Jan
23

Blog Maintenance Completed

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For the past few hours, the BrantSteele Blog and BrantSteele Prediction Game websites were under maintenance. This maintenance is completed, and both should be accessible again.

Both the Blog and Prediction Game were moved from the BrantSteele.org server to the BrantSteele.com server, so the BrantSteele.org server is no longer being used. This is the early part of a test to see if BrantSteele.com, BrantSteele.net, and BrantSteele.org can be reunited on one server with a single user account system for simulator-related functions. Please report any performance changes or errors that you see in the meantime.

Simulator updates for Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X, The Challenge: The Duel, and Big Brother: Over The Top will be coming next. The plans for February forward are also being finalized and will be announced soon.

Jan
21

BB18 Prediction Game Finale

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Summary Includes top Houseguests/Players and popularity of evicted Houseguests.

Weekly Point Breakdown Includes events throughout the week that awarded/deducted points from Houseguests.

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

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

Use this blog post to discuss anything up to the end of Big Brother 18 and the Prediction Game! Please report any scoring errors you see in the next week. After that time, the winner will be final, and the prize will be awarded.

Jan
21

BB18 Prediction Game Week 12/13

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Summary Includes top Houseguests/Players and popularity of evicted Houseguests.

Weekly Point Breakdown Includes events throughout the week that awarded/deducted points from Houseguests.

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

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

Use this blog post to discuss anything up to the end of Week 12 and the Prediction Game! As long as it occurred before the end of Week 12, it is not a spoiler.

Jan
21

BB18 Prediction Game Week 11

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Summary Includes top Houseguests/Players and popularity of evicted Houseguests.

Weekly Point Breakdown Includes events throughout the week that awarded/deducted points from Houseguests.

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

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

Use this blog post to discuss anything up to the end of Week 11 and the Prediction Game! As long as it occurred before the end of Week 11, it is not a spoiler.

Jan
20

Community Simulation 21

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Over 400 users have responded to the 2017 BrantSteele Community Features Survey. It will remain open over the weekend to finish gathering feedback. One item brought up was that the Big Brother 18 Prediction Game never concluded. It will be wrapped up starting later this weekend. The alphabetical issue with the Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X simulator was fixed, but the fix highlights the weakness of the alliance targeting function. It will be improved in version 3, which is coming soon.

In the meantime, here is the ‘lost’ community simulation 21, description, and chart that Jacob created last year. The saved season auto-deletion function removed it before it was posted, but it was recently recovered.

Continue reading for a link to the simulation!

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Jan
13

2017 BrantSteele Community Survey

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On the fifth poll of 2017, 59% of voters preferred to see ads on only the non-simulator pages. If ads are ever implemented, this is how they will first be tested for effectiveness. Thanks to the other suggestions in the comments as well. They are being evaluated.

Now, there is a more detailed survey for the community features including social media and account integration in the simulators. You can answer the 2017 BrantSteele Community Survey on Google Forms. If you want to voice your opinion on community features from 2016 or for 2017, this is your opportunity to make your voice heard. Responses will strongly be taken into account to determine the extent of the community features for this upcoming year. Thanks to anyone who contributes.

There will be more upcoming surveys later in the month, but the next two posts will likely focus on finishing and releasing the final versions of the Survivor 33 and The Duel simulators.

Jan
9

2017 Poll #5: Ads on Pages?

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On the fourth poll of 2017, 90% of users approved a possible plan to spend the next several months focusing on a customizable/interactive Survivor template and completing the seasons of Total Drama. The numbers were similar in a Twitter poll. This plan is now being evaluated to see if its feasible.

Also, thank you again to everyone who volunteered to help. My hopes are to progress more rapidly through simulator development with the help of volunteer efforts in addition to expanding and improving the website. I sent responses to every application, and now I’m trying to come up with the most efficient system without having any users’ tasks overlap and wasting anyone’s time. Please don’t take offense if anyone does a task that you were hoping to do. The goal is to improve the site as much as possible, and I would like to avoid the volunteer system leading to conflicts or dissension among the users generous enough to put their time into helping the site.

Now, a far more boring fifth poll has been created. What would your opinion be on having simple (not video or malware-related) ads placed on the BrantSteele websites to cover server costs? Are they acceptable on the simulator pages? On the non-simulator pages? Nowhere? If you have any other ideas that are alternates to ads that cover the server costs, please suggest them. Donations are always a possibility but will probably be avoided to prevent any possible legal ramifications. Right now, the server is stable, but the hard drive keeps filling, and it would be nice to upgrade a few different components and have some more breathing room. Gradually simulators are being redesigned to support smaller save sizes as well.

The next poll/survey will be posted in a few days and will be an actual survey reviewing the 2016 community features and asking what you would like to see in 2017. If you want to post any thoughts on that below, they will be taken into account to help set up the next survey.

Jan
6

Survivor 33 Demo Updated

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The demo of Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X has been updated to version #2.

Notable Changes in Version #2:

– Vote By Vote Display: Redesigned to address plurality issue with the old system.
– Multiple revotes can occur if deadlock (same number of targets tied for consecutive votes) is not reached. This can lead to some very unusual scenarios.
– Idol Improvements: Immunity idols and legacy advantage should be played and blundered more realistically based on logic and statistics.
– Medevacs and quits have been implemented. Update: The probabilities for these have been reduced.

A few parts still need improved in version #3 including better voting (incorporating targets and alliances better, adding split votes, adding reasoning) and better final tribal council logic and display.

The Survivor tribal council system is always very complex. Since this is a new version of Survivor code, there are many issues that require testing and correcting. If you find any scenarios that trigger bugs, it would be appreciated if you could report them. Thank you.

Jan
6

New 2017 Plan Poll

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On the second poll of 2017, it was fairly close between the top two results, but develop more sophisticated versions of existing simulators led with 44% of the votes. Completing the rest of the seasons of Total Drama and The Challenge was not far behind with 39% of the votes. The poll options were too general, so a third poll was created to gauge interest between more specific options. On the new poll, the customizable/interactive Survivor template was the clear favorite with 49% of the vote over 24% of the vote for the rest of the Total Drama seasons.

Based on these new results, a fourth poll has been created. Along with regular Big Brother and Survivor simulator releases, would you approve a February to July schedule focusing primarily on a customizable/interactive Survivor Template along with the rest of the Total Drama seasons?

January would consist of finalizing Survivor 33 and The Duel, releasing Big Brother Over The Top and Australian Survivor 2016, and touching up The Big Brother Future Templates and Hunger Games Simulator. Additionally more internal reorganization would be done in an effort to best utilize the efforts of volunteers to have more timely releases. There would be at least one demo of the Survivor Template each month with the Total Drama seasons being released as each one would be completed.

Please post your thoughts here on that hypothetical schedule. Deciding future plans isn’t as simple as picking the top result of a poll, but it is all factored into account. Your feedback is appreciated.

The next version of the new Survivor algorithm will be posted tonight in the Survivor 33 simulator, but it may be late. This weekend, the Volunteer Applications sent so far will be reviewed, and responses will be sent with follow-up questions.

Jan
3

The Challenge: The Duel Simulator Demo

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The Challenge: The Duel simulator has been released in Demo form.

Some of the challenges are completed and have been added with full details while the challenges that are in progress have been disabled and replaced with generic challenge text. This simulator uses full logic, but the reasoning descriptions were replaced with generic reasoning text because they need to be improved. A full release should occur this month. Some of the recent challenges were not tested very thoroughly, so any user feedback, testing, and bug reports would be appreciated. Thank you.

The next blog entry should be posted on Friday night with the second version of the Survivor 33 algorithm.

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