Rules of the Game
NEW! NEW! NEW! NEW! NEW! NEW!
Our 2013 game is being run under new administration!
Pat W. is now the Coroner-In-Chief!
And his changes are:
I will try to have updates several times per month, preferably at least every two weeks and at least monthly.
No Green Room
There will be no green room selections. Team rosters remain at thirty (30) potential stiffs. All 30 team roster selections will be active January 1 at midnight per the rules on starting the New Year (new game). There will no longer be the need to keep track of green room positions, notify of call ups, etc. This will make administering the site easier and will allow for more frequent site updates.
Obits for Stiffs
If you have a roster selection that croaks, you must supply me with at least five obits from the approved news sources. Send me the links to the obits. I will not look for obits for you. If the stiff is “borderline famous” and you are not sure if one or two of your obit sources will count, send me as many obits as you can find. I will try to be flexible in allowing stiffs to count or as Barbara would say – some “wiggle room” (see more on “wiggle room” below). Do not assume someone else who may also have selected the same stiff will send in the five obits. Find them yourself and post them or email them to me. If one participant does post five approved obits, it will count towards any other participants who selected the dearly departed stiff. But don’t assume someone else will post the five obits.
Determination of Rules and Eligibility
I will have final say on all rules and all decisions as to the eligibility of a stiff. There is no “rules committee” or “coroners committee”. My decision is final.
Wiggle Room and Game Philosophy
Just so I am clear up front, my philosophy is this – “when in doubt, the stiff will count”. And I will be as consistent with this philosophy (and fair) as possible. If there is any doubt about eligibility, I will err on the side of approval. To me, the whole fun of a Death Pool game is to correctly pick stiffs. If a stiff receives four solid obits and the fifth is a bit questionable, I’ll approve it. In other words, I will endeavor to have some “wiggle room” in my determinations. As for my philosophy about disputes and arguments, I believe this – we are playing a game betting on the deaths of fellow human beings. Let’s keep some perspective, and keep it civil. Voltaire once said – “to the living we owe respect, to the dead we owe only the truth”. I would only add to that – “to those playing in death pools, chill out.”
Start & End Date
Timings and Tribulations
Contact and Forums
The NewlyDead Game 2013 begins 12:00 a.m. (EST) 1 January 2013.
The game ends 11:59 p.m. (EST) 31 December 2013.
Each entrant (Team Captain) must submit a team, consisting of it's name (preferably something death related) and thirty (30) contestants.
Entrants may create as many teams as they wish, paying the entry fee for each team.
Entries and payment must be submitted or postmarked by 11:59 p.m. (EST) 31 December 2012.
Once you have submitted your entry, it becomes official.
Each entry costs US $25.00.
More detailed information on the entry procedure can be found here.
GREEN ROOM ROSTERS & CALL-UPS ARE GONE!
Roster - is your primary list of famous people you think will die during 2013. It can contain no more than thirty (30) names.
Entrants are responsible for the accuracy of their own Roster.
The Administrator may find these types of errors while collecting entries or setting up for the new year. Perhaps even other players may point out the “already dead”s after the rosters are posted, however there are no guarantees! Again, each Team Captain is responsible for their own roster!
I am trying very hard not to implement detailed, specific criteria for all categories of celebrity, like some other dead pools I've seen. And I certainly do not want to turn into a
“name recognition only” game, there is another dead pool out there for this!, and so we will try the following,.....
In order to be awarded points for your corpse:
- Wikipedia Entry
It is not enough for them to just be on Wikipedia's yearly Death list or mentioned as part of another article. They must have their own page!
Their Wikipedia entry must be created prior to January 1 of the previous game year. (2013 game = prior to 1/1/2012, 2014 game = prior to 1/1/2013, etc.). You can check the date of the initial entry by clicking on the ‘View history’ tab, and looking at the earliest entry.
- Media Coverage
Your corpse needs to have ample coverage in sources other than Wikipedia. A simple Google search should clearly reveal who they were and what they did. Their obituary needs be covered in at least 5 of the sources listed below.
- News Wire Services: Reuters, UPI, AP
- Major Internet News Services: Comcast, MSN, Yahoo, Bloomberg, Google News, CNET, Bing,
- Major TV and their Internet/Radio News Services - ABC, CNN, NBC, CBS, Fox, PBS, Al-Jazeera
- Major Sports News Services - ESPN, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated
- Major Entertainment News Services - Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Variety, E Online, Rolling Stone,
- Major News Blogs - Huffington Post, Salon, Slate, Drudge Report
- Major Science and Tech News - Science News, Wired, Space.com
- USA - USA Today, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Sun Times, LA Times
- England/UK - The Economist, Financial Times, Guardian, Independent, Daily Telegraph, BBC
- Australia/New Zealand/Pacifica - Sydney Morning Herald, News.com.au , NZherald, The Australian
- India - Times of India, Hindustan Times
- Japan - The Japan Times, Japan Today,
- China - Global Times, Shanghai Daily, China Daily
- Europe - Euronews
- France - Le Monde
- Spain - El Pais
- Italy - Corriere della Sera
- Germany - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
- Ireland - Irish Times
- Netherlands - NRC Handelsblad
- Russia - English Pravda, Russian News Online
- Canada - Le Presse, The Globe and Mail, Canoe
- Brazil - O Estado de S Paulo
- Argentina - La Nación
- Mexico - Guadalajara Reporter
- Africa - Sunday Times of South Africa, Egypt Daily News
Major Newspapers and Online Newspaper Services by Country :
Even when a corpse satisfies the above criteria, no points will be awarded for:
- Persons on death row at the start of the game, if they die by their court appointed execution
- Persons held hostage at the start of the game, if they are killed by their captors or in a rescue attempt.
- Persons who have animal or artificial vital organs as of the start of the game. (Pacemakers, stints, prosthetics, heart valves are NOT vital organs, e.g., Dick Cheney is eligible.)
- Missing persons, if it is determined during the course of the year that they were dead at the start of the game OR if their fate is still unknown as of January 1st of the following year (If you want to waste a pick on Jimmy Hoffa no one will stop you)
A pick will be determined to be eligible or ineligible only at the time of their confirmed death.
Advisory opinions on whether or not a person is eligible will not be given.
All eligibility decisions will be made by the administrator only and will be final.
You have to do the work to determine if your stiff gets a wiki entry and at least five obits that count. I won't do research for you. If you think you have at least five worthy obits from media sources, and the proper wiki standing, send the info to me and I'll make the final decision. Don't send me the name, wiki entry, and two obits and expect me to find three more. I won't. Please try to wait until you have five worthy obits and the wiki sources before submitting. For some marginal stiffs, this might take a few weeks. If you don't find five good obits, don't send me four iffy ones and one good one and "hope" it will count. It is up to the team managers to use their best judgement. For example - I chose Lina Haag for my team "114 is the New 80!" this year. She was a Nazi fighter. She died. The only obits I could find were in german papers, and there were few of them. I didn't even submit her name as a possible stiff for that team. I just wrote her off. Having said that, again, if you find four solid obits for your stiff, and they have wiki standing, and the fifth obit may be marginal, then submit the stiff and I'll decide. Remember our motto - "if in doubt, the stiff counts".
Final eligibility decisions will be made by the Administrator.
When someone from either roster dies, please contact TheNewlyDeadGame@comcast.net immediately to inform me of the following:
- Team name (Yes, I can cross-reference your email address and figure out who you are, but it is a lot easier if you just tell me. Plus, maybe you'll accidentally email me from an alternate email address, then I have to write you back, yadda yadda, yadda,...) Therefore, please include your team name in all emails!
- Name of the deceased
- Date of the death
- Source of the information (e.g., AP, CNN)
- Including the text of or link to the obituary is appreciated, but is not required.
Responsibility for reporting deaths is on the entrant. If multiple entrants have picked a name, only one has to report
the death for all to get credit. The NewlyDead Game is not responsible for crediting deaths not brought to our
attention. However, the administrator will, in fairness, monitor major sources for possible deaths on a regular basis.
Deaths can be reported any time before 15 January 2013. On 15 January 2013, the results will be declared final. The 15 January 2013 date is for reporting only - rigor mortis must have set in before 12:00 a.m. (EST) 1 January 2013 to score points. This allows for the fact that obituaries are often delayed several days.
Points will be awarded for each death according to the following:
- One (1) Roster - 20 points
- Two (2) Rosters - 18 points per entrant
- Three (3) Rosters - 16 points per entrant
- Four (4) Rosters - 14 points per entrant
- Five (5) Rosters - 12 points per entrant
- Six (6) Rosters - 10 points per entrant
- Seven (7) Rosters - 8 points per entrant
- Eight or more (8+) Rosters - 5 points per entrant
- The Jeanne Calment Award for the Oldest Stiff of the Year - four (4) points.
- The Charles Lindbergh III Award for the Youngest Stiff of the Year - four (4) points.
- The Ray Walston Award for the First Stiff of the Year - four (4) points.
- The Ricky Nelson Award for the Last Stiff of the Year - four (4) points each.
- The Freddie Prinze Award for Any Death That is a Confirmed Suicide - ten (10) points.
- The Sonny Bono Award for Any Death That is of Un-Natural Causes (other than suicide) i.e. homicide, natural disaster, accident - ten (10) points.
- The Bobby Fischer Award for the Death of Anyone Under the Age of 65 - four (4) points.
- The John Ritter Award for the Death of Anyone Under the Age of 55 - eight (8) points.
- The Steve "The Crocodile Hunter" Irwin Award for the Death of Anyone Under the Age of 45 - twelve (12) points).
- The Metabolically Challenged Award for Ending the Year With Everyone On Your List Alive - return of the $25 entry fee if your team scores 0 points
So, the maximum number of points that can be awarded for a single death is 50, for a solo hit by a suicide/homicide under 45 years of age who is either the first or last stiff of the year and also the youngest (20 points for a solo hit; 12 points for being under 45; 10 points for the suicide/homicide; 4 points for being the first/last, and 4 points for being the youngest.)
One year (under the old version of the game) started off with a debate, when a certain death caused players to
become confused about the actual timing of events! Therefore, based on the actual outcome of the resulting discussions,
I initiate into our guidelines, the Helen Suzman provision:
The actual starting time of the game causes some gray area due to the various time zones.
For the purposes of submitting rosters, our game officially begins at the stroke of midnight in Continental USA, and that is 1 January, 12:00 AM EST. You should make the appropriate time adjustment, based on the time zone you're entering from, so that your roster(s) will be submitted before the start of the game.
For the purposes of recording a death, the local date/time zone in which a person dies will be the basis for the official time of death (TOD).
Since the dawn of the dead pool games, most people will wait until mid or later in the day on 31 December to submit their entries. Therefore, if somebody on your team dies on January 1 of the new game year in Kiritimati, Christmas Island, Kiribati, you will only receive the points if after converting the time over to our EST zone it is determined that they were alive at your official entry time.
Updates will be posted on the Rosters page of this website as required (at least twice every month). Entrants will be notified via the forum(s) when updates are posted.
After deducting the administrative costs of running the game, the remaining money will go into the kitty to be split
among the winners. Anticipated administrative costs are $200. The costs incurred are for domain registration ($25),
web hosting fees ($75), bank fees ($50) and miscellaneous expenses ($50).
The money in the kitty will be split as follows:
- First place will receive 40%
- Second place will receive 15%
- Third place will receive 12.5%
- Fourth place will receive 7.5%
- Fifth place will receive 6%
- Sixth place will receive 5%
- Seventh place will receive 4%
- Eighth place will receive 3%
- Ninth place will receive 2.5%
- Tenth place will receive 2%
- Eleventh place will receive 1.5%
- Twelfth place will receive 1%
In case of ties, entrants will split the cash at that prize level and the next level(s) down. For example, if two (2)
players are tied for 2nd place, they will split the 27.5% (13.75% each) that constitutes the second and third place
Anyone who causes or contributes to the death of a celebrity on their list, is not eligible for prize money. So, no taking matters into your own hands! And if you must stalk somebody, choose a celebrity who is not on your list.
Prize percentages & tiers may be adjusted based on the number of rosters entered each year.
This website uses no cookies, nor any other methods for identifying or tracking individuals who visit the site.
General statistics may be kept on the number of visitors to the site, the domains they come from, and referring sites.
Entrants to the contest must supply the following personal information:
- Mailing Address
- Email Address
This information is used for game purposes only (I can't mail you your winnings if I don't have your address). It is
not displayed on the website and will not be made available to third parties for any reason.
Occasionally, I will send contest updates and current standings to entrants and others on the forum. These updates will occur approximately twice a month (the exact frequency varies with the rate at which celebrities kick off.
Please email any comments or questions regarding the game to the administrator of our new game, Pat, at:
Our game’s website is TheNewlyDeadGame.com.
You can also find us on:.
- Yahoo Group........... The NewlyDead Game
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