We have a WINNER!
Our “How Can You Use Chopsticks in a Game” contest has ended and our WINNER is:
Jason Norton from Oswego County in upstate New York!
As you might suspect, Jason is a gamer. In fact, he has also worked in the games industry. Here’s a brief “tell us about yourself and you in gaming” interview / bio:
- Jason has a background in IT.
- He has worked for a start up video game and tabletop rpg publisher.
- He has been playing board games, tabletop rpgs, and video games for decades.
- Jason is being credited for development and design support on the upcoming tactical fantasy battle game Warline.
- He has written for third party D&D and Pathfinder publications.
- He has helped run and been active in various board game groups.
- He has played hundreds of different games and enjoys GMing.
- Some of his favorites include Dead of Winter, Sagrada, and Lords of Waterdeep.
- Recently he has been play testing games and making workshops for Tabletop Simulator (with permission).
So, there you have it. A gamer who’s been gaming for years and won’t be stopping any time soon.
Here’s the scoop on Jason’s entry which was submitted as a short list of game rules (which we have bulleted here below) – he even proposed a title:
- “Chop Stick Agility” or “Nimble Chop Sticks” is a dexterity game where you draw a card with a challenge and complete it for points before time runs out. The chopsticks are numbered 1 to 20. Can you finagle the finesse to finish first or will you falter and fumble in failure?
- Examples of challenges:
- Start with all chopsticks laid out flat. Stack chop sticks in one stack, up to 20 high, with one hand. (1 point per chopstick in the highest stack)
- Without lifting chopsticks, order them from 1 to 20. (15 points)
- Flip the rest of the deck of cards over the long way while only touching with one chopstick while maintaining the stack of cards. (25 points)
- Roll and then stack 5 dice using one chop stick in each hand. (Points are equal to the sum of numbers facing up if stack of 5 is completed)
- The table votes if completion is disputed, ties broken with even and odds using numbered chopsticks (even total is success).
- When one player reaches 100 points, that is the final round until all players have completed an equal number of turns.
- The highest score is the winner.
- Ties are settled in a sudden death round (with special challenges) where players compete to complete the challenge first.
Let’s see if I got the gist of it, How Can You Use Chopsticks in a Game?
1). You can manipulate and stack chopsticks just as you would children’s building blocks or, as adults, dominoes.
2). Chopsticks can be used, well, kinda like chopsticks: to pick things up and move them around.
3). Since the chopsticks are numbered (smart move numbering them) they can be used to cast a vote.
Great job, Jason. Thank you for your entry.
And enjoy your WIN!
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We’ll pick up the “Maintaining Game Balance for a Variable Number of Players” thread that we started last week in our next post when we look at a little math that just might help. But don’t worry, it’s nothing you couldn’t work out with pad and pencil. And, as I said before, you don’t have to be Einstein, you just have to have a big eraser. Or at least, I do. : )