As requested by Sir Creep (who I assume is planning to join some of them in 2016), a brief "rules resume" of the various Deadpools played by forum members. Any gaps which can be filled in by other forum members would be gratefully appreciated. The Kentucky if it still runs, for example.
DDP - 20 names (plus 3 subs in case any die before 1st January), no changes throughout the year, picks need to have a mention as having died on one of about 20 obit sources. From loose memory, the American stars who don't get obits here tend to struggle to get them in the US too, but that's not a fast rule.
Deathrace - 20 names, if a pick dies on January 1st its 365 points, January 2nd 364 etc etc. First team to 2016 next year wins. MPFC runs it, and likes a swift fast winner, so will accept nearly any obit known to man, even a mention in passing in the horoscope section of an US newspaper. As reigning champion (somehow), I picked up points from the translation of a French parish newsletter. No changes as the game is expected to end ASAP.
Hares Pool - Deathray's game (in which you pick 25 celebs), much like the Deathrace but reverse. So you want to pick lingerers who might snuff it in December 2016.
Death by Years - Shauns game, you play this.
Hartlepool Deadlypool - Haven't a bloody clue. I just pick ten famous names each year and hope for the best!
Inverse Deadpool - Formerly run by Spade, it starts in mid-January when the Deathlist 50 and the Drop 40 (most popular picks on 2016's Derby Dead Pool) are known. You pick the 25 people on each you think will definitely not die, and were stupid picks. Then if they die, you lose points. The person with 0, or the closes to a positive score, wins.
That's the main ones (the DDP and the forum games) I play anyhow.
Toast also mentions the Rotten Dead Pool, which I thought was run by Rotten Ali!
OK, I'll repeat that info here, although I think this is worth a separate pinned thread for ease of reference.
There's also the Rotten Dead Pool, in which you pick ten people from those listed on their website. It's US based, which can make it frustrating for us Europeans as it often omits prominent European personalities. They claim to be open to suggestions, but I've never had any luck with that.
You can start your dead pool game any time as a new game starts every month, and it runs for a year.
You can also make changes to your team any time during the first month of play.