Back on the AO, March Madness referred to the annual Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament, and I’d like to welcome everyone to the 2023 version, the TWENTHIETH such event (that’s right, we’ve hit the big TWO-OH! ), and the third one here at GoActuary!
First and foremost, thank you all for your great participation in the past!
Now that we’ve got a couple of seasons under our collective belts here at GoActuary, we’ll take up to the first 64 players in this tourney (which realistically means if you wanna play, you’re in! ). The only prize you’ll get this year is the honor and glory of being an RPS champion (but frankly, do you really need anything else? I think not!).
The method of seeding this year will be based on the order of entering the game - the earlier you say you’re in, the higher your seed (and thus the better chance of getting an opening round bye).
All you need to do is post to this thread that you are interested, and you’re in the game! To be guaranteed a spot in the tournament, you must be one of the first 64 people to post in this thread by Mon, Mar 6th, 6 pm CT. (Yes, we’ve extended the deadline one more day this year! )
I’m reserving the #1 seeds for last year’s Final Four contestants (that’s one of the perks!). Those four players are: Defending champion SteveGrondin, runner-up Vorian_Atreides, Snake and soyleche.
Everything will be the same as in the past.
Brackets will be announced no later than Tuesday, March 6th, at 10 a.m. CT, thus allowing for the first matches to occur that day. I’d like to get this rolling as quickly as possible, so again, please sign up ASAP.
The number of games in the matches will increase in the later rounds, so you can show off your true skill. Tentatively, I’m thinking of going back to our usual schedule shown below, since we’ll be starting on time this year, but I will confirm after I know how many players we end up with.
Round of 64: Best of 5 games
Round of 32: Best of 5 games
(Note: If we have 32 players or less, we’ll go 7 games for all rounds! )
Sweet Sixteen: Best of 7 games
Elite Eight: Best of 7 games
Semi-finals: Best of 7 games
Finals: Best of 7 games
Be warned - you’d better come ready to play, or a slow start could lead to an early exit!
You must PM me at least one set of throws a day, unless your opponent is unknown. No throws for 2 consecutive business days will be deemed a forfeit of the tournament.
Once again, to say that you are in the tournament, simply post to this thread.
Details on the games themselves will be the same as in prior years:
The format is simple: This will be a simple “winner advances” bracket. You must win the series in each round to advance.
What will happen is for each game the two players will PM me their first 5 throws. I will resolve them, in order, and post the results of the game to the thread. (In the event of a tie - the 5 throws match exactly - both players would email me their next 5 throws for that game).
PlayerA PMs me: Rock - Scissors - Paper - Paper - Rock
PlayerB PMs me: Rock - Scissors - Rock - Scissors - Paper
I will only post the results up until the winning throw, so in this case I will post something to the effect of:
PlayerA defeats PlayerB in Game1, PlayerA leads (1-0) R-S-P PlayerA R-S-R PlayerB
PlayerA and PlayerB then PM me with their throws for the 2nd game of the match.
Note in the example above it doesn’t matter that PlayerB would’ve won more throws head-to-head; it’s the first non-tie that determines the outcome.
For those of you who still can’t quite see how this works, you can look at the first GoActuary RPS thread: March Madness 2021 (a.k.a the annual Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament)
… or check out last’s year’s game here: March Madness 2022 (a.k.a the annual Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament)
to see how this all plays out - I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it very quickly!
It is my intention to update the game at least 2 times a day (midday and early evening), as long as there’s something to report. I will do my best to keep up with the PMs - each year is a little harried in the early rounds, but we manage to sort it all out, and a good time is had by all (although moreso by the winners, I suppose).
So with that… let the sign-ups begin!!