There are 32 teams in the single-elimination tournament, all ranked based on prior performance in the group stage.
For each day of competition, pick the winners of each battle.
If your bot wins, you score points!
Points Scored = (contestant rank difference) / 4 rounded to nearest integer – so root for the underdogs when it makes sense!
PLOT TWIST! If we pick the same robot to win a battle… … if the robot loses, the point leader after the round cannot pick the winner to win in the next round. …if the robot wins, the point leader after the round MUST pick that bot to win in the next round. …if the point leader has conflicting rules in a battle, the rules are all invalidated.
Round of 32
Ep11 Mike Skorpios Minotaur Copperhead Glitch/WitchDoctor Hijinx P1 Huge Riptide Ep11 Dan EndGame BloodsportLuckyGlitch/WitchDoctor Sawblaze HypershockHuge Riptide
Ep12 Mike Ribbot MadCatter Blip Tombstone Whiplash Yeti Rotator Tantrum Ep12 Dan Hydra/Defender BlackDragon Blip TombstoneIceWave Cobalt CaptainShredderatorGigabyte
Stephen and I drove out to his home town of Jamesville to check on his family’s properties there. It’s about 3/4 of the way from Raleigh to OBX. Classic old town America.
After we visited his parcels, we hit the Roanoke, and saw fish jumping, a great blue heron, a kingfisher, turtles among the natural lily pads (beautiful), what looked to be a copperhead fall from a tree and take a gentle upstream swim, and a pack of turkey vultures enjoying a catfish head on the shore, ha. A beautiful natural river.
Dan and I have the Covid Blues so we are scraping for any reality races on which we can bet. Any show where each episode has a winner and a loser. Here’s our next train wreck! Call your bookie, slap down those bets!
New improved rules, now with more action!
Pick the player you think will win, pick the two players you think will be chosen to defend themselves, and pick the player you think will be actually eliminated.
For winners, start with 10 points. If your winner is eliminated, you lose a point, and you have to pick another. If your winner wins, you score a point, and they remain your pick.
For losers, start with 0 points. Score a point for each defender you got right. If your loser is eliminated, you score a point, and get to pick another.
Contest winner is the one with the most points after the final episode!
Also, we are playing with DAN’S BASTARDIZATION OF THE PICK RULES: you can change any pick you want in between episodes. WHAT? LAME, Mike does not approve… but he’s very accommodating, so here we go…
I almost bailed on a bike ride to get Indian takeout on the other side of town, because the forecast was for rain. They oversell it! I’m so glad I went, the ride was gorgeous, the food delicious, and I continued to blast away at my DVT. :-)
Intentionally, sadistically dense stuff, every single page its own literary sudoku, like only Gibson can get away with. Let it wash over you, rereading the page with the context of its contents. Once you’re comfortable with the ride, it’s good solid fun with some real payoffs. Quite explosive, actually.
Thanks Dan for the gift! You helped me rediscover my favorite author. Now on to the sequel, Agency….
OB S3 got all the little nuances right. Engaging plot, perfectly-sized entourage of great characters, full emotional range of well-written scenes, all wrapped around the showcase of Tatiana’s unparalleled performances.