The Nikoli Derby was developed by nikoli as a party game. It has very simple rules that make it exciting and easy for all, from kids to much older players. The number of players can be from 10 to 5,000,000,000 so The Nikoli Derby is enjoyable at any party. nikoli holds this derby with readers and customers at any chance we get.
Please study which gates became winners in the result table of the 15th world championship. That table shows how many horses entered in each of the gates. The number of gates in the 15th world championship is also the same as in this 16th world championship. Study the results of the past races and the past results will help you know where to enter your horse.
Please register from the entry form at the bottom of this page.
What you need to do
You are the owner of a racehorse, and there are two things you need to do to take part in the derby.
- Enter the name of your horse.
Please think of a good name for your horse, between 2 and 24 letters.
- Choose a starting gate number.
Pick your favorite number, from 1 to 200, as your starting gate.
That's all. But note: you can only enter one horse! Please read the "Note" below.
How the winners are ranked
The gate number is the key to winning the Nikoli Derby. The smallest gate number chosen by only one person is the winner. If two or more persons choose the same gate number they will lose the race. This means that you have to choose the smallest number that nobody else has chosen to win the race. What is the smallest number from 1 to 200?
Right, of course gate number 1 has the greatest advantage, but other horse owners know that too. If say, two or more horses are entered for each of gates 1 to 50, then the horse starting from gate 51 will win. Now, you have to guess the "smaller number" of those where you will be the only starting horse. The final ranking is ordered from smaller to larger numbers.
Fri. Jan 20, 3:00(UTC)
Mon. Jan 30
We will announce the ranking of all participants, by horse name and owner name. We will also announce the countries where the prizewinners come from and some of the comments we receive.
Duplicated entries from the same email or IP address are invalid. Only the last entry from one address will be considered the valid entry for that person.
nikoli.com original T-shirt
|2nd to 3rd place|
Nikoli Tenugui - thin Japanese hand towel
|4th to 5th place|
Nikoli original card game: Camissimo
|6th to 8th place|
|9th to 10th place|
nikoli.com original T-shirt (2012 version, outdated)
Booby prize will be given to the horse finishing next to last. This means the booby horse has one horse at the back which runs whole distance.
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