Carnival of Death

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The Carnival of Death is a yearly celebration of T.A.Death, a game mode in TAP, held on the week of March 25th. Players have a week to submit scores from the mode, from the original game or fan made games to a leaderboard. At the end of the week, all the scores are tallied up into a DEATH TOLL.


So in Japan, when TAP was the latest TGM instalment, players would meet up for a "celebration of death mode". These gatherings, wholly unofficial, were simply a way assemble enough players together to have a vs death mode tournament, to share strategies, or even to just simply observe famous players in action. Awesomely enough, when machine translated, "celebration of death mode" turned into carnival of death. Hardcore. Twisted Evil I'm looking to try and organize a carnival of death on the March 25th, or 3/25 by the American calendar. The so called "torikan date".


As of 2021, the Carnival of Death is now hosted on

Past Carnivals of Death
Year # Players Death Toll
2008 17 7,906
2009 46 19,365
2010 41 20,596
2011 41 22,082
2012 25 14,963
2013 22 13,583
2014 34 20,797
2015 53 27,201
2016 63 30,520
2017 89 42,045
2018 58 30,477
2019 46 22,304
2020 59 33,390
2021 118 52,447
2022 83 41,258
2023 98 46,967
2024 101 49,503

Side shows

Carnival of Derp

The Carnival of Derp is a side event, originally organized by TPM2209, that takes place at the same time as the Carnival of Death. First held in 2016, the aim of Carnival of Derp is to play T.A. Death mode using a ruleset different from normal (e.g. Ti-ARS, SRS). Since its inception, the Carnival of Derp has turned into a demo scene of rule exploitations, looking for ever more creative ways to bend the rules of a rotation system to get an optimal score in a game mode that's still technically T.A. Death.

Because players can play multiple rulesets and submit one score per ruleset, the Carnival of Derp has two tolls: a Derp Toll, which counts all scores from all players and all rulesets, and a Herp Toll, which only counts the best score from each player.

From 2021 onward, the Carnival of Derp is hosted on the Cambridge Discord server.

Past Carnivals of Derp
Year Herp Toll Derp Toll
2016 1,998 1,998
2017 3,131 5,072
2018 6,562 12,460
2019 6,583 12,213
2020 1,998 5,976
2021 10,168 28,192
2022 13,335 96,511
2023 16,663 169,110
2024 14,972 248,727

Carnival of Darkness

The Carnival of Darkness is another event held on May 23, to encourage the playing of Phantom Mania, a version of Death where the pieces turn invisible once they lock.

As of the 2023 Carnival, there are four leaderboards for players to try getting their best score on.

  • The Classic leaderboard tracks plays of Phantom Mania using the Classic ARS ruleset (Classic2 in Nullpomino).
  • The Terror leaderboard tracks plays of Phantom Mania 2 using the Ti-ARS ruleset (Classic3 in Nullpomino).
  • The Super leaderboard tracks plays of Phabtom Mania 2 using the Ti-World ruleset (Standard-Hard in Nullpomino).
  • Finally, there is an Open leaderboard which allows players to use any ruleset included with Cambridge to play either Phantom Mania or Phantom Mania 2.

The scores from all four leaderboards are added up to create a Dark Toll for the entire Carnival.

Past Carnivals of Darkness
Year Classic Terror Super Open Dark Toll
2019 806 577 1,433 2,816
2021 1,762 310 1,174 3,246
2022 2,059 1,762 4,010 7,831 [a]
2023 2,512 1,644 3,840 5,441 13,437
2024 1,551 1,163 3,695 4,443 10,852

Carnival of Doom

The Carnival of Doom is an event held to celebrate the Shirase mode of TGM3 (known as Devil-Doom in Heboris, hence the name). It starts on February 28 (2/28, which is the "torikan date" of Shirase mode) and goes on for a week afterward.

Both Classic and World rules are allowed for this event, and are tracked on the same scoreboard. Only the best score for each player regardless of ruleset is counted, and all players' best scores are totalled up to make a Doom Toll.

Past Carnivals of Doom
Year # Players Doom Toll
2021 31 23,089 [b]
2022 17 12,579


  1. The carnival was held on October 24 that year, because the May 23 start date was missed.
  2. The carnival was held on May 13 (5/13 looks like S13) that year, due to concerns that February 28 was too close to March 25.