A character died over... which chair the player used in real life? I'm not getting this, like, at all. Doesn't seem to have much in common with roleplaying games I know, though.
Just popped in to say that as far as I could tell the previous DM was a control freak or at least had issues. The chair thing was not related to anything ingame, except him using his DM 'powers' to punish someone for out of game reasons.
If the players are as inexperienced as you make them out I agree with the simple stringent background. If people need to learn, remove as much confusing factors as possible and include as much fun for them as possible. Good luck!