How to Organize a Game of Thrones Death Pool
The season seven premiere of
Game of Thrones
is almost upon us. Before all the glorious killing begins this Sunday, why not make watching the show a bit more interesting?
We've suggested running a Game of Thrones fantasy draft in the past, but Scott Meslow at GQ suggests something a bit simpler: a death pool. The premise is simple: you and your friends make predictions as to which characters will die this season. It's a lot like an office baby pool, but there's a lot more bloo-actually, yeah, it's like a baby pool...
Here's how it works. Gather everyone who wants to play, then decide on the prize. You can set it up so everyone throws in some cash (with the pot going to the winner), or do something like the loser buys everyone dinner. The prize can even just be bragging rights. My recommendation is you make whoever's in last place learn High Valyrian , but it's your call.
Once you have all of your players, everyone picks a set number of characters (5 to 10 at most). You can take turns picking characters, draft-style, or let everyone pick whoever they want. Keep track of the deaths as the season goes on. Classic death pool rules suggest you play to a set number of deaths. So for example, if you're playing with five characters, say, the first person to earn three deaths is the winner. Meslow prefers to use a weighted system with his crew, however:
You pick five characters from the entire cast, and rank them from most to least likely to die by the end of the season-Jaime Lannister, Olenna Tyrell, that snotty little kid at the Vale-with points awarded as soon as a character gets killed off. If you put Jaime at the top of your list and he gets eaten by a dragon, you get five points. If you put him at the bottom of your list, you get one. And if you don't list him at all, you'd better hope none of your rivals did, either.
Meslow is also running a "life pool" this season since it's sure to be a bloodbath. I wouldn't be surprised if most of the characters we all know and loathe don't make it to the end. Best of all, your bookish friends can't cheat since the show has entered unwritten territory. Who knows what's going to happen?