2019 Celebrity Deathpool

Sharpen those pencils because it's time to work out who might not be welcoming in 2020.

The rules are pretty much the same as they were last year. And the year before that. Cut and paste is your friend.

1. You must pick 13 well-known people whom you think will shuffle off this mortal coil in 2019. That is, starting from 00.01 UTC (GMT, really) on 1st January 2019 and ending at 23.59 UTC on 31 December 2019, as determined by the United States Naval Observatory Master Clock.

2. The definition of "well-known" is that their deaths will be reported by at least one major news outlet. Examples outlets include (but are not limited to) The Guardian, CNN, IMDB, VeloNews, The Beano, The Austin Chronicle, and the Church Times.

3. All selections must be real natural born people. No fictional characters, abstract entities or "corporate persons" will be accepted. No matter what the US tax code or Supreme Court say, corporations aren't people, and people aren't corporations.

4. Points are awarded according to the following formula: 100 minus the celebrity's age at the time of death. For example, if the person you choose dies at the age of 67 you will earn 33 points. Should you pick someone who is 100 years old when they die you will receive no points; should your person be over 100, you will lose points.

5. You earn 50 bonus points if the death occurs in such a way as to clearly prove the existence of God (for example, if some doofus dies from burns after trying to torch a church), or they win an actual, bona-fide, certified Darwin award. It might be interesting to speculate if John Allen Chau qualifies for this rule.

6. You cannot choose anyone under the age of 18 at the start of 2019. Yes, this caps your points-per-person potential at 82 but only cheats ever score 100% in anything.

7. You may choose an inmate scheduled to be executed, but you only earn points if the person dies by some means other than the state-sponsored execution. For example, a shiv in the stomach counts; lethal injection does not.

8. You are disqualified if you contribute in any way to the death of one of your chosen candidates. Exceptions will be made if you are a police officer or member of the armed services and kill someone in the line of duty.

9. The Monty Python "I'm Getting Better!" rule: if your person turns out to not be dead after all, and this revivification is confirmed before this year's contest ends, you lose your points. The presumption is that nobody dies or comes back to life until it's confirmed, though. Once the year's over, it's over and there will be no retrospective adjustments once the final scores are announced. Those of you who follow the "dictators, drones, and Hellfire" school should probably take note.

10. All entries must be submitted on this thread no later than 23.59 UTC on 13 March 2019. No entries will be accepted after this time. You may make changes to your list up until this time but only if someone pops their clogs before the beginning of the game or if you've put someone in twice. Surprisingly, this does happen.

Bonus awards:
Inside Track with the Grim Reaper: given for picking the first death of the game this year.
Quantity Not Quality: given for picking the most people who croak before 2020, regardless of their points value.
Sudden Death: given for picking the last death before 2020.
Why Does it Always Happen to Me? given to the person who changes the most 2018 picks who then die in 2019. To qualify for this award, you must have entered lists for both years. This is a sod to work out in my spreadsheet and I wish I'd never thought of it.

Disclaimer: This is only a game. The Ship, its management and their associated lackeys do not necessarily endorse the death any human being. One should not necessarily view this as a "wish list;" reviewing past years will show that truly evil and nasty dictators seem to have a habit of lingering while those figures we truly respect and admire often don't. Some players who Just Can't Score Points will put those they wish to hear from next year on the list.

The Circus is a place for games, not discussion of the rights or wrongs of those games. If you want to discuss the ethics of this one, there are other places you can do that. While I enjoy reading obits and memories as much as anyone else, longer threads belong in AS.

Good luck and good grief.

Comments

  • Amanda B ReckondwythAmanda B Reckondwyth Mystery Worship Editor
    Her Majesty the Queen
    His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
    Donald J. Trump
    Robert Mueller
    Paul Manafort
    Jimmy Carter
    Vladimir Putin
    Betty White
    Angela Lansbury
    Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Bette Midler
    Barbra Streisand
    John Rutter
  • This year I only lost the 41st US president from my list. I'll replace him with a rolling stone.

    Leah Bracknell (actor)
    HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (retired naval officer)
    Prunella Scales (actor)
    Kim Jong Un (arse)
    Robert Mugabe (arse)
    HH Pope Benedict XVI (Pope Emeritus)
    Ronnie Wood (stone)
    Donald Trump (arse)
    Linda Nolan (sister)
    Stirling Moss (racing driver)
    Baroness Jowell of Brixton (politician)
    Lord Lawson of Blaby (politician)
    Bashar al-Assad (arse)
  • Schroedingers CatSchroedingers Cat Shipmate, Waving not Drowning Host, 8th Day Host
    Slightly changed from last year, because I am utterly rubbish at this game.

    1. Shane McGowan
    2. Pope Emeritus Benedict
    3. HM Queen Elizabeth II
    4. Paul Gascoigne
    5. Terry Jones (Monty Python)
    6. Michael Schumacher
    7. Michael Crawford
    8. Mike Oldfield
    9. Prince Philip
    10. Lionel Blair
    11. Dick Van Dyke
    12. Bernard Cribbins
    13. Robert Mugabe
  • Mr SmiffMr Smiff Shipmate
    @Leorning Cniht : Baroness (Tessa) Jowell has already died.
  • NiteowlNiteowl Shipmate
    My list includes some from last years list. I got 2 right last time. The

    Prince Phillip
    Jimmy Carter
    Betty White
    Dick Van Dyke
    Mick Jagger
    Keith Richardson
    Vladimir Putin
    Demi Lovato
    Charlie Sheen
    Mylie Cyrus
    Donald Trump
    HM Queen Elizabeth
    Paul McCartney


  • CrœsosCrœsos Shipmate
    The Rogue wrote: »
    1. You must pick 13 well-known people whom you think will shuffle off this mortal coil in 2019. That is, starting from 00.01 UTC (GMT, really) on 1st January 2019 and ending at 23.59 UTC on 31 December 2019, as determined by the United States Naval Observatory Master Clock.

    <snip>

    10. All entries must be submitted on this thread no later than 23.59 UTC on 13 March 2019. No entries will be accepted after this time. You may make changes to your list up until this time but only if someone pops their clogs before the beginning of the game or if you've put someone in twice.

    Is this a typo? Having the contest start on January 1 but allowing folks to change their lists until March 13 seems like an invitation to cheating. Or not really cheating because it's in the rules. Is this an accidental carry-over from the 2018 list, which started late? Maybe cut and paste isn't really your friend after all, the backstabbing bastard!
  • Preview post also let me down. They must be in cahoots. Don't be surprised to find either of them at the bottom of the Hudson River wearing concrete galoshes. However, as they are not real people as per rule 3 you can't use this insider information and include them in your lists. The deadline for submitting entries is 23.59 UTC on 31st December 2018.
  • balaambalaam Shipmate
    I will check, but I think mine will be the same list that was unsuccessful in '18.
  • Tina Turner
    Joe Perry
    Gerard Depardieu
    Johnny Depp
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    6ix9ine
    Karl Lagerfeld
    Bernie Sanders
    Val Kilmer
    John Cleese (though I really hope I am wrong)
  • Mohammad bin Salman
    Anatoliy Chepiga
    Alexander Mishkin
    Dennis Skinner
    Angela Merkel
    Prince Phillip
    Pope Francis
    Justin Beiber
    Kanye West
    Donald Trump
    Michael Cohen
    Anna Wintour
    Walter "Darcelle XV" Cole
  • Mr Smiff wrote: »
    @Leorning Cniht : Baroness (Tessa) Jowell has already died.

    Oops - somehow I forgot about her. I'll replace her with former Louisiana goivernor Kathleen Blanco. This makes my list
    1. Leah Bracknell (actor)
    2. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (retired naval officer)
    3. Prunella Scales (actor)
    4. Kim Jong Un (arse)
    5. Robert Mugabe (arse)
    6. HH Pope Benedict XVI (Pope Emeritus)
    7. Ronnie Wood (stone)
    8. Donald Trump (arse)
    9. Linda Nolan (sister)
    10. Sir Stirling Moss (racing driver)
    11. Kathleen Blanco (politician)
    12. Lord Lawson of Blaby (politician)
    13. Bashar al-Assad (arse)
  • Mostly brought forward from last year, with a few changes......

    1) Ringo Starr
    2) Keith Richards
    3) Rolf Harris
    4) Pele
    5) Nicholas Parsons
    6) Billy Connolly
    7) George W Bush
    8) Prince Phillip
    9) Mark “The Undertaker” Calaway
    10) Tracey Emin
    11) Tony Blackburn
    12) Paul Gambaccini
    13) Jimmy Tarbuck
  • HedgehogHedgehog Shipmate
    I had two "hits" in 2018 (so far!) for 25 points, so I actually needed to do some research for replacement names. My baseball-themed list for 2019:
    1. Tommy Lasorda (1927)
    2. Whitey Ford (1928)
    3. Whitey Herzog (1931)
    4. Henry "Hank" Aaron (1934)
    5. Bill Mazeroski (1936)
    6. Brooks Robinson (1937)
    7. Gaylord Perry (1938)
    8. Tom Seaver (1944)
    9. Steve "Lefty" Carlton (1944)
    10. Rod Carew (1945)
    11. Nolan Ryan (1947)
    12. Mike Schmidt (1949)
    13. Cal Ripken, Jr. (1960)
    And, if any of those should shuffle off their mortal coil before the end of 2018, then my replacement name will be Reggie Jackson (1946).
  • A rerun of my indestructible Kardashians.

    1.Kris Jenner
    2.Caitlyn Jenner
    3.Kourtney Kardashian
    4.Kim Kardashian West
    5.Khloe Kardashian
    6.Rob Kardashian
    7.Kendall Jenner
    8.Kyle Jenner
    9.Kanye West (spouse of Kim Kardashian West)
    10.Lamar Odom (ex-spouse of Khloe Kardashian, ex basketball player)
    11.Ryan Seacrest (executive producer)
    12.O J Simpson (ex gridiron player, convicted kidnapper, now parolee and without whom we would never heard of any Kardashian)
    13.Ozzy Osbourne, aging rocker and star of The Osbournes, a previous Reality show that set the pattern for the Kardashian series.
  • balaambalaam Shipmate
    The same again, a bit of a Whovian list

    1. Tom Baker (former Time Lord)
    2. Peter Davison (Former Time Lord)
    3. Colin Baker (Former Time Lord)
    4. Sylvester McCoy (Former Time Lord)
    5. Paul McGann (Former Time Lord)
    6. Christopher Eccleston (Former Time Lord)
    7. David Tennant (Former Time Lord)
    8. Matt Smith (Former Time Lord)
    9. Peter Capaldi (Former Time Lord)
    10. David Bradley (Alternate Time Lord)
    11. Jodie Whittaker (Time Lord)
    12. Robert Fripp (Greatest living male guitarist and Crimson King)
    13. Bonnie Raitt (Greatest living guitarist)
  • I didn’t get a list in last time round on account of having a major life crisis going on when the game started.

    Looking back on my 2017 list, I note that most of them are still around, with the exception of George Bush Snr and Peter Stringfellow (I maintain that he was dead already, but now he has indeed stopped moving about as well). So this is mostly a recycling effort.

    1. King Mswati III of Swaziland
    2. Emperor Akihito of Japan
    3. Hosni Mubarak
    4. Mullah Fazlullah
    5. Abdelaziz Bouteflika
    6. Silvio Berlusconi
    7. Than Shwe
    8. Omar al Bashir
    9. Nursultan Nazarbayev
    10. Ali Bongo
    11. Paul Biya

    A few non-despotic picks:

    12. Michael Douglas
    13. Ben Jonson (Olympic cheat and famous anabolic steroid abuser - bad for the heart)
  • BakerBaker Shipmate
    Hugh McElhenny
    Anthony Hopkins
    Avram Hershko
    Sarah Miles
    Alex Ferguson
    Andy Summers
    Ben Kingsley
    Diane von Furstenberg
    Pius Ncube
    Tim Matheson
    Burton Cummings
    Rene Robert
    Viktor Mikhailovich Afanasieyv

    In case any of the above picks get nailed to the perch before 12/31/2018, I have alternates standing by.

    Commentary, in order, for above

    1)NFL player
    2)“Well hello Clarice!” Arguably the best male English speaking actor
    3)Israeli biochemist, Nobel laureate
    4)She gave an inspired performance in Ryan's Daughter (1970) and appeared in The Servant.
    5)Football manager who led Manchester United from 1986 to 2013, won the European cup twice, and became a knight in 1999.
    6)Singer and guitarist with The Police and also has recorded more than ten solo albums.
    7)He won a Best Actor Academy Award for his role in Gandhi in 1983.
    8)International fashion designer, best known for her women’s wear and accessory lines.
    9)Zimbabwean civil rights advocate, Roman Catholic archbishop
    10)Actor who appeared in Animal House and provided voices for characters in TV's Johnny Quest.
    11)Canadian lead singer of The Guess Who, credited with songs like "American Woman" and "These Eyes."
    12)NHL player
    13)Russian cosmonaut

    BTW, these folks all have one thing in common, they were born on New Years Eve, as I was.
  • an interesting way to choose, Baker, and an interesting list too.
  • BakerBaker Shipmate
    Tina Turner
    Joe Perry
    Gerard Depardieu
    Johnny Depp
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    6ix9ine
    Karl Lagerfeld
    Bernie Sanders
    Val Kilmer
    John Cleese (though I really hope I am wrong)

    You only have ten there!
  • LeRocLeRoc Shipmate
    balaam wrote: »
    The same again, a bit of a Whovian list
    Does it count if they regenerate?
  • Tree BeeTree Bee Shipmate
    Only lost one from my 2018 list, so I’ve rejigged a little for 2019 and brought another back from my 2015 list:

    1 Collins, Phil
    2 Douglas, Michael
    3 Fox, Michael J
    4 Hallenga, Kristin
    5 James, Clive
    6 Minnelli , Liza
    7 Mitchell, Joni
    8 Morrissey
    9 Newton-John, Olivia
    10 Nolan, Linda
    11 Ono, Yoko
    12 Rea, Chris
    13 Wood, Ronnie.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host
    My usual mix of kiss-of-life, national treasures, evil dictators and high scorers:

    Kiss of Life
    1. HM The Queen
    2. HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
    3. HRH The Prince of Wales
    4. Ruth Bader-Ginsberg, US Supreme Court judge
    5. Robert Mueller, US special prosecutor

    Evil Dictators
    6. Kim Jong-un
    7. Vladimir Putin
    8. Donald Trump

    Evil Former Dictators
    9. Robert Mugabe

    High Scorers
    10. Michael J. Fox, actor
    11. Paul Gascoigne, former footballer

    National Treasures
    12. Sir Sean Connery, actor
    13. Sir Billy Connolly, actor/comedian


  • Baker wrote: »
    Tina Turner
    Joe Perry
    Gerard Depardieu
    Johnny Depp
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    6ix9ine
    Karl Lagerfeld
    Bernie Sanders
    Val Kilmer
    John Cleese (though I really hope I am wrong)

    You only have ten there!

    Thirteen is s sacred number. I'm OK with 10. Am I disqualified?

    AFF
  • BakerBaker Shipmate
    Sorry, just trying to help!
  • Ten is fine. It just reduces your chances a bit.

    If anyone re-generates it would indicate that they hadn't really died in the first place so no points. Possibly there is another thread where discussion of the cessation of a Time Lord's metabolic processes in the event of re-generation would be better off.
  • jedijudyjedijudy Heaven Host
    My list is the same as last year's, with the addition of two to take the place of the two who went to their reward:

    1. Donald Trump
    2. Charlie Sheen
    3. Kim Jung Un
    4. Shannen Doherty
    5. Mike Pence
    6. Kellyanne Conway
    7. Bill Cosby
    8. Charlie Rose
    9. Jeff Sessions
    10. Ayman al-Zawahiri
    11. Doris Day
    12. Ottfried Fischer
    13. Dick Cheney
  • The Rogue wrote: »
    Ten is fine. It just reduces your chances a bit.

    Ah yes. But if Takashi 6ix9ine gets murked in a drive by this year I beat you all.

    AFF

  • SarasaSarasa Shipmate
    Same as last year. I don't think any of them have gone to the Tower of Song just yet:

    1. Pete Townsend
    2. Roger Daltry
    3. Jerry Lee Lewis
    4. Little Richard
    5. Mick Jagger
    6. Bob Dylan
    7. Joan Baez
    8. Peter Noone (Hermen's Hermits)
    9. Ron Wood
    10. Keith Richard
    11. David Crosby
    12. Stephen Stills
    13. Joni Mitchell

    @Leorning Cniht Baroness Jowell in your list sadly died this year
  • RuthRuth Admin Emeritus
    1. Frederick Buechner (1926)
    2. Toni Morrison (1931)
    3. Joan Didion (1934)
    4. N. Scott Momaday (1934)
    5. Don DeLillo (1936)
    6. Larry McMurtry (1936)
    7. Gail Godwin (1937)
    8. Thomas Pynchon (1937)
    9. Judy Blume (1938)
    10. Maxine Hong Kingston (1940)
    11. C. J. Cherryh (1942)
    12. Kim Stanley Robinson (1952)
    13. Dave Eggers (1970)
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