SCWL Post-Season Cast Assessment

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1.00 It’s finally time to get my player bios project underway.By the end of SCWL 5 we will have reached the two year anniversary of the main series. I must say the time hosting this series has gone by fast.

So what is the purpose of this project? Well, I consider it to be a post-season cast assessment. As you may know I do a pre-season cast assessment for every season, but outside of the episode blogs I really never go back and analyze each player’s impact on the history. This project essentially recognizes the most forgotten of players.

Therefore, we will be traveling in order of elimination for players in this series. I will try desperately to see this project through to its end.

1.01 ENTRY #1: Scott LePage – 20th place – Transcend – (2-self vote-self vote-self vote) – July 10 2009 SCWL: The Prequel
Records: First player ever voted out in the series
Voted out in the most inactive Tribal Council of all time
One of two guest ORGers to appear in SCWL’s prequel
Last pick in draft
Never won a challenge
First person to achieve a perfect elimination vote record because he self-voted himself out of the game at the first TC. Thus, 100% ratio. 🙂

Yep. We go back to our prequel season that was hosted between May of 2009 and December of 2009. Over two full years before SCWL 1 began and was my first hosting gig.

For veterans of the ORG universe, you are probably thinking “Scott LePage played?! He played this series over two years before anyone else did? How come he hasn’t said a word about it?!”

I must confess that the casting process for SCWL: The Prequel (at the time it was called “Saunders Survivor: The Great Twists”) was a complete disaster. Why? Because I was trying to cast ten well-known ORGers to face off against ten of my brothers/sister/mother/cousins. Yep. The twist was supposed to be “Veterans vs. Family”. A unique twist that had never before been attempted in ORGs, but upon reflection four years later, simply was not feasible.

When casting for the game I promoted it as “Survivor twists you have never seen before”. I was telling the truth, but seriously, how many teenaged first-time ORG hosts have advertised that when asking people to sign up for their game? Yeah. You’d want them to get off the stage immediately. I must also note I advertised this game in every ORG group I knew without asking for admin permission. It was in Park’s groups, some of Warren Adams’ games that took place six seasons earlier, Jo Ann and Stacy’s Survivor Fans Podcast groups that have about five posts per month, and about ten other places. You don’t know Jo Ann and Stacy? Ask Brandon Bryce. He is the only person from the Previously on. . .Survivor Facebook group who posts there.

In short, veterans were turned off by this first-time host/spammer who showed all of the signs for a bad game. I had applications open for a month and guess how many ORGers applied? Two. Trust me, nobody was going to budge. The funny thing is that Scott LePage openly mocked my “twists you’ve never seen before” tagline but applied anyway lol.

SCOTT: I’m sure all of the twists you’re going to use have been used before, but I’m going to apply.

To this day I believe Scott signed up for this game to see how much of a trainwreck it was going to be. I bet if you messaged Scott LePage about this game, he would either forget his participation in it or said it was the worst piece of crap he had ever seen. His jaw would hit the floor if he found out that the game was played through to completion and had at least fifty percent of the cast be active.

Why would Scott think it was the biggest piece of crap ever for reasons further than what I already listed? Well, the cast was supposed to be Veterans vs. Family. Ten versus ten. I found ten family members no problem, but I could not find any more than two veterans. Clearly I would need to revise my theme and find a way to get more players. I have never shared this twist before or even spoken about what occurred on the game’s first day because it is the worst idea I have ever had and SHOULD NEVER EVER EVER BE ATTEMPTED BY ANYBODY ON EARTH EVER AGAIN.

So what did I do to try to raise the cast from twelve to twenty?
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Challenge #1: Find a Partner. Everybody was instructed to find a partner to bring into this game. They would become full-fledged contestants. The advantage of a partner is that they were guaranteed to have your back. If you didn’t have a partner it was your loss.

Yeah. So there was no way to know if one player would find a partner or if all twelve would to boost the cast to a size of 24 players.

Worst idea or worst idea ever?

So the answer to “why did the season end up with twenty players?” is “because exactly eight of the twelve players found a partner to bring into this game”.

Scott Grensted is probably on the floor laughing thinking this is the worst piece of crap he has ever heard in this life. How I made the transition from the worst ORG host ever to one that is always in the running as the best ORG host in existence must be baffling to not only myself but to you the reader.

Needless to say I learned a lot from hosting my first ORG, but more on that later.

Why do I bring this twist up? Because Scott messaged me and quoted Luke Skywalker saying I was asking for the impossible. I bet Scott refused to ask anyone to sign up for my game and saw through my intentions as well as his desire to sabotage this game as much as possible. He probably caught on that the odds of this game being canceled was roughly ninety percent at the time. The other veteran who signed up for this game wondered how an ORG could play with only two people. This was because I never told the veterans or family what the twist was yet. Veterans didn’t know family members of mine were playing and family did not know two veterans were playing.

The only benefit to this twist is that I have an ePen Pal who I met because of that twist and have kept in touch with her for the past four years. More on that later when I get to her in this countdown.

Dang, this section is long.

Initially everyone thought ‘Find a Partner’ would be ‘Find a Partner’ in this game. And as I said before, Scott was the only one to figure out the true purpose. Suddenly it was eighteen family and two veterans. My theme needed a drastic face lift.

I held the Opening Day challenge with the eighteen family members. The veterans were excluded from this challenge. Two of the contestants drove seven hours to my house to understand what exactly was going on and to celebrate Opening Day. This is perhaps the only tradition to last through to subsequent seasons. That day was so fun for me and the twelve players showed up that it is a tradition I refuse to change.

For those curious the opening day challenge was to post the initials of every winner in Survivor history or every runner-up in Survivor history. If you chose to gather the initials of every winner, you must use those letters to post the name of a tribe. The first person to do so was a captain. Same thing applies to the initials of the runner-ups.

Reason #172 why Scott LePage should be pissed off at me: The fact he was excluded from this challenge.

The two tribe captains were each secretly awarded a hidden immunity idol. Again, this was extremely unfair to Scott and the other guy because it was impossible for them to obtain either of those idols. Note I would never give away hidden immunity idols in such a manner today. Each captain was told to “pick a player they would like to oppose”. The two players would become tribe captains as well, but be given individual immunity from the first TC they visit. Since then two individual immunity necklaces have always been given in the first round of play. It is something I never realized has been kept as a tradition through all of these years.

Now that FOUR captains have been established (yes, the only season to feature more than two tribes), the pick em could begin. Each captain was told there were “two mystery players who would join them”. I am sure they thought it would be my dad or another one of my uncles, and in a million years would not guess it was a guy from a midwest and a guy from Toronto. Why am I laughing out loud when typing that?

After the tribal pick em I revealed that the two mystery players were “stars” from the ORG universe. Yep. I went the Bobby Jon and Stephenie route. The funny thing is that the person who played with Scott was nowhere near “star” status at the time. Again another deception by me.

Scott was placed on a tribe with the fourth captain. There were four tribes of five. Who were the other four people on his tribe?

a) My sister who was captain. She did not sign up and was one of the partners picked to join the game. Oh, did I mention she did not have a computer or a smart phone? Did I also mention I knew it would be impossible for her to play because of her lack of computer access so I told her I was trying to do Veterans vs. Family? She told everyone two minutes before I revealed the two mystery players that she thought it would be ORG veterans.
b) A cousin of mine (Alisha) who had never seen Survivor. She did not know what the purpose of Tribal Councils were. More on her later.
c) A cousin of mine (Dan) who ended up being the biggest jerk on the planet. Yes, more on him later.
d) My uncle (Loren) who was relying on dial-up.

Here you go Scott LePage! Enjoy your tribe!!!1111one.

This is the most disastrous opening round in Survivor ORGs, eh? Scott messaged me and kept saying he would talk to the other people on his tribe and join his tribe’s Facebook group. That never happened.

TRIBAL IMMUNITY CHALLENGE #1: Paint a tribe flag.

This is the only season that had challenges involved subjective judging. After the next subjective challenge I chose to never do unfair challenges like these ever again. The initial two captains would face off against each of the tribes that they chose to oppose back on Opening Day. Each tribe flag was based on three criteria. It is the only season where players named their own tribes or were able to create their own flags.

Tribe name was Transcend. Alisha, who never watched Survivor, did this challenge by herself because nobody else could and/or would help. Incidentally she had no idea how Survivor flags traditionally look like. Therefore, it was the easiest defeat I had seen in Survivor history. However, she did not see it that way and I was sent very angry inbox messages because she felt personally hurt that I did not crown her flag as being the best against the FireWire tribe. I lied by saying that it was my dad who acted as the Simon Cowell judge just to calm her down. I really was the worst, eh? So eventually she apologized for her valid outburst. I consider it an acceptable outburst because it was a subjective challenge after all and subjective challenges truly suck, but it was clear this tribe was by far the worst tribe I ever dealt with in series history.

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So it was time for Tribal Council. My sister was immune. Alisha was bound to be safe. Loren, Dan, and Scott were nowhere to be found except for Dan trash talking the other tribe, and Scott who responded to my messages to participate but refused to actually do so.

Dan voted for. . .somebody on a different tribe. I told him his vote was illegal. So he refused to vote, thus casting a self-vote.

I tried to explain to Alisha that she needed to vote. She never did, thus casting a self-vote.

Loren was on dial-up. He tried to be active, but his message could not send until Gangnam Style became a #1 hit. So he self-voted.

So all Scott LePage had to do was cast a vote for Dan, Loren, or Alisha and he would be safe from the vote, and have a good chance of winning this game given this tribe and the other losing tribe was about to be dissolved.

My sister was immune from the first losing TC because she had immunity from opening day. So she could not vote for herself even if she “tried”. Therefore the first player voted out of the SCWL series was going to be eliminated by a rolling of an online four-sided die. Luckily my sister came over that day and used my mom’s computer to quickly vote.

**THIS IS A NEVER BEFORE RELEASED VOTING CONFESSIONAL**
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i vote for (scott) to be out

my confessional:
I am not too upset about losing because we have one member who is not involved so i don’t feel bad about voting him out. i feel good about having alisha on my team. i feel i can trust her. i am unsure about the rest of my tribemates.

And by a vote of 2-1-1-1, a veteran who would probably be considered as a member of the subjective ORG Hall of Fame, is voted out by my sister in a TC with FOUR self-votes.

Just like that Scott is the first person voted out of my series over a trash-talker, a person on dial-up, and a person who does not understand the concept of Tribal Councils. In addition, he was eliminated by someone without regular computer access. He has never messaged me since this day and vice versa. I would assume he has zero interest in dealing with me ever again. And who can blame him? This game was atrocious for the first 3/4 of the season.

1.02 ENTRY #2: Wendy S.D. – 19th Place – OkaYakaCalga – (3-2)  – July 11 2009 – SCWL: The Prequel
Records: First player to NEVER self-vote. This record would not be significant now that 84 of the 92 people to play in seasons one to four of SCWL also have accomplished this feat.
Only person to be voted out in a 5-person Tribal Council while somebody else self-voted.
Never won a challenge
First person to never achieve a successful elimination vote
First ‘partner’ voted out of the game. Gayle brought her into the game.

One down, nineteen to go. I suppose these first twenty entries are acting as an unofficial season blog for the prequel. The only details that have been revealed before are anecdotes and facts about this season.

I should note that I found all of the groups from this season. Yes, even Transcend’s camp.

So let’s get to Wendy. Her impact on this series is pretty dang significant.

Wendy recently came off an unexpected runner-up finish in what is now the last outdoor/real life Mole game that I hosted. It was unexpected because she was surprisingly competitive and participated frequently.

Much like Scott, she was a last-round draft pick. I should note the captains made EVERY pick in the tribal pick em. Fast forward to seasons 1-4 where the player who is picked in the first round makes the pick in the second round and so on.

I suppose I should post the tribe configurations for the first round to make these entries clearer:

OkaYakaCalga (Gayle – captain w/ hidden immunity idol, Lisa, Lyndsay, Kai, Wendy) vs. Inukshuk (Dianne – chose to be opposed and has necklace, Kyle, Warren, Serene, ????). InukShuk won. Dianne sent Kyle to Exile Carnival as reward. Gave up search after receiving two clues.

FireWire (Brett – captain w/ hidden immunity idol, Adam, Kristen, Cindy, Simone) vs. Transcend (Natasha – chose to be opposed and has necklace, Alisha, Loren, Dan, Scott). FireWire won. Brett sent Adam to Exile Carnival as reward. He found the idol within three hours.

Another reason why we have never had more than two tribes is because of this setup. Transcend was such a weak tribe that we almost had a randomized Tribal Council while OkaYakaCalga was such an active tribe that seeing them lose the first challenge was an uber bummer.

I should add that Inukshuk was the most active tribe besides OkaYakaCalga. So this was a bummer to say the least. I originally expected OkaYakaCalga to be the Final Five.

“Why was it named OkaYakaCalga?”

Because two of the players are from the okanagan, one was rom Yakima, and the other two are from Calgary. And here’s their flag:

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An adorable and odd flag.

Anyways, OkaYakaCalga was the other tribe to lose the tribal flag challenge. Wendy and Gayle seemed like a solid pair in this game. Lisa was aligned with Lyndsay, Kai, Gayle, and Wendy. Kai was aligned with Lyndsay. Lyndsay had a good relationship with everyone as well.

In other words, Kai or Wendy would be voted out. Kai barely knew Lyndsay and was close to Kyle in the cast. Everyone else was an unknown. I figured he would be booted for being odd man out, and Wendy would be used as the ideal person to take to the endgame.

But a huge shocker came. Lisa, Gayle, and Lyndsay all felt bad that Kai would not be given a chance to prove himself, and because Wendy was viewed as someone who would never be too enthusiastic in the game or seen as a legitimate contender due to the game of Survivor being over her head, she was voted out.

The funniest part about the whole thing is that she cast a vote much to the surprise of everyone else, and even more surprising is that Kai ended up self-voting. Their whole vote reasoning was aimed at the wrong person. Wendy goes home while a bunch of the inactive players were protected by immunity on FireWire and Inukshuk. Or boot an additional person from Transcend.

So that’s why I hate the four-tribe format even more. Rather than two tribes where the action is bound to be balanced at both camps, four tribes can make for some really lopsided affairs or potentially send the best five candidates to TC prematurely. Not to mention that the four-tribe format can never sustain itself for more than a couple rounds due to the sheer lack of numbers. Why have four tribes if you have to cut down to two tribes after a couple rounds? Never made sense to me.

**SOME MORE NEVER BEFORE SEEN FOOTAGE**

WENDY’s VOTE:

“Brett and adam did have a good flag.So I guess we did desreve to lose.

I vote for ( Kai ) no reason really ,just because I don’t know him”

LYNDSAY’S VOTE:

“hello Jeff;)

I feel i have some alliances possibly but im keeping that tight until i know forsure:) its ok about loosing ill know we shall kick some but real soon:):)

(Wendy)

Because I know deep down inside, she doesn’t want to be here..bye wendy, it was great playing with you while it lasted;)”

Not much else to say about Wendy other than she is the most active participant I will be talking about for several rounds. I predicted she would be either first one out or be carried to the end because she would have been a consistent reliable vote for the whole game. And probably solidified why the 4-tribe format has never occurred again.

P.S. Each Tribal Council had a Live Tribal Council discussion. After everyone sent in their votes, I would hold a Tribal Council Discussion + Vote Reveal at 8pm. I wanted to use it as a way to copy the show by having a real time chat to talk to the players before I revealed whose fate was already sealed. This is the biggest failure of an idea I think I ever had.

a) Nobody showed up on Transcend for their Live Tribal Council discussion. I sat around for ten minutes before posting the results in their camp.
b) 4/5 players showed up for OkaYakaCalga’s chat. Truly impressive.

Preview for Entry #3: Another dumb twist but a 2-tribe system appears to work much much better. And Exile Carnival will be explained a bit more.

1.03 ENTRY #3: Serene – 18th place – Inukshuk – (7-1) – July 16 2009 – SCWL: The Prequel
Records:  One of eight people ever to be brought into the series as a ‘partner’. Brought in as Loren’s partner.
Only person to finish 18th but won two tribal immunity challenges
One of only two people to simultaneously win immunity and go to Tribal Council
First person to be eliminated before a last-round draft pick

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The OkaYakaCalga tribe merged into the Inukshuk tribe and the Transcend tribe merged into the FireWire tribe. Yep. The twist resulted in the two weakest tribes combining to face the two strongest tribes.

Inukshuk (Dianne, Kyle, Warren, Serene, ?????/ Gayle – captain’s idol, Lisa, Lyndsay, Kai) vs. FireWire (Brett – captain’s idol, Adam – Exile Idol, Cindy, Kristen, Simone/ Natasha, Alisha, Loren, Dan)

So here we go. Serene. Another person brought into the game as a ‘partner’ and of course had not seen Survivor. I should note that Serene was at risk because this was the round of the game where paranoia ruled the vote.

Why was there a ton of paranoia in the prequel where people were too inactive to feel paranoia?

Well, there were three factions heading into this game.

Loren’s clan. Kyle and Serene are Loren’s children. Lyndsay is married to Kyle. Simone is a friend of Lyndsay’s. Kai is a friend of Kyle’s. An alliance of six right there. Four of them were on Inukshuk.

Lisa’s clan. Dianne is her mother. Kristen and Cindy are Lisa’s close friends. An automatic group of four. Gayle is Lisa’s aunt, and Natasha is Gayle’s daughter. Jerry was Dianne’s partner and decided to stay allied with her in the game. They came together as a tight alliance of seven.

Brett and Adam knew that Lisa’s group and Lyndsay’s respective groups would want to keep their respective members in the game. So that’s why they picked up Kristen and Cindy in the initial tribal pick em as a way to limit Lisa’s empire. It was the opening strategic move of the game.

Alisha, Penner, and the mystery ORG player were never considered part of any alliance. You’ll see why with Alisha and Penner.

So let’s talk about Exile Carnival. It was my first time coming up with an encryption. I gave everyone one piece of the encryption before the start of the game.

~! @#$ %^&* *(- (~++-& ~&+~{~+$^} ~::$&~*@ ~+#} ^* -|~}- <^\&~{^} >~:`}@ >-&+ “ ~ %~>( *# #=*^~& *(- ~+#} ” *# @#$\ %#&+-\!$} (#>* ^&+ !\~-&+}@ &-~/(=#$\(##+ }#/^& >^$&+-\>

Clue#1: Secret code: = represents B
Clue #2: Use the code Luke, use the secret code.
Clue#3: The quotes are simply quotes.

Kyle and Adam had only these clues in the first round. Adam solved it within three hours, and created a fake idol in the process.

In this round, Lisa and Natasha went to Exile Carnival. They would be immune if their tribe went to Tribal Council. Lisa asked for Dianne’s, Gayle’s, Natasha’s, and Lyndsay’s secret code to obtain the fake hidden immunity idol that Adam left behind.

Trash talk quickly ensued between the two newly combined tribes, and somebody actually sent in a confessional.

PENNER: I cannot wait to win! We should just end the game now and declare myself the winner…..just a thought.
KAI: Oh Dan. keep the Dream alive. But remember it’s just a dream. One day; you’ll have to wake up!

**GAYLE’S CONFESSIONAL**

I really enjoyed the first challenge. I also liked the flag one, I wish I would of gone with my thought of maybe a shorter name. I got to say Brett team flag was awesome. Diannes flag name was better then ours.
As for the idol I think as of today I am going to try and keep it awhile and not tell anyone yet not even on my team that I have one. I hope to make some good alliances that I can trust or hopefully trust.

TRIBAL IMMUNITY CHALLENGE #2 AND #3: Seating Assignment

Yep. Two immunity challenges going on simultaneously. This was my way to fix the common Survivor twist at the time where both tribes were forced to go to Tribal Council regardless of who won the reward challenge. My version of the twist was to have two immunity challenges play out simultaneously.

So what was Seating Assignment? Everyone was given a position at their tribe’s table. They had to figure out where everyone was sitting at the table. The first table was easier to figure out where everyone was sitting while the second table was much tougher.

e.g. “The person sitting to your left is a Sagittarius. The person sitting to your right has tattoos. The person sitting across from you listed nachos as their favourite food.”

Inukshuk assumed the table was circular despite being told they were sitting across from another player. FireWire hadn’t heard from three of their members which made the challenge much tougher. They gave Inukshuk information that the table is rectangular in exchange for information from Lisa about Kristen and Cindy to fill in the missing spots at their table. It worked out to where each tribe won one immunity apiece.

So both tribes went to Tribal Council this round. Sadly the simultaneous immunity twist is probably the best twist I had come up with all season. Again, this series improved 100000 times over by the time SCWL 1 rolled around in 2011.

Inukshuk’s Tribal Council was first. There was a ton of paranoia because Lyndsay unintentionally sabotaged the first table because she gave three pieces of false info for her and Kyle. Everyone assumed this was an intentional sabotage to overthrow Lisa’s crew. So everyone was paranoid about a tie at Tribal Council due to Lisa being at Exile Carnival.

Lisa’s crew targeted Serene because she was the most inactive player of Lyndsay’s alliance. Everyone, including myself, assumed Dianne or Gayle would be the target as she would attempt a coup that needed to happen. Amazingly enough, Lyndsay had zero intention and apparently lied about the information for no particular reason because she and Kai agreed to eliminate Serene by a near-unanimous vote.

So Serene’s impact on the series? She was eliminated because of paranoia. Lisa’s crew had the early upperhand.

**JERRY’S VOTE**

vote off – serene.
unless I missed something I didn’t see any contribution.

Confessional – winning/losing usually depends on factors out of my control, all I focus on is giving myself the best chance. If I win or lose isn’t the measure. ( it’s a strategy that results in a lot of winning and little remorse).
Alliances – will avoid, too many eggs in one basket.
looking ahead – I don’t follow survivor, so will adjust as the game moves on.

**LYNDSAY’S VOTE**

hello!!!

Im still keeping my alliances tight with myself, until true colors comes out:):) the game is getting better;)

(serene)

I am voting for serene because I dont even think she has logged into the site, i dont think shes really into it very much;)

see you tonight;)

**GAYLE’S VOTE**

1.(serene)

2. I am happy we won at least one of the challenges! We probably could of won another if lyndsay would of told us she was the one born in alberta. Also they neglected to tell us that Kyle wasn’t the size 14. I don’t understand why they didn’t want to say, especially this early on in the game. I don’t know if they have an alliance with some others on the other team and are hoping to vote off one of us on our own team! So I am nervous and scared that I could be going tonight. I am going to chance it and Not use my immunity Idol .If I go so be it, it will be what ever it will be.As far as I know I still have my alliance of four..myself with dianne lisa and tasha, hopefully they won’t put a knife in my back. It would be nice if we could keep our alliance until final four.

**KAI’S VOTE**

all right; gotta vote for (Serene)…no input at all on the last challenge
confessional; not actively trying to pursue any alliances yet….waiting to see who the active/good players are; will see how the group responds to my minimal involvement for now; but will be there to help in challenges if I see they’re struggling and I have an answer;especially as deadlines approach. We’ll see where the bread is buttered before I throw myself in with anyone…..I have commitment issues!!!!!lol

**?????’S VOTE**

my vote is for (serene)

**DIANNE’S VOTE**

My vote is for (Serene).
She is the obvious vote this time, she didn’t do anything.

Confessional:
I have an secret alliance with Lisa, Gayle, and Tasha for after the merge.
So we all have to really try to stay alive. I tried to get Jerry in but he seems hesitant. I am hoping that Gayle and Tasha don’t have a alliance with Brett and Adam. But no way to find that out until after the merge.

**TRIBAL COUNCIL #3**

ME: Captain, where do you think this tribe is weak?
LYNDSAY: i am here:):)
DIANNE: COMMUNICATION!
KAI: agreed with dianne
LYNDSAY: yes!!!!
ME: So the Inukshuk meaning of “communicate & survive” really comes into play. Kai, what’s difficult about getting nine people to communicate at a tribe camp?

KAI: getting eveyone here at the same time; for one…..and for two; I found it was difficult through purely physical reasons — sorting through so many posts on the board to get relevant info
KAI: really needed that pen and paper; and human error comes into play — like missing lindsays posts about being born in alberta and Kyle’s freakishly small feet…..

ME: Lyndsay, Kai makes a good point. Yes, you have everyone active, but if everyone keeps posting useless info on the wall, could that be the difference between being a strong tribe and a weak tribe?
KAI: totally — we need to perhaps keep discussions about stew; etc; on a seperate thread…though while fun; and definately a great part of the game; not too integral to challenges

ME: Thanks Kai lol. ?????, you’re the only one on this tribe with real ORG experience. What’s your take of this tribe compared to other tribes?
KAI: I know you were talking to lyndsay…but I don’t think she did…..

ME: And ????? just happens to go offline at this time lol. This round we combined the rival tribes, For the OkaYakaCalga captain, do you think there’s any sort of tribal division in this tribe?
LYNDSAY: yeah lets get to the voting:):):)
?????: well, i havent been able to get everyone on this tribe. In fact, i dont think i know anyone, but would like to. I think we have a good strong tribe seeing as how everyone seems to participate in challenge and what not. I think if we can work out the kinks, we got a really good tribe.
GAYLE: I would hope not. I truely hope we all work together to beat the other tribe.
LYNDSAY: yeah good thoughts ?????! we are a strong tribe, we do just need to communicate more

ME: Okay. Once the votes are read, the decision is final and the person voted out will be kicked out of the group immediately. I’ll read the votes.
LYNDSAY: woowoo;)
ME: Let’s get the self-votes out of the way first.

First vote: (Serene)

Second vote: (Kyle)

Third vote: (serene)

Two votes Serene, one vote Kyle.

Fourth vote: (Serene)

Fifth vote: (serene)

Four votes Serene, one vote Kyle.

ME: Sixth vote…..
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Fourth person voted out of this game…(serene)

Serene, the tribe has spoken.

Well, after four Tribal Councils, one person from each of the original tribes has been voted out.

This is definitely an active tribe, and if you do communicate without the chaos, you will indeed survive in this game. If not, FireWire will continue to walk all over you in challenges.

Grab your torches and head back to camp. Good night.

KAI: is there still some of that stew left?? hahahahaha
LYNDSAY: hahahah good one kai, if theres some leftovers count me in…..lol

Don’t get too excited if you think there will be a ton of material for each SCWL Prequel entry to make up for its absence of a season blog. You will have to suffer through two more inactive player entries where it will be more interesting to talk about the challenges and the two remaining pre-merge twists. There were more pre-merge twists in the Prequel than there were in the entirety of SCWL 1-4 combined.

1.04 ENTRY #4: CINDY – 17th Place – FireWire – (4-self vote-self vote-self vote-self vote) – July 16 2009 – SCWL: The Prequel
Records: – Third ‘partner’ to be eliminated. Lisa’s partner. Yep. The partner twist was awful.
– Did not join her tribe’s Facebook group until the last two hours of the simultaneous immunity challenge
– First person to be immune from three Tribal Councils without voting or not participating in 97.5% of the game.
– Voted out in the Tribal Council with a record number of past votes
– Oldest female to ever play in this series. Yes, even older than KJ. Oh c’mon. You know I love you, KJ.

If you looked at the records, you can see I will have virtually nothing to say abbout Cindy. She is not great with computers and had never played an online game. Combine the two and you have a steep and intimidating learning curve. Add in my first hosting job and you have a mission that is doomed to fail.

Furthermore, Adam and Brett agreed to draft her as a way to limit Lisa’s power in the game. I know Cindy made the effort to integrate herself into the game, but as I said before, it was just too much.

firewire

As I said before, FireWire lost the second part to the two-part immunity challenge. Therefore after this round Inukshuk and FireWire would be even at 8-8.

And thank god because if you thought Transcend’s 2-self vote-self vote-self vote Tribal Council was an awful way to start, well, FireWire may have topped that.

Granted when I say that we must note that after the first round of play everybody on Transcend (Natasha, Alisha, Loren, and Penner) were merged into FireWire (Brett, Adam, Kristen, Cindy, Simone).

Natasha was sent to Exile Carnival along with Lisa from Inukshuk. Therefore Natasha was ineligible to vote or be voted for. In other words, the only person who cast a vote on Transcend was sent away from Tribal Council.

Loren’s dial up issues which I will discuss later, Penner STILL not joining a group, and Alisha playing in challenges but not understanding the concept of Tribal Council yet locked in their three self-votes once again.

I should note that for every season since then that two self-votes sends you home. All 72 players in our four seasons have had no problem with this rule. If we had this rule in the prequel, Alisha, Penner, and Loren would all be eliminated after only their second Tribal Council. Yikes.

What is there to say about the vote? Natasha may have been at Exile Carnival but demanded Adam and Brett to vote out Penner because he has not participated in the game one bit except for the three times that he publicly trash-talked the other tribes. The only vote he cast was a vote for somebody on an opposing tribe. Meanwhile Cindy was at least trying to make an effort.

However, knowing Lisa’s extended alliance was posing a huge threat down the road, and because Cindy was never going to be a strong player in challenges, Adam, Brett, and surprisingly Simone came together and eliminated Cindy from the game.

That’s right. 3/8 players at Tribal Council cast a vote. Alisha, Penner, Loren, Cindy, and Kristen were all self-votes. Given that it was only the second round I thought there was time for the inactive players for FireWire to start voting. I figured people like Alisha and Penner weren’t voting because they felt safe.

But that wasn’t the worst part. What was worse than 5/8 people not voting? You know those live Tribal Council discussion and vote reveals that occurred only in this season? Well, ALL EIGHT PLAYERS DID NOT SHOW.

Kristen looked like she would step it up in the game because she was messaging me more frequently. I thought Penner would be a major character once he joined his tribe. Loren could rise if he could solve his dial up issues. Alisha was a major force in each of the major challenges thus far which made her inactive only in terms of casting a vote. Natasha, Simone, Adam, and Brett were guaranteed to be active.

Meanwhile on Inukshuk everyone had either cast two votes at TC or be active in every challenge. Kai cast a vote to rebound from a self-vote, and Kyle is a volunteer firefighter so that self-vote along with Serene this round seemed to be a rare occurrance.

The game finally looked like it was about to be in full swing. With Simone aligning with Adama and Brett, we may see Loren’s faction merging in with Adam and Brett who had yet to commit to a side. And what the heck were Lyndsay’s intentions? It seemed like the stage was set for a 14-round battle. But boy was I wrong

***NEVER BEFORE RELEASED FOOTAGE***

**Lisa’s Exile Carnival Confessional**

Well the most strategic thing I have done so far is hook Kristen up with Tasha as a friend. I think helping Kristen out will benefit me in the end. Shs is a really compeptiite person and I think she will go far in this game. I think getting on her good side early will prove to be a good move on my part overall .

Tell me again. At what time will Tash and I be pulled of exile and back into our tribe? It is today, right? 🙂

**ADAM VOTES**

(Cindy)

I don’t think any big alliances have formed yet so I think the votes are gonna be spread out and pretty much everybody is vulnerable, except natasha

**BRETT VOTES**

(Cindy)

Im just worried that cindy and kristen are already an alliance

Im thinking that i may regret not using my immunity idol for tonights tribal and thinking that i should. also I really need to get some alliances going cause i know thats gonna be key to longevity in this game. Well Hoping to hear from you sunday night jeff

**SIMONE VOTES**

(Cindy)
because she didnt help with the challenge very much

confessional:
well this was a fun challenge and i could of helped more than i did
Im kinda sad that i cant be at the live tribal council cuz its at 7:30 and i have jiu jitsu from 6-8 but maybe next time

**LIVE TRIBAL COUNCIL “DISCUSSION” AND VOTE REVEAL**

As with tradition, I must first ask the following question:

ME: Is anyone here? (Knowing most of the circumstances with different people, I’d be very surprised if more than zero people are present at this time)

**FIFTEEN MINUTES LATER**

Yep, nobody magically appeared so I’ll just get straight to posting the votes lol.

First vote: (Cindy)
Second vote: (Kristen)
Third vote: (Dan)
Fourth vote: (Loren)
Fifth vote: (Alisha)

Phew, all of the self-votes are now done with. It’s time to get to the real votes.

Sixth vote: (Cindy)
Seventh vote, and first person voted out of the FireWire tribe…
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(Cindy)

Cindy, the tribe has spoken.

Well, you were just fourteen minutes away from a much-needed two person advantage. You’ll fight Inukshuk with even numbers again next round, and with five self-votes cast this round, you have a very obvious case of inactivity. The question is how do you get everyone to actively participate? It’ll be interesting to see how this tribe performs in the future.

Grab your torches and head back to camp. Good night.

Preview for Entry #5: Amazingly, there is only one more pre-merge twist I introduce into the game. And the most inactive player in the game is saved.

1.05 ENTRY #5: Kristen – FireWire – (5-self vote-self vote) – July 20 2009 – SCWL: The Prequel
Records: First of the original ten to be voted out
– First second-round draft pick to be eliminated.
– First person to be voted out over a ‘partner’ or ORG mystery player
– First person to be voted out over someone who self-voted in three consecutive rounds

Kristen was one of the original ten people that signed up for this game back in May of 2009. Lisa is friends with Kristen, and Cindy happens to be Kristen’s mother. Kristen was already known as a big Survivor fan, hence why she signed up.

If she could have been a bit more active, we would have had an interesting Tribal Council on our hands. Why? Because Brett made one of the most controversial moves in the game.

As I stated before, one player from each tribe would be sent to Exile Carnival and would skip Tribal Council if their tribe lost the immunity challenge.It was the captain’s choice to decide who would be sent each round. Adam, Natasha, and Simone all told Brett to send Penner because Penner STILL hand’t joined the tribe’s Facebook page. Over a week had passed and no word from Penner.Him and Loren were the only two 100% inactive players left in the game.
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But Brett sent Penner anyway. Gayle from the other tribe joined him on Exile.

TRIBAL IMMUNITY CHALLENGE #4: The Price is Low.

Each person in the game was given a series of items. They must find the lowest price for each item. The tribe with the total lowest score wins immunity. I know, not a very original challenge. Just like tribe flags and the seating arrangement challenge.

For some reason I cannot find the exact thread where I posted the announcement/results/items, but I know each person was instructed to send me answers for three items. After digging through each individual message thread I discovered that Loren, Brett, and Simone participated. Alisha, Kristen, and shockingly Adam and Natasha sent me nothing. Loren’s first challenge where he participated and suddenly three of the biggest contributors on FireWire weren’t around.

Meanwhile everybody on Inukshuk sent me their answers. It was one of the biggest blowouts I had ever seen in a challenge.

There was also another twist–the final hidden immunity idol of the game. It was called the Sitting Out Idol. If a player announced they were going to sit out of a challenge, they would receive a clue to an easy-to-find idol. As you may have figured out, only one person took advantage of this in the next several rounds because the announcement would be made PUBLIC. Yeah. Nobody was willing to commit suicide in terms of their strategic and social game. The idol had to be claimed at some point, and thus I luckily had a back-up plan in place. I will discuss that later.

And yes, that twist means this is the only season where more than three hidden immunity idols were in circulation throughout the season. Thankfully I never re-hide any of the hidden immunity idols to bring a level of sanity to this prequel season.

So let’s get to FireWire’s dynamics. The tribe rarely spoke to one another. Even Brett and Adam did not communicate often. Simone would talk to those two. Natasha occasionally spoke. I can assure you nobody on this tribe formed an alliance yet. Sure, there were minimal relationships for challenges, but that was it.

Plus this tribe was all over the place too at this point.

Penner never showed up to a challenge, TC, or camp.
Kristen posted her Seating Arrangements information and that was it.
Brett participated in every challenge thus far and every TC. He missed the live Tribal Council discussion this round.
Natasha missed this challenge, but voted and went to the TC discussion.
Loren missed the first two rounds of this game, but did this challenge, voted, and showed up to the TC discussion.
Simone partcipated in every challenge, but failed to vote this round nor attended TC discussion.
Adam participated in the past two challenges and did 90% of the work to win it for his tribe. However, he did not play this challenge. He managed to vote and attend the discussion though.
Alisha participated in the past two challenges, but did not participate in this challenge. She attended the TC discussion but did not vote.

Yep. She showed up to a Tribal Council but failed to vote. I have always wondered what the heck she was thinking as TC was going on as I was reading the votes, and more specifically, why her name popped up as a “self-vote”. How did she think people were being voted out?

This tribe could not have been more dysfunctional seeing how everyone’s participation ranged from about 0 to 90 percent active. And most of them being around 20-40 percent. Brett was the frontrunner and Penner was in dead last. FireWire has by far the quietest camp in SCWL history.

Surprisingly, Natasha was a target this round by Brett because she did not participate. Really, everyone was a target except for Brett, Adam, and Simone. Loren’s sudden surge in participation made him an asset out of nowhere. I should mention two people voted for Penner until I told them those votes were illegal because Penner was at Exile. Everyone proceeded to yell at Brett right after they found out Penner was immune.

Oh right. Kristen. She was a huge Survivor fan. She applied as one of the originals. She would have been allied with Lisa 150 to 200 percent. But thanks to Brett’s move to draft her and have her at his mercy, and Cindy gone, she had no one actively protecting her. So why the heck was she the second most inactive?

Kristen messaged me almost daily in this game between 730am and 800am. It seemed I was sent a message each time I woke up. Turns out she managed a sauna, and because she did not have a computer at home, her only Internet access was prior to her shift. So that 30-45 minute window each day was all she had.

I don’t know if you’ve played an ORG where your only Internet access was between 730-800am, but your ability to integrate yourself into the game is dang near impossible. Probably tougher than dial up. No one else will be online that early to speak to about the challenge, and even if you did you’d only have ten minutes to work on the challenge, and figuring out strategy in terms of who to vote for would be impossible because there would be nobody to strategize with nor would you hear your name on the block.

I felt bad because she would message ME each morning, but never bothered to message the other players. That was probably one of the more frustrating things with the players eliminated early on–they would make the effort to talk to me but never to the other people who are actually playing the game! So Kristen sent me about ten messages but Adam, Brett, Simone, and Natasha all told me that Kristen never spoke to them all game.

So Transcend has a 4-3 majority on FireWire. That would be the headline in any of my other season blogs. But because Transcend consists of Natasha, Loren, Alisha, and Penner, that pretty much means nothing because the four of them have cast a total of three real votes and eight self-votes while Brett, Adam, and Simone (original FireWire) have cast five real votes and one self-vote.

I must admit I was shocked. I never expected seven of the eight most active players on Inukshuk while six of the seven most inactive players are on FireWire. Inukshuk had roughly 20 wall posts to each FireWire wall post. Would things change though? Loren is suddenly alive. Alisha is sent a tutorial about the purpose of Tribal Council. And everyone else minus Penner has fared reasonably well. I held out hope that the game would be improving now that four isolated inactive players had been booted, and thus end the ‘coast by voting out the most inactive player’ contest.

Below is the TC Discussion/Vote Reveal, and the voting confessionals for this round. The personalities become pretty distinct here. For those of you tallying self-votes at home, yes, somebody has racked up three self-votes after the end of round three.

And yes, Penner has survived not only five eliminations, but three immunity losses despite never joining a tribe’s camp to date.

**LIVE TRIBAL COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND VOTE REVEAL**

ADAM: I forgot my torch

ME: Alrighty, so who’s all here for tonight?
ADAM: Jemaine, present
bret, present
murray, present

NATASHA: i am here

ME: We have one other person who is trying to get here but is experiencing technical difficulties.

LOREN: puter let me come

ADAM: a lot better turn out then last time

ME: Alrighty. Welcome to the fifth Tribal Council of this game.

Here’s an interesting stat I found:

The Inukshuk members have been combined for nine out of fourteen for vote reveal attendance.

Going into tonight, this tribe was 9/13, and is now 3/20.

Adam, could inactivity single-handedly destroy this tribe?

ADAM: I think it will multi-handedly destroy the tribe

ME:  Natasha, Adam just pointed out that it will multi-handedly destroy the tribe. Okay, you’ve identified it as a problem, but what do you do to change that?

NATASHA: I think we need to start attending and doing challenges.

ME: lol, not getting much from you guys so far.

Loren, you’ve gone from being the most inactive person on this tribe to being one of the most active. Do you think everyone else on your tribe has recognized that?
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**FIVE MINUTES LATER**

ME: And Loren’s computer has put him offline lol.

Adam, how do you get people to start attending and doing challenges?

ADAM: If I knew how to do that I don’t think we’d be in this position… apart from hounding people there’s not much you can do. The more inactive people that get voted out the better our tribe should get.

NATASHA: nodding

ADAM: It’s tough to get every challenge in on time

ME: Not much else to really talk about with this tribe. It’s time for me to tally the votes.

ADAM: Tally them up

ADAM: Once you read these is the decision final?

ALISHA: im here now
sorry i have jad a sick lil girl

ME: Alright. Once the votes are read, the decision is indeed final and the person voted out will be removed from the group immediately.

I’ll read the votes.

ME: Er, hold that thought. Did you want a question, Alisha?

ALISHA: um, if i need one

ME: Alisha, do you think this tribe can come back and beat Inukshuk?

LOREN: help puter crasp

ALISHA: of course i think it can!!!!

ME: Clearly the best attitude I’ve seen on this tribe yet.

NOW it’s time for me to read the votes. Once the votes are read, the decision is final and the person voted out will be removed from the group immediately.

I’ll read the votes.

ME: We’ll start out with the self-votes for this round. . .

First vote: (Kristen)
Second vote: (Alisha)
Third vote: (Simone)
Fourth vote: (Kristen)
Fifth vote: (Kristen)

Three votes Kristen, one vote Alisha, one vote Simone.

ME: Sixth vote…and the fifth person voted out of this game.
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(kristen)

Less self-votes cast in this round. You also have another active teammate to join the mix. This could be a good sign for things to come in the FireWire tribe.

Grab your torches and head back to camp. Good night.

ADAM: Good night Jeff
ALISHA: night night
NATASHA: thanks jeff

**ADAM’S VOTE**

(Dan)

He has yet to join the tribe!!

ME: Dan can’t be voted for.

(kristen)

Seems the least active after Dan

**BRETT’S VOTE**

(Kristen)

It was toss up between kristen and tash and I dont think ive seen much from either so i tossed a coin

As for how Im feeling about this group? Not too well right now especially with this turnout so far. At least hopefully ill make it to the next round but unfortunately probably with very little fellow team members

**LOREN’S VOTE**

1. kristen
2. don’t know her that well, maybe evil
3.Confessional,, wrote it out 5 times already only to lose it incyber spaceto late to do it again

**NATASHA’S VOTE**

I vote (Dan) to be out since he hasn’t joined our group

my confessional:
i feel like i am letting my tribe down and i need to step it up if i want to stay in the game.

ME: Dan can’t be voted for.

okay, i vote for (Kristen)

Preview for Entry #6: Brett considers sending Penner to Exile Carnival to increase the chances of FireWire’s immunity win this round, but weighs the cons if they lose and are forced to keep Penner safe once again. Brett’s decision changes the course of the game because Inukshuk is 100% active in the following challenge.

1.06 ENTRY #6: Penner – Transcend -> FireWire – (4-self vote-self vote) – July 24 2009 – SCWL: The Prequel
Records: Only person in SCWL history to never participate in any portion  of the game. Never checked on a challenge, voted (legally), talked to anybody on any of his tribes, etc.
– The only person who tried to get away with using his three year old son for the ‘partner’ twist
– Only person to be spared from elimination solely because of the Exile Carnival twist
– Greatest ratio ever of Trash-talking: Participation in series history.
– Second of the ten ‘originals’ to be eliminated.

Oh. Penner. I have posted about this before, but Penner has the record for being so active on his account but yet never participated once in the game. He never even joined any of his tribe’s camps despite three weeks passing by in the game! A truly remarkable feat.

But his luck ran out this round. Everybody forbid Brett from sending him to Exile Carnival. Therefore Loren was given the bye and was saved to give himself a break from dial up.

IMMUNITY CHALLENGE #5: Sudoku Squares

This challenge was relatively simple. Everyone was given various numbers of a Sudoku square. Individually they were given portions of the entire puzzle and were instructed to fill in all of the blank spots. Inukshuk had 100% participation and therefore secured the puzzle pretty quickly. FireWire waited until the last minute to receive everyone’s puzzles except for Penner and Loren’s. Miraculously, they managed to deduce the remaining numbers based on Adam and Brett’s logic skills, and guessed for a couple of numbers.

That’s right. Inukshuk lost despite three out of seven FireWire members being nowhere to be found. Adam, Brett, Natasha, Alisha, and Simone worked well together on this puzzle. However, Inukshuk won the tiebreaker, thus sending FireWire to their third TC in a row.

But to say FireWire was disappointed to lose would be a lie. I should note that everyone on FireWire, and yes, everyone on Inukshuk, were frustrated and angry that Penner was still in the game.

The frustration was a combination of Penner’s trash talking for much of the game combined with his constant activity online but also because it seemed like he was going out of his way to ignore anything to do with this game.

I should note Penner did try to participate at one point–he tried to cast a vote for Lisa in the first round. Yep. Lisa. Somebody who was on the opposite tribe. I told him to re-vote but never heard back. Other than that I received two really random messages from him as you will see at the bottom of this post.

Outside of the first two rounds, Penner’s storyline was the most memorable thing to occur pre-merge. I suppose if I am writing about you more than other people who participated, I suppose you did something right.

What made Penner’s lack of participation even more surprising is that he frequently messaged me about the game before it started, and was even the first to apply. In an experimental season where I thought nobody would top Lyndsay for baffling moves in this game, I think Penner may have topped it.

Another Penner story is the initial partner twist (the worst twist in series history). He tried to use his three/four year old son as a partner. When I told him it wouldn’t work I received a less-than-impressed message from him. We were both annoyed then, but I found it hilarious now.

As you may observe from Penner’s illegal vote for Lisa in round one, Penner and Lisa do not exactly get along. In fact, the person who is most responsible for Penner’s exit from this game was. . .Lisa.

In round one, Natasha had her choice between Alisha, Loren, Penner, and Scott. Lisa told Natasha to vote out Penner, but Natasha decided to eliminate Scott because Penner’s trash talking had exceeded the absence of Scott up to that point.

In round two, Lisa told Natasha to vote out Penner instead of sacrificing one of her dear friends in either Cindy or Kristen. Natasha decided to go against this and thought Penner’s potential exceeded the known factor of Cindy’s inability to be of any help in challenges.

In round three, I believe Lisa messaged everyone on FireWire and demanded that Penner be gone. This annoyed feeling spread throughout the game as everyone was worn out by Penner’s antics up to this point. If FireWire lost, Penner would be gone in .2 seconds. However everyone forgot Brett sent Penner to Exile Carnival to be safe. Everyone was furious about this except Brett because Kristen, somebody who was truly participating within her 30 minutes of Internet per day was sent home over somebody with permanent access to the Internet. It just didn’t seem right to the players.

In round four, FireWire would have won the challenge if Penner didn’t keep the tribe waiting around until the last minute before they decided to guesstimate their way to near victory. I remember this round well because it was right around the time I stopped learning how to drive as I received lessons from my dad. Since my dad was not in the game he was the only person who knew some of the dynamics that was going on. I gave him limited knowledge to ensure he wouldn’t spill to anyone else (yes, even in the prequel I was as careful revealing any info to outsiders as I do now. Even to my own dad). I told him how amazed I was that Penner survived three immunity losses and managed to piss off his tribe more and more as the game went on. I was curious to see if he could get all the way to the merge. It was certainly possible because as soon as he showed up it would mean Loren or Alisha would go home.

But that scenario was thought out because Loren was at Exile, and Alisha participated in another challenge. She had the most posts of anyone at camp during this challenge, believe it or not.

And yes, Alisha casts her fourth self-vote of the game following this loss.

Out of all the pre-merge Tribal Council chats this is the one I remember the most vividly. I don’t know why, but it was the only re-read of a Tribal Council where I had forgotten nothing. I guess Simone and Brett are memorable people to chat with online.

FireWire had the most inconsistent trend of attendance at Tribal Council Live Discussion. Perhaps this is why I never hosted live discussions ever again lol.

ROUND TWO: No one shows up.
ROUND THREE: Adam, Natasha, Loren, and Alisha show up.
ROUND FOUR: Brett and Simone show up.

The best part about the game now is that all six remaining FireWire members have all bothered to show up for a TC live discussion, and participate in at least one challenge actively.

Penner’s dismissal from the game was the least surprising thing of the round. However, the most surprising thing was Adam’s self-vote. Natasha and Brett were now the only two players on FireWire to never cast a self-vote after only three trips to Tribal Council.

As a viewer you are now familiar with all remaining members of FireWire, and thanks to everyone on Inukshuk having participated for a huge chunk of the game thus far, you should be familiar with all fourteen (except for the other mystery ORG player).

On Exile Carnival this is the round where Lisa finds the fake hidden immunity idol. Note that Adam found it with one clue in a matter of three hours. The next couple of people on Inukshuk to go to Exile Carnival struggled despite receiving more clues. As I mentioned earlier, Lisa had Cindy’s, Kristen’s, Natasha’s, Gayle’s, and Dianne’s piece of the secret code as well as seven clues before deciphering it. Everyone was absolutely convinced nobody could have found the idol before Lisa did. I should note that Lisa told Gayle, Natasha, and Dianne that she had claimed the -fake- hidden immunity idol.

~! @#$ %^&* *(- (~++-& ~&+~{~+$^} ~::$&~*@ ~+#} ^* -|~}- <^\&~{^} >~:`}@ >-&+ “ ~ %~>( *# #=*^~& *(- ~+#} ” *# @#$\ %#&+-\!$} (#>* ^&+ !\~-&+}@ &-~/(=#$\(##+ }#/^& >^$&+-\>

Clue #1: Use the code Luke, use the secret code.
Clue#2: The quotes are simply quotes.
Clue#3: The two slashes sound like what a tough animal would say.
Clue#4: If you know what you seek, and where you are, you should know what words you are looking for.
Clue#5: Use the secret code that came along with your questionnaire at the beginning of the game.
(The clues now loop back to making clues 2-5 very clear.)
Clue #6: The quotes do not represent a letter, unlike all of the other symbols. The quotes are quotes.

If anyone is curious about the state of hidden immunity idols:

Brett and Gayle each have a captain’s idol
Adam has the Exile Carnival idol
Lisa has the fake idol
The final idol (Sitting Out Idol) has yet to be claimed
**LIVE TRIBAL COUNCIL DISCUSSION**

ME: So, who is here for tonight’s Tribal Council?
SIMONE: me!
ME: Coo. 🙂
SIMONE: haha i guess so 😛
ME: Brett is on his way, I believe.
BRETT: here
ME: Alrighty, I believe this is everyone for tonight lol.
SIMONE: whooo! lol
ME: Simone, do you think there will be any surprise to who will be voted out this round?
SIMONE: ummm i have no idea!
ME: Brett, do you think there will be any surprise to who will be voted out this round?
BRETT: I cant see it as the person everyone suggested to be voted out they have never participated so they’re only hurting the team. It would be a bombshell if it was someone else and itd be like someone threw a grenade at my head. My mind would be blown!!
ME: Indeed. Simone, do you think all of the people who haven’t been voting will find their self-votes be the reason for their demise down the road, or is it just a harmless self-vote here and there?
SIMONE: their self votes will probably bring them down
ME: Brett, same question lol.
BRETT: I think there will be a tie for sure down the road and it could easily be them. So theres a very good chance that it could come around to bite them in the torch
SIMONE: haha bite them in the torch! that is great
ME: And Brett wins the FireWire Best Elaborate Answers award. Only two topics I wanted to discuss tonight, and there’s not much of a point to keep you two waiting. It is time for me to go tally the votes.
ME: Once the votes are read the decision is final and the person voted out will be removed from the group immediately. I’ll read the votes.
ME: (Unless they’re not in the group to begin with, in which case, nothing will be done.)
SIMONE: ok go for it
BRETT: read self votes first please
ME: Alright, time to cover the self votes for this round:

First vote: (Penner)
Second vote: (Alisha)
Third vote: (Adam)

A self-vote for Dan, Alisha, and Adam.

Three votes left.

ME: Fourth vote: (dan)

ME: Fifth vote. . . .
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And the sixth person voted out of this game: (penner)

Dan, the tribe has spoken.

Good news: You’ve eliminated somebody who has done NOTHING for this tribe since day one.

Bad news: You had another set of three self-votes this round.

More good news: Your tribe seems to have a fighting chance now that Inukshuk has to sit out two people this round.

Grab your torches and head back to camp. Good night.

SIMONE: ok good night

BRETT: good night jeff, I’ll miss you

**BRETT’S VOTE**

my vote is (dan)

SIMONE’S VOTE**

(penner)
hes supposed to be in our group right
anyways he didnt do anything

**NATASHA’S VOTE**

i vote for (Dan)

**PENNER’S MESSAGES**

ROUND 1

PENNER: I feel crappy about losing and vote to have Lisa banished!
ME: Lisa isn’t on your tribe.

ROUND 2

PENNER: Am I winning?
ME: Yes and no.

You lost the first table challenge but you won the second table challenge. Thus, only one Tribal Council for you this round.
PENNER: Awesome! I love kicking ass!

ROUND 3

ME: Disregard the invitation to Exile Carnival because your allotted time there is already up, but please accept the invitation to join your own tribe group as they’re depending on the information you have lol.

ROUND 6

PENNER: Logan,

Am I winning???

Dan.

ME: Nope. You were eliminated about a week ago.

PENNER: Logan,

I think you are incorrect. Why would someone vote me off? That would be crazy. My team needs me!

Dan.

For Entry #7: We should have fourteen (at least somewhat) active players who will fight it out to the end. Or will Inukshuk switch places with FireWire and find themselves with their own batch of inactives? Stay tuned as these early character entries discuss a game that was played four years ago.

P.S. I sent everyone on both tribes how many past votes they have received up to this point. This was mainly for everyone to be aware of the self-votes they have incurred thus far in the game.

1.07 ENTRY #7: Wahaj Khan – Inukshuk – (5-self vote-self vote) – July 28 2009 – SCWL: The Prequel
Records: Lasted longer of the two ORG mystery players
– First person in series history to be voted out at Tribal Council following their previous TC visit where they cast an active vote
– First person to be voted out with a recorded elimination vote against another player

IMMUNITY CHALLENGE #5: Rap Contest

The second and final subjective challenge in the history of the series. This was a very popular challenge in Survivor ORGs at the time. The main reason why I did it is because the sense of humour of other hosts weren’t the greatest, and therefore wanted to do the challenge myself to ensure “the best people won” rather than subtle bias from other hosts. Amusing I know, but that’s how things were back in 2009.

Pretty much the challenge was a series of showdowns. Whoever had the best rap scores a point for their tribe. The tribe with the highest number of points wins. If there was a tie then the best overall rap won.

Here is the e-mail I sent out to all players pretty much word for word:

Inukshuk names on the top of each match-up while FireWire is on the bottom.

Players were judged based on flow, originality, humour, and overall relevance to the game. I should note that Inukshuk had a significantly older tribe than FireWire by this point. FireWire had an advantage in this challenge.

(Lyndsay)
vs.
(Alisha)

Neither sent a rap in, thus no point given to either tribe.

(Kai)
vs.
(Loren)

Neither sent a rap in, thus no point given to either tribe.

(Wahaj)
vs.
(Adam)

Adam sent a rap in but Wahaj did not, thus FireWire scores a point!

(Lisa)
vs.
(Natasha)

Lisa sent a rap in but Natasha did not, thus Inukshuk scores a point!

(Gayle)
vs.
(Simone)

Gayle sent a rap in but Simone did not, thus Inukshuk scores a point!

That’s two points for Inukshuk and one point for FireWire.

(Jerry)
vs.
(Brett)

Both of these raps were good I must say, but Brett’s stood out a bit more in three of the categories. Therefore, FireWire scores a point!

We’re tied at 2-2. The tiebreaker comes down to who had the best overall rap, and that person was. . .
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Adam! The raps that were sent in were all good, but Adam’s rap was on a level of its own.

Therefore, FireWire wins immunity!!!

Inukshuk, obviously I’m not going to have a Tribal Council set for seven hours from now. You’ll instead have your Tribal Council vote and confessional due by Tuesday @ 8pm Pacific (which is when your live vote reveal will take place.)

For those of you who were on the original Transcend, this is the first TC you’ve had off all game. Enjoy it.

Kyle and Dianne sat out of the challenge. However, following the challenge, Lyndsay and Simone were sent to Exile Carnival. Lyndsay was sent because she was still not trusted following the Seating Arrangement challenge debacle, and Lisa’s alliance wanted to guarantee their majority at Tribal Council.

It was surprisng to see Inukshuk take a major nosedive in terms of activity. All Inukshuk needed was for Wahaj, Lyndsay, or Kai to send in a rap and claim immunity for a fourth time in a row.

Note that this round set a record for the most inactive challenge in SCWL history. This was one of the biggest surprise to me during the season because all remaining players had been active in challenges within the past week. I assumed Penner’s elimination would make everyone turn into ‘game mode’, but incidentally Penner’s elimination had the exact opposite effect.

FireWire having 4/6 not participate (three of which were former Transcend) while Inukshuk had 3/6 not participate too (Lyndsay, Kai, Wahaj) making this perhaps the only challenge ever to have less than 50% of all members in the challenge refuse to play. I recall Kai and Wahaj both saying they had been really busy and wanted me to message them about the game much more frequently.

So let’s get to Inukshuk’s Tribal Council. Thanks to Adam and Brett being a challenge duo to demolish Inukshuk in the challenge, Loren was spared. As you can imagine from the lack of participation in the challenge, there was also a few self-votes from Inukshuk players. Lyndsay would have been a self-vote if she had not been immune from attending Tribal Council.

Despite 8/9 players engaging in Tribal Council following Inukshuk’s initial loss, suddenly only 4/8 were around to strategize following their second loss. Jerry, Gayle, Lisa, and Dianne continued to have a stranglehold on the tribe, and in addition were the only ones to keep up with voting. I should note that Kyle is the only player with two self-votes after two Inukshuk Tribal Councils. I would say Inukshuk was around 60-70% active overall thus far. Nowadays tribes are about 95-100% active. We have come a long way.

Kyle was spared because he was a huge fan of Survivor and one of the ten ‘originals’ to sign up for the game months prior. Everyone attributed his absence to firefighting duties. Kai was spared again because he had been fairly active and was generally well-liked. Plus everyone assumed Kyle and Kai would contribute more in the future once things became more competitive. So that left Wahaj.

Yep. Time for me to finally talk about Wahaj. For those of you who know Wahaj, you must be wondering “What the heck was Wahaj doing in this game?!”

Scott LePage signing up possibly just to troll the game for a bit was one thing, but why the heck did Wahaj play?

Back in 2008 I made the transition into the FaceBook ORG community. For the past six years I strictly played ORGs through eGame Central, GameFAQs, Robert Ospring’s Online Reality Games forum that had 1000 members in its peak (yes, a thousand) and sites that hosted as well as post episodes for their games on Geocities and Angelfire. I may be talking gibberish to you right now if you’re new to the ORG universe.

Anyways, Facebook ORGs had a very Ontario-heavy scene. It seemed like everyone and their mother was from Ontario when Facebook ORGs started simultaneously with Facebook’s explosion in 2007. Right around that time the community was populated with iSurvivor members who together joined the network as well.

Enter Andrew Park’s Rookies vs. Veterans series. I signed up for Rookies vs. Veterans 4 as my first Facebook ORG. Michael Lawliss, Brett MacDougall, KJ, Justin Thomas, Allison Bern (I would post her last name but in my 39 Day Countdown post on this blog she asked me to remove her name about six months ago–she has indeed moved on from the Survivor universe), Warren Adams, Jeff Kay, Mike Abbott, and last but not least, Wahaj Khan.

Did I really remember virtually my whole tribe from an ORG from over four years ago? It appears so. Anyways, KJ, Warren, and Justin were all eliminated right away due to Wahaj and Allison leading the charge to throw challenges and eliminate the Vets on our tribe. Then a switch happened which led the Veterans having a majority where I was sent. Sure enough they threw it to blindside one of their own followed by me followed by Jeff Kay. I found out later that the Veterans created the cliqueist atmosphere for an ORG ever. Virtually all of them were from iSurvivor. Rob Winchurch, Lorii Hearn, Tori Collins, and a couple others from the opposing Veterans’ side had a very tight relationship.

Winchurch’s bond with Park was tight enough that Winchurch would go on to be a co-host for the next couple seasons of the Rookies vs. Veterans series. I saw Winchurch post about Survivor for the first time in over three years and asked if he remembered me. As you may have guessed, he did not and suddenly I felt like my memory of interactions with people online and offline matched that of Marilu Henner.

So where was I? Oh yeah. Wahaj was my closest ally in that game. I screwed him over because I mixed up Lorii with Tori by calling one Torii and the other one Lori. Hey, it’s a common mistake. Wahaj was already in hot water over Allison (also in our alliance) being offended by allegations of anti-semetic remarks, and quit the game which ultimately led to crippling our alliance.

Anyways, Wahaj signed up for the game because he was new to the ORG universe and I was one of the few connections he had at that point. Following Scott’s elimination in round 1, I found it hilarious that it was eighteen people of my overall extended family, in-laws, and friends of in-laws + Wahaj.

ME: Only two veterans applied.
WAHAJ: Only two?! Then how can we play Survivor if only two play?!

Boy was he in for a shocker the next day. Wahaj tried to talk to other people in my tribe but nobody really talked to him. The fact that Wahaj survived the Serene vote was a miracle. If he was a wee bit more active I think he could have potentially won the game. But sadly, and as expected, he probably didn’t find the structure of the game too fun and being around a bunch of quiet players to be a fun time for him.

I must note that upon Wahaj being voted out from the game, Dianne thought his name was “Walkaroo”. Yep. She called him “Walkaroo” online and offline. It took a few corrections before she caught on that his name was Wahaj. I told Wahaj this story about a month later and was not amused by that mistake as I was.

lol Walkaroo.

**Lisa’s rap**

Boom, boom, chic! Boom, boom, chic… Or slap, slap, clap!
I’m from Inukshuk
And we will not die
Tash can try to
Outplay me, Girl
your just waistin’ time!
You think we are allied
I’ m focused on one
And that’s gettin’ ‘er done!
It’s about me y’all, me y’all, ME Y’ALL!
Put your hands in the air
wave ‘em like you surrender
cuz you know you cannot win! (beat stops)
Peace! and word to Inuckshuk!

**Jerry’s rap**

No doubt Brett would like this to be brawny,
but after today he’ll be feelin real scrawny.
No ball to kick, no boat to dive unda,
He won’t be sure he’s still a live hunta.
I can’t outrun ‘im
I can’t outlift ‘im
but I’ll spin out a line so filled with ranting
it’ll leave him wishing he’d not been panting.
I know he’d like to win this survivor,
but I’ll give odds and lay down a fiver.

**Adam’s rap**

(Dropping of the beat commences)

I’ll win by more votes than Ahmadinejad
Only mine will be legit and not by fraud
You’re tribe’s rap skills are just a facade
I’ve got more raps then a 20 gig iPod

(all er sounds said nelly style)

This game is torture to you cuz I’m Jack Bauer
Have this game wrapped up in less than 24 hours
I’ll go deeper in this game than a deep sea diver
I’m a solve these clues like my name was macgyver

Not a chance that your tribe can beat FiyerWiyer
Your team can’t get a grip like a spinning bald tiyer
Second place is something that you should strive fer
Cuz I’m a be crowned the sole survivor

(5 Minute guitar solo)

Your tribe will keep tryin but you’ll continue failin
Your boats startin to sink time to begin bailin
Runnin, screaming down the street arms in the air flailin
Time to throw in the towel like you were governor Palin

Gonna take your tribe down from eight to none
Nowhere to hide and nowhere to run
A few more challenges and inukshuk’s done
Because of your big failure to think of a pun
I’ll freeze your tribe up as if hit with a stun gun
Roll you up and send you packin like a cinnoman bun

(3 minute cow bell solo)

I’ve got more immunity than a foreign diplomat
Try to send me home and you’ll fall flat
I’ve seen more puzzles than Pat Sajak
Solve them so quickly you’ll have a heart attack
Not one implant yet our team is so stacked
I’m the best player, not a statement it’s a fact

When your on exile don’t bother using that token
Cuz I’ve got the idol so the slot machines broken
You think your tribe will win but you must be jokin
Time to pack your bags, the tribe has spoken

FREE TIBET

**** DON’T READ THIS UNTIL AFTER YOU’VE JUDGED THE CONTEST****

Well before I delete this i better give you the extra audio… put this on the end of your survivor rap cd compilation as a bonus song

Don’t try to convince people to put me on the chopping block
Got linguistic skills like Noam Chomsky and you can barely talk
Don’t try to stab my back cuz it’s made of rock
I’ll cut you down like a ripe corn stalk
Your tribe is crumbling faster than a piece of chalk
Got ears like an owl and eyes like a hawk

Can start fires bigger than the Okanagan
Who’s the best host? It’s gotta be Logan

This rap is so badass it needs a parental advisory
%^*$ the #@^%* or I’ll *&%$#@ %$#!@ %$#@ a flurry
Your tribe is much much slower than dialup
$%&# *$#@# @#$% #@#$# $#$*& the $#@$# up

Don’t need alliances cuz I’m a one man team
Your trains coming to a halt cuz it’s runnin outta steam
Your attempt to beat me is nothing but a dream
I’m like Kobe and the Lakers cept I don’t rape teens
Watch your back cuz I’m on you like a pair of wet jeans
Your entire tribe will be destroyed by me,
just like old red blood cells get destroyed by my spleen
(that’s factually true, wikipedia doesn’t lie)

(Oh and I have an alternate ending to one paragraph, you’ll never see it coming like an M. Night Shyamalan movie)

I’ve got more immunity than a foreign diplomat
Try to send me home and you’ll fall flat
I’ve seen more puzzles than Pat Sajak
Solve them so quickly you’ll have a heart attack
Not one implant yet our team is so stacked
I’m the best player, not a statement it’s a fact
I’m a run up on you like RAT A TAT TAT

WE ARE THE PIZZA

**Brett’s rap**

It be quite simple here bringing da beat
Even as we’re on this island scorching in the heat

It may be we’re equally ranked opponents according to jeff
but once Im done throwing down, your team will have nothing left

I dont need any idols all game to end up the champ
With my mad skillz youll be hanging ur head going back to camp

Ive been in this rap game since i was a Fetus
and with this star crew behind me you’ll never beat us

So we be thowing hay makers all season long
like the hat said we be going on a head
Now theres no chance to beat this rap battle song

What what how do you like me now (Drops Mic, throws hands out to the sides and slowly backs away)

**LIVE TRIBAL COUNCIL DISCUSSION**

ME: Dianne, how do you feel about the sudden inactivity on your tribe?
DIANNE: I don’t know what happened to everyone. If one more person would have sent in any kind of rap we may have won. I am worried because Gayle says she will sit out the next challange. That cuts us down one working member
ME: Gayle, how does it feel to lose by a hair?
GAYLE: by a hair wasn’t fun
ME: Dianne, well, good news is that you’re still ahead by one member. Do you feel responsible as captain to make sure everyone gets together on the next challenge?
DIANNE:As captain, I think I could of pushed them more. But then I don’t want to them to say I am bossy and get mad at me.
GAYLE: lol
ME: Do you blame any one person for a loss? Or is it ‘win as a team, lose as a team’?
GAYLE: I dont blame anyone person…I think everyone should of got their rap in as a team effort.
ME: Dianne, this has overall been an active tribe. Does knowing everyone has participated raise the stakes when going into a vote?
DIANNE: Makes it easy when going to tribal when people HAVEN’T participated! This challenge many didn’t participate, but over all there is one who seems to always be missing in action. When we get down a couple more, to the ones who overall do help it will be a lot harder.
ME: Gayle, what will it take for this tribe to re-gain momentum and run over FireWire?
GAYLE: To get back to competing together for the challenges and not just think oh well.
LISA: I am here!
DIANNE: Oh, we have a late comer
DIANNE: did you get stuck in the swamp on the way here, miss lisa?
LISA: I saw the smoke signals and ran right over, sorry I’m late
ME: To all three of you: How confident do you feel that the person you voted for will be eliminated?
GAYLE: I am in between…I have no idea if it will happen or not.
DIANNE: I am confidant everyone is in agreement
LISA: I feel very confident, although we don’t want to see anyone go home, the person I chose is the logical choice. In my opinion…
ME: With that said, it is time for me to read the votes.
GAYLE: I am scared
LISA: Lisa is nervous, looks around shiftily
DIANNE: Dianne, sits up straight and tall, not scared at all
LISA: Lisa wishes she was more confident like Dianne
DIANNE: Dianne wishes gayle would stop shaking
LISA: Lisa reaches out to hold Gayle’s hand
DIANNE: Dianne gives them both an icy stare
GAYLE: thanks guys
ME: Once the votes are read, the decision is final and the person voted out will be removed from the group immediately. I’ll read the votes.
ME: I’ll start off with the self-votes:

First vote: (Kyle)
Second vote: (Wahaj)
Third vote: (Kai)

LISA: Shocked look!

ME: Fourth vote: (Wahaj)
Fifth vote: (Wahaj)

That is three votes for Wahaj, one vote Kyle, and one vote Kai.

DIANNE: dianne smiles an evil smile
LISA: lisa locks eyes with Dianne and smiles
LISA: she squeezes Gayle’s hand
GAYLE: Gayle just shakes her head at them
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(Wahaj)

Wahaj Khan, the tribe has spoken.

Well, definitely an off round for the Inukshuk tribe, but if you recover just as well as you did from the first Tribal, FireWire will once again be in deep trouble.

Grab your torches and head back to camp. Good night.

**Lisa’s vote**

Well, shoot! I was so confident that we had this one “rapped” up. I am definitely sorry to have to vote one of our tribe members off. I really felt we were working well together, for a while.

[Wahaj]
I am voting Wahaj off because I just haven’t jelled with him like I have the other tribe members. He hasn’t put much effort into becoming a part of the tribe. {turns to camera} “Sorry, Wahaj. I am sure if we had more time to get to know you I wouldn’t be casting this vote, but that’s life.”

**Dianne’s vote**

I vote to kick off Wahaj.
I don’t have to much to say in here today. I am bummed that we lost but I guess we basically are not rappers. bah! I hope our 4 girl alliance holds up until the merge.

**Gayle’s vote**

I vote for Wahaj

I really wish our team would get it together and send their challenges in. Then we wouldn’t of been in this position. I hope they all contribute to the next challenge.

I am still hoping my alliance is strong. I am still going to trust them for now anyways.

**Jerry’s vote**

vote off – Wahaj.

I’d rather be in competition with known entities than unknown. Yes, it cuts both ways but I suspect wahaj has some experience in these situations that I don’t have.

Preview for entry #8: Once again inactivity plagues both camps during the immunity challenge. An efficient and hardcore strategy proves to be the deciding factor. A previously inactive player returns and tries to survive at the closest pre-merge Tribal Council of the season. And Lyndsay makes her second baffling move of the game which proves to have major consequences for her position in the game.

1.08 Entry #8: Kyle – InukShuk – (3-2-self vote) – July 30 2009 – SCWL: The Prequel
Records: Third of the ten ‘originals’ to be voted out
– Second person to record a vote after self-voting twice over a stretch of seven eliminations
– First player to be eliminated at a Tribal Council despite sending in a vote while two others self-voted
– Second Tribal Council where two players received more than one vote
– Second player ever to try and vote against someone who was not on his own tribe

This round went by quickly. Note that there was only 48 hours between this elimination and the past one. Inukshuk dropped two people awfully fast.

Before I discuss another challenge where inactivity was prevalent, I think it will be a worthwhile to update the strategic positioning of everyone left in the game.

FireWire: Adam, Brett, and Simone (former FireWire) along with Penner, Alisha, and Natasha (former Transcend).

I should note between July 24th’s Tribal Council discussion with Brett and Simone and the end of this immunity challenge on July 29th. . .FireWire had not posted anything in their tribe’s camp. It would be August before we heard from Natasha, Loren, and Alisha again. Adam and Brett were literally carrying the tribe on their backs with Simone providing occasional support and aid. The original FireWire finally committed themselves to an alliance.

Natasha had been the only person besides Brett to vote at every TC, but her challenge participation was below 50% and in addition she was clumped into Lisa’s alliance. However, the former FireWire granted her safety considering that Alisha and Loren were virtually non-existant during this stretch. Oddly enough, Alisha participated in a challenge whenever Natasha did so. Their challenge performance is identical except for maybe the opening round and Sudoku Squares where Alisha was much more involved.

I should note that Natasha had indeed committed to jumping ship to Inukshuk once the merge would materialize. I think Natasha talks about this alliance when she votes for Penner back in Entry#6.

I am curious why nobody approached Alisha for an alliance. To this point she was reasonably active in challenges. For some reason nobody wanted to scoop her up and explain the purpose of an alliance. If someone did this, I think she would have been willing to vote at Tribal Council up to this point.

Loren would have likely kept to his clan and therefore work with Lyndsay, Kyle, Kai, and Simone. With 13 people remaining, this cross-tribal alliance was on the cusp of demolishing everyone in this game. If Loren could overcome his dial up issues and Kyle could free himself from firefighting for a bit o’ time, we would resume my earlier assessment that three factions would be battling it out in this game. This could have been the most intriguing ORG of all time.

Inukshuk’s dynamics largely remained unchanged. Lisa was currently operating three alliances:

Alliance #1 (Active Player’s Alliance: Lisa, Jerry, Gayle, Dianne. Kai, Lyndsay, and Kyle on the outside.
Alliance #2 (OkaYakaCalga Alliance): Lisa, Gayle, Lyndsay, and Kai. Dianne would be used as a fifth regardless of being pure Inukshuk.
Alliance #3 (Women’s Alliance): Lisa, Gayle, Dianne, and Natasha. Lyndsay is their fifth.

Alliances two and three are most important to the game right now. Lisa intended to keep all four former OkaYakaCalga safe to the merge as well as Dianne and Natasha.

In fact, I would say Lisa, Natasha, and Dianne were the only three strategizing long-term, or if at all, at this point in the game.

Yes, I did say Brett, Adam, and Simone had an alliance on FireWire, but it was not actively discussed. From what I gathered it was an unspoken agreement to eliminate the three outsiders from the game. Loren, Alisha, and Natasha in that order.

Inukshuk dreaded another Tribal Council because no matter what there was not any form of criteria where a player was an obvious one to be taken out. Everyone on their tribe had been involved with the game in the past twenty-four hours.

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Now onto the challenge. This was yet another live challenge. Upon reflection, it was neat in concept, but would be drastically re-worked in future seasons where challenges were non-live and/or semi-live, and have extra layers to it.

Essentially the challenge plays as follows: Both tribes had to pick a 15-minute slot to meet at some point during the next couple of days. At the start of their fifteen minutes, the first person would post ’1′. Then the next person ’2′. This would continue until their rotation ended and restart back to ’1′. Do this as many times as you can in 15 minutes to win immunity.

The tribe that had more people playing in the challenge would receive a bonus. So if you have 3 people play and the other tribe has only 2, you scored an additional point per rotation.

Since Inukshuk had virtually all tribe members active, they agreed to have their 15 minute slot right away.

Since Brett and Adam knew getting Natasha, Alisha, Loren, and Simone online anytime soon was a near impossible task, they decided to just play with a disadvantage right away as well. This is why the round went by so quickly.

Inukshuk had Jerry, Lisa, Kai, and Dianne play the challenge. They sat out Gayle. None of them heard a word from Kyle and Lyndsay during this two-day stretch, and went ahead without them. It was obvious that Kyle or Lyndsay would go if they lose. Kyle hadn’t voted at Tribal Council all game, and Lyndsay hadn’t sent in a real vote nor viewed as a challenge participant since the round Serene left in the Table Challenge. Or as many people on her tribe thought as I covered in Entry #3 post, Lyndsay’s Table Sabotage.

Inukshuk completed 13 rotations and scored 94 points, plus an additional 26 points for having two extra people than FireWire per rotation. 111 points were scored.

Kyle and Lyndsay seemed to be coasting to merge.

But FireWire’s strategy of having only Adam and Brett play, and be removed of inactives and slowpokes from participating. . .turned out to be a brilliant strategy.

They scored 139 points. No joke. I almost wanted to throw a glass cup at a mirror. They used the bare minimum number of people to complete this challenge (only one-third of their tribe!) and are rewarded for it.

FireWire not only won immunity but the game would be 6-6 after this round.

In fact, this is what I posted in FireWire’s camp right before the challenge started:

“Whoa, first posts on this wall in almost a week lol.”

That’s right. Several days of silence on the page while Inukshuk chatted daily.

Now to the most important decision for Dianne up to this point. Somebody from Inukshuk had to be sent to Exile Carnival and be immune from Tribal Council. That means only six out of seven would be eligible to vote. They had to treat a Lyndsay-Kyle-Kai voting bloc as a near certainty at this point. What’s worse for the paranoia at camp is that Lyndsay posted on the tribe wall after the challenge. Kyle was the only one unaccounted for.

So they chose to use the art of the self-vote to their advantage. Since Lyndsay and Kyle have been surprisingly inactive as of late, and even more surprising that Kai has stepped it up as of late, they simultaneously sent Kai to Exile Carnival and saved him the trouble of having to turn against his friends.

LYNDSAY: sorry team, i have been staining out in the heat and kyles been working like nuts!! but im done my job for a bit, sorry about the absence in baaacccckkkkk;)

Or it was this post that probably freaked them out. It had a very Rachel Reilly tone to it if you ask me. I would personally be freaked out by it and view it as threatening more than anything.

Assuming Lyndsay would end up voting, they decide to vote for Kyle. The self-vote would guarantee his dismissal. But what happens when Kyle not only remembers to vote for the first time all game, but vote for somebody else who self-voted? All it takes is a vote from Lyndsay and we have ourselves a very interesting game. I’ll let you read the TC Vote Reveal for yourself before I give my final thoughts on this round.

**LIVE TRIBAL COUNCIL DISCUSSION**

ME: So, who’s all here tonight?

GAYLE: I am

DIANNE: I am

GAYLE: looks like its the two of us

DIANNE: yep

ME: Alrighty, I think that’s everyone for tonight.

(Gayle) :

FireWire lost back to back, now you guys lose back to back. Do you sense a major shift in momentum?

(Dianne) :

Is the vote tonight any different compared to the first two tribals, or is it ‘just another vote’?

GAYLE: Yes I do. We really need to pull it together again. Though I do think that dianne,jerry and kai, lisa made a great effort at the last challenge.

DIANNE: tonight the vote was harder for some reasonThis one is sadder

**WRITER’S NOTE**: Probably because they had to vote for somebody they knew wanted to play and knew personally. No more Serenes and Walkaroos. Just sayin’.

GAYLE: I agree, I hated voting

ME: (Gayle) :

Do you think that fighting six-six will make the tribe come together more?

(Dianne) :

Are you afraid that anyone on your tribe will take the day 4 twist opportunity and look for an idol next challenge?

GAYLE: I really hope so!

DIANNE: No, I don’t think so, I think we are a pretty tight team

ME: (Gayle) :

What do you think stops people from sitting out to look for an idol through all of these rounds?

(Dianne) :

What happens to the tribe dynamic if somebody does sit out to look for an idol?

GAYLE: Hmmmmmmmmmmmm I don’t know…maybe because we are a close team.

DIANNE: the others may be a bit more suspicious of that person. So they may become the outcast.

ME: (Gayle) :

Is that true? Would everyone receive equal treatment and be an outcast if they were to sit out?

(Dianne) :

How tired are you of refreshing a page?

DIANNE: I am very tired of it… I haven’t recuperated from the challenge refreshing yet!

GAYLE: Well it sure would make them look suspicious hahahaha

ME: Well, I think it’s time for me to tally the votes. :)

GAYLE: ewwwwwwwwww I hate this part

ME: Once the votes are read, the decision is final and the person voted out will be removed from the group immediately. I’ll tally the votes.

ME: I’ll start off by reading the self votes.

GAYLE: o——k—a——–y..nervously

ME: First vote: (Jerry)

Second vote: (Lyndsay)

Third vote: (uncle Jerry)

Fourth vote: (Kyle)

DIANNE: WHAT!!!!!!

ME: Fifth vote: (Kyle)

ME: The votes are at 2-2-1 and only one vote remains.

Last vote. . .

Eighth person voted out of this game. . .

(kyle)

GAYLE: I hate this

GAYLE: oh know…we better win next time so no more voting

DIANNE: That was close

(Kyle), the tribe has spoken.

Well, well, well. The person you voted out had actually cast a vote this round. If this isn’t a shift in the game, I don’t know what is.

**WRITER’S NOTE**: It seems I don’t know what a shift in the game is after all.

ME: Grab your torches and head back to camp. Good night.

GAYLE: it sure is

DIANNE: ughhhhh, I hate shifts

GAYLE: good night

DIANNE: good night

*****

Yep. If Lyndsay had voted, it would’ve been a 3-3 tie. And I know for a fact that Gayle and Dianne would’ve felt awful re-voting for someone who participated in the vote over someone who self-voted. Jerry would have been eliminated.

As a result of discovering his fiancee is the reason why he was voted out, Kyle proceeded to break up and never spoke to each other ever again.
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Kidding. They’re still together and slated to be married. I haven’t spoken to either of them in nearly four years since this game ended, but I am told they still follow Survivor religiously. It is unknown if Lyndsay has participated in any more outdoor games with her friends since then.

I should note this was a big turning point for Inukshuk. Why? Because three of their five original members have now been booted. How many of OYC’s members have been booted since joining Inukshuk?

That’s right. None. Another reason they booted Kyle is because Lisa still wanted to stick with her OkaYakaCalga alliance of Lisa-Gayle-Kai-Lyndsay. In addition, she still had her women’s alliance. Kyle fulfilled neither of this criteria and was promptly sent packing.

I should note that Lisa did not show up to Tribal Council. In fact, only two out of six did. That’s a rarity for Inukshuk who usually has parties at these things. Clearly you won’t be compelled to show up for TC discussion when you are voting for an inactive player.

Those two minutes of shock when Gayle and Dianne saw that Kyle did not self-vote has been memorable to me. The game had been a “Vote for the Disinterested or Inactive Player” up to this point rather than Survivor.

So what does this do for Kyle’s legacy? Kyle’s only real legacy is pretty much limited to this season’s attitude. The attitude that keeping in every active player was such a big deal that people felt like they were a disappointment to themselves because they were wrong in identifying who would self-vote and who would not self-vote. It was the only time Kyle cast a vote this game, but Gayle, Dianne, and Lisa felt bad enough that he went home in a round where he finally decided to do the bare minimum to participate.

P.S. Remember the Sitting Out Idol available on each tribe? You sit out of a challenge publicly and receive a clue to claim the idol? Well, this was the only time where someone took advantage of it. Who was it?

Simone. She was given a series of letters. Enter it into the search bar and you’ll see a group name. The group name tells you “Message the host what you seek”. She told me she saw this but didn’t know what it meant.

Yeah, I’m not kidding. So she didn’t bother attempting to message me.

You can understand now why this twist was drastically re-worked for SCWL 1, 2, 3, and 4.

You can delete the Sitting Out Idol twist from the SCWL Prequel because it is never mentioned again. None of the players bring it up nor did anyone react to Simone sitting out.

Funniest and most frustrating thing of all is that Simone was online for about three hours wondering what it meant. I sat there until the deadline assuming the game would experience a big shake-up. . .only to have the deadline hit and see nothing from Simone. She was chatting to me during these three hours too. Frustrating then. Hilarious now.

***KAI’S EXILE CARNIVAL TOKEN USAGE***

token??? hey where’d I put that…..*pats pockets* aha!!…..inserts token….

WRITER’S NOTE: This is the last time I ever hear from Kai. Inside of this game or outside. He returns from Exile and never speaks again. Recall that he was Kyle’s partner in this game. However, he played for several rounds without ever speaking to Kyle. He is still friends with me on Facebook, but he has disabled the ‘message’ function, and it seems too weird to post on his wall. He’s still a mutual friend of Kyle’s and that he started being an administrator of an Internet website during this game, but other than that, I know nothing about Kai. No one knows why he disappeared, or why he somehow still has me as a friend on Facebook, but Kai will go on to completely ignore this game. However, the game was picking up because Loren is the only other person who has been one hundred percent absent from this game for the past few rounds.

***SIMONE’S CONFESSIONAL****

ummm im gunna pass this one
am i supposed to put a yes??

***GAYLE’S VOTE***

I vote for (kyle)

I don’t like voting for kyle. I found this a really tough one to do. Kyle is a good guy on the tribe. He is laid back and nice to everyone. Sorry Kyle.

I don’t know what going to happen. I hope I still have a strong alliance, but who knows in the game of survivor.

***LISA’S VOTE***

Darn it! I thought the 4 of us were doing quite good on the timing. I guess this might prove 2 heads are better than 4.

[Kyle]

Had to make a choice between the two who didn’t help in last challenge.
Sorry Kyle.

***DIANNE’S VOTE***

I am really really bummed that we didn’t try a dry run doing 2 on and 4 on.
Really didn’t want to go into the merge with even or worse…… being the underdogs! We HAVE to get our act together.

***KYLE’S VOTE***

well tough to say never fun voting out one of the tribe but I will be voting for alicia this round because she does not seem to help out a lot in challeneges I mean my dad is bad but hey cant lose an ally this early in the game

ME: Alisha is on the other tribe.

D’oh well my bad another vote for myself maybe this way no one can be mad if i dont vote for them lol
well getting down even more numbers wise I am gonna go out on a limb and vote for uncle Jerry . hope I am not gone but would not be offended if I was voted out

ME: Just wanted to say thanks for the time and effort you put into this game. And also thanks for picking a partner who actually figured out what’s going on in this game lol.

KYLE: thanks for letting me play jeff was an honor glad to see kai worked out as a player

Preview for Entry #9: Three former Transcend members somehow still exist in the game–Loren, bogged down by dial-up; Alisha, bogged down by never voting at TC; Natasha, who doesn’t have her own computer. They are all on FireWire, and in a game that is six versus six with a gurantee to not merge in the minority on the line, the unthinkable happens. Natasha and Alisha both return and play in a challenge where the stakes could not be higher. And on Inukshuk, with four OYC members taking control on a tribe of only two original Inukshuk, Jerry is appears to be in a must-win situation to stay alive in the game as Lisa has control. A six-on-six challenge is a 4 vs. 4 affair as two people on each tribe will never compete again for the remainder of the game.

ONE FINAL NOTE: I forgot to mention that Lyndsay in fact does not play in a challenge after her Table Sabotage but yet will speak at camp to join Kai and Loren in that regard. Simone will sadly be added to this list as well.

1.09 ENTRY #9: Loren – Transcend -> FireWire (3-self vote-self vote-self vote) – August 4 2009 – SCWL: The Prequel
Records:
– Most rounds survived by casting only one vote
– Most rounds survived by participating in only one challenge
– Only person in SCWL history to play a game using dial-up

INUKSHUK

Jerry (original Inukshuk–Lisa’s uncle)
Dianne (original Inukshuk–Lisa’s mother)
Lisa (original OYC)
Kai (original OYC)
Gayle (original OYC–Lisa’s aunt)
Lyndsay (original OYC)

FIREWIRE

Brett (original FireWire)
Adam (original FireWire)
Simone (original FireWire–roughly 50-60% active)
Natasha (original Transcend–only active Transcend member all game)
Alisha (original Transcend–self voted four times)
Loren (original Transcend–played in only one challenge)

And here begins the stretch of inactive eliminations. Adam, Brett, and Simone are an alliance.

Natasha is preparing to flop to Lisa’s alliance at merge, and has been the only person who has cast a vote at every TC she has gone to since the beginning of the game.

Alisha has self-voted four times already, and has missed the past two challenges, but has returned to play this challenge along with Natasha who also went away for both of FireWire’s victories.

With Kai, Gayle, Dianne, Lisa, and Jerry all active for multiple rounds in a row, and Lyndsay refusing to play in challenges AND vote, she will probably be dropped from the 4-person OkaYakaCalga day 1 alliance. Especially now that her fiance has been dropped.

The challenge was straight forward. Each person has been given three quotes. Each quote lists the season where it came from. You must identify who said it.

This challenge was 5 vs. 4. Lyndsay (Inukshuk), and Simone and Loren (FireWire) did not participate. I could not find the exact number of points for the challenge, but I do know that Inukshuk won by a large margin. Natasha screwed up all of her answers despite doing research by submitting names of people who weren’t even in the season listed (she submitted Eliza Orlins for a Marquesas quote). Adam did not send in any answers either. Inukshuk had a perfect score except for Lyndsay’s three missing quotes. Alisha was the only one on FireWire with a perfect score.

So Inukshuk stayed intact at six. Lisa didn’t have to drop a OYC ally nor did she have to consider booting Jerry for being one of two original Inukshuk members.

Sadly, we bid farewell to Kai after this challenge. He participated in Exile Carnival where he was sent after winning immunity. Kai never spoke again after immunity was awarded to his tribe. And as I said before, Lyndsay and Simone are already absent until they are eliminated. But nobody was on Simone for inactivity yet because she had been consistently 60% active up to this point.

Because a merge with more than ten people had never happened in Survivor, everyone assumed there was at least one more tribal challenge. Therefore, challenge strengths like Natasha and Alisha would be safe despite the fact that Lisa was looking to add them to her empire, and Natasha had already agreed to it.

This round couldn’t be more boring. An inactive goes home in a smooth elimination, only two people showed up for the TC discussion, no new strategic moves made, and there wasn’t a bizarre situation for once. Everything regressed in the middle to make it very unmemorable.

By the way, nobody was sent to Exile carnival from the losing tribe because there was only six people left on the tribe. It didn’t matter anyway because Brett would’ve sent Simone.

CONFESSIONALS

None. 😦

TC VOTING

ADAM,

(loren)

BRETT,

(loren)

NATASHA,

i vote for (Loren)

TRIBAL COUNCIL LIVE DISCUSSION #9

LOGAN: Who’s here for tonight’s Tribal Council?
ADAM: I be here
ADAM: apparently tasha is here too, i will speak for her
ME:  I s’pose that’s all for tonight.
ME:  lol ok.
ME: Adam, What happened with the last challenge? Natasha, Has your reason to vote someone out changed at all yet?
ADAM: Not enough people sent in answers, and yes that would be me
NATASHA: nooooo, still basically for the same reasons
ME: Adam, So how do you decide who goes when multiple people don’t send in answers?
ADAM: (natasha) adam is my favorite brother
ME: ???
ADAM: when voting people out I use strategery, but mostly who’s not participating
NATASHA: yes i think it has to change
ME: Adam, Let’s say you guys win immunity and merge 5-5 next round. Adam, do you think this tribe will stick together? Natasha, Do you think another immunity loss for FireWire would tear this tribe apart?
ADAM: To tell you the truth I have no idea, hopefullythough because I think the other tribe is pretty tight and will pick us off very quickly if we don’t
ADAM: (natasha) Hopefully not, chop chop chop chop chop chop, I hope nobody takes it personally, chop chop chop chop chop chop

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Adam was typing Natasha’s answers for her while she was cooking dinner. Really weird ORG, isn’t it?)

ME: Okay. I’ll go tally the votes.
ADAM: ok i’ll allow it

ME: Alright. Once the votes are read the decision is final and the person voted out will be asked to leave the Tribal Council area immediately. I’ll read the votes.

ME: We’ll start off by reading the self-votes this round.

First vote: (Loren)
Second vote: (Simone)
Third vote: (Alisha)
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Fourth vote: (Loren)
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Fifth vote:
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And the ninth person voted out of this game. . .(Loren)

(Loren Sund), the tribe has spoken.

You’re now down to five members. Your next event will be sent out in a minute. 🙂

Next Entry on SCWL: The Awful Prequel:
1) After nine tribal eliminations, it is time for nine individual ones! It’s a merge!
2) The pre-jury members are invited back to anonymously give out a major advantage to one player in the game. However, the vote comes down to a three-way tie because only three pre-jurors bother to vote, and each vote for someone different.
3) The first individual immunity challenge is announced to hand out the final public individual immunity idol of the game. With no talisman on the line, this ‘public’ immunity idol makes everyone aware who possesses it after they win the challenge.
4) Players are proven to possess zero observational skills as they fail to catch on that the individual immunity idol works the same way as a hidden individual immunity idol.
5) Shortly before this major challenge takes place, Internet issues delays the game for three weeks which freezes not only the game, but also reduces the ridiculously low level of active players in the game as four players will never play in a challenge or vote at Tribal Council ever again.
6) With absent players entering the merge from both tribes, we will see the first ever Tribal Council in SCWL history where two players receive three or more votes, exposing who is truly in power.

It is the entry that you will probably want to miss!

1.10 Entry #10 – Simone – FireWire (6-3-self vote-self vote-self vote) – August 5 2009 – SCWL: The Prequel
Records: First person to be voted out post-merge
– First person to request a penalty idol
– First person to be voted out in a Tribal Council where another player received more than two votes
– Record for youngest player in SCWL history at the time (seventeen years old). A record now held by Daniel Marino.

INUKSHUK

Jerry (original Inukshuk–Lisa’s uncle. Only self-voted once and has been a leader in virtually every challenge.)
Dianne (original Inukshuk–Lisa’s mother. Super active.)
Lisa (original OYC. Super active.)
Kai (original OYC. Has played in the past four immunity challenges despite being the only person who knows NOBODY in this game.)
Gayle (original OYC–Lisa’s aunt. Also super active.)
Lyndsay (original OYC. Hasn’t played in any of the past four immunity challenges. Self-voted only at her most recent TC trip.)

FIREWIRE

Brett (original FireWire. Never missed a thing.)
Adam (original FireWire. Only self-voted once and missed two challenges.)
Simone (original FireWire–roughly 50-60% active. Didn’t do anything last round.)
Natasha (original Transcend–only active Transcend member all game. Active being she has missed two challenges and did terrible at another.)
Alisha (original Transcend–self voted five times but one of only two people to play challenge)

The tribes were now 6-5. FireWire’s last round loss because half of the tribe didn’t submit, and because Natasha nor Brett were great at research, they went to TC and voted out Loren who had not signed online in over four rounds due to being on dial-up. Tasks that took others ten minutes would take him three hours. No joke. He has told me this today and his town is finally getting dial-up next month.

Only thirteen years behind the times.

– The tribes shouldn’t be 6-5 at this point. If it weren’t for Brett and Adam, the tribes would be 8-3, and I would be grateful for it. Wahaj and Kyle were both sent home just as they were being active. Meanwhile FireWire has ejected inactive player after inactive player after inactive player after inactive player. Cindy, Kristen, Penner, and Loren had been notoriously inactive. Serene, the first out of Inukshuk, was more active than the four of them combined.

But when we got down to eleven players I thought we had an active bunch of players. Yes, Alisha has self-voted five times, but she has played in the majority of the challenges. Lyndsay has skipped and sabotaged challenges unintentionally, but she had still voted two out of three times and would talk at camp on a regularly basis.

I thought everyone would be much more active once the merge hit and the true individual game begins. Lisa would put her full scale empire into effect, people would now have a reason to coach Alisha on how to vote, and Brett and Adam would need to scramble harder with their backs against the wall.

Everyone thought a merge wouldn’t be coming for another round. You have to remember that only seasons up to Tocantins had aired up to this point. That means a merge with more than ten people had never happened. Since then only one out of the last eight seasons has merged with ten people or less. Times have changed.

So was the merge pre-planned with eleven people? I honestly can’t remember. I may have been waiting for Loren to be out before merging to ensure everyone left in the game was “active”.

I think another big factor why I chose to merge is because the FireWire camp had become dead. These were the messages they posted outside of TC and challenges on their tribe’s page:

FIREWIRE’S CAMP LIFE:

August 5th

Nothing.

4th

Nothing. Loren voted out at TC.

3rd

Nothing. TC.

2nd

Nothing. Challenge.

1st

Nothing. Challenge.

31st

Nothing. TC. Kyle voted out on Inukshuk.

30th

SIMONE: good job guys!

29th

BRETT: pretty much dominated that challenge

28th

Nothing. Wahaj voted out on Inukshuk.

27th

Nothing.

26th

Nothing.

25th

Nothing.

24th

Nothing. FireWire votes out Penner.

23rd

Still nothing.

Inukshuk had been talkative but even they were disintegrating.

4th

DIANNE: WE WON!!!!!! YAHOOOO EEEEEE
We needed that. Getting close to the merge and we don’t want to go in as underdog team. So we need to kick butt again this time.
We will have to sit someone out this challenge. Jerry is on exile. Lyndsay, do you want to sit this one out?
Or anyone else, not going to be around or busy.
Welcome back Kai.

3rd

DIANNE: Morning Tribe,
I need to tell the host who we will be sending to exile. I think I would be Jerry’s turn. Unless there is someone who is going on vacation or who wants to go. I thiink everyone else has been, and I am not allowed to send myself.

2nd

Nothing.

1st

Nothing.

31st

Nothing.

30th

LYNDSAY: sorry team, i have been staining out in the heat and kyles been working like nuts!! but im done my job for a bit, sorry about the absence in baaacccckkkkk;)

Although Inukshuk’s challenge and TC threads are far more active during this time. But still, camp chatter had dropped. Everyone seemed to be looking for a change in the game, so I gave it to them.

TWIST #1: Merge!

– So everybody was sent to Exile Carnival. Much like in Survivor: Fiji where everybody was sent to Exile to discover they had merged. So the eleven players are on Exile Carnival and are surprised by the news. Dianne doesn’t worry about who to sit out or send to Exile for the next challenge. Instead they were able to look at all existing clues for the idol that everyone active knew had been claimed (Adam has the real idol while Lisa and Jerry have fakes), and they came up with a new tribe name and flag. How creative is their new tribe name?

TWIST #2: Everybody went to Exile Carnival for a day!

FIRESHUK

(insert FIRESHUK image here)

We went from four tribes into two tribes into one. So what are the standings from the original four tribes?

4 OYC
3 FireWire
2 Transcend
2 Inukshuk

I thought only Natasha would be alive from Transcend, and thought more Inukshuk would have survived. OYC still having all of its members that have been in the game since round two alive is quite an accomplishment.

As soon as the merge occurred Natasha did indeed join forces with Lisa, Dianne, and Gayle. Lyndsay was still being kept safe because everyone assumed she would be active. Kai was an OYC member too. Jerry was tied to Dianne so he was safe as well. Alisha was tied to Natasha too.

In other words, Lisa-Dianne-Gayle-Natasha-Lyndsay-Kai-Jerry-Alisha are in an 8-person alliance. That is probably the order of their hierarchy. These eight are against Brett, Adam, and Simone. Brett and Adam each have an idol. Brett and Gayle know each other has one because both captains received an idol on day one while Adam found the idol on Exile Carnival. Simone nearly had the penalty idol but choked when it came time to perform.

I thought this would be a major Tribal Council of the season.

EXILE CARNIVAL BANTER

DIANNE: Pssst, pssssssst……..adam. over here, behind this bush. you know I was only kidding you about not getting your answers on last challenge…right?…… I know you are really a hard worker and I want you to be my best friend here.

pssst, psssssst…..brett. over here, behind this tree. I think you are the the best guy on FireWire. I really respect you, I think we could go to the top together. shhhhhh someone’s coming. Go back to the beach.

Oh, hi Tasha, ….. yeh I was just behind this tree looking for coconuts all by myself. I was wanting to talk to you, girl to girl. I really think you worked hard on your tribe and they probably don’t appreciate how hard you worked. I heard you even ate some rat to keep up you strength, and, you being a vegitarian. That really shows you are a true fighter…… uh….I think we could do good together…. oh,they are looking for us, quick grab a coconut and go around that way back to camp…we’ll talk more later.

etc. etc. etc.

DIANNE: hey,(very quietly), old inukshuk tribe people,……… you know we all need to stick together. Yeh, yeh, gayle, that is right. It is the only right thing to do.

– But first we must get to our third twist. Believe it or not, I had a twist that involved pre-jury members. They were responsible for voting on which remaining player would receive a major power in the second half of this game.
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But guess what? Eight out of nine voted! The only person who didn’t was Scott LePage. I only could track down a record of two of the votes. That means because of Facebook’s old school system, they were on a group page that I have probably since deleted as well as the fact that two of the votes were probably given verbally. I know the vote ended in a 4-way tie with each person receiving two votes, so I think this is a fairly accurate assessment of who voted for who:

Penner and Wahaj/Walkaroo  vote Natasha.
Cindy and Kristen vote Lisa.
Loren and Kyle vote Lyndsay.
Wendy and Serene vote Gayle.

And this is why I haven’t used the twist since. A 4-way tie meant they played in a tiebreaker. Here was the tiebreaker:

ME: Pick five numbers. If you pick the lowest non-duplicated number amongst all of those in the tie-breaker, you win a major advantage for the second half

LISA: 3, 7, 9, 11, 1
GAYLE: 1 2 3 4 5
NATASHA: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
LYNDSAY: Nothin’.

Congratulations! You’ve won an advantage for the second half of the game! At some point during the second half of the game, a double Tribal Council will take place…and that will be decided by you! Shortly before each immunity challenge, you’ll be given a hint about what the challenge may hold. If you think it is something you can win at, simply notify me that you’d like to use the double Tribal Council power. Here’s what will happen: Whoever wins that immunity challenge will be safe from back-to-back Tribal Councils (immunity challenge takes place, followed by a Tribal Council the next day, followed by ANOTHER the following day and the immunity challenge winner is immune from both). This may be used only once, and if you fail to use it by day 37, it’ll automatically be activated then. So, do you hold onto it in a greedy fashion until you get down to five or six people and risk someone else being safe for two consecutive rounds? Or do you use it right away to make sure it doesn’t influence the game too much? Hint for upcoming challenge: Jeff Probst always wanted to read the book Crime & Punishment. . .if only he could make the time while hosting an immunity challenge to focus on it. Hmmm.

The obvious strategy of picking 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 actually worked for once. No idea what Natasha was doing picking a number lower than 7. And Lyndsay participated in this tiebreaker as much as any challenge in the past.

So Gayle has an idol but also won the ability to trigger a double Tribal Council before the start of an immunity challenge. That means whoever wins immunity will be safe from two consecutive Tribal Councils. Use it at the right time and you can knock out two big targets. Use it at the wrong time and you could find yourself out the door.

TWIST #3: Pre-jury members give one player a major advantage!

– After three twists it was time to get to the immunity challenge. Lisa, Gayle, and Adam (who logged on one minute before the challenge began) were the only ones to participate. It was our first post-merge challenge, and it was live endurance.

Immunity Challenge IX: Delayed Oath of Silence

Once the challenge started you could not post in the main group. I would post “Roll Call” in the challenge topic. Players would have ninety seconds to respond. In other words, you kill your refresh button. After each “roll call” the time is deducted by one second. Hitting refresh was necessary back then because you didn’t always receive a notification.

Whoever wins does NOT receive the talisman. Instead they received a not-so-hidden immunity idol. Everyone knew this was up for grabs. Therefore nobody was immune from Tribal Council this round unless an idol was used.

TWIST #4: Not-so-hidden immunity idol instead of talisman awarded at the first individual immunity challenge.

– The challenge lasted exactly sixty minutes. Adam was kicked out after fifty minutes when I noticed he posted “I’m gonna win” on the main group wall during the challenge. The most ironic post ever considering the rules stated you couldn’t post anything but “here” for the whole challenge. Lisa, thinking she had an idol in her pocket, forfeited the challenge seven minutes later to give up the idol to Gayle. What she didn’t know is that Gayle now had TWO idols and the ability to trigger a Double Tribal Council once in the next seven rounds.

This would by far be the most extreme case of somebody having power in SCWL. Two idols and a Double Tribal Council Trigger. But since one of those idols was public, Gayle may face a blindside down the road. I was curious to see how those idols played out even though Gayle is in the core alliances of the game.

And yes. A challenge where only three out of eleven showed up worried me. Nobody else was even online at the time. It was nine o’ clock in the evening on a weekday during the summer.

One last note: This is the first time all season that Brett missed a challenge. I re-thought everybody’s ability to be active when I saw only three out of eleven play in the challenge.

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Then the momentum killer of the game. Alisha, Kai, and Lyndsay had not been seen since the merge. While people sent in votes for Tribal Council, Internet connection problems would lead to the game being delayed for two weeks. That meant the time it took to get through four rounds of the game was delayed without choice. That means TC results were posted on the evening of the 7th followed by a delay until the 22nd of August. The game was meant to be done by the end of summer before I headed off to university. Obviously this was no longer a possibility. In fact up to this point a round lasted anywhere from 2-4 days. After Internet returned the game would have one challenge and Tribal Council per WEEK. Players had a tougher time handling one round per week compared to one round squeezed into two days. As I have stated before, three players disappear for good this round, and another player only plays one more challenge and Tribal Council.

UNFORESEEN TWIST #5: Game is delayed for two weeks, and cut back to one round per week.

– Because it was an eight-person alliance controlling the game, and because the people who would disappear hadn’t been established yet, the votes would be knocking out either Adam, Brett, or Simone. Adam and Brett each have an idol. If they use the idol correctly between the three of them, they would be immune and only the people who voted for Simone would be vulnerable. I know what you are thinking: “The self-votes would be immune too”. That is correct. One of the few active players would be eliminated this round if that occurs. So what happens at Tribal Council? Let’s get to it.

– NOTE: Because of the faulty Internet, I canceled the Live Tribal Council Discussion for the week.

GAYLE: good challenge guys, lets have some fried coconut.

SIMONE: sorrry i missed the challenge guys….fried coconut sounds great

JERRY: Hey, I made it back. whew. Didn’t know how to sign in.

CONFESSIONALS AND VOTES

ADAM,

(kai) I really don’t know who to vote for, I’m not in very good shape

ALISHA,

self-vote

BRETT,

(kai)

DIANNE,

My vote is Simone

GAYLE,

I vote for (simone) I am really nervous now because we are all one team and I feel a lot more vulnerable. All I can do is HOPE I stay around.

JERRY,

self-vote

KAI,

self-vote

LISA,

Well, what a twist our challenge was. I was way too overtired to deal with that one!

[Simone] Sorry Simone. I don’t know you at all. At this point I am sticking with my tribe.

LYNDSAY,

self-vote

NATASHA,

i vote (simone)

SIMONE,

self-vote

All eleven of you were vulnerable for the first merged TC of the game because no immunity talisman was up for grabs this round.
If anybody has an individual immunity idol and they played it this round, this would be the time that I’d reveal it. . .
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Nobody is playing an idol this round.

Let’s begin with the self-votes.

First vote: (Lyndsay)
Second vote: (Alisha)
Third vote: (Kai)
Fourth vote: (Simone)

Now onto the real votes. . .

Fifth vote: (Simone)
Sixth vote: (kai)
Seventh vote: (Simone)
Eighth vote: (kai)

Three votes Simone, three votes Kai, one vote Lyndsay, one vote Alisha.

Ninth vote: (simone)

Tenth vote. . .the tenth person voted out of this game. . .
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(Simone), the tribe has spoken.

This would be the time where I’d inform you if somebody was eliminated with an idol in their possession. Despite being the only person in the game to sit out of a challenge to get a clue to a ‘sitting out’ idol, Simone did NOT find it.

Because she’s a member of the jury, she’ll remain in this group to observe future Tribal Councils.

Well, the second half of the game has begun. With at least the idol that may or may not have been claimed at Exile, and an idol that was awarded in the previous challenge, the game gets complicated.

I can assure you that the next challenge won’t be until sometime next week.

Grab your torches and head back to camp. Good night.

– As you can see, the 8-person alliance was revealed with this vote. Brett and Adam were the only ones to try and save Simone. I should note that Brett and Adam messaged Kai and Lyndsay to turn the tables but neither of them responded. Therefore, they voted Kai and hoped for the best. That didn’t work out, clearly.

Start paying much more attention to the Lisa-Gayle-Natasha-Dianne-Jerry group. Five of the most active people in the 8-person alliance. At this point they catch on that people who used to be on the inner circle like Lyndsay were now all talk and zero game. Lyndsay was and still is a Survivor superfan, but has merely chatted with everybody on the wall frequently but has skipped the past FIVE immunity challenges and self-voted at her past two Tribal Councils despite voting off Wendy and Serene at the beginning of the game.

And for those keeping tally at home–this was Alisha’s sixth self-vote in a row since the beginning of the game. However, this is only the third time that she has missed a challenge. Trust me, this was as weird to watch play out as it is for you to read this.

The weird thing is that there was enough gameplay going on regardless of the inactivity. I had two major questions heading into next round:

1) Will Brett and Adam win immunity or use their idols?
2) How far are people willing to carry the super duper inactive players?

I should note I was not happy that Simone went home this round. She was very busy this round and last round, and she was still more active than three of the people still remaining in the game. I wanted to see how Simone would play in the following week. Believe it or not I still occasionally talk to Simone to this day even though I had never met her before this game began.

Next Time on SCWL: The Prequel:
– An immunity challenge allows players the opportunity to head to Exile Carnival and skip Tribal Council. Two out of ten players play for this opportunity.
– The game is eight versus two as Brett and Adam were the only two active votes against Kai. With their former tribe members either gone or defected to the other side, they know they are in trouble. Will they both use their idols or find a way to stay alive as enormous underdogs?
– When the game returns two weeks later, and player absences have totaled up from two to four rounds of the game, some players re-think their strategies as to who they have aligned with. Will one of the players who have racked up three self-votes find themselves ousted or will a threat be ejected to secure an easier win?

1.11 Entry #11: Kai – OYC -> Inukshuk (5-self vote-self vote-self vote) – August 24 2009 – SCWL: The Prequel
Records: – Made it the furthest out of anyone who wasn’t related to any of the other contestants in the game
– Biggest disappearing act to date
– First person to receive a Tribal Council after receiving multiple votes against him
– First person to receive two separate Tribal Councils where an active player cast a vote against him each time
– The sixth partner to be eliminated after Wendy, Serene, Cindy, Kristen, and Simone.

Brett and Adam are in a terrible spot. Eight players are against them, and the only players who could help them continue to self-vote.

Jerry, Lisa, Dianne, Gayle, and Natasha all voted against Simone at the last Tribal Council.
Brett and Adam voted against Kai.
Kai, Simone, Lyndsay, and Alisha all self-voted.

Only Lisa, Gayle, and Adam participated in the previous immunity challenge.

Lyndsay hasn’t participated in a challenge and voted at TC since round three.
Alisha has never voted at a Tribal Council to date, but has missed only three of the eight challenges total. She missed last round entirely.
Kai has missed three immunity challenges, but has self-voted three out of his four trips to Tribal Council.

Jerry has self-voted twice, but has only missed two immunity challenges as well. Everybody else is at least seventy to eighty percent active in the game.

After seeing four self-votes appear at the previous Tribal Council, and locking down its super majority, the 5-person alliance seemed to be unstoppable and knew they had a free pass for five rounds. Knock out Adam and Brett then eliminate the three remaining inactive players if they do not show up. A winning gameplan was in place.

As you read in the previous post, the game was delayed for over two weeks because my Internet was wiped out temporarily. It appeared the three inactive players were given a break that they appeared to want. But when the game resumed Lyndsay did her usual “cool!” response then. . .nothing.

During the merge vote you also read that Adam and Brett targeted Kai because he was nowhere to be found and tried to take advantage of his self-vote but failed. Two weeks went by and Kai hadn’t resurfaced whatsoever. The only other inactive, Alisha, had made contact with players. Given how many challenges she had played to date, Alisha wasn’t truly inactive in the eyes of others yet.

But after three weeks of not playing in a challenge, voting at TC, nor talking to a single player in the game, Kai had become a player whose presence was only marked by his name. Kai earlier in the game said he had a spell of inactivity because of being an admin for a website. I assume that was the case here. Playing in a game about a TV show he had never seen with people he didn’t know outside of Kyle who was eliminated three rounds earlier, and was a confusing game to follow, undoubtedly would make him lose interest. Probably not even on his mind. At all.

I must remind you that inactivty like this would never happen again. Players would be kicked out after two self-votes OR missing three challenges today. Only one of the ninety-two players since SCWL 1 have met that criteria. In SCWL Prequel, the MAJORITY of players would have been eliminated because of that rule. So you can see why I put that rule into effect starting with SCWL 1. Players like Kai made the prequel a mess.

So let’s talk about the challenge:

Immuntiy Challenge X: FireShuk Puzzle.

I was following a 7-2-7 pattern.

That means seven tribal immunity challenges, two hybrid immunity challenges, then seven individual immunity challenges.

The first hybrid challenge was when Gayle won the not-so-hidden individual immunity idol last round. This round the first two players to solve the puzle decide who gets sent to Exile Carnival. They will be immune from both the vote and the actual voting process.

Brett and Adam pulled out the upset and won the challenge. Understandably they sent themselves to Exile Carnival. After this round only one talisman is up for grabs which means they will be back in the hot seat.

At Tribal Council one of the eight has to eat one of their own. The 5-person active majority within the alliance was safe. You will read down below that Lyndsay sent the highest number of messages during the round despite not voting nor playing in the challenge. Did I mention how weird Lyndsay has been in this game all season long? Alisha had participated enough in challenges. Kai’s disappearance made him an atomatic boot because there just wasn’t any other choice at the time.

LYNDSAY: WOOHOO:):)

GAYLE: wonder how tough this new challenge is going to be tonight?

LISA: Good luck everyone.

GAYLE: lol…wow

LYNDSAY: oh this is going to be fun;)…:)lol

GAYLE: well I put a guess in…shall see …shall see

DIANNE: well, aren’t you special, Missy Gayle

GAYLE: so those two stinkers got it

ME: Bob always asks Mo Thompson about pearls and vans. Peggy goes extremely crazy for charismatic men grieving tremendously.

The first TWO people to solve this puzzle will each send one person to Exile Carnival and the people they choose will NOT be attending the next Tribal Council (you may choose to send yourself to Exile Carnival).

Rules for this challenge:

– Send your answer by messaging me through our private thread.

– Be specific in your answer

– The challenge will not end until two people have guessed correctly.

– You must wait at least eight hours in between guesses

– Your next hint will be sent out tomorrow at 8:00pm Pacific.

– No need to switch words, punctuation, capitalization, or letters around in the puzzle.

– The way the words are capitalized have nothing to do with the puzzle.

ME: Brett and Adam have a decision to make now.

You are each sending one person to Exile Carnival. The people you select will be able to skip Tribal Council.

You may send yourself or you may send one of the other eight people who did not win this challenge. As soon as both of you have made your selections, voting for Tribal Council will commence.

Tribal Council votes AND confessionals are due by Sunday @ 8pm Pacific. If you don’t send in a confessional with your vote, it will count as a self-vote. We’re getting too deep into the game for people to avoid sending in their strategic plans and what they think about their position in the game.

The Tribal Council Discussion & Vote Reveal will take place Sunday @ 8pm Pacific.

LISA: so, the people on exile have immunity????

ME: Yes, whoever is sent to Exile will have immunity because they’ll be skipping Tribal Council.

LYNDSAY: frig i had such a hard time with that puzzle!! no more puzzles…lol

ME: Adam is sending himself to Exile Carnival. We’re just waiting on Brett.

LYNDSAY: Sounds gooood:)

ME: Adam and Brett are both at Exile Carnival.

For the rest of you, all Tribal Council votes and confessionals are due by Monday @ 8pm Pacific, which is when the Tribal Council Vote & Discussion will take place.

So we get to our first Tribal Council discussion and reveal since the merge. We have managed to do chats even with FireWire being down to six players right before merge. The MAJORITY of Inukshuk would show up to the chats too from time to time. So with our first post-merge chat, and a record ten people in the game, it should be a great chat right? Ten. Ten people. It’s eight o’ clock in the evening when most people can show up. Everyone has voted over the past 36 hours. How many show up?
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None. Zero out of ten!

You’ll see below that I couldn’t help but laugh. I waited until ten minutes after eight but no signs of anyone. I went ahead and posted the results. So two post-merge TCs and not a single word from anyone publicly about Tribal Council. The TC didn’t really matter because all ten players knew who must be voted out. It was a foregone conclusion. I wouldn’t have been motivated to show up either.

TRIBAL COUNCIL 11:

ADAM,

immune on Exile Carnival

ALISHA,

self-vote

BRETT,

immune on Exile Carnival

GAYLE,

1- I vote for kai

Well so far so good I hope with my alliance. Still a waiting game. I can’t believe I didn’t get that puzzle! I hope I can win immunity next time, the closer it gets to the end the more I am becoming uneasy.

DIANNE,

My vote is Kai

WOW, its been so long since I was here. While we were waiting for network to get working again. I got to know some of the other tribe people better. Those snarky Saunders Brothers! Boy, they think they are sooooooo smart! I am glad they are on Exile. Gives me a break from their sneering uppity faces! Maybe I can talk my group into targeting them next time. They both cant have immunity again. Too bad that Tasha had to be taken out to medical. But at least she is back. I am hoping she is still in our alliance even tho she was on Firewire. If we can trust her we have the numbers to keep in control for quite a while yet. As far as I know we have Me, Gayle, Lisa, Tasha, and I think Jerry, and Lyndsey

JERRY,

self-vote

KAI,

self-vote

LISA,

Well, I am not sure how I feel about those brothers winning that challenge. I feel like there may have been some advantage as they are quite close to our host and in fact, IF my sources are correct, they were key people in developing the host’s sense of humor and personality in general. Yeah, I hear the three of them are VERY close, like brothers you could say. However, I do have 100% faith in the integrity of our host, so I guess, I should be saying, “Congratulations Adam and Brett”. I hope we can keep our 4 sided alliance in tack in the next few weeks. If any of the boys in this game catch on to us we will be done for. I think we can get Lyndsay to go with us for a while. Time will tell

[Kai]

Kai, I am sorry to have to type your name in. You have been a GREAT team player and a super member of our tribe. This vote is strictly strategy to get “the family” together and then slowly pick them off until it is just the four of us girls. Great Game and Good Luck in your future endeavores.

LYNDSAY,

self-vote

NATASHA,

i vote (Kai)
confessional: i don’t feel like i have any control in the game so i am just hoping that i make it to the final four.

LIVE TRIBAL COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND REVEAL

ME: Tribal Council #11. Who’s all here?

ME: lol, anyways I’ll get to the votes:

Self-votes for this round:

(Kai)

(Lyndsay)

(Jerry)

(Alisha)

Four votes remain.

Fifth vote: (Kai)

Sixth vote: (Kai)

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The eleventh person voted out of this game, and the second member of our jury
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(Kai)

(Kai,) the tribe has spoken.

Well, we’re down to nine. With one hidden individual immunity in play as a result of the first merged challenge, idol clues at Exile, two secret rewards, and someone holding an advantage for the second half of the game, this should be a crazy finish.

Grab your torches and head back to camp. Good night.

GAYLE: I am here
LYNDSAY: i think its to late for me to be here:):) sorry have been crazy busy!:(

And there you have it. We are down to nine. Brett and Adam have nowhere else to hide as a duo. They need to start playing their idols to stay alive. Lyndsay is suddenly very vocal on the tribe page, and Alisha had established herself as being active in challenges. It’s tough for anyone else to go at this point.

Now let’s talk about my message at the end of Tribal Council. Why did I remind them about the idols, secret rewards (the captain idols), and the double TC trigger?

Because I was frightened about the idea of four idols and a secret double TC circulating in the game with six rounds to go. I was getting suspicious that Brett and Gayle had forgotten in the past two weeks that they forgot their first idol was received because of being a captain, but failed to catch on that the other must have one for meeting the same crtieria. Plus nobody seemed to be worried about Gayle’s second idol, too. I was worried that the endgame might be too chaotic. Would my gut instinct prove to be true and make the season even more of a trainwreck?

This is the second-to-last note. Lisa’s detailed confessional regards an all-female alliance that has formed. It is confirmed that Jerry is no longer the fifth. Adam, Brett, and Jerry are projected to be 9th, 8th, and 7th. Alisha will be sixth. Lyndsay will be fifth. Then Lisa-Gayle-Dianne-Natasha are an extremely tight Final Four alliance. At that point it is unknown what happens. But right now these four were overwhelming favourites to make it to the Final Four. It is impossible to stop them.

Lastly, a word about Kai. I liked Kai. He stood up to Penner on the first day, and was brought in as Kyle’s partner of the game. Him and Kai weren’t that close as friends to begin with, and in addition Kai knew nobody else in the whole game. It’s normal to not know anyone when you play in an ORG, but imagine joining a room of ten people who all have known each other and have inside jokes while you sit there completely confused and scratching your head. That’s what it was like for Kai.

Yes, Kai was probably active in only about 30-40 percent of all activities during the game, but he stuck it out much longer than I thought he would. Him, Scott, and Wahaj were the only two who truly knew nobody except for one person. I thought he would have quit after Kyle left but still played for the following round in its entirety.

What do I know about Kai over the past four years? He still has me as a Facebook friend. Myself and Kyle are the only two people he has kept on his Facebook. Furthermore, since August of 2009 he posts about two times per year on Facebook. Yes, I just checked his Facebook wall recently out of curiosity. He only has about sixty friends on his profile so it is clear the day he stopped playing this game is the day he dismissed Facebook. I now understand it wasn’t his disinterest in the game but rather a disinterest in Facebook altogether. That makes me feel better.

Next Time on SCWL: The Prequel:
– Lyndsay has been part of the core OYC alliance and chats in the group, but will her alliance’s annoyance with her finally reach the breaking point and eliminate her?
– Alisha has disappeared since the merge despite being a frontrunner in challenges. Could she pay the price after a sudden real life event becomes known to the other players?
– Or will the 5-person alliance eliminate Adam and Brett who remain as the only active players not in the alliance?
– A Tribal Council discussion and vote reveal sees not only more than zero people show up, but the majority of the cast is present to chat! If that isn’t enough, a fake idol is played leaving all other players stunned. This marks the beginning of the strategic portion of the game that will impact how the season ends. After eleven consecutive eliminations where players with 0-50% activity level have been voted out, this fake idol play breaks the tension and sparks what has been a season that has slept since day one.

1.12 Entry #12: Alisha – Transcend -> FireWire (6-1-self vote-self vote) – September 2 2009 – SCWL: The Prequel
– Adam’s partner. She was the seventh of eight partners to be eliminated (only Natasha remains).
– The only player to play in multiple challenges but yet refuse to vote at multiple Tribal Councils.
– Self-voted a record EIGHT times. Including a stretch where she self-voted in four consecutive rounds of play.
– The only person to make a merge in SCWL without ever casting a vote.
– I must repeat: EIGHT self-votes!

Oh my word. There are three major components to this round:
a) The 5-person women’s alliance is fully in play. Jerry is sixth and Alisha is. . .well who knows where Alisha currently stood.
b) Frustration with Adam’s second consecutive immunity win. Everybody was fully intending to take him out ASAP.
c) Lack of challenge participation from those active in the majority alliance were infuriating other members of their own alliance.

And then there were nine. As you can see there is another two week break since the last round.

So let’s recap the first break:

August 7th – 22nd (round of 10)

I know I am starting my first year of university before the game can finish. Momentum is lost as two weeks was enough for Alisha and Kai to stop playing altogether. Jerry was gone during the break too. Lyndsay however has become more active. The other six continue to be invested in the game. A personal miracle to know eight people showed an interest to finish out the game.

I remember during these two weeks that Natasha became concerned if I was upset that the game had to be on pause for two weeks. Truth be told it was more of a relief after the fact because it felt like the game was restarting with its core players. The active players would continue regardless of the break. . .and the inactive players would keep being inactive regardless of the break too.

Once we played out this round I knew this game could finish. I was certain it could finish because we suffered from two months of inactive eliminations over a period of eleven Tribal Councils. Two months, eleven Tribal Councils, Tribal Councils having the majority of players self-vote every once in a while. . .we were at the point where the number of active players outnumbered those who weren’t.

I should further point out that if this break occurred three or four rounds earlier, my motivation to continue would have probably been lower. I think the fact I knew exciting rounds were on the way made it much easier to have the game on pause for two weeks.

August 23rd – August 31st (this round/round of 9)

I can’t remember why this break occurred. I am assuming that because this round’s immunity challenge was live, I needed eight out of the nine players to agree on a time to play it. In fact I am certain that is what it had to be. This would be the last round played before I went to university. Incidentally this is also the last round played before Adam returned to university, and others ended their summer holidays to return to work full time.

In fact the remaining challenges were live for the rest of the game because of how limited everyone had the same narrow window for availability. Adam was the only one who objected to these live challenges, if I recall correctly. Somewhat flawed logic that challenges had to be live when people were rarely available to do challenges, but since everybody’s availability was the same day, it made sense to do it this way. Of course that is no longer the case after the prequel as 90% of all challenges have been non-live or semi-live ever since.

Again, a really weird season.

Really. Weird.

The only thing stranger than this season actually having a start, middle, and finish is the fact that I am blogging about its start, middle, and finish round by round over four years later. And the fact that about a dozen people who I didn’t know until after this game ended are the only people reading it.

Where was I? Oh yes. The eleventh round of the game. This challenge was played on September 1st.

GAYLE’S ADVANTAGE: Being able to trigger a Double Tribal Council before an immunity challenge begins.

Each round since the merge Gayle has received a hint about the next challenge. So far Gayle has declined to trigger a Double Tribal Council in all three rounds thus far. That means we could be copying the real Survivor’s future of having a double elimination once it is down to eight players.

Immunity Challenge XI: Traveler IQ Challenge.

ME: Now to your individual challenge.

Weird immunity rewards is no longer what you seek…the individual immunity talisman is what you FINALLY covet.

Also, the winner of this challenge will send two people to Exile Carnival. However, these two people will have “a boat” and will be vulnerable at Tribal Council this round, AND will be given a slight disadvantage at the next immunity challenge.

Now to your challenge: Add the application “TravelPod Traveler IQ Challenge” and play the category “World UNESCO Sites”

Whoever reaches the highest level by 10:00pm wins individual immunity. If multiple people are tied for the highest level reached, the tiebreaker will be whoever has the highest score.

Good luck.

This is a twist I had forgotten about. For these four rounds, whoever won the immunity challenge will put two people at a disadvantage in the following immunity challenge and send them to Exile Carnival. It was probably the only way I could keep Exile Carnival in the post-merge phase. This is parallel to the struggles that the real Survivor had at the time with exiling people post-merge. Survivor: Tocantins aired before this season was played which was the last season to use Exile Island. That season also had four very boring rounds of Exile Island until Coach was its last visitor.

That’s why my games and the real Survivor have never had Exile Island ever since. For some reason it’s impossible to make it fully functional or an interesting part of the game.

ME: Adam wins individual immunity!

His decision of who will be sent to Exile Carnival will be sent out by tomorrow morning, but regardless, all of you will have to vote and be at risk nonetheless.

Your vote AND confessional will be due by Wednesday @ 8pm, which is when the next Tribal Council Discussion & Vote Reveal will take place.

ME: (Lisa) and (Alisha) have been exiled this round. Let’s see how you do with a slight disadvantage in the immunity challenge next round. That’s assuming you survive this round, of course.

So allow me to comment on that. Adam exiling Lisa is understandable because she could be an active threat to him winning immunity. . .but Alisha?! Alisha hasn’t been seen since the merge. My guess is that Adam didn’t want to piss off anybody that he thought he could flip. But wouldn’t Adam be crazy to think anyone would flip to work with him and Brett?

As I said before, Gayle and Brett were each awarded an idol for being captain and were explicitly told “both captains have an idol”. I don’t know why, but they seem to have forgotten about it. Even with my vague reminder at the last Tribal Council. If Adam keeps winning immunity, and the longer they spare Brett, guess what? Both could be immune if you wait too long. But sadly Alisha was the only inactive left. Brett would either be blindsided or need to play his idol soon if things don’t change by next round.

Oh, and Natasha’s injury that the others briefly referenced in the last episode? She burnt her right hand. Needless to say Natasha had a tough time with the challenge last round and this round because of her burnt hand. As far as I know everyone played this round’s immunity challenge except Alisha and Lyndsay. Yes, Lyndsay once again spoke on the wall, but yet again reprised her role of “Hey, I’m here but I refuse to play!”

As a host I was getting really annoyed because Lyndsay spoke on the wall on a round-by-round basis but after twelve rounds she had only played in one out of eleven immunity challenges, and had self-voted at the previous three Tribal Councils she had attended. I was frustrated because I assumed she was doing this out of strategy to appear under-the-radar. After all I knew Lyndsay had played outdoor versions of Survivor with her friends and watched the show religiously.

It has to be strategy at the expense of my game, right?

Now to the Tribal Council. I screwed up in my last round’s episode preview at the end. A fake idol is NOT played this round and a majority of people don’t show up to Tribal Council. However, 112 comments are in the Tribal Discussion Vote Reveal. 4/9 players showed up. The last time we had this many people show up to talk at Tribal Council was. . .when Serene was voted out in 18th place. That’s right. Nine people have been voted out since then but no more than three people have shown up for a vote.

Oh, and four people showed up when Kristen was voted out in 16th place. But Loren and Alisha only said two lines each the whole time because Loren’s dial-up kicked him offline and Alisha was being Alisha lol.

Kai’s exit had zero suspense. Simone’s was a little bit surprising. Loren’s was zero surprise. Kyle’s was surprisingly suspenseful. Wahaj’s exit had zero suspense. Penner zero. Kristen zero. Cindy zero. Serene zero. Wendy zero. Scott zero.

Eleven exits in a row with zero to little suspense. Only Kyle and Wendy actually cast a vote when they were eliminated. Two out of eleven.

This was the first time there was more than an ounce of suspense. There were two options:
a) Take the easy way out and eliminate Alisha who was being overwhelmed by her personal life, and has zero alliances with anybody, and doesn’t understand what Tribal Council is despite checking into the game every round for the first seven rounds.
b) Eliminate Brett when everyone knows he is not going to play his idol.

Who goes home?

***IMPORTANT NOTE***

I made a confessional accompanied by a Tribal Council vote a requirement from this round forward. I was getting too tired of people only sending in a vote of the person’s name without any reasoning or explanation (although I could gather the reasoning would be “inactive” ten times out of eleven).

With the endgame approaching and our first elimination of an active player coming very soon, I wanted the story of why they were eliminated. It was too strong of a possibility that a player would just say “dianne” and nothing else with the vote. During Tribal Council I looked through the votes and saw Dianne hadn’t sent in a confessional with her vote. I waited until she sent in a confessional during TC before reading the vote.

Yeah. The first time that I act tough on players in SCWL.

LISA: Where is tribal??????????????????????/
GAYLE: he is posting in now..it will be tribal council 12
ME: Tribal Council #12. Who’s all here tonight?
ADAM: this guy
GAYLE: I am
LISA: aw, I feel better, I found you!
GAYLE: long trek
LISA: Yeah….. very long…I got lost in a swamp!
DIANNE: hello
GAYLE: oh dear…well if you would quit wandering off without telling people
LISA: Hithere
DIANNE: I tripped over lisa laying in the swamp
ADAM: get outta my swamp
LISA: I know, I know…..
GAYLE: you think own this swamp
LISA: OK, Shrek!
ME: Okay, Shrek.
ME: Nicely done, Lisa.
LISA: Thanks
GAYLE: gosh my hands are sure sore from chopping so many coconuts
LISA: I appreciate all of your hardwork
DIANNE: who is gonna cook all those damn coconuts?
GAYLE: thanks….I had to tell adam to quit using his head to open them
LISA: hahahaha…. I will find some way to cook them!
GAYLE: oh good I can’t wait…I hope its something different
DIANNE: If Adam or Brett knew anything about being in a boat (or raft) they could go out into the water and catch some fish for us.

GAYLE’S QUESTION: We’re down to nine players. The last time you can use an idol is when there are four people left. Have you put any thoughts into how you’ll play your idol that you won in the first individual immunity challenge after the merge?

GAYLE’S ANSWER: I have been giving it some serious thought for sure. I want to make sure I really think about the options for using it.

ADAM’S QUESTION: The FireWire tribe is still a minority. Do you feel that anybody from FireWire will continue to be at a disadvantage just because of the fact that they came from FireWire?

ADAM’S ANSWER: I think all firewire is at a big disadvantage, and will continue to be that way

LISA’S QUESTION: What concerns you the most in this game right now?

LISA’S ANSWER: I think the thing that concerns me most right now is that we are getting down to strategy time. that could really be bad for some of us…..

DIANNE’S QUESTION: Is it too early to think about who you want to go up against at Final Tribal Council? Or is that thought process already starting?

DIANNE’S ANSWER: They are all such fine, strong players. I it would be an honor to go up against any one here.

GAYLE: good answer Dianne

LISA: {Lisa looks at gayle with kind of pleading eyes}
DIANNE: Dianne smiles, sneakily
LISA: Lisa looks worried and bites her fingernails
GAYLE: Gayle-looking very nervous
ADAM: adam takes a bite froma  Charleston Chew
DIANNE: Dianne thinks for a guy who feels he owns the whole swamp, Adam is being very quiet
LISA: Lisa reaches out to pat Gayle on the back…reassuringly…..
GAYLE: Hey did he sneak that in
LISA: LIsa wishes she had a Charleston Chew
LISA: It could have been his one item whatever that is called

ADAM’S QUESTION: Buy that answer? “It would be an honor to go up against any one here.” Or do you think that’s just someone playing the game of “Let’s avoid Jeff Probst’s tough questions?”

ADAM’S ANSWER: I think it’s a case of misdirection, not unlike that of Houdini

DIANNE’S QUESTION: So does that mean the thought process for who to face in Final TC has already started?

DIANNE’S ANSWER: I really haven’t thought that far ahead. I am just going week by week now.

LISA’S QUESTION: Why would it be ‘really bad for some of us’ but not bad for others?

LISA’S ANSWER: Well………………….. ummmmmmm {fidgets} I mean it could be bad if anyone thinks they know how it will go down, at least to the final 4………so, if someone thinks they could easily go tot he final…….it might not be as easy as they think.

GAYLE’S QUESTION: What are some of the options that you’ve been thinking about

GAYLE’S ANSWER: well….if I should give it to someone or save it for myself

ME: NOTE: One of you hasn’t voted yet.
DIANNE: Sounds like Lisa is speaking Jaborwalky.
LISA: Lisa wonders who hasn’t voted……. looks around…
GAYLE: hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…interesting

ME: What are you guys basing your vote on tonight?

LISA: STRATEGY!

GAYLE: Mine is partcipation

ADAM: alphabet, not necessarily in order

DIANNE: I would rather not say. Loose lips sink ships

LISA: wondering if Dianne if off voting

GAYLE: I want to know who didn’t vote in here

LISA: Well…… who put you in charge?

ADAM: it be too late to vote, it be too late loooooong tiiime

LISA: LOL

GAYLE: well I think that is just not right,hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

ME: Let me rephrase it: One of you didn’t meet the requirements to complete their vote,

LISA: laughing nad spitting in my water! you silly Adam~!

ME: There we go.

ME: Alright. It’s time for me to tally the votes.

LISA: DUH DUH DUN!

GAYLE: well….now that explains it

LISA: Lisa is looking unsure of herself

GAYLE: me too

DIANNE: Dianne is pleading senility

LISA: Let’s hold hands

ADAM: I feel safe

GAYLE: lol

LISA: lol I am over tired this whole thing is cracking me up

ADAM: ahhhhhh leg cramp

GAYLE: well must be nice having that necklace around your neck ADAM

ME: If anybody has a hidden individual immunity idol and they’re playing it, now would be the time that I’d reveal it. . .
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Okay. Once the votes are read, the decision is final and the person voted out will be asked to leave the Tribal Council area immediately. I’ll read the votes.

LISA: Lisa is shifting on her log

LISA: rofl!

LISA: I will be going to bed after this

ME: Self-votes:

(Jerry)

(Alisha)

(Lyndsay)

Six votes remain.

GAYLE: eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

ME: Fourth vote: (Jerry)

Fifth vote: (Alisha)

DIANNE: Lisa has shifted into my spot and pushed me off the log

LISA: hehehehehehe let me help you up!

GAYLE: lol

ME: Sixth vote: (Alisha)

3-2-1 so far.

Seventh vote: (Alisha)

4-2-1 now.

Eighth vote. . .
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And the twelfth person voted out of this game, and the third member of our jury. . .(Alisha)

(Alisha,) the tribe has spoken.

DIANNE: Dianne gets up spitting dirt out of her mouth

LISA: Lisa looks around and smiles

GAYLE: I am really going to miss her…she added fun to this tribe

LISA: So, the person who didn’t vote right….

DIANNE: very interesting

LISA: their vote didn’t count? but they didn’t have a self vote?

DIANNE: Don’t you worry about it.

ME: Another inactive leaves the game, which will make the end game much more interesting. Grab your torches and head back to camp. Good night.

LISA: Don’t YOU worry about it!

DIANNE: Good night Sir

GAYLE: good night jeff

LISA: GOOD NIGHT!

ME: Their vote DID count, because they showed up to this meeting and still voted before I read the votes.

LISA: suck up!

GAYLE: ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

LISA: Thanks Jef, Have a great night at the Holiday Inn.

GAYLE: I hope we get to play for tp soon

LISA: hahahaha me too I’ll walk back to camp with you

DIANNE: You want to play for toilet paper?

GAYLE: ok sounds good

GAYLE: yep

LISA: night night

DIANNE: So you to good for leaves?

GAYLE: yes…getting tired of them

DIANNE: I’m off to bed then. bye

ADAM: I’m not leaving tribal council, I refuse to be around them anymore….How about a game of crazy eights Jeff?

ME: I prefer Crazy Eights Countdown.

ADAM: SLUMPER PARTY!!!!!!!

CONFESSIONALS/VOTING

ADAM,

ME: You currently hold an individual immunity idol. Today is Day 25. The last day you may use an idol is on Day 37.

(Alisha) Once again seems to be the most inactive thus far. Gonna be tough soon though, I need to win a couple more immunities for sure.

ALISHA,

self-vote for the eighth and final time

BRETT,

ME: You currently hold an individual immunity idol. Today is Day 25. The last day you may use an idol is on Day 37.

Ill vote for jerry sund

(Jerry Sund)

Im really disapointed I couldnt pull out the win on travel iq and hope to take the individual immunity next time. Im thinking down the stretch he’ll be a tough opponent so hopefully he gets voted out. Im gonna wait till close to the end to use my idol and hopefully it works out. And theres no point trying to vote out lisa or alisha since theyll have a disadvnatage next round

DIANNE,

I vote for Alisha

I think my alliance is still intact. We shall see tonight.

GAYLE,

ME: Challenge Hint: The World. You have until 7:30pm Monday to decide if you want to incur a Double Tribal Council this round. Reminder: Today is Day 25. Day 37 is the last day you can incur a Double Tribal Council. Other Reminder: You currently hold two individual immunity idols. Day 37 is the last time you may use them.

I vote for Alisha. I really hate to vote her off, it makes me very sad. She is a good player when she makes it. I am only voting her on participation. I am going to keep the ones who play the most in the game if I can. I hope I am not going! You never know what is going to happen..there can always be a major surprise! The not knowing is scary.

JERRY,

self-vote

LISA,

Well, I am sad I missed the last challenge.

[Alisha] Sorry Alisha, I am sticking with my tribe. You are a great player and I will miss you.

LYNDSAY,

self-vote

NATASHA,

i vote (alicia)
confessional: i am still just voting for people who aren’t as involved as others

Eight self-votes at her eight trips to Tribal Council later and Alisha is finally gone. She made it to ninth out of twenty players. Eight self-votes and ninth place. In a series where all subsequent games only allows a MAXIMUM of two self-votes.

To put it into perspective of Alisha’s TC inactivity, she had the same number of self-votes as SCWL 2, 4, and 5 combined. Combined. One player’s self-votes after twelve eliminations matched that of fifty-one rounds of gameplay by fifty-four people. Of the five seasons in SCWL, only one player has been ejected for inactivity due to two self-votes or three missed challenges. Alisha would have been ejected FOUR times in the span of twelve rounds.

Alisha is a great person. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t blame her for her inactivity considering she wasn’t even one of the people that signed up for the game. She was brought in as Adam’s partner without watching an episode of Survivor.

And that is why the partner twist shouldn’t have happened. Someone survived seven trips to Tribal Council without ever casting a vote. That means the majority kept her all seven times. It took her an eighth trip in twelve Tribal Councils to be sent out of the game. Besides the opening round’s 2-1-1-1 vote, that is what I always point to as the main reason why this game was broken: A player was considered active enough to survive to ninth with casting zero out of a possible eight ballots.

Alisha was the nail in the coffin in terms of everything I needed to change as an ORG host for the future. This game served as one giant lesson in what has led to me becoming a top five ORG host today.

Four main memories regarding Alisha’s presence in this game:
a) Her yelling at me viciously following the verdict in the opening round’s Design a Flag challenge. Subjective challenges have never been used in future games.
b) Round six when I asked her if she knew how people were being voted out. She said she didn’t know how people were being eliminated from the game. I spent an hour explaining it to her over and over. Clearly, she still didn’t understand it.
c) Her being the best of FireWire’s tribe in the last tribal challenge before the merge. It was incidentally her last challenge of the game that she participated.
d) Showing up to a Tribal Council chat where I announced someone hadn’t voted during TC. Ten minutes later and she still hadn’t voted.

That’s more highlights than expected for someone who never showed up to vote at Tribal Council.

I need to quickly discuss the jury at this point. Simone, Kai, and Alisha are the first three members of the jury. This is when I became worried that a tie vote was possible at Final Tribal Council. I had confidence that Simone would cast a vote for a winner. But Kai and Alisha? Kai was off Facebook as you may recall. Alisha hadn’t voted all game, so I didn’t think she’d start now. I was coming up with a solution for the FTC if a tie vote and jury members refusing to vote ended up occurring.

Again, the alliance of Lisa, Natasha, Gayle, and Dianne were dictating who was going and when. Jerry has self-voted twice since the merge, but was enough of a presence to be considered part of the game. Lyndsay was still the fifth member of the all-female alliance. Brett and Adam in super deep doo-doo because there was absolutely no one they could hide behind at that point. It seemed like Alisha would be the only free pass without both of them being immune.

Adam had ditched his alliance with Brett this round. That is the most important development. He was seeking out his own alliances because Adam was aware that it was everybody else versus him and Brett. By winning two immunities, and Brett not proposing any big ideas and remaining very quiet, Adam opted to work on his own. You’ll see what happens with that storyline.

Even though Brett has played in every challenge and always voted, you never get to know him because of his lack of confessionals and presence at the live TC discussion for the past few weeks. Brett was never told who to vote for each round. He probably held the original record for most votes cast without it being elimination votes. He voted for Jerry this round while everyone else voted Alisha. That should tell you a ton about Brett’s position in this game. In everyone’s minds he was the next person to go home following whoever was voted out that round, but is always put off because there is another player who is inactive to the point of frustration.

That’s right. Brett went from being the face of FireWire who showed up to every challenge, TC, TC discussion, and decided who went home to this post-merge figure who always votes but otherwise couldn’t be more under the radar.

I may as well talk about Natasha at this point too. It seems I talk about who is either super active or is inactive. Natasha and Brett both seem to really fade during these three rounds despite always voting. As you’ve noticed, Natasha hasn’t showed up to TC discussions either. This is where her not having her own computer became problematic. During the pre-merge phase it was easier because she was on holidays from work or used the computer of someone who was on the opposing tribe. Post-merge work and everyone being online simultaneously essentially shut her out of chatrooms. Her burned hand kept her out of the past three immunity challenges. She is being as active as she can given the situation. It’s also why you see a lack of confessionals from her.

But you must start paying attention to Natasha and her vote reasoning each round.

Another reason why nobody was breaking within the Lisa-Natasha-Dianne-Gayle alliance is because it consists of two mother-daughter teams. Dianne is Lisa’s mother while Gayle is Natasha’s mother. Two natural duos to come together and ride it out to the Final Four together. Nobody feels like they are third or fourth in the alliance. Especially when Gayle and Lisa have shared their idols with their foursome. Lisa had her link to Lyndsay and Dianne had hers with Jerry.

Which means with Alisha’s elimination that I was excited for once. I remember my mindset once the round hit. This is what I had been waiting for over two months. The inactive players are gone. Adam is in isolation away from Brett. Brett is on his own. The four women have one other woman and another man who have both been semi-active as part of their alliance. Adam and Brett both cannot be immune.

Will Gayle be blindsided? Will Jerry approach Brett or Adam? Does Lyndsay go from “all talk and no action” into the player everyone else and their mother expected her to be? Will the double Tribal Council be triggered next round? And what about the four idols?

I was amped and ready for this game to be started as it should have been about ten rounds earlier. It is the season I knew it was capable of being.

Lastly, I need to make a final note for the new confessional rule. Brett’s, Dianne’s, and Lisa’s voting confessionals were written after I pressed them for a confessional and refused to count their vote until they did so. You’re welcome.

Next Time on SCWL: The Prequel:
– For the past three years, Lyndsay has proclaimed how she is a major Survivor superfan and has played real life games. After twelve eliminations all she has to show for it is two challenges played and two votes cast. Yet she regularly makes her presence known each round! Can Lyndsay finally step it up or will the other players be pissed off to the point they eliminate her?
– The women’s alliance is on a mission–Adam. Must. Be. Destroyed. He currently sits on a two round winning streak. Can he make it to a third consecutive win? How will the women’s alliance react if Adam pulls off another important win? Is Brett doomed?
– Brett has an idol. Adam has an idol. Gayle has two idols and a Double Tribal Council Trigger. Will one of these items be used as the safety nets are gone?
– Jerry shows up to the Tribal Council Discussion and Vote Reveal. A startling aggressive move made by Jerry sends all players into a fit of laughter.
– If that isn’t enough. . .a majority of the tribe will be present at the next Tribal Council Discussion. Six out of eight players.
– Stay tuned for the only set of episodes all season that match up to the quality of SCWL episodes over the next five seasons!

P.S. Someone asked about how Alisha never figured out how people were getting eliminated. I’ll elaborate on that further.

Funny thing about Alisha is that as you may have seen at the beginning she can be a sensitive person and takes things personal at times.

In fact, everyone was afraid to vote her out from the beginning because they feared how she would react. Consider her the Lilian Morris of our series.

So when she was eliminated everyone was relieved she didn’t understand the game because otherwise she would have been pissed.

To this day I will remember that TC in round four or five that Alisha attended.

ME: One of you hasn’t voted.
ALISHA: *stares blankly and keeps talking*
ME: Uh, I’ll go tally the votes.
(Torch is snuffed.)
ME: Okay, Alisha, do you understand how people are being eliminated?
ALISHA: No.
(I spend over an hour getting her to understand the concept of Tribal Council.)
ME: Okay. So that should do it.
(ALISHA plays two more challenges but self-votes at five more TCs until she is gone.)

I would pay five bucks to have Alisha narrate how people were being eliminated.

Part of me thinks that she understood what I was saying, but didn’t grasp that people were really casting votes in an online game. Maybe she thought I was deciding who went home randomly or that it was the roll of the dice because truly voting someone out was “too mean”.

The possibilities are endless in terms of what she could have been thinking. It makes me think what she thought why the heck we were playing those things called “immunity challenges”. In fact I explained to her that you played to win challenges to avoid going to Tribal Council.

Somebody like Alisha is only something that could happen in the prequel.

I will end that Alisha did well for someone who was dragged into the game by others, never watched Survivor, still bothered to play the challenges anyway, and go out of the game with a fairly decent reputation.

A much better reputation than the next person who goes.

1.13 Entry #13: Lyndsay – OkaYakaCalga -> Inukshuk (7-self vote) – September 7 2009 – SCWL: The Prequel
Records: – First contestant to leave everybody else in the game truly stumped with their antics
– Only person to bring in a partner (Simone) who was more active than the person who brought them into the game.
– The first person to be voted out pre-merge who wasn’t a partner.
– The only person to skip every challenge and Tribal Council after the third elimination and make it to merge.
– Last person standing of Loren’s clan (Serene, Kyle, Loren, Simone, Kai, and Lyndsay)

Lyndsay was a huge flop. There is no way to get around that. I as well as everyone else had HUGE expectations for Lyndsay this game. She was a top five contender before the season began. Heck, all she had to do was participate and she would have been fifth or better. But she didn’t. And everyone had such high hopes for Lyndsay that they carried her to eighth before dumping her.

I don’t know what planet Lyndsay was on during the game, but it wasn’t Earth. Not even Mars or Mercury. She was past the asteroid belt. You can find Lyndsay on Saturn or Neptune. Lyndsay was not using her head to play this game.

The only reason why I am hard on Lyndsay compared to anybody else is because she intentionally refused to play. What’s worse is that she posted every round about how excited she was and doing camp talk. The day Serene gets voted out in 17th or 18th is the day Lyndsay quit playing the game in challenges AND Tribal Councils.

No fingers pointing at Alisha, Wendy, Jerry, Penner, Cindy, Kristen, Kyle, Kai, Simone, Scott, or Wahaj as much as Lyndsay because they fit one of the following criteria:

a) These players were brought in as partners. Didn’t sign up in the first place meaning they are playing just because their close friend or relative asked them to do so.
b) Two of them are ORG veterans that stepped into a sloppy game
c) Hadn’t seen an episode of Survivor and didn’t understand how the game works
d) Availability drastically decreased during the game

Lyndsay fit none of these criteria. She was online daily. She is addicted to Survivor. She knew more players than anyone else in the whole game. She was practically the first person to sign up to play.

The only reason Lyndsay is gone in eighth place instead of fifth or better is because the women’s alliance had become pissed off with Lyndsay’s ridiculousness of not playing to the point they wanted to punish her for it by eliminating her before Brett, Adam, or Jerry.

After the sabotage in the second immunity challenge by Lyndsay, her tribe was always stumped. They didn’t know what to do with Lyndsay. Is she trying to round up Wahaj, Loren, Simone, Kai, and Kyle to rule the game and double cross everyone? What is going on inside her head?

Lyndsay cost the tribe two tribal immunities because she never participated after the second immunity challenge.

There is only one regret any tribe should hae with what they did pre-merge: Inukshuk should have voted out Lyndsay instead of Kyle on day 17. Kyle would have made the merge and would be playing each immunity challenge. Oh, and voting too. He left while casting a vote against another player as opposed to Lyndsay who self-voted that round. Wahaj should have stayed longer than Lyndsay too.

SCWL: The Prequel would have been a much more interesting season if Lyndsay had gone on day 15 or 17. If I run the scenario of Wahaj or Kyle making merge and I think this game becomes VERY interesting as of one or two rounds ago. Everyone was compelled to give Lyndsay a second, third, fourth, fifth, and finally, a sixth chance to redeem herself. The redemption never came.

I asked all of the endgame players “who surprised you the most?” and the most common answer was “Lyndsay” because of the same enormous expectations they had for her only to be the final inactive eliminated from the game. She was supposed to be in the Final Four from day one as long as she played.

Look at the votes cast thus far. Nobody had written Lyndsay’s name before this point. That happened because of how much everyone knew she was a fan of Survivor. If Lyndsay hadn’t started out day 1 with a tribe consisting of Lisa, Gayle, and Kai, I doubt she is kept this long.

Lyndsay ended this season with the same reputation as Penner: All talk and no game. And Penner hasn’t watched a minute of Survivor over the past thirteen years.

This led to many complications for the endgame that I was seeing on the horizon. Brett has an idol. Adam has an idol. Gayle has two idols and a Double Tribal Council Trigger. Lisa has a fake idol. Jerry self-votes frequently but has been active overall. The four-person women’s alliance is ready to take down Adam and Brett. If Adam and Brett use their idols correctly in back-to-back rounds, and Jerry self-votes. . .we could have a Final Five of Adam, Brett, Jerry, and two of the four women.

That is what I was seeing primarily because it seemed really dumb for Adam and Brett to not play their idols in the next two rounds. Whoever loses immunity must go before anybody else in the game. Even if they are inactive. If the four-person women’s alliance was smart, they would have eliminated Brett over Lyndsay.

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But let’s back up a bit to the start of the round.
Dominant Alliance: Lisa-Dianne-Gayle-Natasha
The Loose 5th and 6th: Lyndsay and Jerry
Alone: Brett.
Also Alone and Biggest Threat in the Game: Adam.

Natasha’s hand is still burned. She skips this immunity challenge too. Lyndsay and Lisa both skip the challenge too. It is made known that Lisa is hanging out with 17th place finisher Cindy during the challenge. However, exactly like Natasha, Lisa always votes, strategizes, and shows up to virtually every Tribal Council Discussion. Dianne and Gayle are the only two more active than Lisa.

Brett has finished second in the past two challenges. He finishes second in this challenge as well.

Adam wins his third individual immunity in a row. The women’s alliance feels threatened by Adam that their whole thought process for the vote is to eliminate the least helpful person in challenges. Brett may be kept even though he is alone because he can beat Adam.

I can’t emphasize enough how big of a storyline this was at the time. Adam’s third win in a row made the four women re-prioritize. Eliminating Brett and Jerry next may not be worth it if somebody keeps sitting on the sidelines and not bothering to so much as try to defeat Adam. If everyone participated in the challenge, there is no doubt in my mind that Brett receives the highest number of votes this round and probably gets blindsided. I doubt he was going to play his idol thinking the five women and Jerry weren’t as tight as they appeared.

So the four women and Jerry agreed that Lyndsay needed to be eliminated. They were in denial that she was going to keep acting like this every single round. They were pissed off far more at the time than what I appear to be now.

I would say that whenever this game is discussed over the past four years, one of the five topics always discussed is Lyndsay. There have been theories over the years as to why she outright refused to do challenges or TCs despite posting in messages and the group page:

a) She wasn’t winning every challenge. I have always disagreed with this theory because she merged in the majority. Her tribe always was either tied or leading.
b) She didn’t play after Kyle was voted out. I disagree with this too because she didn’t play in the challenge or vote at TC in the round Kyle was eliminated where he cast a vote. The TC was 3-2-1.
c) She was too afraid to play because she might lose in the process. Now this I agree with. I think Lyndsay is one of those people who is scared to fail at something when she chooses to participate. These people tend to be complicated in the Survivor world. They also happen to be the people who quit the most in Survivor. Lyndsay had a fear of being voted out as an active player.

What Lyndsay doesn’t realize is that her reputation hit rock bottom by choosing to be an inactive player. She upset everybody who was counting on her.

Three quick stories about Lyndsay during the game:

1) During the Table Seating Challenge in round three, the only challenge Lyndsay ever played, she lied about Kyle’s shoe size and her own birth place. After the challenge I asked her if she was sabotaging anything in the challenge. She claimed she wasn’t. Once the results were posted and Inukshuk realized they lost because of Lyndsay, everyone wanted Lyndsay to go that round because they thought she would use Serene, Wahaj, Kai, and Kyle to take out Gayle, Lisa, Dianne, and Jerry. Of course it is laughable now because Serene finished 18th, Wahaj 14th, Kyle 13th, and Kai 10th. Four out of the five them cast multiple self-votes.

2) After Serene was voted out, Lisa’s friends Cindy and Kristen were eliminated. Penner and Wahaj followed. Once it was down to thirteen people were afraid that Loren’s clan (Lyndsay, Kyle, Kai, Loren, and Simone) would come together and rule both tribes.

But what happened?
13th – Kyle
12th – Loren
11th – Simone
10th – Kai
8th – Lyndsay

Those five could have easily made merge together because Alisha was inactive on FireWire and Jerry was the least important person on Inukshuk. Loren’s clan would have made up five out of eleven people post-merge, and knowing the number of self-votes plaguing the game, they could have made Final Five together.

3) This round everyone was consulted about their availability. The challenge fit into Lyndsay’s availability. She said she was excited. During the challenge she was not only online but posting in the group. BUT SHE WASN’T PLAYING THE CHALLENGE!

That was the final straw for everyone. Lyndsay wasn’t booted because of strategy or inactivity. She was booted for choosing to quit without announcing she was quitting.

Up to this point twelve people have been voted out. Ten of them were voted out because they simply weren’t online enough due to their life outside of the game, or the fact they didn’t watch Survivor nor cared about the game. Lyndsay checked the game more frequently than four of the seven remaining players. Therefore, after playing one challenge and only voting at the first two easy Tribal Councils, it is safe to say that Lyndsay is the only person from the prequel who can be considered a quitter.

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Now let’s get to the challenge and Tribal Council. I am only telling you about Lyndsay’s exit in the first half of this episode because the challenge and TC is far more exciting. Everyone entered Tribal Council knowing Lyndsay would be gone. At Tribal Council people are answering questions and already strategizing to set themselves up for next round. And why is it so important?

Because next round you MUST vote for a mother, brother, sister, uncle, niece or your closest cousin. Lyndsay was the last person in the game not related by blood to all other remaining players.

The challenge of “Who Can Show Up and Play?” was no longer applicable. All thirteen semi to fully inactive players are out of the game.

You had to vote out someone who has expressed a desire to win since day one. This is the original concept of Blood vs. Water being played.

ME: C’mon in guys! Adam, I’ll take back immunity. The talisman is back up for grabs. So far in the individual stage we’ve done the following:
-Endurance-
-Word Puzzle-
-Geography-
And today we’re about to do. . .
-Mini Games-
Download the application “MindJolt Games”. Once you have it downloaded, you’ll have ninety minutes to play “Crazy Taxi,” “Kamikaze Race,” and “Cube Field”.  Your goal is to have the highest overall point score in each of the three games. Meaning that last place = 1 pt, and first place = 8 pts in each of the three games.
e.g. Finishing 7th, 7th, and 7th would add up for six points.
If multiple people are tied for the highest point score, the tiebreaker will be whoever had the highest placings.
e.g. An individual who finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd, will beat the individual who finished 2nd, 2nd, 2nd.
If it happens that the individuals tied have identical placings, then it’ll be whoever won a game by the largest percentage.

Adam swept all of the categories, and therefore wins immunity. . .again.

LISA: Did we do immunity?

ADAM: we’re doing immunity

GAYLE: I hate cube field!

JERRY: I burnt my fingers.

GAYLE: yeh that was a rough challenge

***

Yep. We did a freakin’ Mindjolt challenge. The first and last Mindjolt game ever played in SCWL history. I remember Adam having obnoxiously high scores in all three mini games. Upon further reflection, I realized that Lisa, Dianne, Natasha, and Lyndsay all didn’t play. Dianne because she was frightened of the challenge, Natasha because her right hand was burnt, Lyndsay because she is a quitter, and Lisa because she was chilling at 18th place finisher Cindy’s house.

So Adam won immunity and everyone, including Brett, was absolutely determined to eliminate Adam the next time he lost immunity. Everyone’s focus was indeed solely on beating him in a challenge.

You know Lyndsay is going, but as I said before, it’s time for true Survivor to be played.

TRIBAL COUNCIL #13

ME: Tribal Council #13

Who’s all here?

DIANNE: I am

LISA: me

GAYLE: me

DIANNE: hey, cute baby pic you have.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Lisa’s grand niece/Dianne’s great-granddaughter was born during the Tribal Council where Alisha went home.

ADAM: Here

GAYLE: oh mister necklace made it

DIANNE: dianne does a sneaky sneer at adam

DIANNE: yeh, I wonder about a guy who likes to wear a necklace so much

GAYLE: gayle pats adam on the head

DIANNE: not that there is anything wrong with it.

GAYLE’S QUESTION: How was your Exile Carnival experience different this go around?

GAYLE’S ANSWER: well with still being able to see the group from a distance it wasn’t as lonely

LISA’S QUESTION: You missed out on another challenge. Concerned that skipping immunities will ultimately cost you?

LISA’S ANSWER: I feel that my missing the immunity challenge could definitely cost me in the end. I am not sure how much good it would have done me to be there…[shoots a “sneery” look at Adam.]

DIANNE’S QUESTION: We’ve been out here thirty days. How does tonight’s decision compare to the other decisions you’ve made at previous Tribal Councils?

DIANNE’S ANSWER: No, actually it hasn’t got down to the dirty dog stuff yet. This one isn’t too much more than the others

ADAM’S QUESTION: You’ve won all three challenges where you can become immune so far. Do you think you can keep this streak going?

ADAM’S ANSWER: I am pretty amazing but 4/4 immunities will be tough

JERRY: where is everyone?

DIANNE: I just saw a smoke signal from lisa, that she has fallen off the cliff

BRETT: i am here

EDITOR’S NOTE: First time Brett and Jerry have shown up to a TC discussion since the pre-merge phase.

BRETT: Do straglers get points against them?

LISA: I am back!

DIANNE: I am starting to feel nervous

BRETT: I got lost on the trail, so i followed the smell of fear to get here

LISA: Me too!

LISA: not the smell thing…the nervous thing!

GAYLE: yeh the smell of fear is getting stronger each time

BRETT’S QUESTION: How frustrating is it to lose every individual immunity?

BRETT’S ANSWER: VERY!! There was way too many second place finishes. Hopefully i can pull through next time

JERRY’S QUESTION: How comfortable do you feel going into tonight’s vote?

JERRY’S ANSWER: I’m sitting on a heating pad …. very comfy… thanks for asking.

ADAM’S QUESTION: Do you think a cocky attitude will give others more of a reason to boot you out if you do indeed lose an immunity challenge?

ADAM’S ANSWER: Quite possibly, I think the tirbe knows I’m joking. There’s a lot of luck involved in the challenges

DIANNE: hey, how did he get a heating pad, and why are you sitting on it. Or do we want to know

DIANNE: Luck, SMUCK

LISA: Yeeahhhhhhhhhhh, what she said! [another sneery look]

DIANNE: Is that sweat on Jerrys brow. Probably just from the heating pad.

JERRY: Ice doesn’t sweat… it melts.

ME: It’s always fun to have a bigger crowd for Tribal Councils, I must say.

DIANNE’S QUESTION: Last time we covered if people were thinking about Final Two plans. Let’s talk about if anyone has thought about their Final Four plans yet?

DIANNE’S ANSWER: I haven’t thought about it. I am just going week to week.

GAYLE’S QUESTION: We’re drawing closer to the idol expiration date. Have you thought about using it this round?

GAYLE’S ANSWER: oh I always think about it..I never decide until the last moment

BRETT’S QUESTION: How will things be different after tonight’s vote?

BRETT’S ANSWER: There’ll be one less person…..

EDITOR’S NOTE: Slowwwwww clap.

BRETT’S SECOND ATTEMPT AT AN ANSWER: and immunity will be so much more important come the next couple rounds. hopefully its not me doing the walk of shame but dont count your chickens till they win you some immunity challenges (I think thats how the saying goes)

DIANNE: You got CHICKENS?

LISA: no it is “don’t count your idols till the hatch”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Don’t count your immunities unless you are Richard Hatch.

JERRY’S QUESTION: How important are alliances at this stage of the game?

JERRY’S ANSWER: At this stage, alliances ARE the game.

LISA’S QUESTION: What are your thoughts on the individual immunity idol?

LISA’S ANSWER: My thoughts on the individual immunity idol is that Adam needs to stop winning it!

DIANNE: Amen to that sista

ME: That’s the individual immunity talisman, Lisa.

LISA: and I would like some icecream right now.

LISA’S ANSWER: OH….uhhhh….yeah…. and I think it is good????

JERRY: I didn’t know individual immunity idol meant that only one individual would get one.

QUESTION FOR EVERYONE: We know an idol was won during the first challenge after the merge by (Gayle) and one has been hidden out at Exile. You all saw the clues at the merge. Any ideas if anybody found it?

JERRY: sure,sure… we’re heating grubs on rocks and HE has chickens !!

JERRY: what does it look like?

LISA: hmmmmmm… I saw the clues….they seemed workable….but did anyone put the time into it??? That is the question.

DIANNE: yes, i think someone has it , but I am not pointing at who I think.

GAYLE: Yes..with brett and adam there at exile the same time..it wouldn’t surprise me if they have it.

BRETT: Im hoping I found it while sleep walking

ME: Ready to get to the vote? Note: Note: Last chance for the person to get their vote and confessional in for this round.

LISA: Woo Hoo! Let’s Do This!

DIANNE: Lisa sounding very sure of herself

GAYLE: oh I hate this part

LISA: I just need to get to the bottom line!

ME: “Woo Hoo!” right before the votes are read? That’s a first.

ME: I’ll go tally the votes.

GAYLE: alright who hid the vote box on jeff

LISA: Lisa looks around the campfire suspiciously…

JERRY: I couldn’t find it. sigh.

ME: Once the votes are read, the decision is final and the person voted out will be asked to leave the Tribal Council area immediately.  If anybody has the individual immunity and they wanted to play it this round, this would be the time that I’d reveal it.

JERRY: Outplay

ME: Jerry is attempting to play an individual immunity idol.
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This is not an individual immunity idol. Votes will continue.

ME: *throws fake idol into the fire*

LISA: GASP!

DIANNE: oh, my god,… someone hide a fake idol

JERRY: how else ya gonna find out

LISA: Lisa looks suspiciously around the fire…..

DIANNE: the game getting scary

JERRY: ( I won money on the sidebet that it was fake) :-))

LISA: and confusing

GAYLE: hmmmmmm..do I smell an alliance

JERRY: nope…. just fear.

ME: Okay. I’ll read the votes.

I’ll reveal the first of the two self-votes this round.

First vote: (Jerry)

Now it’s time to play the Survivor Spelling Bee.

Second vote: (lindsey)

Incorrect. 🙂

Third vote: (Lyndsey)

Also incorrect.

Votes are 2-1

Fourth vote: (Lindsey)

Also incorrect spelling.

Vote is now 3-1.

Fifth vote. . .

Self-vote: (Lyndsay)

4-1.

Sixth vote. . .
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And the thirteenth person voted out of the game, and the fourth member of our jury:

(Lyndsay)

(Lyndsay,) the tribe has spoken.

LISA: Wow…this game is heating up!

GAYLE: I will walk back at the back of the line tonight

JERRY: you’re sitting on one too?

LISA: no….just the chemistry of the game!

DIANNE: I dunno if i want gayle behind my back

ME: Well, well, well, a fake idol was played.

With Lyndsay gone, we’re down to seven VERY active players. Past contestants of the real show have said that the feel of the game takes a huge unexplainable shift when it gets down to seven. With what happened tonight, this game should be no different.

Grab your torches and head back to camp. Good night.

LISA: Good Night Jeff….

JERRY: well, it’s a prime number … uncomfortable

GAYLE: good night…lets tell stories around the fire tonight

DIANNE: Good night sir, And gayle don’t be sizing up my back. for knife holes sites.

LISA: OH, have I got a story to tell!

BRETT: see ya jeff, can i go to your camp instead?

DIANNE: no way, brett, you slog thru the swamp with the rest of us.

GAYLE: yeh

DIANNE: Good night all

JERRY: That was a fairly obvious fake idol … and should be a clue to who has the real one.

JERRY: re: the immunity idol. The puzzle only takes a few minutes to solve so whoever was there first likely has it.

TRIBAL COUNCIL VOTING

ADAM,

(Lindsey)

I think that’s who everyone else is voting for so that’s what I’m gonna do… I need to win a couple more immunities and use my idol if I lose an immunity… I want a Spicy Chicken Combo

BRETT,

(lindsey)

Those damn mini games are killing me. Too bad theres no immunity for second place cause that would definetly help

DIANNE,

I vote to evict Lyndsey.

I was bad and sat out the challenge last night. I knew I had nooooOOOOOOO chance when I saw what the games were.
But at least I showed up and tried. There are some slackers still in our midst.
My vote for lyndsey is purely on participation. Some how we have to stop Mr. Adam from winning ammunity. Or he is sure to win this game.
And I am sending in my vote aaannnndddd my confessional…. Aren’t you proud of me?

GAYLE,

I vote for Lyndsay.

I am still voting people off for how they turnout for challenges.
I think we need to keep adam from winning immunity next time, he is becoming a big threat and will be in the final two unless we can slow him down some. Will see if I can dethrone him on the next challenge!

JERRY,

self-vote

LISA,

I think my alliance is VERY strong. My mom, Gayle, Tasha and I are on a roll.
I just hope that when it comes down to Gayle’s sons and Tasha’s brothers my mom and I aren’t thrown under the bus!

Once again, I missed a challenge! Adam HAS to be stopped. My alliance is beginning to frustrate me. We were talking today and it came up that some of them had already voted! They said they voted Lyndsay, I am not sure that is the best move, but we will have the numbers after tonight as long as we can keep Adam from winning the NEXT immunity challenge. I am going to have to ramp it up and FOCUS! There is no way Adam is going to take this game, not while I am still in it! He is a great guy and a great player, but NO, he is not going to win it!
My vote for tonight….
[Lyndsay]
I am sorry Lyndsay. I must stick with my alliance. Personally I would have brought to the final 5. Good Luck…. see ya at Christmas

LYNDSAY,

self-vote

NATASHA,

i vote for (Lindsay)
confessional:
I am just going to keep voting with the group for now.

***

And there you have it. The only seven players who have bothered to play consistently since day one are the last seven standing.

I need to mention the reaction after Tribal Council. Lisa called Natasha, Gayle, and Dianne. They were laughing hysterically that Jerry played Lisa’s fake idol. You’ll read during the vote that Lisa said “I have a story to tell” after Jerry plays the fake idol.

But the real joke is on the four of them because Jerry explicitly warned after Tribal Council that “whoever was there first has it because the puzzle is really easy”.

I should briefly cover Exile Carnival. All of the clues for the idol have been revealed. Post-merge players had no choice but to reveal pieces of info. I believe there were ten clues and ten pieces of info. Of course info wasn’t revealed until post-merge because too many inactive players were on Exile Carnival and didn’t even request a clue or a piece of info.

(exile carnival)

~! @#$ %^&* *(- (~++-& ~&+~{~+$^} ~::$&~*@ ~+#} ^* -|~}- <^\&~{^} >~:`}@ >-&+ “ ~ %~>( *# #=*^~& *(- ~+#} ” *# @#$\ %#&+-\!$} (#>* ^&+ !\~-&+}@ &-~/(=#$\(##+ }#/^& >^$&+-\>

Clue #2: Clue #2: Use the code Luke, use the secret code.

NOTE: Each player was given a piece of the code at the beginning of the game. E.g. = represents B

Clue#3: The quotes are simply quotes.

NOTE: Adam finds the idol after clue #3.

Clue#4: The two slashes sound like what a tough animal would say.

Clue#5: If you know what you seek, and where you are, you should know what words you are looking for.

NOTE: Natasha struggles. Lisa asks for Gayle’s, Dianne’s, and Natasha’s secret codes to obtain the fake idol.

Clue#6: Use the secret code that came along with your questionnaire at the beginning of the game.

Clue #7: The quotes do not represent a letter, unlike all of the other symbols. The quotes are quotes.

Clue#8: One type of slash represents a G, and the other type of slash represents a R.

Clue#9: You are looking for a hidden individual immunity idol at Exile Carnival.

HOST: **End of Clues**

GAYLE: inserts token

HOST: You can’t use a token here because all of the clues have already been revealed.

Kai requests Info#1: The two tribes of four will each combine with a tribe of five after the first round of play.

Gayle forced to request Info#2: What you seek on Exile Carnival is what the original winning captains received a copy of as the reward that everyone has been wondering about.

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I mention Exile Carnival now because nobody else requests a clue or piece of info for the remainder of the game. Everything could have been revealed by last round. Yep, another example of cluelessness/inactivity throughout the game.

You’ll note during Tribal Council that I tried to be as clear as possible that the players have nobody but themselves to blame if a round gets too choatic and over-the-top because they let four idols and a Double Tribal Council Trigger to STILL be in play. Plus a talisman must be awarded next round. Talisman. Four idols. Double Tribal Council Trigger. And only seven people.

Oh god. How crazy shall this ending be?

Next Time on SCWL: The Prequel:
– All that’s left are brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles, and aunts. All seven are related by blood. All seven have been active enough to survive the past THIRTEEN Tribal Councils. Will anybody chicken out of the game now that somebody has to be voted out while being fully aware?
– Adam has a freakin’ gigantic on his back after winning three straight individual immunity challenges while in the minority alliance. Can he do the unthinkable and pull out a fourth win to buy himself more time?
– Paranoia escalates as strategy is no longer limited to the Internet. Players have phone conversations, phone conferences, and face-to-face chats to strategize for Tribal Council.
– One player contemplates giving away their idol to an enemy by creating a fake e-mail account and sending them the idol code. Will the plan go through?
– Wendy and Kyle are the only two players out of the past thirteen eliminated that cast a vote at Tribal Council during the round they were voted out. This upcoming episode will have a third person join that group.
– If that isn’t enough, somebody will join Wendy as the second person to be present for the live Tribal Council Discussion/Vote Reveal when they are eliminated. That player will watch their torch being snuffed before their eyes.
– A blindside so vicious and so brutal that some players feel they may have made the wrong decision regarding the voteout. The blindsided player goes on to unexpectedly impact future challenges of the season.
– While these thirteen eliminations have been the thirteen least exciting eliminations in SCWL history. . .this episode will go down as a Top FIVE episode of the entire series run. This moment signals the beginning of the end, or rather, the beginning of a Survivor game being played.
1.14 ENTRY #14: I am not posting the player and their records until the end of the post to preserve suspense.

You have read through thirteen episodes of SCWL: The Prequel. The thirteen eliminated players were voted out for being inactive regardless of circumstance, a mercy boot for being disinterested in the game (Wendy/Kristen/Cindy), or had a fear of failure (Lyndsay).

Only Kyle and Wendy were voted out in a round where they themselves didn’t cast a self-vote.
Wendy was the only one to be present when eliminated back in the very first round of the game to finish in 19th place.

After this struggle we finally get to a round where all seven remaining players have been active since the merge. Jerry is the only one left who has self-voted multiple times, but had shown up to multiple TC discussions and virtually every challenge to be crowned as an active player of SCWL.

By the way, I did a bit of research: If I held everyone to the same rules that are in SCWL 1-5, fourteen of the twenty players would have been ejected by this point. Only Wendy, Brett, Adam, Dianne, Gayle, and Natasha would remain.

We could have been down to six players after about round six or seven if I enforced the future rules of the series. The fourteen players have either:
a) Self-voted twice
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b) Missed three challenges

But as was the case this season, people like Lyndsay had self-voted six times and skipped eight challenges.

And you’re lucky to have voting confessionals for the past three rounds because I continued to bug people about sending in a confessional along with their vote. It is the only time all season where people were willing to cooperate with the game.

We just came off of booting Lyndsay–the last person who isn’t related by blood to all other contestants. She’s gone.

It is down to Adam, Brett, Dianne, Gayle, Jerry, Lisa, and Natasha.

Am I happy with this group being the last seven standing? Considering they are the only active ones, yes.

Am I happy with this group of seven if several of the other thirteen players were active as well? No.

Why is that? Because this was the last seven expected to be remaining in the game if it went in a linear and inactive fashion. Remember that during this time I used to host Mole games, and many of these players are usually who you see playing. I really wanted to create some new endgame players for the series. I thought with Loren’s crew consisting of four out of six superfans within their clan were virtually guaranteed to make it to the end of the game. Loren’s dial up, Kyle’s demanding hours to fight forest fires during the summer, Simone being on the wrong side of the numbers in an 8-person group that assumed all others would be active, and Lyndsay being Lyndsay/fearing to fail/quitting/stomping off because things weren’t going her way.

I cannot emphasize how much of a disappointment it was for their mixed series of circumstances to come into play. Kai wasn’t a superfan yet he was active for a chunk of the first half of the game. Serene is always online and would have played too if it weren’t for people assuming the other sixteen would actively participate. I think Serene would have been a great player if she was given one more round.

For longtime veterans, it’d be like if CANE made it to the Final Four together. That’s pretty much my reaction to seeing these seven in the end together. The only difference is that I expected Jerry to be swapped out with Loren considering Jerry was brought in as Dianne’s partner in the day 2 twist.

If Jerry goes this round the season goes virtually the exact opposite of how I wanted it to go from start to finish.

Perhaps on day 1 the idea of seeing these seven at the end together means they failed the social part of the experiment. A big part of a game where you are bringing people who aren’t normally Survivor fans, haven’t seen the show, or are on the outside of people who have known each other for decades, it is pretty much the responsibility of the ‘in’ players to reach out and converse with the other players.

I know Wahaj lost interest after five rounds because he personally came to me and said “These people are so boring. Nobody is playing. Nobody is talking to me!”

A round later they vote him out as he self-votes too. Alisha, Simone, and Kai would have committed much more time if someone actually approached them. I assumed they just weren’t answering messages, but I have come to learn that the fact is nobody took the initiative to talk about the game in a strategic sense.

Go back a few entries to FireWire’s group page conversations. Nobody would talk on the wall for a week at a time unless a challenge was going on. Seeing how each TC was just voting out whoever was the most inactive, it is safe to say no one really spoke to each other outside of Adam talking to Brett and Natasha.

And why am I mentioning all of this? Because as I said before, this game was a trial run to see if an outdoor game could be played. My biggest test was to see if people were willing to engage and socialize with others or if they would merely stick with their ‘in’ group to make the top six or seven a foregone conclusion.

And guess what? The top seven is a foregone conclusion. I haven’t really talked about this until now, but most of the people here in the top seven are Type ‘B’ personalities. Everybody kept to themselves, didn’t really think outside the box, and voted out every outsider. The only person who was Type A is Lisa.

Look at the partners too recruited on day two.
Brett’s partner is nobody because he refused to ask anybody to be his partner. He incurred a self-vote for failing to bring someone into the game. However, Natasha is brought into the game as his partner because all he said was ‘Natasha is my partner’ without even asking her. Someone who didn’t have a computer nor much interest in playing. Only brought in because of Lisa.
Adam’s partner is Alisha. Someone he hadn’t talked to in years, but brought in because of Gayle and Lisa.
Dianne’s partner is Jerry because that’s her brother.
Lisa’s partner is Cindy. It’s her friend.
Penner didn’t bring in a partner because he was strictly dedicating himself to trolling the game.
Scott and Wahaj didn’t bring in partners for obvious reasons.
Gayle’s partner is Wendy who had no interest in playing, but refused to look around too.
Kyle’s partner is Kai because he actually asked posted it publicly as I requested everyone to do so.
Loren’s partner is Serene but he didn’t ask her in the first place.
Lyndsay’s partner is Simone because she knew she was a superfan.

The only two people who achieved this task properly were Kyle and Lyndsay. The last two things either of them really did properly all game too, incidentally. Yep, I gave credit to Lyndsay for something.

Was the Partner twist really stupid on my part? Yes.
Is it the only reason we had a full cast though? Yes.
Does that stop from some of the players earning blame for tilting the table? No.

Once we added the partners to the cast it was clear that Lisa, Gayle, and Dianne found themselves in a huge advantage. They pretty much forced people into a game that they had no idea what was going on or even how to play, and dumped them along the way without really talking to them. This made people from Loren’s group feel distant as the partners could haveen used to grow a community, but instead all it did was shut people out who were justified to have a chance in the game.

Keep in mind the Partner twist lasted multiple days. I kept delaying it so people could find better partners. Believe it or not the following two things had happened with the Partner twist:

a) Penner infamously said his four year old son is a partner, and Penner bragged “You never said it couldn’t be someone outside of this game.”

In which I replied “Uh, it was supposed to be someone outside of the game. Alright, once your four year old messages me, he’ll be in the game.”

Penner found other ways to attempt trolling after that.

b) Adam tried to add Natasha’s dog as his partner. He even filled out a whole profile.

So you can see why I just gave up on restricting Partnership beyond that because of those really dumb and stupid instances that I still can’t believe actually took place in the game.

A third player was nearly blocked from playing–Natasha. In fact I blocked Brett/Dianne/Gayle/Lisa’s joint request to make Natasha to be Brett’s partner for the day 2 twist. I kept saying ‘no’ because they weren’t understanding how silly it was that someone without a computer could compete in the game. After two days of putting up with Penner, Adam, and Cindy being added to the game, I gave up and let Natasha in. If Wahaj or Scott brought in a partner, Natasha would have been cut.

In short, Natasha should never have been part of the season. It suddenly shows because she missed half of the pre-merge challenges, virtually every TC discussion, and missed every challenge post-merge. The only thing she did successfully all season was vote.

There’s pretty much your answer to the question of “Why I wish this wasn’t the top seven of this season”. All it would confirm is that the game would go down as a failure because the social and strategic aspect of the game was failed to be embraced.

Four years later it has changed from “failure” to “lifelong ORG lesson”. It may sound like I am blaming the cast for why the game went horribly wrong, but because I was the one who did the casting and responsible for the rules and regulations, the responsibility ultimately lies with me. Oh, and it’s tough to keep new players interested when I do twenty twists per round. That might not help either.

Alright. Now that we’ve nailed down why the past thirteen rounds have been so wonky and weird, it is now time to get to the last five rounds of the season. In other words, the only part of the season where Survivor was played.

You have been waiting thirteen rounds for this. Let’s get to it.

The women’s alliance is still in power. Dianne, Gayle, Lisa, and Natasha. The mother-daughter pairs are Dianne-Lisa and Gayle-Natasha. Those four have dictated who has been eliminated when regardless of the fact they have been spread over three tribes since day one. They have always voted for the person that has gone home, and none of them have ever self-voted.

I was 150 to 200 percent certain that these four will continue to run this game to the end, and the only trap will be if Adam or Brett use one of their hidden individual immunity idols, become immune, and force a new Tribal Council where their four-person alliance has to vote one of their own out of the game. In which case it will probably be Natasha because she doesn’t have a computer and her right hand is burnt too. Plus she was the only one of the four who was brought in as a Partner.

Adam has won the past three individual immunities. If he loses they MUST go for him this round because they may never have the chance again.

Brett has no more inactive players to hide behind. If Adam wins immunity, he will certainly need to play his idol because there are no more targets left to eliminate.

Jerry played a fake idol last round. He has been playing challenges, voting, and shown up to TC discussions, He is currently under the radar because he is not viewed as a threat. Is this brilliant strategy from the poker player and councilman?

And all of them are at the mercy of the Women’s Alliance. Gayle has two idols and a Double Tribal Council Trigger. Jerry warned Lisa that Adam probably has the real idol, but Lisa refuses to listen. It doesn’t matter because she is in power. And Natasha is always the reliable fourth member of the alliance.

Immunity Challenge XIII: Live Letter Switch

Our trend of only three to five people playing in each immunity challenge continued. This time Dianne, Adam, Gayle, and Natasha were the only four to play in the challenge. Jerry, Lisa, and Brett did not show up.

It is the same challenge from SCWL 3. You have a sequence of ten numbers in a line. You must switch the ten numbers following the three guidelines:
a) Push one letter to the opposing end 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
b) Switch the middle two letters 1-2-3-4-6-5-7-8-9-10
c) Switch letters that are two letters apart 1-4-3-2-5-6-7-8-9-10

However, this challenge was live. Whoever was the first to put the ten numbers correctly from 1 through 10 would win immunity.

Jerry had not played the past two challenges. For whatever reason he participated in the past two immunities, but because he didn’t need it this round, he skipped out on it.

Lisa didn’t show up because her four person women’s alliance was intact.

And knowing Brett, he was probably out playing sports or something like that. He could have been discouraged by finishing second place in three of the challenges and missing out on the first post-merge challenge. This is only the second challenge he has missed all season.

So it was Dianne, Gayle, Adam, and Natasha.

Gayle has her Double Tribal Council Trigger. It has to be used this round, next round, or the round after that. Will it be used this round?
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Nope. So we’ll be in for a crazy round in the future.

So who won this immunity challenge?
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Adam. Yet again. Fourth time in a row.

ME: Adam wins immunity for the fourth time in a row!

GAYLE: crap

DIANNE: I say we all poke him with sharp sticks

It’s pretty clear why Adam has won four immunity challenges since we have been down to ten players: Because virtually nobody else was showing up to play in the challenges! He has had a 1-in-4 or 1-in-5 shot of winning every challenge since the merge. He lost the first one because he couldn’t read, but has won the following four challenges since then.

So Adam was immune. The four women must now take out Brett or Jerry. Can they blindside Brett along with his idol? Or will Brett play it and force the four women to turn against one another?

Brett knew he was in trouble. Adam knew he needed safety because he figured his streak couldn’t last much longer. Everyone else would start trying much harder very soon. Once the women no longer have the safety net they will not be so forgiving towards Adam.

What would ensue is the craziest scramble in SCWL history. Nothing like this has happened before or since, and is the apex of this season.

Strategy Session 1: Phone Conversations.

Gayle, Dianne, Lisa, and Natasha were in multiple phone conferences to determine who would go. Brett or Jerry. It was the first “real” decision of the game, so to speak. It had been a matter of eliminating inactive player after inactive player up to that point.

One of the biggest parts of the conversation is everyone mad at each other for not showing up every round to help beat Adam in a challenge. Again, I thought people were coasting because they felt bad for booting Adam despite his efforts, and wanted him to go home in 5th or 6th just before the women had to eat each other.

Strategy Session 2: Text Conversations.

Adam and Brett texted each other throughout the round. They thought about bringing in Jerry, dividing the women’s votes, and send home somebody 3-2-2. Probably Gayle or Natasha because they appeared to be the safest and most in power to them.

Also, Brett knew this was the first round he was in danger. He sent a text to ME to tell somebody else about a possible F4 or F3 deal. Brett, not understanding how Survivor works, was met with a text in response by me of something along these lines:

“Do players tell Jeff Probst to strategize for them? No. You’re on your own.”

Brett was a bit upset at the time not realizing how silly the idea of a host strategizing for him was, but managed to text people on his own anyway.

Strategy Session 3: Face-to-face conversations.

Now this I had never seen before. I have said this before that most of the players from the beginning were related to most of the others by blood or in-laws or friends of relatives in some fashion. Therefore players are in relatively close proximities to one another. During this round I saw multiple pairs and even a trio quietly talking about strategy. They all giggled, laughed, frowned, worried, and were excited about the plans they had hatched.

Strategy Session 4: Ghost e-mail idol giveaway

Adam won immunity for a fourth time, and knew his days were numbered. The idol only covers him for one of the next three rounds. He has no true alliances. Adam created a fake e-mail address during this time and intended to send Dianne his real idol code in order to keep her safe down the road, and hope it would not only keep her in the game but somehow attach herself to Adam to the very end. Adam didn’t want to expose himself for giving the idol away initially, and that’s why he wanted to be anonymous for a round or two before revealing what he had done.

However, Adam ditched that plan at the last minute. It never came to fruition.

After two days of strategy leading into Tribal Council a plan was hatched. The votes are in. Canada and America has voted. . .someone is going home.

The decoy boot that Adam, Brett, Dianne, Gayle, Lisa, and Natasha all agreed upon is that Jerry would be voted out. The only outsider and somewhat inactive player remaining.

Is this a trap for Adam or Brett to give him their idol? Or is someone else being duped? Read on to find out.

Oh, and because there are still FOUR idols left in the game with only seven people remaining, and only four rounds left to use them, I gave everyone a refresher on the rules.

ME: Hidden Immunity Idol Rules

1. The last time all individual immunity idols can be used is on Day 37.

2. If you wish to play a hidden individual immunity idol, send the ‘idol code’ along with your Tribal Council vote. If you wish to give the idol to someone else, simply give them your idol code and you will effectively be ‘sharing’ an idol. Keep in mind that only one person can play it.

3. You may NOT play an idol during a revote of a Tribal Council.

4. If you play an idol, and you in fact would’ve been eliminated at that Tribal Council, anyone who did NOT vote for you will be excused from Tribal Council. The Tribal Council will be completely scrapped and it will be as if it never happened; a new Tribal Council will take place amongst the alliance that tried to eliminate you.

5. If you play an idol, and you in fact wouldn’t have been eliminated at that Tribal Council…you just wasted an idol.

6. If the idol at Exile Carnival is played, it will be re-hidden continuously unless we’ve reached Day 37.

7. If you voted for yourself and played the idol, and you in fact would’ve been eliminated, you will stay behind for the new Tribal Council because you voted for the person who played the idol.

The upcoming Tribal Council will make this game at Day 33.

That’s right. I forgot that I had enough plans for re-hidden idols at Exile Carnival for three re-hides. So if Adam uses his idol at this Tribal Council or the next one I would re-hide it at Exile Carnival, thereby making Exile Carnival relevant once again.

And yes, after the Prequel this would never happen again. No re-hides ever. Once an idol is used, wasted, or flushed, it is gone for good.

So let’s get to TC #14 a.k.a. The First Real TC of the Game!

ME: Tribal Council #14

Who’s all here?

LISA: me

DIANNE: me, me

GAYLE: that walk seems to get longer each time

DIANNE: and harder

DIANNE: just where is mister immunity?

GAYLE: hmmmmmmmm he is in his study room

ADAM: here

DIANNE: I say if he doesn’t show he cant play in next challenge

DIANNE: DAMMM

LISA: Lisa looks uncomfortable…

GAYLE: lol

LISA: Did anyone else notice that the word DAM is VERY close to the name Adam?

GAYLE’S QUESTION

Adam wins immunity AGAIN! What do you do to stop this guy?

GAYLE’S ANSWER

I all can do is try my best and hope to dethrone him.

DIANNE’S QUESTION

Since Lyndsay has been voted out, has strategizing become much more difficult?

DIANNE’S ANSWER

Yes, this is the hardest vote for me personally.

ADAM’S QUESTION

How does it feel to win four immunities in a row?

ADAM’S ANSWER

I feel fortunate

LISA’S QUESTION

Has anyone thought about if the end game will be a Final Two or a Final Three?

LISA’S ANSWER

I am just thinking about tonight adn hoping I stay around

GAYLE: I second that

DIANNE: I third it

LISA: third what?

DIANNE: hoping to stay around tonight

LISA: AHHHH yes

LISA: Lisa wonders WHY it is such a hard vote for her MOTHER!!! Shifty Eyes, shifty Eyes…..

EDITOR’S NOTE: The problem with the season I just pointed out earlier. :/

GAYLE’S QUESTION

It’s very clear that everyone is feeling uncomfortable tonight with the exception of Mr. Immunity. Do you think the paranoia will work against you?

GAYLE’S ANSWER

I don’t know. People will have to stay calm, and I am sure its hard for everyone.

LISA: Shifty shifty shifty!

DIANNE’S QUESTION

Why is this vote much more difficult?

DIANNE’S ANSWER

because it is getting down to people i know better

LISA’S QUESTION

So what do you do to make sure you stay around?

LISA’S ANSWER

Well, I just may have some insurance lying around here somewhere.

ADAM’S QUESTION

Have you put any thoughts into what you’ll do when you lose an immunity challenge?

ADAM’S ANSWER

I have put some thought into it but not too much, I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.

GAYLE: Its so nice and warm here.

LISA: What a weird thing to say!

GAYLE: by the fire..with a good roof

GAYLE’S QUESTION

How disappointing would it be to be voted out with only two episodes remaining?

GAYLE’S ANSWER

very disappointing…do you know something I don’t know jeff? Keep that brain in tact please

LISA’S QUESTION

What do you mean by an ‘extra piece of insurance’?

LISA’S ANSWER

I just mean, that I feel the parts I have played in this game have been good ones. I feel I deserve to be here and the people left here know what I have contributed to the tribe.

ADAM’S QUESTION

What’s your take on the feeling of paranoia amongst the other three?

ADAM’S ANSWER

Paranoia killed the cat

I think it’s inevitable at this point in the game

DIANNE’S QUESTION

There’s still two idols, a major advantage, and two secret rewards lying about with only six days left. How do you take all of that into account when strategizing without your brain exploding?

DIANNE’S ANSWER

Who said my brain didn’t explode? Have you seen my results on the challenges?

LISA’S QUESTION

Who do you think DOESN’T deserve to be here, then?

LISA’S ANSWER

ER…UMM…….I think we ALL deserve to be here. I really couldn’t pick one person out of this group who doesn’t deserve to be here. We have all contributed what we could, when we could…..I just couldn’t point the finger at one person, Jeff.

ADAM’S QUESTION

Have you been figuring out who has idols, a major advantage, and two secret rewards, or do you just ignore that when strategizing?

ADAM’S ANSWER

Well Mr. Probsdfnt, I have no idea who has those things and no idea of how to figure it out so no I haven’t taken that into account at all.

DIANNE’S QUESTION

So if your brain has exploded, does that mean you’ve given up on trying to use any over-the-top moves in this game?

DIANNE’S ANSWER

No, I still think I can do wonder moves with only half a brain.

GAYLE’S QUESTION

Do you trust the alliances you’ve made at this point?

GAYLE’S ANSWER

Alliance?? Did I ever say I had an alliance? When you are down to 7 players the game gets really hard, you have your friends you gel with.

QUESTION FOR EVERYONE EXCEPT ADAM:

How concerned are you that you might be voted out tonight?

GAYLE: Very

DIANNE: I am concerned because of my lousy challenges.

LISA: I think we all have a chance of going tonight. I just hope my past performance will keep me here a while longer.

ME: Alright. I think it’s time for me to go tally the votes.

BRETT: im here

EDITOR’S NOTE: *facepalm*

BRETT’S QUESTION

Did you want to be asked a question?

BRETT: just in time

LISA: Where have you been??

GAYLE: What happened to you on the way here, that head injury slow you up

DIANNE: Hey, the boy has a brain injury!

BRETT: yeah i was kidnapped by island tribesman

BRETT: i bartered coconuts to let me go

LISA: scary! How did you get away??

LISA: Good Job!

GAYLE: very good, you tricked them into something they can get themselves

ME: Let’s bring in medical to check him out!

So, I’m just going to bring in medical. Can we get medical in here right now?

Just relax, medical wants to take a look. Where’s medical? Medical?

Medical has decided that you’re fine.

BRETT: theres been a coconut drought and the network bought the last remaining area of the island that has them

LISA: Brett, I am glad you are fine

BRETT: oh good cause i wanna stay in for sure, ill just throw some mud and leaves on the wound and i think i should be fine

BRETT’S QUESTION

How do you feel about tonight’s vote?

BRETT’S ANSWER

Im feeling not bad im probably seen as the weak link now that im injured

GAYLE: gee taking brett a long time to answer jeffs question

ME: If anybody played an idol, this would be the time that I’d reveal it.
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ADAM: Ya you be dumb now

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(Lisa), the tribe has spoken.

LISA: Good luck to all of you…….see you in the JURY BOX!

LISA: STOMP STOMP STOMPING through the jungle………

ME: Let’s see, what should Jeff Probst’s closing comments be for this episode?

I think it’s safe to say that Lisa thought she’d get through tonight’s vote. Evidently, you guys made the message clear that this was not the case.

Only three immunity challenges to go in your last six days. This is going to be fun.

BRETT: whens the next challenge

ME: I’ll send out a message later to set the date for the next challenge.

ME: Grab your torches and head back to camp. Good night.

BRETT: have good sleeps jeff

GAYLE: good night…very sad

TRIBAL COUNCIL VOTING

ADAM,

(Lisa)

Just going with the crowd, I’m surprised they decided to vote out Lisa.  Hopefully they aren’t just messing with me but I’m pretty certain it’s Lisa going home.  Warren next time hopefully then it will be the five of us and hopefully me or brett get immunity then one of use will be immune and the other can use the hidden immunity idol.  Then hopefully I will win the next one too.  That’s my plan.

BRETT,

(Lisa)

So Im hoping this new alliance isnt back stabbing me cause i wouldnt be that surprised. But with four of us (hopefully) voting for lisa we should get here voted out. Im going to save my idol for the very last council i can which i think was when we are down to four  and will get me into the top 3 which would be awesome

I was at the hospital for the last challenge thats why i couldnt make the last one

DIANNE,

I vote to evict Jerry
I at least tried at the last immunity but I was too slow. I think the first time Adam doesn’t get immunity we have to boot him. I guess that Brett had a pretty good reason for not being at the challenge. I think my alliance is holding up ok so far.

GAYLE,

I vote for Lisa

I really really don’t like this vote. Some of my fellow tribe members and myself had a discussion and decided we needed to keep with the participation for challenges vote and she was next in line.  We do have an alliance with her but you need to put forth the effort to help out the alliance also.

JERRY,

self-vote

LISA,

OK, I REALLY Feel like I am hanging on by the skin of my teeth here! I am just crossing my fingers and hoping that I don’t get the axe tonight! I think I will bring my immunity that I found on exile…I think I need it tonight…I don’t know how things got so out of control. I feel so out of touch with the game. If I make it through tonight which I should if I have the guts to play the idol, I will have to be much more focused.

[Jerry]

Sorry Jerry,

This vote is for no other reason than my alliance says to pick you. You did great in the game.

NATASHA,

i vote for (Lisa)

confessional:
this was a really hard vote because i went against my alliance but i just didn’t feel right keeping Lisa in when she rarely participates. I know i will make some enemies doing this but i feel it is the right thing to do. it will be very tense around camp if she manages to save herself, eeek.

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And that concludes one of the greatest episodes in SCWL history. The only above top notch episode in the entire prequel. The epic nature of this episode nearly makes up for thirteen snoozers and sloppy rounds.

Actually, no it doesn’t. But it is a great episode regardless. You were entertained enough until this episode aired right?

What was expected to be the Final Four all along ate one of their own. Your question is. . .
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WHY?!

As much of a blindside as it was at the time, it seemed like a really stupid move by Gayle and Natasha.

I told you to pay attention to Natasha’s vote reasoning since the beginning of the game. Why is that? Because it is exactly why she voted for Lisa and betrayed her this round. She thought Lisa could have participated more, and punished her for it.

The ironic part about Natasha’s vote reasoning is that she has missed not one, not two, not three, not four, but ALL FIVE challenges since the merge on top of the three challenges missed in the pre-merge phase.

And Natasha hasn’t shown up for any of the TC discussions since the merge. So the only thing she has done since merge is send in a vote against who was going home along with a short reason why. And every time it was “they are not participating enough”.

Natasha is the least talkative out of everyone remaining. You know almost nothing about Natasha yet she led the voteout against Lisa. She eliminated somebody from the most active alliance in the entire game since day one.

But Natasha is just one vote.

Gayle went along with voting out Lisa because she agreed Lisa could participate more.

But even so. . .Lisa was participating more than Jerry and Natasha at this point. If Natasha is playing at ninety percent capability but doing a third of what Lisa is doing at sixty percent effort, should Lisa therefore be penalized for it?

Brett has missed challenges and TC discussions. Jerry has self-voted four rounds in a row since merge and missed two challenges. Dianne has missed a couple challenges.

In fact, Lisa missed only two TC discussions all season. Just two.

The pitch just isn’t valid. Voting her out for not participating enough is like putting her in the same class with Kai, Alisha, and Lyndsay. Lisa was in the top five active players all season long.

Was anything else at play? The only other reason I could think of is that thirteen players have gone home because of inactivity in one form or another. This was round fourteen. I think everybody was itching to make a move that was unexpected. Any move.

And eliminating Lisa who had a clear path to the Final Four was one of them.

What makes Lisa’s elimination more brutal is that Jerry self-voted at Tribal Council. Lisa and Dianne didn’t even want to vote Jerry, but did so because Natasha and Gayle told them “we need an inactive player to go”.

Think about how hilarious that is.

LISA AND DIANNE: We want Brett to go home because him and Adam could still overthrow us.
NATASHA AND GAYLE: No, we need to vote Jerry. He is the most inactive player left.
LISA AND DIANNE: Ugh, okay. We’ll vote out the last inactive player. Then we eliminate Brett and Adam.
NATASHA AND GAYLE: Yeppers.
(LISA’s torch is snuffed.)
LISA: Why did you vote me out?!
NATASHA AND GAYLE: We wanted to eliminate somebody who wasn’t being active enough in the game.
LISA: That’s why I voted Jerry! He self-voted, didn’t play in the challenge, AND didn’t show up for TC Discussion!

Originally everyone was set on voting Adam if he lost. Brett was the contingency if Adam won the challenge. Jerry was the other option if they felt forgiving.

But one of the four women going home seemed unthinkable unless an idol was activated. But it happened. They cracked. Brett, Adam, and Natasha voted out their closest cousin, and Gayle voted out her own niece.

Lisa and Dianne were the real heroes of the situation. They decided to not vote Brett and instead went for Jerry who was not a threat that round.

Why the blindside was even bigger is that everyone thought Lisa had the real idol from Exile Carnival. Adam had told NO ONE up to this point. Even Brett was in the dark. The only person suspicious of Adam having the idol was Jerry, and it’s safe to say nobody took him seriously because people didn’t think he was savvy when it came to Survivor.

Lisa called me the next day and said “I feel like James” because she kept teasing that she would play her idol but ultimately didn’t. She thought she had an idol and didn’t play it when she was voted out.

The phone call was a bit interesting. She told me how she appreciated the pressures that real survivors go through when they have an idol in their pocket. It’s very tough to play an idol.

Dianne asked if she could use Lisa’s idol, but I said whoever found it originally will take the idol with them out of the game if they are voted out. She was not impressed.

Speaking of Dianne, she becomes a free agent next round.

99.9999% of the time, Brett goes home to weaken Adam or Jerry gets booted for inactivity. The only other person who I thought could be blindsided was Gayle because she held two idols.

Lisa watched her own torch get snuffed. She called angrily minutes after to yell at Gayle and Natasha. It would take a few weeks before Lisa recovered from the elimination. The blindside was brutal because Lisa ust didn’t think it could happen. Neither did I because Lisa wasn’t the best nor the worst at challenges, and she didn’t have any qualities that could lead to an alliance turning against her.

But it happened. Lisa is gone.

Now we enter a weird situation. Jerry is very valuable to Brett and Adam. They each have an idol, and Jerry to use as a third. A tie vote is now to their advantage. Gayle nor Natasha committed to an alliance with Brett and Adam–they strictly eliminated Lisa because of their own independent thinking as Adam and Brett tagged along.

Not only do we have six players, but we STILL have four idols and a Double Tribal Council to deal with in the next Tribal Councils.

The Double Tribal Council Trigger must be used by Gayle in the next immunity challenge or it will be automatically activated at Final Five.

The four idols have a slightly longer expiration date. They can be used at the round of six, Final Five, and Final Four.

And with a talisman up for grabs in each challenge. . . .the headaches for Logan have yet to end.

Entry #14: Lisa – OkaYakaCalga -> Inukshuk – September 13 2009 – SCWL: The Prequel
Records: – Second person to be present at TC Discussion when voted out
– First person to be truly blindsided from the series
– First person to go home with a fake idol in their pocket
– First person to be voted out while somebody else in the game voted with them at their Tribal Council elimination
– First truly active player eliminated from the series

Next Time on SCWL:
– With Lisa gone, everybody is on their toes because all bets are off. Will the women’s alliance restabilize or will new bonds be formed?
– Dianne is on a mission of her own as she was the only one left out of Lisa’s elimination. Will she work with her old enemies to seek revenge?
– For the first time all season, the number of men equal the number of women. Will a gender divide occur as Tribal Council looms?
– A Double Tribal Council Trigger has one more round of its use being considered. Will Gayle finally pull it and double the stakes at the immunity challenge?
– Adam has won four challenges in a row. However, the challenge is presented and very easy to rig. Adam is left speechless as the results will leave you yelling and screaming at your computer screen.
– Lisa’s elimination has proven anything can happen at Tribal Council. With three of the six players holding at least one idol, will one of them finally play an idol? Or will somebody suffer the same fate as Lisa but instead a real one stays in their pocket?

1.15 Entry #15: Yet again I will reveal who was voted out at the end of this post.

Oh my god. Lisa is gone. If you check the date on the last entry, the round ended on September 13 2009. This round didn’t end until September 22nd. There will be an even bigger break before the following round of play.

As I said before, momentum came to a screeching halt post-merge. Each round could be anywhere between four to eighteen days. This all culminates with the Final Tribal Council taking 2 1/2 months to complete. No joke.

Immediately following the round Lisa and Dianne called numerous times to make Natasha and Gayle feel guilty about their decision. Dianne, after compromising by eliminating Jerry last round, was dead set on eliminating Adam or Brett no matter what this round.

That means if Adam wins immunity, Brett really needs to stop playing around and use his idol. He has been on borrowed time for three rounds. If Adam doesn’t win immunity, he knows he has to use his own idol. However, during this time Adam was working to align with Dianne. In fact him and Dianne made an alliance. It was clear to everyone that Natasha and Gayle couldn’t be trusted by either side anymore because their moves didn’t exactly line up with the logic of the game.

So Adam may be safe from the vote even if he loses the challenge because Dianne and Brett will presumably have his back. Gayle and Natasha may go on to regret eliminating Lisa prematurely more than they had anticipated. Gayle and Natasha also made a side deal with Adam and Brett at the time.

Suddenly Jerry was completely invisible because he had no role in Lisa’s elimination or attempted preservation in the previous round. He was truly flying under the radar.

This round marks the ultimate decision for the Double Tribal Council Trigger. Will the winner of the challenge be immune for two TCs this round or next round? That was the first order of business this round.
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The Double Tribal Council is NOT used this round. That means it will be used by default next round. So whoever wins next round’s immunity will automatically advance to the Final Three.

You can probably anticipate how weird that is when it occurs.

Mix in four idols and multiple alliances, and we have a very confusing round to play through. With Lisa gone everyone was uneasy because anything could happen.

I don’t know why over a week passed before we played the immunity challenge, but I’ll assume I attributed it to university or knowing this was the most exciting part of the game to let people strategize.

Immunity Challenge XIV: Saving An Angel

This is the most memorable individual challenge since the opening post-merge challenge of “I’m gonna win”. This challenge and the two remaining immunity challenges in the season finale are the four most memorable challenges of the season.

I took this challenge directly from one used back when Andrew Park hosted Facebook ORGs. Each player had ten strikes to their name. Secretly each player received the name of the person they had to save. Whoever was able to keep their player alive the longest would win immunity.

For once you get to see the entire transcript of the challenge and who was saving who. By the way, do you know what made this challenge unique? All six players showed up to play!

That’s right. All six players wanted individual immunity and decided to show up.

JERRY: Secret: You are saving (Dianne) in this challenge.
ADAM: Secret: You are saving (Natasha) in this challenge.
BRETT: Secret: You are saving (Gayle) in this challenge.
GAYLE: Secret: You are saving (Jerry) in this challenge.
DIANNE: Secret: You are saving (Brett) in this challenge
NATASHA: Secret: You are saving (Adam) in this challenge.

So it’s pretty straight forward. All six players received this fifteen minutes before the start of the challenge. You must save the player you are assigned in order to win immunity.

And yes, when I saw I had this challenge planned I knew Adam was royally screwed out of winning immunity. Everyone would collude to ensure he did not win.

Immunity Challenge #14 Topic

(Adam): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
(Brett): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
(Natasha): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
(Gayle): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
(Dianne): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
(Jerry): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

Every five minutes, you will take two points away. You can take two points away from the same person, or spread it out to one point from two people.

Penalty for those who were just exiled: Every third round, you may only take away one point.

Whoever is the last person standing will NOT win individual immunity.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I made that note to ensure that players understood the meaning behind their secret mission.

The challenge ends when only person is left standing.

Even if you are eliminated, you can still take away points each round.

ME: Figure out how immunity is assigned in this challenge, and you may steal your way into the final episode of this game.

ADAM: 1 Gayle 1 Dianne

(Adam): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
(Brett): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
(Natasha): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
(Gayle): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Dianne): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Jerry): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

BRETT: 1 Brett 1 Natasha

(Adam): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
(Brett): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Natasha): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Gayle): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Dianne): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Jerry): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

GAYLE: (Adam): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
(Brett): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Natasha): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Gayle): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Dianne): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Jerry): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

ADAM: (Adam): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Brett): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Natasha): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Gayle): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Dianne): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Jerry): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8

JERRY: (Adam): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8
(Brett): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Natasha): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Gayle): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Dianne): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Jerry): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

NATASHA: (Adam): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Brett): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
(Natasha): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
(Gayle): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Dianne): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Jerry): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7

JERRY: (Adam): 1-2-3-4-5-6
(Brett): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Natasha): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7
(Gayle): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Dianne): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Jerry): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8

ME: Stop challenge. . .I am going to make it less confusing.

DIANNE: 1 adam 1 brett

BRETT: yeah cause i dont know what im suppose to be minusing

ME: Alright, here’s what we’ll do:

You guys will just announce what move you’re making.

At the end of each round, I’ll post the current standings, which will initiate the next round.

We’ll start at exactly 8:15pm by beginning with round two because I stopped the game before round two could end.

(Adam): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Brett): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
(Natasha): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
(Gayle): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Dianne): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Jerry): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9

ME: Round 2 begins now.

JERRY: 2 natasha

DIANNE: 1 brett 1 adam

GAYLE: 1 brett 1 warren

BRETT: 1 Brett 1 Tash

ADAM: 2 brett

NATASHA: 2 warren

EDITOR’S NOTE: Jerry is more commonly known as Warren. Fun fact.

(Adam): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8
(Brett): 1-2-3-4-5
(Natasha): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7
(Gayle): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Dianne): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
(Jerry): 1-2-3-4-5-6

ME: Round 3.

JERRY: 2 dianne

ADAM: 1 Gayle 1 Dianne

DIANNE: 2 adam

BRETT: 1 gayle 1 dianne

GAYLE: 2 warren

NATASHA: 2 warren

(Adam): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7
(Brett): 1-2-3-4-5
(Natasha): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7
(Gayle): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7
(Dianne): 1-2-3-4-5-6
(Jerry): 1-2

ME: Round 4 commences.

GAYLE: adam 1 vote brett 1 vote

JERRY: 2 dianne

DIANNE: 2 adam

NATASHA: 1 warren 1 brett

ADAM: 1 gayle 1 dianne

BRETT: 1 tash 1 adam

(Adam): 1-2-3
(Brett): 1-2-3
(Natasha): 1-2-3-4-5-6
(Gayle): 1-2-3-4-5-6
(Dianne): 1-2-3
(Jerry): 1

JERRY: 2 dianne

BRETT: 2 adam

GAYLE: 1 vote warren 1 vote adam

DIANNE: 2 adam

NATASHA: 2 brett

ADAM: 1 dianne 1 brett

(Natasha): 1-2-3-4-5-6
(Gayle): 1-2-3-4-5-6

ME: Round 6. Exiled players can only cast one vote. Remember: Eliminated players can still vote.

GAYLE: 2 tasha
ADAM: 2 Gayle
NATASHA: 2 gayle
JERRY: i gayle
BRETT: 2 tash
DIANNE: 1 gayle

(Natasha): 1-2

ME: You’re not going to believe who won immunity.

ME: Adam wins individual immunity!

He was protecting Natasha for the challenge, and she was the last person standing!

Tribal Council will take place tomorrow at 8:00pm. He will only send ONE person to Exile Carnival for this round to receive a slight disadvantage on Day 37.

DIANNE: If it is Adam….warren could I borrow your gun

JERRY: hmmm… I thought the last person couldn’t win immunity, so saving them would not leave them standing last, since then they couldn’t win immunity. cheeeeeez … duh

ME: (Dianne) has been sent to Exile Carnival again. You’ll receive a slight disadvantage at the Day 37 immunity challenge (assuming you survive this round’s Day 36 vote), but at least you get some time on Exile Carnival.

(Adam) is safe for the fifth time in a row. Sadly, for one of the other five of you, this game will come to an end right before our final episode.

GAYLE: darn adam!

BRETT: which days the vote??

****

And there you have it. Adam won his fifth challenge in a row. A challenge he wasn’t even supposed to win. This should have been the round where he fights to stay alive or plays his idol. Instead he continues to coast with a hidden immunity idol in his pocket.

I remember this night vividly because my jaw dropped as I realized Adam had won the challenge. He ran up the flight of stairs to the living room and did the Rocky dance. This is somebody who was down 8-2 after Simone was voted out. Now he is entering day 37 with a hidden immunity idol that is unknown to everyone else except for Jerry who is suspicious.

Natasha, Gayle, and Dianne were all celebrating that Natasha had presumably won immunity. They managed to miss not only the “You are saving ____” but also my first post where I said “Last person left standing does NOT win immunity”.

So how did they miss two gigantic cues?

Well, about ten minutes before the start of the challenge Lisa calls Gayle and Natasha. Natasha, who doesn’t have a computer, did this challenge entirely through Gayle’s Facebook. Gayle answered the phone to chat with Lisa while the challenge was going on. She also happened to be sitting on the computer waiting for the challenge to start. She saw a notification for a new message, but didn’t bother to read it.

I don’t know how Dianne missed it. I don’t think she still doesn’t know either.

Out of pure excitement I think they didn’t bother reading the important instructions and intentionally set it up so that one of them was last person standing. I recall Natasha cheering that she had overthrown Adam in immunity challenges. Sadly that celebration lasted for a whole two or three minutes.

Adam and Brett meanwhile knew what was going on. Both of them messaged each other who they needed to save. This was when they decided to ally permanently because Dianne, Gayle, and Natasha weren’t going to break barring another big disagreement. They were on the edge of their seats as they knew no one else had caught on, and they knew Gayle and Natasha would eliminate each other in the final round. Therefore Brett eliminated Natasha and Adam eliminated Gayle. Natasha and Gayle now each had only two strikes left in the challenge. Dianne and Jerry assigned each of their strikes to Gayle. It wasn’t Adam who won immunity for himself for the first time all game–it was Jerry and Lisa. Lisa served as a distraction while Jerry cast the final vote to ensure Adam won his fifth challenge while Brett finished in second for the fourth time in five challenges.

Brett finishing second at every challenge probably made him more frustrated than any other player. I mean, Brett actually knew what was going on each challenge and was competitive. The others had not been competitive since Gayle won the idol in the first post-merge challenge.

Plus Brett must determine what to do with his idol once again. Does he play it or will him and Adam take advantage of Jerry’s constant self-voting to make it a 3-3 tie in the worst case scenario?

Dianne was not budging. She was going to vote against Brett. Seeing how nobody knew if Final Tribal Council would be a Final Two or Final Three, Dianne thought getting rid of Brett now meant they would have two shots left to eliminate Adam. For the past four challenges nobody has been able to do better than Brett or Adam.

Brett and Adam were going to vote Jerry.

So once again Natasha and Gayle were in the middle. In reality Natasha will decide once again who goes home. The quietest player in the game continues to hold the most power. She -still- hasn’t shown up to a TC discussion since the merge and has only participated in two individual challenges as well. Nobody could have predicted that the computer-less player would be making all of the decisions.

Will Brett play his idol? Will the last multiple self-voter be eliminated from the game? Or will another threat be ousted from the game?

And yes, Natasha will miss the sixth post-merge TC discussion in a row. How she thought Lisa was being more inactive than her is beyond me.

TRIBAL COUNCIL 15

ME: Tribal Council #15

Who’s all here?

GAYLE: I am

ADAM: Here

DIANNE: me too

DIANNE: Dianne looks around nervously after the blindside last time

GAYLE: Gayle fidgets

DIANNE: dianne wonders if she has a target on her back, but doesn’t know who she can trust to ask.

GAYLE’S QUESTION

Yesterday there were some shocked faces as to the results of the previous round. How do you make nice with the surprised people?

GAYLE’S ANSWER

Well I just figure, they know if they are pulling their weight at challenges or not.

ADAM’S “QUESTION”

Go ahead and brag about your fifth win in a row.

ADAM’S ANSWER

I got lucky last time I can’t really brag, I think I was one point away from losing.

DIANNE’S QUESTION

Do you think observance is a skill that very few people have had at all during the course of this game?

DIANNE’S ANSWER

I know it is one that I lack for sure.

BRETT: here

BRETT’S QUESTION

You’re runner-up yet again. How frustrating is it to lose to Adam over and over and over and over again?

BRETT’S ANSWER

I just really like finishing second. I may have to poison his coconut milk

DIANNE: I say brett should get Jerry’s gun and shoot adam

GAYLE’S QUESTION

Do you think that if this were a Mole game you guys wouldn’t stand a chance at all because observance has never been really used in this game?

GAYLE’S ANSWER

If it was a mole game, I am sure we would be observing everything to an extreme and analyzing every word.

ADAM’S QUESTION

We have two immunity challenges remaining in this game. Do you think you can complete the sweep of the talisman?

ADAM’S ANSWER

I highly doubt it, it depends on the challenges. If it’s a challenge where people can team up I don’t think I have a chance, such as last challenge if instead the goal was just to knock the person out.

DIANNE’S QUESTION

So it’s pretty clear that you don’t have any intentions of taking Adam to the end?

DIANNE’S ANSWER

NOPE I think it would be to hard to sit beside him… His head may push me off the bench

BRETT’S QUESTION

There’s an idol from Exile, an idol from the challenge (Gayle) two rewards given out after the opening challenge of the game to you and (Gayle) and a secret advantage that somebody has for the second half of the game. How do you figure all of this out and use it in your strategy?

* an idol from the challenge that (Gayle) won

BRETT’S ANSWER

I guess try and gain trust and then convince them to lick a toad and then read their journal

i cant see there being any other way

ADAM’S QUESTION

What do you do if you lose one of the upcoming challenges?

ADAM’S ANSWER

I dig a hole hide and emerge when it’s time for the final vote

GAYLE’S QUESTION

Comfortable with tonight’s vote and that you’ll be in the finale?

GAYLE’S ANSWER

I am never comfortable on vote night, you know what happens when you get to comfortable. I have no idea if I will make the finale, would be nice though if I could.

DIANNE’S QUESTION

How disappointing would it be to be voted out just before the finale?

DIANNE’S ANSWER

For people that it might happen to, probably very disappointing. But I don’t plan on that happening to me.

DIANNE: Dianne snickers

QUESTION FOR EVERYONE EXCEPT ADAM

Who is concerned that they’ll be voted out this round?

GAYLE’S ANSWER

Me

DIANNE’S ANSWER

Dianne, getting a back bone….. NOT ME

GAYLE: I think dianne might be hurt her daughter is gone.

BRETT’S ANSWER

Always a possibility in this game with all its twists and turns

GAYLE’S QUESTION

So if you’re concerned, does that mean you’ll be playing an idol tonight?

GAYLE’S ANSWER

well you should know that answer jeff

ME: I s’pose we’ll find out soon enough.

GAYLE: I suppose we will….

DIANNE: Dianne stands up rips the target off her back and stomps her dainty foot.
Shakes her fist at the sky and says, ” Never again will I be blindsided”

ME: I think it’s time for me to go and tally the votes.

DIANNE: yes, please, It may turn ugly soon

ME: If anybody wants to play an idol this round, this will be the last chance that they have to play it before I read the votes.

ADAM: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

ADAM: sorry go on

ME: Nice guess, Adam.

ME: Alright, once the votes are read the decision is final and the person voted out will be asked to leave the Tribal Council area immediately.

ME: I’ll read the votes.

ME: First vote, which happens to be a self-vote:

(Jerry)

Second vote: (Warren)

Third vote: (Brett)

Fourth vote: (Warren)

Fifth vote. . .

The fifteenth person voted out of this game and the sixth member of our jury. . .

(Warren)

(Jerry) the tribe has spoken.

DIANNE: Dianne is sad…. her partner is gone

GAYLE: Yes we will miss him for sure

ME: After thirty-six days, it’s finally here.

ME: Congratulations, you guys are the Final Five. Here’s where we’re at: Three days, two immunity challenges, and in the end, one Survivor.

Note: Somebody didn’t use their secret advantage for the second half of the game, and thus it will automatically be put into play for Day 37. I’ll let you know what that means before your next challenge.

Grab your torches and head back to camp. Get some rest cause I think you’re going to need it. Good night.

DIANNE: Savages, you all are savages!

GAYLE: gayle pats diannes head

***

VOTING

ADAM,

(Warren) Trying to stick with the bigger group of Gayle, Dianne, and Natasha since it’s just me and Brett and they could have gotten rid of us many times. I think I’ll use hidden immunity either way next time (if I still can I need to double check when the last time is). If I win immunity I’ll get brett to use it, if brett wins or anyone else I’ll use it on myself. Then it should be down to four of us and hopefully me or Brett wins, although I don’t know if brett will stick to the alliance. My guess is that we will have a final three this time, just seems timewise to make sense so we’ll see. I hope my idol is real!!!!

BRETT,

(Warren)

so close to immuntiy!!! I like to get second place apparently! Im thinking I should be safe with tash and gayle voting the same and then adam in the alliance as well. Family members wouldnt turn on each other. Or would they???

DIANNE,

I vote to evict Brett

After the blindside at the last challenge by my “alliance” I don’t know what to expect. I am voting to evict Brett as a proxy for Adam. I know it won’t matter if they are voting for who they say they are. But I just want to be a REBEL!

Lisa had given me her immunity idol she go ton exile. Can I use it or can it only be used by the oridginal person. We were taking turns having the choice to use it and I had it last week. So can I use it sometime?

ME: Nope. She was the original person who found that idol code, and thus it is dead.

GAYLE,

I vote for Jerry I am still staying with the plan of participation, though it is getting harder and harder to do. Its getting to be a real dilemma for me. I like all my tribemates so that is why its getting so difficult to do. Who knows I could get blindsided tonight myself, I will be sad to go but it is the game of survivor!

JERRY,

self-vote for the sixth and final time

NATASHA,

i vote for (Warren)
confessional: I just think Warren has played less than the others

***

Sadly Jerry wasn’t invested enough in the game to ask me how to find the voting thread, and seeing how he didn’t watch much Survivor in the first place, I think he viewed this as a fun game to jump into whenever he was bored. It’s too bad because I was really excited what he could have done to break up this dynamic.

And what’s even worse is that Natasha solely went by who she thought wasn’t participating enough yet again. It’s tough to even consider Natasha as being in an alliance when she votes for whoever she thinks is participating in the order of least to most. The fact we are five TCs away from the game being done has not interrupted her voting philosophy. In fact Natasha’s voting philosophy has been her only presence in the game for the past seven rounds.

Jerry is the last semi-inactive player out of the game. I enjoyed his presence throughout the season, even if he voted less than half of the time.

It’s crazy that Adam didn’t even need immunity this round. Judging by how rigid Natasha was with her vote reasoning, I think she would have ousted Jerry regardless of Adam being immune. Gayle probably doesn’t care as much because she is all but guaranteed a day 39 appearance thanks to her TWO hidden immunity idols still in her possession. Adam and Brett of course know they are still in the minority and will tag along with whoever Natasha votes against.

There isn’t much else to say about this round. It was a relaxing round given nobody was willing to make another big move.

Entry #15: Jerry – Inukshuk – September 22 2009 – SCWL: The Prequel
– Made it the second furthest of all partners
– Last person standing of those who didn’t start out as a captain or win individual immunity
– Last person standing of those who cast more than one self-vote during the game
– The only person who self-voted post-merge who lasted longer than someone who never self-voted post-merge

As I said before, I was sad to see Jerry go in such a quiet and unflattering way.

Next up is the five-part season finale. It is five parts to cover each of the five remaining players.

Part 1: Immunity challenge, TC, first voteout. (Long)
Part 2: Second voteout. (Short)
Part 3: Final Immunity Challenge and third voteout. (Medium)
Part 4: FTC and runner-up. (Long)
Part 5: Summary of season and how the winner found their way into the winner’s circle. (Long)

So what was my mindset heading into the season finale other than “thank god it’s almost over”?

I thought that I will need to be really sharp because four idols and a Double Tribal Council Trigger would all be used in the next round. A two-part challenge, two Tribal Councils, and four idols all in one round of play. This is the last thing I wanted to happen. I can’t think of another ORG where THREE idols given out on day 1 made it to its expiry date and a fourth idol that EVERYONE knew about would survive six TCs and make it to the expiry date as well.

If Adam or Brett win double immunity, then the other will simply play both idols back-to-back. But at Final Four you can screw up because even if it’s a 2-2 vote, you need to have the highest number of past votes in order for the idol to activate. So if Brett or Adam have less PV than Gayle/Natasha/Dianne, then they may waste an idol as they are stuck behind for TC and whoever wasted the idol goes home by default. Then bring in two idols into the equation and. . .oh, the headache.

My assumption is that Brett and Adam would outplay the women in terms of idol usage and both advance to the Final Three. The next challenge seemed too complex for Natasha, Dianne, or Gayle to win.

But absolutely nothing has gone as planned all season. Maybe somebody refuses to play an idol or the idol is played on the wrong person. I knew Adam had an alliance with all remaining players. Everything was still up in the air. I mean, there’s four freakin’ idols on day 37!!!!

So should I break down our Final Five? Yes, I shall.

ADAM – The challenge dominator. Since the beginning his tribe has won immunity whenever Adam participates. He is the only one remaining who isn’t a captain, but after winning immunity five times in a row against all odds and having the Exile Carnival idol since day one, Adam just needs to win two more challenges to make it to the end. Will a jury respect his challenge dominance? Or will his lack of being at risk and making tough decisions ultimately cost him?

BRETT – Adam winning every challenge has put him as the man destined to go home each round because he is only one of two threats to the women’s alliance since day one. After several close calls can Brett finally win double immunity? And if so, will he turn against the only guy who has beat him in challenges since the merge? But if he loses, can he rely upon using his idol as well as Adam’s to stay alive?

DIANNE – A captain from the beginning who has been always present but yet has flown under the radar. Her daughter was blindsided two rounds ago and is out for revenge. After failing to vote in the minority for the second straight round, and never being remotely close to winning a challenge nor claiming an idol, will she be on her way out the door? Or will her unthreatening nature help her reach the end?

GAYLE – Everything has gone her way since day one when she was a captain. She has two idols and a Double Tribal Council Trigger heading into the finale. Her name has yet to come up as a target as she is always in the majority since the beginning of the season. She is guaranteed to make it to Final Three unless she screws  up her idol usage. Will she walk into the end and claim the easiest win of all time?

NATASHA – She flipped to the Lisa-Dianne-Gayle-Lyndsay-Jerry-Kai alliance at the merge. Natasha has participated in five challenges all season and only two TC discussions, but has more elimination votes than anyone else this season. She single-handedly voted out Scott LePage to begin her journey after being the fourth/final captain on day one. And ever since then has been the main catalyst behind each vote as she votes out people in the order from the least active to the most active. But with Adam and Brett bigger threats than ever, will she finally discard that strategy or will she sacrifice her own game in the process? And how will Natasha do in front of a jury that has nobody to blame but her for their elimination?

Four captains and a challenge dominator who all have a shot at winning. One of these five will win the worst season in SCWL history.

NEXT TIME ON SCWL: THE PREQUEL:
– The start of the season finale. Nobody self-votes for the remainder of the season! Every vote will count from now until the end of the game.
– The Double Tribal Council Trigger is revealed to the other four players. The stakes have never been higher as not only does a win guarantee you safe passage to the Final Three, but past the second and third eliminations of active participants.
– The immunity challenge is revealed. It is a challenge so big and so complex that not one, not two, but THREE two-hour sessions are required to crown the winner of immunity. In the end it comes down to mere seconds. Can Adam keep his streak alive?
– And the first of two Tribal Councils will be played. Adam, Brett, and Gayle have each held onto an idol since day one. Will at least one be played? And will it be used to confuse the game as much as possible?
– And all five contestants will be online for the live TC Discussion as votes are cast twenty minutes after the immunity challenge ends.
– One player goes home which leaves players twenty minutes to prepare for the following Tribal Council.
1.16 Entry #16: I will once again reveal it at the end of the post.

When did the second part to this round’s immunity challenge take place? October 11th.
When did the first Tribal Council of this round take place? October 11th.
When did the second Tribal Council of this round take place? October 11th.
When did the Rite of Passage take place? October 11th.
When did the Final Immunity Challenge take place? October 11th.
When did the Final Three Tribal Council take place? October 11th.
When were the Final Two allowed to post their opening statement? October 11th.

The previous round ended on September 22nd.

So what happened between September 22nd and the conclusion of the challenge on October 11th?

Well, part one of the immunity challenge required three separate sessions to be played.

And why did practically the whole finale finish on October 11th? It was Thanksgiving weekend. The 11th was a holiday where everyone had the time to play this all out. More on that later.

Jerry has been voted out. Every inactive has been eliminated. Only one self-vote between all five remaining players. We have gone through FIFTEEN rounds where only one person was actively participating and aiming to win.

No matter what there isn’t much to complain about the finale. . .
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Unless you count the four idols that must be played on day 37 and the Double Tribal Council Trigger!

Everyone assumed it would be a Final Three at the end because I told them only two immunity challenges remained. Gayle had yet to tell everyone about the big mistake she had made. Heck, three of the four idols were still a mystery. Brett and Gayle still failed to remember about each other’s idols, and everyone thought the Exile idol left in Lisa’s pocket.

Then I dropped the news about Gayle’s advantage since the merge. I can’t remember the exact reaction other than “geez, the stakes are huge”.

And big stakes calls for an insanely big challenge that I remember very vividly.

Immunity Challenge XV: Football Maze and Sudoku Square
This challenge was played in two parts. I’ll cover part one for now.

I made my dad do this challenge to ensure it wouldn’t take too long. He took about forty minutes on paper.

Here’s the maze:

Prequel maze

You start in the centre of a 3×3 maze. There is one wall. One square contains a key. Another contains a puzzle piece. Find the key and puzzle piece to unlock the front door. The front door is located in the top middle square.

You will then enter the bottom centre square of a 5×5 maze. Another key, another puzzle piece, and several more walls inside this maze. Repeat the process.

You will then enter a 9×9 maze. Repeat the process.

You will then enter a 13×13 maze. Repeat the process.

Once exited the 13×13 maze, you must walk up steps to find an empty puzzle station in a 3×3 grid. Doing so ends part one.

Each move you finish ahead of the others grants you a one minute advantage in part two of the challenge.

Example

If you finish the maze in fifty moves, and 2nd place needed 60 moves, you would start part two ten minutes earlier than 2nd place.

Here is a visual below of how the maze looked:

Upon their turn each person could move up to eight spaces. If they hit a wall their turn was over.

Now imagine doing this challenge live as all five people needed to take a turn before moving. And with this cast who aren’t used to mazes they are probably not going to have a smooth run.

In their defense, I made the maze way too big. Just looking at it intimidates you, I bet.

So why did I do this as the maze? Because the football maze in Fiji is my favourite day 37 challenge in Survivor history. I wanted to do my best job of replicating it.

The first session of this challenge took place on October 1st. I remember it being the middle of the week and knowing everyone present had to be up early the next day. I told them all that I doubted it would take longer than two hours at the most.

Boy, was I wrong.

Everyone started in the 3×3 grid. All five showed up. Four out of the five players were out of the first maze within about ten minutes. So far so good.

But I knew trouble was on the horizon as it took us roughly an hour to get through the second maze. Everybody was taking a -really- long time before moving and it was tough to impose a time limit. Oh, and after an hour somebody was still stuck in the 3×3 maze.

Just who was that person? Dianne. She would run into the same seven squares over and over and over again. Only one out of nine squares were a wall that ended your turn. Somehow she hit the wall the majority of the time. I was stunned because even if you don’t understand the challenge whatsoever, she would have entered the 5×5 maze by luck.

She only got the key but not the puzzle piece. When everyone had entered the 9×9 maze, she called me and told me she was dropping out of the challenge.

Adam, Brett, Gayle, and Natasha were all neck and neck upon entering the 9×9 maze. They all followed each other. I was expecting them to agree to boot Dianne at this point.

But another hour passed by and we were still in the 9×9 maze. Two hours turned into three. I screwed up plotting one of Natasha’s moves and we had to pause the challenge for twenty minutes so I could correct the mistake. She was given two extra turns and sure enough caught up.

Work or school was only hours away for all five of us so we had to talk for twenty minutes that we would continue the challenge at a later date.

But then a wrench came. Brett wouldn’t be online for at least another week. So we talked until about eleven o’ clock that him and whoever else could play out the rest of the maze that night. I would record how many moves it took them to reach the end, and when the others would play a few days later, I would update them how Brett moved each round.

Yeah, thank god my brain was operating well enough to come up with a fair solution for a disastrous challenge.

So Brett and Adam decided to stay while Gayle and Natasha went to bed.

Even with Brett and Adam it took them another TWO HOURS to finish out the maze. They started at roughly six and we went until midnight. Adam finished the maze only one minute ahead of Brett.

They went to bed as I printed off their moves and recorded their precise path to ensure I did not screw up.

***

One week passed. It was October 8th. Myself, Gayle, and Natasha sat down togther offline as we were in the same room to finish out their maze. It went much faster in person, but still took a long time because they did much worse than Brett and Adam.

In fact Gayle never exited the 9×9 maze. She dropped out after ninety minutes. Myself and Natasha sat through dinner and watched a bit of a movie before she was done the maze. It took her forty additional moves to finish it.

That means Adam would have a forty minute advantage on Natasha but only a one minute advantage on Brett for part two.

Yep. Eight hours of work just to have Adam and Brett be one minute apart in an immunity challenge.

Everyone was amazed by how well put together my maze was, but were in agreeance with me that EIGHT FREAKIN’ PAINFUL HOURS was far too long. They were even more impressed that I kept up with everyone’s moves properly except for the one minor error.

***

So part two took place live. . .on October 11th. Dianne and Lisa would be visiting at my house during Thanksgiving weekend as well as 19th place finisher Wendy and 12th place finisher Loren. There were a couple other people who knew about the Survivor game who were also present.

It was a huge night as everyone would be present to see this game go from five people down to two in one night.

Part of me wanted Brett to win immunity as a last minute upset, but Adam winning immunity would have been cool too just to see the streak be almost complete.

Twenty-four hours earlier I told the jury that Final Tribal Council would be posted October 12th. I tried to hype it up as much as possible because the jury hadn’t posted anything since each of them were voted out. I was really worried that the super-inactives and semi-inactives wouldn’t show up to Final Tribal Council after all.

Here is the message the five players received regarding the big day:

ME: Just so everyone is priviledged to the same information:

Adam will begin part two at 7:00pm. Brett will begin part two at 7:01pm. Natasha will begin part two at 7:42pm.

Twenty minutes after the conclusion of part two, we will have Tribal Council #16 through MSN.

Twenty minutes after that, we will have Tribal Council #17 through MSN.

Please send in a confessional before part two of the challenge takes place tomorrow. This does NOT count as the confessional that you send along with your vote at Tribal Councils.

Big night tomorrow guys. Good luck.

I knew this was the only part of the season that truly mattered and hence why I ordered them to send confessionals throughout the night. This was pretty much like the structure you see in Big Brother’s Double Eviction Nights.

It was tough to speculate who would go home for the first round because I had no idea how Natasha would vote. Her voting criteria must change starting this round. Nobody has any room left to hide. The five of them wouldn’t know who won individual immunity until about thirty minutes before Tribal Council began.

***

I should note Thanksgiving was awkward as it was the first face-to-face confrontation between Gayle, Dianne, Lisa, and Natasha since Lisa was blindsided out of the game. Lisa and Dianne kept trying to convince them how stupid it was to let Brett and Adam survive to this point. Especially when one of them will be in the Final Three. And even though everyone was told there was a second immunity challenge to play after Double Tribal Council, for some reason everybody assumed it would still be three people sitting at Final Tribal Council.

This confrontation pretty much acted as a way for Dianne, Gayle, and Natasha to re-solidify their alliance. If it weren’t for this face-to-face meeting, Adam and Brett could have cracked them. But not now. Whoever doesn’t win immunity could be blindsided out of the game.

***

Part two was a Sudoku square. Numbers one through nine. Each square contained a question. The answer would be between one and nine. Each number must be used once. Throughout the game I kept telling

***

When Adam and Brett saw the instructions for the challenge they immediately asked me to modify the rules. When all nine numbers were entered, I was supposed to only say if they were right or wrong.

However, they wanted me to tell them specifically which answers were correct and incorrect without any restriction on how often they could guess.

Clearly if this was the challenge it would be over in two minutes.

The compromise so Natasha could still have a chance: I would only tell them how many answers were correct, and they had to wait three minutes in between each guess.

Since day one I reminded them how important it was to be observant and keep track throughout the game. It was in most of my challenge e-mails and pretty much what I said at the previous TC that they really needed to be observant.

But in a group that let four idols and a Double Tribal Council Trigger last until day 37, this of course meant this challenge was in major trouble.

***

The questions for the challenge:

The day Scott LePage was voted out?
The amount of times Alisha self-voted?
The amount of challenges Adam has won since the merge?
The number of times someone has been present when being voted out?
The number of people eliminated pre-merge?
The number of immunity challenges Inukshuk won before Kyle was eliminated?
The number of people who were present to be voted out pre-merge?
The number of players who didn’t find a partner or received a penalty for not doing it properly?
The number of idols offered publicly in the game and the number of talismans given out on day one, then minus one?

As you can imagine Brett and Adam knew no answers. I remember the infamous “WHO WAS SCOTT LEPAGE?!” reaction from both Brett and Adam. I said they should know.

Both of them thought he was a contestant on the REAL Survivor and went to Survivor Wiki pages to figure out who Scott LePage was.

What’s worse is that Brett ignored the compromise reached and immediately tried to guess again, and express frustration that I wouldn’t tell him which answers were correct.

A challenge which shouldn’t take more than ten minutes ended up taking about thirty-five minutes before a winner was declared. I should note I have never done a challenge that was a pseudo-Fallen Comrades challenge ever since.

And who won immunity to advance himself into the Final Three?
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Yep. Adam did it again. Brett was another ten minutes behind before he would have finished. Adam is in the Final Three thanks to winning SIX consecutive immunity challenges with virtually no opposition.

So half of Brett, Dianne, Gayle, and Natasha will be eliminated before the next immunity challenge.

Brett is going to play his idol no matter what at Tribal Council. Will Gayle, Dianne, and Natasha anticipate this? Or is there already a plan in place to send of those three home? And will Gayle play one of her two hidden immunity idols? Read on.

NOTE: These next two Tribal Councils took place on MSN. A bunch of previous Mole contestants of my Mole games were present in addition to Loren, Wendy, and Lisa. So there was a lot of distractions going on for the contestants while this went on.

WELCOME TO TRIBAL COUNCIL #16

Adam says:
you sunk my battleship

brett says:
i want some tquitos

gayle says:
min tasha trying to get on lisa’s msn

Logan says:
k

gayle says:
k drag her..she is on under lisa

Adam says:
she’s been dragged

Logan says:
READY, NATASHA?

Natasha says:

hello
Logan says:
K

Natasha says:
ready

Logan says:
WELCOME TO TRIBAL COUNCIL #16
YES, THIS IS YOUR SIXTEENTH FREAKIN’ TRIBAL COUNCIL

gayle says:
I love all you guys

Logan says:
CONGRATS ON MAKING IT THIS FAR

gayle says:
thank you

Natasha says:
thanks jeff

Logan says:
I THINK IT’S SAFE TO SAY AFTER A MILLION HOUR MAZE, IT IS PROBABLY VERY EARLY MORNING OF DAY 38

gayle says:
dianne says thank you also

Logan says:
LET’S GET STRAIGHT TO BUSINESS
ADAM HAS WON IMMUNITY…AGAIN

gayle says:
k

Adam says:
booyah

Logan says:
HE IS IN THE FINAL THREE UNLESS HE GIVES UP THE TALISMAN

gayle says:
dianne says yeh yeh yeh

Logan says:
LET’S ESTABLISH SOMETHING RIGHT OFF THE BAT:
ADAM, ARE YOU GIVING UP THE TALISMAN?

Adam says:
nope

Logan says:
OK

SO ADAM IS LOCKED INTO FINAL
*FINAL THREE

gayle says:
geezzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Logan says:
WE HAVE FOUR OTHERS
TWO OF YOU WILL BE GOING OVER THESE TWO TCs
THAT’S A 50/50 SHOT OF BEING VOTED OUT
EVERYONE EXCEPT ADAM: ON A SCALE OF 1-10, HOW WORRIED ARE YOU THAT YOU’LL BE VOTED OUT THIS ROUND?

Adam says:
you gonna reveal if its final 2 or 3?
i think you are

gayle says:
10 for me

Natasha says:
8 for me

gayle says:
12 for dianne

brett says:
8.4

Logan says:
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, ON DAY ONE, WE HAD FOUR TRIBE CAPTAINS
AND EACH OF THE FOUR TRIBE CAPTAINS STILL REMAIN

Adam says:
weird

Logan says:
THE PERSON WHO ISN’T A TRIBE CAPTAIN HAPPENS TO BE MR. IMMUNITY

gayle says:
well

Logan says:
THE ORIGINAL MATCH-UPS WERE BRETT VS. NATASHA AND GAYLE VS. DIANNE

brett says:
whoa weird

gayle says:
yeh

Adam says:
i feel out of place

brett says:
like midget in a lincoln outfit weird

gayle says:
I bet you do

Natasha says:
that is very strange

Logan says:
LOL

gayle says:
I think you feel pretty secure

Logan says:
GAYLE: EVERYONE KNOWS YOU HAVE AN IDOL AND A SECRET REWARD, DOES THAT CONCERN YOU AT ALL THIS ROUND?
I FEEL LIKE I’M HEARING FIVE ECHOES TO MY QUESTION LOL

gayle says:
yeh…I am always concerned

Logan says:
NATASHA: SHOULD SHE BE WORRIED AT ALL?

Natasha says:
i think everyone is worried

gayle says:
dianne says not adam

Logan says:
BRETT: IS ADAM’S VOTE ANY MORE IMPORTANT THIS ROUND COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS TIMES HE HAS HAD IMMUNITY, OR IS IT JUST ANOTHER VOTE?

brett says:
well it definitly matters more and more as the weeks go on

Adam says:
LOGAN: Do you think kicking off family is a strange thing to do on Thanksgiving weekend?

gayle says:
dianne fidgeting nervously

Logan says:
I WOULD SAY SO

Adam says:
lucky we don’t have a carving knife out

Logan says:
DIANNE: HAS ANYONE PUT ANY THOUGHT INTO WHETHER THIS IS A FINAL TWO OR A FINAL THREE?

gayle says:
I have, I was just mentioning that, I was thinking its a three

Logan says:
LET’S TALK ABOUT THE IDOL
THE RULES FOR IT ARE DIFFERENT COMPARED TO THE TV SHOW
IT’S A MYSTERY WHETHER OR NOT AN IDOL WAS FOUND AT EXILE, AND WE KNOW GAYLE HAS ONE IN HER POSSESSION
THERE ARE TWO ROUNDS LEFT TO PLAY AN IDOL
THIS TRIBAL COUNCIL, AND THE ONE TWENTY TO THIRTY MINUTES FROM NOW
ADAM: DO YOU THINK AN IDOL IS GOING TO COME INTO PLAY THIS TC?

Adam says:
It’s an age old question pondered by great men, I have no idea.

Logan says:
LOL
I FEEL LIKE YOU GUYS ARE A BIT MORE GUARDED WITH YOUR ANSWERS TONIGHT

gayle says:
hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…very interesting

Logan says:
VERY TENSE VIBES

Adam says:
cards close to the chest

Logan says:
I THINK IT’S TIME FOR ME TO GO TALLY THE VOTES

Adam says:
I’ll ask the jury to calm down please

Logan says:
LOL
IF ANYBODY WANTS TO PLAY AN IDOL AND DIDN’T SEND IT IN WITH YOUR VOTE AND STILL WANTS TO PLAY IT, NOW WOULD BE THE TIME TO DO SO
AWKWARD PHRASING BY PROBST
10
9
8
Adam says:
oh sweet lord

gayle says:
yes I do

Logan says:
YOU’RE PLAYING ONE?

gayle says:
yes

Logan says:
POST THE CODE

gayle says:
!@#@!I-was-first!-!@#@!

Logan says:
(GAYLE) IS PLAYING AN IDOL

AND. . .

brett says:
twists and turns of survivor
Logan says:

ONE OF YOU SENT THIS WITH YOUR VOTE:
)&^)&^I-was-second-)&^)&^

BRETT IS PLAYING AN IDOL
BOTH SECRET REWARDS ARE LEAKED

Adam says:
like me after too much beer

Logan says:
I HOPE YOU GUYS KNOW HOW THE RULES WORK

Adam says:
i know nothing

Logan says:
LOL

I’LL READ THE VOTES
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FIRST VOTE. . .
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(Brett)
SECOND VOTE. . .
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(tash)
ONE VOTE BRETT, ONE VOTE TASH
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THIRD VOTE. . .
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(Brett)
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TWO VOTES BRETT, ONE VOTE TASH
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FOURTH VOTE. . .
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(Natasha)
TWO VOTES BRETT, TWO VOTES TASH
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HERE’S WHERE WE STAND:
IF THE NEXT VOTE IS FOR BRETT, THE IDOL WILL BE ACTIVATED AND THIS TRIBAL COUNCIL WILL BE VOID
IF THIS VOTE IS FOR TASH, SHE’S OUT
LAST VOTE. . .
THE SIXTEENTH PERSON VOTED OUT OF THIS GAME AND THE SEVENTH MEMBER OF OUR JURY. . .
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BUT ISN’T BECAUSE HE PLAYED AN IDOL
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(brett)
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BRETT, YOU PLAYED YOUR IDOL AT THE RIGHT TIME
THIS TRIBAL COUNCIL IS VOID

Adam says:
???

Logan says:
THOSE WHO DIDN’T VOTE FOR BRETT WILL SIT THIS TRIBAL COUNCIL OUT

Natasha says:
me confused

brett says:
huh so we now just revote with the same names??

Logan says:
TRIBAL COUNCIL #16 WILL INSTEAD TAKE PLACE WITH THOSE WHO VOTED FOR BRETT

brett says:
ohhhh ok

Logan says:
BRETT OBVIOUSLY DIDN’T VOTE FOR HIMSELF
AND ADAM DIDN’T VOTE FOR BRETT EITHER
SO THOSE TWO WILL NOT VOTE THIS ROUND
GAYLE’S IDOL HAS BEEN WASTED

Adam says:
can me or brett be voted for?

Logan says:
GAYLE, DIANNE, AND NATASHA WILL NOW VOTE
NO
YOU GUYS ARE SAFE
YOU’RE SITTING IN THE JURY SECTION FOR NOW

Adam says:
Hi lisa

Natasha says:
lisa says hello

Logan says:
LET’S GET STRAIGHT TO FIGURING THIS LITTLE SCENARIO OUT

NATASHA: WHY SHOULD THE OTHERS KEEP YOU?

Natasha says:
i think i put everything into the game

Logan says:
DIANNE: WHY SHOULD THE OTHERS KEEP YOU?

gayle says:
because they would have a good chance to win against her and because I am a nice person

Logan says:
LOL
INDEED
GAYLE: WHY SHOULD THE OTHERS KEEP YOU?

gayle says:
because I birthdid most of them..and I don’t feel good

Logan says:
BIRTHDID?

gayle says:
yep thats what I did

Logan says:
…OK THEN
I THINK IT’S TIME TO VOTE
YOU’LL SIMPLY MESSAGE ME PRIVATELY THROUGH MSN THIS TIME

Natasha says:
where are we voting

Logan says:
IT IS TIME TO VOTE
GAYLE, YOU’RE UP
NATASHA
DIANNE
I’LL GO TALLY THE VOTES

gayle says:
k

Logan says:
IF ANYBODY WANTS TO PLAY AN IDOL THIS ROUND, NOW WOULD BE THE TIME TO DO SO
NOTE: ANYBODY WHO HAS BEEN KEEPING TRACK OF PAST VOTES, THE VOIDED TC DOES NOT COUNT TOWARDS IT
…………………
OK
I’LL READ THE VOTES
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Natasha says:
k

Logan says:
FIRST VOTE. . .
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(natasha)
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SECOND VOTE. . .
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(dianne)
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LAST VOTE. . .
SIXTEENTH PERSON VOTED OUT OF THIS GAME, AND THE SEVENTH MEMBER OF OUR JURY
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(Natasha)
YOU MAY HAVE WON THE MOLE LAST YEAR, BUT SURVIVOR WASN’T AS KIND
NATASHA , THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN
WELL WELL WELL

Natasha says:
a tear trickles down natashas face

gayle says:
gayle and dianne are very sad

Logan says:
BRETT WON THE BATTLE AGAINST NATASHA
TRANSCEND TRIBE IS NOW EXTINCT

Adam says:
EXTINCTION
like a dinosaur

Logan says:
WE’RE DOWN TO FINAL FOUR
HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU GUYS WANT BEFORE THE NEXT TC?

Adam says:
i just need like 10 minutes

gayle says:
us too

brett says:
10 mins sure

Logan says:
K
9:17PM IT IS
LOGAN A.K.A. PROBST A.K.A. YODA

VOTING

ADAM,

(Natasha)

She’s probably the biggest competitor and if Brett does indeed have an idol she should be gone.

BRETT,

(tash)

)&^)&^I-was-second-)&^)&^

im hoping voting out tash then dianne leaves adam me and gayle left

DIANNE,

I confessed on the wrong page…… so now I confess I am an idiot. My vote is for Brett

GAYLE,

I wish I could done better on the maze challenge! I should of known better not to do them late at night!!!!!! Oh well. Now I just don’t know what to do,everyone participates about the same.I will have to see what my allliance thinks.

I vote for (Brett) I hate this part of the game. I hate voting players that come to play out!

NATASHA,

i vote (brett)

confessional: i am getting very nervous about the rest of the game. if brett goes home i have no idea who i should vote for next.

Last Confessional: This was a good game. There were some very strong players. I think i am just too emotional for this kind of game.

****

Yep. Transcend finally goes down. Even though they were the first tribe to be extinct, I am stunned they made it to the Final Five. I was stunned to see Gayle had voted out Natasha instead of Dianne. Something tells me that Natasha quietly asked to be voted out in this scenario.

And you can tell everyone had much more enthusiasm for the whole game than Natasha. That’s not to say Natasha wasn’t participating at all, but her desire to win was nowhere the level of the other four players.

I am sure you caught on that noboy bothered to read the rules regarding the hidden individual immunity idols. For some reason nobody wanted to read the rules nor ask me for clarification which is why you read what was a ten minute conversation of me having to lead everyone through what was going on. Since SCWL 1 players are wise enough to ask me about the rules each season to avoid exactly what ended up happening in the SCWL Prequel.

Brett and Gayle played their idols, and even they were confused by what was going on! They were just blindly playing an idol without thinking about the strategy.

Suddenly the Final Four Tribal Council would be much more intriguing because nobody knew what was going on. Their confusion over the HII rules threw everything into a whirlwind. My assumption that Brett and Adam would idol their way into the Final Three had to be put on hold for twenty minutes as the Final Four evaluated their next move.

Natasha should not have lasted this long considering:

a) She didn’t have a computer
b) Couldn’t play most challenges
c) Only show up to THREE TC discussions all season
d) Vote fom the person who participated the least to the most without ever factoring in her own position in the game

In short, Natasha played a suicidal way of going through Survivor. She took out everybody who didn’t participate to her liking until the least participating player was left. . .herself. Sure enough she gets booted in 5th place after controlling the first fifteen rounds of the season.

I am impressed that the biggest power player from day one through thirty-six was indeed Natasha. Lisa wasn’t the huge threat acting as the head of the dragon–it was Natasha. How poetic for a season that was so awful.

I love how no one caught on that the Final Five consisted of all four captains from the beginning of the game. This round also marked the first time where people from FireWire outnumbered the people who had ever been on Inukshuk. It’s strange because Natasha was on FireWire after Transcend died but swapped to the Inukshuk side at the merge.

It shows you how the eliminations went against logic as Brett and Adam both survived an 8-2 deficit to survive to what is now a 2-2 tie in numbers.

In short, the maze was a disaster, the Sudoku square was a disaster, and the Tribal Council was a disaster. Natasha’s exit was a surprise as I assumed everyone would gang up on Dianne, but Gayle caved and voted out Natasha. Lisa gets her revenge.

But will it really matter? Adam has immunity. Brett will likely receive Adam’s Exile Carnival idol. Gayle also has the final idol in her pocket. Dianne is the only one standing without an immunity to use strategically.

And thinking that everybody except one person will have immunity activated is beyond ridiculous.

The only thing getting in the way of Dianne going home is the almighty case of past votes breaking deadlocks. What happens if Brett doesn’t have the most past votes? Will Adam’s idol be wasted while Gayle’s activates and sends Brett home by default?

That’s all it takes, people. That’s all it takes.

Entry #16: Natasha – Transcend -> FireWire – (2-1) – October 11 2009 – SCWL: The Prequel
Records: First person to be voted out in a Tribal Council where an idol was played.
– First person to be voted out in a round where an idol was activated
– The last partner standing
– First person to cast a vote at Tribal Council
– The only person to cast a vote at a TC where everyone else self-voted

NEXT TIME ON SCWL: THE PREQUEL:
– No bother hiding it–a 2-2 deadlock occurs at the Final Four Tribal Council. Whoever used their hidden immunity idol correctly will determine who goes home.
– Confusion persists as I am forced to spend another ten minutes explaining who goes home because of two idols and individual immunity being played.
– Players continue speculating if there will indeed be three people at Tribal Council.
– Don’t miss out on the weirdest Tribal Council of the season as this elimination round all plays out in the space of twenty minutes.
1.17 Entry#17: I’ll reveal at the end of this relatively short post.

Natasha, Dianne, and Gayle voted for Brett. Brett played his idol. Therefore, Brett and Adam would skip Tribal Council, thus forcing Gayle, Dianne, and Natasha to vote amongst themselves. Natasha took the fall as Gayle chose Dianne over Natasha.

IDOL PLAY STAT: When five players remain, the idol has been activated in seasons SCWL Prequel, 3, and 5. By far the most common round in SCWL history when an idol is activated. Natasha, Jeric, and Gloria have been the respective victims.

Brett has Adam’s idol. Gayle has an idol. Adam has individual immunity. Dianne has nothing.

Should be clear cut who is going home right? Company was still over as they saw this second Tribal Council play out. Yet again there was a lot of distractions and confusion as everyone from the Final Five was present in the same place minus Brett. Very weird way to spend Thanksgiving.

Will Adam give Brett his idol? Will Gayle make a huge blunder with an idol of her own? It’s all about playing the idol at the opportune time given the past votes. Gayle and Dianne can engineer the votes to guarantee Brett goes home by having one vote Brett, and the other vote go for Gayle as Dianne plays Gayle’s idol. A 2-1-1 vote would mean Gayle’s idol activates, Brett’s idol from Adam is wasted, thus sending Brett home by default.

Everything is up in the air as many variables with past votes and the idols in Adam’s and Gayle’s pockets need to be shared with their respective allies who will be targeted.

I knew what the outcome would be because:
a) Nobody was tracking past votes
b) I knew a 2-2 deadlock was coming
c) Adam was probably giving his idol to Brett
d) I knew how many past votes each of the three players had

There isn’t really much for me to discuss seeing how the round all played out in the space of thirty minutes. Read on to find out how this messy Tribal Council unfolds.

K, I’VE GOT EVERYONE’S VOTES
Natasha says:
YAY

gayle says:
k

natasha says:
count ’em!

Logan says:
SO LET’S HAVE ANOTHER LITTLE CHAT, SHALLL WE?

natasha says:
ok

Logan says:
ADAM IS ONCE AGAIN SAFE
IT WILL EITHER BE GAYLE, BRETT, OR DIANNE ELIMINATED

natasha says:
dianne is shivering…..

gayle says:
I am scared..adam likes dianne

Logan says:
ADAM: HAS ANYONE COME UP TO YOU FOR YOUR VOTE THIS ROUND?

Adam says:
Nobody

gayle says:
uh I was talking to lyou
oh oh thats right no I wasn’t

natasha says:
hehehe

gayle says:
you were just skulkin

Adam says:
hahaha

Logan says:
ANYONE BESIDES ADAM WILLING TO SAY THAT THEY’RE COMFORTABLE THIS ROUND?

brett says:
definitly not

gayle says:
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LISA says:
not I

brett says:
unless i was inmy pj’s

Adam says:
even snoopaloop is scared

Logan says:
SO THIS IS THE LAST ROUND THAT AN IDOL CAN BE PLAYED
TWO WERE PLAYED LAST ROUND, AND GAYLE STILL HAS HER IDOL THAT EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT

natasha says:
da da da….

Adam says:
she used it

gayle says:
one sec

Logan says:
NO SHE DIDN’T
THAT WAS HER SECRET REWARD

Adam says:
i thought you said she wasted it

natasha says:
OH NO!

Logan says:
THAT WAS HER SECRET REWARD

gayle says:
yeh me too hahah
one second

Logan says:
THE SECRET REWARDS WERE IDOLS

EDITOR’S NOTE: This whole conversation made me facepalm at the time. Just. . .ugh. Can this season be over already? When people get by because of a huge streak of inactives and don’t pay attention to what has been going on. . .this is the outcome of such a scenario.

Adam says:
ok

gayle says:
I want to use it

Logan says:
LOL
WE’LL GET TO THAT IN A MINUTE IF THAT’S THE CASE
DIANNE: TRUST YOUR ALLIANCES?

dianne says:
right now i do, I got rid of the snake

Logan says:
LOL
VENGEANCE IS SWEET, I S’POSE?

dianne says:
yes, it is, especially served with a soup ladel

Adam says:
i think tasha is wonderful

gayle says:
me too

Adam says:
i especially like her elf ear

dianne says:
I like her big nose

gayle says:
well I like her flat butt too

EDITOR’S NOTE: Uhhhhh. . .this is why we don’t have TC discussions anymore.

Logan says:
BRETT: IS THE JURY GAME ALREADY STARTING?

brett says:
i enjoy pumpkin pie

Adam says:
i love pumpkin pie too, HIGH FIVE

brett says:
beer me a high five

Adam says:
it gets a laugh like a quarter of the time

brett says:
jury game has definitly started

Logan says:
IS EVERYBODY CONFIDENT IN HOW THE VOTES WILL GO DOWN TONIGHT?

gayle says:
🙂

dianne says:
yes,

Adam says:
no

brett says:
no im not at all

Logan says:
DIANNE: ARE YOU EXPECTING A 3-1, 2-2, OR 2-1-1 VOTE?

Adam says:
cannonical, literary cannon, jane eyre, symbolism, cannonical

dianne says:
TU TU

Logan says:
I’M TAKING THAT TALISMAN OFF OF YOU IF YOU SAY THAT AGAIN, ADAM LOL

gayle says:
that is hilarious

Logan says:
DOES EVERYONE AGREE? 2-2?

dianne says:
yes yes

gayle says:
sure

Adam says:
i’d say there is a good chance

brett says:
i would say 2-2 most likely

Logan says:
ANYBODY ELSE HAVE ANYTHING THEY LIKE TO ADD?

gayle says:
can I use my idol

dianne says:
nope, I am ready

EDITOR’S NOTE: As you can see, it was tough to get any type of conversation going.

Adam says:
final three, time to stop thinking with my ass

Logan says:
OK THEN
I THINK IT’S TIME TO GET TO THE VOTE
I’LL GO TALLY THEM

gayle says:
!@#@!I-was-first!-!@#@!

Logan says:
THAT IDOL HAS ALREADY BEEN PLAYED

dianne says:
Gayle, have some dignity~

Logan says:
. . .BY YOU

Adam says:
#$#$I-was-Third#$#$

gayle says:
one second

Logan says:
JUST THIRTY MINUTES AGO

brett says:
I was seventh

Adam says:
You lose
how’d you score some pumpkin pie?

Logan says:
LOL

gayle says:
Idol Code:
//!!–Endurance Champ–!!\\

brett says:
camera crew snuck it to me

Adam says:
someones a little high on themselves

brett says:
)(*best person in the world(#($(@

Adam says:
well I can’t top that

LISA says:
where is Jeff?

Adam says:
Jeff has been taken away via helicopter

Logan says:
I HAD TO TALLY THE VOTES

dianne says:
OH

Adam says:
rock n roll jeopardy offered more money

LISA says:
does gayle have immunity?

Logan says:
LOL
THAT IS INDEED AN IDOL
AND. . .

dianne says:
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..\’
///
/

Logan says:
GIVE ME A SECOND, HOLD ON

Adam says:
my clothes are going outta style
give him a tennis racket

EDITOR’S NOTE: I was making sure I had all of the tiebreaker procedures in order because I knew these four had zero chance of understanding what was going on. Gayle was already having troubles understanding that she had two hidden immunity idols all along.

Logan says:
SOMEBODY POSTED THIS:
//1C-A-R-N-I-V-A-L1\\
BRETT IS PLAYING THE IDOL FROM EXILE CARNIVAL
HERE WE ARE AGAIN

gayle says:
geez

Logan says:
THE SAME TWO PEOPLE USED AN IDOL LOL
YOU GUYS KNOW THE DRILL
I’LL READ THE VOTES
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FIRST VOTE. . .
(Dianne)
SECOND VOTE. . .
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(brett)
ONE VOTE BRETT, ONE VOTE DIANNE
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THIRD VOTE. . .
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(Brett)
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LAST VOTE. . .
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(Dianne)

gayle says:
well very interesting

Logan says:
SURPRISE SURPRISE
FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS SEASON, WE’RE TIED
WE WILL HAVE A RE-VOTE BETWEEN BRETT AND DIANNE

dianne says:
but dianne, doesn’t have an idol

Logan says:
ONLY GAYLE AND ADAM WILL VOTE

Adam says:
you sure this is how it works?

Logan says:
YES

Adam says:
seems different than last time

Logan says:
CAUSE THIS WAS A 2-2 TIE
LAST TIME IT WAS 3-2

Adam says:
so the tie overrides the idols?

Logan says:
NO

dianne says:
right

Logan says:
IF BOTH OF YOU VOTE FOR BRETT, THE IDOL WILL BE ACTIVATED AND THE THREE OF YOU WILL STAY BEHIND FOR TC

dianne says:
so no one has officially been voted out

Adam says:
ohhhh ok

Logan says:
IF ONE OF YOU VOTES FOR BRETT AND THE OTHER FOR DIANNE, WE GO TO A TIEBREAKER FOR WHO GETS VOTED OUT
SO IF IT’S A 2-2 DEADLOCK AND BRETT IS GONE, THE TWO PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR BRETT STAY BEHIND
IT’S TIME TO RE-VOTE
WHICH ADAM ALREADY DID

Adam says:
i just don’t get how the idol helps then

Logan says:
GAYLE IS UP
THEY HELP OUT A LOT

Adam says:
ok
so if three people voted for brett he would have been safe, but since only two voted he’s not? I’m just not fully understanding

Logan says:
WHEN DID I SAY THAT? LOL

Adam says:
i like to make stuff up

Logan says:
IF TWO PEOPLE VOTE FOR BRETT AND BRETT LOSES THE TIEBREAKER, THEN THE TWO PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR BRETT WILL STAY BEHIND FOR THE REAL TRIBAL COUNCIL
HERE WE GO
FIRST VOTE. . .
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Adam says:
ohhhhhhhhhh

Logan says:
(Dianne)
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SECOND VOTE. . .
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(brett)
OUR FIRST TIE IS FOLLOWED BY OUR FIRST DEADLOCK
WE GO TO PAST VOTES TO DETERMINE THE TIEBREAKER

Adam says:
TIEBREAKER

Logan says:
DIANNE, HOW MANY PAST VOTES DO YOU HAVE?

dianne says:
3?
Logan says:
THE CORRECT ANSWER IS ONE LOL

dianne says:
ok

Logan says:
BRETT, HOW MANY PAST VOTES DO YOU HAVE?

brett says:
3 or 4 i think

Logan says:
TWO
ONE FOR THE START OF GAME PENALTY, AND THE OTHER FOR WHEN JERRY WAS ELIMINATED
BRETT, ONCE AGAIN, SAVES HIMSELF WITH AN IDOL
BRETT OBVIOUSLY DIDN’T VOTE FOR HIMSELF
AND THE OTHER PERSON WHO DIDN’T VOTE FOR BRETT WAS ADAM
THESE TWO ARE ONCE AGAIN SAFE
THIS TC IS VOID

Adam says:
TIEBREAKER

Logan says:
THE REAL TRIBAL COUNCIL IS INSTEAD WITH GAYLE AND DIANNE

dianne says:
dianne is confused…just tell me what to do.

Logan says:
DIANNE AND GAYLE VOTED FOR BRETT, AND SINCE BRETT PLAYED AN IDOL, YOU TWO STAY BEHIND

LISA says:
ok

Logan says:
JUST LIKE WITH LAST TC
LET ME BEGIN BY ASKING THE ONLY QUESTION THAT’S NECESSARY: ARE EITHER OF YOU GOING TO QUIT RIGHT NOW? LOL

dianne says:
no

gayle says:
no

Adam says:
such passion

Logan says:
VERY WELL

brett says:
you 2 are just troopers

Logan says:
SINCE THE VOTES YOU CAST NOW WON’T HAVE ANY EFFECT IN THE FUTURE, THERE’S NO NEED TO VOTE

gayle says:
yeh and I am giving you two coal under the tree

Adam says:
what?

Logan says:
CAUSE IT’S IMPOSSIBLE FOR THERE TO BE ANY MORE TIES AFTER THIS ROUND

Adam says:
sorry that wasn’t directed to you

Logan says:
OH LOL
ALL IDOLS ARE GONE, SO NO NEED TO ASK IF ANYBODY IS PLAYING ONE
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FIRST VOTE: (Dianne)
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SECOND VOTE: (Gayle)
WHAT? WE’RE TIED? LOL

Adam says:
total mindblow

Logan says:
WE NOW GO TO A TIEBREAKER
WHICH HAPPENS TO BE PAST VOTES

dianne says:
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Adam says:
GRAB SOME FIREWOOD

Logan says:
DIANNE, HOW MANY PAST VOTES DO YOU HAVE?

dianne says:
1

Adam says:
2 now

dianne says:
oh yeah
2

Logan says:
NOPE, JUST ONE
LAST TC WAS VOIDED

dianne says:
onh
k

Logan says:
LOL

Logan says:
GAYLE, HOW MANY PAST VOTES DO YOU HAVE?

gayle says:
none

Logan says:
THAT ONE VOTE FROM NATASHA MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE
THE SEVENTEENTH PERSON VOTED OUT OF THIS GAME AND THE EIGHTH MEMBER OF OUR JURY. . .
(DIANNE)
THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN

***

And Dianne went home because nobody did their research on the tiebreaker procedure. Everybody just played their idols without really understanding the tiebreaker, thus it was ultimately left to a pre-determined outcome to see who would be eliminated. Brett activated an idol for the second round in a row thanks to help from Adam. It would have been hilarious if Adam withheld his idol at the last minute, but sadly that did not happen.

Here’s what my thoughts are on what happened: Nobody wanted to truly backstab one another or make an over the top move. I think everybody grew tired of the game. It had lasted for four months by this point. Four months. All subsequent seasons have had a filming schedule that is only half of the Prequel. Even when three rounds of the Prequel are played in the space of five hours. Anyone would be worn out by a four month game where the majority of the cast members aren’t present for one reason or another.

In short, people cast their votes and played their idols under the thought process of “let’s just let Logan sort it all out”. And what you see there is a product of that line of thinking. Gayle wasted two idols while Brett activated two idols.

I should note Brett is the only player ever to not only activate two idols in the same season, but use them in back-to-back rounds. Gayle also happens to be the only person to waste two idols in back-to-back rounds.

I am glad that Brett and Dianne had a different number of past votes. If they had the same number of past votes, they would have to do a tiebreaker challenge which would have been ridiculous to do in that scenario given that Dianne goes by default regardless if Brett or Dianne win the tiebreaker because if Dianne wins the tiebreaker, Brett’s idol activates, and Dianne loses the deadlock to Gayle. If Brett wins the tiebreaker challenge, Dianne goes home anyway.

But luckily, on day one I had a twist where if you couldn’t find a partner then you received a past vote. Something they all had undoubtedly forgotten. Brett’s past vote from that penalty along with Dianne’s own vote against him during the Jerry boot gave him an edge over Dianne. Dianne’s only past vote was from Natasha just twenty minutes earlier.

So Brett’s idol activated and Gayle’s idol was wasted. So Dianne and Gayle stayed behind for the real TC. Gayle had zero past votes against her while Dianne receiving a vote from Natasha sent her out of the game just twenty minutes earlier.

Even when Natasha was voted out after fifteen rounds of controlling who went home, she is directly responsible for Dianne being eliminated the following round. Great stuff.

***

And now we are down to the Final Three. For the first time all season Brett and Adam have the majority. They rallied from an eight-to-two deficit to now have a two-to-one advantage. However, they no longer need each other. Gayle has a lot of blood on her hands. Adam and Brett have skated by each Tribal Council because the female alliance decided to eat themselves up until only one remains.

Gayle managed to make it to Final Three without having to activate either of her two idols.
Adam managed to make it to Final Three because he always won individual immunity.
Brett managed to make it to Final Three because of being rescued by others and using two hidden immunity idols.

Even though I made it clear that there was another immunity challenge to be played, they were still uncertain if it was a Final Two or Final Three. So that night I decided to play along with the mystery that did not exist in the first place.

The final immunity challenge will be endurance. Adam has a poor track record of endurance challenges while Gayle and Brett have a track record of a lack of focus.

So the challenge would put everyone on a level playing field. This was the most exciting part of the season, and the whole round would take place that same night. But first, they would go through the Rite of Passage. It is the only season where we do the Rite of Passage before the Final Two.

VOTING

ADAM,

(Dianne)

Well my initial plan was to let brett get voted off since he has more votes than me but I’m not a jackass so I gave him my idol. Hopefully if he wins next challenge he’ll take me to the final two, not sure though. We’ll take Gayle over Dianne because Gayle is drugged up right now.
has more votes than dianne i mean

has more votes than dianne i mean

BRETT,

(Dianne)

idol //1C-A-R-N-I-V-A-L1\\

Well if it comes down that its actually 2 people left and not 3 i think gayle would maybe be weaker in the challenge

DIANNE,

I confessed on the wrong page…… so now I confess I am an idiot. My vote is for Brett

GAYLE,

I vote for (Brett) I don’t want to vote for brett, but I must.

I vote for Brett I don’t know why I am voting for brett.

Entry #17: Dianne – Inukshuk – (1-1 deadlock–sent home by past votes) – October 11 2009 – SCWL: The Prequel
Records: First person to be involved in a tie vote
– Made it the furthest of all players in the prequel without an idol or individual immunity
– Last Inukshuk member standing
– Involved in two deadlocks in the same round before going home
– Only person to be voted out less than 24 hours after the previous player was voted out
– Only player to be voted out without being able to win immunity in the round she was eliminated

Now a word about Dianne. She did the best out of anyone who did not hold an idol or win an individual challenge. Dianne was brilliant at the social game as she managed to exceed expectations by cracking an unfavourable dynamic at Final Five to be a member of the Final Four.

She was great at figuring out who needed to go which round. Her vote for Brett while Jerry was eliminated was a clear message of “Natasha and Gayle are fools if they aren’t voting out Brett”. If the women’s alliance stuck together, Dianne probably wins this game. Sadly Natasha nearly broke the game and Gayle refusing to use her idols effectively led to her demise.

Yep. Given the scenario, finishing fourth is actually a surprise because of how well Dianne was playing. She was by far the best social player and strategist of the season. It’s disappointing to see her go home practically by default. There were absolutely no other moves left.

And now Inukshuk is dead. It’s two players who have been together from day one against somebody who held major advantages for the entire season. But miraculously it was still anyone’s game.

NOTE: Those who were visiting that saw the Final Five and Final Four play out went home after Tribal Council. So the Final Three would go through the Rite of Passage and final immunity challenge alone. It was roughly 930-1000pm at this point. The night must go on.

This season is almost over.

P.S. This is why you don’t have four idols in a game where only seven out of twenty players are truly active all season.

Next Time on SCWL:
– In a season that has gone as bad as it virtually could have gone, the endgame mess continues. The final immunity challenge ends with a facepalm-inducing conclusion.
– The winner of the final immunity challenge is faced with a huge dilemma as both players are bound to vote for their opponent at the Final Two. Will winning the final challenge prove to be a curse?
– The three players go through the first ever Rite of Passage.
– The Final Two will emerge by the end of October 11th and prepare for the final showdown–but how many jurors will actually show up for Final Tribal Council?

1.18 Entry #18: Again, I’ll reveal who went home at the end of this post.

I must apologize in advance for not having the entire Rite of Passage saved nor this round’s Tribal Council chat from MSN. I copied/pasted the transcript of this whole night onto the group’s Facebook page, but the transcript cuts off two-thirds of the way through Rite of Passage.

Luckily I know exactly how the challenge went and that the Tribal Council chat took no more than two minutes.

State of the situation: Brett has activated his idol two rounds in a row. Him and Adam have miraculously regained majority after an 8-2 deficit because the female alliance self-destructed worse than a Voltorb and an Electrode.

Logan says:
ADAM, BRETT, AND GAYLE, CONGRATS, YOU GUYS ARE THE FINAL THREE

Adam says:
challenge or tribal?

Logan says:
YOU GUYS WANT TO REMEMBER YOUR FALLEN COMRADES BEFORE I MAKE THAT ANNOUNCEMENT?

Adam says:
haha no

Logan says:
YOU HAVE NO CHOICE LOL

gayle says:
congrats you two

Adam says:
congrats

brett says:
we have to do the memory walk and cry

Logan says:
*COMMENCE CORNY MUSIC*

brett says:
and stand on different mountain tops

Logan says:
YOU MUST SHED THREE TEARS FOR EACH PERSON

Adam says:
I AM THE DRAGON SLAYER

brett says:
well i dont have a mountain top i only had a news camera

Logan says:
LET’S START FROM THE BEGINNING

brett says:
and the top story is Im crying for my fallen comrades

Logan says:
(SCOTT LePAGE)

Adam says:
and the top story in ron burgundy’s life is, i’m in love with veronica corningtone

gayle says:
didn’t know scott..hope he is well

Adam says:
no idea

brett says:
I still have no idea who this is, but i will never forget his tenacity

Adam says:
hahaha

Logan says:
JUST SAY ‘NEXT’ WHENEVER YOU’RE READY

Adam says:
quite resilient

gayle says:
next

Adam says:
next

brett says:
next

Logan says:
(WENDY)

Adam says:
I think she was happy to go

gayle says:
to bad she didn’t have more on the ball

Logan says:
THE ONLY PERSON UP UNTIL LISA TO BE VOTED OUT WHILE PRESENT

brett says:
so many memories flooding to my mind,like that time she played survivor online with all of us

Adam says:
hahaa

gayle says:
hahaha
next

brett says:
next

Adam says:
next

Logan says:
(SERENE)

gayle says:
one of the nicest people I know..she just didn’t know what to do

brett says:
seemed like she was up for the challenge

Adam says:
i’ve got nothing

gayle says:
hehe
next

Adam says:
next

brett says:
next

Logan says:
(CINDY)

Adam says:
seemed confused

gayle says:
I never saw her onlin..I heard she got lost

brett says:
funny around the fire makes jokes that turn to laughter and slowly dies down with small chuckles thrown in

Adam says:
next

gayle says:
heheh

brett says:
next

gayle says:
next

Logan says:
(KRISTEN)

Adam says:
also seemd confused

brett says:
her daughter see above

next

gayle says:
hmmmmmmmmmmmm…very interesting and kinda frustrated
next

Adam says:
next

Logan says:
(DAN PENNER)

gayle says:
was he ever here

Adam says:
quite arrogant

Logan says:
VOTED MOST LIKELY TO WIN THIS GAME GOING IN
NO, HE WASN’T
SAME LEVEL OF PRESENCE IN EPISODES AS SCOTT

Adam says:
never joined a tribe but would brag about kicking ass

gayle says:
hehe
next

Adam says:
next
he likes kanye west
next

Logan says:
BRETT IS TRYING TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING GOOD, I CAN TELL
OR HE’S AWAY
ONE OF THE TWO

brett says:
sorry my pc is acting up
ummm jerk

Adam says:
hahaha

brett says:
next

Logan says:
(WAHAJ KHAN)

Adam says:
old walkeroo

gayle says:
good player when he showed up

brett says:
khan hes classic

Adam says:
lived life to the fullest

Logan says:
HE WON A GAME ABOUT ONE WEEK AFTER YOU GUYS VOTED HIM OUT

brett says:
seemed dedicated and angry when out

Adam says:
KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN

gayle says:
no wonder he didn’t show at ours

Logan says:
AND IN THAT SAME WEEK PROBABLY GOT VOTED OUT FROM THREE OR FOUR OTHER GAMES

gayle says:
next

Logan says:
HE DID PLENTY, ACTUALLY

brett says:
next

Adam says:
next

Logan says:
(KYLE)

Adam says:
seemed fairly inactive

gayle says:
strong start..one way to bad he started back to work again

Adam says:
next

gayle says:
next

brett says:
yeah work gets in the way of things
next

Logan says:
(LOREN)

Adam says:
broken computer

gayle says:
Felt bad he wanted to play really bad but computer stunk

Logan says:
THREE HOURS IT TOOK HIM TO DO THE EBAY SHOPPING CHALLENGE

brett says:
smelly pc

Adam says:
ya smells like a stink

gayle says:
heheh

Logan says:
LIKE MY FUN FACTS ALONG THE WAY?

brett says:
next

Adam says:
they are lovely

gayle says:
yes I do

Adam says:
next

gayle says:
next

Logan says:
(SIMONE)

gayle says:
didn’t know her

Adam says:
was quite active for awhile then stopped later on, thought she was gonna go far

Logan says:
SHE WAS VERY VERY VERY CLOSE TO FINDING THE ‘SITTING OUT IDOL’

gayle says:
ohhhhhhhhh

Adam says:
only other person on the tribe to do much

when it was two
next

gayle says:
next

brett says:
sitting out idol what, where was that. yeah she was a gamer
next

Logan says:
(KAI)
gayle says:
kai tried hard

Adam says:
like his dad henry, just not as cool

Logan says:
EHHHHHH

brett says:
enjoyed the game. gave it his all and likes sunny days

gayle says:
hehe
next

brett says:
next

Adam says:
could start a jukebox with one smack
next

Logan says:
ENTERING THE RING WITH EIGHT SELF-VOTES. . .
(ALISHA)

brett says:
haha

gayle says:
had the heart

brett says:
impresive to last that long and still get that far

EDITOR’S NOTE: Did he just say the same thing twice?

Adam says:
refused to vote for people but participated a bit
and we can’t forget the flag

brett says:
has kids

Logan says:
SHE WHOOPED YOU GUYS ON THE QUOTES CHALLENGE

gayle says:
ahhhhhhh

brett says:
next

gayle says:
next

Logan says:
THE LAST CHALLENGE BEFORE THE MERGER
THEN SHE DISAPPEARED

Adam says:
next

Logan says:
(LYNDSAY)
gayle says:
just like brett id now
lyndsay did well when she showed up

Adam says:
seemed like a gamer too
inconsistent though

brett says:
she was an all encompassing gamer

Adam says:
nice verbiage

gayle says:
next

Adam says:
next

brett says:
next

Logan says:
HERE WE GO
(LISA)

Adam says:
I swear it’s the onions

gayle says:
was good at cooking coconuts

Adam says:
remember how she got backstabbed

brett says:
tear duct is just inflamed
yeah totally back stabbed

gayle says:
yeh did you wipe your knife ad

Adam says:
ya after you bloodied it up

brett says:
she was missed the second she left

Adam says:
she was a true all encompassing ultra gamer

brett says:
way to step it up

gayle says:
she would know who is brown nosing

Adam says:
she was in it to win it, but then bam blindsided

brett says:
all encompassing ultra slamma bam

Adam says:
but ya shes alright

gayle says:
yeh she is awesome

next
Adam says:
wanna move on so quick

gayle says:
yes..yes I do

Adam says:
she’s already a faded memory to you

brett says:
yep just brushing her aside again

gayle says:
next

Adam says:
I don’t think we’ve done her memory justice yet

Sadly, the transcript cuts of there. I can assure you the remaining entries weren’t as entertaining.

So from there I made the announcement. Now this I remember the clearest of pretty much anything that happened all game.

Logan says:
OKAY
ON DAY 36 YOU PLAYED A CHALLENGE THAT REQUIRED YOU TO OUTWIT ALL THE OTHERS
ON DAY 37/TODAY YOU PLAYED A CHALLENGE THAT REQUIRED YOU TO OUTPLAY ALL THE OTHERS

Adam says:
oh god not outlast lol

Logan says:
AND TONIGHT YOU WILL DO THE FINAL COMPONENT: OUTLAST. ADAM IS RIGHT.
BECAUSE ONLY TWO OF YOU WILL FACE THE JURY. WIN THE CHALLENGE AND YOU WILL IMMEDIATELY VOTE OUT THE 18TH PERSON FROM THE GAME AS WELL AS THE NINTH AND FINAL MEMBER OF OUR JURY.

Immunity Challenge XVI: Oath of Silence With Roman Numerals

The immunity challenge for SCWL 1 – 5 has always been the same. I say “roll call” and you say “here” within ten seconds. Throughout the challenge the response time dwindles from ten seconds slowly down to three seconds over a stretch of several hours. You are not allowed to say anything else the whole challenge.

In the Prequel, it was slightly different. You had to respond with a roman numeral.

First Roll Call: I
Second Roll Call: II
Third Roll Call: III
Fourth Roll Call: IV
Fifth Roll Call: V
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Twenty-third roll call: XXIII

Very straight-forward. Whenever I explain the variation used for SCWL 1 -5 it takes about four to six minutes. For the Prequel, the only difference is “(roman numeral)” instead of “here” as the response. So it should take the same amount of time.

But I found myself explaining it for about fifteen minutes. I decidedto wear people down by not doing the first roll call until the ten minute mark to see if I could get anybody annoyed and impatient. I pretty much know the whole transcript by heart even though I haven’t seen it in four years.

Logan says:
OKAY. WE’LL DO A PRACTICE ROLL CALL.
PRACTICE ROLL CALL.

Adam says:
I

Brett says:
I

Gayle says:
I

Logan says:
Okay, everyone understands the challenge then.
Remember that was a practice. You will type ‘I’ for the first roll call.
Okay. I will count you down then the challenge will begin.
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
Silence!
This challenge has begun.

**TEN MINUTES LATER**

Logan says:
Roll Call

Adam says:
I

Brett says:
II

Gayle says:
III

Logan says:
Brett and Gayle answered incorrectly. Adam wins immunity for the seventh and final time in a row! He will simultaneously decide who gets voted out but also who advances to the Final Two with him.

***

So what the heck happened there? I facepalmed the second this happened. It’s another reason why I waited ten minutes because I knew something goofy and ridiculous would happen. I mean this is how 95% of the season has gone. Of course I knew it was going to happen here.

This is the only time in series history where Oath of Silence ended on the first Roll Call. In fact, players lasting ten minutes would be a record until SCWL 5 when Tyler was out after seven minutes.

However, to Tyler’s credit, he already went through five roll calls by the seven minute mark. So really, he did better than the Prequel players who had only one lousy roll call.

Brett screwed up because even though I made it abundantly clear that the Practice Roll Call was practice, and even counted them down to the start of the challenge, he entered ‘II’ anyway.

Gayle WAS going to type ‘I’, but hit backspace when she saw Brett type ‘II’. She thought maybe they had to submit in ascending order. Gayle hit backspace and replaced it with ‘III’ before hitting enter.

And despite endurance being Adam’s weakness, he essentially wins the challenge because Brett and Gayle couldn’t follow simple directions after already understanding them.

Welcome to the most ridiculous game ever.

***

Adam would get blood on his hands for the first time all season. He must choose between voting out Gayle or Brett. As I said before there isn’t a TC chat saved, but you can imagine how tired we all were so the TC went by very fast. Both pleaded their case by being loyal all along and said they would have taken Adam to Final Two.
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EIGHTEENTH PERSON VOTED OUT OF THE GAME AND THE NINTH AND FINAL MEMBER OF OUR JURY. . .
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(Gayle)
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THE TRIBE/ADAM HAS SPOKEN. IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO GO.

***

So despite winning as many rewards possible, Gayle goes home in third place. She made several mistakes along the way and finally paid for it. Nobody has ever been such a strong favourite to win than Gayle. In the end she would give up her enormous advantage and go home in a disappointing third place finish. If Adam had taken her to the end, I am certain that Gayle would have won the final jury vote.

I think the lesson learned from Gayle going home in third is that it doesn’t matter if you’re guaranteed to advance to day 38 by the end of day one. . .you still need to maximize the possibility of you going to the Final Two and having some sense of loyalty to your alliances.

Dianne, Natasha, Gayle, Lyndsay, Jerry, Lisa, Kai, and Alisha vs. Adam and Brett.

Final Two: Adam and Brett.

This whole game may have been upsetting to the eyes and to my mood at the time, but the biggest upset of all is that Adam and Brett were the Final Two.

And really, they didn’t have to do much. They enter the merge in minority but the core of the eight-person alliance all turned against each other. At Final Five the majority alliance reunited but found themselves running into two idols. This is perhaps the only season where idols had a direct impact on who would be in the Final Two.

If it weren’t for idols, Brett is gone in fifth. Who knows what happens from there. Part of me wished the season didn’t have idols because then we would have had a finale with classic Survivor gameplay.

Instead the only two rounds that resembled Survivor were Lisa’s boot and Gayle’s boot. Two rounds out of the whole freakin’ dang game.

The Prequel will go down as our first and only underdog victory of the series to this point (who knows what SCWL 6 holds).

I had no idea who would win between Adam and Brett. The only time they were responsible for who went home was when Adam voted out Gayle. The jury is full of Inukshuk members or a member who defected to Inukshuk at merge.

JURY: SIMONE-KAI-ALISHA-LYNDSAY-LISA-JERRY-NATASHA-DIANNE-GAYLE

The majority of the jury was inactive. And those in the minority? They were never in Adam and Brett’s alliance.

This is the only time in series history where I thought it could go 9-0 for Adam or all the way to 9-0 for Brett. When players never show up and interact with each other all season, there is no insight into the dynamics or who would even vote for who at the end. There was no obvious vote for Adam nor one obvious vote for Brett.

This meant all nine juror votes were up in the air heading into Final Tribal Council. Adam and Brett will have a never ending battle as this is the first and last opportunity to receive jury votes, right?
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Wrong. You will soon see the quietest and lamest Final Tribal Council in SCWL history. It’s like neither of them wanted to win, nor was the jury interested in pressing them for answers.

The biggest mystery is how many jurors would show up to ask a question or even cast a vote. Some players who were voted out after being extremely inactive had been out of the game for one to two months. Contact seemed impossibly by this point. However, I was absolutely determined to ensure that Adam and Brett would have a fair shot to win. I would chase jurors down until either Adam or Brett had received five out of the nine votes to win.

And because I refused to give in and stopped at nothing. . .Final Tribal Council would be the longest round of the game as I repeatedly messaged jurors for their vote. Surprisingly, the easiest part would be getting them to answer a question.

After a 3 1/2 month marathon, we would begin the final round of the game. Adam and Brett aren’t going to fight hard in FTC, but one of them will somehow win this game against all logic.

Entry #18: Gayle – OYC -> Inukshuk – (2-1 vote) – October 11 2009 – SCWL: The Prequel
– Only person in series history to have two hidden immunity idols in their possession
– Last person standing from OYC tribe
– Last person standing of anyone who was on Inukshuk at any point during the game
– The only person ever to use a Double Tribal Council Trigger
– Only person to waste two idols in series history
– Only person to beat Adam in a post-merge challenge in SCWL: Prequel
– Only person to make it to Final Four of SCWL Prequel without a single past vote against her

Next Time on SCWL: The Prequel:
– The Final Tribal Council is shown for the first time in four years! How lousy and lame will this FTC be?
– A relatively inactive and disengaged jury will show up to FTC at some point. The questions come quickly, but hunting down votes to determine a winner will take months.
– Over two months after Gayle has been voted out, FTC comes to an end as the winner and runner-up are revealed.
– I discuss the runner-up’s journey in this season to set it all up for the winner’s story and summary of the season in the final entry of one of the worst games played to completion in ORG history!
– You do not want to miss the last two episodes of the biggest snoozer, chaotic, and worst game played in SCWL history.

1.19 Entry #19: I will reveal the runner-up (and indirectly the winner) at the end of this post) at the end of this post.

The first ten rounds took place in the space of just over thirty days.
The next eight rounds took place in the space of just over sixty days.

How long would the final round of the game take to crown the winner?
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Over eighty days.

This makes the season last a grand total of six months from start to finish. Nearly three times as long as the second longest game in our series.

A bit excessive if you ask me.

Below you will first see a transcript of Final Tribal Council. In my Word file, even with double spacing, the FTC only takes up two and a half pages.

SCWL 1 – 5 take anywhere from twenty to sixty pages. So this FTC lasts about four to ten percent of the norm.

And what’s worse? FTC’s length was one week in the prequel. So it wasn’t even cut short. After a full week there was just a few paragraphs to show for it. I don’t think any of these episode blogs have been any shorter than five pages.

You must be thinking “what happened? Did only four or five jurors ask a question out of the nine?” The answer to that. . .
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No. Seven out of the nine jurors asked a question within that week. Well, nearly all of them within the first two or three days. It was a better turnout for a jury where only four out of nine can be considered active upon their exit.

Who were the two that didn’t ask a question? You must be in shock from hearing seven asked a question. But here are the two who didn’t ask a question:

1) Kai. Kai never showed a sign of life on Facebook once the merge happened. Gone from virtual existence. He only logs on three times per year onto Facebook. Otherwise he is dead.

The second person will surprise you.

2) Jerry. For some reason Jerry never showed. Surprising given he was active at a TC chat only two weeks earlier as opposed to Simone, Alisha, and Lyndsay who all had been eliminated for 1-2 months. For whatever reason, Jerry wasn’t interested in crowning a winner on day 39.

A day 39 that lasted over eighty days. If only life were like that.

I will explain why the delay happened. In the meantime enjoy the FTC transcript below. Again, it is the lamest FTC you will have ever read in your life.

FINAL TRIBAL COUNCIL

GAYLE’S JURY QUESTIONS

Adam I want you to tell me why Brett Doesn’t deserve to win survivor and why you do deserve to win. And why didn’t you take your poor mother to final hahahahahaha

Brett I want you to tell me why adam Doesn’t deserve to win survivor, and why you do deserve to win.

ADAM’S ANSWER

Brett doesn’t deserve to win because I think I played the game better than him. And I deserve to win for the same reason. I didn’t take you to the final because I told Brett I would take him.

BRETT’S ANSWER

Without winning a single challenge i managed to get to the final 2.

LISA’S JURY QUESTION

Adam,

If you were in a 4 way alliance in a group of 7 would you vote one of your alliance out? Why or Why Not?

Brett,

If you were in a 4 way alliance in a group of 7 would you vote one of your alliance out? Why or Why Not?

ADAM’S ANSWER

Haha. If I was in a 4 way alliance in a group of 7 I most likely wouldn’t vote any of my alliance out. I say most likely because if I found out they were going to vote me out then that would change things. Probably pretty obvious why I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t have the majority anymore.

BRETT’S ANSWER

No,if I said I was in an alliance with those people then I would vote with them till it was the final 4

LYNDSAY’S JURY QUESTION

Adam, I want you to give me 3 reasons why you think I should vote for you?

Brett,

What is the biggest thing you regret doing in this game, and why?

ADAM’S ANSWER

1) I won most of the challenges

2) Never had to vote out anyone that I teamed up with

3) My alliance of two beat out an alliance of four, I gave Brett an immunity idol to keep him in so that it would happen.

BRETT’S ANSWER

I wouldve liked to win a challenge

NATASHA’S JURY QUESTION

what was your strategy for this game?

ADAM’S ANSWER

I didn’t really have a set strategy, just see how many challenges I could win and don’t make alliances I don’t intend to keep

BRETT’S ANSWER

Mainly make sure to get into an alliance as quick as possible and show up to as many challenges as i could

SIMONE’S JURY QUESTION

did you think you would be one of the final people in this game when we started?

ADAM’S ANSWER

I didn’t think I would be one of the final people, I figured I had a decent shot but there is a lot of luck involved

BRETT’S ANSWER

No not really especially when I noticed there was an alliance of 4 I figured I had no chance

DIANNE’S JURY QUESTION

Brett,very simply, why should I vote for you? Especially since you didn’t win even one immunity or anything.

Adam, hmmmmmmm, tell me why I should vote for you, seeing you lied to your poor old aunt, saying you were seriously considering taking her to the final. When all along you had a final two allaince with Brett. Geting her poor old hopes up. Liar liar pants on fire!

BRETT’S ANSWER

Well I made it to the end without winning an immunity.

ADAM’S ANSWER

Haha no need for namecalling. I was considering taking you so I didn’t lie about that. I hadn’t decided on anything, most votes were last minute. I wasn’t sure if brett was going to make it to the final three either, his or my idol could have been fake like the others.

ALISHA’S JURY QUESTION

what made you have an allaince with adam besides being brothers?

ADAM’S ANSWER

I went with Brett becasue I figured he would be good at this game and we talk frequently so it would be easy to keep in contact with eachother.

BRETT’S ANSWER

I figured he would be one of the people that would show up to most if not all challenges. And he would do well with the challenges since they’re computer based challenges

ME: Thank you jury for the questions. You will now vote for who you want to WIN this game. Who do you think played the best game and earns the title of Sole Survivor?

In case you have forgotten the voting format:

Privately e-mail me through Facebook with the following:

(Name of person you want to win) Why you are voting for that individual to win.

**Please keep your vote a secret from the other jurors and all of the other contestants! It’s for your own good. **

Votes are due by 9:00pm Friday night.

P.S. A new group will be made on Sunday to broadcast all of the episodes. If there’s anyone you want to invite to this group to watch the episodes, let me know. Following each episode I’ll give my personal insight as to what was going on in the game at that time. I’ll show where people made good moves…and when people made bad ones.

Probst

EDITOR’S NOTE: Friday night twelve weeks from now. That’s what I meant.

EDITOR’S NOTE #2: I did do a couple episodes. More on that later too.

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Final Tribal Council ran from October 11th – 19th. It is clear I wanted to receive all of the votes by the first “Friday”. Whenever that was. Probably the first Friday after October 19 2009.

As I said before I had no choice but to keep badgering people until Adam or Brett received the five vote majority required to win. Any less than that and the ending would seem unfair and/or lame. I was determined to give the Prequel a proper ending. Yes, proper. The last word in the dictionary used to describe 99.9% of what happened in the Prequel.

The final votes were originally going to be revealed at the Christmas gathering.

Oh, Christmas gathering? I should explain that.

See, I come from a large extended family on my mother’s side. She has ten siblings, and all of her siblings have two to six children of their own. My oldest brother has four kids. Somewhere along the line my extended family missed the memo that we are not Catholic, Mormon, or that ninety percent of us don’t even go to any sort of religious place of worship that would warrant the need for plenty of offspring.

However, because I am the fifth child of my mother who was the eighth born in her family, I guess making fun of the large amount of offspring would erase me from existence.

Ninety-five percent of us who are first or second cousins all live within a ten hour radius of my current town. In addition my current residence is a great halfway point for those living to the east and those to the southwest. After a few years it became apparent that Christmas dinners that cram thirty to fifty people in two to four rooms was an extreme.

It would either be Gayle, Wendy, or Loren hosting these dinners. The stress of it all led to the idea of all of my aunts and uncles splitting the cost of a hall. Plus it would attract more relatives to come out who had young kids that needed space to run around. This was done every second year as Christmas dinners saw at least sixty people turn out. Plus an annual dinner meant husbands and wives fighting over which side of the family to visit.

In the middle of October it became an attractive option to reveal the votes live at Christmas dinner after episodes were posted. I was hesitant because there was really only six people who would have anything to say at the vote reveal/reunion chat while everybody else who would be at the dinner would be confused and baffled. Others like Gayle, Dianne, and Lisa thought it would be neat but I ultimately decided it would be better to have a private reveal after the dinner was over.

I am glad I chose this route because I had virtually no discussion points for a reunion chat. It would just be them and others saying “we had fun”. Lisa’s boot would be briefly discussed then it would come to an abrupt end.

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Now to the episodes. I did two before putting a stop to the episodes. I was too upset and frustrated with my first ORG hosting experience that I knew I would sound too angry in episode blogs.

Back then I invited everyone to a Facebook group where I posted the episodes in a thread. You know what happened?

That’s right. Only two people ever posted in the group–Lisa and Gayle. Once each. Two readers and no discussion of what was going on made episodes pointless for a season that was a monumental disappointment and disaster. Remember it would be another two years before I did SCWL 1. So for two years this game was my ORG colossal fail.

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And guess what? I actually found the group I created for the episodes on Facebook and the first two episodes are still on there! Let’s read them right now before I reveal the winner, shall we?

Episode 1: “From One Tribe of Ten to Four Tribes of Five In 1.5”

You are about to witness ten individuals from all walks of life working together to create a new society while battling the elements and each other. These ten players are:

Adam, 23,
Brett, 25, Langley
Dan Penner, 33, Coquitlam
Dianne, 62, Yakima
Gayle, 51
Kristen, 27, Yakima
Kyle, 28, Cherryville
Lisa, 40, Yakima
Loren, 59, Cherryville
Lyndsay, 26, Cherryville

Who will outwit, outplay, and outlast the others to win the game and take the non-existent cash prize?

39 days
10 people
1 survivor!

The ten tribe mates find their beach, and tree mail.

“Ten people on a beach?!
At first they begin as a leech
Be scary if they learn this game on their own
It’s your choice whether or not to throw them a bone
How to pick which one to play with you?
Will one and one really stay through to being two?
With this huge beginning twist to come your way
Whatever will you do!”

The survivors quickly pair up amongst themselves.

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As the castaways search for food, Logan Saunders is seen walking towards them.

“This can’t be good.”

Logan: Hey guys! I know it’s day one and the idea of only ten of you probably seems lonely. Well, I have here a cell phone for each of you. Call in somebody that you wish to join this game. Please refrain from asking somebody you know or who is deeply involved with all of us, but unfortunately I cannot stop you if you wish to go against my request. You have until nightfall to complete this task otherwise you will be given a penalty. Good luck!

Logan walks away into a helicopter.

Gayle: Wendy…I guess. I can’t think of other people who I want to ask.
Kyle: I’m going to call everyone so I can get the best person possible.
Lyndsay: Good idea! That’s what Logan told us to do!
Lisa: Well, there’s Cindy…and Natasha…and Cindy…and Natasha. Yep, those are the only two people who exist! I’ll choose Cindy and Kristen gets Natasha.
Brett: I’ll take Natasha, but I can’t seem to find her.
Adam: Willow. Oh, I can’t pick Willow?
Gayle: Pick Alisha, then.
Adam: Okay, I’ll take Alisha.
Loren: Serene, but I can’t seem to find her.
Lyndsay: Found someone! Simone.
Kyle: Kai. He’s a gamer.
Dan: I pick Seiji. Ha! You never said it couldn’t be anyone from this tribe!
Everyone else: Huh? That’s exactly what he said to do!
Dan: Oh…
Dianne: Jerry. He’s a real strategist.
Kristen: What’s going on?

**Night 1**

Logan Saunders once again enters the camp with the following people:

Alisha, 23, Chilliwack
Cindy, 54, Yakima
Jerry, 59, Victoria
Kai, 27, Calgary
Natasha, 28
Serene, 30, Salmon Arm
Simone, 17, Cherryville
Wendy, 53

Logan: Eight of you completed this task! Congratulations! Unfortunately, Kristen, and Dan, you didn’t complete this task. Therefore, each of you has been given a past vote at the start of the game. For those of you who did not read the rules, past votes is the first tiebreaker used in a tie vote at Tribal Council. This is a big disadvantage right out of the gate.

*Everyone gasps*

Logan: Also, Brett and Loren could not communicate with their partner and thus production had to step in to ensure Serene and Natasha arrived. Both of you have been given a past vote as well. Just like that, we’re up to eighteen contestants! Good night.

Confessional

Gayle: Well well well… that was a suprise!

Dan: This game is too easy!

Lisa: Well the most strategic thing I have done so far is hook Kristen up with Tasha as a friend. I think helping Kristen out will benefit me in the end. Shs is a really compeptiite person and I think she will go far in this game. I think getting on her good side early will prove to be a good move on my part overall.

**Day 2**
The contestants find tree mail.
“10 to 18 in your first day
How crazy things have been
No tribes yet! What is this?
First is an individual challenge
With huge rewards
You’ll need to be fast
Or else you’ll just end up feeling sore”

And they ponder as to what this means.

**Challenge Beach**

Logan: C’mon in guys! Ready to get to today’s challenge?

The contestants: Yes!

Logan: Scattered about are letters. Find the initials of each TV Survivor winner, put them in reverse chronological order, and use some of the letters to spell out the name of a tribe used in the show’s history. The first to do this wins the first place captain’s spot and a secret reward. The runner-up captain’s spot will go to the person who can find the initials of every TV Survivor runner-up, put them in reverse chronological order, and use some of the letters to spell out the name of a tribe used in the show’s history. They will also receive a secret reward.

Survivors ready? Go!

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Lisa: I’ve got it!

Logan: Lisa wins the winner’s captain’s spot! Oh no wait, she doesn’t. She’s made a mistake!

Brett: I’ve got runner-up’s spot.

Logan: Nope, not right.

Alisha: I’ve got it!

Logan: Nope, not right.

Brett: I’ve got it!

Logan: Nope.

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Gayle: I have it!

Logan: Gayle wins the first place captain’s spot!

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Brett: I have it!

Logan: Brett wins the runner-up captain’s spot.

Logan: I want each of you to pick someone you wish to face off against.

Gayle: Dianne.

Brett: Natasha.

Logan: Okay, Natasha and Dianne, both of you have become tribal captains. You two have individual immunity from the first Tribal Council that you go to in this game.

*Gasps*

Logan: We will now hold a schoolyard pick ‘em. Gayle gets to decide the order.

Gayle: Me, Brett, Dianne, Natasha.

Logan: Okay, let’s pick the tribes.

Gayle (yellow tribe): Gayle, Lisa, Lyndsay, Kai, and Wendy.

Brett (red tribe): Brett, Adam, Kristen, Cindy, Simone.

Dianne (orange tribe): Dianne, Kyle, Jerry, Serene, and a mystery contestant.

Natasha (purple tribe): Natasha, Alisha, Loren, Dan, and a mystery contestant.

Dan: I cannot wait to win! We should just end the game now and declare myself the winner…..just a thought.
Kai: Oh Dan. keep the Dream alive. But remember it’s just a dream. One day; you’ll have to wake up!

Confessional:

Kyle: Yes! First round pick!

Brett: We wanted to split up Lisa, Gayle, Dianne, Tash, Kristen, and Cindy. That’s why we’ve got Kristen and Cindy on our tribe.

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Logan: It’s only fitting that the tribal captains face off against each other for the first immunity challenge this round. Gayle will go against Dianne, and Brett will go against Natasha. Your first tribal immunity is to create the best tribal flag possible. The winning tribes will each send one person to Exile Carnival. They will return shortly before the second round’s immunity challenge.

The contestants are excited and begin to leave Challenge Beach.

Logan: Gayle! Brett! Come here to receive your secret reward.

The other sixteen do not pay any attention and continue heading to their camp while Gayle and Brett stay behind.

Logan: Each of you has received an individual immunity idol. The last time you can play it is in the Final Four. As you know, if after the votes have been cast and you feel you are in danger of leaving, play your idol, and if it turns out you had the highest number of votes, the Tribal Council will become void and only those who voted for you will have to go through the real Tribal Council. You can only use this once during the game.

Gayle & Brett: Okay.

Logan: Also note that the others could find out you have an idol before the end of this round.

Gayle and Brett do not pay any attention to this advice and simply leave.

**Inukshuk Camp**

The mystery player turns out to be professional Survivor player, Wahaj Khan.

**Transcend Camp**

The mystery player turns out to be super veteran professional player, Scott LePage.

**Day 3**

Gayle’s tribe names themselves OkaYakaCalga.

Dianne’s tribe names themselves InukShuk.

Brett’s tribe names themselves FireWire.

Natasha’s tribe names themselves Transcend.

Logan is accompanied by Wes as they rank the tribe’s flag, name, and overall combo.

Match-up #1:

Logan: Immunity goes to InukShuk! Great name, great flag, and the name and flag are connected to each other. Dianne, who are you sending to Exile Carnival?

Dianne: Kyle.

Match-up #2:

Logan: Immunity goes to FireWire! Transcend had by far the best picture, but FireWire grabbed more of the Survivor flavour with their name and flag. Brett, who are you sending to Exile Carnival?

Brett: Adam.

**Exile Carnival**

“You have each received a token
You can use it to buy a clue to the whereabouts of a hidden immunity idol
Or use it to buy a piece of important information from the Information Centre”

**Both use a token to receive a clue**

Kyle: I’ll try to find the idol, although I’m not the greatest puzzle solver.

Adam: Argh, these clues aren’t helping at all! I’m guessing we use our secret code that we received at the beginning of the game but how?!

**OkaYakaCalga**

Confessional

Gayle: I really enjoyed the first challenge. I also liked the flag one, I wish I would of gone with my thought of maybe a shorter name. I got to say Brett team flag was awesome. Diannes flag name was better then ours.
As for the idol I think as of today I am going to try and keep it awhile and not tell anyone yet not even on my team that I have one. I hope to make some good alliances that I can trust or hopefully trust.

Lisa: Well, I feel pretty crappy about our loss. I feel our flag was nicely thought out and our name represented each of us

Wendy: Brett and adam did have a good flag.So I guess we did desreve to lose.

Lyndsay: I feel i have some alliances possibly but im keeping that tight until i know forsure:) its ok about loosing ill know we shall kick some but real soon:):)

Gayle: We lost , that happens. I am going to hopefully come out on top on the next one. I think I will be able to focus more without the extra distractions and computer sharing. Right now I have an alliance with Lisa,Dianne and Natasha. I don’t know if it will remain that way at this point. I will have to see if I can trust them or not. Lisa could flip as she hates to lose or if she has a chance of losing she panics and if she thinks someone else is looking better at that moment she could go that way. Though sometimes it kicks her in the butt. Dianne I think I could trust, the only way I think she would backstab is if warren asked her to join him, she would think it is better to win with warren then anyone else.

**Transcend**

Natasha: Don’t we have three other people in this tribe?

Alisha: No idea. I spent ten hours on the flag yesterday and nobody else helped.

Confessional

Natasha: i feel good about having alisha on my team. i feel i can trust her. i am unsure about the rest of my tribemates.

Tribal Council #1: Transcend Tribe.

Logan: Welcome Transcend to Tribal Council. Behind each of you is a torch. Grab one and dip it into the fire because as you know, fire represents your life in this game. Once your fire is gone, so are you, which will be the case for one of you tonight. First off, only Natasha and Dan are present at Tribal Council; the other three people in your tribe aren’t here. You guys don’t feel like talking? Okay. Natasha has immunity from this vote. It is time to vote. Dan, you’re up.

Natasha: i vote for (????????) to be out. I am not too upset about losing because we have one member who is not involved so i don’t feel bad about voting him out

Dan: I vote for Lisa to be banished!

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Logan: One of you ended up casting an illegal vote. Therefore, your vote will count against yourself. I’ll go tally the votes.

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Logan: If anybody has a hidden individual immunity idol and they want to play it this round, now would be the time to do so. Okay. Once the votes are read, the decision is final and the person voted out will be asked to leave the Tribal Council area immediately. I’ll read the votes.

First vote: (Alisha)
Second vote: (Scott)
Third vote: (Loren)
Fourth vote: (Dan)
Last vote:
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Scott Lepage, the tribe has spoken. It’s time for you to go.

From what I witnessed, you guys are a very inactive tribe, which will make the game even tougher for you because you are now going to become members of FireWire. Drop your buffs, this is a mini-merge!

**Tribal Council #2: OYC**

Logan: Welcome OYC to your first Tribal Council. Behind each of you is a torch. Grab one and dip it into the fire, because as you know, fire represents your life in this game. Once your fire is gone, so are you, which will be the case for one of you tonight. First off, Gayle, Wendy, Lisa, and Lyndsay are here at Tribal Council. However, Gayle, Wendy, and Lisa are the only ones who feel like talking tonight.

Lisa, now that everyone has been split into tribes, does the partner twist have any effect on what’s going on in the game?

Lisa: Yes, I think it does…. we all chose partners thinking we could work with them and now for most we are working against them.

Logan: Wendy, how difficult has it been to catch on how to play this game without seeing the show much?

Wendy: mmm..well have had to be told what to do alot .so I guess not easy at least foe ME : )

Logan: Gayle, you won the first individual challenge of this game, you were given a secret reward, the right to oppose somebody, the right to choose in which order everyone picked tribes, and who would go to Exile if your tribe won. Do you feel somewhat responsible for the loss considering you started out as leader of this tribe?

Gayle: Somewhat. But it was a group effort to make our flag, and we all ended up in agreement. So I am fine with it, we will really step it up now for sure. Now we know how much effort we are going to need to put forth.

Logan: Lisa, even though this is just the first vote, do you think it’ll still be a tough vote?

Lisa: I think kicking anyone off is tough. We all did the best we could with our challenge.

Logan: Alright, it is time to vote. Lisa, you’re up.

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Lyndsay: (Wendy) Because I know deep down inside, she doesn’t want to be here..bye wendy, it was great playing with you while it lasted;)

Wendy: I vote for (Kai) no reason really ,just because I don’t know him.

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Logan: I’ll go tally the votes.

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Logan: If anyone has a hidden individual immunity idol and they want to play it this round, now would be the time to do so. Okay. Once the votes are read, the decision is final and the person voted out will be asked to leave the Tribal Council area immediately. I’ll read the votes.

First vote: (Kai)
Second vote: (Wendy)
Third vote: (Kai)
Fourth vote: (Wendy)

Two votes Wendy and two votes Kai. One vote left.

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Wendy, the tribe has spoken. It’s time for you to go.

Well, despite losing your first challenge, this is indeed a very strong and active tribe all around, which is good because you will now become members of the InukShuk tribe. Drop your buffs, it’s a mini-merge! Grab your torches and head to the InukShuk camp, good night!

Lisa: Gayle, Kai, Lyndsay, quickly meet at the OYC camp before we head over to InukShuk!

Next time on…Survivor! :

The winning tribes react to their new tribe mates.

The castaways are shocked to find out a unique way in how two players can be eliminated in one episode.
One player finds the idol code on Exile Carnival.

And one survivor becomes the least trusted player in the game, forcing the others to band together against her. Can she find a way to stay alive?

Yay! The first episode is finally uploaded! Thanks for tuning in.

Quick notes:

-First Twist: 2 out of 5 stars-

If I ever do this twist again in the future, I’ll ensure the players are more creative with who they bring into the game and give out a much harsher penalty if they fail to do so. It’s the only way a twist like this will work out 100%. By the way, Kyle and Lyndsay receive major bonus points for bringing in Kai and Simone to the game. An attempt at diversity in the cast = Major win. Alisha and Jerry being brought in wasn’t bad idea either.

-Second Twist: The only reward challenge of the game: 5 out of 5 stars-

This couldn’t have worked out better in my opinion. What wasn’t recorded ‘on-air’ was constant bickering between Lisa and Gayle as to how to decide the order of selecting tribes and who to select. FireWire scores points for trying to limit Lisa’s power on all of the tribes. Four tribes was needed at the start to allow for some unexpected upsets and eliminations, and also because I wanted the two major groups to be at risk in the first two eliminations.

-Third twist: Captains receiving a not-so hidden idol: ? out of 5 stars-

I gave them a warning that everyone else could find out before the end of the first episode. Only time will tell how this one plays out.

-What you didn’t see-

After the first immunity challenge, Transcend was a bit upset that they lost. They misinterpreted my tone of voice in the e-mail and I had to spend several minutes telling them this wasn’t the case. Luckily, this was as ugly and controversial as the game would get. I am always the one who advocates going against subjective challenges, hence why I tried to make it as scientific and throw it in as early in the game as I possibly could. After this challenge was all said and done, I think all of us reached the consensus that I gave a fair call as to who won and lost the challenge.

-What does it mean when you say the person’s full name at TC?-

It means they didn’t vote for anybody, and thus he votes for himself. This is why I thought Transcend was in HUGE trouble. Natasha was the only one to send in a vote…and she’s the only one in the game without her own computer.

-Whatever happened to Scott LePage?-

I talked to him several times during the game, but I think he felt his time should be spent playing with professionals instead of amateurs. And thus, he’s the first one voted out! I’m sure it’s a first for him.

-OYC going to Tribal Council-

Definitely one of my least favourite events pre-merger. The most active tribe in the game ends up going to the second Tribal Council of the game. Wendy was voted out and she voted along with showing up for the live elimination! Personally, if I didn’t have pre-set rules before the game started, I would’ve changed my mind and had Transcend vote out another person to keep the active people in the game. Instead, Wendy is voted out in a vote of 3-2. Next time OYC, don’t make a tribe name that is too long to the point where I have to abbreviate it when I speak or type. Luckily, this tribe is very unifiied and may be able to break up InukShuk.

-Alisha? A Challenge Threat?-

She may not have seen the show before, but Alisha sure did come out strong in leading the creation of the tribe flag. Watching Alisha play this game was a treat because she may never end up voting at a Tribal Council, but she’ll give it her all for her team in challenges.

-Lisa? Early favourite?-

She may have alliances with her entire tribe and members of all of the other tribes, but shouldn’t this come back to bite her? Only time will tell with Ms. Cyr.

-Exile Carnival-

A new dimension is added to Exile Carnival next week. Something that could completely switch up the dynamics of the game.

-Too many twists = regrets-

I feel like there ended up being chaos because of how many twists were needed in the first round of the game. As a result of my original method of find twenty contestants not working out, I had to use the ‘partner’ twist to fill out my cast.

-I saw the secret code mentioned in the episode? What does that mean?-

At the start of the game each player was sent ‘P represents ?’ or ‘@ represents H’. This is how you decode the puzzle at Exile Carnival to find the idol.

-How’d you determine which tribes combined?-

To ensure tribes were even, the combos followed as such:

First priority is to keep the rivals against each other (Gayle and Natasha versus Brett and Dianne)

Back-up scenario: Have the rivals together (Gayle and Dianne versus Brett and Natasha)

This was to make sure there was one original captain and one ‘chosen’ captain on each tribe.

-Please invite others who would be interested in watching the episodes-

The more viewers we have the better.

-Comments?-

Post away!

P.S. Contestants can make posts as long as they don’t post any spoilers (anything that reveals events which haven’t aired yet).

Episode 2: “The Least Trusted Player in the Game”
Previously on…Survivor!

The game began as ten players quickly expanded to twenty after a twist where the contestants had to find someone to join took place.
At the first individual challenge, Brett and Gayle came out victorious despite Lisa being on the tip of victory during the entire challenge. Brett and Gayle were each given a secret reward, but nobody thought anything of it. They each opposed a player, and suddenly a rivalry was born between Gayle and Dianne, and Brett and Natasha.
Lisa became upset at the school yard pick when Gayle wouldn’t listen to how they should determine the order of choice or who joined the tribe. Gayle’s failure to listen to Lisa would lead to their first immunity loss, where Lisa and Gayle decided to terminate a very loyal Wendy to keep the more competitive players, Kai and Lyndsay.
On Transcend, Alisha was forced to carry the weight of the tribe on her shoulders, but the weight was too much as the lack of input from other players who had seen the show, including superfan Scott LePage, led to Transcend’s loss. Transcend’s further dysfunction was proved at Tribal Council where Natasha ended up casting the only vote and eliminating Scott LePage.
After the Tribal Councils, the tribes were shocked to learn that former rivals would now become one tribe. It is now FireWire against Inukshuk. Will the minority tribes be able to bounce back or will a FireWire or InukShuk member exit the game and thus cause an upset?
Eighteen people are left. Who will go home tonight?
*InukShuk: Night 3*
Gayle, Lisa, Kai, and Lyndsay are hiking to the camp. Lisa stopped them before they entered InukShuk’s camp and formed a huddle.
Lisa: Us four are allied together, no matter what.
Gayle: Yep, sounds good.
Kai: I’m in.
Lyndsay: Me too.

FireWire

Brett
Adam
Kristen
Cindy
Simone
*Thirty-Nine Days*
Natasha
Alisha
Loren
Dan

InukShuk

Dianne
Kyle
Jerry
Serene
Wahaj

*Twenty People*
Gayle
Lisa
Lyndsay
Kai

One Survivor!

Day 5 Challenge Beach

The remaining eighteen contestants see Logan waiting for their arrival.

Logan: C’mon in guys! Two new tribes. Kyle and Adam have returned from Exile Carnival. All of you are getting a look at the new tribes: Scott was voted out at Transcend’s Tribal Council, while OYC voted out Wendy at their Tribal Council.

Ready to get to today’s challenge?

Everyone: Yes!

Logan: First things first, InukShuk, FireWire, I need back immunity. Alright, here’s how today’s challenge works:

On my go, you’ll run out and find a set of clues that is personally for you. Bring the clues back to the mat. These clues instruct you how to assemble your puzzle pieces which are already on your tribe mat. Once you have assembled the puzzle pieces correctly to form both tables, your tribe wins immunity. However, both tables have to be assembled within the time limit. If both tribes have assembled the first or the second table within the time limit, the captains will play a simple game of ‘Guess When the Other Tribe Put it Together’ in the form of The Price is Right rules. The completion of each table counts as one tribal immunity. Therefore, you’re once again competing in two simultaneous immunity challenges, and with the potential of having a two-member advantage in the next round of play.

Take your positions and we’ll get started.
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Logan: For the second and third tribal immunities of the game…Survivors ready…go!

The eighteen contestants ran into the jungle to find their personal clues.

Everyone on FireWire except for Dan and Loren retrieved their clues.
Everyone on InukShuk except for Serene retrieved their clues.

Adam led his tribe while asking others for their information to put the table together. Cindy didn’t speak up, but Adam was confident in putting the tables together regardless.

Gayle kept asking Adam if the tables were a trick and they were really only solving for one table.

Adam: I’ll tell you what your tribe is supposed to be doing if you give me information about Dan.

Gayle: Fine.

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Wahaj: So im either falling under these categories from Kyles list.

-Survivor fan.
-Not born in BC
– and i dont remember if i wrote apples or oranges on my application, sorry guys.

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Jerry: First table we’ve figured out. I’m stuck on the second table.

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Gayle: Lyndsay, do you know anyone else who was born in Alberta besides Kai, or if Kyle has size fourteen feet?
Lyndsay: No.
Gayle: Then we’re stuck. The host must’ve screwed up the challenge.

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Adam: Alright, time to figure this out since nobody else can do it. Oh, that’s table one, and that’s table two. Done!

Logan: Now your captain has to submit the tiebreaker guess for both of the opposing tribe`s tables.

Brett: I appoint Adam to make those guesses.

Adam: Well, I know Inukshuk hasn`t submitted any of their guesses and there`s not much time left before the deadline, so I`ll predict they submit their guesses a few minutes before the deadline.

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Dianne: We`re going to go through with the idea of table two being screwed up by the host.
Gayle: Do you want me to make the predictions?
Dianne: Yep, sounds like a good idea.
Gayle: Alright. I bet Adam submitted his a long time ago.

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Logan: Alright, this challenge is over. Let’s see how you did. . .

Immunity #1 for this round came down to the tiebreaker guess because both tribes had their first table assembled correctly. Adam, you guessed a mere twenty minutes over, and Gayle guessed twelve hours under. Therefore, InukShuk wins the first immunity of this round!

Immunity#2 for this round did NOT come down to a tiebreaker guess because. . .FireWire assembled their table correctly and InukShuk wasn’t even close. Therefore, FireWire wins the second immunity of this round!

Dianne: What’d we get wrong?

Lisa: Yeah, we think you messed up.

Logan: Guys, you didn’t even sync up the information correctly. Lyndsay was born in Alberta and Kyle had size fourteen feet. You guys just didn’t communicate that well.

Lyndsay: What? You guys didn’t get that? I wrote down that I was born in Calgary and Kyle wore size fourteens.

Gayle: No you didn’t!

Logan: In any case, both tribes will go to Tribal Council tomorrow night. Since FireWire lost the first immunity, they’ll go to Tribal Council first followed by InukShuk. At least each of you has one immunity apiece.

Captains, each of you needs to send one person from your own tribe to Exile Carnival. That person will not return until AFTER Tribal Council, and thus cannot be voted for.

Brett: I’ll send Tash.
Dianne: Lisa is going.

Logan: Okay, Lisa and Tash, follow the path and you’ll find a boat waiting for you. The rest of you can head on out. I’ll see you at tribal.

*InukShuk*

Confessional –

Dianne: “What we have here is a failure to communicate,” as Cool Hand Luke would like to say.

Jerry : Well, we couldn’t solve it with the non-knowledge of the questionaires. Since we didn’t get a full exchange of them we were doomed. onward.

Gayle: oh my goodness Lyndsay was born in Alberta…all I can say is veryyyyyyyyy interesting going by some of my past posts

*Exile Carnival*

Lisa and Natasha read the instructions.

“Each of you has received a token
You can use it to get a clue to help locate the whereabouts of a hidden individual immunity idol
Or use it to receive a key piece of info regarding the game.
There is also a lever
If both of you pull the lever,
You will become the new tribe captains
And will have a schoolyard pick to form the new tribes.”

Natasha proceeded to lay in the sun after her and Lisa paid for clues, which now means there are four clues available to what is now an extremely easy-to-find idol.

Confessional –

Lisa: If I had an individual immunity idol, I would play it anytime I did not have immunity.

Lisa uses a machete to dig in the dirt about twenty feet away to find what looks to be an idol.

Lisa: Well that was really easy. This could change the game, especially after Lyndsay’s manoeuvre last challenge.

*FireWire*

Confessional –

Brett: I’m thinking that i may regret not using my immunity idol for tonights tribal and thinking that i should. also I really need to get some alliances going cause i know thats gonna be key to longevity in this game.

Simone: well this was a fun challenge and i could of helped more than i did

*FireWire’s Tribal Council*

Logan: Welcome to your second Tribal Council. Well, it looks like only Adam, Brett, and Simone are here and none of you want to talk. We’ll get straight to voting. Adam, you’re up.

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Adam: (?????)I don’t think any big alliances have formed yet so I think the votes are gonna be spread out and pretty much everybody is vulnerable, except natasha

Brett: (Cindy) Im just worried that you and kristen are already an alliance

Simone: (????) because she didn’t help much with the challenge

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Logan: I’ll go tally the votes.

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Logan: Once the votes are read blah blah blah, I’ll get on with the inevitable.

First vote: (Cindy)

Second vote: (Kristen)

Third vote: (Dan Penner)

Fourth vote: (Loren)

Fifth vote: (Alisha)

Phew, all of the self-votes are now done with. It’s time to get to the real votes.

Sixth vote: (Cindy)
Seventh vote, and first person voted out of the FireWire tribe…
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Cindy, the tribe has spoken.

Well, you were just fourteen minutes away from a much-needed two person advantage. You’ll fight Inukshuk with even numbers again next round, and with five self-votes cast this round, you have a very obvious case of inactivity. The question is how do you get everyone to actively participate? It’ll be interesting to see how this tribe performs in the future.

Grab your torches and head back to camp. Good night.

*InukShuk*

The tribe holds a public forum while Serene naps in the shelter to discuss who should be voted out at Tribal Council.

Dianne: I am thinking we should vote of Serene. She has not been on at all. She was drug into the game as Lorens partner. So I think she is the obvious one this time. Anyone agree with me?

Jerry: I don’t follow survivor. It would seem at this stage we would all have the same strategy, killing off the other team to increase our winning chances in the end. We saw how lack of team effort cost us this last round, so .. yeah, I would think serene is the obvious choice now. That leaves us as strong as possible going into the next challenge. ??

Gayle: sounds reasonable to me. She said she has no clue whats going on or what to do.

Lyndsay: yes i agree as well, i dont think shes going to be bummed about it at all

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Dianne, Jerry, and Gayle have a discussion before Tribal Council.

Gayle: I think Lyndsay threw the challenge. She’s coming after us.

Dianne: No kidding! We asked a million times if anyone else was born in Alberta.

Jerry: And two posts not showing up?

Gayle: If her, Kyle, Kai, Wahaj, and Serene come together, we’re done.

Jerry: I agree.

Dianne: I guess we just have to hope and pray that they’ll vote out the inactive Serene.

Gayle: We could vote out Lyndsay because why keep her if we can’t trust her?

Dianne: Good point.

Confessional –

Gayle: I am happy we won at least one of the challenges! We probably could of won another if lyndsay would of told us she was the one born in alberta. Also they neglected to tell us that Kyle wasn’t the size 14. I don’t understand why they didn’t want to say, especially this early on in the game. I don’t know if they have an alliance with some others on the other team and are hoping to vote off one of us on our own team! So I am nervous and scared that I could be going tonight. I am going to chance it and Not use my immunity Idol .If I go so be it, it will be what ever it will be.As far as I know I still have my alliance of four..myself with dianne lisa and tasha, hopefully they won’t put a knife in my back. It would be nice if we could keep our alliance until final four.

Dianne: I have an secret alliance with Lisa, Gayle, and Tasha for after the merge.
So we all have to really try to stay alive. I tried to get Jerry in but he seems hesitant. I am hoping that Gayle and Tasha don’t have a  alliance with Brett and Adam. But no way to find that out until after the merge.

Lyndsay: Im still keeping my alliances tight with myself, until true colors comes out:):) the game is getting better;)

Kai: not actively trying to pursue any alliances yet….waiting to see who the active/good players are; will see how the group responds to my minimal involvement for now; but will be there to help in challenges if I see they’re struggling and I have an answer;especially as deadlines approach. We’ll see where the bread is buttered before I throw myself in with anyone…..I have commitment issues!!!!!

*InukShuk Tribal Council*

Kai, Gayle, Jerry, Dianne, Lyndsay, and Wahaj enter Tribal Council.

Logan: InukShuk, welcome to your first Tribal Council. Sadly, FireWire didn’t have anybody willing to speak at Tribal Council, so at this point, you’ve completely destroyed them. However, you won only one of the two immunities!

Dianne, what is this tribe’s weakness?

Dianne: COMMUNICATION!

Kai: Agreed.

Logan: So the InukShuk motto of “communicate & survive” really comes into play here.

Kai, what’s difficult about getting nine people to work together on a challenge?

Kai: getting eveyone here at the same time; for one…..and for two; I found it was difficult through purely physical reasons — sorting through so many posts on the board to get relevant info, and I needed that pen and paper; and human error comes into play — like missing lindsays posts about being born in alberta and Kyle’s freakishly small feet…..

Logan: Lyndsay, Kai makes a good point. Yes, you have everyone active, but if everyone keeps posting useless info on the wall, could that be the difference between being a strong tribe and a weak tribe?

Lyndsay: …
Kai: totally — we need to perhaps keep discussions about stew; etc; on a seperate thread…though while fun; and definately a great part of the game; not too integral to challenges

Logan: Wahaj, you’re the only one on this tribe with real ORG experience. What’s your take of this tribe compared to other tribes?

Wahaj: well, i havent been able to get everyone on this tribe. In fact, i dont think i know anyone, but would like to. I think we have a good strong tribe seeing as how everyone seems to participate in challenge and what not. I think if we can work out the kinks, we got a really good tribe.

Logan: Alright, it is time to vote. Wahaj, you’re up.
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Logan: I’ll go tally the votes.

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Logan: Once the votes are read the decision is final and the person voted out will be asked to leave the Tribal Council area immediately. I’ll read the votes.

First vote: (Serene)

Second vote: (Kyle)

Third vote: (serene)

Two votes Serene, one vote Kyle.

Fourth vote: (Serene)

Fifth vote: (serene)

Four votes Serene, one vote Kyle.

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Fourth person voted out of this game…(serene)

Serene, the tribe has spoken.

Well, after four Tribal Councils, one person from each of the original tribes has been voted out. This is definitely an active tribe, and if you do communicate without the chaos, you will indeed survive in this game. If not, FireWire will continue to walk all over you in challenges. Grab your torches and head back to camp. Good night.

Next time on…Survivor!

After Serene’s elimination, the elderly InukShuk members begin an era of supremacy, but will the tribe’s captain make the same mistake twice in a row?
Logan: Dianne, who are you sending to Exile Carnival? Keep in mind they cannot vote or be voted for.

After Adam’s slip-up of going overboard with his prediction in the previous immunity challenge, will Brett take a turn and blow it for the upcoming challenge?

Logan: Those instructions were sent along with the tiebreaker, how could you miss them?

And one very inactive castaway escapes elimination by being sent to Exile Carnival, opening the door for a future threat to be eliminated.

First of all, I must give kudos to the InukShuk tribe for being VERY active this episode. The thought of six people voting AND showing up to Tribal Council compared to FireWire only having three people voting and NOBODY show up to Tribal Council was crazy.

-InukShuk vs. FireWire-

One tribe is active but really disorganized at this point, while the other tribe is dead silent while Brett and Adam lead the team, with the assistence of Alisha, Natasha, and Simone. I’m going to give you some insider info: InukShuk’s tribe chat after one episode is bigger than FireWire’s entire tribe chat from the beginning of the game to the merger. Yes, you read that correctly. There would be a string of multiple challenges where nobody on the team would talk in the tribe chat. Thus, you will see almost no confessionals from them.

-Cindy’s out-

Lisa may have picked a partner who would be very loyal to her in the game, but unfortunately, if she can’t hold her own with the other tribe, she’ll simply be another one of your numbers that fall before merge. Fortunately, Lisa found an idol code on Exile and has alliances with Dianne, Gayle, Natasha, Lyndsay, Kai, and Kristen.

That helps too.

As you may have noticed, Dianne’s individual immunity necklace is out of play because she went to Tribal Council this round. She wouldn’t have had to use her necklace if it weren’t for…

-Lyndsay’s Fishiest Move Ever-

I know Lyndsay has no idea how much talk there was about her being no longer trusted. If you’re reading this Lyndsay, you’d also be surprised to find out how close you were to being voted out this round. Was it on purpose? Was it accidental? We shall find out at the reunion.

-Lyndsay Misses a Huge Opportunity-

The reason why Gayle, Dianne, Jerry, and Lisa were so paranoid is because Lyndsay throwing a challenge and ousting one of the power players would’ve been a really smart move. Lisa is at Exile so she can’t do anything, and therefore you can get a clear majority and flip the script. I was almost certain there was going to be a coup and this game would get interesting, but for some reason nothing happened and nothing happened. By the looks of it, Lyndsay, Kai, Wahaj, and Kyle are sitting ducks until merge unless Dianne sends one of them to Exile. Therefore, Lyndsay missed what may have been her only opportunity to secure a new alliance to the end of the game. You’re going to need a lot of tribal immunities to survive now.

There’s no way Dianne would send one of her own to lose a number at Tribal Council, right?

-Secret Scene-

Kristen seemed really confused as to what was going on because she sent me the answers to the individual challenge from the FIRST episode at this time. As with all of the other players who haven’t seen Survivor much, I quickly tried to inform her of what was going on and to ask her tribe any questions during the challenge, and any questions about rules and strategy should be addressed to me. If she keeps going to Lisa, that won’t be any help because your own tribe will have no idea you’re active in the game. They only know that you’re active if you talk to them personally or ask for help in challenges. Talking to a member of InukShuk does you no good.

-Adam single-handedly blows an immunity and single-handedly wins an immunity-

Not much else to say here. As of right now, Adam is the one leading FireWire.

-Exile Carnival-

Five clues total are on Exile. Please switch to getting information about the game, otherwise you’re wasting your time. The Information Centre isn’t there just for looks.

-New twist in next episode-

A new twist will be introduced next round. All I can say is that at least one person takes the bait before merger.

-Comments? Inviting others to join?-

We only have eleven people in this group and only of them is a viewer. Please invite more viewers so we can get the discussion rolling.

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It’s much better how I do episodes now, eh? Dear god that read like the worst of all Survivor fanfics.

So while I was waiting for the last couple votes before doing an evening live vote reveal on Christmas, I did these two episodes. Clearly I used it as a venue to mock the contestants.

I probably didn’t want to write about any episodes after that because it was just inactive-inactive-inactive-inactive-inactive with no end in sight.

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Five of the seven jurors voted pretty much right away. As you can guess it was a 3-2 split, meaning requiring more than seven jurors to determine a winner may be necessary.

OCTOBER 19TH

LISA,

To Win: ADAM Adam played a great game and deserves to win. Good Job AD! {thumbs up and cheesy smile~!}

DIANNE,

I vote for Brett. Because I think for a guy who didn’t win anything and to be still sitting in final two is a pretty good job. He did a good job of coattail riding.

OCTOBER 20TH

NATASHA,

I vote for (Adam) to win.

I voted for Adam because i think he had more determination to win this game.

OCTOBER 23RD

GAYLE,

Okay here is my vote for sole survivor I tossed a coin, I couldn’t make up my mind…Adam because he won a lot of immunities and played a very good game..brett because he made it to the end without winning immunities…so I vote for Adam

I think they answered their questions well hahahahaha I did stay true to my old lady alliance with dianne…she was my true alliance and we wanted to make it to top two but at least we made top four. I stuck to what I said I would do which was vote out from the least participating people onward, you can’t play an online game with no players coming to the challenges! I feel bad lisa was sooooooooooooooooooooo upset about getting voted out, I hope she is finally getting over it! I even took her aside in the bushes and told her she better get involved in the challenges tsk tsk.

OCTOBER 24TH

LYNDSAY,

hey I would like to vote for brett to win:)

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Gayle voted for Adam via coin flip. Natasha voted for Adam because she thought he was more determined to win this game. Although I would say neither Adam nor Brett had any determination left based on FTC. And Lisa voted for Adam because I think she sensed that Adam’s manipulations were the main reason she was sent packing.

Dianne voted for Brett because she felt betrayed when she discovered Adam had multiple alliances besides her. Brett didn’t break his word because he never spoke to anyone besides Adam, therefore Dianne voted for Brett whose hands don’t have an ounce of dirt under his fingernails.

And Lyndsay voted for Brett because. . .well. . .uh. . .
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I don’t know. I gave up on Lyndsay in SCWL Prequel after about round four.

Simone was the first one to cast her vote for a winner right away on October 19th when FTC ended. This is why Simone going home before everybody else post-merge was ridiculous.

So six jurors voted within the deadline, but a majority winner had not ben declared. Since Kai nor Jerry were responding I was forced to do something I wasn’t proud of–message Alisha on a nearly daily basis until she sent me a vote.

And it came. Eighty days later.
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WHY THE DELAY?!

I should note up until about November 20th or so that Alisha was a stay-at-home mom. The type who posts five status updates per day on Facebook and invites you to an infinite number of apps. You saw her play in most of the challenges throughout the season.

But this is the woman who self-voted at all eight of her trips to Tribal Council. She just could not vote. She asked a TC question but didn’t bother voting.

Yeah. She asked a question as you just read earlier. But for whatever reason she still kept up her tradition of never voting.

But the streak stops here. I would do everything in my power to make sure she writes down A-D-A-M or B-R-E-T-T.

A month passes by. I message Alisha about once every two to three days and change to messaging about once per week.

Then something awful happened.

Alisha was about seven or eight months pregnant at the time. She was walking in a grocery store and fell on her back. Wet floor. The store tried to make her sign a waiver before calling an ambulance. She didn’t as she yelled in pain on the floor. They called an ambulance eventually and she went off to the hospital.

As you can tell, Alisha and her parents weren’t too thrilled that not only was it a wet floor without a sign up, but also that an employee threw a waiver sheet in her face before calling an ambulance for a woman who was only a couple weeks away from going into labour. So off to the court system they go. It wasn’t a fun time for Alisha.

Suddenly the chances of getting her vote within the next month were decreasing as her activity on Facebook even went downhill. I messaged her every couple weeks saying “I understand the seriousness of your situation. Just get a vote to me whenever you can. I’ll touch base in a few more weeks.”

This happened twice more. We were about ten days before Christmas and the vote reveal may be put on hold.
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But something incredible happened. After the fifteenth or sixteenth message since October 11th, and for the first time since the beginning of the game. . .Alisha cast a vote.

My persistence paid off. I managed to get somebody who self-voted eight consecutive times to cast the game-deciding vote on day 39 and give someone a majority. I feel immortal for having accomplished this.

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The vote reveal took place on Christmas in a private reveal after Christmas dinner. Gayle, Adam, Brett, Dianne, Lisa, and Natasha were in attendance.

This is pretty much how it went.

LISA: We want to find out who won!
ME: Okay.

(I walk into room and re-arrange the votes and change handwriting for each vote to make it more realistic. Ten minutes later I return.)
ME: Tonight you want to see your name. These votes are for a winner. Adam and Brett, it’s been a long hard fought 39 days, but in reality has been six months. You rallied to get here and should be proud of yourselves.
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One vote Adam.
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NEXT VOTE:
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Four votes Adam, two votes Brett.
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SEVENTH VOTE:
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And the winner:
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ME: Congrats Adam, you’ve won.

LISA: Yayyyyy!

(Subject is changed.)

And that was it. The game would never be mentioned again for years.

***

OCTOBER 19TH

SIMONE,

Adam he played the game very well

EARLY DECEMBER

ALISHA,

adam

****

Adam won while Brett was our runner-up. Adam’s win was far less impressive at the end because of how much he didn’t fight at FTC. He was either against people who were awful in challenges, made terrible strategic moves, never showed up, or didn’t talk to others enough.

Brett could have stolen that FTC if he wished to do so because Adam was certainly done with the game by that point. Adam was the favourite heading into FTC. It was Brett’s responsibility to have the jury votes swing in his favour.

I was glad Adam beat Brett. I don’t know how the vote was even that close given that Adam gave Lyndsay three reasons why he should win while Brett barely mustered out six words per juror.

Outside of SCWL 5 this was the only time a jury vote was up in the air. Unfortunately it was for the wrong reasons for the Prequel because it was only up in the air due to inactivity and zero game-basd relationships outside of the Final Five.

Adam was the right winner for this season. I will expand on that in the next entry.

Since this entry is dedicated to Brett, I must go over the reasons why he should and luckily did lose this game:

a) He never spoke to anybody other than Adam during the game.

Doing things like sending Penner to Exile Carnival just because he couldn’t contact Adam instead of consulting with Natasha and Simone who were very active showed me an early sign of trouble. Brett was going to stay glued to Adam no matter what.

b) The only reason Brett survived post-merge is because Adam strategized on his behalf and made his own alliances to protect him.

Brett goes home in 7th-10th if it weren’t for Adam making individual deals with Gayle, Lisa, and Dianne. He used that influence to protect Brett for his own personal benefit.

I mean, this is the same guy who texted ME to talk to others to strategize for him.

c) He didn’t pay attention in the Final Immunity Challenge

I think Brett may have won if he was the first to win individual immunity post-merge over Adam. Instead he didn’t follow directions and lost the only challenge that truly mattered.

d) He didn’t fight for it at Final Tribal Council.

Some players have lost votes because they fire back at a juror too hard with their response. Brett may be the first person to go to the opposite extreme. He lost votes because he wasn’t willing to fire back once in response to anything that was said. His answers made it sound like he wasn’t even playing.

Brett wasn’t prepared to do anything except show up to challenges and vote for whoever he felt like. You’ll recall his random rogue vote for Jerry in the middle of the post-merge phase. He just showed no interest in being the loop about anything unless Adam spoon-fed him the information.

Entry #19: Brett – FireWire (5-2 vote) – December 25 2009 – SCWL: The Prequel
Records: First person to activate two hidden immunity idols in the same season
– Used two idols without any of them being wasted
– First person to win an individual challenge in SCWL history
– First person to cast multiple votes against the player who wasn’t eliminated at TC
– Last captain standing in SCWL Prequel.
– First person to be voted against in a tie vote
– First person to use another player’s hidden immunity idol

Next Time on SCWL: Prequel:
– I summarize the whole season and give my final thoughts.
– Adam’s winner game is analyzed and if it has any standing if compared to SCWL 1 – 5 standard.
– The short list of four people that Logan is inviting to occupy the lone slot for SCWL 7: All Stars to represent the prequel season.

1.20 Entry #20: Adam – FireWire (5-2 vote) – December 25 2009 – SCWL: The Prequel
Records: First winner of SCWL Prequel
– Currently has the longest individual immunity streak in SCWL history (seven)
– Only player to last longer than a captain in SCWL Prequel
– First person to find an idol on his own
– First person to give away an idol to another player
– First player to create a fake idol
– First player to win without ever using an idol or individual reward for himself (David and Michelle in SCWL 2 and 5 would go on to tie this record)
– Only player to win the game without anybody else ever voting against him
– Only player in SCWL history to enter the merge in the minority and still win
– First winner of SCWL

So uh. . .Adam won SCWL Prequel. He entered the merge in the minority, one of his allies was voted out in the first post-merge vote, and another of his allies defected to the opposing side. Him and Brett were down eight versus two.

For all of the strange and bizarre things that have happened in SCWL, one of the more surprising unique things about the Prequel is that this is the only season where somebody rallied from the minority at merge to win the game.

Typically the only way you win from the minority is if you are gifted in terms of manipulation or if others cave into emotions. I think the latter is true given Natasha and Gayle eliminated a good portion of their own allies out because “we want to keep people in who deserve to win more”.

Luckily, if you have made it into the majority alliance in SCWL 1 – 5, everyone is too competitive to eliminate their own chess pieces to preserve the more likable and more threatening players.

On the flip side, you are almost always screwed if you enter the merge in the minority in SCWL 1 – 5. Renee is the only one I can recall who has had a shot of winning from that position.

So did Adam earn the win through his strategy of multiple alliances or did Gayle and Natasha give him the win by eliminating their own allies? We will probably never know.

But Adam’s efforts to truly strategize and play people throughout the game was in a league of his own. Nobody else in the whole season never made a second alliance unless if it was a side deal with Adam, and it appeared they were all crazy enough to think it would work to their advantage. Therefore it is safe to say that Adam not only didn’t need to win just five or six individual challenges, but he would have survived to the Final Two if he had lost all seven. He was guaranteed to advance to the Final Two no matter if him, Gayle, or Brett won immunity.

The plan to give Dianne his hidden individual idol anonymously just shows how many steps further ahead he was thinking throughout the game. While people like Gayle, Dianne, Natasha, Lisa, and Brett had zero desire to work with anyone outside of their core clique, Adam was seeking out Jerry, Alisha, Kai, and Simone throughout the course of the game.

Oh, and Brett did whatever Adam told him to do from day one.

Oh, and the only challenges FireWire won were the ones whenever Adam chose to participate.

Oh, and Adam was the only one focused enough to claim the idol on Exile Carnival while everyone else needed multiple clues and hints. Even then some weren’t focused enough to claim it.

Now you understand why Adam was probably the most deserving winner from day one. Yes, he was lazy at times and even self-voted, but he was focused in challenges, strategy, and surprisingly, socially. He was the number one guy in all three components.

Remember on day one how Brett became captain and picked Adam in the first round of the draft? Guess whose idea it was to draft Cindy and Kristen, Lisa’s close friends, to be on their tribe to intentionally dump them before merge in order to weaken Lisa? Yep, it was Adam’s idea. Adam was the only one to catch on that the secret for anyone not named Lisa to win this season was to split up her connections and dump them at the first opportunity possible. He followed through as he voted Cindy and Kristen out before Penner.

And thankfully Adam told Brett not to exile Penner in the round they lsot immunity to ensure Penner’s trolling ways would finally end on day 15.

Adam couldn’t be more in tune with the development of the Gayle-Natasha-Dianne-Lisa alliance heading into the merge. He successfully convinced them to eliminate every inactive possible before somehow indirectly convincing Natasha to take out Lisa because her performance seemed to pale in comparison to Adam and Brett’s top notch challenge performances and demonstrating how badly they wished to play.

He never had to put any additional time into the game because he didn’t have to do so. Adam did the bare minimum to ensure he remained safe.

The only mistake Adam truly made outside of the “I’m gonna win” post at the first individual challenge that gave Gayle her second idol was his performance at Final Tribal Council. He may have worked harder if Brett was providing more substantial answers, but Adam was first to answer all of the questions while Brett once again copied Adam’s lazy FTC format and looked even worse in the process.

Adam will go down as perhaps our most dominant winner to come from a minority situation at merge, and play through the entire game without any other player influencing any of his decisions. Adam did everything of his own accord. All other winners required close allies, discussions, people who are better at challenges or socializing or strategizing. Adam was the best at all three.

If anybody else had won you would chalk it up to luck or having pre-game alliances rig the game in their favour. Gayle or Natasha winning would look silly after they blindsided Lisa. Brett winning would look ridiculous because he refused to make a move of his own all season. Dianne winning would look silly because she didn’t know how to play a single challenge. Lisa winning would just prove you can win when nine or ten of the people entering the game all intend to take you to day 36 from the beginning. And anyone else winning would be laughable because of their inactivity except Wendy who didn’t care too much for the game or Lyndsay and Penner who trolled the game from the sidelines.

Four years later it finally makes sense why Adam is the only one who -could- win.

Remember at the beginning that this season was a test run because a bunch of the players were all interested in doing an outdoor game in the following year? I told them that how they play online will be indicative of how they would do in a real game. I still hold to that because how the game would be formatted save for the twenty kajillion twists would be no different from how we would play online.

This test run failing and Adam’s victory is a prime example of how the outdoor game would probably go, and why I haven’t been interested in following through with an outdoor Survivor game.

In fact, this online game also put an end to the outdoor/house Mole games that myself and my extended family had done four times prior to this. The final Mole game took place exactly one summer before this SCWL Prequel. It was easily the best Mole game I had ever done.

***

Actually, let me do an aside about the Mole games I used to host. Virtually everyone I knew in my extended family all followed The Mole even before I knew they were following it too. It wasn’t just me constantly promoting how great the show was at the time. The first Mole game we did with pretty much just my immediate family and went nowhere. We did a game the following year with eleven people, but again, nobody taking it seriously including our mole, and challenges that couldn’t be tested beforehand, led to a very sloppy and rushed game.

Then there was a Mole game that I did when one of my brothers graduated from high school. Seven of us were all stuck together as we had nothing to do for several hours following the graduation. Because of this boredom I think somebody brought up The Mole and if we could play. I went away for an hour, put together a Mole game, and we played it in the span of four hours.

Funny side note about that game: My oldest brother, Jesse, had never seen Survivor nor The Mole. No reality TV for him. He didn’t have cable nor seemed interested. He was bored enough to cave into experimenting with the craze. About thirty minutes into the game and he got bored. He intentionally got himself eliminated at the Final Four.

In case you can’t tell, my oldest brother and I have such polar interests and personalities that we have only seen each other once in the past 4 1/2 years. Sadly, distance geographically doesn’t factor into not seeing each other at all. Huh.

As you can see, a five hour Mole game with only five out of the seven players intrigued enough to play for more than thirty minutes resulted in a game that showed my experience but is perhaps the first ever offline “mini” to be hosted.

Then to 2008. One year before the SCWL Prequel. The Mole game. I still have it all on tape. I can upload it online whenever I want to do so. But man. It was by far my best hosting job at that time. It is what made everyone pumped for a possible outdoor Survivor game in the first place. This Mole game was my test run to see if we could take a Mole or Survivor game to that next level (that next level of course being known as “good”). I did one unique twist that was like what The Mole would be if it had a hidden immunity idol.

I hosted and filmed the whole game on a camcorder. Yes, I did both simultaneously for eighty percent of the game. Adam was my co-host, but as you may have guessed, he only showed up to help when he felt like it or wasn’t busy with work. The game was so refined that there was a filming schedule over the two days:

Saturday: 11am-2pm; 7pm-10pm
Sunday: 11am-2pm; 7pm-10pm

One execution took place at the end of the first session, one execution at the end of the second session, one at the end of the third session, and the final two executions during the final three hour session.

Outside of SCWL 5, this is my best hosting accomplishment to date. The filming schedules helped tremendously. I had seven weeks to plan out the game and had three people who were ‘maybes’, and I had a different scheduling plan depending on the number of people. Sadly all three ‘maybes’ turned into ‘nos’ because of availability.

Unfortunately the seven players we did have were of a similar clique and didn’t really strategize with one another. The quiz scores were relatively low, and some challenges had an unusual outcome because one or two players in particular wouldn’t pay attention to the instructions.

Then there was one incident where players took a last second trip which delayed our final session of the game by more than two hours, and Adam advised me to cut the final (although the best) challenge from the game to ensure it finished by midnight. That is really my only regret but wouldn’t have even happened if players showed up for the filming schedules on time.

The game ended with a Final Three of Lisa (mole), Natasha, and Wendy. Sadly Natasha and Wendy took so few notes that although they knew Lisa was the mole, the winning score was 12/30 on the final quiz.

No joke. 12/30 even if you knew the mole was enough to win the game.

Then there was the weird part where one of my cousins showed up just to watch us for every session. She didn’t want to play weeks in advance but decided to annoy everyone while the game was going on by showing up, and even asking to play in a couple of the challenges where I had to awkwardly say “uh, no”. Maybe offer to hold the camcorder first instead of watching me suffer as I host and film simultaneously.

In short, there is a ton I learned from hosting my test run outdoor Mole game and test run online Survivor game.

a) It requires a really tight ship
b) Don’t keep returning to the same players who don’t have enough dedication or focus to play
c) Less is more–my Mole game was brilliant because of how few twists were implemented
d) Creative and well-thought out challenges are always appreciated
e) Going forward with another family-based game is a horrendous idea no matter how many more times they ask me to host a game

The last part may surprise you but I think that’s what kept me from being a great host for such a long time. Pressures to host a game or play a game always came from the family. But every game, including the prequel, always resulted in a sloppy mess because the players weren’t dedicated or focused. Every year since then another Mole or Survivor game has always been requested. The conversation usually goes like this twice a year:

“Hey, why don’t we do a Survivor or another Mole?”
“Uh, well to do that it requires ____, ____, _____, and lots of effort and dedication months in advance. Are you and a couple of others going to help me do that?”

Then the conversation goes dead each time.

In fact Lisa and I had this conversation replayed about two months ago.

Oh, I almost forgot. We did two Mole games that I DIDN’T host. How much of a disaster were those:

a) Contestants were added 2-3 rounds into the game
b) A player with an intellectual handicap was cast. I’m not kidding. It was just their dad playing for him until they were eliminated.
c) The only time a challenge was lost is if I intentionally sabotaged it just so we would lose at least once.
d) The hidden clues were too obvious so anyone who made the top five knew who the mole was.
e) I won both by narrow margins.
f) Challenge deadlines were extended by several days until we had won the challenge

The games were legitimate enough as they played out from start to finish, and had zero twists, but man, the games were so painful to play that hosting SCWL Prequel three times in a row would have been more fun than experiencing that again.

So there you go. That’s the quick history of every game I hosted and that my extended family did before SCWL Prequel.

***

Anyways, the Prequel failing taught me everything that I should have picked out from what failed in my previous summer’s outdoor Mole game. If I wanted to host my own series, I would need to play more Facebook ORGs for the next two years until I was a well respected player, or gotten tired of playing altogether.

And because Redemption Island and Final Threes poisoned every ORG going on at the time, August of 2011 was the right time to cast and eventually host one of the greatest Survivor ORGs that year–SCWL 1.

In fact, virtually every single thing I did in SCWL Prequel was changed for SCWL 1.

– No more live challenges
– A qualifying test to ensure every player will be active
– Strict inactivity ejection rules during the game
– Don’t think about attempting a family twist again
– Reduce number of twists altogether
– Allow the players to decide when to merge and start jury
– Don’t do tribe switches; offer mutinies instead
– Only the Opening Day challenge and Final Immunity Challenge should be live
– Never allow idols to be re-hidden upon their use or being blindsided from the game
– No more live TC discussions because sometimes nobody will show up. Instead make mandatory TC questions.
– Cast from multiple places/Facebook groups to compile a unique cast
– Do not have any more subjective challenges
– Go with a Final Two
– Always make sure the game is fun for everyone
– Test the challenges as much as you can
– When you have a rule in place, stick with it.

And voila, you have SCWL in a nutshell. One of the greatest ongoing Survivor ORGs to ever exist on Facebook over the past two years. With SCWL 6 to finish off the year, and SCWL 7: All Stars to begin in early 2014, it’s time to reveal who I am considering from the SCWL Prequel to be in All Stars:
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I should note these are probably the only options I have for the lone slot from SCWL Prequel to be up for grabs.

1) Loren

He really wanted to play this game badly but suffered because of dial-up. Tasks that take you two minutes online can take him three hours. His town will have high speed Internet starting in a month. The timing seems perfect. Yes he did nothing in the Prequel, but who else am I gonna find?

2) Lisa

The only person outgoing enough to talk to everyone in the cast. That was a huge problem in the Prequel. The clique didn’t bother communicating with others. Lisa is perhaps the only one who is outgoing and focused enough to talk to everyone in the game.

It also doesn’t hurt that her blindside is a top ten moment for the whole series.

3) Adam

He will be the only winner eligible for All Stars. After going through these episodes I really want to test the credibility of Adam’s victory. He looked like a god in SCWL Prequel. When put against players who have lost but did so in a much more competitive environment than Adam had been in, will Adam look like a minor league player in a field of All Stars? Because nobody really counts him as a ‘real’ winner.

4) Penner

Because I want to see how much people troll him in the first round, and because I know Penner would do everything necessary to sign up and play. After that he would trash talk until a group of strangers would boo him off of the set.

And that’s it. There you have it. The entire story of the SCWL Prequel and my family-based games. Adam came away with the victory in what is undoubtedly one of the worst Survivor ORGs played through to completion over a period of six months. Surprisingly, all seven people at the end all brag about how much fun they had during the game. I don’t know what planet they were on, but uh, glad you had fun in that mess.

P.S. I would have cried for several weeks without interruption if the inactive jurors gave Brett the victory. It’s scary how much of a possibility it is that Brett could have won after that FTC (lack of) performance.

Next Time on SCWL Prequel:
– Thank god there is no next time for that game.

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One Response to SCWL Post-Season Cast Assessment

  1. loren sund says:

    #$%^&* Dial up sure takes the fun out of having a puter, Looking forward to Dec.

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