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  1. “If life must not be taken too seriously, then so neither must death” —Samuel Butler Here we are again, as the old year nears retirement and a new one is born let us embrace the coming season of Dead Pool. The year end brings no greater pleasure than the opportunity to compile a list of celebrities you believe may soon draw their last breath. While 2017 may not have scythed down as many as 2016, a number of long-standing stalwarts of the Dead Pool circuit finally expired, including Joost Van Der Westhuizen and Sir Bruce Forsyth. Good game indeed. I believe it was Ernest Hemingway that said “Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived, how he died, and how many Dead Pool Points he leaves behind that distinguish one man from another.” To that end, if you know the idea and have played in a previous Pie & Bovril Dead Pool, send me a PM with your squad of 15 names and reasons for fame when you're ready. The rules are the same as last year. Remember, I don’t vet your picks. If you pick someone who's ineligible e.g. someone who's either too young or already dead (you'd be surprised how often this happens) then your pick will stand but will be ineligible for points. In other words, you'll be playing the game with a 14 person team. That's your gamble. The P&B Dead Pool is free to enter and with no prizes other than the satisfaction of being a wee bit like the Grim Reaper, the strange feeling when you’re scrolling through twitter on the train, see someone on your list has died, and punch the air in celebration, and of course the opportunity to make terrible jokes and puns on this thread when someone famous dies. There are rules however, and you'll be glad to know they haven't changed since last year: Standard Rules Firstly, and most importantly, if you meet me in a pub and I’m chatting to a fine lady don’t for the love of the wee man tell them I run a Dead Pool. It doesn’t matter who’s just died, it takes a lot of awkward explaining from there. And yes, this has happened before. No names mentioned. Teams contain 15 picks. One pick is a "Captain" and another is a “Vice-Captain” who score extra bonus points should they die. This year your Captain will score double base points, and Vice-Captain 50% extra base points, so a younger Captain/Vice-Captain will score more than an older one. You can't pick the same person more than once. The game starts immediately after midnight into January 1st 2018 and runs up until midnight on December 31st 2018. Entries have to be in before the game begins, so at or before 23.59 GMT 31/12/17. To clarify dates for ages and bonuses, other than the entry, start and end times for the games, local dates and times will apply to deaths. If a person dies in Australia in the early hours of the morning for example, their death will appear in their obituary as occurring on that local date regardless if it was still the night before UK time. People have to be sufficiently famous that their obituary makes a UK-based national news source such as - but not limited to- BBC, national newspapers, or Reuters UK. Local newspapers and special interest magazines (Gardner's Weekly etc) aren't broad enough and don't count. Regarding this rule: I can't really rule anyone out on the grounds I've not heard of them - people in the past have picked a shedload of wrestlers who were probably all valid picks but I'd heard of none of them. However if your pick dies and isn't so obviously famous that it's all over the news then it's up to you to find a qualifying news story. The main ones where people have difficulty ticking this off are American-specific sports stars of bygone days (NFL, baseball etc) where their death goes totally unnoticed on this side of the pond. The Lauren Hill Rule - US College Sports stars or coaches will no longer be allowed. The Liz Taylor Rule - No, not that one. If the person is a relative of a famous person, is he or she also a celebrity? I'm going to go simple with this one; does the person have their own genuine wikipedia or full IMDB page? No, then no dice. Picks have to be human, real people (no soap opera characters etc) and over 18 years of age at the start of the game. You're not allowed to pick people currently under sentence of death or awaiting trial where the death penalty is a viable outcome. If they’re fugitives on the run then they are eligible. You're not allowed to pick someone famous *purely* for being ill. This one has caused a bit of confusion before. You're allowed to pick someone famous who has for example - cancer, and indeed this is a good strategy. This rule is about not picking folk that are raising loads of money for charity as they're about to die or anyone planning a glass of orange juice chez Café Dignitas. You're not allowed to kill any of your picks. So if you do it, please make sure you get away with it. For all of our sakes. If you pick someone that's already dead that’s your fault, they will be a wasted pick. If one of your picks dies in the final throes of the year I’ll try and point it out to you and offer you to choose an alternative but the overall responsibility for your team is yours. Many Dead Poolers submit “reserves” with their lists just in case. Scoring Each "hit" is worth a base score of 125 points minus the person's age (no change from last year). So the younger they are if they go, the more points for you. BONUS OPPORTUNITIES: The Nobel Peace Prize one doesn’t exist anymore. "First Blood" - First pick overall to die in the year gets bonus of 25 points for each person who had them. "Solo Shot" - If you're the only one with a pick who dies ("Solo Shot"), you get a bonus of 30 points. "Deadly duo", 20 points for being one of two with that pick. "Captain Calamity"- if your Captain snuffs it you get another set of base points added on. “Vices Kill”- if your Vice-Captain snuffs it, you get another half-set of base points added on. "Deadly December" - as with the Captain rule. To clarify, if your Captain dies in December you get 3 x base points and not 4 x base points. "Last Gasp" - Last pick overall to die in the year gets bonus of 25 points per person who had them. "Unnatural causes"- 40 points if your pick is murdered, commits suicide, or dies in an accident. "Unlucky 13" - 13 bonus points if your pick dies on the 13th of the month. This is trebled to 39 if it's a Friday 13th. "Unhappy birthday"- 50 bonus points if your pick dies on their birthday. In Summary PM me your 15 picks including captain and their reason for fame if it's not obvious (I do know how to use google but it’s good to hear people’s reasons) by 31st December 2016 and I'll try to have the lists up on the 1st depending on hangover severity (I have managed to do so the last couple of years but that’s no guarantee). We don't really need dates of birth as this tends to be given when the person dies. If you want to change your squad before 31st December you can within reason – just don’t take the piss with chopping and changing. If you don't highlight a Captain or Vice-Captain I'll default to the two names at the top of your list. As I’ve said before, it makes life for me much easier if you put the two in order at the top of your list for me anyway. Captain first, Vice-Captain second. We had 120 entries for this year so hopefully we’ll get more folk interested this time and break that 100 mark. I’ll update this OP every couple of days to confirm receipt of entries just to make sure I haven't missed anyone out. Any questions, stick them below. Happy Deadpooling! *** IMPORTANT *** MAKE SURE YOU CREATE A NEW MESSAGE THREAD WHEN YOU SEND ME YOUR TEAM, DO NOT TAG IT ON TO LAST YEAR'S MESSAGE *** IMPORTANT *** CONFIRMED ENTRIES (96) flybhoy supermik Richey Edwards statts1967uk Bobby Skidmarks D.V.T. psv_killie JamesP_81 Ranaldo Bairn Sloop John B doulikefish Ross. the snudge Mo Wonderboy thelocalcat Billy Jean King Christophe Melanius Mullarkey Mark Connolly Sergeant Wilson Arch Stanton The DA Karpaty expatowner Stellaboz Bold Rover Troy the gardener ToBeSomeone dee_62 Savage Henry 10menwent2mow gkneil DBA Ben Twilly pub car king invergowrie arab Eednud deky lolls Fuctifano JustOneCornetto Salvo Montalbano Arabdownunder endieinreeke Meden89 Spain Bluetoon87 Enigma microdave wellinwigan bazdons The Naitch Indale Winton Sweaty Morph Helpma Ned Nederlander chomp my root pawpar aberfeldy HI HAT The Master JamieStevenson mozam76 sureiknow JamieStevenson mozam76 sureiknow Cardinal Richelieu Miguel Sanchez trainspotter qos_75 Shotgun paulathame cambozpar Sherrif John Bunnell alta-pete lichtgilphead 50/50 Winner thistledo Ziggy choirbairn nessies long lost ghost Weesiecodal Bishop Briggs Once A Rover always a Rover weirdcal sleazy gingette cal234ey Oddy blackislekillie harry94 Gypsy Joe Swanton RR #1 Michael W RadgerTheBadger itsnome blanco cdisaccie