Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Caption Contest / The Assassins' Circle Kill Thread 6

Three more left! Let's review the endgame rules (side discussion/rules thread here):

  • If all three are killed this round, the last player in the round to die wins.
  • If two of the three are killed, the remaining player wins.
  • If only one is killed, the one of the remaining two players with the most kills wins.
  • If none are killed, we play round 7 tomorrow!

The permutations are tantalizing. With each remaining player having a different number of kills, an element of game theory is introduced: each survivor needs a different outcome to be victorious, and the consequences of their actions depend on their opponents' actions, which in turn depend on what their opponents think their actions will be, and so on. Kind of like deciding your wager amount in Final Jeopardy. Either that, or they'll all just try to comment a split second before 3:01. I guess we'll see how it plays out.

I'll take blood, carnage, and mayhem for $1000, Alex!

Speaking of Jeopardy, caption below what rbnlaw is saying to Fred's Brim. Here's one to get you started:

"You forgot to phrase your answer in the form
of something that scares me"

82 comments:

J. Steve said...

No initiation yet? Looks like we're going to have to tune in at 2:59 to see any action...

Neeebs said...

"What the hell are you smiling at, you don't even have a kill. And you call yourself an assassin?

Eric Karros said...

Yeah I don't see any reason anyone would jump out before 3pm today. But you never know...

QuadSevens said...

This is the day when you sit at work and hope nobody calls, nobody schedules any meetings, and nobody pulls the fire alarm at 2:45.

Dusty Baker said...

4-7s:

EVERY day is like that.

QuadSevens said...

Very true Dusty. This game is just one more reason to hope for those things.

Orel said...

Having your license to kill revoked is such a bad feeling.

Paul said...

Who would of thought we would all have to still work in the afterlife.

I thought I would have more time to travel and catch up on some reading in the netherworld.

Dusty Baker said...

Yeah, I never pictured the afterlife as sitting around staring at my laptop screen, hitting F5 repeatedly.

Paul said...

This macabre game might have been more appropriate leading up to all Hallows Eve but by then we will all be deep into Fall Classic discussions since the Dodgers have now turned the tide.

Neeebs said...

Come out, come out, wherever you are!

Dusty Baker said...

Would someone end this so Neeebs can ditch his effeminate scarecrow/skeleton thingy avatar and go back to something more Spock-ish?

Mr. Customer said...

@DB

Makes me wonder which Afterlife we're in...

Neeebs said...

Assassin Analysis:

OK Folks, here's where we are at:

The first assassin to comment will be the initiator and will get a second "kill shot", if not killed by the initiator comment.

FB can't win if he and another survive, because FB hasn't yet figured out how to kill. He hasn't earned his assassin's "clip" yet.

But...FB's strategy could be to raise his head taunting GLG to dare to kill him, knowing that RBN will take him down on the next comment?

For FB to win, he would have to hope that GLG appears, with RBN taking GLG down, and FB coming in to clean up the mess. Only chance of that happening is a 3:00pm post, ending up with GLG, RBN, FB, in that order.

Dusty Baker said...

@ Mr. C

I think I've been in that particular afterlife since waaaay before I was "killed" in Assassins' Circle.

Dusty Baker said...

Brilliant, Neeebs.

Someone needs to write a dissertation on this.

Neeebs said...

Also, for what it's worth:

At the anticipated 3:00pm massacre, if the first one in doesn't get killed he gets a second shot to kill as the initiator.

So...I anticipate double shots at 2:59pm.

Dusty Baker said...

I think I'll have double shots at 2:59, too.

karina said...

@Mr Customer: i highly estimate your levels of geekness. A tidbit of Greek lore is enough to make my day :)

karina said...

By the way, since i was killed, i've had the flu. Is it punishment for my crimes?.

I had to go to the doctor this morning and gotta take lots of medication :(

Neeebs said...

@karina:

I think it's not the curse of the assassin, rather it's the curse of Chavez. He condemned all of the protesters with germ warfare and got everyone sick.

Steve Sax said...

Hope you're feeling better, karina, patron saint of pessimistic Dodger fans

Eric Karros said...

I spent a few minutes trying to map out all the scenarios, and it really started feeling like Week 16 in the NFL. Ultimately I gave up.

But remember, even if the Initiator gets killed, he can still take his target out with his kill shot post-mortem.

Paul said...

Let me run with you tonight
I'll take you on a moonlight ride

There's someone I used to see
But she don't give a damn for me...

Neeebs said...

EK: Is that in the rules??? I didn't think that was how it worked.

Eric Karros said...

Neeebs, yeah it's in the rules - it's known colloquially as the "spite rule".

Neeebs said...

Wow, just like the War of the Roses. They can all die in the end and leave no victor.

I need a drink bartender. Do you have a Fuzzy Navel?

Eric Karros said...

Hey rb...FB just texted me saying he's not gonna be able to post by 3pm. So I guess it's safe to come out.

Eric Karros said...

GLG - rb just emailed me saying the same thing. So I guess you're in the clear too. Whew! What a relief knowing you can post freely now, no?

Dusty Baker said...

Is that trickery and/or chicanery?

Keven C said...

Is there a rule against heavenly bystanders throwing up decoy messages?

Perhaps something from rnblaw or Freds Brim (no apostrophe) or Gagne's lucky classes.

Surely it would be today's most successful hijacking ... what? too soon?

Dusty Baker said...

"Lasagna's Yucky Classes"

No one will ever notice.

Dr. Geek said...

@ Keven C

Been there, done that.

Paul said...

So this place is really going to be haunted around 2:59?

Dusty Baker said...

*tumbleweed scuttles by*

Paul said...

Has anyone had a good red wine lately? Something in the Zinfindael or Syrah varietals?

karina said...

@Neeebs it rained like sometimes it rains in the tropic: sunshine and rain drops. Walked through that, not much, around 12 blocks. Then it started raining more on the plaza where people were giving speeches and i was already sweaty and wet, walked 7 blocks more to my friend's house and got into a car with a full AC because my friend said "it was hot".Though i'm the only one out of 5 who got sick, everyone else partied all weekend long :(

Dusty Baker said...

I actually just opened a bottle of red half a second ago to prepare for this carnage. Just a regular old Italian still red table wine, though, nothing to write home about.

karina said...

@Steve Sax Thanks for your get well wishes but the new medicines are not working yet, hopefully they will in a while.

Eric Karros said...

Clock winding down...3...2...1...

Keven C said...

I heard there might be a suicide pact and no one will show. Maybe we're all waiting for nothing?

Dusty Baker said...

@ Karina

Moral of the story: you should have partied.

Paul said...

I love Italian wines, love primitivo when done properly but that basically is zinfindael.

Keven C said...

At my signal, unleash hell...

Eric Karros said...

Hmmm...Keven C, I didn't figure that happening. If that happens, I guess we play again tomorrow.

Paul said...

suicide pack? Like Thelma and Louise?

Neeebs said...

My wife only lets me drink Chilean wines

Eric Karros said...

Which of the 3 is gonna be the weak one and comment first?

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

I'm either too quick and dead or just right and alive

Fred's Brim said...

i see dead people

rbnlaw said...

Dead.

Paul said...

oops pact.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

2nd comment

Fred's Brim said...

hmm my clock is off

rbnlaw said...

Damn. Looks like we play tomorrow.

Fred's Brim said...

and so is my patience

Keven C said...

You guys shoot like stormtroopers.

Eric Karros said...

The smoke is clearing...

Neeebs said...

All three survive.

Amazing.

Eric Karros said...

...and nobody dies! Bullets everywhere, but they all whiffed!

Eric Karros said...

yup, we play again tomorrow. It'll be a busy day. Here's our agenda:

7am puzzle
9am kill thread
3pm all hell unleashed.

Neeebs said...

Recap:

GLG peeks out as initiator.
RBN is slow to the draw as FB comments ahead of him. By virtue of FB's quick comment he misses RBN. GLG looks to get a second shot to kill FB but RBN's comment blocks GLG's kill shot.

Dust settles, all survive.

Paul said...

really....really? boooooo and not just because I am a ghost.

Neeebs said...

I say a new strategy should be in store for tomorrow.

This time all should die with early entries.

Dusty Baker said...

One of the least probable scenarios took the day.

This is fascinating, EK...lovin' it.

karina said...

@Keven C "You guys shoot like stormtroopers."

Brilliant!

Matt said...

Raise your dead hand if you think the same thing will play out tomorrow.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

So if I initiate, RB comes in and kills me, FB kills him and I kill FB with my second comment then FB would win? Is that the way I understood the rules?

rbnlaw said...

Dammmmmit! I had him. He was right there.
Then the bill of some dude's cap deflected my shot wide and the ghost of Neeebs took one to his chest.

He seems to be OK.

rbnlaw said...

Oh, and @Kevin:
Your stormtrooper comment almost got me in trouble. My meeting was ending, and right as my boss was saying something, I read the comment.

. . .and I laughed.

Dusty Baker said...

The three finalists all have former Dodger-related avatars. Coincidence?

Neeebs said...

Looks like Dusty gets another day of my ghoulish figure.

Dusty Baker said...

Another day of your effeminate ghoul? No!

Loney Fan said...

@Paul,

If you are willing to wait for shipping, you can't go wrong with this

http://www.millerwineworks.com/store/category.asp

Dusty Baker said...

Paul-

You should have a blanc de blanc in honour of the two similarly named Padres players who are just about to take out the Gints for us tonight.

QuadSevens said...

GLG...sounds correct to me. If all players die in one round, the last one to die is the winner.

rbnlaw said...

And the Last One to Die gets to sing along with Rancid!

Eric Karros said...

GLG - yes, that scenario is correct. I think with only 3 remaining, the post-mortem spite kill can't impact the results - only if there are 4 or more remaining.

rbnlaw said...

Thanks, EK.

Remind me to buy your ghost a drink when I get there.

Q7: Haven't forgot you or the half-drink I owe the good Doctor.

Dusty Baker said...

Dodger Thoughts tweets that "Ray Parker Jr. to play in live band at Emmy ceremony."

Maybe we need to get Ray Parker Hr over here to lay down a soundtrack for the AC. Cause he ain't afraid of no ghosts.

Steve Sax said...

@Keven C 3:01p: your stormtrooper line made me lose my shit. Well played, sir!

rbnlaw said...

Initiator!!

Oh, am I a bit early? Sorry. I'll save it for 9 a.m.