RPS-9

1/3/05: Here's a variant using a whopping NINE gestures! Getting harder and harder to remember all your possible gesture choices now, ain't it! This is a game for the truly touched. The relationship matrix is starting to look downright Dreamcatcher-ish, and I'm starting to believe that I must truly be insane for making these games. They hurt my eyes to look at, but somehow they are comforting to draw out. What does that mean?

It was made pretty easily since most of the real legwork was done in RPS-7 for most of these relationships. I just tried to think of two near-opposite gestures, and came up with GUN and HUMAN. Why? Well, I really wanted a HUMAN gesture, so I arbitrarily divided the RPS-7 matrix in half, since all things good for humans were conveniently grouped to the right side (AIR, WATER, PAPER, and SPONGE), leaving scarier things (FIRE, ROCK, and SCISSORS) off to the left. So I stuck HUMAN in between them, which meant I now needed something towards the other side that not only defeated a human but was for whatever reasons "better" than those humanly scary things, and also somehow defeated by things good for humans. After finally deciding on an easily gesturable GUN, I ended up with some pretty sketchy-sounding B.S., but still nothing like the much maligned and groan-inducing "SCISSORS SWISH THROUGH AIR" that was introduced in RPS-7.

ANYWAY. Here's how you say all the gestures' relationships in RPS-9:

ROCK POUNDS OUT FIRE, CRUSHES SCISSORS, HUMAN & SPONGE.
FIRE MELTS SCISSORS, BURNS PAPER, HUMAN & SPONGE.
SCISSORS SWISH THROUGH AIR, CUT PAPER, HUMAN & SPONGE.
HUMAN CLEANS WITH SPONGE, WRITES PAPER, BREATHES AIR, DRINKS WATER.
SPONGE SOAKS PAPER, USES AIR POCKETS, ABSORBS WATER, CLEANS GUN.
PAPER FANS AIR, COVERS ROCK, FLOATS ON WATER, OUTLAWS GUN.
AIR BLOWS OUT FIRE, ERODES ROCK, EVAPORATES WATER, TARNISHES GUN.
WATER ERODES ROCK, PUTS OUT FIRE, RUSTS SCISSORS & GUN.
GUN TARGETS ROCK, FIRES, OUTCLASSES SCISSORS, SHOOTS HUMAN.

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

.....Check out RPS-11 next...


Copyright 2005 David C. Lovelace