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Article - 'MTCIII - Episode 7' by Mateui

An item about Miscellanious posted on Jan 16, 2005

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Entitled: Stocks and Getting Soaked
The final four faces two more new challenges, beating points and getting soaked. The final 3 is revealed as the last elimination takes place. (Test)

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Making the Cut III: Episode 7

By: Mateui

Episode 7: Stocks and Getting Soaked

4 People.. one EPM..



Remaining Players:

Logan

Mr. Y

TheCreeper

WuJing



Executed Players:

UPRC

Finality

Moriason

Illness Illusion

OwlStorm

Chikochamp





Current Pot:

320 Points






Legend:

Blue Text: A Player confessional/private thoughts from Journal.

Courier Font: Assignment/Task info given to the players.






Voice Over: Ten unlikely strangers.. living in a secluded hotel. They will be participating in challenges to raise the game’s pot – Post points. The winner of the game will receive this amount, and it will be added to their GW account. They will also be awarded GW Supporter Status.



However, it’s not as simple as that. One of the ten is secretly a saboteur, a double agent, working with the Host to lower the pot by misleading others and sabotaging the challenges. They are the elusive Evil Puppet Master. (EPM for short).



At the end of each round, the players will take a quiz on the identity of the EPM. The player with the lowest score will be executed, being eliminated from the game. In the end, only 3 will remain, the Loser, the Winner, and of course, the Evil Puppet Master.



You as the reader can also play along, by trying to discern who may be sabotaging the challenges, and deceiving others. Perhaps you can figure out the true identity of the EPM before anyone else.



Let us begin..








*The final 4 returned to the lounge, to receive instructions for the next challenge. They sat down on a couch, and Mateui arrived.*



Mateui: This next challenge will be pretty interesting. I’m sure that you’ll enjoy it. Here is the info.



*The large screen turned on in the room, and instructions were written on it.*



Challenge 13: The GW Stock Market

(Total Possible: 200 points)




The four remaining players are told that they will be participating in a Stock Market. Everyone is given 50 points, and they all have to distribute this money in 3 ways. (With the minimum of 10 points in each way) A list is given, with various conditions/actions. The players must place some of their money on the conditions which they believe will happen in GW. (They must choose their 3 things, and post them in a reply here. Once someone chooses something, the other 3 players cannot choose the same thing!)



For the rest of the day, the players will have to look at GW and report on any condition that has occurred. The host will not be checking, so it is the players’ jobs to find an occurrence, and link it in the appropriate topic.



If the event occurs, then the player will keep this money. If the event does not occur, the player will lose double the money that was placed on that event.



Events:

- Prefix posts at least 2 polls in the Polls Forum

- A new Screenshot Thread is posted in Game & Demo

- Someone gets BANNED!

- Someone becomes a Mod

- Someone becomes a Staff Member

- A Demo/Game is released and posted in Game & Demo

- Someone (other than any players in this game) posts in the ika Forum.

- There is a Necropost

- A topic is Locked in the General Forum

- A topic is Moved to the Awesome Topics Forum

- A topic is Moved to the Pile of Feces Forum

- A topic is Moved to the Crapshack Forum

- Someone asks how to make a CBS/CMS in the Rm2k/3 Support Forum

- There is a New Topic in the Online Programming Forum

- The Most Users Ever Online surpasses 100. (Take a Screenshot)

- A New Forum is added to GW

- There is a new Topic about Cats

- There is a new Topic about Dogs

- There is a new Topic about the Olympics

- The word “Gay” is mention at least 3 times in a topic.

- Dr. Funk is praised by a member with less than 100 posts.

- Dr. Funk insults someone

- Kezay posts a topic relating to Nintendo

- Someone (other than any players in this game) says "Final Fantasy" in the Game & Demo Forum

- Bart posts with the ":cool:" emoticon.

- Someone (other than any players in this game) uses the ":ban:" emoticon

- MDN does not understand a joke



IMPORTANT NOTE: So that no one cheats by selecting something that has already happened, only any incidents that occur AFTER you have made your three selections here will count.




Mr. Y: Is it cheating to message a person with a PM and ask them to do something? Like ask Bart to post with that emoticon?



Anyways, here's my distributions.



- Kezay posts a topic relating to Nintendo -> 10 points.

- A topic is Locked in the General Forum -> 30 points.

- There is a Necropost -> 10 points.



Mateui: No, PMing a person to do something is fine. Do whatever you feel is necessary to get your points.



TheCreeper: There is a new Topic about the Olympics - 30

Someone (other than any players in this game) uses the ":ban:" emoticon - 10

Someone (other than any players in this game) says "Final Fantasy" in the Game & Demo Forum - 10



Logan: A Demo/Game is released and posted in Game & Demo > 10 points

There is a New Topic in the Online Programming Forum > 10 points

Someone (other than any players in this game) posts in the ika Forum > 10 points



WuJing: - Someone gets BANNED!

- A topic is Moved to the Pile of Feces Forum

- A Demo/Game is released and posted in Game & Demo



Mateui: Alright. Everyone has made their choices. Please head back to your rooms, log on to GW, and look for any occurrences of the choices you chose. A topic will be provided for you to post your successful events in.



*The players went upstairs and entered their rooms, and began looking for events.*



TheCreeper: OLYMPICS



I get to keep thirty at least. Even though I could lose 40.



TheCreeper: Ban Emoticon



Schwing.



Logan: The Online Programming One



Thank God I got at least one =/.



*TheCreeper needed one more of his events to occur, but so far it didn’t happen. He decided to take matters into his own hands..*



TheCreeper: Final Fantasy (Read what Quest had to say)



Mateui: Smart move TheCreeper. 50 Points earned in total.



TheCreeper: Thanks.



Mr. Y: Necropost (Thanks Creeper)



*Minutes passed.. then hours..*



WuJing: Hope I'm not too late. This whole thing has me screwed up with what happens when now. Was yesterday a challenge and a quiz???



*WuJing began to look for events, but he couldn’t find a single one.. more minutes passed..*



Mateui: CHALLENGE IS OVER!



70/200 Points have been added to the pot.








TheCreeper: Basically, we were each given 50 points to split up into three different events that may happen at GW.



I choose three things that happen daily, and I got all three right. Thus, 50 points were added to the pot. I did my part.



Mr. Y: First, we started off with Challenge 13, the GW Stock Market! We all invested 50 points in certain events occurring. I bet 10 points that Kezay'd post a Nintendo topic, 10 points on a necropost occuring, and 30 points on a General Forum topic being locked. I thought we were doing good on that challenge, but we got only 70 points on it. Ah well, it was a tough one anyways :(.









*The players were a little exhausted from the challenge, but they were given very little rest. A couple of minutes after the challenge finished everyone was called to meet in the backyard of the hotel. Curiously, the players came downstairs and exited the building. What they saw came as a shock to them.*



Mateui: Welcome! Please stand over here.



*Mateui pointed to a spot on the lawn.*



Mateui: As you can see, there is a rather large pool here, and 10 platforms above it’s cold water. Each of you must choose one of these platforms, and stand on it. Depending on what platform you choose, something may happen.



These are the types of effects:

- DROP: The platform drops and the person standing on it falls - losing 1 life.

- NEUTRAL: Nothing happens.

- ELIMINATE: The person standing on this platform can choose to take away 1 life from another player.

- FREE PASS: The person standing on this platform cannot be eliminated by another player this round.



The four of you each have 2 lives. That is, if you are eliminated once, or you are Dropped, you still have another life and you stay in the game.



This is were the twist comes in. The 6 executed players will return for this challenge only, to play with and against you.



*The players gasped as the previously executed players arrived on the lawn, and stood beside them. Everyone eyed each other nervously.*



Mateui: However, these 6 players only have 1 life in this game.



This game is played in rounds. Each round, there will be less platforms available to stand on. If at some rounds it should happen that there are more people than there are platforms, those not standing on a platform by the time all the platforms are occupied will automatically lose 1 life.



These are the amount of certain platforms in each round:



Round 1: (10 Platforms)

- DROP: 2

- NEUTRAL: 4

- ELIMINATE: 2

- FREE PASS: 2



Round 2: (6 Platforms)

- DROP: 2

- NEUTRAL: 2

- ELIMINATE: 1

- FREE PASS: 1



Round 3: (5 Platforms)

- DROP: 1

- NEUTRAL: 3

- ELIMINATE: 1

- FREE PASS: 1



Round 4: (4 Platforms)

- DROP: 1

- NEUTRAL: 2

- ELIMINATE: 1



At the beginning of each round, money will be awarded according to the number of lives the 4 real players have. Each life will add 5 points to the pot.)



Round 5, and up will continue in the same manner as Round 4. Once there are 2 people remaining the game will go to a round with only 2 platforms. One platform will be DROP, and the other will be NEUTRAL. This round will continue with the 2 people until somebody loses all their lives.



The last player surviving will win +2 on their quiz. Should an executed player win, they will have the option to give this +2 to any player of their choice, or choose not to give anyone this advantage.



That’s it. Let’s get started.



Finality: I choose... Platform #5. It's supposed to be my lucky number, but I'll probably fucking die. :(



Logan: I choose Platform 3.



Chikochamp: Okay, I'll stand on platform 2



TheCreeper: I choose Platform 9.



Illness Illusion: Uh, I'll take platform 8.



WuJing: platform 7!



*The rest of the players took the remaining platforms.*



Mateui: These are the current positions:



1) Moriason

2) Chikochamp

3) Logan

4) OwlStorm

5) Finality

6) Mr. Y

7) WuJing

8) Illness Illusion

9) TheCreeper

10) UPRC



RESULTS:

1) Neutral

2) Neutral

3) Free Pass

4) Drop

5) Eliminate

6) Eliminate

7) Neutral

8) Neutral

9) Free Pass

10) Drop



PLAYER RESULTS:

(GREEN = FREE PASS.RED = ELIMINATE)

1) Moriason (1)

2) Chikochamp (1)

3) Logan (2)

4) OwlStorm (0)

5) Finality (1)

6) Mr. Y (2)

7) WuJing (2)

8) Illness Illusion (1)

9) TheCreeper (2)

10) UPRC (0)



If your name is in RED, please state who you'd like to take 1 life from. (Mr. Y, and Finality.) You can choose anyone else, except those in GREEN. (If you don't do this shortly and choose someone, your own life will be taken from you! You only have 10 minutes to choose.)



*Ten minutes passed..*



Mateui: Mr. Y and Finality Both Lose 1 life!



CURRENT CHALLENGE POT: 35 Points



PLAYER STANDINGS:

Logan (2)

WuJing (2)

TheCreeper (2)

Mr. Y (1)

Illness Illusion (1)

Moriason (1)

Chikochamp (1)

UPRC (0)

OwlStorm (0)

Finality (0)



CHOOSE A PLATFORM!

1)

2)

3)

4)

5)

6)



*The players choose platforms once again, and stood on them.*



Mateui: These are the current positions:



1) Chikochamp

2) TheCreeper

3) Logan

4) Mr. Y

5) WuJing

6) Illness Illusion



- Moriason is left out! (-1 Life)



RESULTS:

1) Neutral

2) Free Pass

3) Eliminate

4) Drop

5) Neutral

6) Drop



PLAYER RESULTS:

(GREEN = FREE PASS.RED = ELIMINATE)

1) Chikochamp (1)

2) TheCreeper (2)

3) Logan (2)

4) Mr. Y (0)

5) WuJing (2)

6) Illness Illusion (0)



Logan: I'll take 1 life from Chiko, because he's not in the game anymore. Sorry bud, but yeah.



Mateui:

CURRENT CHALLENGE POT: 35 Points + 30 Points



PLAYER STANDINGS:

Logan (2)

WuJing (2)

TheCreeper (2)

Illness Illusion (0)

Chikochamp (0)

Moriason (0)

Mr. Y (0)

UPRC (0)

OwlStorm (0)

Finality (0)




Choose a platform again. (There are now 5 platforms left.)



Logan: 4 please.



WuJing: 5 again.



Mateui: TheCreeper, you have a choice to make! Will it be 1, 2, or 3?



Logan: No, no, pick the Mystery Box! It could be anything!



TheCreeper: Uh, 1.



Logan: Oh, Mat, from now on, until further notice - WuJing wanted me to make his moves for him, because he had to go fo Kung Fu fighting or Tae Bo or whatever.



[20:04] [WuJing] crap man, I dont have that much time before I GOOOOO

[20:04] [Logan] =(

[20:05] [Logan] Why do you have to go, anyway?

[20:07] [WuJing] martial arts junk

[20:08] [WuJing] Anyways... if I go, can I trust you to move FOR ME?

[20:09] [Logan] Sure, I'd be happy to.

[20:10] [WuJing] ...

[20:10] [WuJing] hmmmm

[20:10] [Logan] It's up to you. Mat will randomize it if not, though.

[20:11] [WuJing] well, I trust you. Plus, if you were to get eliminated, you can still get creeper... or if I were elimated blah blah blah



So yeah. Tentatively I'll play for WuJing as well as myself. I don't know how long he'll be gone, so it might be the entirety of the challenge. Who knows.



TheCreeper: Fucker.



Mateui: PLATFORMS:

1) TheCreeper

2) /

3) /

4) Logan

5) WuJing



PLATFORM TYPES:

1) Neutral

2) Drop

3) Neutral

4) Eliminate

5) Free Pass



PLAYER RESULTS:

(GREEN = FREE PASS.RED = ELIMINATE)

TheCreeper

Logan

WuJing



Since TheCreeper is the only person that Logan can target, TheCreeper automatically loses 1 life.



LIVES:

Logan: 2

WuJing: 2

TheCreeper: 1



CURRENT POT: 35 Points + 30 Points + 25 Points



Choose A Platform:


1)

2)

3)

4)



Logan: Logan - platform 2



WuJing - uh.. platform 3. - Remember, he wanted me to play for him.



TheCreeer: 4.



Mateui: 1) Neutral

2) Drop

3) Neutral

4) Eliminate



RESULTS:

1) /

2) Logan

3) WuJing

4) TheCreeper



Logan Loses 1 life. TheCreeper can choose to either take one life from WuJing or Logan.



LIVES REMAINING:

TheCreeper: 1

Logan: 1

WuJing: 2



(20 Points added to the pot)



TheCreeper: Gotta keep it real with my man Logan.



Deduct one from WuJing. By the way, I pick 2 for the next one.



Logan: Thanks Creeper =D.



I'll pick 3 for my platform, WuJing picks 1. Yay.



Mateui:

1) Drop

2) Eliminate

3) Neutral

4) Neutral



WuJing is dropped, going down to 1 life. TheCreeper can choose to now eliminate either Logan or WuJing.



Choose, and then we will go to the final platform - where there will only be 2 platforms. It'll be a 50-50 shot - one person wins, the other loses.



TheCreeper: Hmm.



Gotta go with my dawg, Logan.



Eliminate WuJing.



I pick 1.



Logan: That means that I’m stuck with 2.



*Logan and TheCreeper both stood on their platforms.*



Mateui: Here we go.



*Mateui pulled a switch*



*Both platforms started to shake.. and then.. Logan fell into the water.*



Mateui: THE RESULTS:

1) WIN

2) LOSE



(Although this doesn't help, in the 1st MTC, 1 was a magic number, especially in that one round with a huge riddle. I thought that 1 could be special again ;) )



TheCreeper wins +2 on his quiz.



Logan: I was going to pick number 1, too, but Creeper got to it first.



Ah well. Hopefully I can pick up exemption in the next challenge - I have yet to have it at all this game.



*The four remaining players went back to the hotel, and most of them dried themselves off. The executed players left for a second time, disappointed that they had not as big of an impact in that challenge as they would have liked. TheCreeper was really thrilled about his advantage going into the quiz.*








Logan: TheCreeper believes Mr. Y will be gone next, and so do I, unfortunately. Mr. Y was my only ally other than Creeper left in the game, and I still don't know how reliable he is. If there is an EPM, it's likely him, because I've been answering him on my quizzes lately, and even with that deduction from missing round 6, I passed the quiz.



So, he's high on my list of suspects. That is, if there IS an EPM at all, which seems doubtful this late in the game. (Doubtful as in doubtful there is an EPM.) Even so, I'll keep him close 'cause it's better to have an ally than not, I think. He believes it'll be myself, him, and WuJing in the Final Three, and I think he's right.



Overall, though, I'm surprised that I made it this far. I always thought I'd be screwed and get out much earlier in the game. I thought Mori would get much further than me, but I guess not.



It also turns out I'm the only one left in the game that has never received an exemption. In a way, I'm happy about this - proves that I've been doing fairly well for myself on the quizzes up to this point, despite the fact that I dread writing them every time.



Anyway, that's it for this update, if I ever get off my lazy ass I'll add some more. Likely I won't though.



Adios hombre!



Mr. Y: Challenge 14 was another one of those occurred-entirely-without-me scenarios. I don't want to get into details and describe it, since I didn't play it anyways. But what is alarming is that Creeper won the game again, gaining a +2 for the next quiz. This is really suspicious, I think. I think I'll be wise to go with Creeper on quizzes here and out, heh.



TheCreeper: Alright, for the second challenge, I won the 2 points.



I'm pretty much guaranteed a shot to win.









QUIZ 7



1) What is the EPM’s favourite food?

A) Hamburger

B) Steak

C) Chicken Sandwich

D) Sushi



2) What is the EPM’s favourite book?

A) Left Behind

B) Farenheit 451

C) The Catcher in the Rye

D) MacBeth



3) What is the EPM’s favourite artist?

A) da Vinci

B) Tetsuya Nomura

C) Moriason

D) Alex Ross



4) What is the EPM’s favourite Video Game?

A) Super Smash Brothers (melee, or not)

B) Not sure. Chrono Cross, StarCraft or Legend of Mana.

C) Counterstrike

D) Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance



5) If the EPM could sleep to any time, He'd sleep at:

A) 4:00-11:00 A.M

B) 8:00 AM (not much of a day person)

C) Night, what do you take me for?

D) Midnight?



6) How many points did the EPM earn in the “GW Stock Market” Challenge?

A) 0 Points

B) 10 Points

C) 30 Points

D) 50 Points



7) In what round did the EPM lose in the “The Past Comes Back” challenge?

A) Round 1

B) Round 2

C) Round 3

D) Round 4

E) Round 5

F) Round 6+

G) The EPM did not lose this Challenge.



8) When asked about any bad habits, the EPM responded:

A) No.

B) I crack my knuckles and sometimes act compulsively.

C) I have terrible short term memory. I've nearly had to get subscriptions to do something about it ;_;. Basically, I forget things alot.

D) Sure.. Uh, I bite my fingernails (and toenails occassionally) and have an unhealthy obsession with Coca-Cola



9) If the EPM could have one thing, he'd have a:

A) library and study

B) Mitsubishi 3000GT

C) real relationship with my best friend Jerelle (she used to be my girlfriend, but I screwed it up...)

D) Big house



10) When asked to describe himself in One word, the EPM said:

A) WIT

B) Earnest

C) Hippie

D) Sleepy



11) Who is the Most influential person in the EPM’s life?

A) Father

B) My friend Moriason or Jerelle

C) My teacher

D) Christ, or my father



12) Who is the EPM?

A) Logan

B) Mr. Y

C) WuJing

D) TheCreeper








Logan: I know that it's either going to be Mr. Y or myself that will be eliminated today. I can't imagine WuJing going, and Creeper had the +2 so he'll likely be fine no matter what. So it's either Mr. Y or myself. We'll see how it goes.



No offense Mr. Y but I hope I make it =/. I wanna make it to the Final Three even if I don't win. I'm not all that concerned on winning, so just making it fairly far would be nice. No idea how bad WuJing or Creeper will backstab me when we reach the Final Three, or if they will at all. Perhaps it'll be a fair, winner-take-all game, or perhaps I'll have to make a big web of lies that will crash down around me leaving me alone and executed.



Who knows.












The Execution - Round 7

Mateui: Welcome to the seventh and final in-game execution of the game.



One by one, I will type your name into my computer, and shortly thereafter, an image will appear. If it is a GREEN thumbprint, this means that you have survived onto the next round. If it is a RED thumbprint, this means that you have been executed by the Evil Puppet Master, since you scored lowest on your quiz.



Before we get to the actual execution, I would like to make a note. When and if you are executed do NOT discuss what you wrote on your quiz to the remaining players, or who you thought the EPM was. This just gives someone else a better advantage, and is not fair to everyone else. So please, remain quiet after you w that that is out of the way, we can begin.



*Mateui begins to type a name.*



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I am sorry WuJing, but you have been executed by the Evil Puppet Master. Please state any parting words, and write down anything you want as a closing to your Journal.



To the rest of you, welcome to the final 3. The next round will be the very last.



Good luck to you all.



Logan: Wow. NO ONE saw that coming.



Crazy.



TheCreeper: Shit, this throws me off.



Well, I dunno who to trust now.



Mr. Y: Whoah. Final three, baby B)!



WuJing: Well, I wasn't sure if I would make it past this round to begin with. To tell the truth I was guessing on every answer. I'm glad I made it this far, but more that anything I'm happy with how the game played while I was in it. I got to take part in some very excellent plot twists, and be the victim of a few. More than that, I got to know a few GWers alot more than I had before, and thats worth alot. Have fun, and I guess I'll find out who that darn EPM was soon enough!








Illness Illusion: You're one of US now, WuJing ;D



OwlStorm: This makes things interesting.



Chikochamp: Indeed it does, OwlStorm. Wow...I think WuJing was always a suspect.








Mr. Y: We just had our final Elimination topic! I felt pretty confident, but yeah, I crossed my fingers. And... what do you know? WuJing is eliminated! I'd prefer that Logan had been eliminated instead, that would make the game much easier. But oh well! Even though this elimination hasn't helped me, I still feel really good about going with TC.



TheCreeper: Whoa.



I'm so confused now.



Logan and Y are left.



WUJING (THE PERSON I WAS FULLY BELIEVING WAS THE EPM) WAS ELIMINATED! ARGH.








*WuJing picked up his bags and left the hotel. Now only 3 remained.. and one of the was the EPM.. or were they..?*



Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion.





- Mat