Short Circuits

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The Short Circuits were a series of seasons run after the expansion Era. Each circuit lasted two weeks, and experimented with different gameplay types and mechanics.

The teams in the Short Circuits shared the appearance of the teams  Under Review in the main timeline but had no team modifications, and a new set of players unique to that circuit.

The Microphone

Throughout the Second Grand Siesta, the Microphone repeatedly came on and offline alongside posting “TUNING”[1], often followed by a worried reaction from Parker MacMillan IIIII on the official blaseball twitter account. It was eventually revealed that the Microphone was tuning into different realities to present to the Fans with Short Circuits, in which the Microphone would only be active for two weeks before once again shorting out, and leaving that universe behind.

The Short Circuits began to appear on the site

Several days before the Short Circuit started, on October 27th, the following emergency alert appeared:

EMERGENCY ALERT
GAMMA BURST DETECTED

The day before the Short Circuit was due to start, on October 31st, the following message appeared and the new teams became visible on the site:

emergency Alert
Static
STATIC
NOISE
ARTIFACTS
BURN IN
PHANTOM SIGNAL
STATIC

ACCESS: PUBLIC

Finally, just before games started on Day 1 of the new circuit, Parker MacMillan IIIII gave the following message on the site, using the Microphone to repeat his words.

uh
testing?
this is the Blaseball Commissioner
I'm On Deck
If you can hear me
you are now participating in the cultural event
of Internet League Blaseball
Betting on the First Day is Forbidden
On the first Day, we Rejoice
Then we Gamble
uh
Wake up play ball?

Names of Circuits

The standard naming conventions for the short Circuits is inconsistent, with some Fans referring to the first Short Circuit feed that could be viewed as "Gamma 1" and others referring to the first Short Circuit that Fans could participate as Gamma 1. Fans from the Society for Internet Blaseball Research point out that technically the first viewable circuit is actually Gamma 8.

This article uses "Gamma 1" to refer to the first viewable circuit.

Gamma 1

Season 1

The first Gamma Circuit was not viewable by Fans on the site and could only be found by checking the Feed.

Election

The following players were Discharged:

  • The Crabs voted to send Nico Sigh to charge the microphone.
  • The Firefighters voted to send Aku Saint to charge the microphone.
  • The Mechanics voted to send Pigeon Poison to charge the microphone.
  • The Millennials voted to send Candy Finnegan to charge the microphone.
  • The Pies voted to send Ruth Kaneko to charge the microphone.
  • The Fridays voted to send Ginny Cave to charge the microphone.
  • The Worms voted to send Kirk Grimdark to charge the microphone.
  • The Magic voted to send Nanci Hardcore to charge the microphone.
  • The Tigers voted to send Vice Limousine to charge the microphone.
  • The Spies voted to send Addison Rosemthal to charge the microphone.
  • The Sunbeams voted to send Fozzy Otterman to charge the microphone.
  • The Lovers voted to send Viggo Tredwell to charge the microphone.
  • The Garages voted to send Merry Exit to charge the microphone.
  • The Tacos voted to send Anomaly Chamberlain to charge the microphone.

While they did not have a Feed message, these players were missing from their roster and it is inferred that they were charged as well:

The Tokyo Lift and Miami Dale are the only teams whose Charge target's name is unknown, due to pitchers rarely appearing in the Feed.

Gamma 2

New Mechanics

Gamma 2 introduced a mechanic of "combo betting" where Fans were able to bet on multiple games at once, with an increased payout if they got all of them right, and no payout if any of their bets were wrong. They were also able to bet up to twelve games in advance. If the odds changed for a game that had already been bet on via player incinerations or feedback, any bets already placed would be locked in at their previous odds, and new bets would take the new information into account.

As of Season 2 of Gamma 2, Fans were able to make a bet on the team that would win the Internet Series at the end of the season. The earlier in a season a Fan locked their bets in, the better the payout on that bet. This caused unexpected issues when the payout for the championship bet occurred, as due to an error, payouts were calculated incorrectly. If a Fan had 100 votes, and was due a 100 vote championship payout, rather than having 200 votes total, they were instead left with 100,100 votes. This was corrected in later Circuits.

Season 1

Standings

PostSeason

Election

In the Election, Teams were able to spend their votes in two ways:

Amplifications which are chosen by majority votes for each team, with each team will receive 1 amplification. The Amplifications available fore Season 1 were:

Icon Name Effect
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More Muscles Your Team's Lineup will receive a Small Batting Boost.
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More Fingers Your Team's Rotation will receive a Small Pitching Boost.
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More Toes Your Team's Lineup will receive a Large Baserunning Boost.
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More Eyes Your Team's Lineup will receive a Large Defense Boost.

Distortions which are selected by raffle across all teams. Each distortion will be awarded to one random team, where teams with more votes are more likely to be selected.
Teams may only receive at most 1 distortion.

Season 2

Standings

Postseason

Election

Players were able to vote to Charge the mic and also on the decree but I don't think it was called a decree though I'll need to look it up

The following players were voted to Charge the Microphone.

  • The Firefighters voted to send Tomathan Poison to charge the microphone.
  • The Moist Talkers voted to send Curtis Darkness to charge the microphone.
  • The Worms voted to send Carolina Correct to charge the microphone.
  • The Garages voted to send Malin Jolly to charge the microphone.
  • The Crabs voted to send Grapefruit Walnut to charge the microphone.
  • The Georgias voted to send Agnes Caster to charge the microphone.
  • The Tigers voted to send Rat Love to charge the microphone.
  • The Pies voted to send Stamp Chavez to charge the microphone.
  • The Breath Mints voted to send Demarco Invasion to charge the microphone.
  • The Spies voted to send Link Rodriguez to charge the microphone.
  • The Steaks voted to send Nathaniel Wilds to charge the microphone.
  • The Wild Wings voted to send Jackie Henry to charge the microphone.
  • The Sunbeams voted to send Lurch Mondavi to charge the microphone.
  • The Tacos voted to send Apollo Coen to charge the microphone.
  • The Magic voted to send Jutland Doubleday to charge the microphone.
  • The Mechanics voted to send Mira Moom to charge the microphone.
  • The Flowers voted to send Lyra Vitiman to charge the microphone.
  • The Dale voted to send Crank Heist to charge the microphone.
  • The Shoe Thieves voted to send Abby Ampersand to charge the microphone.
  • The Fridays voted to send Lady Park to charge the microphone.
  • The Millennials voted to send Cara Devi to charge the microphone.
  • The Lift voted to send Claire Glaive to charge the microphone.
  • The Lovers voted to send Irene Ortiz to charge the microphone.
  • The Jazz Hands voted to send Tristen Aero to charge the microphone.

Gamma 3

New Mechanics

Gamma 3 introduced a longer season, taking place over 166 days rather than the previous standard of 99 Days. This caused the season to be paced much differently than previous seasons - taking place over two weeks rather than the usual single week seasons. Each team still played 99 games in a regular season however, and teams would often skip days, with a handful of days in the season having no games scheduled at all.

Season 1

Election 1

Icon Name Effect
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Muscle Warmers Your Team's Lineup will receive a Small Batting Boost.
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Hand Warmers Your Team's Rotation will receive a Small Pitching Boost.
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Foot Warmers Your Team's Lineup will receive a Large Baserunning Boost.
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Eye Warmers Your Team's Lineup will receive a Large Defense Boost.
Distortion Effect Winner
TASTE THE INFINITE Remake your Team in the Shelled One's image. Ohio Worms Peanuts
Fist of the Ape God Bestow the Fist of the Ape God unto a random Player in your Team's Rotation. Yellowstone Magic - Giannis Manning
Cold Call Call the Alternate for the 2 Worst Pitchers in your Team's Rotation.
Long Distance Call Call the Alternate for the 4 Worst Batters in your Team's Lineup.
Fire Blood Give a random Player in your Team's Rotation Fire Blood.
Electric Blood Give a random Player in your Team's Rotation Electric Blood.
Strike Blood Give a random Player in your Team's Lineup Strike Blood.
Ball Blood Give a random Player in your Team's Lineup Ball Blood.
Snow Blower Give the Snow Blower to a random Player in your Team's Rotation. Baltimore Crabs - Carson Schweinsteiger
Snow Shovel Give the Snow Shovel to a random Player in your Team's Lineup. Kansas City Breath Mints - Saoirse Singh
Snow Shoes Give Snow Shoes to a random Player in your Team's Lineup.
Catcher's Mittens Give Catcher's Mittens to a random Player in your Team's Lineup.

Post Election

After the midseason election, the Shelled One appeared with the following message:

I AM THE SNACK
I AM INFINITE
MY PROGENY
A TEST OF METTLE
YOU WIELD YOUR INFLUENCE
YOU SHOW YOUR FAVOR
WOW
A HALF-MEASURE
BUT A GOOD EFFORT
PARTICIPATION WORTHY OF REWARD
I OFFER FLAVOR
A FEAST FOR WORMS

Standings

Election 2

The following players were voted to Charge the Microphone.

  • The Flowers voted to send Jose Gravy to charge the microphone.
  • The Tigers voted to send Ethan Rivet to charge the microphone.
  • The Jazz Hands voted to send Hester Scythe to charge the microphone.
  • The Georgias voted to send Basil Ball to charge the microphone.
  • The Fridays voted to send Valentina León to charge the microphone.
  • The Lovers voted to send Deebo Twain to charge the microphone.
  • The Lift voted to send Buster Candle to charge the microphone.
  • The Pies voted to send Emmanual Cole to charge the microphone.
  • The Shoe Thieves voted to send Guinevere Strong to charge the microphone.
  • The Crabs voted to send Monique Flowchart to charge the microphone.
  • The Firefighters voted to send Calliope Cooper to charge the microphone.
  • The Dale voted to send Leliel Princeton to charge the microphone.
  • The Sunbeams voted to send Annie Otherworld to charge the microphone.
  • The Worms voted to send Mindy Buck to charge the microphone.
    • The Worms had at this point been renamed to the "Ohio Peanuts" due to a blessing.
  • The Wild Wings voted to send Violeta Faucet to charge the microphone.
  • The Magic voted to send Giannis Manning to charge the microphone.
  • The Millennials voted to send Manuela Rowdy to charge the microphone.
  • The Breath Mints voted to send Saoirse Singh to charge the microphone.
  • The Steaks voted to send Yagami Bean to charge the microphone.
  • The Mechanics voted to send Bees Manhattan to charge the microphone.
  • The Tacos voted to send Bella Lavender to charge the microphone.
  • The Spies voted to send Jorge Gottwald to charge the microphone.
  • The Garages voted to send Mugs Ghost to charge the microphone.
  • The Moist Talkers voted to send Saturday Elder to charge the microphone.

Post-Election

NO
IMPOSSIBLE
MY PROGENY
WELL
GOOD EFFORT
VENGEANCE
PARTY TIME

Gamma 4

New Mechanics

Gamma 4 continued the 4 week season, while introducing exhibition games and title matches. Exhibition games were played every 4th game during the first half of the season under Glitter weather, and were the only game to happen on this day. Title matches happened in the second half, and were between a team which currently held a Title Belt and another random team. The winner of these title matches usually received the title belt (due to a site bug, this didn't always happen, and this was further complicated by two title belts coming into existence).

This short circuit also introduced the midseason Fiesta, a bracket in which the lowest scoring teams in each division played each other to try and win the Title Belt. Due to a sim bug, on day 115, teams were scheduled to play two games at once, leading to the Crabs playing the Moist Talkers, and the Pies playing the Jazz Hands in two games simultaneously. The schedule then had even further issues, scheduling the Garages, as well as the Millennials, to play against themselves on day 116. However, after a delay in games of several hours, this was cancelled.

Additionally, this season changed the way that elections were held, with an election taking place every 24 hours.

Post-Fiesta

hey
uh
bad news
noise complaint
crashed the fiesta
seeing double
had to shut it down
sorry
can't leave empty handed
so uh
moist talkers?
sure why not
you won
what did you win
how about this
shiny

Post-Season

hey
the breath mints.
okay
party's over
time to go
everybody out

Post-Election

hello
can you hear me
this thing on
oh
low power mode
gotta reset it
hold all eight buttons down
for ten seconds
it'll beep

beep

ONLINE
STATIC
TUNING

[TUMBLEWEED SOUND]
BROADCAST INTERRUPTED
Blaseball Will Return in the Next Era