You embarrass me with praise, but you are probably right; I have more RPS experience than anyone on the planet. I accept, temporarily, the role of "ultimate master and teacher" (sorry, Franklint!) In the early stages of RPS discipleship, it may be useful for the student to project such an image onto the teacher. Of course, in the end you must teach yourself, but such a projection can be useful in the beginning. YOU are the ultimate source of any wisdom you glean from "Master" Roshambollah. Comprende?
In that spirit, I would again remind you that you are not playing real
RPS, merely an online simulation. It is true, as you say, that this enables you to see how top International Players think
. It does not, however, enable you to see how they play
. This is a subtle distinction, but it is important. I have seen many occasions in person where custardchuk could not think, but could still play RPS. One must meditate deeply on this.
What do I enjoy about the game now? A lot of things. I enjoy the friendly pickup match against a stranger. I appreciate high stakes money matches played in public places where other sorts of gambling are illegal. I like playing the media game, trying to stay as much as possible on the line between hoax and reality. I really enjoy the opportunities for travel the sport has given me, from Toronto and Sonoma to Philly and Vegas; from LA and San Fran to Hong Kong and Sydney. When I can swing a working gig, I enjoy getting paid to play. Most of all, I enjoy the company and friendship of many top players, administrators and referees in the sport, too numerous to mention. This alone has been worth the many lifetimes I spent to ascend the ladder of Master. Hope this helps, Max, but if you have any other questions be sure and ask.
Speaking of ladders, I have a few questions for Martin (whom I am about to challenge, so consider this notification):
If you are challenged by two other players, the second challenger's challenge is postponed until the first match is completed.
I assume you're keeping track of this, Martin? What if a player is challenged by two individuals, loses, has their position drop a few pegs, and is then challenged by two new individuals? It's a lot to expect for the players to have to remember these things; that's usually admin business. Just checking to make sure.
And the biggie:
5. You can challenge either of the players 1 or 2 places above you.
For example, if the ladder is:
1 = Bob
2 = Cob
3 = Dob
4 = Fob
5 = Gob
then Gob can challenge Fob and Dob (but not Cob or Bob), Fob can challenge Dob or Cob (but not Bob), Cob can challenge Bob or Dob, etc...
This is contradictory, Martin. There is no provision in the rules for higher-ranked players to challenge lower-ranked players. Indeed, the rules explicitly state that players may only
challenge players 1 or 2 ranks above them (not
below them.) However, your example shows Cob challenging Dob, a lower ranked player. Nothing in the written rules allows for this.
This makes custardchuk's current challenge against martinburley illegal; higher ranked players can not challenge lower ranked players under the rules. The other matches are legal:
Burley (#6) can legally challenge Max (#4)
Franklint (#2) can challenge Urbanus (#1)
Max (#4) can challenge Cohrs (#3)
This is because in all of these examples, the challenged player is higher. This is legal under the rules of the tourney.
Again, there is no provision for a higher ranked player to legally challenge a lower ranked player (#5 custardchuk can not challenge #6 martinburley.) Therefore, the current match between burley and chuk is null and void, and my challenge to burley gets bumped up a notch.
This is most unfortunate, since we all remember Martin's words on the subject of rule change:
(By the way, Rosh, I take your point about the rule change. You'll be glad to hear all the rules are now finalised - the Strategic Forces Department has confirmed that will be no further changes to match format, challenge rules, etc..
Martin, I await your confirmation on this ruling, though under your own rules such a confirmation is not necessary. Incidentally, if you want me to look over your tourney rules in the future to check for clarity I'd be more than happy to offer my services.