sub vote most of the time, but if you make a comment along with your vote, I’ll post the comment (anonymously). Also, votes are changeable as long as I have not yet received all votes. Once the deadline passes or all votes have been received – whichever comes first – they’re locked.

Cheers, Survivors.

Hey there, Survivors. We officially begin the game today with your first prompt. I was going to do a this team-builder thing, but I wanted to get people (new ones especially) used to the format before springing that kind of thing on them, so the team silliness will have to wait for now.

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Here’s your link. Annette figures out her audio issues right at the end and joins in and Bret has audio issues throughout and we catch a third of what he says, so it’s mostly me, Melissa and Pete talking about this very strange game with a stranger finish.

At the very least, READ it.

Not sure if I say “John” anymore. He goes by Judas but has said he’s legally planning on changing his name from John to Bjorn. As always with Mr. Wreisner, it’s hard to know where the truth ends and the absurdity begins, which is why I want his project to happen.

I have about eleven players so far, and possibly one other judge.

The intent is to keep this one free of the Facebook calls, because while I appreciate the idea of new players, the writing games require a bit more of the individual player, and our history there is…mixed.

And as always, I KNOW you guys know people who would do this, so instead of ignoring this bit as you always do (except for sundberg), you should probably tell them, you damn wieners.

A CdL story came up organically in conversation today – specifically, a season VII(?) piece from David Larson about Schrodinger’s Cat – and I realized how much I need to drop a writing season in here before getting the next Big Brother game ready.

I’m open to both types of writing Survivor – Turbo or regular. Let me know.

I love new blood, as you know, but will roll with the usual gang of idiots if that’s what we’ve got. As always, if you know someone who likes either writing, scheming or both, let them know.

Would cap the season around 24 people, if I get it. I’ll be looking for two other judges (or just one, if everyone is leaning toward playing over judging); let me know if you’re into it, and I’ll see what’s what. Deference will be given to past judges that have been quick to get the judging done, or to potential judges that have never nonsubbed in a game.

Season XXI, playing out on Facebook, is down to four and will be wrapped in a week to ten days. This will start within the couple of weeks after that.

For now, this will be the only place I put out the call for players. I’ll cast a wider net if need be.

It’s probably dumb to put out my first call on a Saturday night, but whatever. We like to keep things inefficient around here.

Also, nibbish will soon be helping me revive Cutthroat Junction, with monthly(?) games happening here. More on that soon, I hope. If you have particular favorite challenges – either from Cutthroat Junction or the big games – that you love to play, say so. Fall, Caesar will happen sometime this calendar year, but the rest is wide open. Cheers, gang.

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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

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)