October 16, 2003
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Avalanche, Bureaucrat, Crescendo. Dénouement, Fistfull o’ Dollars. Paper Dolls. Scissor Sandwich. Toolbox.

These are the "Great Eight" Gambits of Rock Paper Scissors, which is finally being taken about half as seriously as it should. To wit, the World Rock Paper Scissors Society has launched a website for the World RPS Championships.

The videos of the old matches aren't as compelling as they might be, but I admit that playing against the RPS simulator actually felt like some kind of exercise for an undocumented region of my brain.

Posted by kevin slavin at October 16, 2003 12:01 AM

And rock-paper-paper wins.

Posted by: r. on October 27, 2003 01:09 PM

I should have noted that this year's winning gambit, rock-paper-paper, is a/k/a "fistful o' dollars," which the World RPS Society calls "still one of the great surprise offensive moves." His opponent threw the avalanche--three rocks--a highly aggressive play that, in this case, went awry. That has to be a metaphor for something.

Of special interest but not noted in Kevin's original post: the World RPS Society's verdict on the existence of dynamite. They find no proof.

Posted by: r. on October 28, 2003 02:08 PM
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