David Bloomberg elaborates on his seven basic rules to follow when playing Survivor:
What Hero, Healer, and Hustler Survivors Should Have Learned
(Note that this article contains a minor spoiler from the pre-merge of Australian Survivor 2.)
Over the course of the past 34 seasons of Survivor, it should be obvious that contestants need to learn certain rules to play by. In previous years, we’ve seen far too many players who seem to not be fans of the show and maybe only watched a couple seasons provided to them by CBS just before heading out. Luckily, most of the players in recent seasons have been actual fans, and good players should be drawing on the history of the entire series as far as how they should play the game – and how they shouldn’t. The other presumption here, and I know it sounds silly but it needs to be said, is that the player actually wants to win the game. They shouldn’t be there for the experience or to face the toughest opponent or whatnot. Survivor is a game and the goal is to win. Period. These rules can lead good players to that end goal.