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Just so I am clear up front, my philosophy is this – “when in doubt, the stiff will count”.
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.”
The NewlyDead Game 2018 begins 12:00 a.m. (EST) 1 January 2018.
The game ends 11:59 p.m. (EST) 31 December 2018.
Each entrant (Team Mortician) 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 2018.
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.
Each entrant (Team Mortician) is responsible for the accuracy of their own Roster(s).
You can enter three (3) additional names on the entry form to be used as alternates, in case someone on your roster dies after you submit your entry but before the new year starts. These names can also be used if you accidentally enter a duplicate name on the roster, or accidentally chose someone who died years ago.
These names will only be used to replace people as needed, during game set up and at the Administrator's discretion.
These names will NOT be used to switch out anyone else or to replace anyone who dies after January 1.
When filling out the Rotser entry form, list the three (3) additional names in the order you would like them to be used.
The Death Card Nominee:
Each Team Mortician must designate one (1) of their thirty (30) roster selections as their "Death Card" nominee by placing “(dc)” after the last name on the entry form. This and only this potential stiff will be worth the Death Card Award points, should they die and meet all eligibility requirements.
Should your Death Card person die after you submit your roster but before January 1, the alternate name that replaces his/her spot on your roster will also become your new Death Card.
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. (2018 game = prior to 1/1/2017, 2019 game = prior to 1/1/2018, 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
- 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)
- email them to our Administrator at email@example.com
- post them in our Yahoo forum
- 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
- The Zsa Zsa Gabor Award for the stiff selected by the most teams, the one everybody determines is a “lock in” at croaking - five (5) points.
If there are two or more stiffs tied for the “most selected” category, all will receive the bonus points should they die during the year.
- The Death Card for the stiff on your roster that already has "1 foot in the grave", that surely can't last 12 weeks let alone 12 months (or will he/she?) - twenty (20) points
Each team should select one of their roster selections as their Death Card nominee for the year by placing (dc) after his/her last name. Regardless of how many teams have played the stiff, you would receive twenty (20). All other corresponding bonus points for age, manner of death, time of death, etc. will still apply.
All selections are final at the time of submitting your roster and you may not switch your Death Card to another roster or stiff position during the year. Each teams' Death Card selection will be so designated on their onlineroster.
- 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%
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- Yahoo Group........... The NewlyDead Game
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Even when a corpse satisfies the above criteria, no points will be awarded for:
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.
The Administrator ONLY will have FINAL say on all rules, eligibility decisions and any/all disputes. There is no “Rules Committee” or “Coroners Committee”. Again, his decision is final!
When someone from your Roster dies, you must report the death by suppling me with the links to the wiki page and the 5 obits from the approved news sources:
Responsibility for reporting deaths lies solely on the Team Mortician. If multiple entrants have picked a name, only one has to report the death for all to get credit. However, do not assume someone else who has the same stiff will send in the 5 obits. Find the proof and report them yourself.
I will not look for obits. You have to do the work to determine if your stiff has a wiki entry and at least 5 obits that count. I won't do research for you.
If you think you have at least 5 worthy obits and the proper wiki standing, send the info to me and I'll make the final decision.
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 as you can find. I will try to be flexible in allowing stiffs to count. Remember our motto - "if in doubt, the stiff counts".
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 5 worthy obits and the wiki sources before submitting. For some marginal stiffs, this might take a few weeks.
If you don't find 5 good obits, don't send me 4 iffy ones and one good one and "hope" it will count. It is up to the Team Mortician to use their best judgement. For example,... I chose Lina Haag one year. She was a Nazi fighter. She died. The only obits I could find were in German papers, and there were only a few of them. I didn't even report her death to the Administrator. I just wrote her off. Having said that, again, if you find 4 solid obits for your stiff, and they have wiki standing, and the 5th obit may be marginal, then submit the stiff and I'll decide.
The NewlyDead Game is not responsible for crediting deaths not brought to the Administrator's attention.
Deaths can be reported any time before 15 January 2018. On 15 January 2018, the results will be declared final. The 15 January 2018 date is for reporting only - rigor mortis must have set in before 12:00 a.m. (EST) 1 January 2018 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:
To qualify for these, the stiff must meet all of the other requirements for Eligibility under the Rules.
The following bonus points are awarded on top of any other points already earned.
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 Roster(s), 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.
I will try to have updates several times per month, preferably at least every two weeks and at least monthly.
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:
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.
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