About Survivor and Online Survivor

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SUR203: Online Survivor Rules

Now that you've been introduced to the basics of the game, it's important to learn some of the various rules that aren't apparent. These rules may never be mentioned during a game if they aren't needed, but nevertheless they govern gameplay at all times. I have listed only the major rules that would concern a viewer. If you really think another major rule should be added to this tutorial, please let me know. However, if you are actually playing, I would suggest consulting the "rules" section on the main page for complete and specific rules anyway.

Tiebreaker Rule
Online Survivor uses the original Survivor tie-breaking procedure. The first tiebreaker is for all contestants not involved in the tie to vote a second time, this time only for those involved in the tie. For Tribal Councils with an odd number of people, this will break the tie. However, when Tribal Council holds an even number of people, a deadlock can occur. The contestants are then asked how many votes they have received in previous Tribal Councils. The person with the most accumulated votes is eliminated. If this vote total is tied, the contestants compete in a sudden death trivia game where they are asked multiple choice questions about surviving in the wild. The loser of this challenge is eliminated.

Sitting Out Members Rule
If one tribe outnumbers another, they must sit out as many members as necessary to make the teams even during challenges. Strategy must be considered when doing this, as no one may sit out twice in a row. If a tribe has gained such a majority that they can no longer conform to this rule, the rule is changed to "no one may play twice in a row". Online, this becomes an even greater strategic decision, as people may or may not show up for challenges. Tribes will NOT have to sit people out just because someone from the opposite tribe decided not to come to the challenge. Thus, a tribe could have an advantage based on the number of present members. Absent tribe members are considered present, useless members, and tribes can deal with them by voting them out if they become a problem.

Cursing / Obscenity / Harassment Rule
Contestants may mentally, intellectually, or socially attack anyone in any manner they desire. However, Online Survivor attempts to stay a family game. If a complaint is filed against someone for excessive cursing or obscene comments, they will be warned. If this becomes a repeated problem and the person continually harasses someone for a non-game related reason, they will be ejected from the game.

Mandatory Attendance Rule
In Survivor, this rule states that anyone absent from an official event (challenge, Tribal Council, or otherwise) is immediately disqualified from the game. Due to the more casual gameplay, Online Survivor uses a modified rule. Each contestant's attendance at official meeting days is monitored throughout the game. They are required to keep their attendance at a certain percentage. This percentage slowly increases from 0% to 50% throughout the game. If a contestant's attendance percentage is below the required amount at an Immunity Challenge they are absent from, or if it is impossible for them to reach 50% by the end of the game, they are immediately ejected.

Tribal Council Absences
If a person is absent from Tribal Council, they will automatically vote for themselves. If the absent person won the immunity challenge, they are still guaranteed safety. Instead of voting for themselves, their vote is determined by whomever they have voted for most often, most recently. If they have not voted against anyone remaining in the game, their vote is determined by overall past votes, followed by attendance and SP.

Survivor Points (SP)
Throughout the game, contestants earn SP by winning Reward Challenges and SP Challenges. SP leaders are given advantages throughout the game. Instead of drawing for positions in challenges, the best positions are automatically given to SP leaders. Most importantly, the SP leader at the Final Tribal Council receives the votes from absent jurors.

By now you should know how to play a standard game of Survivor and Online Survivor. However, standard is not the standard anymore. The following lessons will teach you how Survivor has altered its game, as well as other alterations that Online Survivor has used to alter its game.

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