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Lost Fantasy League - Season 6 Rule Book

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									DarkUFO Lost Fantasy League
Official Season 6 Rule Book
Written by G-Man

Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION………………………………………………………………………....PAGE 3 CHARACTER GROUPINGS……………………………………………………………..PAGE 4 POINTS INTRODUCTION……………………………………………………………….PAGE 5 ATTENDANCE & APPEARANCE………………………………………………………PAGE 6 FIRSTS & LASTS…………………………………………………………………………PAGE 8 FLASHBACK/FORWARD & CENTRICITY……………………………………………PAGE 9 ENCOUNTERS…………………………………………………………………………..PAGE 10 VISITS…………………………………………………………………………………....PAGE 12 INJURY & DEATH DEDUCTIONS…………………………………………………….PAGE 13 MISCELLANEOUS POINT CATEGORIES…………………………………………....PAGE 15

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INTRODUCTION
For the third year in a row now, I will be spending vast quantities of my free time watching and re-watching episodes of LOST in order to calculate scores for the 4,500+ participants in the Lost Fantasy League. It’s a lot of work but somebody has to do it. Despite all the work, running the LFL is also a tremendous amount of fun and has enhanced my love and appreciation for the show itself. The following pages contain a listing of all of the characters I’ll be keeping score for and the many point categories used to generate those characters’ scores. For those of you who are curious enough to follow along and try to keep your own points, this rule book is for you. Whether you just want to try your hand at scoring before the official scores come out or if you missed your opportunity to sign up for the official League, I hope you find this rule book as clear cut as I’ve intended to make it. When DarkUFO first approached me in the summer of 2007 about helping establish and run a fantasy league built around LOST, we were both eager and excited, like two boys unwrapping shiny new toys on Christmas. I can assure you that the past two and a half years haven’t diminished our excitement for the show or for the Fantasy League. We have, however, come to understand a few certainties regarding the LFL itself. First, we know that, no matter how much hard work we put into this, we can’t please everyone. Whether it’s the point categories that we use or the way we have to rule on one situation or another, a small minority of participants will feel like they have been wronged by us. I want to assure you here and now that we never base our point decisions on who is on our Fantasy Teams or which characters we like and dislike. We are as objective as you can get because we want this to be fun. Second, no matter how solidly a rule is written, something can always come down the pike and force us to make amendments mid-season. In Season 4, episodes gave rise to debate on just what constitutes a Flashback or Flashforward and what should really be considered an injury. Sometimes these amendments can take time, so please be patient as we ponder, correspond and decide. Third, anything can happen. Just because you’re sitting pretty in points one week doesn’t mean it can’t change in an instant. The Season 5 finale’s Locke-in-the-box reveal completely altered the scores at the end of the year, impacting our winner. With a show as unpredictable as LOST, expect the unexpected. While nothing can be set in stone, I hope you find this rule book useful as you follow along for the final season of LOST. It’s been a long ride but the end is in sight. Cheers, G-Man
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CHARACTER GROUPINGS
Last year we grouped characters based on their geographic location as well as what we perceived to be their likelihood of showing up during the season. For Season 6, we‟ve cut the slate of characters back a bit. This season we have a total of 51 characters split into seven different Character Groups. When you created your Fantasy Team roster, you selected one character from each of these groups. Whenever you see or hear the term “League Character” in regards to the LFL, we are talking about one of the characters listed below.

GROUP 1: Kate Austen, James “Sawyer” Ford, Benjamin Linus, Hugo “Hurley” Reyes and Jack Shephard GROUP 2: Sayid Jarrah, Jin Kwon, Sun Kwon, Man in Black and Miles Straume GROUP 3: Richard Alpert, Bram, Desmond Hume, Ilana and John Locke GROUP 4: Juliet Burke, Eloise Hawking, Penelope “Penny” Hume, Jacob, Frank Lapidus, Claire Littleton, Christian Shephard and Charles Widmore GROUP 5: Charlie Hume, Ji-Yeon Kwon, Aaron Littleton, Carole Littleton, Walter “Walt” Lloyd, Bernard Nadler, Rose Nadler and Vincent GROUP 6: Cindy Chandler, Pierre Chang, Tom Friendly, Horace Goodspeed, Roger Linus, Stuart Radzinsky, Ethan Rom, Danielle Rousseau and The Smoke Monster GROUP 7: Leslie Arzt, Boone Carlyle, Ana Lucia Cortez, Michael Dawson, Naomi Dorrit, Daniel Faraday, Charlotte Lewis, Mr. Eko, Charlie Pace, Shannon Rutherford and Elizabeth “Libby” Smith

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POINTS INTRODUCTION
During each episode of Lost, the League Characters that comprise your Fantasy Team will earn you points based on their actions and the events that unfold around them. Anything occurring in the “Previously on Lost” segment at the beginning of an episode will not count for points. Similarly, anything seen in the preview for the next episode will not count for points. Only the events occurring within the actual episode itself will count for points. This means that from the opening shot until „LOST‟ appears on screen at the end, anything and everything is fair game, including things that happen in dreams, memory snippets, hallucinations and island visions. Points can be awarded later in the season if information arises that qualifies a League Character for points that had previously not been awarded. Similarly, points may be taken away from League Characters if information arises later in the season that disqualifies them from points they had been awarded. The League Commissioners (G-Man and DarkUFO) reserve the right to award and remove points from League Characters wherever they feel such adding or removal is merited. Below is a chart that shows all 42 of the point categories that we will be using during Season 6 to score the episodes for our League Characters. The remainder of this rule book features detailed explanations of each point category and any prerequisites, qualifiers and exclusions that may apply.

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ATTENDANCE & APPEARANCE
In fantasy sports leagues, players can only earn you points if they take part in the game. This basic principle also applies for the LFL. However, as we have come to know, there are many ways that characters can appear in an episode of LOST. League Characters have the opportunity to earn points not only for simply showing up in an episode, but also for the many unique ways their appearance can be made. During Season 6, all League Characters will have the opportunity to earn points in the following “Appearance” categories:

Character Appears in the Episode (+5 points) If a League Character appears in the episode in person, by video or film, or in a photograph, they earn the 5 points. Hearing the character‟s voice alone does not count as an appearance and does not qualify for points. League Characters must be seen to qualify for points. Only characters appearing in person on screen will qualify for other point categories. If the character appears only in video, film or in a photograph, they earn the 5 points for attendance but do not qualify for any other point categories. Furthermore, characters must also be conscious in order to qualify for Encounters Points, Visit Points and several of the Miscellaneous Points included in this rule book.

Character Appears in Someone Else’s Flashforward (+20 points) If a League Character appears in any part of another character‟s standard flashforward, they earn the points. They can be in the background as an Easter egg or have a considerable part in the flashforward; it does not matter which. As long as the League Character in question can be readily identified, they will earn the points.

Character Appears in Someone Else’s Flashback (+15 points) If a League Character appears in any part of another character‟s standard flashback (Off-Island or On-Island), they earn the points. They can be in the background as an Easter egg or have a considerable part in the flashback; it does not matter which. As long as the League Character in question can be readily identified, they will earn the points.

Character Appears in Someone Else’s Island Vision (+10 points) From time to time, characters on Lost experience what are best described as “Island Visions.” Sometimes other characters can appear in these Island Visions. When a League Character appears in someone else‟s Island Vision, they will earn 10 points just for appearing in it.

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Character Appears in Someone Else’s Miscellaneous Flashback/forward (+5 points) If a League Character appears in any part of another character‟s “Miscellaneous” flashback, they earn the points. They can be in the background as an Easter egg or have a considerable part in the miscellaneous flashback/forward; it does not matter which. As long as the League Character in question can be readily identified, they will earn the points. If the miscellaneous flashback/forward occurs as a broken timeline, it is possible for League characters to earn points in this category more than once, depending on the number of times they appear and the level of involvement they have in the events of the miscellaneous flashback/forward segments. See the “Flashback/forward & Centricity” section for the definition of a Miscellaneous Flashback/forward.

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FIRSTS & LASTS
From time to time, the first or last person appearing on screen or the first person to speak is an indicator that that character will be of some prominence or importance during the current or next episode. League Characters are not always the first people speaking or appearing on screen. We have taken this into account with the following point categories:

First Person on Screen (+15 points) The first League Character to appear on screen will earn 15 points. They do not have to be the very first character to appear on screen in order to earn points, just the first League Character to do so. If a non-League Character appears on screen first, the first League Character to appear will earn the points. Also, to earn these points, League Characters must be physically present. If a League Character appears first on screen in a video or photograph, they do not earn the points. The points will be awarded to the first League Character to physically appear on screen.

Last Person on Screen (+15 points) The last League Character to appear on screen in the episode will earn 15 points. They do not have to be the very last character to appear on screen, just the last League Character to appear. All other stipulations, qualifications and exclusions for First Person on Screen Points apply to Last Person on Screen Points as well.

First Line in Episode (+10 points) The first League Character to speak an intelligible line in the episode will earn 10 points. They do not have to be the very first person to speak in the episode, just the first League Character to do so. First Line points will not be awarded to League Characters whose lines appear as part of a video or audio recording. First Line Points are awarded to League Characters who are physically present. Crying, moaning and screaming do not count as a line of dialog.

Last Line in Episode (+10 points) The last League Character to speak an intelligible line in the episode will earn 10 points. They do not have to be the very last person to speak in the episode, just the last League Character to do so. All stipulations, qualifications and exclusions for First Line Points apply to Last Line Points as well.

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FLASHBACK/FORWARD & CENTRICITY
Episode is Centric to Character (+25 points) A single character is usually the focus of an episode via the flashback/forward sequences but centricity has been shared between two or more characters several times throughout the series. For the Season 6 LFL, centricity points are awarded to any League Character(s) who have two or more Flashback/forward sequences during an episode. Any episode(s) deviating from the standard centricity format will be ruled upon by the League Commissioners.

Flashforward (+25 points) Introduced in Season 3 and used throughout Season 4, a flashforward shows the specific events of a character‟s life some point after their established present on the show. For the Season 6 LFL, League Characters having flashforwards taking place either on or off the Island will earn the same amount of points.

Off-Island Flashback (+20 points) This is the traditional flash device used on the show, filling in details about a specific part of a character‟s life prior to their established present and also occurring off the Island. League Characters will earn 20 points for an off-Island flashback.

On-Island Flashback (+15 points) Used from time to time, this flash device fills in details about a specific part of a character‟s time on the Island prior to their established present. League Characters will earn 15 points for onIsland flashbacks.

Miscellaneous Flashback/forward (+10 points) A Miscellaneous Flashback or Flashforward covers several different points in time in a League Character‟s life. An episode using both flashbacks and flashforwards focusing on one character will be considered miscellaneous in nature. Episodes that are clearly centric but use a different narrative structure from traditional flash events (like Desmond‟s time travel in “The Constant”) will be ruled upon by the League Commissioners and may qualify for this point category.

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ENCOUNTERS
Encountering a Polar Bear (+50 points) If a League Character is seen on screen with a polar bear, they earn 50 points. Only encounters with real polar bears will count for points. Polar bears appearing as stuffed animals or in pictures or illustrations will not qualify for points. Encounters with deceased polar bears will count for points, but it must be very apparent that the remains we see are those of a deceased polar bear. Readily identifiable portions of the polar bear (i.e.- a skull or white fur) must be present to qualify for points.

Encountering the Smoke Monster (+30 points) League Characters automatically earn points when they appear on screen with the Black Smoke Monster when it is in its black smoke form. All other situations where the Monster is heard but not seen or seen manifested in another form will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the League Commissioners.

Encountering Jacob (+20 points) League Characters will receive points for any of the following actions involving Jacob:    Seeing Jacob Hearing Jacob speak Communicating with Jacob himself

An encounter with Jacob begins the first time any of the above actions occur. To end an encounter, a League Character must establish a visible presence away from Jacob and his immediate vicinity. Jacob will not and cannot receive points for encountering himself. Only other League Character may earn points for encountering him.

Encountering or Using the Numbers (+20 points) For the purposes of the Season 6 Lost Fantasy League, the following numbers will count for Numbers Points: 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 and 108. Any League Character appearing on screen with these Numbers or using them in any way will receive Numbers Points. A minimum of two of the Numbers are required to appear on screen or be used by a League Character to qualify for Numbers Points. If appearing on screen, the Numbers must be able to be captured by a screencap to prove their visibility. If no part of a League Character appears on screen with the Numbers, then points will not be awarded. When using the Numbers, a League Character must speak two or more of the Numbers during the same line in order to qualify for points. Hearing them spoken does not count for points. 10

League Characters may only earn Numbers Points once per source of the Numbers per episode. If a League Character sees the Numbers on a clock, they will earn points only once for encountering the Numbers on a clock during that episode. If a League Character says a combination of the Numbers, they may not earn Numbers points a second time during that episode by saying any other combination of the Numbers.

Encountering Charles Widmore (+15 points) Any League Character appearing on screen with Charles Widmore will earn 15 points. League Characters must appear physically with Charles to qualify for points. Widmore Points will not be awarded if a League Character is viewing a picture or video of Charles Widmore, nor will Widmore Points be awarded if Charles is viewing a picture or video of another League Character. Charles and the League Character encountering him must both appear in person to qualify for points. Charles Widmore cannot earn points for encountering himself.

Encountering a New Person, Place or Thing (+15 points) Any time a League Character discovers, encounters or meets a new person, place or thing, they will receive15 points. All characters can earn points for discovering the same people, places and things, as long as it can be proven that it is their first encounter with said person, place or thing. Characters may earn points for being led to new people, places or things or for being sought out by people or things they have not previously encountered. All potential New Person, Place or Thing Points will be ruled upon by the League Commissioners to determine if they are significant enough to merit points.

Encountering a DHARMA Initiative Logo (+5 points) If a League Character appears on screen with a DHARMA logo, they will earn 5 points. Characters may only earn points once per specific logo per episode. In order to qualify for points, the DHARMA logo in question must be easily identifiable. All potential DHARMA Logo Points will be reviewed by the League Commissioners.

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VISITS
DEFINITION OF A VISIT: For the Season 6 Lost Fantasy League, a visit will begin the first time a League Character is within eyesight of the following locations. Once they are within eyesight of the location, the visit will continue as long as the character is judged by the League Commissioners to be within a reasonable proximity to the location. The visit will be considered finished when the League Character establishes a visible presence elsewhere. Visits will span the entire duration of the League Character‟s stay at the location. Visits will flow across commercial breaks and between episodes.

Visiting the Temple (+20 points) Any League Character visiting the Temple will earn 20 points per visit. For Season 6, the Temple includes the Temple structure itself and the perimeter wall surrounding the Temple grounds. There is no limit on how many times League Characters may earn points for visiting the Temple during any given episode.

Visiting the Black Rock (+20 points) Any League Character visiting the Black Rock will earn 20 points per visit. There is no limit on how many times League Characters may earn points for visiting the Black Rock during any given episode.

Visiting the 4-Toed Statue (+15 points) Any League Character visiting the 4-toed statue will earn 15 points per visit. There is no limit on how many times League Characters may earn points for visiting the statue during any given episode.

Visiting a DHARMA Initiative Location (+5 points) Any League Character visiting a DHARMA Initiative location (stations, Barracks, the Pala Ferry, etc.) will earn 5 points per visit. There is no limit on how many times League Characters may earn points for visiting a DHARMA Initiative location during any given episode.

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INJURY & DEATH DEDUCTIONS
MINOR INJURIES: Minor injuries include (but are not limited to) the following:  Slapping  Punching  Kicking  Tripping/Falling Down  Other Light Trauma Simple pushes and shoves will not be counted as injuries. The League Commissioners reserve the right to review all potential minor injuries and add to the above list if necessary.

Inflicting a Minor Injury (-5 points) If a League Character inflicts a minor injury upon another character during an episode, they will lose 5 points for it. League Characters will lose points for inflicting minor injuries once per specific injury per episode. If a scene depicting a League Character injuring someone else is shown again in future episodes, they will lose points for those injuries being shown again. If a League Character injures Vincent, they will lose points. Injuring animals other than Vincent will not result in an Injury Deduction.

Receiving a Minor Injury (-5 points) If a League Character receives a minor injury during an episode, they will lose 5 points. League Characters will lose points for receiving minor injuries once per specific injury per episode. If a scene depicting a League Character getting injured is shown again in future episodes, they will lose points for those injuries being shown again.

MAJOR INJURIES: Major injuries are any injury that results in (but is not limited to) the following:  Bleeding  Broken Bones  Loss of Consciousness  Gunshots  Stabbing, Piercing or Impaling The League Commissioners reserve the right to review all potential major injuries and add to the above list if necessary.

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Inflicting a Major Injury (-10 points) If a League Character inflicts a major injury upon another character during an episode, they will lose 10 points for it. League Characters will lose points for inflicting major injuries once per specific injury per episode. If a scene depicting a League Character injuring someone else is shown again in future episodes, they will lose points for those injuries being shown again. If a League Character injures Vincent, they will lose points. Injuring animals other than Vincent will not result in an Injury Deduction.

Receiving a Major Injury (-15 points) If a League Character receives a major injury during an episode, they will lose 15 points. League Characters will lose points for receiving major injuries once per specific injury per episode. If a scene depicting a League Character getting injured is shown again in future episodes, they will lose points for those injuries being shown again.

KILLING AND DEATH: Killing/Murder (-20 points) If a League Character takes the life of another character during an episode, they will lose 20 points. As per League rules, the Killing Deduction will be applied if a League Character kills someone in a dream or in an Island Vision. An Injury Deduction may be assessed if a killing/murder is not 100% clear by the end of the episode and can be corrected upon proof that the League Character killed the person in question. Questionable killings will be reviewed by the League Commissioners. Characters will only incur the Killing Deduction once per specific kill per episode. If a murder is shown again in a future episode, the Killing Deduction will be applied again. If a League Character kills Vincent, they will lose points. Killing animals other than Vincent will not result in a Killing Deduction.

Death (-30 points) If a League Character dies at any point in an episode, they will lose 30 points. To receive the Death Deduction, the League Character must remain dead. Being resuscitated from death will only result in a Major Injury Deduction. As per League rules, the Death Deduction will be applied if a League Character dies in a dream or in an Island Vision. In cases where a League Character‟s death is uncertain, an Injury Deduction may be assessed until proof or verification of their death is provided in future episodes. For deaths in dreams, Island Visions and wherever else vague or uncertain, the League Commissioners will have final authority on what is and is not considered a death. The Death Deduction may be applied again if the League Character‟s death is re-shown in future episodes. Characters may only incur the Death Deduction once per episode. 14

MISCELLANEOUS POINTS
Having an Island Vision (+30 points) Because it can be sometimes hard to tell if events are occurring as an Island Vision or just a dream, the League Commissioners will rule upon all potential Island Visions individually. If a League Character is judged to have had an Island Vision, they will earn 30 points. Encounters with the Smoke Monster are no longer considered to be an Island Vision, as the Smoke Monster is now know to be capable of manifesting itself in the form of other people.

Hearing the Whispers (+30 points) Any League Character who hears the mysterious Whispers will earn 30 points. League Characters must be conscious and awake when the Whispers are heard on screen in order to earn points. If a group of League Characters are present, points will be awarded to all of them, as long as it is evident that they all heard the Whispers. Because it can sometimes be difficult to determine when the Whispers occur, the League Commissioners will review all scenes that allegedly or potentially contain the Whispers.

Having Sex (+25 points) Actual depictions of sex will not be broadcast on TV, but from time to time we see enough “action” to imply that characters are having, about to have or have recently had sex. Sometimes the implication of sex is quite obvious, while other times it is more subtle and vague. The League Commissioners will review and rule upon each potential instance of characters having sex. If a League Character is determined to have had sex during an episode, they will earn 20 points. If two League Characters have sex with each other, they will both earn points for it.

Has an Eye Close-Up (+20 points) Eye close-ups typically occur at the beginning of an episode, upon the return from a commercial break or when the action changes scenes. General close-ups of a character‟s whole head will not count for points. All potential eye close-ups will be ruled upon by the League Commissioners. Any League Character judged to have an eye close-up will earn 10 points.

Encounters a Widmore Product (+15 points) If a League Character encounters a Widmore product they will earn 15 points. In order to qualify for these points, a Widmore logo must be clearly visible on the product or its packaging. If a screencap of the product in question clearly shows a Widmore logo present, points will be awarded.

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Kissing (+15 points) Any League Character kissing another character or getting kissed by another character will receive 15 points for it. If two League Characters kiss each other, then both of them receive points for it. League Characters will only earn Kissing Points once per scene involving kissing, not per individual kiss.

Given a Nickname by Sawyer (+5 points) If a League Character is given a nickname by Sawyer at anytime during an episode, they will earn 5 points. Sawyer may earn points for giving himself a nickname but not if he is given a nickname by anyone else. The League Commissioners have final authority on what is and is not considered a nickname. League Characters may only earn points once per nickname per episode.

Goes in the Water (+5 points) If a League Character is seen in the water during an episode, they will earn 5 points. The water must at least cover the League Character‟s ankles in order to earn points. Water Points will work like a Visit- time in spent in the water will span the character‟s entire time in the water and flow across commercial breaks and between episodes. League Characters must establish a presence elsewhere before they can earn more Water Points. League Characters can only earn points once per episode for each instance of going in the water. If a scene of them going in the water is shown twice in one episode, it will only count once.

Says the Name of an Episode Title (+5 points) If a League Character says the title of an episode of Lost during an episode, they will earn 5 points. To prevent spoiling anybody, points will only be awarded if a League Character says the title of the current episode or the title of any episode that has come before it. If a League Character says the title of an episode that has not yet aired, points will be withheld until that episode airs. The complete title must be said in order to count for points (except for episodes that include “Part 1,” “Part 2,” or “Part 3”). If even a single word is missing, it will not be considered a use of an episode title. League Characters may only earn points once per specific title per episode.

Traveling by Car (+5 points) If a League Character is seen traveling in a car or another type of automobile, they will earn 5 points for it. Car Points will work like Visit Points- time spent traveling by car will span the character‟s entire time in the car and flow across commercial breaks and between episodes. League Characters must establish a visible presence outside of a car before they can earn Car Points again, or it must be made very clear that they have spent time outside of an automobile through expository means. The League Commissioners will have the final say on what will and

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will not count for Car Points. Traveling by boat, plane or any other kind of water or aircraft will not qualify for Car Points.

Watching a DHARMA Initiative Film (+5 points) Any League Character who watches part or all of a DHARMA Initiative film will receive 5 points for doing so. In order to qualify for these points, the League Character in question must stop what they are doing and be focused on the film that is playing. Walking past or standing near a TV or screen that is displaying a DHARMA film but not paying attention to it will not count for points.

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