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 2 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 play a game called The Flexies. These two games have separate but related rules. (Please stand for the reading of the rules.)
- Correct regular picks are awarded 1 point. The language used for regular picks must be finalized and agreed upon recording, and no partial points may be awarded.
- Correct Risky picks are worth 2 points but wrong ones will cause a point to be deducted from that host's total. Picks must have been approved as "risky" by the other two hosts before the start of the game.
- Picks made for Keynote Rickies cannot be reused by the host who made them for the next Keynote. The Annual Rickies have their own subset of rules: once a host chooses something as an Annual pick, they cannot reuse it in that calendar year. Additionally, picks may not be used in back-to-back Annual Rickies by the same host. All hosts are allowed to reuse picks previously made by others.
- Scoring is completed during recording and cannot be modified once an episode is complete. In the event of a tie, Dice by PCalc must be used in Relay FM mode to pick a winner. Jason Snell has a lifetime ban on flipping coins in relation to The Rickies; coin flips by Jason on other podcasts are allowed, but are frowned upon and subject to public shaming.
- For Keynote Rickies, the scoring window starts when the event begins and closes when the picks are scored. Any information used in scoring must be publicly verifiable at the time of recording.
- The order of picks is set by previous performance. The winner of the previous associated game goes first, the previous Loser goes last. Winners will be recognized during the Closing Ceremonies.
As a reminder, Stephen is the current Annual Chairman, Federico is the current Keynote Chairman.
Past results can be seen at Rickies.co and Rickies.net. These sites also have pages about managing your own scorekeeping at home.
The Flexies is a game held after each edition of The Rickies. It consists of a series of additional picks made 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 event and ties will be broken using Dice by PCalc. (Please lie down as the rules are read.)
- Hosts must make a minimum of 5 Flexie picks.
- Each correct pick is awarded with 1 point. Wrong picks do not remove any points and no partial points may be awarded.
- The winner is determined by comparing the percentage of correct Flexies made by each host.
- 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, and Stephen is the Attorney General Flexie.
- Loser of the Flexies must compensate the winner of the Flexies by donating to a charity of the winner’s choice. The amount of the donation is $25 per wrong Flexie made by the Loser. The money must be donated on air.