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November Plans & Saved Season Details

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There have been numerous requests for different simulators, but the primary agenda for November is to release a simulator for The Duel as soon as possible. This is still under active development.

The secondary focus for a new simulator is the previously announced Survivor Merge Template. Development for this started almost a year ago, and the Total Drama Island simulator uses a simplified version of its algorithm. The Merge Template’s purpose is to add more intelligence and flexibility to Survivor and allow it to expand to new forms with future updates. Once this template is completed, all future Survivor seasons will be released on BrantSteele.com using the new Survivor algorithm.

A simulator for Australian Survivor 3 is under consideration, but it is not on the November plans. The same applies for Big Brother: Over the Top and many other potential simulators and concepts. There will be another post on December 1st outlining plans for December and any possible changes or additions, but there are currently no simulators under development besides The Duel and The Merge Template.

There are however bug fixes and improvements being made to existing simulators. One goal is to copy The Hunger Games Simulator to BrantSteele.com and run it with the improved structure, but this idea is still under evaluation. New cast photos and community posts could occur as well at any time.

Keep reading to learn more about the saved season removal process.

Saved Season Removal

This isn’t new, but it’s a reminder for users that saved seasons are not saved permanently. The reason for the deletion is because hard drive storage is one of the most expensive aspects of hosting. The October 27th server maintenance significantly improved the performance of the server and helps reduce costs, but the total storage size also needs to be kept under control. There’s currently a script that runs either when the hard drive is close to full or manually if any server change occurs, and it deletes seasons according to the following criteria:

– The season IS NOT marked as “Keep Longer” and has not been viewed in 1 month (2 months for The Hunger Games Simulator)
– The season IS marked as “Keep Longer” and has not been viewed in 6 months

There may be changes to the terms of saving for BrantSteele.net in the future, and an effort will be made to spread more awareness so that users can keep the seasons they care about the most. One of the benefits of the new simulator structure on BrantSteele.com is that the saved seasons are much smaller in file size, so more advanced saving options will be available in the future.

Although inactive saved seasons are automatically deleted, backups are made, and requests for removed seasons to be restored will be fulfilled under some circumstances. If this applies to you, feel free to Contact Us.

83 Comments to “November Plans & Saved Season Details”

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    Arcturus Dean [Member] November 1, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    Although Australian Survivor, is the 3rd Australian Survivor Season, it’s offically the first.

    I am Australian and they just released applications for, “S2 of Australian Survivor”

    It’s more of me being nitty picky, but thought you should know. Considering you put cast Photos as Season 3 and called the possible Simulator, S3.

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      john [Member] November 18, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      will we get a bbott simulator? and a bbott interactive

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    Drew [Member] November 2, 2016 at 2:21 am

    Awesome! I can’t wait for the duel!

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    justyn morin [Member] November 2, 2016 at 6:31 am

    How about a interactive hunger games where you try to survive?
    Alliances?
    Profiles?
    Popularity?

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      Brant [Admin] November 2, 2016 at 9:21 am

      This is possible in the future, but it’s really important to reduce the size of Hunger Games Simulator seasons first.

      Everything may seem fine now, but if there’s a traffic surge, it’s going to cause a lot of problems. The same applies for the Big Brother and Survivor seasons, but these usually only receive high enough traffic to cause problems the week of new simulator releases, and hopefully all future seasons for them will be designed on the improved BrantSteele.com.

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        john [Member] December 1, 2016 at 7:19 am

        will we get a bbott simulator? and maybe an interactive one like bbus1?

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    Cedric [Member] November 2, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    We’re not in a rush. W e users should have more than enough content to stimulate our minds and when new things trickle out they will be fun!

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    Domonic [Member] November 2, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Do you plan or thought of after all this MAYBE could there be a interactive with SURVIVOR

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      Hallsi [Member] November 27, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      Or just any interactive simulation, I would love to have an interactive Total drama sim as well

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    Domonic [Member] November 2, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    also cant wait for these features

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    Samuel [Member] November 3, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    I wish there would be an interactive survivor DX

    • Hudson [Guest] November 3, 2016 at 9:08 pm

      Same Here

  • Jake Miner [Guest] November 4, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    BB 15 will not show people

    • Jake Miner [Guest] November 15, 2016 at 9:27 am

      When you simulate I does not show pictures or names. Like if Aaryn won HOH it would say (insert nothingness) wins Head of Household!

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    Kayleigh [Member] November 4, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    I wish there were customizable Big Brother and Survivor seasons with different twists at different times

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    Kayleigh [Member] November 7, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Ideas for the future:

    Interactive Hunger Games, or more detailed HG (suggested above by someone)
    Circle Sympathy, like popularity, not personal and effects their amount of votes.
    Customizable BB and Survivor Twists.
    More personal about BB votes, for example (Nominee A is the HoH’s target, but Nominee B is upsetting the house) to add more strategy.
    Nominating someone has more effect on the game and their relationship (not in f4)
    Interactive Survivor (with specific targets like TDI)
    Voting Charts for Survivor and Big Brother
    RPDR/ANTM where you decide who goes home out of the btm3 and top3

    • Jake Miner [Guest] November 7, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      I agree. Like BB future template should have twist.

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    Brandon [Member] November 9, 2016 at 1:35 am

    So just wondering. What would be the likelihood of getting the ‘The Duel’ Simulator in the next week?

    • None [Guest] November 10, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Don’t get your hopes up, if you’re lucky we’ll have it by this time next year.

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        Kayleigh [Member] November 11, 2016 at 10:58 am

        TRUE

  • Jaybirdnifty [Guest] November 10, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    I would love to see a survivor version of the interactive big brother mode! I think it’d be cool!

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    Liam Cipher [Member] November 11, 2016 at 2:48 am

    You got to do Total Drama Action

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    Kayleigh [Member] November 13, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Brantsteele is lazy as fuck come on!

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    Joshua [Member] November 13, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Wow, people seem to be very snippy lately. Perhaps there should be just a bit more interaction or other things going on just so it feels like things are continuously moving on the site. What ever happened to the community sims?

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      Kayleigh [Member] November 13, 2016 at 11:19 pm

      It’s probably because nothing is happening and the updates have been going VERY slowly even though it’s a fucking text-based game. It’s just so lazy and bad.

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        Joshua [Member] November 13, 2016 at 11:26 pm

        But its always been like this? I’m not sure why people are just throwing a fit out of nowhere all of a sudden. Like do I wish they could be faster with things? Yes of course. But they don’t really profit from this site at all so they can’t spend all their time working on it.

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        Noah [Member] November 14, 2016 at 12:28 am

        @Kayleigh the creator’s of brantsteele are literally creating a site for us for our entertainment as they get little to no profit. I’m not sure how the donations actually turned out since they went through major complications after they attempted to get a profit. If you would like to speed up the process I would love to see you create your own simulation… otherwise you can entertain yourself with the SIXTY simulations that they have already created for us while we wait for The Duel.

      • Jake Miner [Guest] November 14, 2016 at 6:18 pm

        They do try hard. And I think they are always doing something. It is more complicated that it looks to you. Think about being them if you don’t understand.

  • Scott [Guest] November 14, 2016 at 3:04 am

    Hey guys why so much hate ? Simulations take time , and a simulation as complicated as ‘The Duel’ takes time. So chill , they said it should be out this month. That’s at most 16 days we have to wait. (PS: Hope the simulation will be soon too because I’m really excited lmao)

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      Kayleigh [Member] November 14, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      the duel will never come out he’ll just drag us along forever saying it’s coming soon.

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    Viserion [Member] November 14, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Attack on Pearl Harbor simulator pls

  • Dylan [Guest] November 14, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    People need to realize that BrantSteele owes us absolutely NOTHING. They are a site who works hard to code and create simulators and are not making profit for their hard work, it is simply for our own pleasure and enjoyment. We have no idea if they are busy taking care of real life responsibilities, which always need to come first. I am very grateful for the mass amount of simulators they have provided us, and would be completely content with them never releasing more content (if it came to that) because of all of the enjoyment I’ve gotten out of such a great concept and site. If you guys think you can do a better job, please try doing it yourselves.

  • Jake Miner [Guest] November 15, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I have been on this site when only Survivor Simulator, Big Brother Simulator, and Hunger Games Simulator were here. So I am happy that they created 3 more and one more coming soon. People need to be patient.

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      Brandon [Member] November 15, 2016 at 10:49 pm

      I have been here since there was only BB and Survivor simulators, and there were 2 blog pages. And only Borneo was revamped.

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        Viserion [Member] November 23, 2016 at 9:51 am

        I’ve been here ever since the soviet army stormed the streets of Berlin in 1945

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    Brant [Admin] November 15, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    All comments are reviewed within 24 hours of when they’re posted – usually much sooner, even if no responses are given. Positive feedback is appreciated, but negative feedback is also taken into account to try and improve. One thing that we can’t do is put more time into this than we already are. Work is done nearly every day, and our current update methodology is to release full new simulators rather than test versions and demos like in the past. This approach is evaluated regularly and could change in the future.

    We understand the demand for full interactive simulators. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons (that I originally included in this comment but removed because it was so long), these take far longer than most simulators to design and release in high quality. These are possible in the future and always under consideration. In the case of Survivor, an improved algorithm is a more immediate concern because the existing algorithm struggled with the twists of the past few Survivor seasons. Once the new algorithm is added to the Merge Template and (hopefully) Survivor 33 simulator, then there are options for Survivor that include releasing an Australian Survivor season, introducing the new algorithm to the existing 32 Survivor US seasons, spending a few months designing an interactive template for Survivor, or doing something else.

  • Jake Miner [Guest] November 15, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Take your time. People can wait. But BB15 still wont work.

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    justyn morin [Member] November 15, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Rating the simulators

    Hunger games – 8 out of 10
    Big brother – 7 out of 10
    Survivor – 8 out of 10
    Dog eat dog – 3 out of 10
    Circle – 5 out of 10
    Total drama – 8 out of 10

    Sorry if I’m being rude 🙁

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    Liam Cipher [Member] November 15, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    When are you going to do Total Drama Action??? I’ve been waiting for that simulator for so long now

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      Brant [Admin] November 16, 2016 at 10:00 am

      This is not on the agenda for November.

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        Liam Cipher [Member] November 16, 2016 at 9:59 pm

        God dangit

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    Liam Cipher [Member] November 17, 2016 at 9:49 am

    How can I turn on update notifications?? Or can i at all?

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      Brant [Admin] November 17, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      Good question. There’s not a great notification system right now, but if you want, I can put a reminder and email you when a specific update is ready.

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        Liam Cipher [Member] November 17, 2016 at 9:03 pm

        Thanks

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    Delcatty [Member] November 17, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    We’re not getting shit in November. We were supposed to get the merge template in early 2016 but we’rep robably never getting it. Wep robably won’t get the duel till late 2017. Fact is Brantsteele always lies when simulators or new features will be released and then they’re always months late

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      Corey [Member] November 17, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      Wake up? He’s not lying about when simulators, it’s an estimate for when they are supposed to come out, these are PLANS for November, they aren’t set in stone, and a big agenda for this month is to just work on stuff, so if you’re going to be ungrateful for something that you wouldn’t get without them, then please stop posting.

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      Brant [Admin] November 17, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      We don’t have release dates, but we are working. This month the focus is on The Duel and getting the new Survivor algorithm (which is a more advanced version of Total Drama Island) up to par in the Merge Template so that it can hopefully be ready for Survivor 33 and can expand to new forms like this test season I’ve been using to experiment with the new algorithm settings: http://i.imgur.com/5KSIIWD.png

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        Brandon [Member] November 18, 2016 at 4:56 am

        OMG Brant that photo looks amazing! Can’t wait!

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    justyn morin [Member] November 17, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Chill guys they are trying there best

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    justyn morin [Member] November 17, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    I have a question at the end of island is says tda cast….why?

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    Corey [Member] November 17, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Why do people not appreciate what they are getting? They owe us nothing and they work very hard, but you just disrespect them. Get over yourselves.

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      Brant [Admin] November 17, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      Thank you for the understanding.

      It’s not always easy to keep the two servers and the Blog running 24/7. Besides the matter of paying, there are also manual maintenance tasks involved that would cause the site to stop working if not performed regularly. We’ve also experienced a few setbacks that have taken weeks of time to recover, and we’re doing everything possible to prevent any similar setbacks from occurring in the future.

      We’re working on simulators now, and we have a LOT more planned for the future. It will just take time, but once a few things are in place, more frequent updates are possible.

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        Brandon [Member] November 18, 2016 at 4:57 am

        OMG Brant That looks amazing! Can’t wait!

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    justyn morin [Member] November 17, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    How much does this cost?

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      Brant [Admin] November 19, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      It varies. I would say $100 per month on average under ordinary circumstances. The .com, .net, and .org servers have shifted between numerous shared, VPS, and dedicated hosts over the years. Any time the overall hosting cost has been reduced to $60 or lower per month, the accounts get suspended for resource abuse and need to move. There were a few months where traffic was exceptionally high and required upgrades to $300-$500 servers. This was a difficult time for BrantSteele, and outside assistance was needed from server experts to recover and stabilize. Since then, I’ve learned a lot about servers and now use unmanaged hosting, which allows me to control all aspects of the server. It does take some time away from programming though because there’s no one to contact if a problem occurs; I have to fix it myself.

      The recent maintenance has really optimized the CPU and memory usage. If the hard drive usage can be reduced, this could allow a significant price drop with hosting fees. The main way to do this is by reducing either the file size of saved seasons or the number. BrantSteele.com has already been optimized, and the saved seasons are very small in file size. I have an idea for how to improve this issue in BrantSteele.net that will be attempted in the future.

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    Liam Cipher [Member] November 18, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    When will the next Community Simulation be? I’ve been wanting to get on one of those for a while

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    Wormwood [Member] November 19, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Do you plan on restoring the donation page? I thought the problem with the “copyright” had been resolved.

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      Brant [Admin] November 19, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      The problem with “copyright” was resolved and didn’t involve donations, but currently the safe approach is being taken by keeping them closed.

      It would be nice to re-open donations or find a user friendly monetization option simply to cover hosting costs, but all of the options need to be carefully considered before any actions are taken.

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        Arcturus Dean [Member] November 20, 2016 at 4:30 am

        You could make a GoFundMe or Patreon account, if you just made it, us giving you money, rather than us give the site money, then it should avoid legal issues, and you can just use the money for upgrading the system and such. There might be a few people, less willing to give you money, but I’m sure the majority of members will understand.

        If money isn’t an issue, then you needn’t worry.

  • Joel [Guest] November 19, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Out of curiosity, which simulators have the Voting Charts available? I know the Dog eat Dog and Total Drama has ’em, but does any others do? Because it’s nice to have something like that to fall back on to check over the finer details. And the other question is when can we expect voting charts for more simulators? That’s probably my biggest thing.

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    Landon [Member] November 21, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Hey guys! Any updates? I understand how hard you guys work and just wanted to know what was going on. Thanks 🙂

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    Fanatic [Member] November 21, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Hey guys, I just had a question on the functions of the survivor simulators. Are contestants allowed to play idols in the episode which they found them? It seems that every time I see a player find an idol and they are in danger, they fail to play it at tribal council. Maybe this is just a coincidence.

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    Liam Cipher [Member] November 21, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Maybe at some point in time you could make some sort of link where you can make your own kind of simulator, like you make the episodes, you can use layouts from other simulators, make the characters, stuff like dat. It would be pretty hard to make though \/😛\/

  • Maria [Guest] November 23, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Cool but do you know when will The Hunger Games Simulator have alliances, Profile stats, and relationships

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    Delcatty [Member] November 24, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    THe Duel simulator is coming in Novermber I bet it won’t even be out by 2018

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      Brant [Admin] November 25, 2016 at 12:49 am

      The Duel Simulator was never announced to be coming in November, but it’s being worked on this month. Although we don’t provide estimates for releases, chances are it will be completed before 2018.

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    Mikey Camacho [Member] November 27, 2016 at 10:49 am

    I’ve been on this site since there was only one season of big Brother (Bb10) and the survivor simulators, and I just wanted to say thank you to the creators. It has been amazing watching this website grow so much in that time and y’all are doing amazing 🙂

  • Jake Miner [Guest] November 27, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    I miss updates like weekly but now is it going to be like this for a while. I hope this Duel simulator comes soon. I also can’t wait for the Merge Template and Amazing Race Simulators.

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    Liam Cipher [Member] November 27, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    When will the next update be? You’ve been taking some pretty long gaps between updates lately

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    Brant [Admin] November 27, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    I’m not sure when the next content update will be, but there should be a status update around December 1st. Maybe a few days sooner, maybe a few days later. There will be more details in the next status update.

  • BBOTT Stan [Guest] November 28, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Sad because BBOTT is my favorite format and would probably be the most fun to play with on here. Especially interactively.

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      Brandon [Member] November 28, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      I agree

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      Brant [Admin] November 28, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      I enjoyed BBOTT more than any BBUS season I watched live. The timing just isn’t right at the current time because other simulators need to be prioritized to be released first.

      It only takes a day or two to design a simple simulator, but it takes a lot more time to build one with better quality.

      • BBOTT Stan [Guest] November 30, 2016 at 12:47 am

        I understand. Still holding out lots of hope!

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    Kayleigh [Member] November 30, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    i can’t believe 0 of the tasks for november were completed. kinda rude and lazy 😐

    • Jake Miner [Guest] November 30, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      Then you try making one. Stop posting rude comments you just want attention.

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      Brant [Admin] November 30, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      Blatant troll comments like this one will be deleted in the future. Constructive criticism is completely fine as I want to keep improving the site and enjoy it when users bring up things they have issues with, are disappointed about, or want to see in the future – even if many ideas are repeated or can’t be done at the present time for various reasons. The comment above is simply an illogical insult. I’m working to find ways to bring users the best experience, and sometimes improvements take time to fully implement, but work is in progress for multiple simulators and other future areas of the BrantSteele network. The comments section was made to collect feedback from users, and these monthly agenda posts are the best area to discuss it. I thank those of who you contributed in this post for the past month.

      Since posts automatically close after about 30 days, users will be unable to add more comments here soon, but a new post will be made either tomorrow or very soon that will go into more detail about the current situation and what’s coming next.

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        Kayleigh [Member] December 1, 2016 at 12:33 am

        you have time to write this essay about respect but not to do your actual job and make a simulator? It pisses me off.

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          Arcturus Dean [Member] December 1, 2016 at 7:12 am

          It costs more time and money than you think to make new things. It takes $0 and 3 minutes to type that. It takes hundreds of dollars and months to make a simulator. Get your facts straight before you throw accusations around. Brant could remove this site from the web, the fact that he keeps it here is nice enough of him.

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          Brant [Admin] December 1, 2016 at 9:46 am

          If you think that is a long message, just wait for the Blog post that has been typed for later tonight and tentatively scheduled for 11 PM EST.

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            Brandon [Member] December 1, 2016 at 10:29 am

            Can’t wait! ^_^

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    Josh [Member] December 1, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Sad to see those types of comments even if people are just trolling (which might actually make it more sad that people would even do that)

    I appreciate all that you guys do to run this site and I think everything you’ve done so far is awesome and I cannot wait to see what you have up your sleeves next (Even though I can actually wait 😛 )

    Thanks again Brant!!!!! You’re Awesome!!!!!

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    Corey [Member] December 1, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Thank you so much for everything brant!

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