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The Bill of Rickies

The Rickies

The Rickies is a game Connected hosts play before Apple Keynotes and the beginning of a new year, trying to predict future events. It is made up of three rounds; each host makes two regular picks, followed by a “risky” pick.

There are two types of Rickies: Annual Rickies and Keynote Rickies.

  • The winner of the Annual Rickies is named the Annual Chairman and retains the rights to the corresponding Twitter account for the full year. This position is awarded every January.
  • The Keynote Rickies winner is named the Keynote Chairman and retains the rights to the corresponding Twitter account until the next keynote is held.

After The Rickies, the hosts then play a game called “The Flexies.” These two games have separate but related rules. Please stand for the reading of the rules.

  1. Correct regular picks are awarded with one point.

  2. The language used for regular picks must be finalized and agreed upon during recording.

  3. No partial points may be awarded.

  4. Correct risky picks are worth two points.

  5. Wrong ones will cause a point to be deducted from that host’s total.

  6. Picks must have been approved as “risky” by the two other hosts before the start of the game.

  7. A pick cannot be named risky if it has been previously rumored by publications of record: 9to5Mac or MacRumors.

  8. Picks made for Keynote Rickies cannot be reused by the host who made them for the next keynote.

  9. For the Annual Rickies, hosts are forbidden from choosing any pick they made during the previous calendar year.

  10. Annual picks cannot be reused for the remainder of that calendar year by the host who made them.

  11. All hosts are allowed to reuse picks made by others from previous games.

  12. Scoring is completed during recording, and cannot be modified once an episode is complete.

  13. In the event of a tie, Dice by PCalc must be used in “Relay FM Mode” to pick a winner.

  14. Jason Snell has a lifetime ban on flipping any coins in relation to the Rickies; coin “flips” by Jason on other podcasts are allowed, but are frowned upon and subject to public shaming.

  15. For Keynote Rickies the scoring window starts when the event begins and closes when the picks are scored.

  16. Any information used in scoring must be publicly verifiable at the time of recording.

  17. The order of picks is set by previous performance.

  18. The winner of the previous associated game goes first.

  19. The previous Loser goes last.

  20. Winners will be recognized during the Closing Ceremonies.

Past rules can be seen at Rickies.net and Rickies.co. These sites also have pages about how to manage your own scorekeeping at home.

The Flexies

The Flexies is a game held after each edition of The Rickies. It consists of a series of additional picks in relation to the upcoming Apple event or year.

Scoring is completed separately from the main game, but like the Rickies, the order of picks is set by the results of the previous game, and ties will be broken by using Dice by PCalc.

Please lie down as the rules are read.

  1. Hosts must make a minimum of five Flexy picks.

  2. Each correct pick is awarded with one point.

  3. Wrong picks do not remove any points.

  4. No partial points may be awarded.

  5. The winner is determined by comparing the percentage of correct Flexies made by each host.

  6. While there are no Twitter handles on the line in the Flexies, the winner can use their chosen title as long as they are the winner:

    • Federico shall be named “Prince Flexie”
    • Myke has chosen “Duke of Flexington”
    • Stephen is the “Attorney General Flexie”
  7. Loser of the Flexies must compensate the winner of the Flexies by donating to a charity of the winner’s choice.

  8. The amount of the donation is $25 per wrong Flexie made by the loser.

  9. The money must be donated on-air.