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June 22nd, 2016, 10:02 pm

SFC15 Notes

General Stuff
Well, that’s SFC15, and it was a Roller Coaster. I personally like the end result of the season, and It doesn’t seem to be getting a harsh reaction so I’m glad about that, and while I’m not sure how it will age. It does seem that seasons where the comments are in heated discussion tend to age somewhat better than the ones that don’t. But we will have to wait and see won’t we?
The Winner (Part 1): Taro
One of the biggest complaints when it came to Taro’s winning story was near the end he really didn’t have a massive struggle and that the game seemed a little too easy. That he was never in a spot to show what he’s been bragging about. It’s like he didn’t have a winner story.
I can’t argue with that. People always ask me, if I’ve ever changed my winner midseason, and my answer has always been “No. The person I chose at the start, has always won in the end.” This season.... Is an Exception.
Taro was not supposed to be the Winner.
The Beta Draft
Do you remember in Episode 1, when I mentioned my fuckup with Cha’Telle? When I was deep in development, I had sent all of the confirmation notes and working on the final characters on my end for the cast, and I had someone who I had cast.... Drop out. Now this has only happened once before, but unlike last time when it was a premerge boot. This person... well.... There’s no easy way to say this. They were the winner. So I had all of the confirmation notes sent, most of the characters sprited, and a large delay from SFC14 I was already working on. I couldn’t go back and rewrite everything again. So from the Final six, I had to rearrange the bootlist.
First off, I knew that the story in general was something I really liked and did not want to start over on, so to keep it generally the same, I knew I’d need a low key winner that wouldn’t force me to rewrite everything. Then I had to look at the bootlist. I had Ky as the Fan Favorite Pre Finale Boot. Leah and Taro as Finale Boots. Shaega as the FTC Goat, Sylvia as the Finalist who was so close yet didn’t have what it takes, and then the winner. Of those, the choice was pretty easy on which would fit the low key winner the best.
The Winner (Part 2): Taro
Anyway, back to Taro. Initially I had planned for him to be the Final Juror, Kind of a Father Figure to the Tribe, which helped him survive elimination after elimination with his feeding strategy. (Which btw I had been toying with the chef character for a few seasons now). But once all of his allies were gone, there was no need for him anymore. He was much less strategic than he was in the Final Draft, one that would be fitting for an endgame juror.

So when I decided that Taro would be the winner, he was retooled to be a behind the scenes player, one who was able to stay out of the fray in the early stages where being any bit active was detrimental to your game. The in story reason for why Taro never faced any obstacles. He never let himself be put in positions like that. Which when there was so much stuff going on, it was easy to just not focus on his problems since there was already enough in the story, and he and Ky were there to lighten things up if they ever got too dark. Due to his change in role, the Ky and Taro dynamic was very last minute, but is probably the best thing to come from the change, so that’s a plus.

In the end, Taro generally stayed as the same person, he’s a social butterfly who loves making Sushi for others and offering advice and encouragement to others. Only in the final version, he was a bit more deceptive about it and used it to lowkey manipulate how the game was going.

The Runner Up: Dustin
If you paid attention to the Beta Draft, you probably noticed a lack of Dustin.... Yep. I mean I did flat out say in the Cast Release he was a last minute addition. I meant it. The Dynamic that was pointed out on Day 39 with the “Super that played like a Normal, Normal that played like a Super, and the Normal that became a super” Was something I wanted to use in the rewrite, but since I had to cast someone at the last minute. (And Dustin’s owner knew the situation) I needed to change the winner edit, into a FTC loser edit. Thankfully Dustin made that fairly easy.

I imagined Sylvia was portrayed fairly accurately, and predicted the audiences reaction to Dustin quite well. Dustin started off the game as a favorite with being the good willed Surfer Dude who just wanted to play a game and win. But as the game progressed and he needed to do more than just be a Chill Dude... that his ineptitude began turning off his allies and the audience. Overall Dustins character did not change, he did not become a dick at any time, or act intentionally malicious. He just made a BUNCH of dumb moves, and no amount of Immunities would have fixed that with the jury.
The Story
Now for the fun part of the story. While the general flow of the season was simple. Supers dominate early, fall apart, and the fans take control until they self-destruct on their own leading to the endgame we had. The Core Normals regaining control, but losing it in the Clutch to a Super.
But outside of that. The general pattern I wanted this season was A.) Not to let your emotions get the better of you, but still be able to use them to better yourself and make connections, and B.) Being Able to Understand people, whether it’s seeing deception, being able to form bonds outside of alliances, or being able to keep a group together. Like Koah Rong. Emotional Intelligence played a big role in this season. Those that showed it, had success in the game.

Well the Good News is, the Wait will likely not be as long. Unless something goes terribly wrong with the confirmation notes. Most of the brainstorming is set up, so that’s like 4 months cut off the wait time that was there for SFC15. As for a hint, there might be some familiar faces.


ChronoAlone, June 22nd, 2016, 10:06 pm

Have the confirmation notes already been sent out?

GaryHawkinsLandscaper, June 22nd, 2016, 10:17 pm

Is it Fans vs. Favorites? It's Season 16, so I guess it would make sense.

Niftyness, June 22nd, 2016, 10:21 pm

If SFC16 is an all or mostly returnees season, I better get to reading more past seasons o-o

DryIceBros, June 22nd, 2016, 10:25 pm

The familiar faced are Jeff... He has a hidden face.

Suckydo (Guest), June 22nd, 2016, 10:27 pm

Ha ha, I bet the person who dropped out, if they ever read this part, is probably going to kick himself or herself now, knowing the character they submitted would have won if they hadn't dropped out.

qazox, June 22nd, 2016, 10:32 pm

So Dustin replaced the winner.... damn I'm very bleeping curious as to what series they would have come from and how they would've won...

landis963, June 22nd, 2016, 11:01 pm

I'm wondering what the odds are that a single drop-out (I'm assuming there was only one person pulling their FC from the season) was the winner. Strictly speaking it's 1/40, but SWSU has some characters of his own in the mix (I seem to recall SWSU changing Cha'Telle to fix the gender imbalance, implying that she's his creation and no one else's).

dat4yc, June 22nd, 2016, 11:04 pm

Hm Fans vs Faves? That would be pretty cool, as long as the fans don't suck like in the IRL FvF seasons.

RedBeryl, June 22nd, 2016, 11:29 pm

Oh hey! You can comment on the SFC Season notes! The more you know~

Yeah, that's kind of a shame, having to pull out the winner because they dropped out. Maybe you should have a disclaimer saying once they confirm their entry, they're locked in or something. I dunno... It's a touchy subject, I'd imagine.

In any case, lookin' forward to Season 16! Any idea when the start date might be? August/September or some such?

anime9001, June 22nd, 2016, 11:43 pm

Heh....well, that explains quite a bit about Taro. In my rant I almost said "Taro's win was either decided before anything about the season was decided or after it was finished," but I figured that would be too blunt of an assumption. I didn't actually think I was right.... Well, that makes me feel like I was a little harsh given the circumstances, but since I didn't know the given circumstances, I won't beat myself up over that. Especially since you didn't seem upset at my criticism.

Past that, YES YES YES RETURNING CHARACTERS! Please have Eli and Sasha! I want to see them again so very bad, even though Eli is going to be one of the first boots if he is~

Also, I hope it's a full Allstars and not a FvF. Partially so we can have more returning characters and partially because I procrastinated in submitting my character for long enough that if there are new characters I'm going to feel like an idiot for not submitting it sooner so I had a chance to get into this season.

Guest, June 23rd, 2016, 4:34 am

So I'm goign to assume Cha'Telle was the added character to replace the winner, and assuming he doesn't drop out the boot order is the same up until the Final 6/7?

EDIT: Whoops, didn't see Dustin's section. Nevermind. XD

Blastoise_FTW, June 23rd, 2016, 10:13 am

Fans vs Favorites or Blood vs Water.. I would prefer a full All Stars but whatever. A long as we get Mike and Ky on the same tribe.

Ryebread01, June 23rd, 2016, 11:36 am

Crossing my fingers that my guy gets into SFC16 unless its all returning players. @.@ Oooooh I hope so.

Yumichika Time, June 25th, 2016, 12:28 pm

Sorry that I'm late here, but I just wanted to say that, while the next season ONLY the 3rd season w/ Returnees overall, I get the feeling that this WILL be the 1st EVER Hybrid season aaw. now, this is interestingly good regardless bc, if it's ALL Returness like usual, then yay, I have GOOD feeling about the next batch of Newer faces coming back. But if it's a HYBRID like I expect, then well FINALLY get to see how well SWSU can handle Rookies/Veteran TOGETHER, rather than separately. Either way, I just hope SWSU can give my character a CHANCE asp in the series (whether it's immediate or down the road, but hopefully NEVER forgotten in the process).

& yeah, if SWSU gets too forgetful on my character, I might have to keep reminding him about them. But nonetheless, let's hope that next season does NOT take so long to start, & play-out pretty well.

ChaoticCross, June 25th, 2016, 6:11 pm

Hmm I knew it was coming but I was hoping for at least one more season of new guys. Unless ya doing Vetrens Vs Rookies, that would be Fun. Either way next season will be fun I hope

Timeheart, November 21st, 2016, 1:10 am

Haven't heard any news of SFC16 in some time. Wonder how it's coming along.

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