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The V2 Read-o-thon; Olden days
Topic Started: Aug 24 2017, 06:45 PM (7,590 Views)
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Just finished Carmen and boy was that depressing.

Her bio makes her out to be a sort of queen bee popular mean girl. She has one pregame thread where she's a little menacing, but talks to a fat unpopular girl. It's kind of nice, even though she's still being a bit mean in her thoughts.

In her first thread she meets Andrew Ponikarovsky and they are honestly pretty charming. She puts on an act of being an innocent bimbo to get her to trust him and he does because he's a good guy. As they talk she lets real things about her slip and she starts to wonder if putting on this act even in real life is what causes her to attract men, but also causes them never to stay long. They have a kind of cute moment together and start driving away in a van.

Then Mitusko adopts her. The quality in writing drops and she becomes the porn version of herself. Out of no where she is bending over, propositioning people, licking her lips, talking about what she likes in sex. Gone is whatever depth she might have had before with Andrew. She fools around with Rob (I think it was Rob) and says she doesn't want to go all the way so he calls her a whore and that makes her amused. Great.

She gets killed quickly and suddenly along with two other people in a Mariavel spree kill thread. I'm really disappointed considering how good she started off that she becomes sexed up Mariavel fodder.
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Alex Ovechkin is a bizarre waste of time. He's bizarre because he's just an insert of an actual professional athlete and is still a professional athlete with a super flimsy, idiotic reason for being in high school that makes no sense. He's already been through high school in Russia and has a job as a pro-athlete but went to high school "to become better at English" like he couldn't just buy a Rosetta Stone. It's really weird and distracting.

I feel like Dodd realized this was a bad idea because he has 1 pregame post, 3 posts in the game and then promptly goes inactive. He's killed in another Mariavel spree kill thread. There are worse character in SOTF, but so few are just not even worth your time.

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PROFILE: So, the first bit of information we get about Chiaki is that she dropped out of school but went back for some reason. I’m not sure if that’s a thing that actually happens, but it’s ok because V2. She likes playing guitar, war history, shooting stuff, and martial arts. I’m sure the latter two definitely weren’t an attempt to give her more skillz. There’s nothing really to say about her physical description. There’s nothing outlandish, and it’s pretty decent by V2 standards. Chiaki has a Japanese mom, and an American father, who “who used to serve as a major figure in the US Army”. What exactly he was isn’t elaborated upon, so I’ll be forced to assume he was George Washington, who was an influential figure in the American military.. Because her dad was George Washington, he told her war stories from a young age, (which I do not recommend irl, traumatizing children is bad), and also taught her how to play the guitar for some reason. Chiaki decided she wanted to join the military when she grew up, obviously having been indoctrinated by George Washington (also now she likes guns PEW PEW BANG BANG POW!). When she was 13, she started skipping class (bad sign), and for some reason, George Washington didn’t care, as he was happy that Chiaki knew how to play guitar and wanted to join the military. I’m beginning to doubt George Washington’s parental skills. Chiaki dropped out of school at 15; again, not a thing that actually happens. George Washington was like “go back 2 skool (even though I’m contradicting my earlier statements)” and Chiaki’s like “ugh fine”, and now she’s back at school. This whole dropping-out thing seems unnecessary. Oh well. Now Chiaki’s real good at learning, but is bad at group work because “as her pride over her own abilities led her to the conclusion that she doesn't need groupwork or teamwork.”. Her narcissism was literally not mentioned until now, and this is the second-last paragraph of her profile. Huh.Chiaki’s recently been approached with a record deal for her...guitar playing, I guess? And then that’s the end of her profile. I’m pretty sure my analysis of her profile is longer than the profile itself. Well, what can you do?




Island time!
Chiaki doesn’t know what to do, because George Washington was always there to guide her (??????????) and she has no ability to think for herself. Oh, apparently the gun she got was one of the guns she’d been trained to use. Oh dear. Also, she knows the exact weight of the gun BY FUCKING MEMORY! I am now forced to assume that Chiaki is a robot with internet access. So, she got woken up by an announcement (the 1st, I think. It’s not stated.), and she “seemed” to laugh. I dunno if she actually laughed, maybe she was crying, there’s a lot of things that “seem” like laughing.

So, apparently she was actually laughing. Her reasoning behind this is, and I quote: “She had a chance to put all of her dad's war stories into her own reality, and fell such a huge of adrenaline at the thought of pointing that gun of hers at someone, pulling the trigger, and ending their pathetic existance. Anyone who dies here was obviously too weak to continue on. “So, she’s a bog-standard v1/2 style villain who’s entire thought process is just “wow murder is fun!”.

I died a bit inside when I read this next part. Ahem, also a direct quote: “She thought it would be an added bonus if she could get some begging and pleading from her victims. It would sound like a wonderful chorus to a song... but she ditched that anology when she realized how emo fagtastic it sounded.”

Swiftly moving on, Derrin Istoli (have been previously tortured by Adam Dodd’s cousin) stumbles across the road, and is all like “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUHHHHHGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH PAIN IT HURTS YOWCH HLEP PLS!”. Chiaki responds by being all like “Oh jee whiz, are you okay?”, continuing in the V2 tradition of female players who pretend to be nice, but are actually EVIIIIIILLLLLL (seriously there are a lot of them in V2). Chiaki shoots at Derrin, and Chiaki’s writer proceeds to GM Derrin into getting shot in the gut. Also Chiaki calls her gun “her lover”. Oh V2, I love you so very much (not sarcasm).

Derrin proceeds to die. Now, there’s some stuff about Derrin that I won’t touch upon right now, but his schizophrenia (the voice in his head’s name is JEFF!) is cured by getting shot in the stomach. Chiaki is like “wow that was fun” and then leaves. One thread down, three to go.

Mariavel’s in the next thread, but so is Tori, who is generally a pretty good character. Here’s hoping they balance each other out. Chiaki’s happy that God gave people the ability to kill each other. Okay then. I think she’s got a sexual thing about killing, because that’s honestly the only explanation I’ve got. If she hadn’t been kidnapped for SOTF, she’d grow up to be a serial killer. Thanks for killing all the future serial killers, terrorists.

Chiaki wants to have sex with her weapons. I’m beginning to think she might have a few underlying mental issues that have gone untreated. If you are having thoughts similar to Chiaki’s, you should immediately go to the doctor. Take your meds, kids.

Chiaki notices Mariavel and Tori doing stuff (Tori’s reading stuff, and Mariavel’s having another flashback). Chiaki’s like “YES I WILL KILL THEM, MURDER IS VERY FUN! I AM EVIL!”, but then…

A voice…

“It’s very rude to eavesdrop.”

AND THEN ANOTHER ONE OF CHIAKI’S HANDLER’S CHARACTERS PUNCHES HER IN THE FACE AND THEN LEAVES!

whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

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Oh well.

Tori notices Chiaki out in the hallway and then some Chiaki says some weird stuff and then there’s a whole bunch of OOC posts about GMing. Everything that Chiaki’s saying right now is some kind of innuendo or talking about murder/pain in a sexual way. I’m uncomfortable. Hilarity involving Mariavel being EEEEEEVILLLL and also Chiaki being EEEEEEEEEEEVILLLLL and Tori being a normal fucking person and also some GMing ensues. BUT SUDDENLY, ONE OF MARIAVEL’S FRIENDS POPS OUT AND DIES! And then Mariavel’s like “:(“ AND THEN SHE’S LIKE “GET AWAY FROM ME MY FRIEND DIED!”, even though nobody’s had a chance to fucking react yet jesus christ aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh. And then Mariavel leaves.Only Tori has had a chance to post, but whatever. Chiaki also leaves. Well, that was a thread. (aw fuck she left just before Bryan Calvert arrives in the thread)

Chiaki stumbles upon the OG Kenurton Larris (who is inactive-dying this thread), and Chiaki’s all like “murder is my fetish” and Kenurton’s like “DUDE WHERE’S MY WEED BRO?” and then Chiaki shoots Kenurton in his his wiggly-woogly boy parts. Chiaki runs away and Kenurton get DZed. NEXT THREAD!

Well, looks like Chiaki’s gone inactive now. Heck. Anyways, she gets in a tizzy with Franco Sebberts, there's some taser-inside-mouth action, and then Franco shoots her in the gut. Too bad getting shot in the stomach didn’t cure her crazy like it did for Derrin. Oh well.

Conclusion: I feel like Chiaki embodies many of V2’s pitfalls; she’s a premade player, turned on by violence, pretended to be a nice person when she was a meanie, killed an inactive, and then got inactive killed. Her first thread was fun to read, but I just kinda felt uncomfortable with the rest. She’s definitely not the best V2’s got to offer, but she’s not the worst.


Gimme another pls
Ravioli Marill - Today at 9:49 AM
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Some people that might be in V7 (or not):

Michael Froese: "Is it bad that I hope today's the day Richard finally fucking snaps, brings a gun to school, and shoots me in the head? Because I really can't deal with this shit anymore."

Valerija Bogdanovic: "If we as a society continue using words like "cuck" or "Reagan fetishist" to describe those who's political views differ from our own, we will accomplish nothing. Alienating each other will just lead to further division. If I were to insult you straight to your face, it's not like you'd hold my opinion with any merit."

Maxwell Fenster: "Okay then."


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Joshua Moore only had a grand total of 3 posts in one thread but his writing is good and his last post in which he dies is nearly a masterpiece that crams an entire life history into one post.

He's a boy originally from Alabama who loves music. There are some hints to what happened in his bio which is all explained in the death post, but he was raised in a religious household and realized he was gay at a young age. His parents take him to a traumatic church experience that tries to pray the gay out of him and when relating this story to a new friend he finds sympathy from him and they fall in love. Through bad luck his family finds out about the relationship and they move from Alabama to New Jersey to the new school (a reason to move that makes sort of sense? WHAT IS THIS?). His old boyfriend is sent to conversion therapy and pretends to be "fixed." Josh calls him one last time and David tells him he'll always love him. Josh can't deal with his feelings of homosexuality conflicting with his parents telling him his preferences are sinful so he punishes himself by vomiting up his food because he feels like he's going to hell. Even so, he starts sleeping with boys and girls to try and fill the void in his heart by David whom he still loves and who loves him, though they can't be together.

He dies, remembering that his parents told him that his bulimia and homosexuality will send him to hell, really believing that he's about to be sent to Hell.

It's a tremendously sad, but quick read that I would recommend.

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Rugga: Huy Tran
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Eric Silvstedt was a frustrating read for me. In his first thread he comes off as a complete psycho, and whenever he's with his friend Ricky Callahan (who he happens to share a handler with, for the record) he's just kinda shunted off to the side so Ricky can take center stage. However, in his pregame oneshots, he came across as a much more interesting character. His flaws were still present, most notably his anger and inability to refer to his mother with anything other than pure hatred, but other nuances to his character were apparent. His miserable station in life was emphasized and used to show how he became such an angry, negative person, yet at the same time, he also cares greatly about his siblings and wants to protect them. He is also aware of his flaws and, as shown in the thread where he meets with his therapist, wants to deal with these issues. So at the end of pregame, he comes off as a person with a lot of deeply-rooted issues, but is still redeemable.

However, all of that goes straight out the window on the island, where he immediately decides that he wants to play because, in his words, it's a competition, and he's a competitor. All that complexity involving his family and personal problems goes out the window as he decides that he's out to kill everyone in order to win. This gets particularly repugnant when he mocks Matthias Kovalenko by implying that his sister may be getting raped or murdered while he's not there to watch out for her. Considering that Eric had worried about the same sorts of things happening to his siblings before the island, it seems pretty out-of-character for him to attack someone like that.

I'm not saying that I'm opposed to people becoming players on the island. That's one of the things that makes the SOTF story keep going on. Rather, I'm bothered that Eric instantly becomes a really generic-minded player as soon as he wakes up. And then his death thread comes along and, while it is quite well-written, ultimately proves what I had feared in pregame, which was that he was a prop for Ricky's story all along. He tries to kill Whitney, but Ricky interrupts him and causes his death by accident. It's a sad scene, but Eric doesn't get the focus. Ricky does. But then again, that's a problem pretty much any time handlers kill off their own characters with their other characters.

I really wanted to be positive about Eric and recommend him, but I can't really do it. The pregame oneshots where he's on his own are worth giving a look, but his story as a whole is kind of disappointing.

Another character, please.
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Sylvea Hill's reaction to Lester's appearance was "..." and that pretty much just sums up mine as well. He wasn't the worst, just...a bizarre combination of a handler using one of his own characters to prop his flagship/SI up, fight scenes being written by someone who is not good at fight scenes, circumventing logic in order to set up a kill, and a death I'm pretty sure was taken from Mortal Kombat. I've read him twice now and I've forgotten nearly everything about him apart from the fact he's apparently an asshole, but only because that's the first line of his profile biography.

ETA: I'm pretty sure there are less fingers on my hands than there are handlers who have used Mad World in their songposts.

NECKSED PLEASE!
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Andrew Panterescu/Andrew Ponikarovski/”Pants” is a character in Version Two of the online roleplay/collaborative writing project Survival of the Fittest. Today, I will be referring to him as “Pants”.

So, I don’t really have much to say about Pants’ profile, other than that it’s pretty good. There’s a few run-on sentences here and there, and him being Character!Adam Dodd’s bff is dubious in its realism, but hey, whatever. While he probably wouldn’t be approved today, he’s good for V2.

Pants has some pregame! Yay sotf’s first pregame wahoo! Oh, and it’s on the V1 forums! IT’S LIKE WE’RE BACK IN 2006, BABYYYYYYYY! TLDR, Rupert Stockton (who Mara’s already talked about, in detail) is like “Yo Pants ur a gay” and Pants is like “No I’m not, you doofus.” and then Pants walks away with his girlfriend. Well okeydokey, that happened. Not really much to say about it that Mara didn’t say. Rupert’s used as a prop to make Pants look good, and not much else happens. It’s decent on Andrew’s part, and he’s who I’m supposed to be talking about, so yeah.

ISLAND TIME! So, Pants’ first post it actually pretty fucking good (thank god 4 dodd)! Like, there’s a lot of talk about Character!Dodd, but that’s fine. The ever-hanging shadow of Character!Dodd is always hanging over Pants, but it’s not overplayed IMO. I mean, by today’s standards, it’s whack AF, but for V2 it’s fine.

Carmen Somerset pops up, and Rugga’s already talked about her. She’s gucci. This thread’s been talked about, and so I won’t go into too much detail, but it’s a good thread and both characters are solid in it. (Sidenote: Cars in SOTF are fun!)

Now, unfortunately for Pants, all the V1 handlers excluding Megami disappeared from V1, so he got inactive’d/adopted or whatever. IMO, a big problem with V2 is that when a kid went inactive (which happened A LOT), they either got foddered off or their character changed completely, and Pants is a pretty good way to illustrate this. Post-adoption, he’s completely entranced by Carmen (who is now EEEEEVVVVVIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLL), when before he thought she was pretty but was not like, literally in love with her. I mean, Pants is by far not the worst case of this, but it’s a V2 thing that’s irked me, and is gonna be a recurring theme through this readathon.

Anyways, as I was saying before I got distracted with my rant, stuff is happening. Pants ‘n Carmen are havin’ a gay old time driving around the island in the rain WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN A WILD PENELOPE WITHERS APPEARS!

Pants swerves around Penelope, but unfortunately drive right into a fucking tree. Carmen’s airbag deployed and saved her, but Pants bonked his head and ded. Pants’ death is kinda glossed over (also he manages to say some last words despite having fatal head trauma), but that’s par for the course when we’re dealing with V2 inactive deaths. I will admit that I have a soft spot for Pants’ death, though; it’s not completely and totally bonkers (In fact, it was a fresh dose of realism in the land of wackiness that is V2), and death by car is really rare in SOTF (thanks jerry fury).
Conclusion: I have pretty much of the same feeling about Pants as Rugga did about Carmen, but to a lesser degree. While he was handled by Dodd, he was pretty good, and when Mitsuko took over for his death, he lost some of his depth, but that didn’t end up being a huge issue because he died right off the bat. I’m curious to what would’ve become of the Carmen/Pants duo had Makaze/Dodd not gone inactive, but there’s not much I can do about that. Overall, he’s pretty solid IMO.

Another one, please.
Ravioli Marill - Today at 9:49 AM
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Some people that might be in V7 (or not):

Michael Froese: "Is it bad that I hope today's the day Richard finally fucking snaps, brings a gun to school, and shoots me in the head? Because I really can't deal with this shit anymore."

Valerija Bogdanovic: "If we as a society continue using words like "cuck" or "Reagan fetishist" to describe those who's political views differ from our own, we will accomplish nothing. Alienating each other will just lead to further division. If I were to insult you straight to your face, it's not like you'd hold my opinion with any merit."

Maxwell Fenster: "Okay then."


V1 sprites!

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Wow look here's a big ol' spotify playlist, listen to it (only if u want im not ur boss)!
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