I introduced five games. Considering that I was simply giving away money, I got less participation than I expected. Either you're all are not a participatory bunch, or you didn't like the games, or you don't read during the week, or there aren't many of you, or you don't want to take my money. Or something else entirely.
Now that I've narrowed it down, here are the results:
Game 1: Applied Game Theory
Send me an email with the subject "Game 1" and an integer between 1 and 100. The player who sends me the second highest number wins.
The (non-disqualified) numbers submitted were: 7, 12, 96, 96, 97, 97, 98, 98, 99
This makes 98 the winner. And the winners are Mikko Saari and Tal Darom.
Game theory approaches this problem from a rational perspective: assume that you are rational, and so are the other players (and assume no collusion).
No one is going to choose 100, so 99 will be the highest number possibly submitted. But since 99 will be the highest number possible submitted, 99 can't possibly win, so 98 will be the highest number possibly submitted. This logic continues until the rational player realizes that all players will submit 0.
Since that is rather unlikely, a rational player then goes on to choose some arbitrarily low number.
However, a truly rational player should realize that most people are not rational. As a result, at least a couple of people will skim the question and submit 99 or 98 without thinking too much about it.
That makes it rational to submit a fairly high number such as 98 or 97, and assume that others will come to a similar decisions.
In the end, someone submitted 99 because they figured some dope will probably submit 100 just to throw everyone else off.
Game 2: Why Did The Chicken?
I asked for humorous answers to the following questions:
2a: What did the board game player say to the grocer?
2b: How is a board game player like a newspaper?
2c: What is the difference between a board game player and a bar of soap?
2d: How many board game players does it take to screw in a light bulb?
2e: What do you get if you cross a board game player with a rock band?
Only one person submitted any answers at all, and they only submitted an answer to one of the questions.
Duncan Munro submitted this as an answer to 2d: 2-6 Players, Ages 10 and up
OK, that made me smile, but not laugh aloud. As a result, I declare all of you losers. Duncan, if you want, I'll send you some GeekGold for the effort.
Game 3: Rock-Paper-Scissors 11 Variant Tournament
Playing with the rules from this variant of RPS, here are the results:
Round 1: Seth vs Olav
|Results||Seth 13, Olav 7|
Round 2: David vs Gabriel
|Results||David 8, Gabriel 6|
Round 3: Mikko vs Antonni
|Results||Mikko 10, Antonni 9|
Elimination Round 1: Seth vs David
|Results||Seth 9, David 3|
Elimination Round 2: Seth vs Mikko
|Results||Seth 10, Mikko 10|
Elimination Round 3: David vs Mikko
|Results||David 9, Mikko 7|
The elimination results are: Seth 1.5, David 1, Mikko 0.5. This makes Seth the winner.
Game 4: Puerto Rico tournament
For game 4, I have a total of 5 participants.
My plan is as follows: I will start 5 simultaneous 4-player games, with one person out for each game. Your score for each game is your score minus the lowest score, plus 5 if you won.
Your total among all games determines the final results.
Game 5: Site works
Unfortunately, no one entered this game. That leaves me with all of my money, Geek Gold, and games. What should I do with all of it? Hmmm...
Anyhoo, thanks to all of you who participated, and I may do this again.