as the 2019 season is coming to a close and two contestants are trying to have that lucky shot at the end of the current competition, let us take a look forward and announce the 2020 version of the Death By Numbers deadpool.
Initially designed by Shaun of the Dead / Sean, then hosted by RadGuy / Phantom of the Midway, then taken over by me, this is where you can all the names you didn't quite have the space for in your other teams - because this is where you have to enter 50 names for a complete team.
The general rules:
Send me 50 main team names by pm or just post them in this thread, if you want, from Dec 1st until Dec 31st 2019, 23:59 GMT.
You can choose one joker with double points - and you can also submit up to five substitutes in case one of your 50 dies before the end of the submission window. You may also choose new subs before the game starts if they die.
A little change from last year - just give them in the normal "First name", "Last name" format
You don't need to number them before! No birthdays anymore! And only note their claim to fame if there might be confusion, for example:
Kamala Harris (wrestler)
Kamala Harris (US senator)
My intent is to be able to just enter the submission into excel and connect them with my database. The rest should follow.
The scoring is [year of birth] - 1900 = score. So someone born in 2001 will get 101 points in case of death
You may submit the following people: living, not having set a precise date of death (by execution, dignitas, or whatever), at least 18 years old on the beginning of January 1st, 2020, and being somewhat notable.
"Somewhat notable" means: they should at least be notable for something else aside from being terminally ill. "Something else" being something that has an effect on society. Terminally ill activists are okay if they've done at least something generally beneficial, a campaign, a book, a court case, or fundraising that might affect other people. If they're only in the news because of their tragedy or because they need our sympathy I will not accept them. So no "cancer mums with cancer kids", no "terminally ill fans", no "ordinary person in a coma because of a car crash". This also counts for brothers/sisters/children of notable people - unless they are so notable that every relative is also notable by default, like the House of Windsor, or maybe the Bush family. Unfortunately, it is me who will decide if the person is famous enough. Previous BBC coverage in whatever form will convince me.
Just as an example: Criscilla Anderson - no! Jose Santa Cruz - no! Litsa Menounos - no! Roberta McCain - okay - she has a WIkipedia page, too.
Small addition: "Oldest Person of XYZ" will always be allowed - even a completely irrelevant person (in the grand scheme of things) will be accepted if they are the oldest person of their country, or last survivor of World War II, Korean War, etc... Usually those people do not give many points, but maybe 5 pts is better than zero? Anyway, I will allow them.
Substitution phase: On the 1st of July 2020 GMT you may switch 5 old people for 5 new ones for whom all the above rules also apply.
When is a hit a hit: If the person permanently dies in 2020 (GMT!) and their death gets noticed in written form by qualifying media outlets within 2020 or the first seven days of 2021.
The qualifying media outlets, i.e. QO rules are as such: Everything accepted by the Derby Dead Pool 2020 plus The New York Times.
I will also submit a team and will do so two posts below by December 15th at latest and hide the names with "XXXXX XXXXX" and reveal them on January 1st. I will submit a bit later than last year, but then I want to avoid last year's situation, where I ran out of subs and then filled the gaps with "new" names, especially Edmund Capon, who revealed his illness mid-December. So I hope I will not run out of subs if I submit a little later.
As a change over last year, I will also make use of the substitution window, but only use 2 names. After all, there's always a pretty broad consensus of a couple of names (this year: Ivan Milat, Michael Sleggs, Tom Long), so I wouldn't steal anyone's names by picking those who are universally known anyway. Also, I will substitute on the 30th of June, so you can see my two names.
I will not read your submission emails until January 1st (I think you can check that) to prevent the impression that I might take a name from your posts for other deadpools. This also means that I might discuss borderline acceptable picks with you on January 1st or 2nd. We will have to talk then. If you're unavailable I will replace an unqualifying name with one of your substitutions.
If you post your team right in this thread, you save me some work but also give away names. If you pm me, please make sure that I know what the mail is about in the header "Death By Numbers", "Team submission" or something like that.
If you have other questions, you can also ask in this thread!