The Unarguably Anal
Rock Paper Scissors
Conflict Resolution Interface & General Jousting Arena


When you first come to the Search page, you will notice that all the Adjusted Scores (AS1 & AS2) and the Mean Deviations (MD1 & MD2) are exactly the same. This is because each game is entered into the database twice, with both Player 1 and Player 2 in both positions of Player 1 and Player 2 so they can be searched for in either box. In other words, each score is entered in exact juxtaposition of itself to counter it out. Thus, the numbers initially in the table are meaningless - until one individual or group is searched for against another group or individual. The exception to this is if you wanted to see your average scores against all the different players you have ever played. In this case, enter only your name in one side of the search box, and all the scores you ever played will come up on the other side. For this reason, it is important that you are consistent entering the same Player name in either of the Player boxes throughout your gaming. To test this, enter "Bill H" in just one of the boxes to see the results. The results you are seeing are games I have played all the way back to 1992. If and when the table fills up and there are more than 1 "Bill H", then you would enter more criteria to make sure you were the "Bill H" whose scores you were seeing. In other words, you might enter "City", and/or "Username" (always unique), or something else.

Now, it could possibly come to pass, sometime, somewhere, that there would be a county-wide competition between all 6 - 10 year olds for a lifetime supply of Skittles, or Shopkins. It would be a severe detriment to either the sincere RPS truth seeker, or even to the super-competitive RPS Warrior to get his scores mixed up with these pre-functional little crazy people. For this reason there are a couple of custom entry boxes on the registration page that could be used to a registering player's advantage. For instance, placing "USARPS" in one of the boxes would restrict all scores from anyone but "USARPS" players. So, searching for all "Males" against all "Females" without the "USARPS" box filled in would include all the scores of the Skittles players, but including the "USARPS" designation would exclude them.

As well, there are a couple of extra custom input boxes on the game preparation screen. These boxes may be filled in with info pertinent to the particular game being played. For instance, a competitive player might put in one box, "A-C-D", to denote the 3 gambits played in this game, "Avalance, Cresendo, Denoument". In the second custom box, this player might put, "Biloxi", to denote the particular tournament. A scientist or psychologist doing a large RPS experiment might put in certain data in the boxes to recall only these games. The players using these boxes on the game preparation page are responsible for remembering these inputs, for even though the data is saved for later recall by the player who used them, these values never present themselves in any public manner for others to see. They are private values, known only to the player who entered them. The games played by these RPS tournament players, these psychologists and/or scientists might show up on someone else's broad search, but the private values entered would never present themselves for view.

So, you have been dating for some time on the "RPS Love Connection" Web site. You have played the required 9 Relational type games with all of them. You've had a lot of fun, but it is time now, you feel, to pick one of them to enter into a relationship with. You search each of their names, juxtaposed with yours, looking for the lowest Mean Deviation and the most balance play between Wins, Losses, and Ties. You know you can't remember all the scores, or remember seeing all the charts, so for each name searched for you click the Report button where you see all the graphs and charts on a single page, on which you can also add some notes. You print these out, for each person you dated. You look at all these pages together now, and there's the one! The one you balance best with - a low Mean Deviation, and a high Adjusted score. Thinking back on your dates with this person, you remember feeling quite compatible, and balanced in your values of Truth, Love, and Work, as they pertain to a relationship. You date a few more times, get married, have a couple of kids, and live happily ever after. [If you search on the search page with Lu Thu in the Player 1 box, and Bill H in the Player 2 box, you will see the averaged scores between my wife and myself over the last 10 or 12 years. She beats me more than I beat her (maybe how I stay married), so she has a higher Adjusted Score. But I have a lower Mean Deviation, giving me at least some hope that I am still steering our relationship toward balance. All of this bears out pretty well in our everyday life.]

Or, you are a psychologist and have been using the RPS game to try to get ideas about the relationships of your clients. You have had many clients play RPS at home with their family and friends, and now have some baselines that give you some insight into the way functional people play, and how dysfunctional people play. Asking your clients how they relate to the different symbols of Rock, Paper, Scissors, you now have a gauge with which to examine their interactions with the people in their lives, as well as the balance they show, or don't show when compared to the play of balanced folks.

Or, you are a RPS Warrior

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