## Thursday, March 01, 2007

### The Results of My 1000th Post Contest

In my 1000th post, I decided to give back all my ad earnings to my readers, as thanks for regularly reading and subscribing to my blog.

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
 Seth Olav Results Rock Gun Olav Gun Human Seth Devil Human Seth Water Devil Seth Air Rock Seth Paper Scissors Olav Sponge Wolf Olav Wolf Air Seth Human Air Seth Scissors Air Seth Fire Water Olav Fire Human Seth Gun Rock Seth Water Devil Seth Paper Gun Seth Wolf Rock Olav Scissors Paper Seth Rock Human Seth Devil Sponge Olav Air Sponge Olav Sponge Sponge --- Results Seth 13, Olav 7 Winner Seth

Round 2: David vs Gabriel
 David Gabriel Results Gun Water Gabriel Water Paper David Paper Air David Air Water David Water Water --- Water Air Gabriel Air Water David Water Air Gabriel Air Air --- Air Water David Water Paper Gabriel Paper Water David Water Water --- Water Air Gabriel Air Water David Water Paper Gabriel Paper Paper --- Paper Water David Water Water --- Water Water --- Water Water --- Results David 8, Gabriel 6 Winner David

Round 3: Mikko vs Antonni
 Mikko Anttoni Results Devil Air Anttoni Devil Human Mikko Devil Rock Mikko Devil Sponge Antonni Devil Devil --- Water Rock Mikko Paper Water Mikko Air Scissors Anttoni Wolf Fire Antonni Human Water Mikko Devil Human Mikko Devil Devil --- Devil Gun Mikko Devil Sponge Antonni Fire Air Antonni Rock Paper Antonni Gun Scissors Mikko Water Wolf Antonni Air Devil Mikko Devil Gun Mikko Devil Air Antonni Results Mikko 10, Antonni 9 Winner Mikko

Elimination Round 1: Seth vs David
 Seth David Results Rock Gun David Gun Rock Seth Devil Gun Seth Water Devil Seth Air Water Seth Paper Air Seth Sponge Paper Seth Wolf Sponge Seth Human Wolf Seth Scissors Human Seth Fire Rock David Fire Gun David Gun Gun --- Water Water --- Paper Paper --- Wolf Wolf --- Scissors Scissors --- Rock Rock --- Devil Devil --- Air Air --- Sponge Sponge --- Results Seth 9, David 3 Winner Seth

Elimination Round 2: Seth vs Mikko
 Seth Mikko Results Rock Devil Mikko Gun Devil Mikko Devil Devil --- Water Devil Seth Air Devil Seth Paper Water Seth Sponge Paper Seth Wolf Air Seth Human Wolf Seth Scissors Human Seth Fire Devil Mikko Fire Devil Mikko Gun Devil Mikko Water Devil Seth Paper Fire Mikko Wolf Rock Mikko Scissors Gun Mikko Rock Water Mikko Devil Air Mikko Air Devil Seth Sponge Devil Seth Results Seth 10, Mikko 10 Winner Tie

Elimination Round 3: David vs Mikko
 David Mikko Results Gun Devil Mikko Devil Devil --- Devil Devil --- Devil Devil --- Devil Devil --- Devil Water Mikko Water Paper Mikko Paper Air Mikko Air Wolf Mikko Wolf Human Mikko Fire Devil Mikko Air Devil David Air Devil David Air Devil David Air Fire David Gun Rock David Devil Gun David Water Water --- Paper Air David Sponge Devil David Air Devil David Results David 9, Mikko 7 Winner David

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.

Good luck

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.

Yehuda

#### 4 comments:

Gabe said...

I was just looking over my RPS-11 results, and I found what I think is a mistake. On throw 2, David threw Water and I threw Paper - so I should have won that round, right? That would tie us at 7 each, so I'm not sure how we resolve that.

I am at least gratified that someone else (i.e., David) decided upon a strategy so similar to mine :)

Yehuda Berlinger said...

gabriel: what we have here is a classic pebkac on my end.

I will have to replace my brain with a new one that works properly.

Yehuda

Sheesh Kabeesh said...

Well done on your 1000th post. I enjoyed your analysis of the 2nd highest number game. You mentioned the 'non-disqualified' numbers but what were the disqualified ones? And why did people pick them?

chin chin!

Yehuda Berlinger said...

Mr Blister: When I first announced the game, I asked for "real" numbers. So some of the submissions were not integers.

I gave those people another chance to enter when I clarified for integers.

Yehuda