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06 Mar 2014 04:30 am

SFC12 Notes

General Stuff
Well that’s SFC12. Overally, I liked it. I don’t feel like it was a Top 3 season up to par with SFC3, 9, and 11, but I also think its far from the worst. I’d put in in the 5th to 7th range overall. There were aspects I liked, but other things that while I experimented didn’t turn out so well. Plus the fact that I had to pretty much start over from my initial concept hindered me a bit. But all in all. I’m satisfied.

The Winner: Lola
When casting this season I had two things in mind when I was going to select a winner. Either a Fan that hit all the notes I wanted for the endgame. Or a canon. Since SFC4 was a long time ago, I was toying with the idea of having a Canon win for a while now, and when I decided to have this season have the Fans vs Canon theme. Lola seemed to fit the bill perfectly, because she was not the canon that people would expect to take home the gold, and even if she was suspected (Like some of you did early on.) There would always be those moments of doubt that either came from her personality, position, or her status as a Canon.
Also I did want there to be that situation where the jury really doesn’t want to vote for anyone. Since I had Kim in the mix, I tried to show that she was heads and shoulders above everybody else when it came to strategy (From F6 onwards), and that the jury was ready to vote for her to win, but then when she gets taken out. You’re left with 3 people who really don’t have any moves behind them other than the final logical move to take out the mastermind. And in Survivor there isn’t that perfect winner who you want to vote for. This season I wanted the jury’s factor in deciding a winner to be “All of their games have major flaws. Who do we want to win more?” Which is why Lola and Spongebob were the top 2. They fit that perfectly. Terrible Gameplay, but nice people that the jury would be content voting for.
Runner Ups: Spongebob and Shelby
Since Spongebob placed 2nd I want to start with him first. He was one of those characters that, even though I could never explain why. I always thought he’d be fun to have in a Survivor Story, just because he was so…. Spongebobby. Nice, Innocent, but Naïve as heck. I’m REALLY happy with how things ended up with him, since early on nobody was excited for him, but by the end he was pretty popular.

Shelby on the other hand. Other than Uri, was the only fan to survive the beta draft, and coincidentally fit into the Final 3 here when in the prior version…. She did much worse. Very low key early on because I knew she would become a player once Kim’s opposition started leaving, and it worked very well into her “Lazy HBIC Kitty” personality, but also with that, it was clear that of all the fans other than maybe Yvonne, she would be the easiest one to lose in a jury vote, but at the same time, have her not be completely eliminated from contention because she has a solid strategy, and despite being UTR, it was explained WHY she was UTR for pretty much the entire premerge. Just didn’t win her any favors with the potential jurors.

The Story
With what I had for the endgame, there was one story that I knew would work well here. The Mastermind leading a herd of goats to the Finale, which as I explained with Kim, had issues from the start. Mainly that I needed the dominant alliance to be liked enough so that they didn’t become universally hated once they took out the opposition. While Kim was there for the endgame to control the votes from Cleo to Yvonne. Having her control the votes for the entire game wasn’t something that seemed right.

So to balance that, I needed a character that would take out the other power threats earlier (Phoenix, Foxxy, Eric etc) without Kim, but also be one that would eventually lose to the majority alliance in the end. Like him or not. That goal was accomplished. When Enter left, the Majority alliance was viewed very favorably. The last thing I wanted was for people to sympathize with Enter. Which is why the Early parts of the merge was so Black and White with the sides. It needed to be Good vs Evil almost for the endgame to work the way I wanted. But I will also admit there were times that I feel I did botch the execution of Enter. (Episode 8 mainly, possibly pushing the Merge back an Episode, and have Sharker be an early betrayal).

But yeah, those were the things I wanted to cover here. If there is anything else you want to ask/yell at me about. I’ll answer again (Now that the seasons over I can answer pretty much anything…. EXCEPT)

The Beta Draft
Yeah, The Beta for this season is hardly recognizable from what you saw. The only returning Players who were in this season were: (Uri: 17th, Shelby: 9th). Not going to reveal much else, but there are parts of the story I may keep for later seasons possibly.

SFC13
I’ll be honest. Schools been kicking my ass, and along with battling a nasty bug I got the past 2 weeks. Expect the same general wait between what we had with 11 and 12. I have the basic story idea and several Cast members chosen. But that’s it. Spring break is coming in a few weeks so hopefully then I can get into gear and start working.

08 Jun 2013 03:02 am

SFC11 Notes

General Stuff
And that is SFC11 for ya. Personally one of my favorites to write for. May not Top 3 and 9, but it was still a very fun season where pretty much everything worked right. I’ve had an idea in my head to do a season like this for quite a while, and I think I found a way to perfectly execute it. There is so much to say that pretty much goes back to the very beginning, so let’s get started with some of the details.
The Winner: Angel
Before I get to the actual character Angel. Just so you guys know, Angel was the LAST character cast for this season, in fact I think she was submitted just before I started finalizing the story, so it’s never too late to send in Apps and have the character do well.
Onto Angel herself though, I had a good feeling on how the opinions on her would go from. Either the common everyday snarky girl, or the smug arrogant bitch. And to be honest both of them have some validity to them. Angel is not a super positive character, but she was what I needed this season as a winner. Much like what Paine said to Eli in the Final Tribal Council. I was ALWAYS building up for an Editing (Eli) vs Logic (Angel) climax, and while I did for a time consider Ms. Moonshine to be a prime contender to win for quite a while. Angel fit the role just a bit better, since I needed someone who wasn’t going to be as efficient in turning the game around, and less obvious of a winner as well. While Artemis I felt would have either been too unrealistic to keep in the game after the merge, or too obvious the later in the game she got. With Angel there was always that thing in her that was a bit off… Which brings me too.
I decided to run an Experiment with Angel this time to see what would work. Because for winners I had planned to be undiscovered until much later like Cherman and Jackie, only to be figured out by you guys *Clap Clap*By like Episode 4. I was wondering if there WAS Something subconscious I was doing when writing for the winner to give them that edge. So for the first half of the Series I wrote the season as if Artemis was winning, then later as if Whitney was the winner. I deliberately went out of my way to not write Angel as the winner, and rather as just another player. And….. It worked.
Another thing I wanted with Angel. I wanted her to be someone who won without doing much of anything. Yes I know that was a big criticism of her, but I wanted something different. (And something that would throw Eli off). Angel never had a winning move, and that was intentional, since pretty much every winner has had some big accomplishment that got them the win. But for Angel, I wanted her win to be as simple as “She has 4 friends on the jury”.

The Runner Up: Eli The Star of the season no doubt… And MAN I would have been boned if he was hated by the audience since he played a MAJOR Role this season. But like most things that went right he was widely accepted once the game started. Interestingly enough…. Eli wasn’t always a big character when I was designing the story. Remember those Survivor Season Redo’s I did? SFC11 was largely based off one I didn’t submit. Thankfully most of the characters in that season were bland and uninteresting, I was able to easily change characters to my liking. But in that original Story…. Eli was 12th Place and Crisco was the runner Up. Resulting from Crisco turning on his alliance who followed him blindly, then fooled Sunflower into joining him.
However that scenario was kinda cliché’d and overdone with how he got to the end. And one day while working, It just occurred to me that Eli had A LOT more potential than I was letting him show off in that story, and the rest is history…. Or SFC11.
But No matter how much I enjoyed Eli as a character. I could never have him win, since he essentially was a God-Modder, even with his spazzy personality messing him up quite a bit. I couldn’t have him win. So I needed to figure out who he would lose, to at least give him a proper downfall, and again Paine spilled it before I did. Editing vs Logic. Eli relied CONSTANTLY on the Editing powers more and more as the season went on, much so to a point where he would see Paine as CPP and Angel as MORM, and not see any of their jury connections, which as Logic would say, Angel had 4 easily, but edgically her edit was mediocre at best (It was pretty much Flat MOR’s constantly with a few UTR’s at the start, and 1-2 CP’s at the end). I will hold in my headcanon that had Eli taken Paine to the end he probably would have beaten him. However it ended up being that the Ability that brought him so much power, blinded a part of the game that he needed to see.

The 2nd Runner Up: Sunflower To be honest, most of what can be said about Sunflower has already been said, so I’ll keep this one as short as I can. I’ve noticed that around the merge, there seems to be a point of familiarity hit between the readers and some characters since the dynamics do tend to get…. Complacent (Since it’s been about 75 comics by that point). So with Sunflower I wanted someone who would still shake things up and go through several phases to keep certain characters guessing, going from Meek, Shy and hating the game, to Fighting for her friends only, to Playing for herself to advance. And she worked there too doing all of that. So while she was never going to win, or play a stellar game. She was a GREAT Pony to write for.

The Beta Draft
- As mentioned Angel/Artemis switching roles
- Eli leaving premerge, and Crisco CPN’ing it to the Finals.
- The Three Stooges Varied a lot in their placing. Figuring out who to cut was harder than expected.
- Bit of a minor thing, but swapping post mutiny colors so that only the Mutineers stayed on the same tribe. If only to make it so Casey wasn’t the only Mariano boot XD

SFC12
As I mentioned before there will be a Delay for 12, so it is not going to be coming out in the near future, but HOPEFULLY by the Time Blood vs Water starts. But in that season, we should have:
- 20 Contestants
- No Redemption Island
- The Return of a Popular Twist

30 Nov 2012 04:07 am

SFC10 Notes

General Stuff
That is a wrap on SFC10. Personally I think it was a decent season, not one of the best or one of the worst, but at the end of the day I really have no regrets and things played out generally the way I wanted. Some aspects were a hit, others were not. I know some people were sour near the end, but you win some you lose some. Onto the Extra Stuff!

The Winner: Jackie
Before the season started, the first thing I had to do was pick a good winner, and of all the characters I was looking at for being cast he had the most interesting winning story. And like how I could disguise Cherman in an UTR/CP way, Jackie can be hidden in OTT/CP ways. Some people did get sick of him because he is loud, annoying, obnoxious, and an egomaniac…. But that’s just who Jackie is, if I didn’t have that going for him, I could have just picked a safer winner.

In the end, even though people were split on him, I have a feeling the Pro-Jackie People outnumber the Anti-Jackie people…. Just like on the jury.

The Runner Up: Minerva
Where do I begin with her. Probably the most famous SFC character, and even though I wasn’t able to say it outright. I think this Minerva has been featured enough to earn herself an honorary title of Fan Character, and after the first All Stars I wanted to give her a good closing for her story, however I could not have her win for Two very obvious reasons.
- Would have had the EXACT same arc as Heather did in TD, Megabitch in Season 1, Not given a chance in Season 2, Making it to the end in Season 3, and in Heathers case winning. That was just too similar for me to do. And….
- Just like how Boston Rob was given an extra shot over everybody to come back one more time as the most famous player. I couldn’t give Minerva a win, it wouldn’t have been as good of a conclusion IMO.

All Stars Seasons
When I was making this season, I knew by about half way through that it wasn’t the best season I had written and it took me a while to figure out why, and I think I finally got the idea.
- Fresher Faces work better. Its Survivor, the cast is supposed to change, after a good portion of a season with one character, you know a lot about them in the 2nd so there isn’t as much to discover.
- Along the same lines, a big complaint this season was lack of character development. Big reason there was very little was because most of it was explored the first time. The way All Stars seasons seem to be marketed and edited as are “The Best vs the Best” a competition of titans rather than “Let’s see what these new people do.” And learning about them.
- In every season there are main characters, and supporting characters. Obviously you know what each are, but when someone like Summer gets eliminated, whether you like the character or not is based in that season alone. While Oehda for example. Major Driving Force, Main Character in her first season. This time she had a supporting role, she had no ties to go deep in the game and no connections anywhere. When she got booted, all hell broke loose shortly after because Oehda was linked to her past edit as such a hellblazer, while if this was a standalone season, her boot would not have had as much backlash.
- I mentioned this before, and I’ll say it again, a thing that makes a character a success and memorable comes in two parts in Survivor. 1.) Personality; 2.) Situation. #1 Obviously can be replicated, but situation is very tricky because there a 3 options. Watered Down where the character loses their charm, Ruined Forever, where the character has to do something too weird for them, and on occasion the role works out and stays fresh. Characters like Chrii, Oehda, Adrian, Quadratic, Starr, Chloe, Phil had vastly different roles to fill than the first time, while Jackie, Baxter, Kris, Ventious, Ryuia had very similar positions as the first time at some point.
In short, All Stars seasons have their flaws that just come with the title. I won’t be doing another All-Stars for a good time until I think one could work, and how I can avoid the pitfalls and danger listed above.

The Beta Draft
- As Mentioned Frank and Adrian Switched Places
- Baxter in F4 over Ryuia, but then that was WAY too N even for me.
- Jackie having the Injury last from F8 onwards
- For a while everyone from 12-5th place were jumbled all over the place. There were some drafts with Emilee and Vent making it very deep.
- Originally it was Amatri coming back over Carbo until I saw Carbo had a better audience reaction. (Jo, Sanza, Frank, Madison, Brenton would have been there)
- And before carbo, there was no Retro Tribe, but a Misfit tribe of other players. From the tribes not selected. (Iraenus, Bonnie, Minerva, Betty/Skazz, and Baxter)
- Planned on a Final 3 at first, but it was satisfying to vote Bonnie off.

SFC11
- 18 New Players, 9 Applicants, 9 of My Characters
- No Redemption Island
- The Players Affect the Game More Than Ever.

24 Mar 2012 03:07 am

SFC9 Notes

General Stuff
Well that’s SFC9 for ya. Personally I think its one of the better seasons, and after reading a lot of comments, I think you guys do as well. I do think that using a mixture of Applicants along with my characters is a good way to work from now one because it gives me at least some control over the story… if that makes sense. Because even though I am the author something’s that need to happen could be out of character for said player. But anyway onto the big stuff.
The Winner: Cherman
Overally I’d place Cherman in my top 3 favorite winners to write for. I was really going for an UTR winner with him. I had attempted it with Ker, but her tribes losing streak made her more and more visible. But Cherman always had someone to take the spotlight off of him.
Also with Cherman I wanted to break a trend I had been setting with the other winners. Trends broken include;
- Winning an Immunity Challenge
- Having a big move under their belt going into the jury vote
- Staying on their original tribe in a swap
- Confessional in Episode One
Along with those there were also MANY Hints that Cherman was the winner throughout the season which I will get into during the Edgic chart thingy.

The Runner Up: Tofuchao
A common complaint with him is that he never did anything memorable. Part of that was him just being overshadowed by his alliance, but the other reason for that was I needed Cherman to be able to beat someone once Prescilla was doomed. Because even though it was an epic downfall. If Cherman was up against anybody else he would have had 2nd Place. Tofu was the only person Cherman could have realistically beaten.
The Bitch: Prescilla aka Bonnie
Ah yes Bonnie. The main villain of the season. I’ll just cut to the chase and say this. Bonnie is a horrible person. If I thought of any random idea to make her more despicable I added it in. Almost became a bit of a joke to me to see how ridiculously evil I could get her. (Almost considered having her be a Neo Nazi but never had time to bring it in). And every complaint everyone ever had about her…. They were all planned.
Even though she was still loved by some, I wanted her to be generally hated so aside from the other things to make her a bitch (Racism, Sexism, Homophobic) I wanted to make her appear as Sue-ish as possible. I wanted people to get sick of her, which thankfully did happen. Because I didn’t want the Russell Fan Factor with her. Where a major villain gets loved, because I had planned for her downfall to be the defining moment in the season, and for that to happen I needed it to be satisfying. And what better way to make people root against someone other than make them….. evil and rotten and hated. So that was the plan. And even if you got sick of her. Good, that was the plan.
The Beta Draft
I did not change too much this season, but there are some things.
- Madisons look was originally planned for Prescilla, but it seemed to… tough girl for her. So I went the pink and blonde route.
- Tofuchao was originally going to be Prescilla’s sidekick but Starr just fit that role so much better
- Prescilla was going to take Starr’s role in Episode 2 as Gretchens bitch, but that was a bit too similar to Lauren/Ker. And I would have to put her in the spotlight too early
- The Voice Recording Oshit moment was either going to happen when it did, or right after the Jury Questioning, and played seconds before they voted. I chose the first idea so that the jury could bash her first.
- Aleksan was originally going to be medically evacuated.
- Kathy and Jocasta’s placings were switched.
- Robert and Donovan’s feud would have gone on longer, but I thought by episode 8 it was starting to get stale.

SFC10
As I have stated before its gonna be a while for it to come out. School was hectic in the previous quarter and I am just now starting Episode 1. So it will be delayed. But it WILL Happen. But among the things to look forward too.
- One World, Four Tribes.
- No Redemption Island
- An All Star Cast
- A twist that will change how the game is played

12 Sep 2011 01:44 am

SFC8 Notes

General Stuff
Yeah… I know this wasn’t a very popular season, but oh well, should make SFC9 seem better in comparison. I think the key thing I learned from this season is while smaller casts may be better in the real Survivor, it tends to expose everyone fully by around the merge.

The Winner: Melanie
I wasn’t really planning on Melanie being a major CPN force in the game, she was mainly supposed to be a side character and not focused on for…. Almost the first ¾ of the season. Then come in later after Oehda left to become a major power player.

The Runner Ups: Heinz and Matt
The whole plot pretty much was defined by Heinz and Mett, even the base idea of the season. Which was “What if the key duo in a season (Heather/Alejandro, Natalie/Russell, Yul/Ozzy) Lose to the 3rd place, uninvolved person in the final 3. This was meant to be more of a “How X and Y lost” Story, but due to having to show more, Melanie ended up getting a “How Z won” story as well. Which made the ending a bit predictable.

The Beta Draft
I really did not change much in the season, since everyone fit the desired role quite well. Only changes were.
- Malik/Johnny were 4th and 5th, but I changed it due to the fact they were too OTT to both go that deep, which pushed Geena up A LOT.
- Emilee and Melanie would switch roles. Emilee would have been the winner, but I felt she was too nice, and I wanted more of a negative winner.
- Matt and Xero switched roles as well.

SFC9
I am currently on Episode 7, and I really like the cast this time. Hopefully its better received than this season, but we can only hope.
- 10 Applicants, 10 SWSU characters
- 3 Returning Series, 17 new ones.
- One of the biggest SFC Villains to date.

22 Feb 2011 05:05 am

SFC7 Notes about the Finale and Season

General Stuff
Well SFC7 is over, and I really hope it entertained you and that the Final outcome was acceptable. I knew when planning that this would be a very surprising season in turns of twists. I got some criticism due to the Idols being pulled out of midair, which I will talk about later. But it added unpredictability to the whole mix, and that’s one element that Survivor needs in it.

The Finalists
Ker:
I am glad she won, and she was the winner that was my prediction to win it all when I decided on the fan vote. Ker will get criticism for not being the smartest and savviest players ever, but that’s exactly what I planned. After 6 seasons of competent winners, I felt someone who didn’t play a super game won. And what she lacked in gameplay she had a mass load of personality to make up for it. She was without a doubt one of the most entertaining characters to write for in this season. When I needed a funny story, I simply placed my brain on cruise control and typed.
The only thing I slightly worried about with her was that she was so eccentric, that I didn’t know close she was to her intended personality, and sorry Froggy if she was too Out of Character, but she was a blast to write for.
Wrecker:
Wrecker was the Ying to Ker’s Yang. Everything that Ker was he wasn’t, and everything he was Ker wasn’t. He played a stronger game but wasn’t as memorable in the early to mid-parts of the game. Yes he was the intended loser of the season, but I do have a comic where Wrecker did in fact win and it would have been posted if he did in fact win the poll. I did not expect him to win, but in case there was a mass revolt against Ker, I was ready.
As for a character, Wrecker actually brought more to the story than I thought he would initially. In fact the Challenge explosions were pure improve after it seemed like something he would do. And also the ever controversial Idol move was a whole lot duller, but around Episode 8 I realized that Wrecker would be able to do so much more with that. Like Ker he was able to write for himself at times.


The Tie Vote
I knew, and wasn’t surprised to find out that the tie didn’t sit easy for some people, and it is a legit complaint. But the idea actually came after Survivor Samoa where Russell was whining about the fan vote, and a strong point was made that the edits would determine the winner and it would be too biased. So that was the problem that needed to be fixed. Ker and Wrecker needed identical edits.
- Both of them got the exact same Edgic ranking Each Episode (With Ker P and Wrecker N)
- Both had the same number of confessionals in each episode
- Ker’s social skills were highlighted while her strategy failures were pointed out
- Wreckers strategic game was highlighted, and social game bashed.
- In each episode they spoke almost the same amount (As in within two sentences every time)
- (Not concerning the edit) Both were pointed out by the last member voted off of the opposing tribe, when everyone else was mentioned by a member of the same tribe.
So when they were put up to the vote, there was no bias, there was a clear choice, Wrecker or Ker, and both had their faults to turn people off. For Wrecker it was the Idol Burning, and for Ker it was the Underdog Immunity Run. And I wager each one of those cost Ker and Wrecker a vote or two.
Also there will probably NEVER be another Fan Vote in future seasons. And I knew this from the start; this was a one time thing, only for this season. The rest of the seasons will have only 1 ending.
The Beta Draft
As with every season there was a beta draft, in which things did change a lot.
- Wrecker was always in the Final 2 once he was cast. But Ker was fighting in a three way battle between Bo and Betty. Betty wasn’t chosen due to the fact she’d be too competent to win, and I sided with Ker because I felt she many colorful moments to offer.
- Bo and Driz were once switched in the bootlist, but it was changed when I couldn’t think of a reason why they’d vote Bo out before Driz.
- Had I backed out and decided to not add Russell, Skazzatrazz would have taken his spot and either Jasen would say something stupid and go home early in his place, or an uncast person would take the fall.
- Ryuia/Chloe/ Dinah changed places A LOT in the story. But always 9,8 or 4th.

Idols
They had the biggest effect on this season than any others. And I did draw some criticism from not showing them being found, but frankly I don’t regret doing it at all. Had I shown them being found, or revealed who had them, the vote would have been writing on the wall, and if I have a choice between that and complete surprise. I’m taking the surprise.

SFC8
SFC8 I can tell is going to be a very fun season. I’ve almost finished Episode 7 and everyone in the cast develops their own personality really quickly compared to other seasons, and I’m hoping it will be a success XD
- There are 16 Contestants in two tribes
- They are from 12 New series, and 4 returning ones.
- A Brand new twist that will add a whole new level of gameplay to the competition

06 Nov 2010 09:00 pm

Updated SFC Application

Okay, I have decided to update the SFC application form into a more reasonable size, and what I’ve noticed I needed over the past few seasons. Now this is just an updated one. If you sent in an application using the old form that’s perfectly fine. It won’t hurt your chances at all. This is mainly to help it get found easier too. Since the other one is way back in the Archives.

What is your Fan Characters Name?
What Series Are They From
Any Pictures of Them? If Not a good description
Tell Me About Their Personality
Sum Up The Character In 1-2 Words
What Types of People would They Side with?
What Types of People would They Avoid?
How do they handle Physically?
How Smart Are They? Game Smart and Book Smart?
IF they make the Family Challenge who do you want to come? (Can be another FC from that world)
IF they make the Jury/Finals what do you want their outfit to be? (Cannot be same as normal)
What Type of Game would they Play?
Any Interesting Facts or Quirks your character has that would make them interesting?
Can You Give Me A Sample on how they talk so I can write for them better?
(OPTIONAL) What Edgic Rating do you think suits them?

15 Aug 2010 07:17 am

SFCAS Notes About The Finale

General Stuff
And so SFC All Stars is over, and to be honest, I really think its in the top two seasons I’ve done in terms of everything combined. One thing I want to say now, with Kala losing against one of my characters, just know in the future. There won’t be another situation like FvC where only the Applicants have a possibility to win, from now on anyone can with whether they’re my character or not. Anyway onto the details!

The Winner
Bitsy, Bitsy, Bitsy… Very few drafts were done that Bitsy wasn’t the winner once I had the cast 90% figured out. She just seemed like the one that could have a good story and had more to offer than we saw in Season 2. Last season Bitsy was the victim to Mary and later Vinnie so she was bound to be popular, this time she was in the majority for almost the whole game, so she couldn’t be the underdog. Therefore she was bound to lose a lot more fans. (Especially when she started playing hard in the midgame). Although I do think the Bitsy hate got a bit overboard at certain times.

I also had to make her a bit more negative this time since if she stayed at her P level from SFC2. It was a textbook Mary Sue: Super Positive Girl Plays the game hard and gets what she wants to happen and then wins in the end. No, that was a disaster, so in order for her to still have the strategy part stay, she needed to be put through a bad phase. She had to break down and get disliked by a majority of the cast. It wasn’t going to be a clean battle, it was going to be long and painful for her, but she would still win.

Editing her was weird because by Episode 4 in making the season I realized she was getting way too obvious, so pretty much I had to make her go UTR until her hardball game started which then I hoped people would hop on the “Story of how Bitsy loses” bandwagon. (Oh yeah another thing people noted. In the Mid Episodes Bitsy had a weird pattern of being invisible in the whole episode but then appearing in the Pre TC comic and deciding the vote. My reasoning was, if I showed her any more, she would have as much screen time as Russell) There was a big difference though between her and Baxter. Baxter backstabbed for the sake of it. Every single one of Bitsy’s betrayals was explained and would benefit her in the game. And for Amy and Violet she was forced to fold.

The Runner Up
And now for Kala. To tell you the truth the runner up position was the last spot filled and had the most possible candidates for it. But once I had the 4 per season thing going Kala was the obvious choice, it was also helped by Craig and GM leaving early so someone would need to be the late game crazy person.
I always assumed that edgically speaking it would come down to Bitsy and Wendy in the finals with Kala being eliminated long before. But once Bitsy started becoming too obvious I had to throw a decoy hint out. And who else to bring up as a possible winner than the other finalist. (Also around this time I was working on Violets boot, and it was around that time when I started dropping Kala wins story points.)
I did not expect that she would get so much support though, I expected her to be like the distant 3rd choice. But in quite a few episodes she was really close to being the #1 edgic pick. So sorry for trying to trick anyone with Kala, but I needed to get the attention off of Bitsy. I don’t have much else to say about Kala except she was very good for the filler comics where something not affecting the story had to happen. So thank you Kala, Happystick, Omay, and Kevin for that.

The Beta Draft
Of everyone in the story, once they were picked; Minerva, Beth, Gatemaster, Vinnie, Al, Hogan, Norman, Kala and Bitsy never changed their end position. But the others had a bit different drafts.
Maria: In some drafts (Very Early) She was in the girl alliance and was 4th in Lucky’s spot.
Craig and Charlie: Just swapped boot spots.
Mary: Made Final 3, but was voted off there.
Amy: Idoled by Joe at the Final 7-8
Sin: Take out Pre Merge again thanks to Popper
Violet: Runner Up in quite a few drafts.
Popper: Taken out Pre Merge directly after taking out Sin
Joe: Was the last guy standing and was 5th place instead of 6th.
Lucky: 7th place.
Wendy: In a showmance and taken out In the same episode as her partner ala Joe and Popper.

SFC7
So far I’m liking SFC7, it starts out a lot stronger than the other seasons have, I’m finishing Episode 7 right now and hopefully the quality stays up there for the later Episodes.
- 20 in the most diverse cast, are competing for the million.
- One of the most divided tribes in Survivor History.
- Blunders and Brilliant moves all around.
- And a surprise nobody will expect.

05 Feb 2010 07:51 am

Survivor Fan Characters All Season Popularity Poll

Ello Ello, with SFC All Stars approaching my interest perked in one certain area. I know how much you liked the cast of SFC4+5 at the merge, but I nobody really knows the general concensus for 1-3 or post season 4+5. So I found this site called SurveyMonkey where the format is the exact same as how I ran them at the merge; 1-10. 10 is Love, 1 is Loathe.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HD2MYY2 Here is the link for the poll. The Survivors are listed in boot order from Eugene to Marius.

There is no limited number of people who can take the survey, but the deadline is Feb 12th. I'll find some way to post the results so users on both SFC sites can see the results. Oh and if you see any errors or mistakes (Not Typos) please tell me. This is my first Survey on that site, and I probably messed up somewhere :p

Thank You if you do plan on filling out the survey, I know this may be asking a bit much on my end, but still thanks.

26 Jan 2010 01:00 pm

SFC5 Notes about the Finale

General Stuff
SFC5 has reached its conclusion, and we have the most polarizing winner yet. And in my opinion one of the most interesting winners I’ve had. I enjoyed this season, but I think for future seasons I’ll do mixes of my own characters plus fans characters. I gotta say the one thing that continuously is hard on me, is having to bite my tongue on what everyone says, so sometimes I try and steer the people that are right in the wrong direction, and wrong ones in the right direction. But still I have to speak in vague generalities for the whole season as to not spoil much.

The Winner
As I said in the first bit Marius may not have been the most likable winner, but he was VERY entertaining and that is one of the key Criteria in picking a winner, they need “Oomph” to them, to help them win. I chose him as the winner over my two other picks Amy and Maria because like I mentioned with Jessica and Audrey, I felt it was a little braver to audition with a villain instead of a hero. So while that didn’t seal the deal for Marius it did help.
His Character was pretty much identical to a future winner I had in mind just from the application alone (In fact the only thing that I changed was the age, Marius was a bit younger than the other guy, but it turns out that worked better for him) .
Marius was the culmination of all of my favorite Reality show Villains, he had the evil charm of Dr. Will, The Isolationism of Randy Bailey, The Verbal Lashings like Evel Dick, and the strategy skills somewhat near Richard Hatch. But I made sure to make him a winning villain, not a villain that needs a fall. The key things I did to keep from reaching the “Vile” Category for villain. A.) He did not bully weaker people (Greg and Mo were his targets, unlike others who’s victims were Bitsy, Chaona etc) B.) I gave him a VERY positive ally to draw some of his negativity away as opposed to more negative characters C.) He did not have Positive opposition, with other villains that have a OTT/CPP character to root for, I made an effort to not make Greg a main hero, in fact there were some episodes in the end where he was quite M. So all of Greg’s support was on his character, not the editing.
There is so much else I can say about Marius but I’ll save it for if you have any questions about him or any objections you have that still is unclear.
The Runner Ups
Miranda: I’m calling her 2nd Place since she would have beaten Gatemater in a Final Two. I don’t mean to offend Masteroftheives by saying this but Miranda was the Mick of the Final 3, she had great edgic stats, but she had no story that tied into the main overall plot other than being the boss of the majority, so she didn’t really have a shot in my eyes. (Although I’m glad she had a lot of support, first time that the majority picked the wrong winner).

Gatemaster: Like Russell this season revolved around Gatemaster, nobody thought on Day 1 or even 18 that he would control the entire game. But like Sugar and Dreamz who did the same thing, none of them got the respect from the jury. Gatemaster was an applicant for SFC4, but there were some issues: A.) I already had a basic story in mind and Gate would have been an early boot and B.) Who the hell would his Canon Character have been?
Again there is ALOT to say about both of these two, if you have any questions at all please ask I’d be glad to finally answer.
The Beta Draft
SFC5 went through the most changes out of any season I’ve done yet. Here are some of the things that were altered:
- Amy won and Marius Placed 5th (AMG’s plan would have worked, then the finale went the same way as it did before)
- Amber was not originally in the cast, she was a last minute addition so I had to rewrite the early boots. The boot order was (My Character I would Sneak in, Victor, MTL, Renny……)
- Tsukkin would have been part of Jango, and Renny Caposhir.
- I did not know about Mo at all until halfway through the first episode was done (Because SOMEONE left it out of the application)
- Also for like 1 day I had Maria as the winner, but after Mo was revealed I was like “Yeah I think I made the right choice this season”
- Greg and Victor switched Roles, Victor was exiled and Greg was the 2nd boot. But this was changed when I realized Victor would be seen as a bully victim making the future winner in a very bad light.
SFCAS
I know there are things that slipped my mind in writing this, but again ask if you have any questions.
Anyway onto the next Season, It is indeed an All Stars. Already working on Episode 7 And I think it can top SFC3 as the best.
- 20 All Stars, 4 from Each Season, 4 Pre Merge Boots, 2 Finalists, 5 That made the Final 4, 9 Jurors that voted for the Winner.
One Castaway makes Survivor History Early On.
- Old Friendships and alliances are Reborn, Others destroyed
- Some very Unusual alliances, in friends and romance.
- Everybody is on their A Game….. Except the ones that never had a game.

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