If you're familiar with The Ultimate LOTB Setlist Thread, you know the basic idea. This time, since it's about the next album, it'll be a slightly more complicated with more variables coming to play. Rules and scoring are the following: *Try to predict the title, structure (songwriting credits, song lenght etc.) and release date of the album #17. SCORING You'll get points from... *Correct album title (10p) or album title with correct nouns (1p per noun, max 5p) Example A: let's travel back to Ed-Huntour era: - Actual album title: Brave New World - Contest entry: World of Chaos -> 1p from the "World" *Correct release date/month/year - You'll get 5p if your entry has the correct release date (if global differences occur, we'll go with the UK release date) - You'll get 3p if your entry has the correct release month/year combination - You'll get 1p if your entry has the correct release year Examples with actual release date being 6th Oct. 2020 1) Your entry has 8th Feb. 2020 as release date -> 1p from a correct year 2) Your entry has 20th Oct. 2020 as release date -> 3P from a correct month/year combination *Correct count of songs, songwriting credits, song position, song titles and song lenght - You'll get 1p if your entry has the correct total amount of tracks; possible intros or such separated as individual tracks count here as well, even if they're directly linked to a succeeding or preceding song. Example: your entry has 9 songs and the actual album has 9 as well -> 1p - You'll get 1p from every correct songwrigint credits combination, regardless the actual running order and extra +1p if the correct credits appears in a correct spot - If you get the opening and/or closer track credits and/or running time correct, you'll get the points regardless the total amount of songs Example: - your entry has three songs credited to Smith/Harris and the actual album has two songs credited to Smith/Harris-> you'll get 2p from two correct credits - one of the mentioned song entries is the opening track and the actual opening track on the album is indeed credited to Smith/Harris -> +1p per correct credits on a correct spot. - You'll get 1p from every correct track running time entry with < 30 sec. rounding up to next full minute and >30 sec. rounding down to a previous full minute - You'll get +1p if a correct song running time appears on correct position Example: - Album has three songs with a running time between 6:00 and 6:30, one of them being the opening track - Member X's entry has the opening track with 6:00 running time-> 1p+1p - Member Y's entry has the opening track with 5:37 running time -> 1p+1p - Member W's entry has three song entries with a running times between 6:00 and 6:30 but none of them are in the correct position -> 3p - You'll get 5p from every correct song title; the noun-rule from the album title does not apply here, however. EXAMPLE SCENARIO AFTER THE ALBUM #17 ANNOUNCEMENT: Actual album: Title: They'll Never Play it Live Release date: 12th December, 2020 1. The Light of Freedom (Smith/Harris) 6:24 -> 6min 2. The Evil That Once Was (Smith/Dickinson) 5:39 - 6min 3. Deceased Kingdom (Gers/Harris) 7:56 -> 8min 4. Don't You Think I'm a Saviour (Harris) 13:46 -> 14min 5. The Heretic (Gers/Harris/Dickinson) 5:25 -> 5min 6. The Torturer (Smith/Harris/Dickinson) 8:00 -> 8min 7. Am I Sloppy? (Gers/Harris) 5:13 -> 5min 8. Crowley's Crown (Dickinson) 5:11) -> 5min 9. Mother of All Gallops (Murray/Harris) 4:21 -> 4min 10. Don't You Think I Could Save Your Life (Harris) 6:45 -> 7min Entry (not-too-serious example from the album speculation thread) Title: I Hope You're Wrong Release date: 20th January, 2020 = 1p 1. The Light in the Abyss (Smith/Dickinson) 6:13 -> 6min 1p+1p+1p (six minute song 1/2 in a correct position+songwiring credits 1/1) = 3p 2. The Torturer (Gers/Harris) 4:35 -> 5min 5p+1p+1p (correct song title+5min song 1/3+G/H songwriting credits 1/2) = 7p 3. Worth the the Fight (Smith/Harris) 6:24 -> 6min 1p+1p (six minute song 2/2 + songwriting credits S/H 1/1) = 2p 4. After the Storm (Gers/Harris/Dickinson) 7:47 -> 8min 1p+1p (8min song 1/2 + G/H/D songwriting credits 1/1) 2p 5. The Child Who Lost His Way (Smith/Harris/Dickinson) 6:47 -> 7min 1p+1p (7min song 1/1 + S/H/D songwriting credits 1/1) = 2p 6. Abbey of Thelema (Dickinson) 7:03 -> 7min 1p (Sonwriting credits D 1/1) = 1p 7. The Well of Tears (Murray/Harris) 6:45 -> 7min 1p (songwriting credits M/H 1/1) = 1p 8. Night of Reckoning (Smith/Harris) 5:03 -> 5min 1p+1p (5min song 2/3 in a correct position) = 2p 9. Those Who Look Upon... (Harris) 9:32 -> 10min 1p+1p (songwriting credits H 1/1 in a correct position*) = 2p *= album closer Total score: 22 points ---------------------------------------------------------- Any feedback is welcome; are the rules and scoring a tad bit too confusing? Is there something you don't get or something you'd like to fix? Share your thoughts - I'm not a native English speaker so I might have explained some aspects of the rules rather poorly. Prize?