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by Mike Bentley
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: FST Discord Open Mirror - 06/15/19
Replies: 10
Views: 1373

Re: FST Discord Open Mirror - 06/15/19

Is there a logistics mail going out? If the organizers haven't run a Discord tournament before, I recommend checking out my guide on running these tournaments: http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=21446&p=348155&hilit=discord+headset#p348155 You might also want to contact Alejandro Lopez...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: FST Discord Open Mirror - 06/15/19
Replies: 10
Views: 1373

Re: FST Discord Open Mirror - 06/15/19

orgoman wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:45 pm
While I am happy to start at 9am EST, there are people on the west coast who are planning on playing this tournament. Starting at 6am might be a tough ask for them. Any chance of starting a little later?
I'm personally fine with an early start.
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The Deep Bench Format
Replies: 6
Views: 1046

Re: The Deep Bench Format

We played this once when it was mirrored in the Boston area in 2007. I liked the format a lot at the time. It was a way for weaker players on the team (like myself at the time) to get to play meaningful matches against other players without being crowded out by better team members. The downside was ...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Sponsoring an NSC Round
Replies: 6
Views: 2462

Re: Sponsoring an NSC Round

Today is the last call for sponsoring a round. We still have a few spots left if you want to help out PACE in this way.
by Mike Bentley
Wed May 29, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 78
Views: 4304

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

Friendly reminder that you'll make your posts more interesting to other people by saying why you're requesting specific questions. e.g. "I wanted to review this tossup because I think there was a problem with the first clue" or "this tossup was a really neat idea, I wanted to highlight it."
by Mike Bentley
Thu May 09, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: ART NOUVEAU Sample Pack
Replies: 5
Views: 961

Re: ART NOUVEAU Sample Pack

Cool, very excited for this tournament. Answers seem a bit on the hard side, but I'd be on board for it.
by Mike Bentley
Sun May 05, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement - All the Lit We Cannot See (Winter 2019)
Replies: 9
Views: 1331

Re: Announcement - All the Lit We Cannot See (Winter 2019)

What's the thinking behind giving poetry since 1950 the same space as long fiction since 1950? My guess is that there's 100x an audience for long fiction than poetry written in this period.
by Mike Bentley
Fri May 03, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: California Summer Weekend o' Quizbowl at Cal State, Long Beach (8/10)
Replies: 20
Views: 2450

Re: California Summer Weekend o' Quizbowl at Cal State, Long Beach (Date TBD)

I'm potentially interested in this, but less so if it mirrors sets I'd already be playing (ones at CO) or writing (NASAT).
by Mike Bentley
Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ILLIAC Online 5/4 (Small Field / Trad. Open Audience)
Replies: 9
Views: 2144

Re: ILLIAC Online 5/4 (Small Field / Trad. Open Audience)

If I end up being the only West Coast person playing this tournament, I'm fine starting as early as 8:30 AM Eastern. Also, I'm willing to kick in more money in entrance fees if it entices moderators for this.
by Mike Bentley
Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 44
Views: 9761

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

One crappy thing about Friday events in the past is that many people were staying in the O'Hare area, which added like 1.5 hours in transport time when you could have been sleeping. So there's maybe some more wiggle room for a Friday event. I'd personally like that since I'll already be in town, but...
by Mike Bentley
Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) 2019 [Available 3/23/2019]
Replies: 17
Views: 7205

Re: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) 2019 [Available 3/23/2019]

Will there be an online mirror of this set? We are strongly considering doing one. If it happens, it will certainly be after nats season is over. Announcement will be forthcoming once we decide, but for now expect late April or May. Since it seems like the online mirror of ILLIAC will likely be on ...
by Mike Bentley
Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ILLIAC Online 5/4 (Small Field / Trad. Open Audience)
Replies: 9
Views: 2144

Re: ILLIAC Online 5/4 (Small Field / Trad. Open Audience)

This date works better for me so I'll be playing it. Will the other one be restricted to non-open teams?
by Mike Bentley
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: ILLIAC Collegiate/Open Online Mirror
Replies: 16
Views: 3074

Re: DATE POLL: ILLIAC Collegiate/Open Online Mirror

I should also note that my vote is for 5/18-5/19 but 5/19 would work much better for me.
by Mike Bentley
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Scattergories 3 at Chicago Open (08/04/2019)
Replies: 11
Views: 2005

Re: Scattergories 3 at Chicago Open (08/04/2019)

By the way, has it been announced yet when on Sunday this will happen? If not, my preference is for it to be the first event on Sunday.
by Mike Bentley
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Scattergories 3 at Chicago Open (08/04/2019)
Replies: 11
Views: 2005

Re: Scattergories 3 at Chicago Open (08/04/2019)

Looking for teammates for this, especially people who know things I don't like poetry, philosophy, music and film.

Oh, and I can record matches.
by Mike Bentley
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)
Replies: 48
Views: 13221

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

Sorry for the delay. My first priority was getting checks out to people, and we have mostly complete stats here: http://users.umiacs.umd.edu/~jbg/qb/2018_QANTA/2018_qanta_games.html I know there is one missing game of Monticello vs. Technical Wizards, which I'll have to recreate from the video. Vid...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 16439

Re: Player Poll 2019

There are two players from the Pacific Northwest who merit some consideration on the subject polls. The first is Alex van de Poel , a senior at UW. He is easily the best NAQT player who you have never heard of. He has deep pockets of knowledge in history and great coverage of modern world and geogr...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: ILLIAC Collegiate/Open Online Mirror
Replies: 16
Views: 3074

Re: DATE POLL: ILLIAC Collegiate/Open Online Mirror

I'd personally like to play this tournament, but also recognize that open Discord fields are pretty intimidating to much of the target audience for this tournament.
by Mike Bentley
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Terrapin at UW [April 20]
Replies: 1
Views: 1063

Re: 2019 Terrapin at UW [April 20]

We ended up having a very small field, so we played a format where each round each team was paired with another team against a combined team of two other teams. Thus, you'll see two entries for each round in the stats. There's also a "teammates" player that represents the points scored by the people...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: California Summer Open(s)?
Replies: 15
Views: 3135

Re: California Summer Open(s)?

With Summer Open not happening, here's my dream lineup for a California side events tournament that would hopefully take place at least a couple weeks away from CO:

Saturday:
META
This Must Be the Place
The Unanswered Question

Sunday:
Super Acronym II
RULFO
by Mike Bentley
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Side Event Summer Wrangling
Replies: 14
Views: 3916

Re: Side Event Summer Wrangling

Would be great to learn if some of the events listed under "Other Side Events" are happening this summer or not. With Summer Open disappointingly delayed, there's a version of a side event weekend from the "confirmed" list that wouldn't be especially exciting for me. But if most of those "other" eve...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 14340

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

The history was also good, although I thought there were a few issues with balance between different topics. I found there were too many tossups that focused extensively on French kings in the Middle Ages and Renaissance in this tournament; 3 strikes me as excessive. In the packets I played, I don'...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 5774

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

Could something be done to make editing submissions less taxing? For example, should citations be required so that fact checking is easier? Should teams receive more specific instructions for submission (I'm thinking of stuff like "submit 1/1 with 1 methodological-focused and 1 linguistics" instead...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Sponsoring an NSC Round
Replies: 6
Views: 2462

Re: Sponsoring an NSC Round

Did PACE ever decide on answer to my original question, that is, are people connected to PACE able to sponsor (i.e., I am a contributor to the NSC sets and an occasional staffer--can I sponsor?) Whoops, sorry for not replying to this earlier. We're evaluating sponsorships on a case-by-case basis, b...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Sponsoring an NSC Round
Replies: 6
Views: 2462

Re: Sponsoring an NSC Round

We still have several rounds available for sponsorship. Contact me for details!
by Mike Bentley
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 PACE NSC: Congratulations Thomas Jefferson A!
Replies: 32
Views: 12343

Re: 2019 PACE NSC: June 8-9, Reston, VA

We have only 6 spots left. Get your deposits in ASAP to guarantee your spot in the field.
by Mike Bentley
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: California Summer Open(s)?
Replies: 15
Views: 3135

California Summer Open(s)?

Are there any plans in the works for summer open(s) in California?
by Mike Bentley
Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 12098

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

I guess I'll also mention that it's worth putting into perspective how much quizbowl already puts into fairness. I'd be curious to learn if there are other team-based competitive activities out there that don't use single-elimination playoffs, guarantee all teams pretty much the same number of games...
by Mike Bentley
Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 12098

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

I would suspect that ACF might be slightly easier to seed since the rounds lend themselves to less variable "upsets" and the distribution is less unique (so looking at every other tournament probably gives a better idea of how teams will do). But even at ACF, there's still quirks--in 2011, the #1 a...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Authentication on this Website
Replies: 5
Views: 1111

Re: Authentication on this Website

Is there a way that we could volunteer to make it happen? All that the admins would need to do is delegate access to somebody for (say) a day or two. Or, we could write a small step-by-step instruction set that we could execute. Alternately, we could chip in to fund time for one of the maintainers ...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Side Event Summer Wrangling
Replies: 14
Views: 3916

Re: Side Event Summer Wrangling

The most recent iteration of Eyes That Do Not See has been available for mirrors for a few months now, but I don't think it's been mirrored all that many times. Does anyone know if there are any upcoming mirrors? I'd personally really like to play it, and I know I'm not alone in this, so if there a...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Ken Jennings Slate article on quizbowl
Replies: 7
Views: 2261

Ken Jennings Slate article on quizbowl

For those who haven't seen it, here's an article on Slate by Ken Jennings on how quizbowl is the "secret Jeopardy minor leagues": https://slate.com/culture/2019/04/jeopa ... nings.html
by Mike Bentley
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 12098

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

Considering the inherent variability with NAQT format Because teams don't split rounds when they play in other formats and see the result swing 330 points in their favor the second time around. If the results are supposed to exactly follow the seedings, then why bother to play the matches? While in...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)
Replies: 68
Views: 11580

Re: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)

Also, with respect to gaming history, there are other types of gaming history at the university level that have really taken off in the past few years. I'm thinking here of books like those in MIT's Platform Studies that place gaming in a wider historical context. I'd personally have liked to have s...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)
Replies: 68
Views: 11580

Re: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)

-While this sounds silly after just saying I liked the gaming history questions, I wasn't as big a fan as the gaming culture (all the fandom, YouTube video type clues) questions, but people were buzzing on that and they are a big part of gaming. To each their own. I joked that this was like the PIA...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)
Replies: 68
Views: 11580

Re: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)

Thanks Jason for writing this! It was a ton of fun!

Are you planning on setting up a discussion forum? I have a few pieces of constructive criticism and some questions to the community on what they want out of a videogame tournament.
by Mike Bentley
Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 PACE NSC: Congratulations Thomas Jefferson A!
Replies: 32
Views: 12343

Re: 2019 PACE NSC: June 8-9, Reston, VA

Alkres wrote:
Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:56 am
Any need for staffers?
Yes, please contact staffing@pace-nsc.org for more information on staffing the NSC.
by Mike Bentley
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 PACE NSC: Congratulations Thomas Jefferson A!
Replies: 32
Views: 12343

Re: 2019 PACE NSC: June 8-9, Reston, VA

There are a little over 20 spots remaining in the field. Send in your deposit soon.

Also note that full payment is required by May 6th. See this page for full payment details: http://www.pace-nsc.org/2019-nsc-fee-structure/
by Mike Bentley
Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Books "for Quizbowl"
Replies: 217
Views: 135936

Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

This site has some good recommendations from scholars on the five best books on various topics: https://fivebooks.com. They may not all be super valuable from a quizbowl perspective, but I bet you can find at least 1 of the 5 that would be a useful read.
by Mike Bentley
Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Old time bonus formats
Replies: 19
Views: 2961

Re: Old time bonus formats

5-10-15 Three part bonus, but the first part was worth only 5 points, the second part was worth 10 points, the third part was worth 15 points. The first part was really easy, the third part was hard. I always had a spot in my heart for these types because these were the only 3-part bonuses on which...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 27
Views: 5842

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

Muriel Axon wrote:
Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:28 pm
I regret to say that all scoresheets were lost, so no stats from the main event will be available. Whoops!
April Fools? I seem to have seen stats on the DB yesterday...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 44
Views: 9761

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

you appear to have mistakenly placed a mandatory "other history/other academic" question in the other science distribution : I would recommend amending this Agreed, "Any science" with one being mandated as "history science" feels like its going to be slotted into "other science," which is not what ...
by Mike Bentley
Sat Mar 30, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 27
Views: 5842

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

Results from Eyes X: Player 15 10 -5 Total Will 14 3 3 225 Andrew 8 4 4 140 Sam 7 5 4 135 Auroni 7 3 2 125 Dyaln 6 7 14 90 Rob 6 1 3 85 Tejas 3 3 2 65 Greg 1 5 2 55 Shan 3 2 2 55 Tora 1 1 0 25 Alex 2 1 3 25 Erik 0 1 0 10 Joe 0 1 1 5 Bryan 0 1 1 5 Nabir 0 0 0 0 Matt 0 0 1 -5 Foster 0 0 1 -5 Jason 0 1...
by Mike Bentley
Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 27
Views: 5842

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

We also lost our 4th if anyone wants to join.
by Mike Bentley
Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 10 Years of Chicago Open: My Greatest Memories
Replies: 8
Views: 2909

Re: 10 Years of Chicago Open: My Greatest Memories

We won the first game when I managed to get this tossup: His strength derives from his large, fuzzy ears, and his name refers to his skill in dealing with certain marauding animals, whom he kills by grabbing their jaws and ripping them apart bare-handed. For 10 points, name this title badass of the...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 44
Views: 9761

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

Do you plan on having the distribution posted soon? That will be helpful in getting work divided up.
by Mike Bentley
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 27
Views: 5842

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

By the way, the Eyes mirror is free if that's what's holding anyone back from signing up.
by Mike Bentley
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 27
Views: 5842

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

Nice hockey Cote d'Azur wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:08 pm
Will we be playing guerrilla history? I’d like to have that, preferably Saturday but if not then Sunday after acronym.
Agreed that my strong preference remains to play Guerilla on Saturday, even if it's late. If we get kicked out you can always ad-hoc postpone it to Sunday.
by Mike Bentley
Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Online Guerrilla History Mirror - 6/1 (postponed indefinitely)
Replies: 8
Views: 2457

Re: Online Guerrilla History Mirror - Date Poll

Hrmm I don't think I'm able to change my vote but I forgot that May 18th probably won't work for me unless we're starting in the morning.
by Mike Bentley
Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 16
Views: 3740

Re: CO Matchmaking

Now that we know when and where CO will be, the plebeians can start forming teams and writing packets. I'm looking for some teammates. I'm not good at anything, but can one-clue tossups on "Miss America." I write questions for a living so I'm comfortable writing a packet fast. I'll try not to pass ...