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How To Play Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock: The Card Game

One up The Big Bang Theory gang with this hilarious card game based on Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock.

Above Image: The Big Bang Theory (2007) Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) Raj Koothrappali (­Kunal Nayyar)

If you've watched The Big Bang Theory enough, then you know about the hand game "Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock." The gang uses it to solve they're most pressing problems.

 Ward_Nox on Instructables has come up with a card game based on the variant of Rock-Scissors-Paper (Ro-Sham-Bo) known as Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock. I redesigned the cards and standardized the play a bit.

Wikipedia says, "Rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock is a five-gesture expansion of the classic selection method game rock-paper-scissors. It operates on the same basic principle, but includes two additional weapons: the lizard (formed by the hand as a sock-puppet-like mouth) and Spock (formed by the Star Trek Vulcan salute). This reduces the chances of a round ending in a tie. The game was invented by Sam Kass with Karen Bryla."

All hail Sam Kass!

The advantage of the card game is it eliminates the challenge of learning the hand motions and rules.

How To Play
Step 1: Download the Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock game cards

Step 2: Print the cards making sure you use the "Actual Size" setting in Acrobat. You can use regular computer paper, but Avery 8371 business card stock (or any standard size card stock) is recommended. Print five copies duplexed (front-to-back). If you want to make the cards more durable, then laminate them or just cover them with clear tape.

Step 3: Print the card box with standard card stock or paper

Step 4. Print the scorecards from standard paper.

Step 5: Fold and glue (or tape) the card box.

Game Play
The rules of Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock are:
  • Scissors cuts Paper
  • Paper covers Rock
  • Rock crushes Lizard
  • Lizard poisons Spock
  • Spock smashes (or melts) Scissors
  • Scissors decapitates Lizard
  • Lizard eats Paper
  • Paper disproves Spock
  • Spock vaporizes Rock
  • Rock crushes Scissors
Standard Play
  1. Shuffle the deck of cards.
  2. Each player is dealt five cards (or eight for some games) without showing the other.
  3. Players then assess the relative strength of their hands.
  4. Each player says, "Rock. Scissors. Paper. Lizard. Spock!" and lays a card on the table.
  5. The player who's hand beats the other wins. The winning player takes the cards on the table.
  6. In the event of a tie, the players take the cards back into their hand and play again.
  7. The scorecard is marked and game continues until all cards are played and the scores are counted.
  8. The best of five or eight wins.
Alternate variations
  1. Each player is given one of each card type.
  2. Each player selects a card from their hand.
  3. The two players say, "Rock. Scissors. Paper. Lizard. Spock!" and lays the card on the table.
  4. In the event of a tie, the players take the cards back into their hand.
  5. The first player to run out of cards loses the game.
    Anything you can come up with! If you can think of a variation on the game let me know!

    Here's the scene from The Big Bang Theory if you've never seen it. It's hilarious. .  

    If you're looking for official Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock merchandise head to Kass' store.

    About The Big Bang Theory: Leonard and Sheldon are brilliant physicists, the kind of "beautiful minds" that understand how the universe works. But none of that genius helps them interact with people, especially women. All this begins to change when a free-spirited beauty named Penny moves in next door. Sheldon, Leonard's roommate, is quite content spending his nights playing Klingon Boggle with their socially dysfunctional friends, fellow CalTech scientists Wolowitz and Koothrappali. However, Leonard sees in Penny a whole new universe of possibilities... including love

    What do you think of the game? Have you come up with another way to play? What's your favorite card game?

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    1. Cool, I have a copy of the cards to play "Mystic Warlords of Ka'a"...

    2. Good idea but that makes it harder to cheat and change your answer the second you see what the other guy is throwing down.

    3. Wow, they went to a lot of effort! Think it's easier to remember the hand gestures.

    4. What helps Big Bang Theory so great is stuff like this. Even if they didn't think it would amount to something, they threw it out there. I have a t-shirt based on Rock-Scissors-Paper-Lizard-Spock.

    5. Good point Pat, but probably no more likely than playing the hand game.

    6. That t-shirt is cool Tony. It's a shame Kass doesn't get residuals from ThinkGeek.

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    8. This article is trully well-written.There are a lot of interesting things to take into consideration. well done!


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