Hype Survivor: Mods vs Members - Day Five: The Trial of the Incredible Mods


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Okay, so Schlosser is voted out. I'd normally eulogize but we have a very long challenge ahead of us and a very crowded day, so let's just skip the fact that a sort of forgettable player was voted out, wish him better luck next time and move right on to....


The Game

Hype! Survivor is a game of strategy, deception, and skill. Alliances are both permitted and encouraged. Make no allies or make many allies, it's all up to you. There are many different ways to win this game. Masterminding, forethought, and hard work are the keys to success. Laziness and ineffective play will both be exposed and punished. Although being lazy may be a strategy, not participating at all is not. If the players and hosts feel at any time that a certain player is no longer participating, they can be removed from the game without warning.

As a side note: alliances can be with any of the players. It doesn't matter who they are nor what tribe they're on, just make sure it's someone you trust...or not. Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer!


Each tribe (or individual) will receive an immunity challenge for each game “day.” Instructions for challenges will be explained for each challenge. Some challenges may require judging, some may be trivia, some may be skill. Expect a variety for your playing pleasure. The tribe (or person) who does the best, wins immunity and is therefore safe from elimination that round.

Tribal Council

During the team portion of the game, the tribe who performed best at the end of the 'immunity challenge' (or round) wins immunity. The losing tribes will then go to “Tribal Council” and vote to eliminate 1 player from the game. They will be able to eliminate ANYONE from one of the losing tribe of the immunity challenge. Only the losing tribe gets to vote. The player with the MOST VOTES is removed from the game.

In the case of a tie at tribal council, there will be a tie-breaker challenge between the players with the most votes. The winner of the tie-breaker will determine who stays. During the solo portion of the game a tie-breaker challenge will also be used. The player who does the best on the tie-breaker will be allowed to stay, the other player will be eliminated.

In order to have your votes counted, please send them to both Matt and Hunter Rider. Please do NOT send your votes in to any other name. You will only have one chance to vote. There will be no changing your vote once your vote is cast. Vote carefully! If you do not send in a vote in the given time frame, IT WILL COUNT AGAINST YOU. Meaning, it will be a vote for yourself.


Your hosts have gone to great lengths to ensure fairness. Merges, shuffles, and so on have been set in place. Only the hosts will know about these days in advance. There will be additional twists and turns throughout the game, so do not get too cozy.

At times, individual judgment calls will need to be made. We understand that players will not always see eye-to-eye with hosts. HOWEVER, the hosts word is final. There will be no negotiating hard and fast rules, but all cases will be fairly heard. Rest assured, hosts will be fair and neutral at all times and work with one another to come up with optimal solutions to your problems.

Furthermore, there are additional rules (for the host's eyes only). These have been set in place to help us with matters that may or may not arise. Please consult hosts before assuming anything. They may be able to help you out if you have a question.


The final Jury will be composed of seven people (everyone voted off from the remaining nine players who didn't make the finals). The Jury will then vote FOR WHO THEY THINK SHOULD WIN of the final two remaining players so we can crown the winner of the Hype! Survivor.


A note on cheating: It's very easy to cheat in this game. Very, very easy. Some of the rounds will be much more difficult to cheat at than others (some will be downright impossible to cheat on). Regardless, hosts have ways of catching you and sometimes will even set up traps for you. If you feel you have to cheat, by all means, go ahead. But, if you're caught, you WILL be penalized. Again, specific rules of what's legal or not will be in each challenge PM.

One thing that is certainly NOT lawful under any circumstances is sharing usernames. Hosts have the ability to check IPs, and if you are caught sharing usernames then a severe penalty will be handed out. Please be mindful of only using your OWN username for this game.

Team Forum

During the team portion of the game, all tribes will have their own subforum. This is where they can brainstorm on all challenges and leave notes for the rest of their team. Each of these will require a password to use. The password will be changed every time someone is eliminated from your tribe. Each team member will be given the password to their own forum. However, these is no rule against sharing passwords with other teams. That is a legitimate strategy, and all players should be weary of it.

Team Captain

A team captain will be chosen before the start of each new challenge. The team captain is responsible for submitting challenge answers or tasks. If they cannot do so during that time frame, they must post who will do so in their team forum or by sending a pm to BOTH hosts.


I know mods have certain abilities they can't turn off. But, do not use mod powers to your advantage. This includes using the washroom, IP tracking, etc. Ask me to do all that stuff. Abuse of mod powers will be punished.


Whilst these rules are set as the guidelines for this game, each challenge will set the rules for that specific day. What may be cheating one day, may not be another day. Reading is fundamental. Make sure you familiarize yourself with this information, and those in the challenges as well. Please note that at times an announcement might be needed to amend the existing rules of this game, or the rules in the challenge. Please look for these and note them. Each day is marked by a new challenge.

And the grid....


Damn....three Members banned and only one Mod? Time to pull your heads out of your asses, Members and start fighting back. Luckily, this is the day to do it. Here is a tentative schedule which will all make sense as soon as PMs are sent momentarily.

7/13/12: 10:00 AM est time - Jury selection lists are due.
7/12/12: 10:00 PM est time – Prosecution’s opening argument is due.
7/13/12: 10:00 AM est time – Defense’s opening argument is due.
7/13/12: 10:00 PM est time – Prosecution’s case presentation is due.
7/14/12: 10:00 PM est time – Defense’s case presentation is due.
7/15/12: 10:00 AM est time – Both closing arguments are due, jury will vote.

Good luck players.
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This challenge is my favorite one. Make it fun. :woot:
I've editted this into the schedule and left it off of the PM! Sorry about that, please take note:

7/13/12: 10:00 AM est time - Jury selection lists are due.

I will give you guys a LITTLE BIT of leeway with the time because I forgot it in the PM.


*walks out through crashed window*

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I present Exhibit A on why the invite only sign up was the best part of this game.
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I present Exhibit A on why the invite only sign up was the best part of this game.

:o someone still doesn't like being called Birdy Manny.

Also that um Grid...is um, bad ass.
So let me clarify here...

Us selecting the jury... should we check with people to see if they WANT to be on a jury and if they do then put them on the list, or do we not contact them at all so to not form sides?
Do not contact at all as it implies that they are doing you favor rather than helping with the game. If your juror rejects the offer, you will lose that pick and the other tribe will get an extra juror. It is a risk you take.
I am extending jury selection to 10 pm est time tonight (the same time that the prosecution's opening statement is due). If I do not have jury lists by then, I will pick the jury. If I only have one tribe's jury list by then, their entire list will be selected.
Why are our opening arguments supposed to be done before actual jury selection?
also do we need an official thread with our jury selections, or will an official post suffice?
PM it to Hunter and I.
We post the opening statement here?
People of the Hype vs. Matt

The Prosecution
Chair 1: Byrd Man
Chair 2: Parker Wayne

Opening Statement:

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I am Byrd Man and I represent the People of the Hype.

Members of the jury, Matt is a bad influence on the hype. This is why we are charging him with crimes against the site, specifically, using his moderator title to antagonize fellow posters. The evidence and testimony we will present to you in this trial will show that this charge is earned. With posts and testimony from hype members, you will see proof that Matt is a moderator of the worst order; a mod who antagonizes instead of unites, a mod who belittles instead of helping, a mod who uses his position to polarize, divide, and cause discourse. And, most damning of all, you will testimony from the accused himself as he fully and flat out admits that he is bitter and angry, and that he think it's his right to be so.
Matt on trial..this ought to be good :hehe:
The defense has until ten am to make their opening statement.

Oh and as judge and apparently a witness (who was not consulted before hand), I have two announcements:

1) You may not edit arguments once you post them. Doing so will result in one jury vote against you.

2) I have been called as a witness. The prosecution just called the suspect as a witness. As both the suspect and the judge, I feel the need to remind you that suspects cannot be compelled to testify against themselves. Self-incrimination is protected against by the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution. I will be pleading the Fifth and any evidence in "my own words," will likely be covered by this. The jury is instructed that this is not indicative of guilt and MAY NOT be considered as a sign of guilt.

Congratulations Prosecution, you've just made asses of yourselves on the record. As a judge presiding over this case, I strongly suggest that all sides review the law moving forward to avoid any further legal snafus.
I had no intention to call you as a witness.
As I've just told your tribe privately, my past words may be protected (as it is at best, hearsay, at worst, unwilling testimony). That being said, I have provided you with means through which to introduce this evidence provided that you make a compelling legal argument. Check your tribe forum.
As a judge, shouldn't you remove yourself and let HR take over? It's very obvious that any ruling you make can be taken as a bias decision.
:atp: BYRD! I AM SO PROUD OF YOU! I was just PMing Hunter that you guys should ask me to recuse myself from this trial and that I was disappointed that you had not.

Also, you can't consult or speak with HR about the case, right?

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