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by Mike Bentley
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19
Replies: 23
Views: 2486

Re: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19

To play devil's advocate here, I can see how with increased attention on the HSNCT, NAQT wants to protect itself from people winning the tournament well out of the age democratic of the average high school student. If the tournament ever had prize money associated with it, I guess it could be in som...
by Mike Bentley
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19
Replies: 23
Views: 2486

Re: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19

Out of curiosity are these types of policies in place for other high school competitions? I imagine most sports have something like this in place.
by Mike Bentley
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)
Replies: 38
Views: 3619

Re: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)

Only things that have Wikipedia pages can be answers. I think some people (myself included) interpreted this to mean "if X is a Wikipedia page then X can be an answerline," not "the set of submittable answerlines is a subset of Wikipedia article titles." Based on the below post the restriction is t...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)
Replies: 38
Views: 3619

Re: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)

600 characters I think is fine - that's about 5.5/6 lines of 10/11 Times New Roman font, respectively. If the worry is that questions will go for too long and bore viewers, I genuinely do suspect that most of these tossups will go within the first couple sentences if they're written at the advertis...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)
Replies: 38
Views: 3619

Re: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)

Is there a length guideline for submitted questions? Try not to go over 500 characters of questions, and unless the question is exquisitely crafted, try not to go under 400 characters. This is a really important point, thanks! We'll update the question submission interface to reflect this and also ...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open Penn Bowl Mirror @ University of Washington - 12/1/18
Replies: 0
Views: 208

Open Penn Bowl Mirror @ University of Washington - 12/1/18

We'll be hosting an open (in person) mirror of Penn Bowl at the University of Washington on Saturday, December 1st. To register, e-mail me at uwquizbowl@gmail.com. Registration fee will be $100 per team, but I'm willing to offer discounts for shorthanded teams. This tournament is open to try to enco...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)
Replies: 38
Views: 3619

Re: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)

Field Update (10/8/18): Maryland A Sally Hemings Sam Spaulding, Stephen Leh, Isaac Park Drew Scheeler,... Michael Bentley, Jeremy Eaton, Sam Braunfeld Jonathan Magin will be our fourth player. Given that this tournament will seemingly end earlier than a typical tournament, are there any side events...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)
Replies: 38
Views: 3619

Re: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)

I'm not sure if I'll attend but I have most of a half packet written for this. If you are interested in contributing the science questions to get this packet finished please let me know.
by Mike Bentley
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)
Replies: 22
Views: 4413

Re: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)

Also was there a logistics mail on this I missed?
by Mike Bentley
Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)
Replies: 22
Views: 4413

Re: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)

Can moderators get together tonight and test that they can hear each other when speaking? Microphone problems with moderators are some of the biggest causes for time delays in Discord tournaments so getting everything figured out ahead of time would help us stay on time.
by Mike Bentley
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Please hold online playtesting mirrors on Sundays
Replies: 4
Views: 903

Re: Please hold online playtesting mirrors on Sundays

Eh how much of a concern is this really? Online tournaments typically have like 5 staffers and they can be from across the country. And some of these tournaments are played by teams in places that aren't likely to have a local mirror. I don't think this is enough of a problem to have a categorical r...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Human Use of Human Beings - Summer 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 3180

Re: The Human Use of Human Beings - Summer 2018

Questions are now posted: http://hsquizbowl.org/db/questionsets/2219/

There's also the discussion forum you can join if you have any comments about the set.
by Mike Bentley
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: DATE CHANGE: 2018 ACF Fall Great Lakes @ Ohio State (SUNDAY, 11/4/18)
Replies: 6
Views: 1384

Re: 2018 ACF Fall Great Lakes @ Ohio State (11/3/18)

Can you get the football team to move their game to accommodate you?
by Mike Bentley
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Fall 2018 Open Tournament?
Replies: 13
Views: 2155

Fall 2018 Open Tournament?

As I plan some travel stuff for this fall, I want to make sure I'm not overlooking any already announced (or soon to be announced) open tournaments this season. Is anyone planning on writing one?
by Mike Bentley
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Human Use of Human Beings - Summer 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 3180

Re: The Human Use of Human Beings - Summer 2018

I don't think there are any other mirrors of this, but if I'm forgetting one please let me know. Otherwise I'll post the set next week.
by Mike Bentley
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)
Replies: 22
Views: 4413

Re: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)

If you're interested in teaming up, especially if you know something about science, let me know.
by Mike Bentley
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 12034

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Might I offer a suggestion? This thread would be more informative for players and writers if rather than just asking for a question or conversion stats you asked for why you were interested in that data. For instance, "I thought that the question on X had an awfully hard leadin. Could I see the full...
by Mike Bentley
Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!
Replies: 51
Views: 17690

Re: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!

These are all the ones I have. Other people may have others.
by Mike Bentley
Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Stanford Weekend of Quiz Bowl (August 4–5, 2018)
Replies: 10
Views: 2395

Re: Stanford Weekend of Quiz Bowl (August 4–5, 2018)

nadph wrote:Stats appear to be up for everything except WORLDSTAR and Imaginary Landscape.
I assume the WORLDSTAR stats are on their way at some point?
by Mike Bentley
Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!
Replies: 51
Views: 17690

Re: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!

Recordings of matched are available here: http://doc-ent.com/qbc/NSC18/

Note that both Brittany and I were sick during the tournament so our voice quality isn't that great.
by Mike Bentley
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]
Replies: 23
Views: 5177

Re: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]

We played this at practice. Scores: Alex van de Poel (5 rounds): 2/26/10 - 240 Alejandro Lopez-Lago (4 rounds): 2/19/6 - 190 Mike Bentley (4 rounds): 2/15/12 - 120 Kevin Wang (3 rounds): 0/12/12 - 60 Chris Grubb (1.5 rounds): 0/4/1 - 35 Jefferson Van Wagenen (2 rounds): 0/1/0 - 10 This was fun, than...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Private discussion group e-mail requests
Replies: 2
Views: 788

Private discussion group e-mail requests

I noticed that I didn't get an e-mail for most recent applications to join a private forum I own. I also was approved for one without receiving a confirmation e-mail. Can the board admins take a look at what's happening here? I don't even see these messages in my spam folder. It'd also be great if o...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Stanford Weekend of Quiz Bowl (August 4–5, 2018)
Replies: 10
Views: 2395

Re: Stanford Weekend of Quiz Bowl (August 4–5, 2018)

For the Human Use of Human Beings mirror, Naveed's team ended up ahead by 1 game and since we only had 1 remaining packet they were declared the winner. Thanks to everyone who played and moderated the tournament. I sent stats (minus the bottom bracket playoff rounds I'm still waiting on) to Jonchee ...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: WORLDSTAR
Replies: 26
Views: 8539

Re: WORLDSTAR

This tournament was a lot of fun. I'm impressed how much improvement there's been in Jakob's answer and clue selection over the past year.
by Mike Bentley
Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: OCTAVIAN - A Classics Tournament
Replies: 22
Views: 6834

Re: OCTAVIAN - A Classics Tournament

People should note this tournament is super hard.
by Mike Bentley
Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Stanford Weekend of Quiz Bowl (August 4–5, 2018)
Replies: 10
Views: 2395

Re: Stanford Weekend of Quiz Bowl (August 4–5, 2018)

We're looking for a 4th for Octavian.

Also I'm going to start matching people up for Human Use of Human Beings by Friday night, so form your own teams by then.
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Practices for Running a Discord Tournament
Replies: 1
Views: 1106

Re: Best Practices for Running a Discord Tournament

A couple additional points for running a Discord tournament from having just played the Words and Objects mirror (which I think was pretty well run for an online tournament): 1. It's a good idea to get people to join the server well before the tournament starts. Otherwise I don't think you can add t...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Words and Objects Online Mirror
Replies: 11
Views: 2348

Re: Words and Objects Online Mirror

Thanks for writing and hosting this. Is there a private discussion forum for the set?
by Mike Bentley
Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: The Herb Voland Memorial Tournament: Gorilla Trash
Replies: 6
Views: 1258

Re: The Herb Voland Memorial Tournament: Gorilla Trash

There is an okay chance I'll have a packet for this.
by Mike Bentley
Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 3993

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

Yeah, I was trying to evaluate why this tournament was much longer than the last few years. I think the game rooms were spread out more (up stairs and in an adjoining building), which didn't help. I liked Evanston as a location--if they could get rooms that were sufficiently cooler that would be ni...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 3993

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

Yeah, while this set included lots of fun stuff and was well written, I'd go a step farther and say that this set emphatically isn't the direction where quizbowl needs to go in the future. The distribution was skewed heavily towards nonwestern art and post-WWII literature which I think is problemat...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Words and Objects Online Mirror
Replies: 11
Views: 2348

Re: Words and Objects Online Mirror

Are there any plans to expand the team size? It looks like there are 4 teams of people on the waitlist right now.
by Mike Bentley
Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 3993

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

Thanks to the editors for all the hard work on this set. It was by far the most enjoyable Chicago Open I've ever played. I think a lot of this had to do with difficulty control (at least on tossups) which was much appreciated as a player. I could see that reflected in the changes made to the handful...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Human Use of Human Beings - Summer 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 3180

Re: The Human Use of Human Beings - Summer 2018

Cheynem wrote:Is this a free event as in the past?
Yes, it's at least free to mirror. If hosts want to charge they can.
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Human Use of Human Beings - Summer 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 3180

Re: The Human Use of Human Beings - Summer 2018

Quick update: There will be 9 total packets.
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 88
Views: 24499

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

This was a great tournament, thanks to everyone who put it on.
by Mike Bentley
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Human Use of Human Beings - Summer 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 3180

Re: The Human Use of Human Beings - Summer 2018

I have just a couple of small edits left to make. The tournament (9 packets of tossups only) will be available starting 7/28. If for some reason you need it earlier let me know and I can probably make that happen. There's also a discussion forum for the set that people who played the online playtest...
by Mike Bentley
Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Human Use of Human Beings Online Playtest - Wed 7/11 9PM EDT
Replies: 7
Views: 1342

Re: Human Use of Human Beings Online Playtest - Wed 7/11 9PM

Thanks for playtesting. Scores:

Natan - 15/31/15 - 460
Trevor - 5/26/7 - 300
Jason - 10/18/18 - 240
Jeffrey - 2/13/1 - 155
Steven - 6/12/12 - 150
Joe - 4/7/5 - 105
Ricky - 3/10/9 - 100
Sam - 1/11/6 - 95
by Mike Bentley
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Human Use of Human Beings Online Playtest - Wed 7/11 9PM EDT
Replies: 7
Views: 1342

Re: Human Use of Human Beings Online Playtest - Wed 7/11 9PM

warum wrote:Are there any plans for an online mirror of this set, aside from the playtesting today?
Probably not but if I hear from a bunch of other people maybe I'll do something in early September.
by Mike Bentley
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Human Use of Human Beings Online Playtest - Wed 7/11 9PM EDT
Replies: 7
Views: 1342

Re: Human Use of Human Beings Online Playtest - Wed 7/11 9PM

Reminder that this is tonight. There are still a few spots left for anyone who wants to sign up.
by Mike Bentley
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: VCU Side Event Weekend 2018 – July 28 & 29
Replies: 5
Views: 1160

Re: VCU Side Event Weekend 2018 – July 28 & 29

Human Use of Human Beings will be done by then.
by Mike Bentley
Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Human Use of Human Beings Online Playtest - Wed 7/11 9PM EDT
Replies: 7
Views: 1342

Re: Human Use of Human Beings Online Playtest - Wed 7/11 9PM

This will take placed on Wednesday at 9 PM. See first post for details.
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 565
Views: 211933

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I have another packet on Seattle and to a lesser extent the wider Pacific Northwest mostly written. I'll read it once I finish editing Human Use of Human Beings. Should still be fun even if you're not from Seattle.
by Mike Bentley
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Human Use of Human Beings Online Playtest - Wed 7/11 9PM EDT
Replies: 7
Views: 1342

Human Use of Human Beings Online Playtest - Wed 7/11 9PM EDT

I'll be running a Skype playtest of the Human Use of Human Beings on Wednesday, July 11th at 9 PM eastern time. It will be a shootout unless there are a ton of people who sign up. If you're interested, please add yourself to this sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IKXQcqvQPU25BVNXExVfK0K...
by Mike Bentley
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NASAT Mirror - University of Washington - 6/30/18
Replies: 4
Views: 1610

Re: NASAT Mirror - University of Washington - 6/30/18

Alberta cleared a relatively even field. Full stats are here: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/5119/stats/stats/ Thanks to Sally and Alejandro for staffing. We did a shootout on some of the remaining packets. Not everyone played the whole time but here are the overall scores: Trevor: 32/8 - ...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Practices for Running a Discord Tournament
Replies: 1
Views: 1106

Best Practices for Running a Discord Tournament

I'd like to use this thread to gather ideas for best practices for running a tournament of Discord. I've played two tournaments on this and they've been a bit of a mixed bag. I'm not yet convinced that in aggregate Discord is better for online tournaments than Skype, the main alternative (at least f...
by Mike Bentley
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Side Event Open: Organization
Replies: 27
Views: 6887

Re: Side Event Open: Organization

Any chance for a California version of this?
by Mike Bentley
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Nats Season 2019)
Replies: 7
Views: 1022

Re: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Nats Season 2019)

UlyssesInvictus wrote:but I understand if, for example, there's a lot of 2000s JRPG questions and not as much, say, retro arcade cabinets from the 80s

I won't