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Article - 'Pre-Show' by Mateui

An item about Miscellanious posted on Feb 5, 2004

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Meet the 16 who will soon be embarking on a journey of a life time.

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Making the Cut II: Pre-Show
By: Mateui

Marooned deep in Indonesian territory, 16 Survivors begin a journey of twists and turns, eliminating another player every 2 days, until one remains - the Sole Survivor.

Meet the 16 Survivors who will soon embark on an epic journey that will pit them all against each other, while only one will emerge as the final Survivor.

Before the series begins, read each contestant’s biographies, and select your favourite.

The sixteen players have be arranged in 2 tribes of 8 – Maladon, who will always wear green, and Shindor, who will always wear violet.


The Maladon Tribe:



Name: Alexander Cromwell
Age: 19
Sex: Yes please (male)
Occupation: Italian nourishment runner[delivery boy]. Dabbles in real estate; selling and renting rooms and time-share, splurges money in the stock market, and TRIES (emphases on tries) to become a video game designer.
Marital Status: Single and loving it.
Please Describe your Appearance: Tall, six feet three inches, with a large girth, huge chest, and broad shoulders. Lifts weights and jogs two miles every morning but eats back every pound he loses (in other words, he is fat and muscular at the same time). Afro-American (I.E. Black), hair happens to be in a large afro with long sideburns and a manly goatee. Brown eyes and a suprisingly high voice (although he can easily make it real deep).
Describe yourself in 3 words: One bad mutha
Describe your character: Loves food almost as much as he loves women (all though the food is easier to get too). Tries to score with the ladies but his thirty year old moves, dance steps, and catch phrases kill any kind of romance. While it's easy for him to ask a lady on a nice date, and most would agree, it usually turns into a "let's be friends" situation and Alex is proud of that. It's cool having a bunch of lady friends (plus woman are freakin expensive). He's had a few years of kickboxing but he could never come to hurt someone unless they stole his food or he has to.
What kind of strategy(ies) will you be using if you get accepted?: Neutral man. Alex realizes that the best way to achieve your goals is to make friends with everybody. He'll try to break up fights, pat everyone's shoulders, and basically be one nice guy so nobody votes him off.
Why do you feel you should be accepted to play MTC2?: Personally, I felt that making the cut was one of the most original and successful "events" Gamingw ever had. I felt like I was missing out on something by not participating in the first one and I'm sure the second one will be even more fun.
What is your One Luxury Item?: An ivory hair pick with gold teeth, studded in 14k diamonds on the handle. It was left in a cheap zoot suit by an African merchant on Alex's trip to Zambia one year.
Do you consider yourself a: Schemer, or Helper?: Both. Alex realizes that you have to think about yourself first, then others. He'll help people whenever he gets the chance but its usually because he can expect their help in return (and it's better to be on someone's goodside than on their badside).

Name: Foyle Aber
Age: 16
Sex: Male
Occupation: Grocery Clerk
Marital Status: Single
Please Describe your Appearance: Tall and skinny with slightly long black hair. Brown eyes (This doesn't have to be real does it? XD)
Describe yourself in 3 words: Evil Backstabbing Survivor (This better be private o_o)
Describe your character: Funny person who will be friends with anyone, and help anyone because I just love to help .. hehe
What kind of strategy(ies) will you be using if you get accepted?:
I plan to use strategies that will allow my allies to think I am on their side, but the tides can turn no matter what. I plan to make friendships, but I will break the friendship if I have to. I want to come off as a "nice guy" and when people get voted off, I'm going to try and make sure I am not seen as the leader, who proposed the voting off. Basically, I plan to be very two faced.
Why do you feel you should be accepted to play MTC2?:
Because I been begging to get on since the end of MTC1? Also, I think I would play an interesting candidate for this. Also, I'm a great liar.. just ask my mom
What is your One Luxury Item?: My laptop.
Do you consider yourself a: Schemer, or Helper?:
In the back of my head, I will be a schemer but I will be throwing myself off as a helper.
Name: Ian Murphy
Age: 30
Sex: Male
Occupation: Builder
Marital Status: Single, no girlfriend.
Please Describe your Appearance: Blue eyes, shaved head, about 6 feet tall, pretty good physique (i.e healthy, but not total muscleman)
Describe yourself in 3 words: Outgoing, friendly and....determined.
Describe your character: He's entering MTC2 to get away from a pretty monotonous lifestyle. If he gets in, he hopes to make a few new friends from the game, but, if he's enjoying how things are going and really doesn't want to leave, he may just play the game a little more...cleverly. He's in it for a good time, but like anyone else, he'd love to win.
What kind of strategy(ies) will you be using if you get accepted?: Try not to make any enemies, and even when trying to make friends, be sure to keep a constant eye out for those you think are "playing the game" as they say. Don't become an outcast, obviously, but don't try to be "Mr. Popular" either, or you put yourself on a pedestal and set yourself up for a fall. And finally, while it would be nice to go through the game being happy go lucky friends with everyone, remember that anyone could be planning your downfall.
Why do you feel you should be accepted to play MTC2?: I think - well, I hope, that my character could be a bit different from the others. He's not trying to be everyone's buddy for the purpose of not being voted out, but at the same he's not going to be a total devious, sly player who's constantly got their eyes on the prize. He's sort of a mixture, so I just hope I could provide a little variety.
What is your One Luxury Item?: A Hammock.
Do you consider yourself a: Schemer, or Helper?: Hmm...a Helper for the most part, but like I said, a little tactical playing is never totally out of the question.

Name: Joey Mury
Age: 17
Sex: Male
Occupation: Disgruntled McDonald's employee
Marital Status: Single
Please Describe your Appearance: Short, brown hair, brown eyes, Caucasian, young looking, VERY honest looking, unsuspecting *hint hint*
Describe yourself in 3 words: Funny, nice, clever (I hope...)
Describe your character: In reality, I'm a nice guy who wants to help out and better society. But the hell with reality. I always was intrigued by the "villains" of Survivor, like Lex, (Survivor 3) Rich (Survivor 1) and Rob (Survivor 4) who seemed to have an ominous feel to them and really commanded the game. As much as I'd like that role, pissing people off that much eventually got them voted off. I'll be a good person, but don't be surprised to see a knife with a dancing Pom-Pom in your back...
What kind of strategy(ies) will you be using if you get accepted?: I'll form alliances, dig myself as deep into the game as possible, through keeping myself prominient and the occasional backstab (can't backstab too early, after all) then, once it's down to the final few, may the better man win...
Why do you feel you should be accepted to play MTC2?: I believe I can add the prominent character that everyone will be talking about late (maybe even early) in the game. Love me, hate me, you'll still be glad to have me around. Plus, you all know me.
What is your One Luxury Item?: A large body pillow with Homsar on one side, Trogdor on the other.
Do you consider yourself a: Schemer, or Helper?: I'll help... for awhile.

Name: Johanus Sabastian Bartholomew iii
Age: 23
Sex: Male
Occupation: Out of work Actor
Marital Status: Looking EVERYWHERE
Please Describe your Appearance: a swashbuckling hotty
Describe yourself in 3 words: Good looking asshole
Describe your character: Johanus is the son of a famous hollywood actor and the grandson of a famous stage actor. He has a bit of a liniage to continue to say the very least. Johanus tries to do well in acting, but is always being sidetracked by something, be it a woman or his own sheer laziness. Johanus is a complete ladies man who gets around the block a couple hundred times a week, but is a true romantic deep down and is always on the search for that special someone. Johanus is very good looking and he knows that fact all too well. He tends to be quite the jerk more often then not. He looks at MTC2 as a career jump-start because of the television air time and publicity that the show takes with it. He really doesn't know what he's in for.
What kind of strategy(ies) will you be using if you get accepted?: Charm. I'm going to use what charisma I have to get in close with people and do what I have to do afterwords to win the game.
Why do you feel you should be accepted to play MTC2?: I believe that this is a wonderful character that could bring some great twists and turns later on. I'm also very dedicated to this series of games.
What is your One Luxury Item?: A gold plated mirror. (Gotta keep my hair in place.)
Do you consider yourself a: Schemer, or Helper?: Definitely a schemer

Name: Mark Grant
Age: 25
Sex: Male
Occupation: Child Care Worker
Marital Status: Single
Please Describe your Appearance: Tall, black hair, medium build
Describe yourself in 3 words: Likes.... To...... Help?
Describe your character: Typical good guy, easy to get a long with. Doesn't get angry or anything all that often. Likes meeting people.
What kind of strategy(ies) will you be using if you get accepted?: Well, that all depends on how things unfold, right?
Why do you feel you should be accepted to play MTC2? : Stone Cold said so! .. Well, no.. That'd be cool though. I just think it'd be fun and could be a fun experience.
What is your One Luxury Item?: Dreamcatcher
Do you consider yourself a: Schemer, or Helper?: Helper! Your needs before mine, that kinda stuff..
Name: Natalie Kink
Age: 17
Sex: Female
Occupation: Graphic Designer
Marital Status: Sssingle
Please Describe your Appearance: Dyed red hair, blue-grey eyes, bouncy breasts, 5 and a half feet tall.
Describe yourself in 3 words: Analytical, untrusting and vivacious.
Describe your character: I only do things when I get something out of it, I think of me before all others, even so I'm usually very pleasant even to people I don't like.
What kind of strategy(ies) will you be using if you get accepted?: Try to slink under the radar at first, then gradually build up the trust of the other players by being nice and unconflicty... then I get the ones that trust me to vote off anyone that gives off any vibe they dislike me!! False sincerity is the key!
Why do you feel you should be accepted to play MTC2?: Because I'm a redhead with bouncy breasts, of course. I'm 100% pure, geniune WOOOMAN!!
What is your One Luxury Item?: Gumball machine
Do you consider yourself a: Schemer, or Helper?: Both, but I prefer to scheme.

Name: Jennifer Sweeney
Age: 21
Sex: female
Occupation: College Student training to be a nurse, out from the spring/winter break (depending on when MTC2 is supposed to occur in the story), currently unemployed
Marital Status: Single, has a boyfriend from her college though
Please Describe your Appearance: 5 feet 8 inches tall, dark brown hair, short hair that goes down to the bottom of her neck.
Describe yourself in 3 words: Wise, Shy, Pretty
Describe your character: She is quiet and shy around those who she doesn't know very well usually. She is pretty smart and plans out what to do well usually. Whenever she gets to know someone better she is more talkative usually.
What kind of strategy(ies) will you be using if you get accepted?: Well I think first that I'll remain silent in the first round and pay attention to what that the other people are doing. I'll probably try to find out who doesn't have an ally till the end yet that seems to be a good one and ally with them.
I think that I'll try to let my ally do the decision making for now.
Later in the game if I feel that someone is a big enough threat to me or my ally (and that my ally won't betray me) that I'll try to vote them out. I'll also try to vote for whoever most of the other people are going after to avoid getting noticed.
Once it gets to the round of 3 this time I would be very alert for what happens and if I still have my ally left then try to get the other person to vote for my ally instead of me. Also I'd try to make sure that I win that immunity challenge.
Why do you feel you should be accepted to play MTC2?: Well I have studied the strategies from MTC1 and learned from them, so I feel that I could probably do fairly well in MTC2 and make it more interesting later on in the game.
What is your One Luxury Item?: A small handheld picture of my boyfriend.
Do you consider yourself a: Schemer, or Helper?: More of a schemer, though I'll act more like a helper when I don't feel threatened, but I'll still be plotting and planning.

The Shindor Tribe:

Name: Amanda Tingay
Age: 24
Sex: Female
Occupation: Video game tester
Marital Status: Single
Please Describe your Appearance: Somewhat short for her age, pale skinned and attractive, with dull blonde hair cut short just below the ears, and grayish-blue eyes. She's not very well built, so she could benefit from some exercise time which she knows she'll get if she's accepted. And a tan.
Describe yourself in 3 words: Really damn sexy
Describe your character: Eccentric, obsessed, oddly attractive. Not very trusting of people, but she can be a good friend anyways. Well, if you get over her weird side first.
What kind of strategy(ies) will you be using if you get accepted?: Just being myself.
Why do you feel you should be accepted to play MTC2?: Because it sounds cool, and... I'm sexy, and... lol its a plane
What is your One Luxury Item?: Nothing - I don't need anything.
Do you consider yourself a: Schemer, or Helper?: Helper

Name: Earl Oldson
Age: 65
Sex: Male
Occupation: Retired Truckdriver
Marital Status: Single
Please Describe your Appearance: Unshaved beard, huge mustache, bald head, gray hair, an eye patch over one eye and his other eye is green. Plaid shirt and overalls.
Describe yourself in 3 words: big fat dumbass
Describe your character: He talks funny like those old people
What kind of strategy(ies) will you be using if you get accepted?: Tricking people
Why do you feel you should be accepted to play MTC2?: Because I am Godlike
What is your One Luxury Item?: Model Truck
Do you consider yourself a: Schemer, or Helper?: Schemer

Name: Evan Muse
Age: 24
Sex: Male
Occupation: Lawyer in criminal law
Marital Status: Engaged
Please Describe your Appearance: Short, brown hair + eyes, fit body. Clean shaven face. Italian.
Describe yourself in 3 words: Intelligent, determined, loyal
Describe your character: I'm loyal to my friends, but ruthless towards my enemies. I'm hard-working, and don't just sit around and wait for things to be handed to me.
What kind of strategy(ies) will you be using if you get accepted?: I'll try my hardest to help unify my tribe, and make us strong for the challenges. A tribe that works as a whole rather than disjointed parts will do much better in competition. I'll also try to build up a team of allies to get me further than I could go by myself. I'll try not to stab anyone in the back, though, because if I work my way to the final two by lying to everyone, no one will vote in my favor.
Why do you feel you should be accepted to play MTC2?: Because of my drive to win. When I start something, i give every effort to finish it, and I'll try my hardest (hopefully harder than anyone else) to win. Whether I come out of this game as the winner or not, I can assure you that I'll be someone the other contestants will remember as a true threat. I will not be made to lose easily.
What is your One Luxury Item?: A fishing net. I want it because it will benefit the tribe and I can use it as leverage not to vote for me.
Do you consider yourself a: Schemer, or Helper?: Mostly a helper, but I'll certainly be doing some scheming as I plan to win. In a game such as this, it's usually survival of the sharpest.


Name: Jason Lucca
Age: 25
Sex: Male
Occupation: Electrician
Marital Status: Engaged
Apperance: About 5' 11" heightwise. Hair is short and brown. Aproxament weight is 140lbs. Not all too muscular, but decently in shape. Skin is slightly tanned white.
3 Word Descripton: Shy yet Headstrong
Description of Character: Jason is from Clevland Ohio, USA. Taking up after the proffession chosen by his grandfather (who is a retired eletrician), at the age of 18 after compeleting highschool, went to a local business school and took up to become a eletrician. Jason has always been known as a quiet person who doesn't make himself known at most times (some of his highschool teachers didn't even know that he was in some of their classes.). While mostly being quiet, if something comes up that he feels strongly about, he will make sure that he gets a point across, or at least someone hears him.
What kind of strategy(ies) will you be using if you get accepted?: Not the sort of person who will go out of their way to make alliances with every single person, but more of a loner, and would go along with people, while attempting to scheme a way to the top.
Why do you feel you should be accepted to play MTC2?: While not being a necessarily huge fan of the television show Survivor, it is something that I always thought would be cool to try, and a good challenge.
What is your One Luxury Item?: I am someone who enjoys a lot of music, so probably an I-pod.
Do you consider yourself a schemer or helper?: Both sort of, but more of a schemer.
Name: Randy Tahkoer
Age: 16
Sex: Male
Occupation: Student/Professional Solicitor
Marital Status: Single
Please Describe your Appearance: I am 5’9” in height and approximately 140 pounds. I possess black hair with dark brown eyes that appear black to the unaided eye. As far as my skin tone, I am what many would say tan.
Describe yourself in 3 words: Serious, strong, determined.
Describe your character: I am steadfast in deciding my actions and refuse to ignore my morals and beliefs. Some might classify me as stubborn, but I think I am quite comfortable with persona to ever question my thoughts. I also have an unbroken will that has been strengthen through the hardships of life, and my self-goals naturally take me in the directions I travel.
What kind of strategy(ies) will you be using if you get accepted?: I never belief in having a set plan before seeing who and what I am involved with, but of course I always have various preparations to conform to whatever is thrown at me. As of now, strength in numbers seem to be the best course of act for the first half of the game. After that, I know that some of my allies will begin to plot and scheme to assure their own victory, as I will do the same if necessary to protect my own back. Like I mentioned before, depending on what my surroundings are will determine my specific strategy.
Why do you feel you should be accepted to play MTC2?: Well, to be quite honest, I found the first MTC to be very appealing. The plot twists actually kept me guessing, and I was unable to guess who would go in certain rounds. I feel as though it would be an enjoyable event, and one that would challenge the mind and bring out the true character of each player... as well as myself.
What is your One Luxury Item?: Journal (with pen)
Do you consider yourself a: Schemer, or Helper?: Primarily a schemer, for I know everyone else will be one... despite what they put on their applications. However, I will definitely help others if I feel as though they could help me.

Name: John Doe
Age: 23
Sex: Male
Occupation: Author
Marital Status: Single
Please Describe your Appearance: An average guy. Doesn't go for anything he cannot do, thus he's not the strongest guy out there. He likes to keep his hair perfect, yet he's not obsessed with it. Otherwise, just a general guy.
Describe yourself in 3 words: Sarcastic, Unpredictable, Creative.
Describe your character: Not too picky about anything at all. He doesn't strive for much. He has no loyal side, he just sells out to the highest bidder. He has no truth strength, he's just all around balanced.
What kind of strategy(ies) will you be using if you get accepted?: Quiet, sneaky, go with the safest person and make as many allies as possible, and later ditch off the suspicious ones. Basically a general strategy.
Why do you feel you should be accepted to play MTC2?: I like to try new things, and I also like strategy. I think that this is a nice mixture of both. MTC was fun enough to watch, but I wanna try it from my view.
What is your One Luxury Item?: Comfortable Sleeping Bag.
Do you consider yourself a: Schemer, or Helper?: Schemer

Name: Friedrich Nietzsche
Age: 56
Sex: Male
Occupation: Philosopher
Marital Status: Unattached
Please Describe your Appearance: A short, moustached man with graying hair and a far-away look in his eye...
Describe yourself in 3 words: Striving for success
Describe your character: I am rational, and somewhat cold. My major concern is balanced equally between my own desire to win, and the desire for my team to succeed. If someone threatens my alliance, I will do my best to eliminate that threat, not necessarily excluding myself.
I definitely want to win. But that doesn't mean I will be dishonorable about it. When dealing with my enemies, I am ruthless and without pity. But for my allies, I am a noble pillar of honesty. If I give my word on something, I do not break it, even if later on I found out I had been betrayed. Trust is the most important aspect of dealing with your allies. When you have mutual trust, you can be unstoppable.
My enemies, however, will get no mercy. They're either with me or against me, and I'll feel no compunction in lying to them. However, as with my allies, if I give my word I will always honor it. It could be no other way.
What kind of strategy(ies) will you be using if you get accepted?: Mislead and isolate my enemies, while forging an iron link among my allies. I shall create, or join into, an allianced based on complete cooperation and trust. Together, we will plan, strategize, and maneuver any and all resources in our favor to defeat the enemy. Working together and organization is the key, and as such it will be important to maintain strict leadership. I will be happy to follow someone else's lead... providing they do it with competence. An incompetent leader is a burden to the alliance, to be treated as an enemy: outmaneuver and eliminate.
In the final rounds, I will increasingly narrow my list of valuable allies, until I have a very tiny group of only the most trustworthy people. This group's soul purpose will be to ensure its own survival until the very last jury voting. I admit I'm not too sure what my own tactics will be at the end of the game... how best to win the game without alienating your own allies completely? Perhaps bargaining with the enemy to covertly eliminate threatening allies will be necessary...
Why do you feel you should be accepted to play MTC2?: I think I can do much to make the game as interesting as possible. I've never played this type of game before, and I'm interested in seeing how well I can use any natural charisma, honesty, and manipulative abilities to win. If I am accepted, I promise to be as entertaining, and skillful, player as I can possibly be. You have my word on that.
What is your One Luxury Item?: One luxury item? I assume this means something along the lines of "if you were stranded on a desert island, what would you take?" Well, in that case I would have to say... Soda. I can't go more than a few days without the stuff. Addiction? Maybe...
Do you consider yourself a: Schemer, or Helper?: Ah, one or the other? I'd say I'm a fair balance of both: I scheme to help my allies and myself. But if I had to choose one, I'd say I'm more of a schemer in the end.

<Name: Sarah Heiderman
Age: 28
Sex: Female
Occupation: Deoderant salesperson
Marital Status: Divorced
Please Describe your Appearance: Dark brown hair, light green eyes, slender, but with plenty of upper-body strength.
Describe yourself in 3 words: Lonely, but fun.
Describe your character: Intelligent, and will be willing to put others down to get ahead. Here to win, and will achieve that goal by any means possible.
What kind of strategy(ies) will you be using if you get accepted?: I want to use people's weaknesses against them. I.E. try to make them feel bad for me. I'm divorced, after all.
Why do you feel you should be accepted to play MTC2?: I'm willing to face the challenges and I think I can disprove the theory of men being the stronger of the sexes.
What is your One Luxury Item?: Deodorant. I can't stand to smell bad.
Do you consider yourself a: Schemer, or Helper?: A little of both, but in the end, I'm probably a schemer.

And those are the 18 that will be playing Making the Cut II: Indonesia.
Look forward to the next article, which will actually be the first episode of the game. Until then, stay tuned!
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- Mat