PokéBeach Big Brother: Friends and Enemies Welcome to Big Brother 8: Friends and Enemies! Throughout the history of PokéBeach Big Brother, the game has been characterized by its sets of friends and enemies. Whether duos like Lorde and Blakers or Jade and Mae who stormed their way to the end or rivals like Violet and Mariano or Hermes and I who were locked in a season-long struggle for power, friendship and rivalry have been key throughout every season of this game. And this season is no different: a season composed entirely of All-Star competitors from PBBB’s past, all with different relationships and experiences in this game. Will you keep your allegiances, reconcile with your past enemies, betray your friends, or do a combination of these? Only time will tell. Here are some guidelines for this game: Spoiler: How Does Big Brother Work? General Rules and Competitions - In this game, you will compete with other houseguests to win the game, and deem yourself the best of the best! This game will be divided into a number of in-game weeks. Each of these weeks contains a Head of Household (HOH) competition, Nomination Ceremony, a Power of Veto (POV) competition, and an Eviction. With one houseguest being evicted after each eviction, this cycle will repeat until there are only 2 houseguests remaining. - Every week will start with a Head of Household competition. Everyone may compete except the winner of this competition from the previous week. Everyone else will participate, and the decided winner of this competition becomes the Head of the Household for the week and will be unable to be eliminated during that week. - After this, the Head of Household chooses 2 players to nominate for eviction. - Once the Head of Household has named their nominees, the Power of Veto competition will begin. The HOH, the 2 nominees, and 3 randomized houseguests will participate in this. The winner of this competition may choose to either save one of HOH’s nominees with this power or decide not to use it (thus keeping nominees the same). - Finally, to end the week, once the nominees have been locked in, then the eviction phase begins. During this time, all players (except the HOH and the nominees) will be voting for whom they wish to be evicted from the house and lose their chances of victory. The nominees may also publicly plead their cases in this time, but whoever receives the most votes will be evicted, and out of the game. Extra Information and Terminology Weeks: This is a game term to encompass all the game’s key phases. Each week consists of a Head of Household competition, a Nomination Ceremony, a Power of Veto competition, and an Eviction. Each week, someone will be evicted from the house until just two houseguests remain. The Finalists: Once there are only two houseguests left in the game, the jury will decide on who should win the game. The selected houseguest wins the game and the notoriety that comes with the title! The Jury: Once a certain amount of houseguests have been evicted (this amount will be announced at the beginning of the game), houseguests evicted afterward will be put on the jury. This jury will decide who takes home victory at the end of the game. They may also ask each finalist one question to help decide whom they will vote for. Spoiler: Rules - Alliances are of course permitted, and strongly encouraged. You may make as many alliances as you’d like to with other houseguests. This can be done through PokéBeach PMs, or through Discord servers. However, I must be added to the conversation. - The game cannot be discussed with any evicted houseguests. If you have a Discord alliance with any evicted houseguests, please refrain from conversing about the game with them, or make a separate chat for general conversation as well. (If you are an audience member, the same is true; there is a very strict non-communication policy with houseguests in the game or on the jury.) - In this game, screenshots will be necessary for challenge submissions. When signing up, make sure your device is able to submit these screenshots for your scores in various competitions throughout the game. When you submit a score, you must show proof the screenshot is yours. You must have at least two things to demonstrate this proof, which can be done by having your PokéBeach account in another tab, a tab of this game in another tab, your account name on a Notepad, or whatever else works to prove the screenshot was taken by you. - Do not share screenshots of either your score in a competition or your conversations in alliance chats with other players. - Please abide by the spirit of the rules, not just the exact words. Loopholing the rules is strictly prohibited. If you have any confusion about anything I’ve said ever, just act and I’ll clarify. -Please ask me questions about whatever you’re confused about or if you’re ever unsure if something is okay or not. I will do my best to answer whatever you want to know and will be much more lenient on stuff as long as you’ve consulted me, so just ask and all will be good. Spoiler: Inactivity There will be no competition bans for failing to submit for anything. However, that doesn't mean you won't be penalized. For every competition you fail to submit for (and also fail to tell me that you are unable to submit), you will receive a competition penalty on the next competition. If you fail to submit your nominations/veto usage/renomination on time, you will receive a double competition penalty and be given 12 hours to post the necessary thing, after which, if you have not submitted, your decision will be completely randomized. If you fail to submit a vote, you will receive a double competition penalty, but will not be given time to make up your vote. The competition penalties are as follows: 1st Offense: 10% reduction in score in your next competition 2nd Offense: 25% reduction in score in your next competition 3rd Offense: 40% reduction in score in your next competition 4th Offense: 60% reduction in score in your next competition 5th Offense: Removed from the game Let's not ever get to that last one. I'd really like to have a game without a modkill. Please keep in mind that it is perfectly valid to submit scores or decisions on a provisional basis (e.g. "in case I don't get online to vote by deadline, my vote is for NinjaPenguin, but don't lock that decision in") and you will not be given a competition penalty if you cannot get online by then (since I'll just be able to do what you told me to). It is also perfectly fine to tell me you can't submit for a comp or you want to submit a zero or something. Just make sure I know and it'll be cool. I'm perfectly willing to accommodate as long as you keep me informed. Spoiler: Details About This Season Diary Rooms Diary rooms will be a thing this season, but they’ll work a lot differently than last season. You’ll still have a diary room channel in the Discord server, but they will all be closed from the audience and I won’t ask any questions there. Instead, they are just spots for you to talk about your plans in the game or thoughts about strategy or whatever you want. They mostly just exist as a spot to put your thoughts to writing and will be used as a major part of your evaluation/notable status in the post-season rankings. Throwing Competitions Ever wanted for some reason to lose a competition? Some competitions this season will be labeled as Score Throwing Available or Full Throwing Available. For Score Throwing Available competitions, you may request any score lower than your actual score in the game to be your official score in the competition. (For any competition, if you have a screenshot of a score lower than your highest one, you can always make that your score if you ask. This just enables picking a specific number you might not be able to reach exactly yourself.) For Full Throwing Available competitions, you may request for any score lower than your actual score in the game to be your official score in the competition or you may request for your placement to drop below a certain threshold with some specific strategy (e.g. “if I would win or get 2nd, please drop me to 3rd place, halfway between second and fourth”). It will be announced if a competition is either score or full throwing available. Competition Details This season, I’ve introduced a lot more “mental” competitions than in the past (about 40% of comps aren’t flash games). Because most of these competitions take less than an hour to complete and we don’t need long deadlines for them, I’m going to attempt to introduce some live competitions at 6 PM EST, which will be announced a few days in advance. If you can’t make it to them, let me know at least 24 hours in advance and I’ll try to get a replacement for you. If enough people can’t make it, the competition will be played out over a day instead. Additionally, about half of the flash games this season are new, but it’s worth stating that there will be no returning flash games that were dominated by a particular houseguest if that houseguest is still in the game (sorry Lorde, no Bounsweet’s Bouncy Adventure for you). Twists This season will contain a twist that will be announced at the beginning of the season. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you what it is just yet, since I’m customizing it to fit what you tell me in the application survey. I can also tell you that there will be some themed weeks and/or advantages in the pre-jury stage of the game. The typical Big Brother week will be preserved, but the game may be slightly shaken up in other ways. After the jury begins, however, there will be no new twist, no more theme weeks (except possibly a live eviction), and no new advantages given out (though advantages still left in the game will obviously stay there). Instead, you'll be playing pure, unadulterated Big Brother. Some additional things that will not be present in this season: Spoiler Comebacks. Once you are eliminated, you are out of the game for good. Twists that involve audience participation Twists that only benefit the majority alliance (e.g. Diamond Power of Veto) Twists that change the basic outline of a BB week (one HOH, two nominations, one POV, one eviction) People who don’t write “Janelle is best anime waifu” in their application and don’t say it to me once I prod them to actually read the rules (what, you didn’t think I’d include a reading the OP check somewhere here?) Spoiler: Signing Up Before signing up, please please please read all of this post. You wouldn’t want there to be anything you’ve missed. Similar to the previous game, there will be an application process for those willing to play. The link to the application form can be found here: https://forms.gle/ZK393xtQCgKgyXjq5 Applications will end in fourteen days, or on March 1st at 6:00PM EST. At the end of this period, a post will be made to the thread and every accepted houseguest will be notified, a cast reveal will occur in the Discord server, and the game will begin. The ideal house size for this game is 14 people. However, this is an All-Star season, and thus applications will be open only to players who have made it to the jury phase in the past (unless signups are running low and then it will open up to more players). The application process allows you to show your commitment for the game, gives me a chance to gauge your approach to this season, and allows me to customize the twist/competitions so that everyone can have the best time possible (please don’t write down comps you hate under comps you want because of reverse psychology as it will not work out well lol). This may be an All Star season, but please do not take being cast/rejected as an indictment of your playing ability. There are a lot of factors that go into me choosing who is on this season, including past appearances but also including factors like balance of playstyles, your applications, and your conduciveness to the twist. Please don’t take who I decide to cast personally. (Thanks to Violet and Lorde for letting me steal stuff from their OPs.) Best of luck to everyone and here’s to a great game!