The Baker's Dozen

Unsolicited advice

Episode 13: Unsolicited advice

Published: May 22, 2018


With the finale of Survivor: Ghost Island rapidly approaching, Andy offers free advice to the six remaining players, the host, the titular island, and to casting. And closes with a final prediction.

Jury Jeopardy - S36

Pre-Episode 14: Jury Jeopardy - S36

Published: May 21, 2018


The True Dork Times writers assemble once more to project the jury votes, while doing battle with scribes from other Survivor sites: InsideSurvivor, A Tribe of One, Purple Rock Podcast, and the RHAP bloggers. Who can boast the most votes noted for Ghost Island?

Perception is reality TV

Episode 12: Perception is reality TV

Published: May 14, 2018


Andy reflects on how the remaining Ghost Island players see themselves and their position in the game, and how the potential jurors see them. Who comes off the best?

Survivor is...

Episode 11: Survivor is...

Published: May 8, 2018


Andy looks in depth at the many flaws, difficulties, curious choices, and frustrations... but also successes with Ghost Island, and emerges with a complicated but ultimately hopeful look at the season and state of the game.

Big Survivor

Episode 10: Big Survivor

Published: May 1, 2018


This can't be true: Somehow, some way, Andy has (allegedly) come across the top-secret, season-fixing discussions that took place between certain executive producers of two Big, still-standing CBS competition-reality shows.

The little things

Episode 9: The little things

Published: April 22, 2018


Andy turns his attention to the smaller, less-obvious moments of Ghost Island's most recent episodes, uncovering hints and clues that turn out, in fact, to be quite big in the season's overall story.

Inductive reasoning

Episode 8: Inductive reasoning

Published: April 16, 2018


Sifting through the fallout of an explosive Ghost Island merge vote, Andy identifies the clues in the story we've been told so far, and uses them to piece together (maybe) the story remaining for the post-merge game.

Baker's dozen

Episode 7: Baker's dozen

Published: April 8, 2018


With a Baker's Dozen worth of players remaining, Andy re-projects the boot order of the 13 Ghost Island contestants left. Who will emerge victorious in Domenick vs. Chris, and in the game as a whole?

The contrarian returns

Episode 6: The contrarian returns

Published: April 1, 2018


Andy offers some alternative takes on Episode 6 of Ghost Island, including criticism both of blindfolded challenges and of mocking Chris, and wait... who does he see as the Colby who could win?

Who knew?

Episode 5: Who knew?

Published: March 25, 2018


Andy explores the many different ways his surprise at being surprised by Episode 5 of Ghost Island ended up being a good thing, then looks ahead to how he might not be surprised by the upcoming swap and merge.

The darkest timeline

Episode 4: The darkest timeline

Published: March 20, 2018


Following Brendan's boot, Andy contemplates all the other terrible ways Ghost Island could finish. Fear not, though: He then envisions a more likely outcome that seems much brighter. Don't worry, there are lots of twists and idols and advantages involved.

Beyond the obvious

Episode 3: Beyond the obvious

Published: March 11, 2018


Was booting Morgan a bad idea? Did Libby's decision hurt her game? Are there shenanigans to be had with the Ghost Island stationery? Andy tackles these and other questions that go beyond the obvious topics of Ghost Island's third episode.

Middle school for money

Episodes 1-2: Middle school for money

Published: March 6, 2018


Andy takes a tour through the grown-up version of middle school (Survivor), and revisits the first two boots, what the first three minutes told us, what we can expect from Ghost Island going forward, and assesses the contestants with rising and falling prospects (and those rendered mute and invisible).

SuperFan fiction

Pre-season: SuperFan fiction

Published: February 27, 2018


Andy has digested as much pre-season information as possible, mulled it, processed it, ruminated, and projected it as a speculative interpretation of how Survivor: Ghost Island will play out, from First One Out to Sole Survivor. It's SuperFan fiction.

TDT Ghost Island contestant draft

Pre-season: TDT Ghost Island contestant draft

Published: February 22, 2018


The True Dork Times writers (Andy Baker, Ben Martell, Dan Otsuki, Pat Ferrucci, Ryan Kaiser, and Jeff Pitman) assemble to draft fantasy teams of Ghost Island contestants, in an attempt to seize eternal* glory by having the team containing the winner. Unless one of the two undrafted players (Team Ghost) win, in which case everyone loses. (*Or until Fall of 2018, whichever comes first.)

Back for more

Pre-season: Back for more

Published: February 19, 2018


Andy Baker is back for more forecasting of the contestants' chances, analysis of the twists, questioning of production, and everything else you would expect from The Baker's Dozen. Now for Survivor: Ghost Island.

Andy Baker

Andy Baker swore he’d never play again, but the allure of an All Winners season brought him back..


Andy is no longer on twitter, but he's a regular guest at the Survivor Talk with D&D podcast.