All right, the cat’s fed, the ouija board’s questions are nearly exhausted, what next? What next, indeed, in the life of the Grim Reaper? As you check the faded wall calendar and hear a chime from the enormous grandfather clock, it all comes together: it’s time for you to go out to the lawn for that annual “sporting event.” From the sound of it, Grim asked you to play referee.
As for the teams, it’s not clear at first, but on the lawn you can see a pair of goal nets situated on corners of what might be a baseball diamond, with a miniature ice rink inexplicably in the center. Then the scoreboard sparks, fizzles, and displays some information:
1,813,952nd ANNUAL SPOOKBALL TOURNAMENT
And suddenly, with a rumble and a flutter, some ghoulish figures seem to erupt from the earth, croaking and shambling, just as a horde of bats descends from the sky and transforms into a group of cloaked, pale humanoids. The participants seem to number into the hundreds! And as they carry a number of different balls, bats, sticks, and rackets, the rules of this game become increasingly inscrutable. You can only tell one thing: it looks dang fun.
Why play referee? Choose a side and join the game yourself!
Swag: 1 shirt and 1 mug will be raffled among the top 50% of players on the winning team!
Earn 5,000 points – 2,500 bonus
Earn 15,000 points – 5,000 bonus
Earn 25,000 points – 10,000 bonus
For every 25,000 points above 25,000 – 5,000 bonus
Member of winning team (if you’ve scored at least 2,500 points) – 10,000 bonus
Highest scorer on each team – 5,000 bonus
Player with #1 overall score – 10,000 bonus
Player with #2 overall score – 5,000 bonus
Player with #3 overall score – 2,500 bonus
The match kicks off at 11:00 AM EDT on 10/24 and lasts for 24 hours!
Artwork by Daniela Gamba