Tips For Winning Time Machine 8/19/15

The August 19, 2015 Time Machine contest features the following question:

What will the all-time box office rank for the new movie THE MARTIAN be on October 21st?

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On October 21, 2015, at 11 AM CT, will The Martian be ranked 5th, 50th, 500th…or somewhere in between?  Learn more about The Martian, which opens October 2nd, here.

 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is the deadline for entering?
A: All entries must be in by 11:30 pm CT on October 16, 2015.

Q: When exactly will the ranking for Time Machine be considered final?
A:  October 21, 2015 at 11 AM CT –per BoxOfficeMojo’s All-Time Box Office chart.

Q: Do I have to hit the number exactly or can I win by just being close?
A: This isn’t the game Horse Shoes.  To win Time Machine, you must provide the exact, right answer.

Q: When will the winner(s) be revealed?
A: The winner (or winners) will be revealed here on October 21, 2015.

Q: What should an entry look like?
A: Your entry should be a one-, two-, or three-digit number.  For example, if you think The Martian will be ranked 99th all-time on October 21st, enter the number “99.”

Q: Where can I enter?
A: You can learn more about Time Machine and enter HERE.

Q: When will the next Time Machine game start
A: After the entry period ends for The Martian predictions, a new Time Machine contest will start on October 16, 2015.

Q: My time machine is in the shop (Flux Capacitor leak).  Can I borrow a friend’s?
A: Yes, our rules allow you to use another person’s time machine.  However, you must travel to the future yourself.  You cannot send someone else to the future to get the answer for you.

Tips for winning Uber-Picks

UPlogoOVERVIEW

If you love sports, you’ll love playing Uber-Picks!  By playing Uber-Picks alongside your favorite sports, you’ll add even more excitement and enjoyment to being a sports fan!

The objective of Uber-Picks is to tally the highest score possible by correctly picking winning teams of sports of your choosing, but that’s only the start.  You’ll maximize your score by strategically assigning “Confidence Points” to each of your picks (the more confident you are of a pick, the more points you should assign).

For each game you pick correctly, you’ll earn the number of points you assigned to that game.  Note: Games that end in a tie or are cancelled will be scored as a correct pick.

Uber-Picks also features five “Sidekicks”–which you can use to boost your score even further and add even more fun to playing.

Choose the Uber-Picks sports of your choice to play from our games index HERE.

PRIZES

Win shares of the big weekly Zackpots by posting one of the 50 highest scores (the total of the points you’ve assigned to winning teams, plus Sidekick Bonus Points).  Note: A TCredit must be used with your entry to qualify for Zackpots.

Also earn cool badges, MRP (Member Rewards Points), and compete for the top spots on the Uber-Picks Leaderboards!  See details below.

UBER-PICKS SPORTS

Uber-Picks is available (when sport is in season) for:

  • MLB (Major League Baseball)
  • NFL (National American Football League)
  • NBA (National Basketball Association)
  • FIFA-Europe
  • FIFA-North America
  • Cricket
  • NCAA Football (American college football)
  • NCAA Basketball (American college basketball)

Choose the Uber-Picks sports of your choice to play from our games index HERE.

HOW TO PLAY, STEP BY STEP

1. Go to the Eager Zebra Games index page at TripleClicks.
2. From the current selection of Uber-Picks Games, click the one you want to play.
3. On the game page, you will see a list of the game matches (AKA the “dashboard”). For each match, click the team you expect will win that match; your selections will turn green. Note that all picks are saved automatically.
4. After you finish selecting the winners for all available matches, assign your level of confidence for your picks by clicking and dragging each match up or down the list, with your most confident choices given the most points, your least confident picks the least points. Continue arranging your list until you’re satisfied with the positions for all matches.  Your selections are saved automatically.
5. Sidekicks: Located at the bottom of the dashboard, Sidekicks are optional “mini games” you can play during the main game to win bonus points (a great way to outscore your fellow Uber-Picks players).  To play, just click the tab for the number of points you’d like to win. Each tab displays a different question, along with the cost (if any) to play. Simply enter your answer in the available field and click Save. You can choose one, several, or all of the Sidekick tabs to play!  Any points you win playing the Sidekicks is added to your total score.

6. Revisit the dashboard (you may want to bookmark it for easy retrieval) throughout the week to see how you’re doing (games are automatically updated throughout each game).  When the last game is concluded, you’ll be sent an email notice if your total score is amongst the top 50 highest scores. You can also check the WINNERS list at any time for a list of each contest’s winners.

ENTRY AND PLAY LIMITS

Your first play of Uber-Picks is free each month; participate in additional Uber-Picks contests for just one TCredit.  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO WIN.  Contestants are limited to one entry per Uber-Picks contest.  However, if there are multiple sport Uber-Picks contests going on simultaneously (e.g. NFL and FIFA), one entry in each is allowed.

SPECIAL RULES

  1. For Uber-Picks FIFA, goals scored in extra time (not penalty shootout) COUNT.
  2. For Uber-Picks FIFA, goals scored during the penalty shootout do NOT count.

WINNING THE ZACKPOT

To win one on more shares of the Uber-Picks Zackpot, you must post one of the 50 highest scores of the contest.  Those posting a top 10 score will receive 3 shares each of the Zackpot.  All others will receive 1 share of the Zackpot.  Note:  In the case of a tie, the earliest entry will be the tiebreaker.

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ASK THE AUDIENCE

Not sure who’s going to win a game?  Use the “Ask The Audience” (ATA) feature for any game to get real-time stats on how other contestants are picking (with the stats automatically updating throughout the week).  Use ATA for FREE for any one game within any Uber-Picks contest.  You can view the ATA stats for up to five total games per Uber-Picks contest (2nd game costs 1 TCredit, 3rd game costs 2 TCredits, 4th game costs 3 TCredits, and the 5th game costs 4 TCredits).

MEMBER REWARDS POINTS

For each TCredit spent playing Uber-Picks, you’ll earn 5 MRP (Member Rewards Points).  If you’re an SFI affiliate, you can also earn 1 AVP (Action VersaPoint) for each non-free entry game played.

SIDEKICKS

Sidekicks, located in the panel just below the Uber-Picks entry screen, are little optional “mini-games” you can play while playing Uber-Picks to earn additional points.  Following are some of the standard Sidekicks (each individual sport may also feature one or more unique-to-that-sport Sidekick):

1. Predict the highest scoring game to earn 3 Bonus Points

  • Cost: FREE
  • Limit: Once per Uber-Picks contest
  • Must enter prior to start of first game

2. Predict the lowest scoring game to earn 8 Bonus Points

  • Cost: 1 TCredit
  • Limit: Once per Uber-Picks contest
  • Must enter prior to start of first game

3. Predict how many home teams will win to earn 7 Bonus Points

  • Cost: 1 TCredit
  • Limit: Once per Uber-Picks contest
  • Must enter prior to start of first game

4. Choose one game as your “lock.”  Get this game right to earn 10 Bonus Points (or lose 10 Bonus Points if wrong)

  • Cost: 1 TCredit
  • Limit: Once per Uber-Picks contest
  • Must enter prior to start of first game

DOMINATE THE LEADERBOARD

The Uber-Picks Leaderboard automatically tracks and provides rankings for points you score playing all Uber-Picks contests (for both individual sports and all sports combined).

Note: So that all players have the opportunity to reach the top of the leaderboard, points are reduced by 20% every 30 days.

Being amongst the top 500 on any Uber-Picks Leaderboard also earns you badges (see following BADGES section for more information).

BADGES

deffghda.1. An Uber-Picks contest entry earns you the “In it to win it!” badge–yours until the contest ends.  Tip: By participating regularly in the weekly Uber-Picks contests, you can keep possession of this badge continually.  Note that once you’ve earned an Uber-Picks WINNER badge, you’ll no longer see this badge (it is supplanted by the Winner badge).

2. Posting one of the 50 highest scores for any Uber-Picks contest earns you the WINNER badge (or an upgraded “X-Times Winner” version of the badge) for that individual sports category. Make the top 50 three times to add bronze trim to your badge. Make the top 50 five times to add silver trim to your badge.  Make the top 50 ten times to add gold trim to your badge.

3. There are also Uber-Picks Leaderboard badges for each sports category and for all sports combined. The minimum leaderboard rank to receive a Uber-Picks Leaderboard badge is 500. Add bronze trim by achieving a top 200 rank. Add silver trim by achieving a top 50 rank. Add gold trim by achieving a top 10 rank.  You can view the Uber-Picks Leaderboard HERE.

HOW DID I DO?

Want to see how you did in a past week, such as which teams you picked to win and how many Confidence Points you assigned to each game?  To get this information, simply go to our WINNERS page and click on the sport/contest date you’re wanting to review.  From this link you’ll be provided with your full entry information (picks, points, etc.).

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!

Each week, you can add three quick and easy Bonus Points to your total score by voting for 5-10 games that you’d like to see Uber-Picks use for the following week. The games that receive the most votes will be the games you’ll be picking the winners for in the next week.  Note: Voting is not available for sports where there are 16 or less games a week.

Grab your “LineUP,” the remote, and hit the couch!

Once you’ve made your picks, be sure to print out a copy of your Uber-Picks LineUP (link located at the top, right side of the dashboard).  Your LineUp includes all your picks, all your Sidekick predictions, space to mark your wins, and lists each game and their start times, too. Perfect for following along from your couch or on the run.  Your LineUP also includes fun stats like:

  • The percentage of TripleClicks members who made the same picks you did
  • The average Confidence Points assigned by all TripleClicks members for each game
  • Your current ranking in any Uber-Picks leagues you’re participating in
  • Your overall record
  • Your leaderboard ranks for all Uber-Picks sports
  • and more!

LEAGUE PLAY

As an Uber-Picks aficionado, you can also start your own FREE private league and play Uber-Picks with your sports friends, co-workers, etc.

6 great reasons to start your own Uber-Picks league

  1. You get to be the CEO of your own personalized, private sports league!
  2. Competing with your friends and co-workers is uber-FUN (especially if you create your own weekly and/or season prize for your league members).
  3. Makes the sports season even more exciting!
  4. All of your league’s members can play FREE every week!
  5. Play year around in multiple different sports!
  6. We do all the hard work…and we do it all for FREE! The customized league website included has a leaderboard that tracks all scoring for all of your league’s members throughout the season, a live chat board, and more.  All you have to do is invite your league members; we’ll take care of everything else including distributing badges and any shares of the Zackpot won each week.  We’ll also send out an email reminder to any of your members who haven’t yet made their picks before each deadline, and all of your league members will also receive a weekly recap email that recognizes the members who finished with the highest scores, and more.  Again, all provided FREE!>>> To set up your own Uber-Picks league, get started HERE.