Big Brother 9: Arcade Hosted by @Lord o da ringsWelcome to Big Brother 9: Arcade (or BB9)! Big Brother is a game that constantly re-invents itself, routinely creates something new out of the old. Change and revitalization is exactly what this season entails! To apply for a chance to play in the game, fill out this application, but please read the entire post first! I'd also like to note that I would love to see plenty of new players this season, so if you're new and unfamiliar with Big Brother, don't feel discouraged and give it a shot! For those same new faces, I recommend looking through the PBB Wiki, a database that has records of every season of Big Brother that has been hosted here. Applications are due Thursday, May 14th, 2020 at 12:00AM EST. Spoiler: Tons of Information Spoiler: Basic Game 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 Discord group DMs. However, I must be added to the conversation. - The game cannot be discussed with any evicted houseguests. This is a rule I am taking very seriously. If you have a Discord alliance with any evicted houseguests, please remove them (or if you have been evicted, leave your alliance chats). - This one should be obvious, do not talk with the audience. It is against the rules, and if caught doing it you risk being removed from the game. - 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. This can be done by having your PokéBeach account in another tab, or your account name on a Notepad. Whatever works to prove the screenshot was taken by you. - Though logs are acceptable, screenshots of conversations in alliance chats with other players, and screenshots of competition scores, are entirely prohibited. Anyone caught doing this will be severely warned. - Please abide by the spirit of the rules, not just the exact words. Loopholing the rules is strictly prohibited. If you have questions about the rules, simply ask and I will clarify any misunderstandings. - 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: Warnings and Inactivity Similar to last season, there won't be 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: REMOVAL 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 Lorde, but don't lock that decision in") and you will not be given any sort of 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. If you are not submitting for a competition, as long as I know in advance that you won't submit, you will not be penalized. I will be as accommodating as possible if you keep me informed. Spoiler: The Weekly Flow There is a twist to be revealed at the start of the season, but it will not affect the competition flow. If you're familiar with the works of the game, you'll notice that nothing has changed, and that the standard weekly format is the same. Head of Household (HOH): This is the first competition and event of a week, a competition that everyone except the previous HOH competes in. The winner of this competition becomes the Head of Household for the week, giving them immunity and control over the nominees. Nomination Ceremony: After the HOH has been crowned, they will then make their nominees. The 2 players that the HOH picks are now up for eviction, and are at risk of being eliminated from the game. Power of Veto (POV): After the nominees have been selected, the Power of Veto will begin. The only houseguests participating in this competition will be the HOH, the nominees, and 3 other randomly selected houseguests. The winner will be able to save 1 of the HOH's nominees, and if 1 of them is saved the HOH must nominate someone to replace them (though this cannot be the winner of the POV, immunity is gained in addition to the power). Eviction: After all of the above events have happened, the players will all vote on who will leave the Big Brother house. The player with the most votes will be evicted, and out of the game. Spoiler: Jury + Winner The Jury: After a certain amount of time, it will be announced that the houseguests remaining have reached the jury phase of the game. This means that everyone left in the house will either be in the Final 2, or a part of the jury. The jury members will cast their vote for 1 of the 2 finalists to win the game. Finalists: At the end of the game, there will only be 2 houseguests left. During the finale, these 2 will face the jury, and plead their cases to win to them. The jury will be able to ask them questions, to make things clear about their gameplay. The finalist who receives the most votes from the jury will be crowned the winner of Big Brother 9! Spoiler: Password Password Phrase: Big Brother is always watching.