Jun
21

Maintenance Notice, Update: Completed

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In less than 12 hours from this post, at 3:00 AM EST, there will be approximately 15 to 60 minutes of maintenance for the BrantSteele.net server that will result in downtime.

Be careful starting new simulations around this time.

Update: The night’s maintenance may extend to the BrantSteele.com server for a shorter period of time. Saving may be unavailable for the .com seasons.

Update 2: Maintenance completed to both servers, resulting in about 10 minutes of downtime for each. Please report any errors or performance changes you notice.

Jun
19

Big Brother 19 Cast Photos Added

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Today’s cast photos from Big Brother 19 (US version) have been added as options to use in all of the simulators.

Please report any errors or alternate versions here if you wish for these to be posted. Thank you.

Jun
16

Big Brother Bug Fixes & June Plans

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As is the case with most Big Brother seasons, the Big Brother Canada 5 season took longer to program than expected and slowed down plans for the Survivor updates. Both the Big Brother: Over the Top and Big Brother: Canada 5 simulators have now been completed and finalized. The following bugs were corrected with both the BBOTT and BBCAN5 simulators today.

BBOTT:
– Fixed an issue with the voting chart not showing the HoH’s vote in the Co-HoH week in the event of a tie
– Fixed the week numbers showing incorrectly on the pages in BBOTT

BBCAN5:
– Fixed the No Logic bug where week 4 nominations all appeared the same
– Fixed the bug where a nominee occasionally didn’t use the veto on himself or herself at final four

The focus shifts to improving and finalizing the Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X and Survivor Game Changers simulators, along with some much needed internal improvements for The Hunger Games Simulator.

According to a recent survey, 36% of users prefer the old style of Survivor simulators over the style used in the recent two seasons. The goal with new simulators is to keep the existing experience and improve on it, and that’s too high of a percentage of users not liking the changes to be acceptable. Adjustments are coming to provide support for those users, to fix bugs, to add features, and to make them even more intelligent and realistic. Some of these changes are already incorporated into the latest Big Brother simulators and other test templates, and others have yet to be completed. One of my goals for the rest of the month is to bring these changes together and set a better baseline for the upcoming Survivor Advanced Template.

The Hunger Games Simulator still receives the most traffic out of any simulator, so some internal restructuring will be done to make it more server friendly. If the restructuring is successful, then more customization with a higher number of districts and tributes will be added. There will be a few minutes of downtime this upcoming week, announced in advanced, on the .net server to begin these changes.

Thanks for your patience. Sometimes updates are slow, but the goal is to keep making better simulators. All feedback is appreciated, and I’ll also be taking a much closer look at the Twitter and Subreddit to see how these can be better managed before the end of the month.

Jun
12

Big Brother Canada 5 Simulator Released

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After about a month of work, the Big Brother Canada 5 simulator has been released.

This includes the ability to make audience decisions and change settings each week. There is also a voting chart.

Please report any bugs that you see, and any general feedback on the season is appreciated. This season uses a similar template to Big Brother: Over the Top, and a few bugs were identified and corrected in that season while making this one. @brandon deserves significant credit for the planning of this season, the voting chart, and the testing. Without his help, this would have taken longer to release and would have had a much higher number of bugs.

Once any errors are resolved, saving will be added to finalize this season. Certain text descriptions, Have Not competitions, and tasks may also be improved with more detail.

Update: The reported bugs in comments have been fixed, and saving has been added.

Jun
10

Saved Simulation Recovery: June

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For the month of June, I am willing to manually recover and/or restore up to 50 saved seasons that meet one of the following three criteria:
1. The season was removed by the BrantSteele auto-deletion function.
2. The season uses BrantSteele images that no longer work due to a different URL caused by a server change.
3. The season uses images hosted off-site that no longer display. If this is the case, be specific, and upload your replacement images to a hosting service like imgur so that they last longer and they’re not stealing bandwidth from other sites.

I was able to most of the requested saved season codes for May. I am working with the other users to collect more information to help identify and locate the deleted the seasons. Every detail you can provide helps.

Keep reading for more details. A cast photo update is coming soon, followed by a simulator update.

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Jun
10

Cast Photo Overview: June, Part 1

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Additions:
– Big Brother UK season 18 cast added
– Added Katherine Hillard from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Fixes:
– Added Brooke Adams and Keith Tollefson to the correct season of TAR
– Corrected Jennifer Hoffman’s name from TAR 14

Under Consideration:
– Adding Melissa from ABC’s Glass House
– Adding Ink Master cast photos here
– Adding the Survivor 33 cast photos here
– Adding cast photos for season 2 of Make Me A Supermodel (sent over email)
– Adding alternate versions of cast photos for ANTM 23 (sent over email)
– Adding cast photos for Celebrity Apprentice 8 (need photos)
– Adding Bad Girls Club (need photos)
– Adding cast photos for Charm School (sent over email)
– Adding cast photos for The Voice (sent over email)
– Adding alternate versions of cast photos for The Challenge Invasion (sent over email)
– Update the rest of the Real Housewives cast photos to their current photos
– Adding the Are You The One Second Chances photos (I have these)
– Adding the Fear is Real cast (sent over email)
– Adding the Real Housewives of Orange County cast updates (with Peggy Sulahain and updated photos)
– Add The Real World Cast Photos (sent over email)
– Add more Power Rangers cast photos (sent over email)

A list of all the shows containing cast photos can be found in the spreadsheet linked below.

Cast Photo Overview

This blog post will remain open for the month of June and is meant for cast photo discussion only. This update was smaller than usual in order to focus on the current simulators in development. Big Brother US season 19 cast photos should be revealed this month, so there will likely be a part 2 with even more cast photos.

May
26

S34 Prediction Game Final Results

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Summary Includes top Castaways/Players and popularity of eliminated Castaways.

Weekly Point Breakdown Includes events throughout the episodes that awarded/deducted points from Castaways.

Castaway Point Overview Displays all points earned/lost throughout the game.

Player Point Overview Displays selected Castaways and their accumulated points for each player.

Use this blog post to discuss anything that happened during the finale of Survivor Game Changers and the Prediction Game!

May
26

Survivor Game Changers Simulator Demo

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The Survivor: Game Changers template has been released in Demo Form.

Please note: After many great responses to the Survivor Survey, an updated system is being prepared that should both improve the logic of the new features in Survivor 33 and 34 and allow for better backward compatibility for users who prefer the old simulation style. Some of the menu options will resemble those in the Big Brother: Over the Top simulator and will also allow users to change alliances and relationships each episode. Certain display features, like seeing past tribes on every episode page, will also return.

Thanks to @brandon for testing this season and preventing an extremely buggy demo release. Please report any bugs you see or features missing in either the comments or contact forms. Bugs will be fixed as soon as possible, and an update will come in a few days. Thank you!

New For S34:
– Joint tribal council (needs better target pages)
– New tiebreaker procedure for normal tribal councils

Season Specifics Remaining:
– Better incorporation of Legacy Advantage, Extra Vote, and Vote Steal
– More accurate rules regarding idol hiding
– More detailed information on the tribe expansion and splits
– Better logic to prevent split votes from leading to frequent rock tiebreakers
– New tiebreaker procedure for final tribal councils

S33 & S34 Bug Fixed:
– Players immune by idols can no longer be voted out on the revote

S34 Bugs Fixed
– None yet

May
19

S34 Prediction Game Episode 13 Results

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Summary Includes top Castaways/Players and popularity of eliminated Castaways.

Weekly Point Breakdown Includes events throughout the episodes that awarded/deducted points from Castaways.

Castaway Point Overview Displays all points earned/lost throughout the game.

Player Point Overview Displays selected Castaways and their accumulated points for each player.

Use this blog post to discuss anything that happened during the latest episodes of Survivor Game Changers and the Prediction Game! Due to two episodes airing back-to-back twice this season, the episode number could be considered anything from 11 to 13.

May
15

May Plans

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It’s time to announce the plans for May and what’s happening with the BrantSteele Simulators and Community Features. This was intended to be posted a few days ago, but some obstacles have delayed it. I have performed the saved season recoveries for April, added the new cast photos for May, and replied to the Contact Form messages sent up to this point. I’m considering recruiting staff to help keep up with the subreddit and Twitter accounts since I’m not able to check these as much as the Blog comments and Contact Form messages.

There are currently 7 simulators in the programming phase, and I hope to release at least 3 during the month of May. Two of these include Big Brother Canada 5 and Survivor Game Changers, which should hopefully be released in some form within 24 hours of the finales and finalized shortly after by adding saving. Along with Survivor Game Changers, I would like to adjust, complete, and finalize the Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X simulator.

There are other simulators in development, including, but not limited to, Total Drama Action, Total Drama World Tour, and the Survivor Advanced Template. These may or may not have May releases, but they’re getting closer.

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