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Rock Paper Scissors Spock Lizard

PostPosted by verdilak » Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:14 pm

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http://www.samkass.com/theories/RPSSL.html

I invented this game (with Karen Bryla) because it seems like when you know someone well enough, 75-80% of any Rock-Paper-Scissors games you play with that person end up in a tie. Well, here is a slight variation that reduces that probability. (Note that for those of you who like to swing your fist back and forth and say, "Rock, Paper, Scissors, GO!", might want to continue to do that, replacing "Rock" with "One," "Paper" with "Two," and "Scissors" with "Three.") This version is also nice because it satisfies the Law of Fives.


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Re: Rock Paper Scissors Spock Lizard

PostPosted by verdilak » Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:17 pm

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Each of the new gestures needs to relate to an existing gesture such that it defeats 3 and 3 defeat it and that the pattern is symmetrical, as can be seen in the attached diagram. First, define the rules:

* Rock trips Zombie.
* Scissors stabs Zombie.
* Zombie shreds Paper.
* Zombie swallows Lizard.
* Zombie brains Spock.
* LHC cures Zombie.
* LHC nukes Rock.
* LHC magnetizes Scissors.
* Lizard evades LHC.
* Spock deactivates LHC.
* Paper reprograms LHC.

So, tracing our Pascal Path through all the actions:

* Scisors cuts Paper …
* … which covers Rock …
* … which crushes Lizard …
* … which evades LHC …
* … which cures Zombie …
* … who brains Spock …
* … who bends Scissors …
* … which decapitates Lizard …
* … which poisons Spock …
* … who vaporizes Rock …
* … which trips Zombie …
* … who shreds Paper …
* … which reprograms LHC …
* … which magnetizes Scissors …
* … which stabs Zombie …
* … who swallows Lizard …
* … which eats Paper …
* … which disproves Spock …
* … who deactivates LHC …
* … which nukes Rock …
* … which blunts Scissors.

Mnemonics
The Brain Rule

* Zombie eats Brains
* Brains overcome Large Hadron Collider
* Brains are found in Spock, Lizard and written on Paper.

The Tool Rule

* Spock breaks Tools
* Tools defeat Zombie
* Rock, Scissors and Large Hadron Collider can be used as Tools.

The Stupid Rule

* Large Hadron Collider zaps Stupid things
* Stupid things kill Lizard
* Zombie, Rock and Scissors are all Stupid.

* The Rock is a closed fist.
* The Paper is a flat hand, fingers together.
* The Scissors is a fist with the index and middle fingers extended (as in a cutting motion).
* The Lizard is a C-shape, with the thumb on the bottom and the fingers curved above (as in a lizard's mouth).
* The Spock is a ש (shin) or Live Long and Prosper or a Sontaran, as in fingers extended, with thumb separated from the index and middle fingers and those two fingers separated from the ring and pinkie fingers.
* The Zombie is a limp-wristed gesture, with all fingers opened.
* The Large Hadron Collider, LHC, or just Collider, is a fist with the thumb and index finger extended, index pointing outward. This gesture superficially resembles a gun, since it is a gesture of the hadron particles gun which releases the accelerated particles into an increasingly rapid variable magnetic field.
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"I'm imagining Kiera Knightly, Katherine Zeta-Jones, Angelina and Meg Fox sitting around your map wearing bandanas vigorously shaking fists full of d20s." - Aval Penworth, in regards to a map I made
"We're talking about the GM that made us fight giant Fruit, Verd is totally unpredictable." - Nikurasu (one of my players)
Everyone is an atheist about some gods, we just went one god further. - Richard Dawkins
Ism's in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, "I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me."--Ferris Bueller, 1986
To the human body, a spoonful of flour and a spoonful of sugar are identical.
"Seeing, contrary to popular wisdom, isn't believing. It is where belief stops, because it isn't needed any more." - Terry Pratchett, Pyramids
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Re: Rock Paper Scissors Spock Lizard

PostPosted by verdilak » Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:20 pm

Replacing LHC with a Gun

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* Gun cracks Rock.
* Paper jams Gun.
* Gun splits Scissors.
* Lizard evades Gun.
* Gun shoots Zombie.
* Spock disarms Gun.

Alternate Actions

Some of the alternate verbs I considered for the game are as follows:

* Paper muffles Rock.
* Paper softens Rock.
* Rock scratches Scissors.
* Rock crushes Scissors.
* Spock smashes Scissors.
* Spock disassembles Scissors.
* Spock breaks Scissors.
* Paper refutes Spock.
* Rock bludgeons Zombie.
* Scissors impales Zombie.
* Zombie reads Paper.
* Zombie wears Paper.
* Zombie dons Paper.
* Zombie tears Paper.
* Zombie rips Paper.
* Zombie licks Lizard.
* Zombie infects Spock.
* Zombie extracts Spock's Brain (and takes it to Sigma Draconis VI).
* LHC transforms Rock.
* Paper reconfigures LHC.
* LHC supersedes Scissors.
* LHC mutates Zombie.
* LHC atomizes anything.
* LHC burns anything.
* LHC combusts anything.
* LHC melts anything.
* LHC zaps anything.
* Lizard crawls under LHC.
* Lizard hides from Gun.
* Gun splits Rock.
* Gun disintegrates Rock.
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"I'm imagining Kiera Knightly, Katherine Zeta-Jones, Angelina and Meg Fox sitting around your map wearing bandanas vigorously shaking fists full of d20s." - Aval Penworth, in regards to a map I made
"We're talking about the GM that made us fight giant Fruit, Verd is totally unpredictable." - Nikurasu (one of my players)
Everyone is an atheist about some gods, we just went one god further. - Richard Dawkins
Ism's in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, "I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me."--Ferris Bueller, 1986
To the human body, a spoonful of flour and a spoonful of sugar are identical.
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