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Survivor: China - Advice for the Remaining 14by Jeffrey Clinard -- 10/03/2007
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The new twist of kidnapping a tribe member for a time means itís going to be much harder for tribes to keep secrets from each other. In just a day or so Jaime picked up on the problems between several Fei Long members and correctly identified one of the weakest links. It allowed her to give Leslie the clue to the hidden immunity idol, in the hopes that sheíd either find it or the information will be lost if she is voted out.
Fei Long selected Jaime as the kidnap victim because they thought it would hurt morale, and thatís not a bad reason. Other good reasons include stealing hard workers, food providers, or leaders. Now that Leslie knows Jaime is willing to give her the clues, then she certainly has an incentive to keep kidnapping her, as does Todd (as long as Leslie is going to keep sharing the clues with him).
Still, even Jaime wonít know which arguing faction in Fei Long is the winning one until after the tribeís first Tribal Council, and that may be a long wait. Not only is Zhan Hu not winning challenges, they arenít even coming close at times. Neither tribe is spending as much time on strategy as they should be. The reward challenge was a free for all, but tribes might have done better to assign players for offense and defense. Still, Fei Long took advantage of the chaos and had several free shots at the goal, even if Amanda did have a topless moment when scoring.
The immunity challenge took teamwork, which Fei Long seemed to have and Zhan Hu didnít. The logs needed to be swung in a coordinated way to break through the walls, and then moved carefully though the puzzle section. Fei Long took the early lead and never really looked back.
Still, one tribe has cut the weakest links, while the other hasnít yet faced the adversity of tribal council, though several players are positioning themselves. What should each player be doing to advance through the next phase of game? Itís advice for the remaining 14.
Fei Long: So far youíve won all three challenges, which means youíre performing well in that area of the game. However, when you have the enemy in camp, itís time to put on your game face and pretend everything is great, no matter what your differences are. Unfortunately, you gave Jaime a lot of information on your internal conflicts. Next time, try to get along, and if you kidnap somebody again, choose Jaime. There is no point to letting more people know what your camp is like.
Jean-Robert: I see your strategy; I just donít agree with it. So far the only impression you are making is that youíre lazy, and that is never a good one. Youíre seen as an outsider, and if you donít pull your weight at camp it is going to be reason they can use to vote you out. Iíd start trying to work more and lay around camp less.
Leslie: You made a big mistake in giving away the clue to the hidden idol to Todd. Because the idol canít be shared, he now has an incentive to vote you off and keep the information about the idol to himself. In any case, you did make the effort to try to bond with Todd. Thatís good, but you need to make an effort to become closer to more people in the game. If you go to Tribal Council, go after somebody like Jean-Robert.
Amanda: Youíre going a good job, allying with Todd and getting Aaron into the group, both as a potential vote and as a potential fall guy. The real problem is that youíve only got three members, and it takes five votes to vote someone out at this point. So, you either need to find a few more votes or make sure there is an obvious target at Tribal Council, such as Jean-Robert. Also, donít worry about your top coming off during the challenge; the point is you were willing to do what it took to win. Modesty is usually one of the first things to go on Survivor.
Courtney: You had the right idea in that your tribe needs to be more careful when a enemy is visiting. I suggest you try to bring the subject up before the next person visits your camp and try to agree on some tribe secrets. It would be a good way to show you are bringing something of use to the tribe and would get you interacting with the tribe. You need to step up that aspect of your game.
Denise: Youíre still in position where your vote can be very useful at Tribal Council, but you have to try to sell it if itís going to do you any good. So far you havenít had to try, but itís still early enough to talk to Amanda, Todd, and Aaron about voting together.
James: Youíre still proving your value in challenges, but you need to work on the social side of the game, which is far more important. Youíve simply got to spend more time talking with the other members of your tribe and working out a strategy to vote people out. You may not need it now, but you will later.
Todd: Well done in getting allied with Amanda and Aaron, then getting the hidden immunity idol clue from Leslie. Youíll need to keep that information to yourself for now and figure out whether to get rid of Leslie and thus be the sole possessor of the data, or use her trust to make her a vote against whomever you decide to get rid of . Youíre going to need to keep this secret to yourself, and so far youíre playing a great game.
Aaron: Youíve been approached by a good set of people for an alliance, but be very wary about how you talk to people, even the lazy ones like Jean-Robert. This is particularly important when you have a kidnap victim around, as they should be gathering information on where the conflicts are on your tribe. Itís more important to keep her in the dark than for Jean-Robert to start doing some work.
Zhan Hu: Your tribe has leadership, but there is still a lot of conflict. Hopefully now that the fire pit is constructed there will be more peace at camp, but if Dave continues to get on peopleís nerves, there may be a vote of no-confidence. I think one problem is a lack of energy; you should eat before the challenges. So far, you arenít on the scoreboard, and you need a win for morale as well as for supplies.
Frosti: With two people voted out, your vote value just went up, as no real alliances seem to have formed (the first went against Chicken, then the unanimous vote against Ashley. You have two choices: you can stick with Dave and decide to vote however he wants, or if the tribe isnít happy with him, then consider voting him out. This decision is key, as it determines the rest of your strategy.
Dave: Your leadership style is causing a problem - you donít seem to care about the input of the other tribe members. This canít last, as people can only be pushed so hard before they start pushing back. Take a little more time to consider the input of others before making a decision, and if you disagree on a minor point, let it go. It will improve your standing as a leader.
Erik: Weíre still not seeing a lot of you, but at least youíre talking to people about game strategy. You were right - one of the troublemakers had to go. You need to keep talking with people like Jaime and Sherea in order to make decisions; while Dave may be in charge of the camp life, you can quietly talk control of the voting if you keep having those kinds of discussions.
Jaime: You made a wise decision giving the clue to the hidden immunity idol to Leslie. When in doubt, you try to help the tribe misfit; theyíll either find the idol and use it, or be voted off and the information will die with them. You also did a good job of listening to their tribal conflict; you can always use that in the future. So far youíre playing a good game. Keep having talks with your fellow tribe members. I think you can be a very solid alliance partner. Finally, you need to suggest that you kidnap one of the hard workers on Fei Long, but leave Aaron and Jean-Robert at their camp to keep them bickering. Iíd push for Leslie, only because she might return the favor when it comes to giving the clues to the hidden idol location.
Peih-Gee: Youíve recovered very well since the last Tribal Council, and acting a deputy leader around camp is a good role. The leader often gets blamed for problems, thus keeping you safe as long as Dave is actually running the show. For now, stick with Dave and see who you can get into a solid voting alliance. Youíll probably want to go after Sherea next. Even at Tribal Council, she admitted she doesnít know anybody all that well. That makes her an easy target.< /p>
Sherea: Youíre not in a good position. You admitted you havenít gotten to know many people, and one of the few you did know was just voted out. You need to make time to get to know the other people in the tribe, otherwise youíre going to be an easy target. If you struggle with that, then you can try to go after Dave if he continues to be a dictator. Hopefully your tribe can win immunity, which should help you buy more time to get to better know the rest of your tribe.
Ashley: What went wrong? Well, you butted heads with the leader, and the rest of the tribe decided one of you had to go. As you had been sick and Dave was leading, they decided you were the on that had to leave.
Jeffrey Clinard has been writing about Survivor since itís second season, and has provided advice for around 200 Survivors. His patronus takes the form of a penguin. He looks forward to both his upcoming cruise and the start of the ice hockey season. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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