daweaver ran a prediction game in 2005 under the guise of Mystic Mug and is running another one in 2006: make numerical predictions about sixteen events to happen this year (a decidedly cosmopolitan selection this year, occasionally bordering on obscurity), make two predictions that you think will verifiably come true but other people will consider unlikely and correctly vote "yes" or "no" on these predictions everyone makes. I won a king's ransom by winning last year's competition, mostly aided by Google not updating its page count in January and February and the Bank of England not lowering its base rate in December. The scoring system could do with a category E (and F?) and losing the near-game-breaking category A but I dare say many of you would enjoy taking part. The entry deadline is on 4th January (so, er, tomorrow) and you can enter here.
bateleur is also running a more personalised prediction game - wherein participants are invited to nominate an answer to each of six multiple-choice questions about how the year to come might affect him and his family. As I only rip off the very best, here's my version. Six multiple-choice questions, a point for each correct answer. I'll close the polls in about eight days or so, providing my predictions and commentary as to how plausible I think each possibility is.
Regarding Meg, on 31st December 2006:
Regarding my living arrangements, during the last week of 2006:
Regarding health, during 2006:
Regarding adventures and misadventures: (Any correct answer scores a point.)
As bateleur says, it's not like a wishing well - what you hope will happen is not the issue. If you can't stick to objective predicitions then please don't play at all. Also, please don't change your answers after reading what others have chosen. (For instance, dezzikitty is likely to be pretty good at this - no fair changing your answers to match hers.)
Clarification: If I'm lucky enough to be playing both 4-or-more-player and 2-player games regularly, the 4-player games trump the 2-player ones and that's the only category that will score. Feel free to change this answer if it makes a difference.
Other predictions for 2006, for you, for me or for the world at large are most welcome, whether serious or jovial.