Spreadcoin is far from dead and we're not grieving. Spreadcoin's future is pretty simple. The dev claims he is creating an improved masternode system that will not require reference nodes and will not fork if enforcement is off. If he does that, we're golden. If he doesn't, then the coin will likely be DOA. In my opinion, the whole no pools aspect doesn't matter. The market determined that the value of no pools was around $150,000 in marketcap which is not interesting to me.
If Spreadcoin ends up with a superior masternode implementation to Darkcoin, things get interesting. If not, it'll join the growing altcoin graveyard. Regardless, I own plenty of DRK and SPR though so it doesn't really matter to me who gets it right first.