Marty’s Exit Interview, Mervin’s Winner Interview, and My Final Thoughts

Alright, Marty, Mervin, you’ve waited weeks for the results to be announced. Luckily, today is that day. Time to put this game to bed. On the surface, it looks like a game that was completely one-sided. A tribe that swept the immunities, then an alliance that made the opposition extinct, then a couple of unanimous boots to take us to where we are now. Yet, everyone is more than happy with the product that came about.

Last season: 42/128 votes were idle
This season: 3/105 votes were idle

A HUGE improvement. Perhaps the most active voting of any Facebook ORG. I originally planned for this to be a one-time thing, but given the overwhelming positive response, I can assure you I’ll do another one slated for a start by the start of the new year.

So I’m going to read the votes. It takes five to win. The winner gets bragging rights, title of SupaCooWackyLand sole survivor, and something else. I haven’t decided what that is yet.

*opens urn*

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Marty, the jury has spoken. It’s time for you to go.

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(MERVIN)

XXX

(ARUN)-(JENN)-(JAY)-(DARIAN)-(KOSEK)-(NELSON)-(ANTON)-(MARISCAL)-(RYLIS)-(BRIAN M.)-(ELVERA)-(AARON)-(RYAN F.)-(SCOTT)-(FIFI)-(AMY)-(MARTY)

Eamon Jawatin Congratulations Mervin Sanding! and also to Marty Lastimosa Vargas =)

Jose Rapirap congrats merv!

Marty Vargas Congrats Mervin!!! The game has officially ended… I’ll miss the notifications on this game. 🙂

Mervin Sanding *speechless* seriously

Fiona Enkelaar Congrats Mervin Sanding, well deserved, now, pull this damn knife outta my back 🙂

Mervin Sanding ‎Fiona Enkelaar, i will plus i got some bandages for your wound.

Mervin Sanding i don’t know who voted for who but thanks, really thanks. i seriously didn’t make any expectation to win, i just gave my full honesty on the final tc then i leave it up to all of you to decide. I even told Marty he would win it.

Aaron Frazee Congrats Mervin!

Who Voted for Who

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MARISCAL,

my vote is for MARTY

FIONA,

(MERVIN)

changed my mind, I’m voting Mervin to win, because Marty sucks at the answering jury questions.

AARON,

(Marty)

Really impressed me with his jury answers. Except for the almonds part. I doubt he will win anyways, so this can maybe not make it a landslide vote. They both deserve it though.

ANTON,

(Mervin)

Mervin you have played a solid game, i was up in the air on who exactly my vote would go to and because of the argument between Marty and Elvera it became clear who the cool headed Winner of this game should be.. Congrats,

RYLIS,

{Mervin}

I vote for {Mervin} Marty sucks and you definitely deserve this win gl

AMY,

(Mervin)

SCOTT,

(merv!)

And something u didnt know was me and merv had a f2 from day 1…. .. Just an fyi. Good luck merv!………………….

FLYNN,

(mervin)

ELVERA,

(merv)

 

MARTY EXIT INTERVIEW

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  • o    1. When did you make your alliance with Mervin? Did you have any other major alliances pre-merge?

    –I talked to Mervin after the schoolyard pick. We were 2 of the last 3 chosen to join Coo and from that point on… I know that we are in trouble if we go to tribal council. Plus the fact that, almost everyone (except Amy), it’ll be my first time playing with them.

    • o    2. You took the penalty idol first round. Do you regret telling anyone you found it? Considering absolutely no one would have suspected it being in your possession?

      –I actually do. lol… but I would still have made the same decision of giving up my idol for my alliance since I believe that we needed it at that time and could help us feel more secure.

    • o    3. Let’s stay on the topic of your idol. In the round where RyLis left, you gave your idol to Fiona, yet it turned out to be useless. Looking back, if you had held onto it, you could’ve saved that idol for the final immunity challenge to cancel out Mervin’s idol. Or do you think that idol doesn’t play a factor at all?

      –hmmm… I have thought about this upon having the idol since day (I can’t remember)… I won’t use the idol for any challenge advantage because I know I can something if I wanted it so bad. I have it planned out that I will use it to change someone’s vote for me with no problems. LOL.

    • o    4. Is there anything post-merge that we didn’t get to see?

      –before the COO-L 5 was formed… I tried talking to RyLis about having an alliance with me and Mervin… and that maybe we can complete an alliance with Aaron, Brian and Ryan. but unfortunately, Mervin already has been talking to Fifi, Amy and Scott since day one. LOL…

    • o    Post… hmmm… that is after merge I guess. hahahaha… #stupidme. LOL
    • o    –when we were down to 7 in COO-ror. I talked to Mervin about me not buying that Scott will actually bow down at 5… so I opened an idea that it might be better if we take Aaron and Ryan Flynn with us and vote out Scott at 7. But again, Mervin knows what he is doing… and me being the good follower… hahaha… obeyed him and didn’t force anything at all. LOL
    • o    5. By the time we were down to five, it was clear you were destined to be taken to the Final Two by every player in the game. From my perspective, Scott was your best shot at winning this game. Did you try to plead and beg with Scott to not pull the ‘vote-me-out’ card? Or why not follow Fiona’s plan to blindside Amy that round?

      –I honestly have not been talking that much too Fiona about my personal strategies in this game so I am not aware of her plan of blindsiding Amy that round. lol… I know it would have been a better choice to be with Scott in a final 2, but once we are down to 5, I felt like there’s nothing that I can do about it…

    • o    6. What was your strategy post-merge?

      –all 5 of us have a concrete plan to start voting one of us out once we have voted everyone not on our alliance out. And honestly, I did have the idea of wanting to make it to the final 2 with Mervin since he was the first one I have an alliance with in this game. I’m sure that I won’t want to sit next to Fiona on the final2, she’s the obvious winner for me at that time. I overlooked Mervin’s position… and that was my mistake.

    • o    7. It seems you lost three of your potential jury votes when you fought with Brian, Flynn and Aaron. So my question is….why throw away two out of nine jury votes just like that??????????

      –I just stood to what I think is right. I didn’t want to come across as a bad guy while talking (I don’t even consider it a fight) to them… but I was just surprised that they took it like I was attacking them when I’m not. and I just wanted to stay real with what I feel everytime I play a game… that’s why, if i feel like posting on the wall… lol… I would post one. if not, then I won’t. hehe

    • o    8. Was the first time you considered voting Mervin out was at Final Three? Did you know he had the third idol? Why not take him out earlier?

      –I actually haven’t thought of voting out Mervin… not until we are at final3. I always thought that in our tribe, they would vote out Mervin first then me… but if I had the idol, I could avoid my supposed elmination. lol… but that didn’t matter. I have no clue that Mervin had the idol… he keeps on asking me if I have some clues… or that I should be asking some clues… I just now realized that Mervin was clever enough to gather all clues so he could obtain the last idol. I applaud him for that and all that he has done.

    • o    9. Is there anything you thought that was interesting that I didn’t get to see?

      –hmmm… let me think… oh yeah before the COO-L 5 have come solidified the vote for RyLis. hahaha… it required lots of time, pressure and laughter for us to pull it out. All 5 of us participated and tried to talk to some of them. LOL… I tried to talk to RyLis… he was so innocent but he wasn’t buying my acting. LOL… but that gave us 5 pure entertainment. hahaha… I can’t stop laughing at that time. LOL

    • o    10. Final Tribal Council. I heard rumours that a 5-4 win for you was very possible. Many people were angry with Mervin, and everyone was looking for a way to vote for you to win. But we get to Final Tribal and you have, what I think is the biggest incident at a Final Tribal that I’ve ever seen, a gigantic fight with Elvera. It lasted hours. I can say that a couple jurors claimed that this very fight turned them off from voting for you to win. Then, you follow it up with insulting RyLis.

      –yeah… that MIGHT have been my worst move in the game. but I don’t regret it all… LOL… bashing out Elvera’s childhood dreams is fantastic. hehe… I never wanted to insult RyLis, lol… but he was just delusional really. Or I think, I should have given RyLis the benefit of the doubt… that maybe he just need some attention. lol..

    • o    Do you think fights with a specific juror may influence the decisions of other jurors who may not like the way you react? Or was fighting with RyLis and Elvira a strategy to get votes?

      –It wasn’t my strategy to fight with Elvera nor RyLis. I just want to be real with what I feel towards someone. And in my mind, while I was having that stupid fight with the prostitute everyone likes to call Elvera, I was thinking that if the other jury votes for me… they will. if they won’t…. they really won’t. but the fights mgiht have cost me some votes… maybe…. maybe not.

    • o    11. Any other thoughts you have please share. Again, from the SupaCooWackyLand Productions, we thank you for signing up and playing this game!

      –this is the BEST org I have ever played. I have lost count, but I think I have played with 16 orgs… and none of them comes even close. You made it more realistic… your questions every tribal were very smart… and I most amazed with the great cast you have come up with. I have never played with most of these ORGers… and that’s what I like… playing with people I haven’t even made an alliance with from a previous game. I’ll say it again… THIS IS THE BEST! YOU ARE THE BEST LOGAN! hehe…

MERVIN WINNER INTERVIEW

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MERVIN EXIT INTERVIEW
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If you’re reading this, it means you won and are exceptionally thrilled about it. But never fear! This is your exit interview. Once the game is over, all exit interviews will be posted. Answer these questions while your pride in the achievements in this game are at a peak!

1. You mentioned this many times in the Final Tribal Council, but I’ll bring it up again anyway. Fifteen of the other players had signed up days or weeks before the game was set to start. When Federico Arce and Chris Elliot didn’t qualify, Flynn and Kosek took their place. Fast forward to the day of the game, and of all people, Branden Billy quits. I am beyond frantic as I search for an eighteenth player by nightfall. Out of the blue, you sign up for the game. So the person you need to thank for your win is not Scott or Marty, but rather Branden Billy.

Anything you’d like to say to Branden?

Well I should really thank him because initially I didn’t have any intention to play your game but for some reason, when Branden made some massive quits on several games, I decided to apply the last minute. I have been playing for over a year ( 7 survivor games ) and as I play more and more, I felt like it becomes less exciting as org friends always play together and it killed the social aspect of the game. But something really inside me kinda said to play that game and boom I added you and applied and here I am.

 

2. Everyone else had a pre-game alliance in one form or another. But you signed up the day of the game. Did you have any time to talk to the others before the game started?

During the time I signed up, I really didn’t rush on talking and making alliance. I know some of the people like Anton, Marty, Elvera, Scott,and some popular org players. My goal was to make sure that I’m gonna develop personal relationship with every single player in the game and I’ll stick with the one who I have made a promise.  

 

 
3. You were second-to-last picked for this game. The only person below you was Mariscal. What was up with the lower picks being the ones who made it to being the last ones standing on their tribes? Supa suffered the same fate with their top picks being the first ejected from their tribe.

 

From my perspective, People are really scared of Elvera and she have two loyal alliance with Nelson and Mariscal because whenever She is playing, she is definitely gonna make a splash and I feel like people kinda tagged me with them just because I am a Pilipino. But at the same time, people should have really realize that originally, I never had the intention to play this game so I came as independent player. Some of the org veterans also have perceptions of me as player so that’s why I think people are wary of me.

 
4. Marty shared his idol with you. Did that moment right there solidify your Final Two alliance with him?

 

In all honesty, no ( sorry Marty :P). Marty is playing a game. So initially, my whole mentality with that is Marty is using his idol as a ploy for me to be with him. But at that time, I DID kinda feel like what Parvati feels in HVV where nobody wants to be associated with her. I was among the last picked, and during the announcement that I was gonna replace Branden, some people made comments about me so right from the start, I knew I had a target. Plus Scott and I had an issue so I knew his eyes are dead set on me. And during the first day, Marty approached me for an alliance and then he shared his idol with me, I’m like I need atleast one person I could work with so that’s how my alliance with Marty started.

 

 

 

5. In fact, all three idols were found by Filipinos. I was amazed you found the third idol because some of the words in the puzzle were primarily Canadian English. Take me through the process of solving it.

It’s weird. It was like pass midnight and I can’t go to sleep. I’m usually asleep before 10 pm. So I’m just playing with my laptop and tried whatever to make me sleepy. Then I decided to decipher the idol code. I already have some of the letters and I noticed how some of the letters repeat their equivalent letters so I slowly make up the words and bingo, I figured it out

 

 

 

 
6. Pre-merge, Coo never had to go to Tribal Council. In the meantime, Supa was voting someone out every round. Did your tribe ever have any say who went home on the Supa tribe? Or did your tribe leave them alone?

No. I knew that once Arun got voted off then he made some comments about him being voted off when he worked in the challenge, I knew Elvera was in control of Supa.

 
7. RyLis mutinied. Did that really make a difference? Considering he was first one ejected after Mariscal?

I think he kinda affected the COO on the merge because he became an important free agent in this game. He have no ties with anybody although he exposed for several times that He have an alliance with Aaron.

 

8. What alliances did you have pre-merge?

Premerge, I had Marty during the start. Then me and Marty talked to Brian, Ryan and Aaron for an alliance but Brian and Ryan never talked to us or replied to us. Scott messaged me during the first day also and kinda like said there are two ways we can go in this game, work with each other or go against each other and I said I will work with him although after that conversation, we didn’t talked anymore except for the challenges. During the 4th challenge, I talked to Fiona because we were among the main contributors in the challenge and I feel like we could help one another.

9. What alliances did you have post-merge?

Initially I thought ,Me and Marty, we should stick with Aaron, Brian and Ryan because I didn’t know Amy, Scott and I are iffy, and my alliance with Fiona was kinda blurry since she wanted me, aaron and her in the final 3 but when I talked to Aaron, he gave a really luke warm response to me. But after so many times of trying to talk to Brian and Ryan and didn’t make any reply or response I knew it was hopeless. Scott then finally messaged me and explained why it took him a while to respond to our deal so I talked to Marty and we both decided to work with the veterans since they offered an alliance while the others are ignoring us.
10. When you found your idol, did you share that information with anyone? Or did you keep it a secret? What was the overall strategy in terms of how you used it?

 

No. Nobody knew about it even my closest ally Marty. I feel like the 2 idols are wasted and exposing it will only put target on me. So I did pretend a lot of times, ohhh the idol code is hard something like that. My goal with that idol is to use it the last moment that I could and that was to use that in the final immunity challenge. Taking it to the final 2 was never my goal because I didn’t wanna change someone’s vote. I want a vote that I truly earned.

11. I will tell you that nobody else found your fake idol. In fact, Fiona was the only one halfway putting in the effort to solve it. Did everyone else assume the idol was impossible to find? Did you try to convince anyone that it seemed impossible?

I pretended a lot times that it is hard.
12. If Aaron accepts you and Fiona’s offer near the start of the game, how would the game have played out differently?

I think Aaron would have been on the top 5 or 6 honestly. The thing with Aaron is that he is a very paranoid player. Being paranoid is could be beneficial too because it keeps you alerted but when he goes from one player to another then he fails to realize that people are gonna start comparing notes and that screwed him up.
13. I couldn’t help but notice that Scott said you can win immunity challenges at your own will. Therefore, considering you weren’t in the running to win a challenge until five were left, I’m inclined to think you threw some of the earlier individual challenges. Is that true?

During at that time, I have this sense that Fiona, Scott and Marty made themselves a huge target in this game by being vocal and the only way to get some clues for the Hidden immunity idol is if I took the penalty so I took the penalties for me to obtain some clues. Then I know that once the pecking order is over and it’s just five of us, I knew I had to win challenges for me to be safe and make sure I don’t have any previous votes that might be used against me incase of a tie. So yes. I did threw most of the challenges as a strategy.
14. In my previous game, the winner rallied from being down 8-2 in alliances but he won the last seven immunity challenges and played an idol in the last round possible. He won by a 7-2 vote. This game, you were on the dominating side, won the last three immunity challenges, and won by a 7-2 vote.
Do you think winning the last few immunities and having an idol in your pocket makes someone more of a ‘hero’ compared to those who don’t win immunities or don’t play idols?

 

I’m not gonna be a delusional person and say that I play with honor, integrity and I am clean. I’m not angel in this game. At some point I knew I had to manipulate, lie, deceive people. I’m no hero. But my whole mentality in this game is to keep my emotions in check and do not let the power control me because once I let it, it will corrupt me then it would be my downfall. And that’s what I really avoid. There is this delicate balance in Survivor where you have to make tough decisions in the game but you need to preserve respect to the people who you have voted off and I think I accomplished that.

15. You kept claiming that you thought you lost to Marty. When the votes come in, you won 7-2, and the only two votes you lost were because Mariscal did a coin flip and Aaron wanted suspense. If Aaron thought the vote was close, you would have won 8-1.

My question is who do you think voted for who before I revealed the results?

 

I always have this mentality that after final tc, I just content myself with the fact I already gave my best, I answered with the jury as much honesty and sincerity then I leave it all up to them. I never expect that they should vote for me because it’s up to them if they want to vote the way they wanted. If they are gonna vote just against me, it’s up to their conscience, if they personally just hate me and won’t vote for me, it’s up to them also. I don’t want to be over confident and belittle my opponent. I leave it all up to them.

 

During the final tribal council, I already knew Elvera won’t vote Marty. So I was sure I won’t have to fight for her vote since she won’t vote for Marty. Fiona and Aaron, I’m sure would have voted Marty. Fiona expressed some disappointments with me because I didn’t honor my final 3 deal with her. I have this sense that Aaron won’t vote for me because he made a statement that it would bore him and there was nothing that I could do because I already won before. Scott I feel like he was kinda leaning toward Marty. I think I made a personal connection with Anton so I have atleast 60% percent chance of getting his vote. Other than that Amy, Ryan, Rylis and Mariscal I feel like could have voted with either one of us.
16. If Marty wins final immunity, how do you think the game turns out? If Amy miraculously wins final immunity, how do you think the game turns out?

I think Marty could possibly take her but I’m pretty sure he would have really conflicted with who to choose since my bond with him is tighter and I don’t think he had any sort of friendship with Amy but he could possibly have a better chance with her. Again, Amy would possibly take Marty but I’m not sure because Marty never talked to Amy prior to the final immunity challenge.

 
17. I heard that Amy would have won by a minimum 5-4 vote if you took her to the Final Two. Do you think that is true or do you think you would have slaughtered her in answering questions from the jury?

It’s a strong possibility. Nobody have any animosity towards Amy. She didn’t have to cut any ties in this game. But at the same time, Amy played a really quiet game and didn’t invest personal relationship with most of the player. It would have really a tight competition if I was with her.

 

 
18. Speaking of Amy, why did she get so far in this game if many of you claimed you didn’t talk to her?

Initially, I knew a lot of people wanted to get rid of Amy because Darian is on the other tribe. But when Darian was gone, Amy became less threatening. And during the chaotic merge, it was like, we need to stick to one another so our 5 have decided to make a pact to be loyal with one another.
19. What was your strategy in terms of answering the jury questions? And do you think you answered the questions better than Marty?

My strategy at that point is give them one hundred percent honesty. I have nothing to fear and have nothing to hide to the jury. I also know that my story arc in this game is really strong and makes me standout so I used that present myself and strategy in the game.
20. Well, this is the last exit interview question of the season. A bit sad, really. Over 200 questions have been asked. So for this final one….I’ll let you use this space to make your victory speech. After all, you are the Sole Survivor! Congratulations!01

 

 

Thank you Logan. I know I didn’t really initially have any intention to play your game and many people were excited and anticipated your game but I’m glad that I listened to my heart and play your game. Your Org expertise is really apparent the way you handled this game. You were fair, creative and intelligent. To each and every single player I would like to thank you because this game wouldn’t be complete with any of you.

So, this is the end. What began as a frustration by the TV and cyber Survivor world turned into an experiment of a game that has been played tens of thousands of times over the past eleven years.

Not only did I put this final summary on hold because I was overloaded with end-of-term essays, projects, and presentations, but also because I had no idea how to put the bow on this game.

The expectations for this game weren’t that high. Compared to my family ORG (which I will deem to be the prequel of my ORG hosting career), this game did tremendously better. The funny thing is that it wasn’t a shocking turn of events post-merge that made me like this game. My family ORG had a couple major blindsides, and a finish that was capped off by an alliance of two overthrowing an alliance of eight. This game featured virtually zero power shifts. Elvera had control at every TC until merge, then Mervin-Fiona-Amy-Marty-Scott went unchallenged. Then Scott semi-quit the game. Then Fiona was knocked out by Mervin. Then Mervin’s idol guaranteed him a victory that ended up being a landslide.

I’m going to talk about my this season the same way that I ranked the Survivor seasons in my rankings project.

  1. 1.       SupaCooWackyLand (Season 1.0) Rating: 8.0/10.0

 

Things I didn’t like about this season:

 

1)      The maze. Oh god that went horrible. Elvera and RyLis yelling at me for hours because they couldn’t figure out the instructions, then Coo sitting people out based on who didn’t understand it. Regardless of Fiona understanding it, I had to make a judgment call that the maze needed to be scrapped, even if this decision clearly benefited Supa. A new maze was put up immediately but now Fiona was confused because she saw no problem with the prior maze. This was the worst fourteen hour period of the game.

 

2)      Just like in Sund Survivor Facebook (Season .5), the only idol that takes effect is the one that is played in the last round possible by the person who is most likely to win the whole game. I wouldn’t mind it an idol was played successfully around mid-game to shake up the 5-person alliance.

 

3)      People online who can’t agree on confessional counts. This nearly screwed up the Sudoku puzzle. I never want to go through such a late-game mishap like this ever again. It would have been like the Fallen Comrades mistake at Final Four in Survivor: Africa (the story is on Wikipedia for anyone who is curious).

 

4)      The landslide vote at the end. It’s not Mervin’s fault that he kept his cool and told everyone exactly what they wanted to hear.

 

5)      Aaron rejects the alliance offer from Fiona and Mervin. This would have complicated the post-merge dynamics. Perhaps a big betrayal of Marty?

 

6)      Flynn was quiet for too long. I wish he would have spoken up earlier.

 

7)      Brian Meagher making my predictions become the biggest joke post-game.

 

8)      Supa throwing the maze. They had a real shot to win that challenge given the mistakes from Coo. Instead, it’s a no-contest.

 

9)      Supa not fully participating in the opening immunity challenge. That may have been the beginning of a long and painful beating.

 

10)   Coo never goes to Tribal Council pre-merge. I wouldn’t mind seeing a TC visit without Elvera’s presence. Although I have a feeling it would not have differed much from what occurred post-merge anyway.

 

11)   The lack of confessionals. Note to future players: SEND IN CONFESSIONALS. It makes me have to work less to post all of the bonus footage at the end of the game. I don’t mind you making me get my copying/pasting exercise.

 

12)   The fighting crossing the line to the point where a player quits. Fighting can improve the memorability of a season if it’s authentic and stays at least a few inches away from the gutter. When it reaches to a series of low blows and unnecessary banter, that’s when we step from ‘Wow, players are arguing hardcore’ to ‘Ugh, I just want to look away for a minute.’

 

13)   Nobody found Mervin’s fake idol. That had the potential for such an epic fail.

 

14)   I screwed up once when I sent out clues for the third idol. My bad.

 

15)   Anton being super screwed at the seventh TC. I couldn’t help but feel sympathy for his position. Nobody wants to sit through a TC that is a foregone conclusion mathematically. This was all in the name of keeping integrity to original Survivor rules. I stand by my initial ruling. If you want to take anything away from this event, it’s that past votes MATTER.

 

16)   Most challenges were nowhere near close pre-merge. I wish we would have seen at least three or four immunities where I have to wait until everything is said and done to determine who won as opposed to waiting for the clock to run out.

 

17)   A couple players did not do their exit interview.

 

18)   RyLis didn’t leave a fake idol for Anton at the Supa camp. That would’ve made the Anton vs. Elvera TC exciting if I could anticipate Anton playing a fake idol that he thinks would guarantee him being in the merge.

 

19)   My stopwatch broke during the final immunity challenge. Therefore I had to use an online timer and give Marty and Amy an extra .75-1.5 seconds per roll call to ensure everything was fair. Sorry Mervin.

 

20)   The 5-person alliance never breaks down and its boot order at the end is predictable. Anti-climatic compared to the insane finish of the prior season.

 

Things I liked about this season:

 

1)      Much more interesting cast compared to last season.

 

2)      A 70% increase in activity. Only Kosek could fit the criteria of last season’s rubric of an inactive player. Last season we had eight players be voted out in a round where they self-voted. Or players that played in every challenge but chose to self-vote seven TCs in a row. Thank goodness that didn’t happen again.

 

3)      Only three self-votes this game compared to the forty self-votes in the previous game.

 

4)      My Internet didn’t crash in the middle of the game unlike last season.

 

5)      Nobody pummeled me with special requests or asking me to bend the rules in their favour unlike last season. God that was a headache then. I never had to reach for aspirin once this season. I only considered it when Brian quit.

 

6)      The third idol was found in the way it was supposed to do.

 

7)      The sitting out idols worked out extremely well. Perfect formula. I am tempted to replicate this next season with a minor twist.

 

8)      Virtually all experimental challenges worked out well.

 

9)      Everyone voted at Final Tribal Council. Nine out of nine votes. Impressive.

 

10)   Nearly everyone enjoyed playing this game and consider it as one of the best. I didn’t expect that.

 

11)   I reduced the number of idols from last season.

 

12)   The post-merge sitting out rule amendment may be my favourite twist of all time.

 

13)   Mutiny! Just wish it went the other way.

 

14)   The break between opening day and the first challenge worked out well.

 

15)   Arun, Jenn, and Jay were all voted out at the start of the game in one of the biggest ORG upsets.

 

16)   Jay’s exit may be one of my all-time favourites in terms of the pre-merge. A 4-3 vote that nobody saw coming.

 

17)   RyLis gives Aaron an idol he thinks is real that not only turns out to be fake, but the vote was never aimed at Aaron in the first place.

 

18)   Brian and RyLis attempting to vote for every person remaining in the game within a period of twelve hours. That may be one of the funniest things I have seen.

 

19)   The questions overall at the Final Tribal were good.

 

20)   The uncertainty surrounding who would win prior to Final Tribal Council.

 

21)   My curiosity to see how Elvera would work within the Cooror tribe.

 

22)   Elvera keeping an idol to the Final One. I doubt that will be repeated.

 

23)   The final immunity challenge: Would Marty make it to one hundred minutes?

 

24)   Increasing awareness for Survivor Guy’s series

 

25)   Plenty of viewers were following along with the game unlike last season.

 

26)   An extremely balanced cast: A mix of ORGers, first-time ORGers, and hybrids who simultaneously obsess with Survivor but also play the odd ORG.

 

27)   YOU! For reading this blog and supporting my series 🙂

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