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Article - 'MTCII: Episode 2' by Mateui

An item about Game Design posted on Mar 16, 2004

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Entitled: Bitterness
A second person is voted out.

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Making the Cut II: Episode 2
By: Mateui
Episode 2: Bitterness
Over at the Shindor Tribe:

*The castaways walked back to camp. It was very dark now, and they had just voted out Amanda.*

Randy: So far, everything has been calm on the island. I don't know how strong we are as a unit, because I know only several others are really into the game and helping the tribe.

*Everyone was now sitting in front of the campfire, discussing the vote that had occurred.*

Earl Oldson: Amanda was a no good loser! Look at her job – Videogame tester? Sheesh! That ain’t no job at all. I hate all those youngins who think they can rule the world. Snuck up snobs..

*Earl continued to rant and curse, while everyone kept quiet.*

Sarah: Earl just gets on my nerves. He’s not very positive and he’s always cursing at someone or something. He could hurt the tribe in the long run.

*Finally, the Shindor tribe fell asleep, after conversing about home and everything that they had left behind.*

Over at the Maladon Tribe:

*The sun had already risen, and Foyle was up and ready, now walking toward the tree mail. He picked it up, and brought it back to his tribe. He started to read it.*

Foyle:

“Pass the coconut around
Move it through and through
Keep the proper order going
Waiting for your cue

Go fast or slow
Win to grant your wish
A simple apparatus
Used to catch some fish”


Mark: What the heck?? Something involving fish and coconuts??

Well, I wanna be in this one. It sounds interesting... But if everyone else really wants to, I'd be willing to sit out for them.

Foyle: Seems like we are going to have to guess some kind of riddle/puzzle to find what order we are in, and then arrange that.

The prize is a tool to catch fish, I believe.

*The Maladon tribe nodded, and envisioned a feast of fish should they win this challenge.*

Reward Challenge: Coconut Pass

*Both the Maladon and Shindor tribe walk into the beach area.*

Mateui: Maladon, you're getting your first look at the new Shindor tribe, with Amanda being voted out last night.

Welcome to the first Reward Challenge in the game. The objective of the challenge is fairly simple. Each tribe will participate with 7 people. One person will start off the challenge, by picking up one coconut. Then, they will pass it to another tribe member. That tribe member will catch the coconut, and then will pass it to another. This will continue until 6 participating have caught the coconut. (We will get to the seventh person in awhile) At that time, the last person will need to throw the coconut back to the first person, and the cycle will continue for a second time. Once the first person receives the coconut back from the last person a second time, they will then run to the finish line.

The seventh person on each tribe that is not catching and throwing the coconut will have another task. Their job will be to try to slow down the other tribe. The only time they can slow the other tribe is during their second round of passing the coconut. To slow down the other tribe, they need to post in-between a throw and a receive. If they successfully catch the ball in-between the throw, the person who just threw it has to try again.

Maladon who’re you sitting out?

*Maladon discusses amongst themselves, and finally Ian raises his hand*

Alright Ian is sitting out for the Maladon tribe. He will not be able to participate in this challenge. Everyone else, you may get into places.

Want to see what you’re playing for?

*The castaways nod.*

You’ve been here for a couple of days, and you know how hard it is to come by for food, other than coconuts or some herbs. That being said, the winners of today’s challenge will be awarded this.

*Mateui reveals a large fishing net*

You win the challenge, and you win this large fishing net, which will enable you to catch many fish for your tribe.

For Reward, Survivors ready?... GO!

*Both tribes scramble off in a circle, and pick up the ball.*

*Friedrich listens intently to Mateui's instructions. As soon as he says "GO!" he runs to his teams’ coconut, and throws it into the air.

Friedrich: Someone catch it!

*Foyle picks up the coconut for the Maladon tribe, and throws it to Mark. Mark catches the coconut and throws it again.*

*At the same time, Evan catches the coconut that Friedrich threw, and he himself throws it.*

*More time passes, and Maladon already has 6 people who have come in contact with the ball. Shindor, only 4.*

Mateui: Maladon is up by 2. Don’t give up Shindor!

*Maladon completes their first round, while for Shindor, Randy cannot catch the ball, and continues to drop it every time that Sarah throws it to him.*

*Eventually, Randy catches the ball, and the Shindor tribe catches up to the Maladon tribe.*

*Maladon manages to complete their second round, while Shindor is still struggling.*

Mateui: Alright! The challenge is over.

Maladon Wins Reward.

Please take your new fish net and head back to camp. Shindor, you're going back to your tribe empty handed.

*Both tribes walked back to their camp. Shindor was disappointed, while Maladon was celebrating another win.*

Over at the Shindor Tribe:

*Friedrich was concerned about the loss of the challenge and decided to discuss plans in order to be successful in the Immunity challenge. The tribe was prepped up, and finally, after some conversation and the passing of time, tree mail was delivered.*

Sarah:

Hand in hand together
Running through a track
Go through all the obstacles
Careful to look back

Be first – you succeed
Last – a disgrace
Losers: Tribal Council will face.


Friedrich: All Tribesmen who read this, please be focused and ready for the challenge. It'd be nice if we can have everyone ready and organized this time.

Immunity Challenge: Relay Race



Mateui: Before you stands a large field, which you will need to race through to get to the finish. The races starts on the grassy field, where 2 members of both tribes will race through it. Having traversed the whole field, another tribe member gets onto the balance beam. That tribe member walks on top of the balance beam, and must call for another tribe member to go through. Finally, when these two get past the balance beam, another tribe member will pick up a ball. They will then throw it to another member of their tribe. That member will catch the ball, and will attempt to crack it open. When the do crack it, inside will be their tribe’s flag. That member will then take the flag, and pass it to the final, seventh member of the tribe. The last member will take the flag, and run up the hill. There, they will place the flag onto the pole.

First tribe to have their flag on the pole wins immunity.

Immunity is at stake.. Ready? GO!

*Natalie and Ian start to run together through the field. There, Mark starts to walk on the balance beam*

*Friedrich and Sarah start running together and finally finish the first section. They wait for someone else to begin to cross the balance beam, but they are a little slow.*

*Meanwhile, Mark makes it past the balance beam, and Jennifer picks up the ball and throws it. Another tribe member catches it, and begins to break the ball. The ball cracks, revealing a green flag inside. The flag is passed to the final tribe member, and is hoisted to the top of the pole.*

Mateui: Maladon wins Immunity!

Ian: Yay. We win!

*The once again disappointed Shindor tribe would be heading off to Tribal Council once again to vote someone off. Maladon had yet to taste defeat.*

Over at the Shindor Tribe:

*Strategizing had already begun at the Shindor tribe, as people were dividing themselves into groups and discussing plans. Some were all alone.*

Friedrich: I thought that Sarah would approach Evan with an offer into the alliance. As long as Sarah did it correctly, he would not be able to know for sure who else is in the alliance, or whether Sarah is the leader. This is exactly how I want it. Information is power. The next person to be offered into the alliance would be done so by Evan, and then that person will offer it to the next person, etc. But strict control would need to be kept.

I saw the Relay challenge early and notified Sarah. Together we quickly completed the first few steps of the race. But I don’t know how much farther it will go. The Tribe is extremely disorganized and inattentive. I can’t rely on any of them at all, except Sarah. The other team, however, is doing nicely. It is rather unfair that we got stuck with all the people who don’t seem serious about the game. But I must roll with the punches.

As was expected, the challenge was lost. Kind of sad, but this is how it must be. I don’t think there’s any question of Earl getting voted off. Sarah and I have cemented our alliance further, and also changed our plans. I will talk Evan into it when I can talk to him, and she will get Randy in. Then I will have Evan “ask” Sarah into the alliance and she will have Randy “ask” me into the alliance. The alliance should remain anonymous, and they should have no idea what’s going on. I can’t say I entirely trust Sarah, but I have no choice. You have to trust someone, after all. But so far Randy hasn’t talked to me yet… if he doesn’t than something is wrong.


Randy:As of now, I feel an alliance is best. There is a clear division between the tribe: those were are active and those who are not. I don't know if I will even join or form an alliance with several others... but it's the best option for me right now.

Jason:With the challenges, nothing to say that, me and Randy let the team down on the immunity challenge, but Earl gave us the problem of losing the reward challenge. I get the feeling it’s going to be one of us three. . Hopefully they go for him though because he was around the whole time. Yeah.

*Earl walked around camp, sneaking behind some people to hear their conversations. He heard his name a couple of times, and abruptly left.*

Earl:Those idiots. They’re probably blaming me for the loss. Selfess, bitter ***holes! I’ll show them.. They haven’t seen the last of Earl Oldson.

Tribal Council:

Mateui: Shindor, welcome back.

*The Shindor tribe walks to the two benches and sits down*

Mateui: I can see that none of you want to be here, but since you've lost that last challenge, it's the only outcome. Someone tell me, how does it feel to have lost 3 challenges in a row? What's wrong? Is there anything you can do to win?

Sarah: I'm not just disappointed with this round, I'm pretty pissed off. Everyone this morning was notified about the challenge, but it seems like one of them decided not to show up. Following that, THREE people didn't help out!

Jason: I cannot say that I really enjoy losing three of the challenges, especially when I sort of missed out on the last one. I think our biggest problem is getting people in on the challenges.

Mateui: Well, there are 7 of you now, and after this vote, you'll only have 6. All the while Maladon is still sitting nicely with 8 people.

Friedrich, in your opinion, are your losses helping your tribe to improve, or are they lowering the overall morale?

Friedrich: It's rather disappointing to have not have won a challenge so far, but it's still early in the game. Some of our members must be having trouble getting here for the challenges, but I don't think we're heavily damaged yet. These losses only serve to give us a chance to weed out the uncooperative and weak members of the Tribe so that we have a more reliable unit overall.

Mateui: Well, I guess it is time to vote.

*One by one, the Survivors head out to the voting booth and write down a name*

Friedrich: Earl Oldson
He doesn't seem like a team player. He does not participate in anything, and hasn't shown up for a single challenge. He's a weak member of the tribe. Additionally, his actions show that he might be something of a wild card, hard to control or convince for votes. Too erratic. Another obvious choice.

*Friedrich puts his vote inside the container, and heads back to his seat. Jason now votes.*

Jason: Sarah
She needs to lighten up about the challenges and such. She so angry the we are losing all the time. I wouldn't mind it, but all she seems to do is whine. I don't like whiners.

*Jason now leaves, and John votes.*

John: Well, I'd have to say Earl Oldson. I like the guy, but he isn't active too much, nor has he contributed to much.

*John goes back to his seat.*

Mateui: Alright, I’ll go tally the votes.

*Mateui walks away and comes back with the vote container.*

Mateui: Once the votes are read, the decision is final - the person voted out will be asked to leave the area immediately. I'll read the votes.

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*Sarah could not believe it - she had received a vote from someone.*

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3 votes Earl, 1 vote Sarah. Earl, you only need one more vote..

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The second person, voted out of Making the Cut II:
Earl

*Earl stands up and brings his torch over to Mat. The torch is snuffed.*

Earl, the tribe has spoken.

*Earl is angered and looks back at his tribe. He curses under his breath, and wishes that Shindor would take a downfall after he is gone. He wants Shindor to regret their decision. Finally, Earl walks away.*

Mateui: Looks like the tribal unity is started to come apart.. Obviously, Sarah, you received a vote you weren't expecting.. But you don't know who it's from.

Guys, head back to camp.

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ARCHIVE:

Friedrich: Vote: Earl Oldson
Reason: He doesn't seem like a team player. He has a very small amount of posts, does not participate in anything, and hasn't shown up for a single challenge. He's a weak member of the tribe. Additionally, his actions show that he might be something of a wild card, hard to control or convince for votes. Too erratic. Another obvious choice.

Sarah: Vote: Earl Oldson

He pisses me off. At first, I thought it was just part of his character to hate "youngins", but now I realize that the other part of his character was to simply not do anything! Goodbye Earl.

Jason: I vote: Sarah
Reason: She needs to lighten up about the challenges and such. She so angry the we are losing all the time. I wouldn't mind it, but all she seems to do is whine. I don't like whiners.

Evan: Earl.
Sorry, man, but you've missed the last two challenges. It was nice being here with you, though.

Randy: Vote: Earl Oldson
Reason: I feel as though we are constantly losing the challenges due to a lack of involvement of certain members. In order to turn around our current losing streak, we have to start communicating and actually do our part in every challenge tossed at us. With that said, there is one person who did not participate in the last two challenges. So, Earl, you got my vote.

John: Well, I'd have to say Earl Oldson. I like the guy, but he isn't active too much, nor has he contributed to much.

Did not Vote:
- Earl

The Big Reveal:
Earl Oldson = DrFunk

(What some players said about this: “It should have been obvious you do not possess the mental capacity to even attempt something like this.” -and- “I actually guessed that Earl was Funk from the beginning. Mainly because Earl was unfunny and typed in caps.”)


TUNE IN NEXT TIME!


- Mateui