March Madness 2024 (a.k.a the annual Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament)

Back on the AO, March Madness referred to the annual Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament, and I’d like to welcome everyone to the 2024 version, the TWENTY-FIRST such event (that’s right, our tourney can legally drink now! :beer: :beers:), and the fourth one here at GoActuary! :clap: :clap:

First and foremost, thank you all for your great participation in the past! :clap: :clap:

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! :+1:). 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 Sun, Mar 3rd, 6 pm CT. (I want to start the tournament on a Monday, so it won’t quite be March 1st, but that’s close enough, eh? :man_shrugging: )

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 Echo, runner-up Kid_Rock, Klaymen and OutdoormanNowActuary.

Everything will be the same as in the past.

Brackets will be announced no later than Monday, March 4th, at 10 a.m. CT, thus allowing for the first matches to occur that day. I’d like to get a feel for how big we’ll be this year, so please sign up ASAP.

As far as the tournament set up for this year, I’m thinking of repeating last year’s schedule - I liked having all the matches go Best of 7, but if we limp over the 32 player mark, the Round of 64 games will be Best of 5 (otherwise things can really get bogged down). However, if/when we blow that out of the water, we’ll make that round Best of 7 as well… and admit it, that’s what we all want, right? Right! :+1: )

Round of 64: Best of 5 games (see above)
Round of 32: Best of 7 games
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! :scream:

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: RSRSP (Yes, we accept abbreviations and shorthand here!)

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 the second GoActuary thread: March Madness 2022 (a.k.a the annual Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament)

… or check out last’s year’s game here: March Madness 2023 (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! :+1:

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!!

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And for those who like a little history, here are the Final Four Results from the past nineteen years:

2004 BracketMaker view
Semis: foghorn over TomServo (5-2); LaraCroft over RedSoxFan (5-3)
Finals: foghorn over LaraCroft (5-1)

2005 BracketMaker view
Semis: J.T. over 4sigma (5-4), urysohn over Hagbard (5-3)
Finals: urysohn over J.T. (5-0) [Yes, it was a shutout!]

2006 BracketMaker view
Semis: Traina over Actuary321 (5-4), Jables over TomServo (5-4)
Finals: Jables over Traina (5-0) [Yes, it was a shutout - AGAIN!]

2007 BracketMaker view
Semis: IMP over SirVLCIV (5-1), MrPenguin over Werewolf (5-4)
Finals: MrPenguin over IMP (5-3)

2008 BracketMaker view
Semis: kiwi over Browncoat (5-3), udjw828 over DoctorNo (5-4)
Finals: udjw828 over kiwi (5-2)

2009 BracketMaker view
Semis: J.T. over Browncoat (5-4), Jables over kiwi (5-3)
Finals: J.T. over Jables (5-3)

2010 BracketMaker view
Semis: lipman over Feisty8888 (4-3), LaraCroft over soyleche (4-1)
Finals: LaraCroft over lipman (4-3)

2011 BracketMaker view
Semis: soyleche over 2pac Shakur (4-0), urysohn over 1695184 (4-2)
Finals: soyleche over urysohn (5-1)

2012 BracketMaker view
Semis: ADoubleDot over Ray Finkle (5-1), urysohn over Feisty8888 (5-4)
Finals: ADoubleDot over urysohn (5-4)

2013 BracketMaker view
Semis: Browncoat over rekrap (5-3), thing over urysohn (5-4)
Finals: thing over Browncoat (5-1)

2014 BracketMaker view
Semis: Numerical Neuroticism over thing (5-3), Pintsize over actuary_aspire (5-3)
Finals: Numerical Neuroticism over Pintsize (5-2)

2015 BracketMaker view
Semis: RedLaces over actuary_aspire (5-4), campbell over Gandalf (5-2)
Finals: campbell over RedLaces (5-3)

2016 (BracketMaker view not available at this time)
Semis: Ezekial Cumberland over MayanActuary (5-2), rekrap over soyleche (5-1)
Finals: rekrap over Ezekial Cumberland (5-4)

2017 (BracketMaker view not available at this time)
Semis: MayanActuary over Whiskey (5-2), Doctor Who over CindyLou Who (5-3)
Finals: Doctor Who over MayanActuary (5-3)

2018 (BracketMaker view not available at this time)
Semis: Ezekial Cumberland over Vorian Atreides (5-2), dgtatum over Gandalf (5-4)
Finals: Ezekial Cumberland over dgtatum (5-1)

2019 (BracketMaker view not available at this time)
Semis: GargoyleWaiting over Ray Finkle (5-0), sam10gle over Bingboing (5-3)
Finals: GargoyleWaiting over sam10gle (5-2)

2020 (BracketMaker view not available at this time)
Semis: Whiskey over Feisty8888 (5-3), MayanActuary over CindyLou Who (5-3)
Finals: Whiskey over MayanActuary (5-4)

2021 (BracketMaker view not available at this time)
Semis: ALivelySedative over ao_fan (4-3), MayanActuary over Doctor_Who (4-2)
Finals: MayanActuary over ALivelySedative (4-2)

2022 (BracketMaker view not available at this time)
Semis: Vorian_Atreides over Snake (4-1), SteveGrondin over soyleche (4-2)
Finals: SteveGrondin over Vorian_Atreides (4-3)

2023 (BracketMaker view not available at this time)
Semis: Kid_Rock over Klaymen (4-3), Echo over OutdoormanNowActuary (4-1)
Finals: Echo over Kid_Rock (4-2)

2024 (BracketMaker view not available at this time)
Semis: Vorian_Atreides over Ezekial_Cumberland (4-2), JFG over The_Notorious_LINUS (4-2)
Finals: JFG over VorianAtreides (4-2)

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(thru Post 344)

Players in this year’s game: 26 :+1: :+1:

Players still in the game: 1 - our 2024 RPS Champion!!


Players eliminated: (* denotes #1 Seed)

Echo Region - won by Vorian_Atreides

Echo          ---- Echo        4 ---- Echo        2

MtnHawk     3
Doctor_Who  4 ---- Doctor_Who  2


SteveWhite  4 ---- SteveWhite  1
AbstractAct 1

VorianAtrds 4 ---- VorianAtrds 4 ---- VorianAtrds 4 *** FINAL FOUR! ***
IPD         2

Klaymen Region - won by Ezekial_Cumberland

Klaymen       ---- Klaymen     1

EzeklCumber 4 ---- EzeklCumber 4 ---- EzeklCumber 4 *** FINAL FOUR! ***
WishBear    2


1695814       ---- 1695814     2

ALivelySed  1
Whiskey     4 ---- Whiskey     4 ---- Whiskey     2

Kid_Rock Region - won by The_Notorious_LINUS

Kid_Rock      ---- Kid_Rock    3

BruteForce  3
ThNtrsLINUS 4 ---- ThNtrsLINUS 4 ---- ThNtrsLINUS 4 *** FINAL FOUR! ***


NmrclNeurot 3
skysn93     4 ---- skysn93     4 ---- skysn93     2

soyleche    4 ---- soyleche    2
twig93      3

OutdoormanNowActuary Region - won by JFG

OutdoorAct    ---- OutdoorAct  3

Actuary321  2
OldTimer    4 ---- OldTimer    4 ---- OldTimer    3


JFG           ---- JFG         4 ---- JFG         4 *** FINAL FOUR! ***

StevGrondin 4 ---- StevGrondin 2
meep        3
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Former world champion in!




twig93 finally defeats Klaymen in Game 6, series tied (3-3)
S-P-S-P-S S-S-P Klaymen
S-P-S-P-S S-S-S twig93

I might have to wait and get close to elimination before declaring….or just note, IN

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Reading the History brings back some ancient memories…miss some of those old AO posters (or I just don’t know their GoA names).

Looking to get back into the Final 4!!

-EC (sometimes referred to as Zeke) and udjw828 (sometimes referred to as oojjee)

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It wil be ruff on all of you because I am in. :dog:


No additional contestants? I should have waited. They fled like squirrels. :dog: