Rules of the Game

Administrator's Game Philosophy
Start & End Date
Submitting Entries
Points Eligibility
Reporting Deaths
Timings and Tribulations
Prize Money
Contact and Forums

Administrator's Game Philosophy

Just so I am clear up front, my philosophy is this – “when in doubt, the stiff will count”.

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.”

Start & End Date

The NewlyDead Game 2014 begins 12:00 a.m. (EST) 1 January 2014.

The game ends 11:59 p.m. (EST) 31 December 2014.

Submitting Entries

Each entrant (Team Mortician) 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 2013.

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 - your list of thirty (30) famous people you think will die during 2014.

Each entrant (Team Mortician) is responsible for the accuracy of their own Roster(s).

There will be no recourse if a Roster is short one or more names, contains a duplicate name, or includes someone who is already dead. The Administrator may find these types of errors while collecting entries, setting up for the new year, or other players may point out the “already dead”s after the Rosters are posted. Or they could go unnoticed all year. No guarantees. So make sure your Roster is accurate and complete before you submit it! may no!!!

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: