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by ErikC
Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Indulge me a moment...
Replies: 18
Views: 2620

Re: Indulge me a moment...

This has been the first year out of school after five years of playing collegiate QB, and I was feeling pretty down about missing out on all the tournaments. But semi-open tournaments have been plentiful here to boost the field - it's not ideal, but I've had the opportunity to play 3 tournaments of ...
by ErikC
Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 19
Views: 2044

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

I can confirm I am writing a full pack for this.
by ErikC
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Look at This Photograph (Visual Side Event)
Replies: 0
Views: 678

Look at This Photograph (Visual Side Event)

Look at This Photograph is a visual trash set I have (mostly) assembled, ideally paired with another visual set like SHAWARMA II. The set will be a bit differently constructed and clued than a written tournament because of the quirks of the medium, but I'm shooting for fairly accessible difficulty ...
by ErikC
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:06 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Angels in the Architecture 2: Build it Bigger (Summer 201x)
Replies: 11
Views: 5171

Re: Angels in the Architecture 2: Build it Bigger (Summer 201x)

This was a great set - anyone with a passing interest in architecture should play this.
by ErikC
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Regionals playtesting
Replies: 26
Views: 5686

Re: ACF Regionals playtesting

I'm interested in playtesting - will we get the email the night of or sooner?
by ErikC
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Growing Young Players
Replies: 5
Views: 1679

Re: Growing Young Players

The University of Toronto club has been using a really good schedule. In September, the club run novice practices exclusively for new players on days we don't normally have practices early in the semester. The rest of the semester has had junior practices (playing about ACF Fall level) from 6-7:30 o...
by ErikC
Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why isn't Bollywood canon?
Replies: 20
Views: 4038

Re: Why isn't Bollywood canon?

To address the initial point: Bollywood isn't canon because it's not generally studied academically. I'd definitely say part of this is Western-centric attitudes. Academic quizbowl film questions generally draw upon what you might encounter in film studies. In comparison, classic Hollywood has been ...
by ErikC
Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: No Banter Please - A Trash Tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 4143

Re: No Banter Please - A Trash Tournament

Glancing at the distribution breakdown I'd say it's about 30%-35% of the content is pre-00s content, though this varies on which part of the distro (obviously theres very little things to ask about the internet of the 80s, but there is a fair amount of older sports or music questions).
by ErikC
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 575
Views: 258448

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I'll be reading Fantastic Feasts and Where to Find Them, my 40 tossup food pack around 10pm EST on Thursday, Dec 6 on the discord. It is similar to John Lawrence's There Will Be Stock Clues event.
by ErikC
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: community question clinic
Replies: 95
Views: 43304

Re: community question clinic

I'd say that be confusing.
by ErikC
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: community question clinic
Replies: 95
Views: 43304

Re: community question clinic

If you're going to use the "these people" than the first clue needs to be clearer, I had a hard time parsing it. "While she is one of these people" would be clearer, but perhaps "this status" would be better.

The second question mention the Green River twice, but other than that seems fine.
by ErikC
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: No Banter Please - A Trash Tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 4143

Re: No Banter Please - A Trash Tournament

The Toronto site (http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=21929, comments about the tournament included) played 11 of the 15 packets we planned for this tournament. I plan on having the last four packets being played as a side event in the near future. I won't be posting these packets to t...
by ErikC
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is World History?
Replies: 11
Views: 3870

Re: What is World History?

I'd agree with the idea that this specific tossup should have been reclassified European history for the reasons you stated - but would this also apply to questions about the colonization of sub-Saharan Africa? Morocco has had a very different relationship with Europe than Nigeria or Senegal has. Wo...
by ErikC
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: No Banter Please - A Trash Tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 4143

Re: No Banter Please - A Trash Tournament

We're setting the mirror fees at $45 CAD or $35 USD per team for a 15-pack tournament. As some of you might know, Venmo is not available in Canada yet so I'll be setting up a Paypal.
by ErikC
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: No Banter Please - A Trash Tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 4143

Re: No Banter Please - A Trash Tournament

An update: the Canadian site of NBP will be held on November 4, 2018 . The set will be available for mirrors the weekend of the November 10 after. The field is completely open right now, and the main site fees and discount will likely be around $120 per team, similar to the Acronym held at McMaster ...
by ErikC
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 24874

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

What's the reasoning behind the grouping of economics and psychology as 1/1 separately from other social science? I don't think I've seen that before.
by ErikC
Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open Reject - Discord Event
Replies: 4
Views: 1694

Re: Chicago Open Reject - Discord Event

Antrobus63 wrote:Is there a sign up sheet?
No real need for one I think, we'll read the packets we have and anyone can play.

If you want a pack read but you won't be there, please send it to echriste@edu.uwaterloo.ca.
by ErikC
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open Reject - Discord Event
Replies: 4
Views: 1694

Re: Chicago Open Reject - Discord Event

Seeing as there wasn't a clear date from the poll, I'll set the date for this at August 21st at 8pm EST. Apologies for the delay in setting this.
by ErikC
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: SNICK: Global Announcement (All 90s, Late Summer 2018)
Replies: 46
Views: 13006

Re: SNICK: Global Announcement (All 90s, Late Summer 2018)

This was really fun - challenging but it helped we had the king of 90s kids playing in our room. Other than one glaring omission this tournament (no spoilers but it was something I consider the epitome of the 90s along with a movie that did come up) was thorough and excellent.
by ErikC
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Where does the Commonwealth go?
Replies: 17
Views: 4995

Re: Where does the Commonwealth go?

I think it would be a mistake to just say "hey, Canadian lit is a lot like British lit, let's put it there". I'm no expert, but Canadian literature is heavily influenced by the American tradition as well. For other Commonwealth/Anglosphere countries I'd say their own category for history and being p...
by ErikC
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open Reject - Discord Event
Replies: 4
Views: 1694

Re: Chicago Open Reject - Discord Event

With a field of about 20 people, there is definitely interest for playing this. The next poll will choose the day and time we'll play this, but feel free to post here if you have preferences for time.

https://strawpoll.com/w6zrbxrp
by ErikC
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Fuck it, let's rank the sets
Replies: 28
Views: 7418

Re: Fuck it, let's rank the sets

The question you raise is pretty interesting, though. Are writing and editing skills very distinct? I ask this as an editor who tends to just write all my questions from scratch rather than editing submissions. The reason I do so is often not because the submissions are poor, but because I am adher...
by ErikC
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Fuck it, let's rank the sets
Replies: 28
Views: 7418

Re: Fuck it, let's rank the sets

I'd like to throw my lot in with 2016 EFT for the easier side of collegiate quizbowl. I was a bit outside the target demographic when I played it but there was still a good amount of challenging clues in power for the regionals/regionals+ crowd. It also had some really fresh things I was excited to ...
by ErikC
Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: 2018 CO Trash discussion
Topic: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 2456

Re: Thanks and general discussion

I agree with this point, and want to add that there were zero tossups on albums in the played packets (which isn't bad per se, but is symptomatic of this set's preference for a certain type of music questions). There was one on Daytona, a 2018 release, you may have forgotten. (Now that I say that, ...
by ErikC
Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: 2018 CO Trash discussion
Topic: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 2456

Re: Thanks and general discussion

I really liked the movie questions in this tournament. I liked the mix of old/new, indie/blockbuster, english/non-english, and other things that you could separate by. The movies I have seen were clued really well, like the Synecdoche N.Y. bonus. Something I think I didn't really communicate in the ...
by ErikC
Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 5906

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

I think it can both be true that the tossup on Tienanmen Square was an interesting, gettable, and appropriate art tossup for a certain number of lines, and that some rooms converted it during those clues, and that it later became a much shorter tossup that other rooms, whose players didn't happen t...
by ErikC
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 8007

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

I don't see why we can't have mixed questions with western and non-western art - people do learn about both separately, but I think integrating world art into more standard tossups could be a good compromise between the current movement and playability. For example, the violin in Indian music tossup...
by ErikC
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 8007

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

I could be wrong about this, but it seemed there was very little military history in the set. Is this true, and if so, was it a conscious decision the editors made? I'm aware of the criticism of the previous criticism of high levels of military history of past tournaments but this might have been to...
by ErikC
Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 5906

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

For what it's worth, the clue about the "shame" totem poles reminded me a lot of the more strange faces I've seen on them at a local museum. However, I otherwise agree with Will about the over-use of Western written clues. Perhaps some clues describing techniques of their production would have been ...
by ErikC
Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open Reject - Discord Event
Replies: 4
Views: 1694

Chicago Open Reject - Discord Event

Similar to REJECT, I'd like to see if there's interest in an event where people could read (or contribute) unused Chicago Open questions to play on Discord. Scheduling can be done if the interest is there.

Please vote here: https://strawpoll.com/k62pkbrs
by ErikC
Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: No Banter Please - A Trash Tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 4143

Re: No Banter Please - A Trash Tournament

An update: for several reasons, this tournament is likely to be held in Canada in September and October, with mirrors becoming available after the first site. We'll try to combo this with a tournament in Toronto.

Also, despite the title, UK mirrors are encouraged to bring out the lads.
by ErikC
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: untitled unedited. : A Kendrick Lamar Side Event (7/7/18)
Replies: 9
Views: 4651

Re: untitled unedited. : A Kendrick Lamar Side Event

Looking forward to this bigly. Great title!
by ErikC
Tue May 29, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: No Banter Please - A Trash Tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 4143

No Banter Please - A Trash Tournament

I am pleased to announce a full-length trash tournament is currently in production by a team including Paul Kasinski, Ian Greig, Aayush Rajasekaran, Jack von Nostrand, and Simone Valade, led by yours truly. The tentative distribution is as follows: 4/4 Music (1/1 Pop and R&B, Hip-hop, Rock, and othe...
by ErikC
Thu May 03, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Canadian Player Poll 2018
Replies: 27
Views: 9131

Re: Canadian Player Poll 2018

I think it's very strange that the best Canadian quizbowl player in history is at his peak and you guys come up with rules to exclude him. The thread title is a bit a of a misnomer, it's about the regional "circuit" which includes some American attendees of Canadian schools and an open player from ...
by ErikC
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Historature 2018: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 2003

Re: Specific Question Discussion

I talked to Will about this privately--the urban renewal tossup has very good clues, is a cool idea, and has generous prompts, but some of the clues are very tricky to specifically pin down to the concept of "urban renewal." Note the tossup prompts on "public housing," which is obviously related bu...
by ErikC
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to make college quizbowl less insular
Replies: 22
Views: 7574

Re: How to make college quizbowl less insular

On the same line of thought, but more exaggeratedly, I also wonder if QB is just kind of even more naturally insular. There's not much downtime, and that which you do have isn't often spent socializing. At most tournaments I've been to, most people don't talk pre-round, when in their rooms, except ...
by ErikC
Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 18066

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

I’m all for this, but I’ve felt that it can be difficult to get involved in the community. A big part of my own high school quiz bowl experience was trying to “break into” the circuit- early on I noticed that respect and the ability to become an influential figure came from becoming a good/great pl...
by ErikC
Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 18066

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

Do note that business, though not an academic field in the “liberal arts” sense, is hardly represented at all in quiz bowl despite comprising a large chunk of the student population, and while I don’t quite agree with mandating business questions in the general distribution, it is a point that must...
by ErikC
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 18759

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

So really, the questions I have are these. What steps do you take to retain your new and inexperienced members? Do you have members of your team that are more casual players? If so, how do you make sure not to overwhelm them? Do you have any other suggestions to make quiz bowl more inclusive for ca...
by ErikC
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 18066

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

I personally think that the current distribution and its biases neglects some areas and subjects that might engage players who have otherwise lost interest.

What these biases are and what the distribution should be discussed often, so it definitely feels like this is a constantly changing issue.
by ErikC
Sun Mar 25, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: The Best Two-Way Players
Replies: 12
Views: 4020

Re: The Best Two-Way Players

Derek So is an impressive trash player on top of his academic knowledge when he does play trash tournaments. Aayush is also better than he claims to be. A good deal of Canadian players play both well but not quite comparably.
by ErikC
Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 2068

Re: SMT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

Overall I really liked this tournament. The content that was "off-canon" was quite good and I liked the general approach to history. The literature clues seemed much better than the standard plot summaries for works I am familiar with. One thing I noticed is some things came up more than once. I bel...
by ErikC
Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 9652

Re: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion

The first line doesn't say "from this country;" it says "this modern nation's monarchs from the House of Wettin." Do you think that's still confusing? Sorry, I didn't quite get that right. I would say it's ok but there's a chance someone might reflex buzz if they recognize the dynasty as a German h...
by ErikC
Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 9652

Re: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion

I wrote this tossup; I think the first line excludes Germany (it would be odd and untrue to say that any member of the House of Wettin was a "monarch" of "Germany"), but let me know if you thought the wording was confusing. The main confusion would be monarch "from" this country; after Augustus the...
by ErikC
Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 9652

Re: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion

Could I see the earth science tossup on water and the history tossup on Poland? This substance can be studied dynamically using the SWMM model This line through me off. SWMM stands for Stormwater Management Model, so the extra m was confusing and I didn't buzz because I thought it was something dif...
by ErikC
Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 9652

Re: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion

Referring to Frederick Barbarossa as "this king" is strange when he is best known as being an emperor; the distinction is quite important. I don't know this couldn't have just been "this monarch" or my preference "this ruler" Could I see the earth science tossup on water and the history tossup on Po...
by ErikC
Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Film Player
Replies: 39
Views: 11800

Re: Best Film Player

While I always submit a film question to try and remedy this, the opera and ballet lobby is strong. Assuming the tournament divides Other Arts evenly between Auditory and Visual within each packet (which virtually every well-edited tournament does), it is simply not possible for film to get pushed ...
by ErikC
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Film Player
Replies: 39
Views: 11800

Re: Best Film Player

It's a shame that Regs only had 2 films tossups (1 of we we couldn't play because UF wrote it IIRC) because Ophirstats has the potential to end these sort of debates in the future. It's going to be exciting to see the potential it has. While I always submit a film question to try and remedy this, t...
by ErikC
Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The looming crisis
Replies: 25
Views: 7720

Re: The looming crisis

It's interesting that this thread has already spurred the organization of another tournament - perhaps more visibility for posts asking for first-time help could get more people involved? I know that I'm more interested after reading Andrew's post.
by ErikC
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Question
Replies: 45
Views: 14939

Re: Your Favorite Question

I'd also like to point out ironically that many of the tossups we've been mentioning would, if collated together into a single packet, make for a rather stilted playing experience, if only because these mold-breaking off-kilter tossups stand out in the memory for being odd, and a packet full of the...