Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock! dice game

Rock, Paper Scissors, Lizard, Spock! is a five-gesture expansion of the classic hand gesture selection method game, Rock, Paper, Scissors. By adding two additional gestures, the chance of ending in a tie is reduced.

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Sam Kass and Karen Bryla are credited with creating Rock, Paper Scissors, Lizard, Spock! but it was not until it appeared in Big Bang Theory that it took off, quickly becoming a household reference in geek-homes everywhere.

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It’s spawned numerous t-shirts, posters, memes and so on, so it’s not surprising to see it appear as a licensed dice game from Cardinal Games.

Big Bang Theory – Rock, Paper Scissors, Lizard, Spock! dice game from Cardinal, $3.99

The game consists of 4 custom, 6-sided dice, with each facet one of the possible game. It also includes 24 small chips to track score. The instructions are short and easy to comprehend. The dice are low quality. I am a bit of a dice-geek, so they are fine, just not exceptional. The chips are small but fulfill the limited needs of the game, and all the components are very portable, packaged with a clear plastic tube to carry it in, so that is nice.

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While the premise of the game is fun, this is a game of complete chance, offering no opportunities for planning, strategy or odds. Each player rolls the dice and either wins or doesn’t, passing the dice to the next player.

I suppose you could make it more interesting by betting on each round, or turning it into a frat party type of drinking game, but otherwise, I can see no reason to play a game like this, nor can I recommend it to anyone.

As much as I love Big Bang Theory, give this one a pass. Note that there is another variation of this called Geek Dice, which I have not played. It adds a betting aspect, and the components appear to be high quality. I’ll have to give it a closer look.

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