A warm Bull Board welcome to the 2008 USARPS Champ, Sean "Wicked Fingers" Sears!
Wicked Fingers recently contacted me via Facebook, and expressed his interest in continuing to pursue his Professional RPS Career. I immediately impressed upon him the importance of coming to Toronto to see the "rest of the Professional RPS World" firsthand.
To the Board, I can certainly vouch for Mr Sears, as a gentleman (not some spambot) and a professional RPS player of the highest caliber. As a player, he attained the highest level of success in his chosen sanctioning body, and his skills at "mind-numbing" are legendary. To those who are in doubt, you can check his credentials here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yrdT5y12kA
This video alone should give the Board a ton of new material for discussion regarding Sears' approach to play, his meta-game strategy, and his choice of throws.
In short, Sears is the real deal, people. Regardless of your feelings for the sanctioning body where he started his career, there can be little doubt as to his ability. I, for one, welcome the chance to throw down against him in tournament play, Street RPS, or the Sunday Night Karaoke Challenge in Toronto.
Sean, you're coming on board at an odd time. There's a server upgrade scheduled for later tonight. These upgrades typically result in mass confusion, temporary hysteria, Mello Yello shortages, and rolling blackouts through much of Eastern Canadia. At times, the Bull Board itself also goes offline, for a period ranging from several hours to several days.
Rest assured, however, you've found the longest extant RPS community on the Internet, as well as one that has made the perilous journey into real-life associations. In a world where internet popularity is measured in months, there are many on the Bull Board who have been actively contributing for nearly a decade. They are the individuals with whom I not only play RPS, but with whom I live, breathe, gamble, drink and (of course) sing karaoke. Many of them are now my friends. A few are my enemies. And I am thankful for them all.
Just to give you a heads-up, here's a handy guide to the major personalities here on the Board:
Me, you already know.
custardchuk - the Greatest Australian player of all time. A dangerous enemy, and a more than dangerous friend. Approach him cautiously; but do approach. His typical strategy is to outdrink the entire playing field on tournament weekend. He usually comes close.
Jef Hallestone - Process Officer. Responsible for the Great Mello Yello Disaster of 2004. His incompetence is the closest thing we have to normalcy around here.
Martin Burley - A New Zealand player of some note. He's your man for statistical abstracts. When it comes to occult knowledge, he is perhaps second only to myself. Noted time traveler.
James Hagherty - Used to be the main tech guy around here. Now no one knows what he does. Shady alliances to the Steering Committee. But heaps more approachable than Jef.
R Cohrs - Our man in Korea. Made a huge impact during his one appearance in Toronto.
Brad Fox - former Head Ref of the World RPS Society. Current reports state that he has made a coup and now runs the whole show.
C. Urbanus - top 8 strategist in the world, leader of the Philadelphia RPS League (rpscityleague.com) and creator of the Urbanus Defense. In Norway, he is known as "Der Legenden". Star of the Rock Paper Scissors Documentary, which also features myself and a couple of Canadians.
Al Thorn - resident crackpot
Franklint - my former apprentice, and current journeyman. Renowned pick-up artist.
Those are the main miscreants you're liable to run across.
As for the rest of the Board, strategic assessment of real RPS would be a welcome change from all the fake fantasy online RPS that dominates conversation these days. What's your take on Sears' video?