RPS-101: The Basic Game
Before we dive into the variations, let’s go over the basic rules of RPS. There are three hand gestures: rock (a closed fist), paper (an open hand), and scissors (a fist with the index and middle finger extended). Each gesture beats one and loses to the other. Rock beats scissors, scissors beat paper, and paper beats rock. Players make their choice at the same time, and if they choose the same gesture, it’s a tie, and they play again. The first player to win two out of three rounds wins the game.
Now that we’ve reviewed the basics let’s take a look at some fun variations of RPS.
The first variation we’ll discuss is RPS-Lizard-Spock, which was popularized by the TV show “The Big Bang Theory.” In this version, there are two additional hand gestures, represented by a lizard and Spock. The lizard gesture is made by extending the thumb and pinky finger, while keeping the other fingers curled into the palm of the hand. The Spock gesture is made by extending the index and middle finger, while keeping the other fingers curled. Here’s how the game works:
– Spock vaporizes rock (beats rock and scissors)
– Rock crushes lizard (beats lizard and scissors)
– Lizard poisons Spock (beats Spock and paper)
– Spock smashes scissors (beats scissors and paper)
– Scissors decapitate lizard (beats lizard and paper)
– Lizard eats paper (beats paper and Spock)
– Paper disproves Spock (beats Spock and rock)
– Rock crushes scissors (beats scissors and lizard)
RPS-Soccer is a fun version of the game that involves scoring goals. The game is played on a table or any flat surface that can serve as a makeshift soccer field. To score a goal, players make the rock, paper, scissors gesture simultaneously. The winner of the round scores a goal by flicking a small object, like a bottle cap or coin, across the table and past the opponent’s “goalkeeper.” The winner is the player with the most goals after a predetermined number of rounds.
RPS-Handshakes is a version of the game that combines RPS with handshakes. Players start by shaking hands, and then they make their choice of gesture. If they tie, they continue to shake hands until there is a winner. The winner gets to choose a new handshake, and the game continues with the same rules as the basic game until a player reaches a predetermined number of wins.
RPS-Tournaments are a popular way to play RPS competitively. They can be organized in a variety of ways, but most commonly, players are divided into brackets based on their performance in the early rounds. Each match is played best-of-three, and the winner advances to the next round until a champion is crowned.
As you can see, RPS is far from a one-dimensional game. The variations we covered are just a few examples of the many ways to keep the game fresh and exciting. Whether you’re looking for a casual game to pass the time or a competitive tournament, RPS has something for everyone. So the next time you find yourself in a situation where you need a fun activity, don’t forget that the fun never ends with RPS!
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