Type: Posts; User: KnightsofCydonia
Hello everyone, and welcome to... The Masked Walrus!
I'm your host, MC Punk Zombie.
I am super stoked to be hosting this walrus for y'all. Our lineup is STACKED with anonymous contestants looking to razzle dazzle us in nine series themed categories and win a magnificent... banner image for their signature.
Okay, okay, so it's not as impressive as The Golden Mask Trophy, but hey, it's something!
Over the past two months, we have collected submissions from 19 contestants eager to shine in the limelight while leaving us guessing as to whose wheelhouses these songs are coming from.
Without further ado, here are our 19 Masked Walrus contestants in alphabetical order:
Third Favorite Hobby: Math
Third Favorite Hobby: Singing in forum mafia
Never play a ____ song in public: Walrus Use List
Third Favorite Hobby: Reading, but Forum Mafia is NOT my 2nd favorite hobby.
Never play a ____ song in public: boy genius
Never play a ____ song in public: Taylor Swift
Third Favorite Hobby: putting things in my mouth
Never play a ____ song in public: bad
[ERROR: CLUES NOT FOUND]
Third Favorite Hobby: Netflix and chill
Never play a ____ song in public: a cursing heavy song
Third Favorite Hobby: Losing in Anni
Never play a ____ song in public: Uncle Jimmy and the $%#!sticks
[ERROR: CLUES NOT FOUND]
[ERROR: CLUES NOT FOUND]
Third Favorite Hobby: cooking
Never play a ____ song in public: Arctic Monkeys
Third Favorite Hobby: drawing/painting
Never play a ____ song in public: kpop
Third Favorite Hobby: SS OU
Never play a ____ song in public: jazz (usually)
Third Favorite Hobby: strategy board games
Never play a ____ song in public: anime
Third Favorite Hobby: vehicular manslaughter with a 2001 Chevrolet Trailblazer on December 1st, 2008.
Never play a ____ song in public: Literally put nothing there the sentence works fine as is due to a little thing I like to call 'hating other human beings!'
Third Favorite Hobby: Keeping up with current affairs. I mean, brushing my hair, because I'm a princess!
Never play a ____ song in public: Kanye West
[ERROR: CLUES NOT FOUND]
Third Favorite Hobby: writing fanfic
Third Favorite Hobby: climbing
Never play a ____ song in public: Carly Rae Jepsen
I sincerely apologize to anyone who's bothered by the inconsistency of the impromptu crop jobs seen above.
And now for the moment you've all been waiting for: when the heck is this punk MC gonna do his first reveal? As apropos to me as it would be to start the walrus in TBD mode, I've actually set a date for Round 1. (Knock wood that my busy schedule this month doesn't lead to a delay or two.)
Making An Entrance
Thursday 10/12 2pm CDT (7pm GMT)
Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for The Masked Walrus! Whether you're still working on your first submission or thinking of sending in your fifth alt submission, it's now or never!
Never not requesting Ninjas and Guns
Just letting you know your substitution contingency went unneeded, though it was nicely thoughtful.
Tell us about the time you went on a pub crawl with Hal in the middle of a game.
We've reached our second sub goal!
There's still ten days before the signups deadline! Keep 'em coming!
Two weeks left to sign up!
Yes, that seems like a good ruleset. A corollary I would add for 1 is if you and your partner can't come to agreement on a read even after a long scumhunting process, point out that you're split on it. Head dissonance is okay, but you can prevent mistaken accusations of contradiction by being explicit about the dissonance.
Also, 3 is a good rule of thumb for gimmick accounts regardless of the setting.
This is why I always stress the importance of signing your posts in a hydra, whether or not your partner signs theirs as well. Not distinguishing your posts from your other head's posts may seem fine or desirable, but it ends up being a liability in the long run. If you seem to be obfuscating your takes- whether or not it's intentional- you're bound to be wolfread and yeeted.
TL;DR, It's the hydras' job to sort their own heads. Ask them to help their readability by taking that extra step and feel free to hold their feet to the fire if they refuse.
Note: Radio/Video by The Cog is Dead has been spontaneously added as a bonus outro to Category 3 and as such falls under Rule 3 even though it's not on the Use List atm. I will strive to keep you informed of any other spontaneous additions to headers and outros in the future to prevent accidental rule breaks.
The initial goal has been met. We now have 12 contestants! But we still have over a month left for signups, which is plenty of time for you to join up or send in an alt submission.
The number of contestants that will compete in the upcoming Season 10 is 16. So let's make that our first stretch goal!
Dear The B,
I've accommodated your request, but don't worry about it. This is all in good fun and even the matter of your concern is apropos to the theme. So don't sweat it and enjoy the ride.
Note: In keeping with the theme of the walrus, I've decided to incorporate all five Game Changing Clues into the game by doing a Roster Reveal post at the end of signups. Similar to how one or two clues are briefly revealed in infographic style when a contestant first walks out on stage, the Roster Reveal will include the answers to two of the clues.
Answering any of the Game Changing Clue questions is still optional.
Signups have been slow going, but we have 8 contestants so far. The fewest contestants in a single season of the US version of The Masked Singer is 12, so I want to aim for at least that many. But I can't do it without YOU!
Also, Season 10 gonna start before signups end lol
After one week of signups, I have checked and logged six contestants' songs. That's 0.86 contestants per day! Come on in, don't be shy! Whether you're joining for the first time or considering multisubbing a walrus for the twelfth time, all are welcome to the Masked Walrus stage!
NOTE: Since Well-Covered Redux is about songs that sound noticeably different from the songs being covered, there is no issue with sending a cover version of a song from the Walrus Use List linked in the rules.
Just be aware that there are quite a few cover songs in that list, and Rule 3 will still apply to those specific cover songs.
this is a test thread for debugging purposes, apologies to people who clicked it by mistake our out of curiosity
Empty / N/AExtra Queue
Empty / N/ASubs
Empty / N/ASpectators
Empty / N/A
- /in to join as a player, or to add yourself to the extra queue when the game is full.
- /out to drop out and remove yourself from any list.
- /sub to join as a substitute.
- /spec to join as a spectator.
Game start: July 31st, 2023 at 6:15 PM EDT
Our Current Contestants List:
- The Cyclopes
- Princess Bumblebee
- Lily of the Valley
- The Blown Cover
- The Cartoon Hero
- Curly Insides
- Golden Retriever
- Pichu the Former Star
- Tabby Cat
- White Rabbit
Next Reveal: Round 1 - Making An Entrance - Thursday 10/12 2pm CDT (7pm GMT)
Mask up and get hyped, because this walrus is game changing!
What is Walrus? It's a forum game where you submit songs to me according to various categories and I rank and score them based on how much I like them.
To join, simply sign up by filling out the special Masked Walrus Google form, including YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, or Vimeo links to your picks.
PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP IN THIS THREAD. ONLY SIGNUPS DONE THROUGH THE GOOGLE FORM WILL BE COUNTED.
One by one, categories will be revealed in the official walrus Discord server and the respective threads. Aim for the highest overall score, or play along for fun and the love of music.
Scores will be logged and tracked via Google spreadsheet. Scoring is done on a 0.0-10.0 points range based on how much I enjoy a song and how well it fits the respective category. My scoring system runs along the same lines as MyAnimeList: 5s are boring, 6s are okay, 7s are good, 8s are great, 9s are awesome, and if you get a 4 or below ya dun goofed. Will anyone send me a 10 point masterpiece? We’ll see…
This walrus has a special mechanic:
For those of you who don’t know what The Masked Singer is, various celebrities perform cover songs while wearing elaborate costumes to hide their identities and keep the judges guessing as they aim to be the best.
As such, this walrus has 100% anonymous contestants.
Instead of contacting me through the usual methods to submit your songs, you will sign up and submit your songs by filling out a Google form designed specifically for this walrus. When you fill out the form, pick out a simple pseudonym that you’ll be referred to for the entirety of the walrus. The further removed from your usual username and any alts you may have, the better. I won’t know who you are, your competition won’t know who you are, nobody will know who you are until the walrus ends and we all reveal our secret identities.
If you want to add more mystery to your musical history, though, the Google form also contains five optional questions that will let you sprinkle a few clues to your identity into the game. You can answer as many or as few of these questions as you want, and the three questions with the most answers will be included in the walrus. Every third round, one of the Game Changing Questions and the contestants’ answers for that clue will be featured in the reveal (both live and threads).
Furthermore, the three podium finishers of this walrus will each receive a signature banner featuring their username, their submission name, and the Masked Singer judge of their choice. (Banner sizes limited to 500x100. Specific quality level of banners not guaranteed. Host reserves the right to select and use suitable images of the chosen judges.) If the same contestant wins more than one spot in the podium due to alt submissions, they have the right to gift a banner to another contestant of their choosing.
Click here to access the Google form:https://forms.gle/xhWqRtPAyYqp4g687 [NOTE: Form is now closed]
Additional rules are as follows:
- Any categories you fail to submit for will automatically be scored 0. Be sure to fill out the Google form in full.
- Any submissions which don't fit the qualifying requirements of their respective category will automatically be scored 0. For example, if I had a category about guitars and you subbed an acapella song, you would catfail.
- Do not send me anything from this document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...it?usp=sharing
This is the document I use to track Rules 3 and 4 in my walruses. Be sure to use Ctrl + F to make sure your intended submissions aren’t something I’ve subbed or used before.
Sending me something from this document will result in a TWO POINT DEDUCTION off your score for that particular round.
- Your submission will catfail if I can't bring myself to listen to it in its entirety. This pertains not just to the banlist found in Rule 8, but also to anything pitch shifted/chipmunked, played on a kazoo/vuvuzela/air horn, and/or painfully out of tune.
I will try to force myself to listen to godawful songs if I have to in this walrus, but if you value scoring high on the leaderboard, then this is not the hill you die on.
- If two or more players submit the same song for a category, they will be given a single score and the players involved will tie in that round's rankings. This type of tie will be expressed in dense ranking (eg. 1223) rather than standard competition ranking (eg. 1224).
- Because of the nature of this walrus, staggered subs and/or sub swapping will not be possible.
- If you send me a 240p or 144p vid and a better version is available, I reserve the right to switch to the better version. I also have a habit of doing this with music videos that vary noticeably from the official audio.
- My ban list is Nickelback, Owl City, Operation Ivy, The Neighbourhood, Kings of Leon, US band Backlash (Swedish band Backlash is okay), and Bloodhound Gang. This isn’t the usual overplay banlist, it’s a never-play banlist. As such, refer to Rule 4.
Making An Entrance
Let’s start with something that really lets us know who you are… or who you want us to THINK you are. Send me the song that would play as you walk out onto the actual Masked Singer stage. Think of it like a wrestling theme; the song you’re sending me should be a song you’d want to associate with your anonymous persona.
Example songs used by past Masked Singer contestants:
Rebel Yell by Billy Idol (used by The Turtle)
Who Let The Dogs Out by Baha Men (used by The Rottweiler)
Behind The Mask
The Masked Singer is all about the masks. So send me a song with the word “mask” in the lyrics.
Phantom of the Opera by Nightwish
Sad But True by Metallica
Take it from the Masked Singer contestants: sometimes you just gotta put your own spin on it. Send me a cover song that sounds noticeably different from its original version. Please include a link to the OG song so I can compare the two while judging.
House of the Rising Sun by Jeremy Renner
(compared to House of the Rising Sun by The Animals)
Mad World by Gary Jules
(compared to Mad World by Tears for Fears)
The Star Power Suite: Sing Out
There’s a crucial element without which The Masked Singer wouldn’t be possible. No, I’m not talking about the costumes, I’m talking about the celebrities. Let’s give props to them with this suite of categories. Send me songs about musicians, music, and/or the music industry.
4AM Monday by Watsky
Barracuda by Heart
The Star Power Suite: Film Favorites
There’s a crucial element without which The Masked Singer wouldn’t be possible. No, I’m not talking about the costumes, I’m talking about the celebrities. Let’s give props to them with this suite of categories. Send me songs about actors, movies, TV, and/or their respective industries.
Lillian by Antsy McClain
Old School Hollywood by SOAD
The Star Power Suite: Play Ball!
There’s a crucial element without which The Masked Singer wouldn’t be possible. No, I’m not talking about the costumes, I’m talking about the celebrities. Let’s give props to them with this suite of categories. Send me songs about athletes and/or sports, including songs written for and/or used by various sports leagues.
Come with Me Now by Kongos
Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne
Just like how the best unmaskings are the ones you don’t see coming, sometimes the best songs are the ones you aren’t expecting. Send me a song that is a hidden track on its respective album.
Arto by System Of A Down
Blood by My Chemical Romance
We’re doing a pretty good job of keeping on theme. But there’s still something missing… We need a surprise twist to shake things up. Submit a song you think walrus host BLOODYRAIN10001 would like. And if you actually are Bloods, how would we know? Well I suppose I might know, since Bloody will be the special guest judge for this round. Not only that, but your submission for this round will receive TWO scores, one from him and one from me. Now THAT’S a gamechanger!
Examples (provided by Bloody himself):
Faceless by Whispered
Heaven by DJ Mariko Goto
Going Out In Style
It’s the finale and you know what that means. We need to end this walrus with a bang. Something grandiose, something BIG. So send me a song that you would describe as bold, epic, or intense. Let's have a spectacular finale and blow the roof off this sucker!
Blood on My Name by The Brothers Bright
Nasty by Datsik & Virtual Riot
Q: What’s your taste in music like?
A: Almost everything listed in the walrus use doc linked in the ruleset is something I like. I do have a few songs marked as being subbed to various “bad songs” categories, though you can check the banlist and Rule 4 to see what I can’t stand. Also, some songs are listed twice because the doc specifies between stuff I’ve used and stuff I’ve subbed.
Q: 2 point deduction? Seriously?!
A: I’m kinda putting my neck on the line by sharing this doc. It contains the songs I’ve used for my own walruses- including walruses I have planned for the future- and songs I’ve submitted to others’ walruses. This is the KoC core-a-palooza doc, full of opportunities for people to commit the cardinal sin of throwing my own example songs back in my face. So $%#!ing don’t or you’ll get punished for it.
Q: Can I sign up more than once?
A: Nothing stopping you from doing that and I have no qualms about it in general. Just note that if you send me the same songs in multiple accounts, you'll literally be tying with yourself and where’s the fun in that?
Q: Do I have to submit my songs with anonymous formatting, too?
A: It’s not necessary. Barring part of my last walrus, I usually prefer knowing the title and artist of the song beforehand, since it helps with cross checking qualifiers before their respective judging periods.
Q: Masked Singer, hell yeah! So that means there’s eliminations, right?
A: Not this time. I thought it’d be too much to add eliminations on top of the gimmicks already present in this walrus. If the anonymous contestants format works out well here and people REALLY want to put their scores on the line, maybe I could go out of my way to incorporate some form of eliminations into a Masked Singer Season Two.
Q: What would your Masked Singer theme be?
A: Panic Station or Knights of Cydonia are way too obvious, so… not those. I’d probably completely avoid Muse and a few other bands I’m known to have a penchant for, so as not to tip my hand. Instead, I’d pick a song that has some sort of connection to whatever animal, mythical creature, anthropomorphic foodstuff, etc I’d choose as the basis for my Masked Singer costume. (Though if this were a wrestling theme song category without any anonymity involved, I’d go full-on bastardass heel and pick Ugly Faces by Watsky.)
Q: Seriously, I don’t think you’d make an entire Masked Singer themed walrus if you didn’t have an idea of your own costume and entry song. Spill, you Nick Cannon wannabe.
A: Well, you’re right. I do have an ideal costume (Masksona? Is that a thing?) and I’m willing to tell you all about it… after signups end. Outside of the usual trappings of the walrus format, I try not to actively influence what songs contestants submit. If I say nothing right now, it’s 100% coincidence if someone enters with my chosen alias or sends me my preferred theme song.
Q: That sounds to me like you’re gonna fill out the form and submit songs to your own walrus.
A: You’re overlooking the part where, as people who have spent a lot of time and effort picking out categories, examples, intros, and outros, technically every walrus host submits to their own walrus.
Q: Does it have to be “mask” verbatim?
A: Near-match words like masked, masks, etc. qualify for Behind The Mask. However, there’s plenty of exact match options to choose from, so as tempting as it would be to send me a song with a synonym like Balaclava by Arctic Monkeys, that wouldn’t qualify.
Q: Do remixes count for Well-Covered?
A: They didn’t in the original (which was back in my first walrus). I think the twist in this redux isn’t so narrow that I would have to open it to remixes as well. But don’t let it stop you from sending me remixes in other categories.
Q: What about remastered versions?
A: Remasters of your cover song and/or og song are just fine.
Q: Gary Jules isn’t the original? Mind. Blown.
A: Sometimes the most popular version of a song can be mistaken for the original when it’s actually a cover. This is the other reason I want you to include the source song with your sub.
Q: Sports songs? I don’t know any sports songs!
A: Well, if you remember a popular song that was played in, say… a FIFA World Cup match or a Superbowl halftime show? That’d count. Heck, the only reason I know that Kongos song is because it was a staple of Nascar broadcasts.
Q: Are pregap tracks hidden tracks?
A: Yes, pregap tracks qualify for Hidden Talents.
Q: Since when is dubstep bold and spicy, I mean epic?
A: Just wanted to show that you don’t have to lock yourself into a specific genre for the cat. Also, did you even listen to that song? It’s freaking Datsik, of course it goes hard.
Q: Where’s your usual list of headers and outros?
A: Since they’re listed in the link located in the regular rules, I’ve marked them for visibility/searchability. Use control+F and the word “masked” in the Use List doc to find them. Also, the header and outro Bloody picked are Augmented Ojii-chan by Dempagumi.inc and Angel Eyes by Brisk & Ham.
Deadline for sending in your submissions is October 1st. There is no contestant cap and multiple/alt submissions are encouraged!
Surprise, it's today instead.
The results are in... a new game changing walrus will start sooner rather than later! Look forward to it August 1st.
i'm all primed and ready to go
it's gonna be awesome when i clear myself tonight
on the grr wagon in spirit. i doubt there's any counter or flash wagon today.
no thoughts head vibing