The First Rule of Deathpools: Your pick must be alive at the time of picking. If their obit comes very soon after pickage, you must PROVE they were alive at the time of picking. This may seem nit-picky, but it's a picky pickle we have to live with. (Known as The Otto Graham Provision).
The Nos-Nos (updated 1/22/2017):
No Death Row hits, unless they die from some other means than a scheduled execution (i.e., Dahmer'd with a broom handle).
No Fame By Association! If Bob Hope's cousin Eldred's only "claim-to-fame" is that he's, um, Bob's cousin well then he ain't famous. (Helpful hint: Do not pick Eldred Hope, he probably doesn't exist).
Oh and none of this "World's Oldest Person" crapola! People have to be famous because of what they DO, not because they eat right, don't smoke and live to be a gazillion years old. Big whoop, even I could do that. *COUGH*
No kids! We discourage the picking of children (under 18, for those so inclined to ask); as E-Brake has been quoted as saying in a major publication, "That's just kinda mean". So please don't bother.
And it should go without saying but...No animals! I'm glaring intently at YOU, Cheetah!
AS OF 2005/Round 36: No War Hostages! They are victims, NOT "celebrities", and are only in the news because they might get de-noggined. Also, no war casualties who weren't already a celebrity before. Joe Soldier - no; Osama bin Laden, yes (aaaand done). If you have any questions about anything, just send us an email.
All Hits require a QUALIFYING OBIT; a list of accepted sources can be found the Rules page.
If your pick pulls a Staley and lays low for a couple weeks, but meanwhile someone else snags an Official Hit, tough noogies - someone shoulda noticed the mail was piling up sooner. Same goes while waiting for a qualifying obit and another hit with one comes along first. Bummer Days man.
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