This page will describe, comprehensively, all the rules pertaining to in-game behavior, both concerning the contestants and the hosts. Outside of the game, polite conduct and friendly interaction are expected, and the ORG should in no way affect out-of-game relations.
Unless stated otherwise, this ORG will follow the standard rules of the hit reality television show SURVIVOR.
Should a new rule or ammendment become necessary, this page will be updated by Perry, but rules will never change mid-season.
Casting will be done in an unbiased and timely manor, following the announcement of applications. Contestants will be selected based on their activity level, and their promise to participate. In addition to the standard cast, 2-4 alternate cast members will be selected, should one of the standard cast drop out.
For some seasons, largely All Stars seasons, applications will not be accepted, but we promise that hopeful competitors will get frequent opportunities to apply.
Accepted contestants, and alternate contestants, will be given at least a week notice before the season starts in the event that the wish not to compete. We would ask that the accepted contestants either confirm or drop their spot quickly, to prevent last minute panic.
If a contestant wishes to play, they must first read all of the rules under the 'Contestants' heading. Exceptions to the rules will not be made on account of negligence. Additionally, contestants are required to have an email, to send in scores, votes, and confessionals, a mangatar, so viewers can recognize contestants, and a Facebook, for important announcements and tribal councils (Friend: Perry Yates).
Following standard ORG rules, if a contestant fails to submit a vote at a tribal council, they will incur a self vote. If a contestant casts two self votes in a row, disregarding tribal councils with immunity, they will be 'Medically Evacuated'.
Additionally, if a contestant self votes, they will not be eligible for individual immunity in the following cycle.
Contestants are not required to submit for challenges or to socialize with their fellow competitors, but it is highly recommended.
Challenges will vary greatly, depending on the circumstances, but all rules and parameters must be specified in the original challenge post. The challenge post will include full details on scoring and sit-outs, a specified deadline, and any reward that is included in a succesful challenge win.
The hosts are not allowed to change any of these details, only clarify details, should the contestants need it.
The deadline for all challenges will be at least 24 hours after the original post, to accomadate for time zones and personal affairs.
Scores must be sent, before the deadline, to the email provided by the host. Only the first submission by each team/contestant will count, so contestants should be confident in their submission before sending it. Scores must be sent in as screenshots or files, proving the originality of the submission. Any vague or confusing submissions will be voided, scoring 0 points towards the challenge. Unless otherwise specified, contestants must work on the challenge by him/herself, with no help of any kind from anyone else. Breaking this rule, as with any of these rules, is considered cheating.
Scores will be publicly shown in the challenge results post. This includes individual scores as part of a tribal challenge.
As specified above, contestants are required to participate in tribal council, or they will eventually be 'medically evacuated'. As with challenges, the deadline for all tribal councils will be at least 24 hours after the original post, to accomadate for time zones and personal affairs. This includes revotes.
Votes must be sent, before the deadline, to the email provided by the host. Votes cannot be changed after submitted, so contestants should be confident in their selection before sending it. Any vague or confusing submissions will be voided, counting as a self vote. The hosts reserve the right to publicly announce any votes sent in any other manner.
Unless otherwise specified, all ties will result in a revote. Should a vote become deadlocked, the 'Purple Rock' tiebreaker will be used, unless there are fewer than 4 contestants remaining in the game, or there are only 2 people attending the tribal council. Failing to submit a vote during a revote will not incur a self vote, but will revoke a contestant's eligibility for individual immunity in the following cycle.
In addition to votes, the hosts will ask each contestant attending tribal question a question, to try and understand a glimpse of the contestants' gameplay. Contesants must answer this question, before the deadline, however brief the question or response, or their vote will be nullified. This rule does not apply to self votes.
Furthermore, contesants are strongly encouraged to submit a voting confessional in addition to their vote. This will help in the post-game season write up, and will help liven up the game. Contestants must include voting confessionals in their vote, or they will not count as a voting confessional, but as an additional confessional. Contestants that do not regularly submit voting confessionals will not be considered for an All Stars or Returning Players season.
All votes will be revealed in the tribal council results post, regardless of the circumstances.
As specified above, contestants must submit responses to the tribal council questions and are strongly encouraged to submit voting confessionals. In addition to these, contestants are also strongly encouraged to send in confessionals following challenges or important events (such as the merge, a tribe swap, the start of the game, the forming of an alliance, etc.). Contestants that regularly submit confessionals are more likely to be considered for an All Stars or Returning Players season.
All confessionals must be sent to the email provdided by the host, or they will be voided. The hosts reserve the right to publicly announce any confessionals sent in any other manner.
In addition to regular confessionals, contesants are highly encouraged to submit a 'Final Words' confessional and a 'Rites of Passage' confessionals. A 'Final Words' confessional must be submitted within 24 hours of being eliminated, and only the first submission will be used, so eliminated contestants should be sure of their 'Final Words' before submitting them.
A 'Rites of Passage' confessional announcement will be made at least 24 hours before the publishing of 'The Rites of Passage' to give contestants ample time to submit something. This confessional should reflect on the contestant's game as whole, and should not discuss contestants still in the game. Should a contestant break this rule, they will be asked to rewrite it.
Contestants that do not submit 'Final Words' or 'Rites of Passage' confessionals will not be considered for an All Stars or Returning Players season.
Additional confessionals may be accepted, but will not necessarily be published in the post-season write up.
Should a twist be announced pre-season, the hosts are required to answer any reasonable questions considering the twist. If a twist is used unexpectedly, and was not announced pre-game, the hosts must answer any reasonable questions concerning the twist before continuing with the cycle.
The jury will start at different points in the game, depending on the season, and the hosts reserve the right to remove current jurors for cheating or bad conduct. Unless otherwise specified, jurors will each receive one vote towards the ultimate winner. Jurors who do not submit a jury vote will be removed from the jury, and will not be considered for an All Stars of Returning Players season.
Jurors are highly encouraged to submit a voting confessional for the final tribal council. Jurors that do not submit a voting confessional for the final tribal council will not be considered for an All Stars or Returning Players season.
Jurors are not allowed to discuss the game with any players still playing. Contestants who fail to recognize this rule will be removed from the jury.
Final Tribal Council
At the end of the game, finalists will face the jury to vie for their votes which will ultimately decide the winner. Finalists are permitted one 'Opening Statement' on the forum, which they are allowed to edit it as much as they choose, and there is no maximum length. This is not required, but highly suggested.
Jurors are allowed to comment and discuss with the finalist on their opening statement, but must do so publicly, on the 'Opening Statement' thread. Finalists are only allowed to comment on their own 'Opening Statement' thread.
Once the final tribal council is posted, finalists and jurors will be given a minimum of 24 hours to post 'Opening Statements' and discuss with jurors. After this deadline, finalists and jurors may still discuss, but at this point, jurors will be allowed to vote. Jurors will be given a minimum of 48 hours to cast their final vote.
Once all the votes have been tallied, the winner will be announced.
If a tie occurs at the final tribal council, a revote will commence, and the jurors will be given 24 hours to submit new votes. If a deadlock tie occurs between 2 contestants, and there is a third finalist, that finalist will become the final member of the jury. If a deadlock tie cannot be broken, a final tiebreaker challenge will commence.
Reunion Show & Player of the Season
Following the Sole Survivor announcement, a reunion show will be hosted. During the reunion show, all contestants, including evacuated, disqualified, and quitting contestants, will be asked at least one question regarding the season. Typically, but not always, contestants will be interviewed more or less depending on their placement in the game, with higher placing contestant being interviewed more, and lower placing contestants being interviewed less. Some contestants may break this trend, if they had a particularly large impact on the game with regards to their placement. This will be done at the host's disgression.
Contestants are highly encouraged to answer these questions in a timely manor. Contestants that do not participate in the reunion show will not be considered for an All Stars or Returning Players season.
In addition to the reunion show, a poll will be posted on the main page with which the public will vote for their fan favorite 'Player of the Season'. Evacuated, disqualified, and quitting contestants are not eligible for this award. While the player of the season doesn't earn any financial compensation, he or she will earn him/herself a guarenteed spot in an All Stars or Returning Players season.
Contestants are expected to uphold a certain level of conduct with one another, both during the game and afterwards. The following rules deal with conduct
1. Any sort of language is allowed in confessionals, but innapropriate words will be censored to preserve a safe environment.
2. Bullying of any sort is not allowed, and any contestant bullying another contestant will be immediately disqualified. However, should a conflict arise, visual proof is necessary to convict a contestant of bullying.
3. Spamming or otherwise distrubing the forums or chat will result in a warning, followed by a disqualification for repeated incidents.
4. Contestants that allow the game to directly affect their relations outside the game will not be considered for an All Stars or Returning Players season.
In addition to standard elimination, following the rules of the game, there are 3 additional ways to leave the game.
As specified above, a contestant will be medically evacuated if they cast two self votes in a row. A medically evacuated contestant will be permitted a seat on the jury, if they placed accordingly.
If a contestant is caught cheating or breaking specified rules, the hosts reserve the right to disqualify a contestant from the game. Should the hosts choose to do this, it will be announced in lieu of the next post in the cycle. Unless a double elimination of some sort is planned, a disqualification will end the cycle, and start the new one when the dropping out is announced. Disqualified contestants will not be permitted a seat on the jury, regardless of placement.
At any point, any contestant may choose to leave the game. Should a contestant do this, it will be announced in lieu of the next post in the cycle. Unless a double elimination of some sort is planned, a dropping out will end the cycle, and start the new one when the dropping out is announced. Quitting contestants will not be permitted a seat on the jury, regardless of placement.
The following is expected of hosts:
1. An email supplied to all the contestants for submissions.
2. An unbiased and professional work ethic, especially towards contestants.
3. Hosts are not allowed to change anything after it has been posted, unless it is to clarify something which was previously vague.
4. Punctuality concerning posts to the forum.
5. Respect for the other hosts, and the recognition of your role as part of the hosting team.