2016 has sucked for celebrity deaths. So in the tradition of gallows humour (and thanks to a suggestion from @JemmieDuffs …)
I present the M_M X VII Dead Pool.
This is a thread for both sign-ups and thrashing out of rules.
Each player to submit a card of 10 notable celebs before midnight (UTC) on 31/12/16 to the adjudicator via PM.
(Adjudicator yet to be decided)
The game will start as soon as 2017 does and run until midnight 31/12/17. (Again, UTC)
The death must occur and be announced after 12:00:01 AM 1/1/17 UTC.
No changes can be made to a card after the game starts but if any of your picks leave early to avoid the rush, you will be able to choose a replacement.
All picks must be human and alive. No dogs, cats, racehorses, prize-winning mooses, artificial intelligences, ghosts, spoks, spectres, haunts, ha’ants, fictional characters, crazed figments of diseased imaginations etc.
Players are responsible for their own picks, so try to choose someone who’s not dead yet.
Players are also responsible for monitoring the status of their picks. I’ll be keeping an eye on Wikipedia’s list of deaths, but don’t rely on it.
A “notable celeb” is one who’s death is reported by a major media outlet.
At the end of 2017, the player with the highest score wins.
Each death will be scored as 120 minus age.
Bonus points will be awarded for the following
FRIST!!one! First pick to score - +10 points
Having a BoingBoing main-page item on their death + 25 points.
For each BoingBoing main-page item about them +10 points
Joining the 27 club + 27 points
Having a banana-related death +100 points
That’s Numberwang! Bonus: two stiffs on same day = Double points for each.
Meta Bonus if stiff has appeared in The Dead Pool (1988) or Deadpool (2016) +25 points
Robbing the Cradle Bonus: youngest stiff +17 points (Bonus added to final score)
Rob Ford - You should probably start a new thread about that.
The Fall of The House of Apricot - +100 points to everyone if a certain tiny-handed vulgarian karks it.
You’d Betty believe we’re upset -100 points all round for the last Golden Girl.
So, we’ll need an adjudicator to take PMs, suggestions for any other rules, comments, criticisms etc.
If you’re interested in playing, reply below but don’t post any picks yet. This is just a sign up sheet and rules discussion.