1. WHAT ARE THE RULES?
Please see the rules section of this website. You will find an in-depth discussion of the rules and tournament format there.
2. IS THIS ASSOCIATED WITH US ARPS?
Absolutely not. The 2013 PBR Philadelphia RPS City League Championship Series is fully endorsed by the World RPS Society, the well-respected and highly-regarded governing body of the sport worldwide.
3. I VERY MUCH ENJOYED THE ADVANCED STRATEGY SECTION. ARE THERE ANY READING MATERIALS AVAILABLE TO EXPOUND UPON THIS SUBJECT MATTER FURTHER? I’M PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN THE “URBANUS DEFENSE”.
Yes! In 2004, Fireside Books published the Official Rock Paper Scissors Strategy Guide by Douglas and Graham Walker. Visit your local bookstore or visit the World RPS Society web site to secure your copy today. It is an invaluable resource for any level of competitor from beginner to Master.
4. MY FRIEND IS BRITISH AND WHEN HE THROWS PAPER IT FACES PALM UP.
IS THIS ACCEPTABLE?
Yes! For years, the World RPS Society Referees Association was against the allowance of “Feeding the Pony”. But in 2003, under great pressure from Wojek Smallsoa himself, the official tournament rules were amended to allow for any throw of Paper where the end result is a horizontal throw. This was considered a huge victory for professional players throughout the UK, many of whom are trained since elementary school RPS to distinguish themselves by throwing British Paper. Vertical Paper and horizontal Scissors are unacceptable throws. If a player uses this they in competition they will be warned. If it persists, they will forfeit the round.
5. I SAW ROB KRUEGER, 2003 WORLD CHAMPION, ON THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW. SHE USED A THROW CALLED MONSTER, WHICH SHE SAID BEAT EVERYTHING. CAN I USE HER TACTIC TO CLAIM THE TITLE OF 2013 PBR PHILADELPHIA RPS CITY LEAGUE CHAMPION?
Sorry. Again, please refer to the rules. The only acceptable throws are Rock Paper and Scissors (represented correctly-see question #4). “Alternative” throws such as Monster, Dynamite, Bomb, Texas Longhorn, etc. will result in immediate disqualification. Please also take note that the referee present did not accept the throw of “Monster”. She was not disqualified because it is her show.
5. WHAT CAN I WIN OUT OF THIS ASIDE FROM THE ULTIMATE RESPECT OF MY FRIENDS AND FELLOW COMPETITORS?
Nightly event winners will be awarded a gift certificate to the venue hosting the competition. The winner at each event will also earn a substantial amount of points towards qualifying for the PBR City League Championship and $1,000 prize.
6. SO HOW DOES THIS SCORING SYSTEM WORK?
Please see the scoring section of this website. Players accrue points towards the City League Championship depending on how often they compete and how well they do in individual competitions. The further one advances in an event, the more points are awarded to a competitor.
7. HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE CITY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP?
At the end of the season, the top 64 competitors in terms of points accrued will be invited to the PBR Philadelphia RPS City League Championship (no entry fee required) to compete for a $1,000 prize. A select amount of alternate players will be invited as well. However, a minimum tournament requirement (5) must be met during the season before an invitation to the City League Championship is extended. If this minimum is not reached, the player in question will not receive an invitation regardless of points accrued.
8. WHAT IF I’M TIED AT THE END OF THE SEASON FOR THE 64TH (AND LAST) COMPETITION SLOT FOR THE CITY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP?
If this is the case, then any competitors in this curious predicament will be invited to the PBR City League Championship and there will be a mini-tournament to decide who is entered into the field of competition. Those who do not make it into the field of competition following this will be asked to remain as alternates in the event that they are needed, as well as watch some championship-level RPS.
NOTE: There is no limit to the amount of qualifying events that a competitor can attend and compete in. Since every competitor is awarded 1 point just for competing at all events, the more you compete then the better your chance to qualify for the PBR Philadelphia RPS City League Championship.
9. WHY IS THERE AN ENTRY FEE EVERY NIGHT?
The ultimate $1,000 prize for the PBR RPS City League Champion must be raised through entry fees. The 2013 PBR Philadelphia RPS City League Championship Series Planning Committee voted unanimously that $1 per competitor per event is not unreasonable.
10. MY COMPANY IS INTERESTED IN SPONSORING THE 2013 PBR PHILADELPHIA RPS CITY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES. HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ON THE OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE?
Sponsorship inquiries should be addressed to Commissioner Richard Classy via e-mail to: richard.classy(at)rpscityleague.com.
11. I RUN A SMALL BUSINESS AND USE RPS TO MAKE DECISIONS ON A DAILY BASIS. WOULD I BE ABLE TO DONATE A PRIZE AND/OR GIFT CERTIFICATE(S) TO BE GIVEN AWAY TO CONTESTANTS AS A DOOR PRIZE OR RAFFLE?
Yes. We would be happy to assist fellow RPS enthusiasts trying to “make it”. Contact the Commissioner to make arrangements
12. I AM A MEDIA REPRESENTATIVE AND WOULD LIKE TO RUN A STORY ABOUT COMPETITIVE RPS. WHO IS YOUR MEDIA LIAISON?
The Commissioner acts as media liaison.
Please e-mail any questions or interview requests to: richard.classy(at)rpscityleague.com
13. I WANT TO SET UP A RPS LEAGUE OR EVENT IN MY TOWN OR FOR MY COMPANY. CAN YOU HELP WITH THAT?
Of course! The more RPS the better! The PBRPRPSCLCS has successfully hosted in excess of 200 tournaments and would be happy to discuss how you could get a league or tournament started in your neck of the woods. Contact Executive Director C. Urbanus at urbanus(at)rpscityleague.com. For corporate events, please contact the Events Division of the World RPS Society and tell them that the PBRPRPSCLCS sent you.
14. MY FRIENDS AND ME HAVE A RPS CLUB AT MY HIGH SCHOOL AND WOULD LIKE TO COMPETE. IS THAT COOL?
Unfortunately, the event is being held exclusively at establishments that serve alcohol. Contestants must be at least 21 to enter with valid identification. The PBR Philadelphia RPS City League Planning Committee would be happy to assist you in setting up your own all-ages tournament. Contact us for details.
15. WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGS IN COMPETITIVE RPS?
The PBR Philadelphia RPS City League does not yet have the means nor want to test competitors for foreign substances. You may use as much caffeine, tobacco, beta-blockers, Ginkgo Biloba, Flex-All or other legal substance of your choice as you like. Illegal drugs are, of course, illegal and will not be tolerated.
16. THE LAST TIME I PLAYED IN A MAJOR TOURNAMENT, I DISAGREED WITH A CALL THE REF MADE AND AFTER A HEATED DISCUSSION WAS DISQUALIFIED. I HOPE THAT WON’T HAPPEN AGAIN.
Sorry to say, but ALL REFEREE DECISIONS ARE FINAL. If you insist in arguing the fact, you will be warned once and any altercations after that warning will result in disqualification.
If there are any further questions, please contact
Richard Classy, Commissioner, at
C. Urbanus, Founder, Executive Director, and Commissioner Emeritus, at