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The Simming Endeavor: Episode 4 (Humor)

Hello, and welcome back to The Simming Endeavor, an online role playing elimination game of skill, luck, and cunnning, with a top prize of $100 USD. I’m still Charles Star and I’m still your host. As a reminder, this experiment is both sim and game show at the same time. The contestants role play together in the play-by-post sim we created on the Ongoing Worlds platform while weekly blog posts here simultaneously serve as game show episodes. Last week we saw our first character eliminated from the game. There will be another today.

If you did not catch Ametheliana’s exit post you can read it here.
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Thank you, Largehobbit.
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Sucks to say goodbye, but rocks to know we’re inching closer to that finish line.
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I really did not want to eliminate anyone. But I can’t help the nature of the game.
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IT’S GAME ON PEOPLE!
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Today as in, Today!
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It’s so fun!! Let’s get this bread~
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I hope it’s not me I have a lot planned for Zanessa.
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Oooh!
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Unlike last week’s special guest, I’m guessing that you’re all well acquainted with this week’s. Also, unlike last week’s guest, who is known for his simming, this week’s guest is known for his, ahem, reporting. Without any further ado, here is Major Tom of Outpost 42 News. Can you hear me, Major Tom?

Major Tom to ground control!
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You’ve really made the grade.
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He’s floating in a most peculiar way… I wonder if he’s met Viking Dan too…
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Nice to meet you Tom! I always enjoy reading your articles. Looking forward too seeing what you have in stock for us!
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I am ashamed to say it but I have never heard of you. Regardless, welcome and thank you for taking the time to participate.
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Nice to see you here Maj Tom 🙂 Welcome to the madhouse…. I mean game!
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Tom, I’m not ground control! I’m Charles Star and I’m right here!
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Yes, of course, Charles, thank you! Simmers, you challenge this week is to write a post about news reporting. Not just any news reporting, but the finest example of journalistic excellence you can imagine.

Wait, Tom, that’s not what we talked about. Give me that cue card!
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No, it’s mine! Get your hands off–
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–Let go already!
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It’s my challenge!
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But I’m the host!
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Charles and Tom, please!
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Oh my gosh, I’m trying not to laugh, smh.
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LOL!
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Don’t make me stop this car!
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No wait let them keep going, I got popcorn.
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Finally!  Thank you, Tom!  Simmers, your challenge this week is to write a satire post.  However, the post must also include some mention of news.  When I say have fun with it, I really mean it this time!  Are there any questions?

Do you mind if I interview myself?
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I do not mind. You can interview whomever you like.
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Does gossip/fake news count?
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Given our subject matter, I say absolutely!
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When do I get my paycheck?
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… As a reminder to everyone, Tom and all of our special guests grade challenge posts based on quality, originality, and readability. Contestants, your challenge post must be submitted by 12:00 noon EST on Wednesday. Your challenge begins now. Good luck!

Thanks, Charles we’ll need it this week will be interesting for sure.
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Thanks for that. I think I will need it, especially when we have skilled simmers from all around here.
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This is very difficult for me never having written satire before. Not sure how good or bad it will be. LOL!
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Oh this is a hard one! I love reading satire but have never written any. Should be fun to try! Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.
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*smiles :)*
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*runs to Word Doc*
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AAAAAAND THEY’RE OFF!
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In the Words of Kahless: “A running fan can crash a thousand boats!”
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Hi, I’m Messenger of Heaven from Roleplay Wiki. My challenge post this week is “Captain….Oreo?”
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Messenger of Heaven blogs about The Simming Endeavor at Messenger’s Pirate Cove.

Hi, I’m Avakhon Khinsharri from Broken Lands Alliance RPG. My challenge post is “It’s NEWS to Me!-Part 5”
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Avakhon Khinsharri blogs about The Simming Endeavor at Broken Lands Alliance RPG.

Hi, I’m Sparky from Roleplay Wiki. My challenge post this week is “The Swine Crew Switcheroo”
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Hi, I’m Largehobbit from Ongoing Worlds. My challenge post for this episode is “Kobayashi Maru”
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Largehobbit blogs about The Simming Endeavor on the OW Community Platform.

Hi, I’m Zuzutoo from Neverending Stories. For my challenge post, I wrote “All jacked up.”
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Hi, I’m Tabitha from Star Trek: Borderlands. My challange post is “Brexit and the Borg”
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Tabitha blogs about The Simming Endeavor on the Star Trek: Borderlands Blog.

Hi, I’m Corliss Fortune from the USS Gorkon of UFOP: Starbase 118. My weekly challenge post is “Hostess With The Mostest”
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Hi, I’m Mark Hyacinth from the USS Ariadne of UCIP. My challenge post is “The Speakeasy”
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Hi, I’m October the USS Vindicator of UCIP. My challenge post this week is “Preying Mantis”
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Hi, I’m Mavis from the ISS Asha of Pegasus Fleet. For my challenge post, I wrote “Getting it up…”
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Welcome back, Tom. Did you enjoy reading the challenge posts?
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I did. They were stupendous!
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It’s interesting. I’m reminded of something Sparky said last week. Let’s play the footage:
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I would rather just take the competition out and Role Play with everyone.
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I certainly understand that sentiment. However, this fine collection of role players never would have been assembled without this competition. Besides, as we say on Earth, c’est la vie. Tom, who wrote your top three posts?

My top three posts were from October, Largehobbit, and Tabitha.
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Yey! I’m so happy to have made top 3! Glad you liked it, Tom.
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You like me! You really like me!
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Woohoo!!!!
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Hmmmm statistically impossible for the same two people to be chosen three weeks in a row. I suspect Frequent Bribing Miles was used here!
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Thank you, Tom. October, Largehobbit, and Tabitha, please step forward. October, why do you think you might have won this week?
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First off, thank you for bringing me back up to the carpet this week, it’s always a privilege. When I heard that you wanted us to write a satire that included news in some format, I immediately thought about all the hot tic items going on in today’s modern news and chose to twist it and poke at it while stirring in a bit of irony because fun.  I think it’s just gritty enough to be interesting without being offensive. 

What a well written post!  Great dialog and character development circling around a humorous concept.
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Largehobbit, same question?
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I had so much fun writing Kobayashi Maru and I hope it shows through.
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You know what I always say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  This is a masterful mix of the Star Trek text into the game’s story for an outside reader.

And finally, Tabitha. Same question once more?
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I hope that my challenge post wins this week because it was one of the most challenging challenge posts I’ve written yet. I really enjoyed writing this one too.

This post was great comparing staying in the EU to remaining in the Borg collective.  Very clever!
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Largehobbit, congratulations! You had the top post and won immunity this week!
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Just so happy that I get to stay and take part for another week. This is a blast 🙂
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Congratulations Largehobbit!
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Yay Hobbit! Congratulations from all the small folks out here.
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I did see some humor in using fictional characters aboard the ship and some form of satire, but little reporting type of involvement. Just an observation, But then I LIKE Klingon Opera too!

October was #2, and Tabitha was #3. It’s time to roll the standard six-sided die. October, as you are already well aware, a 4, 5, or 6 will result in immunity while a 1, 2, or 3 will result in no reward. Let’s roll…

c’mon lady luck!
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HIGH ROLLERS room is in Ten Forward folks! PLACE YOUR BETS!
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Rollin’ Rollin’, here we go!
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A six! October, you’ve won immunity for the third week in a row!
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YAAAAAAS, QUEEN!
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Congratulations October!
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Tabitha, now it’s your turn. A 5 or 6 will result in your own immunity, a 3 or 4 will allow you to grant immunity to another player, and a 1 or 2 will result in no reward. Let’s roll once again…

I’m really feeling the suspense with this one…
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A four! Tabitha, who would you like to grant immunity to?
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Mavis. 😊
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Congratulations, Mavis. You have immunity this week as well!
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HOORAY We get to KEEP our Captain once more!
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Great choice! Always defend the Captain!
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Hooray, Mavis! Our Captain lives haha.
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Congratulations. Very fun week everyone!
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Thank you again for your help with this episode, Tom. Best of luck with your, ahem, reporting and news.
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Wait, you mean I don’t get to vote someone off?
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No, Tom. You’re a guest, not a contestant.
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That’s not very fair!
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Oh my, wouldn’t that be an interesting twist.
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Haven’t you done enough, Tom? Satire? Really!?!
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Can I just say that this was hilarious seeing that interaction?
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Then let’s make it fair. Show of hands, who wants to vote Tom out? One, two, three, 14, 17… it’s unanimous! Tom, you’re out.
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It was a pleasure playing with everyone. Truly an honor. Good luck to everybody! Bye!
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Goodbye Tom. Thank you for a really fun challenge this week!
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Deuces! Thanks again!
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Byyyeee!
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And… he’s gone. I’m sorry contestants, but that doesn’t count for our elimination tonight. One of you is going to be leaving us. Largehobbit, October, and Mavis each have immunity this week. Contestants, cast your ballot for elimination now.


This contestant’s vote was good but it lacked humor so I’m voting for them to be eliminated….Tabitha.
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Tabitha, though your post was well written, it was not very funny. Sorry.
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Dice roll says… Well… Darn. Tabitha. Stupid dice.
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Mark Hyacinth.
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Sparky.
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Messenger of Heaven. Thank goodness for random generators. Have I mentioned I do not like this aspect?
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…oooh this is hard. I’ve…gotta say Mark Hyacinth. Sorry.
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Mark Hyacinth. Of all the posts this week, he had the least amount of satire, humor or even reporting/journalistic style to it. His was more like the first time you’re at an AA meeting and standing before everyone telling them why your an alcoholic.

Sparky.
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I vote for Mark Hyacinth. Although I don’t want to see anyone go!
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That’s one vote for Messenger of Heaven, two votes for Sparky, and three votes for Tabitha. Finally, four votes for Mark Hyacinth. I’m sorry, Mark Hyacinth, but you are eliminated from The Simming Endeavor. Please make your selection of whom you choose to write your character out of the story and provide any final words you would like to leave for the remaining contestants.

Thanks to everyone for having me. I had a good time and it was a pleasure meeting new people. Good luck to all the rest of the way. If Largehobbit would do the honors of writing me out, it would be appreciated.

We’ll miss you, Mark!
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It’s all in the game. We knew this was possible from the beginning, so it is now with him. It’s getting more to the point of writing and not so much friends against everyone else.

Bye Mark! It was great being in this contest with you, be safe and good luck on the future!
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Sorry to see you go Mark. We didn’t get much time to play together but I enjoyed reading your posts.
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I’ll break from tradition as I did in the last episode’s elimination. As with Ametheliana’s final challenge post, Mark also finished 4th this week. So close to a chance at immunity! In addition, just as we had last episode, this week’s eliminated player didn’t receive any elimination votes the previous week. This is a game of inches, folk! Until next time, this is The Simming Endeavor.


Tune in here to Ongoing Worlds next Sunday, October 6th for Episode 5 as the remaining 9 contestants face their 4th challenge!


USS Endeavor role playOngoing
Episode 1 (Introduction)September 8, 2019
Episode 2 (Abdication)September 15, 2019
Episode 3 (Déjè vu)September 22, 2019
Episode 4 (Humor)September 29, 2019
Episode 5 (Others)October 6, 2019
Episode 6 (Change)October 13, 2019
Episode 7October 20, 2019
Episode 8October 27, 2019
Episode 9November 3, 2019
Episode 10
November 10, 2019
Episode 11November 17, 2019
Episode 12 (Finale)
November 24, 2019

Mark Hyacinth

Lieutenant j.g. Raymond Colon

“The New Kids”
“Anonymous Gifting”
“The Speakeasy”