We hope you enjoy your stay. Before continuing, we ask that you abide by a few simple rules:
Understand what we're all about. We're not a community for the faint of heart. Okay, maybe we are but really, folks, we could care less if you think what we're doing is wrong, mean, heartless, satanic, etc. We're doing this for fun. If you're here to complain, please leave. If you're here because you enjoy a little celebrity carnage every now and then, by all means, please stay. You're who we're looking for. Let's face it: You're who we need. If you're asking yourself now, "What exactly is a Celebrity Death Pool?", well then you're the lucky winner of a guided tour through our process.
Let's begin with the logistics. A celebrity death pool really is just that. We watch the daily news for any signs of celebrity death. It doesn't matter, really, who it is. From Britney Spears to *cough* JM J Bullock, every celebrity is fair game. You then choose 21 of your favorite (?) celebrities, and when they croak, you win! It's that simple.
Know how to pick and win. Choose 20 celebrities that you think will die/would like to see dead by December 31,2005 @ 11:59:59 PM. It doesn't matter if you and another player have the same person/s. All is fair in love and war, kids. Then pick one celebrity under the age of 30 as your bonus celebrity. Each celebrity on your regular list who dies before 12/31/05 11:59:59 PM will get you one point. However, if your bonus celebrity dies before the specified time, you get a whopping 5 points, which could very likely win you the game. Wowie! To help with your picks, you'll find this site extremely useful. Once you've made your choices, please EMAIL THEM TO ME here). (MAKE SURE TO GIVE ME YOUR SCREEN NAME IN THE EMAIL or you won't be able to play the game and that would be a dirty shame) Once I organize and post them, you will be able to see them at this website, along with everyone else's. Make sure you want to stick with the celebrities you name in that email because you won't be able to change it for the rest of the year! Then, add us to your friends list, sit back, and watch the celebrities drop like flies. In case you're curious, I, samsam, will keep track of the accumulated points and post them regularly to keep you up to date.
Submit your picks early! Like every fine competition, these rules are subject to change at any time, except for the people who have already submitted their picks! I've been vascilating between having a cut-off date for picks. That may or may not happen, but for right now, we're open for business till the bitter end. My concern is that someone may submit their picks when they learn that a celebrity is on their death bed. Right now, that is a perfectly legal move. Later on, however, we may have restrictions on picks. So, get them in as early as possible to make sure everyone on your list counts! I can't stress it enough.
Keep our community clean and clutter free. Alright, here's the deal people. This community is for celebrity death pool business only. We don't give a damn what you're doing this Friday night, we don't want to join your new community, and we don't want affiliates. We want famous people to die, so keep your business to your own journal and we'll get along fine. I WILL delete posts that have nothing to do with the game. If these rules can't be abided by, I WILL make this community a moderator-only posting system. However, please feel free to let us know of any and all celebrity deaths. If you've got the scoop on a dead famous person, please post, but you MUST provide a link to a bonafide news source's web page. Posting a link to your boyfriend's journal who says that Bjork is dead does not count. We want CNN-type involvement here. Thank you.
Don't bitch about what you won't win if you win. K, here's where I'm going to be brutally honest with you all: This is not The Price Is Right. We're a small time operation here, people, which means that the prize you receive will have little or no cash value. 2003's winner, the lovely plasticpenguin, was the proud recipient of a banner announcing her accomplishment (that she is displaying on her user info page, I might add), and a 2 month paid account. I'm aware of the fact that the majority of you already have a paid account and aren't interested in my cheap attempt at redemption. That's a shame. You shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth. How's that for a life lesson? You get what you get and you don't throw a fit, chumpy.
Have fun. Yeah, I know earlier I was a little anal about staying on topic, and while I'd still like that to be true, aside from the post where all picks will be managed, feel free to discuss whatever you want in the comment section. I'm not Hitler. I have a heart.
Now go out there and win one for the gipper.
Silly monkey, bandwidth doesn't grow on trees! Upload it to your own server please :)