Rules of the Game

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Our 2013 game is being run under new administration!

Pat W. is now the Coroner-In-Chief!

And his changes are:

Site Updates
I will try to have updates several times per month, preferably at least every two weeks and at least monthly.

No Green Room
There will be no green room selections. Team rosters remain at thirty (30) potential stiffs. All 30 team roster selections will be active January 1 at midnight per the rules on starting the New Year (new game). There will no longer be the need to keep track of green room positions, notify of call ups, etc. This will make administering the site easier and will allow for more frequent site updates.

Obits for Stiffs
If you have a roster selection that croaks, you must supply me with at least five obits from the approved news sources. Send me the links to the obits. I will not look for obits for you. If the stiff is “borderline famous” and you are not sure if one or two of your obit sources will count, send me as many obits as you can find. I will try to be flexible in allowing stiffs to count or as Barbara would say – some “wiggle room” (see more on “wiggle room” below). Do not assume someone else who may also have selected the same stiff will send in the five obits. Find them yourself and post them or email them to me. If one participant does post five approved obits, it will count towards any other participants who selected the dearly departed stiff. But don’t assume someone else will post the five obits.

Determination of Rules and Eligibility
I will have final say on all rules and all decisions as to the eligibility of a stiff. There is no “rules committee” or “coroners committee”. My decision is final.

Wiggle Room and Game Philosophy
Just so I am clear up front, my philosophy is this – “when in doubt, the stiff will count”. And I will be as consistent with this philosophy (and fair) as possible. If there is any doubt about eligibility, I will err on the side of approval. To me, the whole fun of a Death Pool game is to correctly pick stiffs. If a stiff receives four solid obits and the fifth is a bit questionable, I’ll approve it. In other words, I will endeavor to have some “wiggle room” in my determinations. As for my philosophy about disputes and arguments, I believe this – we are playing a game betting on the deaths of fellow human beings. Let’s keep some perspective, and keep it civil. Voltaire once said – “to the living we owe respect, to the dead we owe only the truth”. I would only add to that – “to those playing in death pools, chill out.”

All Other Existing Game Rules Apply

Start & End Date
Submitting Entries
Points Eligibility
Reporting Deaths
Timings and Tribulations
Prize Money
Contact and Forums

Start & End Date

The NewlyDead Game 2013 begins 12:00 a.m. (EST) 1 January 2013.

The game ends 11:59 p.m. (EST) 31 December 2013.

Submitting Entries

Each entrant (Team Captain) must submit a team, consisting of it's name (preferably something death related) and thirty (30) contestants. Entrants may create as many teams as they wish, paying the entry fee for each team.

Entries and payment must be submitted or postmarked by 11:59 p.m. (EST) 31 December 2012.

Once you have submitted your entry, it becomes official.

Each entry costs US $25.00.

More detailed information on the entry procedure can be found here.



Roster - is your primary list of famous people you think will die during 2013. It can contain no more than thirty (30) names.

Entrants are responsible for the accuracy of their own Roster.

The Administrator may find these types of errors while collecting entries or setting up for the new year. Perhaps even other players may point out the “already dead”s after the rosters are posted, however there are no guarantees! Again, each Team Captain is responsible for their own roster!

Points Eligibility

I am trying very hard not to implement detailed, specific criteria for all categories of celebrity, like some other dead pools I've seen. And I certainly do not want to turn into a “name recognition only” game, there is another dead pool out there for this!, and so we will try the following,.....

In order to be awarded points for your corpse:

Even when a corpse satisfies the above criteria, no points will be awarded for:
A pick will be determined to be eligible or ineligible only at the time of their confirmed death.

Advisory opinions on whether or not a person is eligible will not be given.

All eligibility decisions will be made by the administrator only and will be final.

You have to do the work to determine if your stiff gets a wiki entry and at least five obits that count. I won't do research for you. If you think you have at least five worthy obits from media sources, and the proper wiki standing, send the info to me and I'll make the final decision. Don't send me the name, wiki entry, and two obits and expect me to find three more. I won't. Please try to wait until you have five worthy obits and the wiki sources before submitting. For some marginal stiffs, this might take a few weeks. If you don't find five good obits, don't send me four iffy ones and one good one and "hope" it will count. It is up to the team managers to use their best judgement. For example - I chose Lina Haag for my team "114 is the New 80!" this year. She was a Nazi fighter. She died. The only obits I could find were in german papers, and there were few of them. I didn't even submit her name as a possible stiff for that team. I just wrote her off. Having said that, again, if you find four solid obits for your stiff, and they have wiki standing, and the fifth obit may be marginal, then submit the stiff and I'll decide. Remember our motto - "if in doubt, the stiff counts".


Final eligibility decisions will be made by the Administrator.

Reporting Deaths

When someone from either roster dies, please contact TheNewlyDeadGame@comcast.net immediately to inform me of the following:

Responsibility for reporting deaths is on the entrant. If multiple entrants have picked a name, only one has to report the death for all to get credit. The NewlyDead Game is not responsible for crediting deaths not brought to our attention. However, the administrator will, in fairness, monitor major sources for possible deaths on a regular basis.

Deaths can be reported any time before 15 January 2013. On 15 January 2013, the results will be declared final. The 15 January 2013 date is for reporting only - rigor mortis must have set in before 12:00 a.m. (EST) 1 January 2013 to score points. This allows for the fact that obituaries are often delayed several days.


Points will be awarded for each death according to the following:

Special Awards:

So, the maximum number of points that can be awarded for a single death is 50, for a solo hit by a suicide/homicide under 45 years of age who is either the first or last stiff of the year and also the youngest (20 points for a solo hit; 12 points for being under 45; 10 points for the suicide/homicide; 4 points for being the first/last, and 4 points for being the youngest.)

Timings and Tribulations

One year (under the old version of the game) started off with a debate, when a certain death caused players to become confused about the actual timing of events! Therefore, based on the actual outcome of the resulting discussions, I initiate into our guidelines, the Helen Suzman provision:

The actual starting time of the game causes some gray area due to the various time zones.

For the purposes of submitting rosters, our game officially begins at the stroke of midnight in Continental USA, and that is 1 January, 12:00 AM EST. You should make the appropriate time adjustment, based on the time zone you're entering from, so that your roster(s) will be submitted before the start of the game.

For the purposes of recording a death, the local date/time zone in which a person dies will be the basis for the official time of death (TOD).

Since the dawn of the dead pool games, most people will wait until mid or later in the day on 31 December to submit their entries. Therefore, if somebody on your team dies on January 1 of the new game year in Kiritimati, Christmas Island, Kiribati, you will only receive the points if after converting the time over to our EST zone it is determined that they were alive at your official entry time.


Updates will be posted on the Rosters page of this website as required (at least twice every month). Entrants will be notified via the forum(s) when updates are posted.

Prize Money

After deducting the administrative costs of running the game, the remaining money will go into the kitty to be split among the winners. Anticipated administrative costs are $200. The costs incurred are for domain registration ($25), web hosting fees ($75), bank fees ($50) and miscellaneous expenses ($50).

The money in the kitty will be split as follows:

In case of ties, entrants will split the cash at that prize level and the next level(s) down. For example, if two (2) players are tied for 2nd place, they will split the 27.5% (13.75% each) that constitutes the second and third place money.

Anyone who causes or contributes to the death of a celebrity on their list, is not eligible for prize money. So, no taking matters into your own hands! And if you must stalk somebody, choose a celebrity who is not on your list.

Prize percentages & tiers may be adjusted based on the number of rosters entered each year.

Privacy Policy

This website uses no cookies, nor any other methods for identifying or tracking individuals who visit the site. General statistics may be kept on the number of visitors to the site, the domains they come from, and referring sites.

Entrants to the contest must supply the following personal information:

This information is used for game purposes only (I can't mail you your winnings if I don't have your address). It is not displayed on the website and will not be made available to third parties for any reason.

Occasionally, I will send contest updates and current standings to entrants and others on the forum. These updates will occur approximately twice a month (the exact frequency varies with the rate at which celebrities kick off.

Contact and Forums

Please email any comments or questions regarding the game to the administrator of our new game, Pat, at:

Our game’s website is TheNewlyDeadGame.com.

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