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Old 03-12-2018, 01:32 AM
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Default Rock-Paper-Scissors: March Madness 2018

Here on the AO, March Madness refers to the annual Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament, and I'd like to welcome everyone to the 2018 version, the fifteenth such event here.

Yes, that's right! You may have thought we were done with this (or maybe you didn't even think about it at all )... but that's not the case - we're up to 15 years now, so why would we stop? We're just getting started a little later this year, just like the late-rising teenager that we are.

Thank you all for your great participation in the past!

(For those of you unfamiliar with this Tournament, here's the link to last year's game, the 2016 game, the 2015 game, the 2014 game, the 2013 game, the 2012 game, the 2011 game, the 2010 game, the 2009 game, the 2008 game, the 2007 game, the 2006 game, the 2005 game and the 2004 game. Whew!)

Once again we'll take up to the first 64 players in this tourney. The only prize you'll get this year is the honor and glory of being an RPS champion (but frankly, do you really need anything else?).

The method of seeding this year is yet to be determined (it'll depend on how much time I have to put this together.. and keep in mind how late we're getting started). The method of determining the #1 seeds will remain the same (defending Regional champions are always a #1 seed), and the rest will be determined in some other manner. However, at some point the tie-breaker will be based on the order of entering the game - the earlier you say you're in, the higher your seed (and thus the better chance of getting an opening round bye).

All you need to do is post to this thread that you are interested, and you're in the game! To be guaranteed a spot in the tournament, you must be one of the first 64 people to post in this thread by Sat, Mar 24th, 9 pm CT.

As is the case each year, the 4 #1 seeds are reserved for last year's Final Four contestants - they have until the evening of Fri, Mar 23rd, to claim their #1 seed. Those four would be: Doctor Who (last year's champ), MayanActuary (runner-up), CindyLou Who, and Whiskey. In the event that they go unclaimed, they will be filled by the first entrant(s), as needed.

Other than that, everything will be the same as in the past:

Brackets will be announced no later than Monday, March 26th, at 10 a.m. CT, thus allowing for the first matches to occur that day. I'd like to get this rolling as quickly as possible, so again, please sign up ASAP.

The number of games in the matches will increase in the later rounds, so you can show off your true skill:

Round of 64: Best of 5 games
Round of 32: Best of 5 games
Sweet Sixteen: Best of 7 games
Elite Eight: Best of 7 games
Semi-finals: Best of 9 games
Finals: Best of 9 games

Be warned you'd better come ready to play, or a slow start could lead to an early exit!

You must PM me at least one set of throws a day, unless your opponent is unknown. No throws for 2 consecutive business days will be deemed a forfeit of the tournament.

Once again, to say that you are in the tournament, simply post to this thread.


Details on the games themselves will be the same as in prior years:

The format is simple: This will be a simple "winner advances" bracket. You must win the series in each round to advance.

What will happen is for each game the two players will PM me their first 5 throws. I will resolve them, in order, and post the results of the game to the thread. (In the event of a tie - the 5 throws match exactly - both players would email me their next 5 throws for that game).


PlayerA PMs me: Rock - Scissors - Paper - Paper - Rock
PlayerB PMs me: Rock - Scissors - Rock - Scissors - Paper

I will only post the results up until the winning throw, so in this case I will post something to the effect of:

PlayerA defeats PlayerB in Game 1, PlayerA leads (1-0)
R-S-P PlayerA
R-S-R PlayerB
PlayerA and PlayerB then PM me with their throws for the 2nd game of the match.

Note in the example above it doesn't matter that PlayerB would've won more throws head-to-head; it's the first non-tie that determines the outcome.


For those of you who still can't quite see how this works, you can look at any of the prior game threads (see links above) to see how the game evolves.

It is my intention to update the game at least 3 times a day (late night or early morning, midday, and early evening), as long as there's something to report. I will do my best to keep up with the PMs - each year is a little harried in the early rounds, but we manage to sort it all out, and a good time is had by all (although moreso by the winners, I suppose).

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Old 03-12-2018, 01:33 AM
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What's happened so far in this year's tournament? Look below for the latest standings!

From Post 552

Final Four

EzeklCumber defeats dgtatum in Game 6, EzeklCumber wins (5-1)
S EzeklCumber
P dgtatum

All matches are Best of 9

EzeklCumber 5 -- EzeklCumber 5 **2018 RPS Champion**
VorianAtrds 2

Gandalf     4
dgtatum     5 -- dgtatum     1

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Entrant List - 41 players signed up this year, but only 1 is still alive.

Through Post 551

Entrants Still Alive - our 2018 RPS Champion (* = #1 seed)
Ezekial Cumberland

Childish Gambino
A Student
ao fan
Super Silver Haze
Cynical Realist
Numerical Neuroticism
CindyLou Who*
Doctor Who*
The Silence
Vorian Atreides

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And for those who like a little history, here are the Final Four Results from the past fourteen years:

2004 BracketMaker view
Semis: foghorn over TomServo (5-2); LaraCroft over RedSoxFan (5-3)
Finals: foghorn over LaraCroft (5-1)

2005 BracketMaker view
Semis: J.T. over 4sigma (5-4), urysohn over Hagbard (5-3)
Finals: urysohn over J.T. (5-0) [Yes, it was a shutout!]

2006 BracketMaker view
Semis: Traina over Actuary321 (5-4), Jables over TomServo (5-4)
Finals: Jables over Traina (5-0) [Yes, it was a shutout - AGAIN!]

2007 BracketMaker view
Semis: IMP over SirVLCIV (5-1), MrPenguin over Werewolf (5-4)
Finals: MrPenguin over IMP (5-3)

2008 BracketMaker view
Semis: kiwi over Browncoat (5-3), udjw828 over DoctorNo (5-4)
Finals: udjw828 over kiwi (5-2)

2009 BracketMaker view
Semis: J.T. over Browncoat (5-4), Jables over kiwi (5-3)
Finals: J.T. over Jables (5-3)

2010 BracketMaker view
Semis: lipman over Feisty8888 (4-3), LaraCroft over soyleche (4-1)
Finals: LaraCroft over lipman (4-3)

2011 BracketMaker view
Semis: soyleche over 2pac Shakur (4-0), urysohn over 1695184 (4-2)
Finals: soyleche over urysohn (5-1)

2012 BracketMaker view
Semis: ADoubleDot over Ray Finkle (5-1), urysohn over Feisty8888 (5-4)
Finals: ADoubleDot over urysohn (5-4)

2013 BracketMaker view
Semis: Browncoat over rekrap (5-3), thing over urysohn (5-4)
Finals: thing over Browncoat (5-1)

2014 BracketMaker view
Semis: Numerical Neuroticism over thing (5-3), Pintsize over actuary_aspire (5-3)
Finals: Numerical Neuroticism over Pintsize (5-2)

2015 BracketMaker view
Semis: RedLaces over actuary_aspire (5-4), campbell over Gandalf (5-2)
Finals: campbell over RedLaces (5-3)

2016 (BracketMaker view not available at this time)
Semis: Ezekial Cumberland over MayanActuary (5-2), rekrap over soyleche (5-1)
Finals: rekrap over Ezekial Cumberland (5-4)

2017 (BracketMaker view not available at this time)
Semis: MayanActuary over Whiskey (5-2), Doctor Who over CindyLou Who (5-3)
Finals: Doctor Who over MayanActuary (5-3)

2018 (BracketMaker view not available at this time)
Semis: Ezekial Cumberland over Vorian Atreides (5-2), dgtatum over Gandalf (5-4)
Finals: Ezekial Cumberland over dgtatum (5-1)

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Summary of Regional Results

Doctor Who Regional - won by Ezekial Cumberland

Doctor Who    ---- Doctor Who  2

rekrap      3 ---- rekrap      3 ---- rekrap      4 ---- rekrap     3
LICENS2ILL  0                         (Best of 7)

sam10gle      ---- sam10gle    3 ---- sam10gle    2

ao fan        ---- ao fan      1
------------------------------------------------------   (Best of 7)
NmrclNeurot   ---- NmrclNeurot 2

EzeklCumber 3 ---- EzeklCumber 3 ---- EzeklCumber 4 ---- EzeklCumber 4 - WINNER!!
MuggleActry 2
                                      (Best of 7)
JFG         3 ---- JFG         3 ---- JFG         2
ChildshGamb 1

BingBoing     ---- BingBoing   0
Whiskey Regional - won by Vorian Atreides

Whiskey       ---- Whiskey     2

StudusLlama 2
Klaymen     3 ---- Klaymen     3 ---- Klaymen     2

Meshuga       ---- Meshuga     X      (Best of 7)

VorianAtrds   ---- VorianAtrds 0 ---- VorianAtrds 4 ---- VorianAtrds 4 - WINNER!!
------------------------------------------------------   (Best of 7)
A Student     ---- A Student   0

ImPrettyDum   ---- ImPrettyDum 3 ---- ImPrettyDum 4 ---- ImPrettyDum 3

JacksWstdLf 2                         (Best of 7)
CynicalRlst 3 ---- CynicalRlst 2

soyleche      ---- soyleche    3 ---- soyleche    3
MayanActuary Regional - won by Gandalf

MayanActry    ---- MayanActry  3 ---- MayanActry  1

Feisty8888  1
T-roy       3 ---- T-roy*      2
                                      (Best of 7)
Werewolf      ---- Werewolf    0

Gandalf       ---- Gandalf     3 ---- Gandalf     4 ---- Gandalf     4 -- WINNER!!
------------------------------------------------------   (Best of 7)
Marcie        ---- Marcie      2

TakeNine      ---- TakeNine    3 ---- TakeNine    4 ---- TakeNine    3

SSHaze      1
malkusm     3 ---- malkusm     1

actryaspire   ---- actryaspire 3 ---- actryaspire 1
CindyLou Who Regional - won by dgtatum

CindyLouWho   ---- CindyLouWho 1

RayFinkle   2
LifeIsAPP   3 ---- LifeIsAPP   3 ---- LifeIsAPP   1
                                      (Best of 7)
J.T.          ---- J.T.        3 ---- J.T.        4 ---- J.T.        3

Linus         ---- Linus       1
------------------------------------------------------ (Best of 7)
1695814       ---- 1695814     1

TheSilence    ---- TheSilence  3 ---- TheSilence  3
                                      (Best of 7)
GoHuskies   1
dgtatum     3 ---- dgtatum     3 ---- dgtatum     4 ---- dgtatum     4 - Winner!!

redeardsldr   ---- redeardsldr 1

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Originally Posted by Abraham Weishaus View Post
ASM does not have a discussion of stimulation, but considering how boring the manual is, maybe it would be a good idea.
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Whiskey "on tap" - 12/31/15

Pappy Van Winkle-Family Reserve 15yr & lot "B" 12yr
Baker's 7yr
Knob Creek - 9yr
Basil Hayden
Maker's Mark - 46 & Cask Strength
Woodford Reserve
Jack Daniel's-Gentleman Jack, Single Barrel & Old #7
Four Roses Small Batch
Noah's Mill
Kirkland Bourbon - 7yr

Angle Envy's - Finished Rye
Ravenswood Rye
High West - Double Rye
Whistle Pig - 10 yr
Old Overholt

Glenfiddich - The Distiller's Edition
Tomatin 12yr
The Dimple Pinch - 15 yr
Dewar's White Label


Middleton Very Rare
Redbreast 12yr
Bushmill - Single Malt 16 yr
Jameson - Caskmates Stout and Regular
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