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Totem Pole Full Logic Update

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With episode 3 of The Totem Pole being released on YouTube, full logic has been added to the Totem Pole Simulator, including relationship and strategic ability. These two attributes, along with challenge skills and loyalty, will impact all of the decision making throughout the simulator. If you see any bugs caused by the logic or don’t feel like it is properly balanced, please report it in comments.

A page for other statistics has also been added.

Watch episode 1 here.

Watch episode 2 here.

Watch episode 3 here.

Watch episode 4 here.

Watch episode 5 here.

Stay tuned for an additional update with Episode 4 next Friday at 9:00 PM eastern time. A Survivor simulator update will be posted over the weekend.

Update: With episode 4 now out, a voting chart has been added to the Totem Pole Simulator. This is the most complex voting chart yet with revotes and returning players included.

Update 2: Episode 5 brings an update to the simulator to more accurately reflect the show with Save Limits, Power Limits, and the elimination of duplicate twists per season.


Circle Simulator is now a Template

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An option to adjust the size of the cast from anywhere between 2 and 50 players has been added to the Circle Simulator. The Relationships and Sympathy attributes have been combined under Sympathy. All existing simulations can still be loaded.

This functionality had been coded in from the beginning. It just needed activated, and now serves as a good time to test a template with the Big Brother Advanced Template coming to (with saving and voting charts) and a Survivor Template coming in the near future. The Survivor template’s eventual goal is to contain customization options that should be able to produce seasons 33 – 37 and eventually all of the seasons. These 5 seasons will be loaded from the template with pre-configured settings for each season.

By reducing the size of the cast, you can advance to the end of the simulation quicker.

The Totem Pole Simulator Released

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The Totem Pole Simulator has been released on You can simulate the season here.

This is based on a new YouTube reality show by @wesleydbryant. The premise of the show is the following: 13 players compete to avoid the bottom of #TheTotemPole and try to survive the vote until only 1 player remains. You can watch the first episode here to learn more about the format. You can also follow the series on Twitter at @TotemPoleGame

The full cast and logo are also now available to use throughout all of the other simulators. The Totem Pole Simulator is currently a simple simulator in terms of logic, but it contains different twists to create a variety of scenarios simulating. If no major bugs are reported, saving will be added in 48 hours. Please provide your feedback on this simulator and report any bugs in the comments.

1/27 Update: Saving has been added.

2/1 Update: Episode 2 is out here! With this update comes challenge logic to the simulator and the new profiles page. Stay tuned for an additional update with Episode 3 next Friday at 9:00 PM eastern time.


Survivor 33-37 Updates, Part 1

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A new display for past tribes has been added, along with the ability to change alliances and relationships weekly. These features are available on the five Survivor simulators.

The next Survivor update will contain logic improvements and more display changes, along with a new secret advantage system. This update may be broken into multiple parts.

The internal structure was changed behind all 5 of these seasons, so there’s a high likelihood for bugs, especially for Ghost Island and David vs. Goliath. Please list any you see, and I’ll list the ones that are fixed below. Thank you.

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  • Bugs Fixed:
  • S34 & S36: Exiled players return to the correct tribe in the event of a medevac.
  • S35: Merge targeting threats, not weak players.
  • S36: Ghost Island explained in merge episode.
  • Fixed legacy advantage gifting text showing up in seasons with data from the previous simulation
  • Fixed issues with cast data for Angelina Keeley, Kyle Massey, and Jeremy McConnell
  • S33-S37: Wrong cast members displayed in the final three while using Weekly Changing Relationships.
  • S33-S37: Fixing the above bug caused an issue with fan favorite, which was fixed without causing any additional bugs.
  • S33-S37: Fixed issues with targets only displaying on the active episode you are simulating, for weekly changing relationships.
  • S34: Only one tribe should be shown winning immunity in episode 4.
  • S34: Episode 8 now shows individual, rather then tribal immunity.
  • S33-S37: Tribal rewards after swaps were showing the past tribes winning.
  • Palau: Name of merge tribe appearing as <> resolved.
  • S36: Navigation links fixed in episode 10.
  • More special characters are now allowed in season names, tribe names, and player names/nicknames in all of the simulators.
  • Original Survivor: Tribe names should no longer turn to lowercase in edit cast.
  • Micronesia, Tocantins, Cagayan: Rare winner display bug showing false tie fixed.
  • Survivor Fiji: Fixed finale episode navigation.
  • Survivor Panama: Fixed the finale reward challenge.
  • Worlds Apart: So’s nickname fixed
  • Samoa: Reward Challenge 10 added to Navigation Links
  • Nicaragua and One World: Final events page just showed the text “1”

Keep reading for more details about the latest Survivor changes.

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Survivor 36 Test Version Released

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A test version has been released of the Survivor 36: Ghost Island simulator. This season shares most of its code with Survivor seasons 33, 34, 35, and 37. Due to the more complex structure of this season, there may be more bugs, which I’ll address as soon as they’re reported.

The Ghost Island exile twist is incorporated into the season, and castaways can wager their vote and potentially lose it inside the simulator. However not all of the secret advantages are fully implemented at the present time. They will be added in one of the two remaining large Survivor updates before the .com structure is finalized. More news on these updates could be posted in a few days.

There were tribal council issues with all 5 of these seasons where players that should have been immune were vulnerable after idols and special advantages cancelled all of the votes. A fix was incorporated to handle this. As the secret advantages get incorporated, more changes will be needed to handle new scenarios.

Please report any issues. I’ll list the bugs fixed here, for both the original 32 seasons and the new seasons 33-37. Thank you. Edit: Comments are now enabled in this post.

Bugs Fixed:

– Cook Islands: Reward text fixed in episode 6

– S35: Tribe names for reward challenges have been corrected

– S36: Episode 2 immunity winning tribe display fixed
– S36: Changed nickname to Gonzalez for Stephanie Gonzalez
– S36: Second tribe swap is no longer alphabetical order
– S36: Fixed newly formed alliance names in episode 10
– S36: Fixed Shuffle tribes.
– S36: Fixed the events to correspond to the appropriate tribe in episode 10
– S36: Fixed an incorrect tribe’s idol potentially being found episode 2
– S36: Fixed the tribe outline for the second tribe after swaps

– S37: Fixed newly formed alliance names in episode 5 through the end of the season
– S37: Fixed the tribe outline for the second tribe after swaps


Survivor Bug Fixes for Original Seasons

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Opening immunity idols were fixed in Micronesia and Gabon along with male and female immunity winners in several other seasons including All-Stars, Cambodia, Nicaragua, Philippines, Samoa, and Worlds Apart. Voted out castaways and castaways of the wrong gender could win immunity during these challenges previously. Thanks to the many users who have been reporting these Survivor bugs for the older seasons, and please let me know if I missed any.

In order to make the simulators easier to update, I made a few adjustments to the server. If you see any new issues on the .net Big Brother, Survivor, or Hunger Games simulators it may be a result of these changes, and I’ll address them as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your continued feedback.


  • Another error was fixed in the Survivor Pearl Islands simulator where the immunity winner at the merge tribal council may not have actually had immunity.
  • An error was fixed with Survivor Worlds Apart where the merge idol could be found by multiple players.
  • Episode 10 of Survivor Micronesia wasn’t showing who had idols and whether or not they played them.


Survivor 35 Test Version Released

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A test version has been released of the Survivor 35: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers simulator. There was just limited testing, so some small bugs are to be expected.

This season shares most of its code with Survivor seasons 33, 34, and 37. A “Shuffle Tribes” option has been added to all four of those seasons.

Idols and special advantage items are not complete in any of these seasons. After Game Changers is released, a new special item structure will be added to better handle these, and the voting algorithm will be updated based on this change.

Please report any issues. I’ll list the bugs fixed here. Thank you.

Bugs Fixed
– Some of the tribal rewards in S33, S34, and S37 displayed duplicate winners.
– Exiled castaway in S34 joins correct tribe if there’s a quit or medevac.
– Incorrect tribe names displayed with immunity winning tribes pre-merge
– Episode 12 reward winner not shown.
– 12th and 13th place incorrectly listed as jurors on the placement page.


Survivor 37 Test Version Released

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A test version has been released of the Survivor 37: David vs. Goliath simulator. It’s early in the day, and I’ll be monitoring comments here and on social media to address the bugs. There was just limited testing, so some small bugs are to be expected.

This season is based on the Survivor 33 and Survivor 34 simulators. All three of these seasons now include more display customization options based on user feedback. Depending on your preference, they can more closely resemble the original .net seasons. The Events/Status Pages, Relationship Highlights, Status Page Buttons, Reasoning and Targets, and Relationship Highlights are optional and can be turned on and off with many default options set to false.

New features also include:
– The final four format
– New tiebreaker for winners (also added to S33 and S34)

The finale’s format is assumed but can be adjusted if the actual finale differs.

The hidden advantages are the weakest part of this season and need more work. Overall, this is about 30% closer to the final state I’m aiming for the .com Survivor seasons. There may be lingering bugs from existing seasons with the voting algorithm. The plan is to address these bugs, add the final improvements, and enable “Change Settings Each Episode” before adding saving. With the year coming to an end, it’s my goal to make these updates more regularly and move on to other simulators besides Survivor 33-37 in 2019. There are known bugs, mainly with initial immunity and multiple immunity winners by gender, in the .net seasons that will be addressed as well.

Please report any issues. I’ll list the bugs fixed here. Thank you.

Bugs Fixed
– Immunity text implying a group tribal council in episode 4 removed.
– Exiled castaway joins correct tribe if there’s a quit or medevac.
– Game Changers’ automatic rocks tiebreaker added back.


Bug Fixes, including Big Brother Template

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A few bugs were fixed with the Big Brother interactive template that have been reported for years. At the end of the season in interactive style, simulator users were unable to go back and see who voted for who if their houseguest reached the final two. This is now possible after viewing the Winner page during the finale. Similarly these can be viewed either after seeing your eviction if you’re not on the jury, or at the end of the season if you are on jury.

Another glitch was fixed where the simulator treated “change relationships each week” as an interactive simulation and limited display of alliances and votes. Finally, a more recent bug where custom events only worked in rare scenarios was fixed. Beyond these bug fixes, there’s still a plan to add the Big Brother Template to the .com server and add saving and voting charts in the future.

Thanks to the users who reported these bugs and helped provide details and instructions to replicate them over email, social media, and the Discord server.

Other bugs fixed:
– When clicking the BB20 logo in Seasons, the link followed to BB19.
– Random cast in Celebrity Big Brother contained duplicate houseguests 50% of the time when ‘all male’ or ‘all female’ options were selected.
– When the final person left with a gift bag won HoH in Celebrity Big Brother, the week did not progress correctly.
– Automatic black & white function on the .net Big Brother and .net Survivor simulators didn’t work in some browsers.
– Added Katrina Kozar from MasterChef season 6, who had been skipped before.
– Added two new houseguests from BBUK season 19.

Update: Another scenario was found where the votes and alliances were still not available at the end of the season. This has been corrected now.


Celebrity Big Brother US Simulator Released

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The Celebrity Big Brother US simulator has been released. Thanks to Brandon for planning the season and he and TheNman1 for helping to test it. Any feedback that you leave on the season or bug reports would be appreciated. If no major bugs are found, saving will be added this weekend.

Expect the first of two cast photo updates this weekend as well and more simulator updates before the end of the year. It’s being discussed what simulators are coming next, and that will be announced once plans are decided.

Also, feel free to join the new Discord channel.

Weekend Update: Thanks for all of your feedback. Saving has been added to finalize this season.

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