Puppetmaster is as addictive as it sounds.
July 10, 2001 8:21 AM   Subscribe

Puppetmaster is as addictive as it sounds. Another of Ernie's webgames in the vein of SurvivorBlog, PM involves twelve people, one of whom is a fictional creation of the "Puppetmaster," who's another player in the game. It's based on Kaycee and Debbie, in case you haven't already figured it out. I'm already hooked. (My current pick: Meghan. Look how fake the pic is!)
posted by tweebiscuit (17 comments total)
Nancy is clearly the puppetmaster.
posted by dong_resin at 8:36 AM on July 10, 2001

What's your reasoning, dong?

(My only complaint about PM, by the way, is the lack of an audience discussion area... you listening, Ernie?)
posted by tweebiscuit at 8:43 AM on July 10, 2001

Simple. She gots the evil. Just look at her.

I can spot evil just like that.

Nancy'll be alllll over that male-free reproduction thing from the previous thread.
Also, she kinda looks like my mom (shudder).
posted by dong_resin at 8:59 AM on July 10, 2001

Tweebiscuit: Pestering Ernie actually does get results, as that's how we got the illustrious Eve from InPassing as our third commenter (in addition to Bertie, queen of SurvivorCam, and obscure little me). However, i think with audience participation there is a fear that people will be hunting down contestants' webpages and posting other things that aren't appropriate. As of now the only solution i could think of would be a moderated board, but even that had potential problems. I'm sure Ernie would welcome suggestions.

As for Meghan, she's been very inconsistent in her logging and life, and i guess in the back of my head i'm just hoping that the puppet is a little more sneaky than that. But, i agree: Nancy has bigtime PM potential.
posted by krisis at 9:34 AM on July 10, 2001

Well, there's an easy solution to that problems: prevent the players from reading the board! Of course there'd be no way of enforcing that, but most of them seem to want to play fair... perhaps someone should create an off-site discussion group? A Yahoo group, perhaps?
posted by tweebiscuit at 9:44 AM on July 10, 2001

The reason why there's no audience discussion? Easy.

BECAUSE YOU GUYS WOULD FIGURE OUT WHO'S THE PUPPETMASTER. Hello? If MeFi can track down a random mother living in Kansas and trace a picture of a girl to some basketball player in the midwest, then it's going to take all of 2 hours to track down every single contestant's weblog and e-mail address. And possibly their Social Security #, knowing some other MeFi users. Y'all are intense like that.

Am I paranoid? Damn skippy I am!

(And by the way, I took an old comment about SURVIVORblog 2 to heart. Look mom, Old people! I still DO want your money, though. Well, one of those 12 folks, anyway.)

I'd be interested to see a Yahoo! group, however. Hesitant, but interested.
posted by littleyellowdifferent at 10:39 AM on July 10, 2001

Well, maybe we should set one up, then... the list could be closed, meaning that the volume/visibility would be down... the problem would be preventing the less scrupulous players from sneaking in... at the very least we could set up some interesting bookmarks.

It's just that I'm having a grand old time watching Puppetmaster and wish fervently that I could discuss it in a public format! Perhaps if we did start a YG, we could have a group-wide gentleman's agreement to not investigate the players -- I'm sure that anyone who would enjoy watching and discussing the game would respect such a decision -- the blogging community is usually good like that...
posted by tweebiscuit at 10:42 AM on July 10, 2001

I don't know. I have plenty of commentary to give, but I fear Ernie's right. A localized discussion board about PM would make it too easy to track down the people in question.

Unless, once again, that board was moderated to include only theories/comments, without actual PROOF. But who's going to want to moderate all day? With the spot on Blogger and now MeFi, PM has unlimited viewership potential, which means a crazy amount of posts to a localized discussion. That would mean way to much for one moderator (or perhaps even two or three) to handle.

A closed Yahoo! group has a similar problem in that there's really no way to know whether or not contestants have registered or logged in or not. The anonymous nature of the Internet makes it damn near impossible to keep someone from signing up with a fake yahoo id, or someone else's, or any other number of means of fixing the game. I would not put it past any of the more resourceful contestants (except for Rachael, but the lady doth protest too much, methinks) to log in and see what we're saying and/or finding out about them.
posted by dogmatic at 11:31 AM on July 10, 2001

Well. I've started a Yahoo group. I'm not going to post the URL for now, because I'm waiting for Ernie's OK -- but assuming he doesn't mind, and that it starts going, if spoilers start to appear (and that's really what we're looking for, right? spoiler?) then I'll shut down the list immediately. In that case, even if the participants read the list, they won't really gain much more than our opinions about them -- and what's the problem with that? Hell, I've posted here and on my own blog that I think Meghan's the puppet -- any contestant who's going to take that more seriously than their own opinion...
posted by tweebiscuit at 11:39 AM on July 10, 2001

Amazing how fast these links go... no sooner do I link to Puppetmaster and whine about wanting a discussion list than the post is double-back-linked twice! ... yeesh.
posted by tweebiscuit at 11:50 AM on July 10, 2001

tweebiscuit: yeah, that's cool. Let me know the link too, so I can post accordingly.
posted by littleyellowdifferent at 12:18 PM on July 10, 2001

ernie -- I actually e-mailed the link to you, but I guess you didn't get it. It's http://groups.yahoo.com/group/puppetchat. Join up everyone, and theorize away!
posted by tweebiscuit at 1:07 PM on July 10, 2001

There is no group called puppetchat".
posted by dogmatic at 1:10 PM on July 10, 2001

Sorry, that was an error in the HTML part of the link...

Try this.
posted by tweebiscuit at 1:27 PM on July 10, 2001

working link
posted by dogmatic at 1:27 PM on July 10, 2001

oops. i'll stop posting and creating polls and just let you moderate, twee.
posted by dogmatic at 1:28 PM on July 10, 2001

Hah! No problem, dogmatic. But post it to the list! ;)
posted by tweebiscuit at 1:35 PM on July 10, 2001

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