RPS-15

Here is another Spirographically supra-dimensional web of hand gestures. And this time out, I skipped RPS-13 and went straight for FIFTEEN gestures.

SO by now you may notice the puzzle layout isn't changing; I'm just inserting new symbols into the already established one (allowing the existing RPS-7, 9, and 11 games to still work within RPS-15). This is because I absolutely refuse to rethink a whole new system, one which currently could contain a Trump-humping number of 1,307,674,368,000 866,829,600 permutations (almost a billion), not including rotated and reflected (but otherwise identical) layouts.

So what's new this time out? For the grid, I colored the arrows more painstakingly than in the other variants, in order to more easily trace a superior gesture. And for new gestures we've got LIGHTNING, a SNAKE, a DRAGON, and ...a TREE?!

As usual, I had to sacrifice logic a few times when faced with certain odd relationships during the design phase, such as TREE-(???)-DEVIL. How the heck can a TREE beat a DEVIL? And how would *anything* beat a DRAGON, for that matter? Read on...here's how you say all 105 outcomes of RPS-15:

ROCK POUNDS OUT FIRE, CRUSHES SCISSORS, SNAKE, HUMAN, WOLF, SPONGE, BLOCKS (GROWTH OF) TREE.

FIRE MELTS SCISSORS, BURNS PAPER, SNAKE, HUMAN, TREE, WOLF & SPONGE.

SCISSORS SWISH THROUGH AIR, CARVE TREE, CUT PAPER, SNAKE, HUMAN, WOLF & SPONGE.

SNAKE BITES HUMAN & WOLF, SWALLOWS SPONGE, NESTS IN TREE & PAPER, BREATHES AIR, DRINKS WATER.

HUMAN PLANTS TREE, TAMES WOLF, CLEANS WITH SPONGE, WRITES PAPER, BREATHES AIR, DRINKS WATER, SLAYS DRAGON.

TREE SHELTERS WOLF & DRAGON, OUTLIVES SPONGE, BECOMES PAPER, PRODUCES AIR, DRINKS WATER, IMPRISONS DEVIL.

WOLF CHEWS UP SPONGE, & PAPER, BREATHES AIR, DRINKS WATER, OUTRUNS DRAGON & LIGHTNING, BITES DEVIL's HEINY.

SPONGE SOAKS PAPER, USES AIR POCKETS, ABSORBS WATER, CLEANSES DEVIL & DRAGON, CLEANS GUN, CONDUCTS LIGHTNING.

PAPER FANS AIR, COVERS ROCK, FLOATS ON WATER, REBUKES DEVIL & DRAGON, OUTLAWS GUN, DEFINES LIGHTNING.

AIR BLOWS OUT FIRE, ERODES ROCK, EVAPORATES WATER, CHOKES DEVIL, TARNISHES GUN, FREEZES DRAGON, CREATES LIGHTNING.

WATER DROWNS DEVIL & DRAGON, ERODES ROCK, PUTS OUT FIRE, RUSTS SCISSORS & GUN, CONDUCTS LIGHTNING.

DRAGON COMMANDS DEVIL, BREATHES LIGHTNING & FIRE, RESTS ON ROCK, IMMUNE TO SCISSORS & GUN, SPAWNS SNAKE.

DEVIL HURLS ROCK, BREATHS FIRE, IMMUNE TO SCISSORS & GUN, CASTS LIGHTNING, EATS SNAKES, POSSESSES HUMAN.

LIGHTNING MELTS GUN & SCISSORS, SPLITS ROCK & TREE, STARTS FIRE, STRIKES SNAKE & HUMAN.

GUN TARGETS ROCK & TREE, FIRES, OUTCLASSES SCISSORS, SHOOTS SNAKE, HUMAN & WOLF.

Each gesture beats out seven others, and is beaten by the remaining seven.

...AND FINALLY, THE REAL MADNESS.


Copyright � 2005 David C. Lovelace