Rock-Paper-Scissors, and way, way more

Apparently, someone named David C. Lovelace has been afoot (and even more ahand) at producing new and evermore complex variations of more mature versions of the apparently global game of Rock Paper Scissors. [Wikipedia notes the following additional names:
"Janken (Japan), Jiandao Shítou Bu (China), Rochambeau, Paper Scissors Stone (UK), Steen, Papier, Schaar (Netherlands), Scissors, Paper, Rock (Australia), Paper Scissors Rock (NZ), Ching Chong Cha (South Africa), Chi Ku Ba (Tamil - India), Even Niyar Umisparayim (Israel), Schnick, Schnack, Schnuck (Germany), Schere, Stein, Papier (Swiss German), Morra Cinese (Italy), Piedra, Papel o Tijeras (Latin America)...Pedra, Papel, Tesoura (Portugal), Chin chan pu (Mexico), Ca Chi Pun (Chile), Bao Sing Soum (Cambodia)... Pierre, Papier/Feuille, Ciseaux or chifoumi (French), Roche, Papier, Ciseaux (Quebec), Petra, Psalidi, Charti (Greece) and Kgauwi-bauwi-bo (Korea), Kivi, Paperi, Sakset (Finnish), Pao, Ying, Choop (Thai), Jack en Poy (Philippines)... "].
Lovelace has created RPS-7, a version of Rock Paper Scissors with 7 different symbols, RPS-9, etc., etc., until, in what we hope is the culminating Rock Paper Scissors variant, RPS 101, which is, as you might guess, Rock Paper Scissors as played with 101 different symbols.

In the meantime, noted Rejuvenile Christopher Noxon notes notably that the World RPS Society has taken Rock Paper Scissors to the business world, as can be seen in this video from a "500 person RPS Networking Event at the Word of Mouth Marketing Association Summit in Washington DC."

We do not know what would happen if these two great forces in Rock Paper Scissors innovations combined, and we probably don't want to know what would happen if they in turned combined with structured mayhem of Rock Paper Scissors Tag, but we do know a good game when we see one. Rock Paper Scissors, a children's game, profound enough to span the globe, to reach all the way from the playgrounds of the world to the heart of corporate culture.


from Bernie DeKoven, funsmith

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