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Official V5 Rolling List
As usual, a post-rolls update. This will be edited if anything changes prior to the next rolls.

1. Juhan Levandi (Maraoone)
2. Ami Flynn (Ciel)
3. Sean Mulcahy (MK Kilmarnock)
4. Matt Vartoogian (BROseidon)
5. Kathryn Nguyen (Arscapi)
6. Joachim Lovelace (DocBalance)
7. Tyler Lucas (Grim Wolf)
8. Travis Webster (Delroy)
9. Michael Mitchellson (dmboogie)
10. Joey Grey (Ares)
11. KK Konipaski (Rattlesnake)
12. Mara Montalvo (Ruggahissy)
13. Claire Monaghan (Laurels)
14. Ruby Forrester (Fioriboy)
15. Takeshi Yoshikawa (Zabriel)
16. Gray Emerson (Deamon)
17. Finn Grant (Will)
18. Joe Carrasco (Violent-Medic)
19. Hansel Williams (NotAFlyingToy)
20. Mirabella Strong (SansaSaver)
21. Virgil Jefferson-Davis (BROseidon)
22. Cooper Komorowski (Betaknight)
23. Christopher Harlin (Deamon)
24. Stacy Ramsey (Will)
25. Madeline Wilcox (Turtle Tyrant)
26. Leona Van Camp (Outfoxd)
27. Zubin Wadia (Decoy73)

V5 Eighth Announcement
Past time on cards and DZs (though everyone got clear). Six days, twenty-three hours, and fifty-four minutes for deaths.

BDA Quote Nomination Thread #8
Everyone knows how this works by now. Nominate your favorite Rosemary quote for the scrolly text. Nominations last for roughly three days, followed by a three day voting period.

V5 Eighth Announcement
Granted.

Nine hours and forty-two minutes for cards and DZs.

V5 Eighth Announcement
One day and forty-four minutes for cards and DZs. We're probably gonna be pretty prompt on DZ enforcement, so unless you're rolled and planning to die in one, get clear or go boom.

V5 Eighth Announcement
Two days and thirty-seven minutes for cards and DZs.

V5 Eighth Announcement
THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012: UNDISCLOSED LOCATION, 11PM

They came well after dark, so the kids wouldn't see.

They came in boats, from the south side of the island, where they were furthest from sight, and they came with their lights out. They met Gordon Gladney and passed along the day's food and weaponry, though they were not the usual couriers of these things. When that was taken care of, they did not leave.

Instead, they got to work.

They wore dark clothes and carried a variety of equipment. Though there were only about a dozen of them at the moment, they set to work covering as much ground as possible, sweeping through the woodlands and the amusement park first, collecting everything that wasn't here months ago when the AT set up shop. They started simply, removing weapons and bags and marking the locations of bodies for later.

The cameras were left for last, of course. After the last two versions, trust was at a premium. The men and women on the cleanup crew were not the best and brightest the AT had to offer. They were the people expendable enough to be left on the ground at the end but reliable enough to handle a simple job without too much hand-holding. Nevertheless, as a precaution, they were observed by those in charge.

Cleanup usually took a few days, with a much larger crew—and that part would come—but now, even with the broadcast delayed, it was vital to get the first parts done as quickly as possible. So, while the remaining few dozen kids fought and died and hid and slept, the Athro Taskforce was packing up shop.





FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012: UNDISCLOSED LOCATION, 9AM

"Good morning, kids." Tracen Danya's voice was slightly subdued at first today, and a crackle of static cut through his greeting. There was a pause for a moment, the sound of a throat clearing, and then all hints of hesitation were gone. "Another fine day's work from you all, if a bit lacking compared to the past. We're getting down to the wire now. I want each one of you who's left to take a moment. Think of your bedroom. Think of the street you grew up on. Think of your family.

"You're close to having that all back. Just don't make the same mistakes these people did.

"Darren Fox jumped off a shipping container and landed hard. A few days late to opt out, but better now than tomorrow, I suppose.

"Ruby Forrester shot Sharon Austin to death after the latter prompted an ill-advised firefight. Shows why crossbows fell out of fashion.

"Shortly after that, we had a twofer out at the docks. Ian Valmont bludgeoned Yuan Stephanie Chan to death, but got himself shot in the leg in the process. Since he was hanging out in a danger zone at the time, that didn't end well for him.

"Of course, he wasn't the only one to score a Pyrrhic victory. Following in the esteemed footsteps of the Kronwall brothers, Cody Patton and Eliza Patton removed each other from contention. Sibling bonds only count for so much in the end.

"Next off, we had a string of people who decided the best way to handle things was up close and personal after a little deception. Leona Van Kamp rejected Jenna Rhodes' proposed plan of escape, and provided a counteroffer in the form of a shard of glass. Katarina Konipaski, meanwhile, got the drop on a sleeping Rosemary Michaels and strangled her to death. Marcus Leung, for his part, offered to help Rachael Langdon, then stabbed her the moment she dropped her guard.

"Bucking the trend, Ian Williams put all that subtlety aside and shanked Alda Abbate in a nice clean fight, completing his sibling pair.

"Proving that even in light of her teammate's death the softball team is not to be underestimated, Kathryn Nguyen put her sports training to use and beaned Carlos Lazaro fatally with a baseball.

"Last but not least, Joe Carassco shot Kyran Dean to death when he decided he was too cool for respecting firepower.

"So now that that's done with, just a few little matters left. I want you all to stay out of the Western Beach from now on, except for Ms. Konipaski, who has once more won our little vote here at HQ with her tactics. Keep up the good work, and head to Shelson's Beach for a weapon, grilled salmon and baked potatoes, a pitcher of apple juice, and a banana split.

"I'll talk to everyone left tomorrow. Good luck, and remember what—and who—you're fighting for."




DAY NINE: FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012

Weather: As was the case yesterday, the day is bright and clear. The air is mostly still except along the coast during the early day, but becomes pronounced in the evening, with chilly winds beside the sea. Temperatures are roughly equivalent to yesterday's, with a high of 69F, 20.5C at 4pm. Tonight is four nights after the new moon. The ninth announcement will come at 9 AM on June 23.





As always, here are the rolls for this cycle:

1. Iselle Ovaelle-Vandermeer (Betaknight)
2. Michael Mitchellson (dmboogie) - Timothy Abrams (Skraal, Hero Card used)
3. Kam So’oialo (Namira)
4. Deanna Hull (D/N)
5. Paris Ardennes (Ruggahissy)
6. Maynard Francis Hurst (SansaSaver)
7. Owen Kay (Pippin)

Logs


Three days for cards and DZs, and a further seven for deaths.





Finally, congratulations to MrMissMrs Random, who won the BDA this month for the death of Rosemary Michaels. The appropriate quote nomination threads will be up shortly.

Benched
In late May of 2012, the seniors of Aurora High School were wrapping up their exams, bracing themselves for the swarm of relatives that descended for graduation, anticipating college yet dreading the separation from their friends, and, of course, eagerly awaiting the senior trip. It was also the end of softball season, and Susan Clarke was marginally committed to going out on a good note. She found plenty to keep her busy with schoolwork and practice, and still she found time to make the party circuit, picking up and then immediately losing a new boyfriend. Finals were cause for some stress, because she just didn't have the grade buffer to laugh their results off. Over long nights, she managed to pull together enough of a mastery of the material to at least pass them all, however. Like her friends and the rest of the team, she had at last earned her freedom.

On June 11, 2012, upon returning home from school, Susan went straight to her room and sat on her bed and pulled the blankets tight around her to fend off the chills that had started sweeping through her at lunchtime. She stared at the wall and shook gently and cranked up the volume on her CD player and listened to Yankee Hotel Foxtrot three times in a row and when it was time for dinner she forced some energy into her step and some warmth into her voice because she knew that whether she was sick or not, her parents would assume the worst if they saw any hint that she wasn't feeling well. She choked down the fried rice and chicken her father prepared and acted like it tasted just as good as it always did and she talked about her day and her friends with greater apathy than normal and she smiled so broadly as she tried to make her vision focus on the faces of her parents and she hoped and wished and somehow they seemed not to notice anything wrong.

On June 12, 2012, Susan woke up feeling colder than when she went to bed and told herself it was just the weather. She went to school and stared with glazed eyes at the papers in front of her and mumbled at the people she spoke to and told herself that she never got sick in the summer and distracted herself with her CD player and avoided her friends just in case. By the time she made her way back home, though, she had given up any pretense that she was well, and with it any hope for the next day. She walked in and found her father and told him she had the flu, and she made a token argument for going on the trip anyways, explaining how she was probably past the contagious stage by now. Steven Clarke had been cutting a cabbage, the rhythmic chopping of knife against cutting board punctuating her words, but when she stopped speaking he set the knife down. He hugged her and told her that he was sorry this happened, that life wasn't fair, but that she would have to stay home. He put his hand to her head and said that, beyond that, she should probably go to bed.

Susan did go to bed, though not before making a few calls to let her friends know what had happened. She tried to keep her voice cheery and told them to have fun on her behalf, and said they'd better bring her back a Mickey hat or whatever people brought back from Disneyland. She took ibuprofen and pulled the covers over her head at eight o'clock, for the first time she could remember since middle school.

That night, she heard or dreamt she heard her parents talking outside her room. Her mother was saying that they should do something special to make up for what had happened. She said that maybe they could all take a trip to Disneyland as a family later in the summer, if they could find a few days when they could take off work. Her father said that it wouldn't be the same. Her mother said that she was on some level glad this had happened, and that she felt awful about that. Susan had never left the state without her parents.

On June 13, 2012, Susan spent most of the day sleeping and eating Cup Ramen. Her parents were at work, so it was very quiet. She went outside only to get the mail, at about four in the afternoon. When she did, she looked up at the sky, searching for a plane she could pretend was the one her friends were aboard, but none was in sight. She had not changed out of her pajamas and everything was cold and warm simultaneously. She went back to bed and didn't really become aware of anything further until she awoke to her father sitting on her desk chair, which he had pulled over next to her. He was leaning over, his head slumped and supported by his right hand. His eyes were closed. Susan had left the door closed and was trying to muster the energy to complain about the uncharacteristic violation of her privacy, but then the moment stretched for some time, maybe a minute or more, and she was instead overcome with the strangeness.

She finally pulled herself upright and her father stirred and just looked at her. He told her there was something serious he had to tell her, but that it didn't have to be now. Susan told him to go ahead, and he told her that the plane was missing. He said she should try not to worry too much, that it was too early to say what had happened, but that he didn't think it fair to keep it from her. This meant that her mother had probably wanted to do so.

Through her fever, Susan was able to tell herself that it probably would be alright. She didn't think about it too hard and certainly didn't grasp the implications. She ate another cup of noodles and went back to sleep.

On June 14, 2012, pieces of the missing plane were fished out of the ocean and Susan's fever broke. She still did not leave her bedroom. Her parents came and told her the news. They had both taken time off work. She expected them to be juggling calls, but aside from an hour after lunch when her mother had to handle something, they did not. They sat with Susan or in other parts of the house and said very little. None of them knew what to do. Susan's parents had known most of her friends, at least in passing. They knew some of the other parents, too.

The day passed slowly and Susan kept thinking something should happen, something was supposed to happen, but she had no idea what.

She thought a lot about those last few seconds and wondered what it had been like. She could hardly imagine Alda and Andi and Iselle and the others staring glassy-eyed out the plastic windows as the ocean grew closer and closer. She could sort of wrap her head around the impact. In her mind, everyone on the plane either died instantly in a big explosion or was knocked unconscious by the impact and then drowned peacefully as the plane sank towards the bottom of the sea. Her parents and the news were quick to bring up, at every opportunity, how they weren't yet sure what had happened and could not say for certain that anyone had even been injured, though the prospects were certainly not looking good. Susan understood their attempts at optimism even as she understood that they were forced.

This wasn't like assuring the others they could come back after an awful opening inning. Her team, her friends, the girls she had grown up with—they had plunged into the depths, so far away that it would be a miracle if their bodies could be recovered for funerals.

Somehow, Susan felt even more left behind than when she had only missed a trip to Disneyland.

LoL Thread, PRESEASON edition: MORE DOTS MORE DOTS
My contribution was mostly feeding so that Espi and Maddie could have a real challenge. ;)

SOTF Mini-Cast
Heya, everyone! About two weeks ago I was talking with folks about the old podcast (currently on hiatus) and some of the things about the format that could make it tough on me as a listener (basically exclusively the length) and Espi, I think it was, suggested that I take a shot at my own version After some thought, I've decided to do so.

I'm going to attempt to get a short-form, monthly podcast going. The premise here is a series of one-on-one talks. Each episode, I'll try to have a different guest on to discuss a different topic of interest. We'll have the topic set in advance, so hopefully this can be a little more in depth and less off-the-cuff.

Target length for each episode will be 6-15 minutes, ideally landing in the 8-11 range. I'm going to try to have the first episode for July or August--I don't want to rush things, as that would make it less likely this actually happens.

The overall focus will be SOTF as a whole, including Mini, past versions, whatever. Topics will range from the general interest (escape attempts, heroes/villains, etc.) to more niche stuff (V2, a specific Mini, the V4 rescue). I'll try to skew towards the more general though, especially at the start.

So that only leaves a few things! First and foremost is other people. I'll outline what I'm looking for below.

I want to be a guest!

If you want to be a guest, I'd ask that you PM me. You'll need Skype, as that's probably what I'll set up the recording on.

This is a more focused format than the group podcasts, so I'll need some more info from anyone interested. At a minimum, I'd like you to list three to five topics that interest you. I'd also like you to break down, roughly speaking, what areas of SOTF you're familiar with, what you've read (especially in the most recent few versions on Main and Mini), and how much footwork you're willing to do. The more in depth and specific you get with all these things, the better I'll be able to slot you in with something. I'm not going in chronological order, but rather by matching subjects that are relevant/spark my interest with people who have interest in them.

I don't want to be a guest, but do want to help!

I'd love to get topic suggestions from everyone, both as ideas and to gauge what the site's interest is so as to better tailor the content to stuff people want to discuss. Drop me PMs with stuff you want to see talked about, again as specifically as possible, and I'll see what I can do. I'll be trying to handle the tech stuff myself as much as possible, but if you want to volunteer expertise in that area, I'd also be quite appreciative.

Anything else?

Actual talks will be probably 30-40 minutes recorded, with stuff slimmed down to just the best bits. Due to the format, it will almost certainly be quite some time before your topic/guest time. I'll try to get around to as much as I can, but we're talking twelve episodes a year, best case. So I guess I'm saying, temper your expectations accordingly.

One last thing: I'm going to do my best to never focus on a single specific character/handler for a whole show, with a possible exception if something really big happens (a winner, an escape), though honestly even then I'd much rather use it as a single example to contextualize a broader issue. Please be sure you (or the hypothetical you if you're submitting a subject recommendation but not as a potential guest) can discuss at least three characters from different handlers while approaching the topic.

So, that's it! Most of this is stuff by PM, but you can comment here too and stuff. When I actually get something set up, I'll make a new thread for that and probably turn this into a discussion thread.

OFFICIAL SOTF CHATROOM
Chat should now display the twenty most recent messages before your login. This won't work on the off chance nobody's in the room, though.

V5 BKA/BDA Voting: May/June 2014
That's a wrap! Stay tuned for results and announcements. Probably not tomorrow, but possibly as soon as Saturday or Sunday.

New V5 Reduced Activity Notices
Homework and RL stuff are mounting such that I'll be a bit scarce for the next two days. It's nothing bad, just crunch time with my schoolwork and Irene's getting back in state so I'll be busy there and probably slow to reply to PMs/not in chat.

V5 BKA/BDA Voting: May/June 2014
I'll close this down in... let's say two days. Would love to see more votes; things are currently looking pretty sparse.

LoL Thread, PRESEASON edition: MORE DOTS MORE DOTS
Let the record show that was my first time jungling Rammus ever. ><

V5 BKA/BDA Voting: May/June 2014
You know the drill! BKA/BDA is live once again. As always, DO NOT trash on scenes/characters, or your vote will not be counted. If you don't like any of the scenes, just abstain from voting.

BEST KILL AWARD:
Ruby Forrester, for killing Sharon Austin
Leona Van Kamp, for killing Jenna Rhodes
Katarina Konipaski, for killing Rosemary Michaels
Marcus Leung, for killing Rachael Langdon

BEST DEATH AWARD:
jimmydalad, for the death of Sharon Austin
Skraal, for the death of Eliza Patton
MK Kilmarnock, for the death of Cody Patton
Fioriboy, for the death of Jenna Rhodes
MrMissMrs Random, for the death of Rosemary Michaels
Laurels, for the death of Rachael Langdon

This will run for four or five days, followed fairly promptly by the announcement. We're also still short about half the deaths for this month; please try to get those in ASAP, so they can at least be in the next announcement.

V5 Fifteenth Rolls
MrMissMrs Random
Jun 4 2014, 01:35 PM
May I request a three day extension? I don't think it'll be necessary, but just in case.
Forgot to post, but granted.

I think tonight is the deadline for those without extensions. BKA/BDA won't be immediate, but it is probably gonna be up within the next four days or so. Please plan requests for extensions and death times accordingly.

Official V5 Rolling List
Customary post-rolls update. If anything changes, we'll edit this.

1. Juhan Levandi (Maraoone)
2. Paris Ardennes (Ruggahissy)
3. Sean Mulcahy (MK Kilmarnock)
4. Matt Vartoogian (BROseidon)
5. Kathryn Nguyen (Arscapi)
6. Joachim Lovelace (DocBalance)
7. Tyler Lucas (Grim Wolf)
8. Deanna Hull (D/N)
9. Michael Mitchellson (dmboogie)
10. Maynard Francis Hurst (SansaSaver)
11. KK Konipaski (Rattlesnake)
12. Mara Montalvo (Ruggahissy)
13. Claire Monaghan (Laurels)
14. Ruby Forrester (Fioriboy)
15. Takeshi Yoshikawa (Zabriel)
16. Gray Emerson (Deamon)
17. Owen Kay (Pippin)
18. Marcus Leung (Un-Persona)
19. Hansel Williams (NotAFlyingToy)
20. Mirabella Strong (SansaSaver)
21. Virgil Jefferson-Davis (BROseidon)
22. Cooper Komorowski (Betaknight)
23. Christopher Harlin (Deamon)
24. Timothy Abrams (Skraal)
25. Madeline Wilcox (Turtle Tyrant)
26. Leona Van Camp (Outfoxd)
27. Zubin Wadia (Decoy73)
28. Joe Carrasco (Violent-Medic)
29. Iselle Ovaelle-Vandermeer (Betaknight)
30. Stacy Ramsey (Will)
31. Finn Grant (Will)
32. Joey Grey (Ares)
33. Kam So’oialo (Namira)
34. Travis Webster (Delroy)
35. Ami Flynn (Ciel)

V5 Fifteenth Rolls
Rattlesnake
Jun 1 2014, 07:18 PM
Need to confirm, but going by what makes sense and works out the best for everyone, that works and Sansa keeps the hero.
That's the precedent that's been established elsewhere in the version, most recently here, so yep, that's how it goes!

I'll be looking to get a more streamlined rule set drafted on this for V6, and the precedent order may change at that point, but the V5 way has been like this so it should hold until the end of the version.