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by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Wed Dec 25, 2013 4:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Upstate NY State Championship: 4/19, Buffalo
Replies: 1
Views: 1184

Re: NAQT Upstate NY State Championship: 4/19, Buffalo

This post reserved for field updates

Registered (Teams / Buzzers / Staff / New Team):

Interest: (Teams / Buzzers / Staff / New Team):
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Wed Dec 25, 2013 4:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Upstate NY State Championship: 4/19, Buffalo
Replies: 1
Views: 1184

NAQT Upstate NY State Championship: 4/19, Buffalo

The University at Buffalo is pleased to announce the NAQT Upstate NY State Championship Tournament! Date: 4/19/2014 (Saturday) Location: University at Buffalo, North Campus (Amherst, NY) Building: TBD Set: IS-136 Tournament Directors: Sarah Beimel, Zach Pace Base Fee: $35 per team, no maximum number...
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Sat Dec 07, 2013 3:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Brainbusters Fall Tournament @ Ithaca, NY (12/7/2013)
Replies: 6
Views: 3528

Re: Brainbusters Fall Tournament @ Ithaca, NY (12/7/2013)

STAAAAAAATS after 7 rounds are up. Ithaca A and Cooperstown A are each undefeated in their respective divisions.

http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... _7_rounds/
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT SCT: February 8-9
Replies: 35
Views: 8479

Re: 2014 NAQT SCT: February 8

Any chance we could get fee structures posted? I have to pre-encumber for tournament fees before semester's end.
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Eastern Canada @ Toronto (2/22/14)
Replies: 32
Views: 9823

Re: ACF Regionals Eastern Canada @ Toronto (2/22/14)

Buffalo is ~80% on attendance at this point. We'd have one team, one laptop, 2 buzzers, and bells on our toes.
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Sat Nov 16, 2013 7:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DRAGOON @ Buffalo (11/16/13)
Replies: 16
Views: 3296

Re: DRAGOON @ Buffalo (11/16/13)

Full stats are updated. Thanks for coming, everyone. Invoices will come via email.
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DRAGOON @ Buffalo (11/16/13)
Replies: 16
Views: 3296

Re: DRAGOON @ Buffalo (11/16/13)

We've dropped to five teams now, so we may do a four-team RR or a five-team with byes, depending on how many Buffalo people I end up shanghai-ing.

If you think you'll be late on Saturday, please give me a call (seven one six 5 9 eight 5 eight 2 2)

EDIT: And, we're back at 6!
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DRAGOON @ Buffalo (11/16/13)
Replies: 16
Views: 3296

Re: DRAGOON @ Buffalo (11/16/13)

Ndg wrote:I sent an email about this several days ago, but CMU is definitely coming.
Thank you, I did see that, and I changed the field to reflect it.

Looks like we'll run a 6-team double-RR, barring drops from the field. Please be as on time as possible on Saturday!
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DRAGOON @ Buffalo (11/16/13)
Replies: 16
Views: 3296

Re: DRAGOON @ Buffalo (11/16/13)

Is it confirmed that this tournament is going ahead, or is there still a risk of cancellation? This tournament is definitely happening. Please show up between 8:15 and 8:45 AM in Room 205 of the Natural Sciences Complex , on our North (Amherst) Campus. We recommend you park in Fronczak Lot, or any ...
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Sat Nov 02, 2013 12:56 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ottawa Hybrid Tournament-March 8, 2014
Replies: 38
Views: 13977

Re: Ottawa Hybrid Tournament-March 8, 2014

The tournament is completely open to anyone, including friends, family, alumni-no team composition is mandated at all. Hooray! I may post asking for teammates down the road. We would LOVE to have SPACE. Is that the thing (originally?) scheduled for DRAGOON? Yes, that's the one. I postponed writing ...
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Fri Nov 01, 2013 7:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ottawa Hybrid Tournament-March 8, 2014
Replies: 38
Views: 13977

Re: Ottawa Hybrid Tournament-March 8, 2014

You may get a Buffalo team for this. I may also just write a pack for funsies. Out of curiosity, are we allowed to mix-n-match players from different schools? This is code for "I don't want to write and answer sports, music, or comic book questions." Lastly, if I have SPACE done in time for this, wo...
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission
Replies: 72
Views: 22982

Re: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission

Something that I was thinking of would be to have an expanded editing team and create two sets from the packets, creating an ACF Fall I and ACF Fall II like a month apart that teams would only need to submit the one packet for the ACF Fall I deadlines in order to play both tournaments. Economics sa...
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Wed Oct 30, 2013 1:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bull Bowl 13: University at Buffalo, 10/26/13
Replies: 9
Views: 3861

Re: Bull Bowl 13: University at Buffalo, 10/26/13

Stats are up. There's one final correction to make, which will be done this afternoon/evening.

Forgot to mention above that the top small school was Eden, which, if I recall policy correctly, will qualify for SSNCT as a result.

Thanks to all teams for attending!
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Sat Oct 26, 2013 10:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bull Bowl 13: University at Buffalo, 10/26/13
Replies: 9
Views: 3861

Re: Bull Bowl 13: University at Buffalo, 10/26/13

Ithaca A cleared the field, followed by Amherst B and Kenmore West. Stats will be up soon.
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission
Replies: 72
Views: 22982

Re: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission

as someone who has been tracking ACF tournaments in his official capacity as treasurer, I have a pretty good window on tournament participation; what I see through that window is that registration is up almost 30% (!) over last year (144 teams vs. 186 this year, so far). This is something I didn't ...
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission
Replies: 72
Views: 22982

Re: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission

Bruce and Sinan basically state my views on this matter. I get sort of pissy when people complain about this, too, but I think it's important to consider the mindset of a third-year, casual player. To them, I imagine it is off-putting to see something they've spent 12-20 (?) hours on, go ununsed (an...
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Wed Oct 23, 2013 4:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission
Replies: 72
Views: 22982

A serious discussion of ACF packet submission

Okay, so I figure I'll open a can of worms here. There's been some grousing lately about packet submission for ACF tournaments, and I think it should be settled, or at least talked about. The arguments for mandatory packet submission (in its current form) seem to be as follows: - Mandatory submissio...
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT SCT East: 2-8-2014 at RPI
Replies: 10
Views: 3599

Re: 2014 NAQT SCT East: 2-8-2014 at RPI

Buffalo will come to this, if a closer site doesn't materialize. You can expect one DI team, and probably 2 or 3 DII teams, along with up to 4 buzzer sets, as needed.
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DRAGOON @ Buffalo (11/16/13)
Replies: 16
Views: 3296

DRAGOON @ Buffalo (11/16/13)

Hi everyone! The University at Buffalo will* host a mirror of DRAGOON on Saturday, 11/16. It'll be somewhere on the Academic Spine, y'all know the drill. I'm aiming for Talbert, like usual, but we may get stuck with Clemens or the Union. Base fee: $120 per team Buzzer discount: -$5 per operative buz...
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SPACE: The Final Frontier (2013-2014 Side Event)
Replies: 14
Views: 3099

Re: SPACE: The Final Frontier (2013-2014 Side Event)

So I realize this probably isn't happening (unless good things have happened since your last update Zach? Please?) Yeah, it will probably be done this spring. Definitely not before January, probably not before February. but is DRAGOON still happening at UB? I don't see a thread for it to sign up......
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bull Bowl 13: University at Buffalo, 10/26/13
Replies: 9
Views: 3861

Re: Bull Bowl 13: University at Buffalo, 10/26/13

Final field is above. We plan a split-field round-robin in the morning, followed by a re-bracket for afternoon playoffs.

Stay tuned on Saturday for running stats.
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 ONQBA Provincial Championship (3/22/2014)
Replies: 16
Views: 5304

Re: 2014 ONQBA Provincial Championship (3/22/2014)

Assuming some other pressing commitment doesn't crop up, you can expect my staffing assistance for this, along with n<=4 buzzer systems, if need be. I may also be able to round up some other Buffalo readers.
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 2495

Re: Question-specific discussion

- I think Zach Pace makes a good point about the feasibility of parsing equation-bowl on the fly (e.g. that bonus part, the tunneling tossup). I'm not a science person and haven't successfully parsed an equation for points since 2010, but I guess I've just seen seemingly-useful equation clues flumm...
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 2495

Re: Question-specific discussion

All in all, the tournament was enjoyable to read and play. A couple issues I noticed, which I didn't already express: - The "sikh gurus" tossup was pretty transparent to me, and seemed pretty easy at "lion." - The Poynting vector bonus in packet 4 made me sort of mad, because part three basically ar...
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan Fall Tournament @ Buffalo, NY 10/5/13
Replies: 4
Views: 1225

Re: Michigan Fall Tournament @ Buffalo, NY 10/5/13

Buffalo and Pitt played 9 rounds. Buffalo won 6 of them. Matt will upload stats soon.
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan Fall Tournament @ Buffalo, NY 10/5/13
Replies: 4
Views: 1225

Re: Michigan Fall Tournament @ Buffalo, NY 10/5/13

Attention teams: please report to room 316 of the Student Union at 8:30AM. The game rooms will be 316, 350, and 367.

I suggest that you park in Furnas Lot, to the immediate north of the Student Union.
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bull Bowl 13: University at Buffalo, 10/26/13
Replies: 9
Views: 3861

Re: Bull Bowl 13: University at Buffalo, 10/26/13

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to room reservation issues, the field cap has been REDUCED TO 16 TEAMS! We apologize for any inconvenience--but please plan to get your registrations in ASAP!

We are attempting to secure additional rooms, but the field is being limited, against our inability to do so.
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Sat Sep 28, 2013 7:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: *CONFIRMED* ACF Fall 2013 @McMaster
Replies: 34
Views: 10898

Re: *TENTATIVE* ACF Fall 2013 @McMaster

There will be n >= 1 team from Buffalo, though I cannot attend personally.
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 963

Re: General discussion

I have no particularly original comments. The typos and repeats generally held back the set, and there seemed to be a lot of similarities between this year's set and last year's. Of course, I have nothing concrete, but this year's seemed more similar to last year's than last year's was to 2011's. On...
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Mon Sep 16, 2013 1:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SPACE: The Final Frontier (2013-2014 Side Event)
Replies: 14
Views: 3099

Re: SPACE: The Final Frontier (2013-2014 Side Event)

Due to senior thesis and graduate school application commitments, I anticipate that this tournament will probably not be available until the spring. I may manage to finish writing it in late October, though.
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Collegiate Novice at UWaterloo (10/5)
Replies: 23
Views: 7018

Re: Collegiate Novice at UWaterloo (9/28)

There's no particular use crying over spilt milk at this point, and Aayush, I certainly appreciate your forthrightness and your contrition about the rescheduling of your EACN mirror. And I also admit some fault by Matt and I in not announcing our MFT until earlier this week--we were in different pla...
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bull Bowl 13: University at Buffalo, 10/26/13
Replies: 9
Views: 3861

Re: Bull Bowl 13: University at Buffalo, 10/26/13

Several field updates, including official registration of 4 new teams!
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Collegiate Novice at UWaterloo (10/5)
Replies: 23
Views: 7018

Re: Collegiate Novice at UWaterloo (9/28)

Due to requests from multiple universities, this tournament has now been pushed back a week to Saturday, October 5th, 2013 in order to accommodate more teams. We apologize for the change and regret if this causes any inconvenience. Guys, this is sort of irksome. Although it was only announced on th...
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan Fall Tournament: 10/12/13
Replies: 33
Views: 13837

Re: Michigan Fall Tournament: 10/12/13

gamegeek2 wrote:Are there any plans for a New England mirror of this tournament?
Feel free to come to Buffalo on the 5th!
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2013 Global Announcement
Replies: 46
Views: 26245

Re: ACF Fall 2013 Global Announcement

Am I to understand that there is no Eastern Canada site? Are there sites that have bid?
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Collegiate Novice at Cornell (9/21/13)
Replies: 4
Views: 1875

Re: Collegiate Novice at Cornell (9/21/13)

Buffalo will bring at least 2 teams (probably 3, possibly 4), exactly 2 buzzers, and at least 1 staffer.
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bull Bowl 13: University at Buffalo, 10/26/13
Replies: 9
Views: 3861

Re: Bull Bowl 13: University at Buffalo, 10/26/13

Original announcement adapted to reflect our Platinum NSC affiliation.
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Tue Jul 30, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 48994

Re: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (11/23 or 24)

If you know some bio/chem/comp-sci/math and you don't care about winning, you should play with me.
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 95
Views: 19204

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

Taconic orogeny / Iapetus ocean / Charles Doolittle Walcott So what was the easy part of this supposed to be? This was in the top 5 most difficult bonuses in the entire set The easy part was intended to be Iapetus Ocean, the medium Taconic orogeny, and hard Walcott. I apologize to you and anyone el...
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 95
Views: 19204

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

I really enjoyed a lot of the earth science and physics/astronomy bonuses, admittedly because I did well at them. The ones I can remember off the top of my head: adaptive optics / ? / point-spread function ? / slow-roll inflation / ekpyrotic cosmology ? / ? / late heavy bombardment (although I think...
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:19 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The Good Quizbowl Media Strategy (or lack thereof)
Replies: 34
Views: 17178

Re: The Good Quizbowl Media Strategy (or lack thereof)

WKU's quizbowl team was the subject of articles in the school newspaper, the Bowling Green newspaper, and my (and Cole's) hometown newspaper after we qualified for nationals. This came about because I put in 15 minutes to send out a press release to our school paper and the news blog operated by th...
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/CT Dates Claims, 2013-14
Replies: 94
Views: 30239

Re: NY/NJ/CT Dates Claims, 2013-14

October 26 is Bull Bowl 13 at the University at Buffalo.

Note: we do not have exclusivity for downstate, but if there's overwhelming interest, I may be able to arrange it.

EDIT: we've been assigned IS-128
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bull Bowl 13: University at Buffalo, 10/26/13
Replies: 9
Views: 3861

Re: Bull Bowl 13: University at Buffalo, 10/26/13

Hi Zach: Put me down to staff again this year. I may be able to get you up to 6 competing schools from my region, 2 of whom (Ithaca and Wellsboro, PA) competed at HSNCT last year, and 2 of whom (Cooperstown and Montrose, PA) are recent refugees from Chip who are just starting out in pyramidal quizb...
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bull Bowl 13: University at Buffalo, 10/26/13
Replies: 9
Views: 3861

Bull Bowl 13: University at Buffalo, 10/26/13

The University at Buffalo Academic Bowl team will be hosting its annual high school fall tournament, Bull Bowl 13 , on Saturday, October 26, 2012 . I, Zach Pace, will once again serve as tournament director, with the assistance of Matt Hill and Sarah Beimel. Set: We will use NAQT IS-128 . An explana...
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Wed May 29, 2013 6:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fernando Arrabal Tournament of the Absurd: 11/23/13 @ CMU
Replies: 110
Views: 32578

Re: Fernando Arrabal Tournament of the Absurd: 11/23/13 @ TBD

Obviously the easiest thing for me to do would be to host it in Pittsburgh... If this happened, then you could probably get a team from Buffalo and team(s) from Canada. Pittsburgh is extremely driveable from up this way. On a different note, if there's demand/time/room for it, I'd be glad to mirror...
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Thu May 16, 2013 3:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How to Buzz
Replies: 10
Views: 2401

Re: How to Buzz

Taking what Aidan said a step further, have multiple possible answers in mind. Try to keep yourself thinking laterally through the entirety of the tossup, and concentrate how you might reconcile each new clue with the previous clues. This is very challenging to do consistently, but I find that it wo...
by Tale of Mac Datho's Pachycephalosaur
Tue May 07, 2013 10:59 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Question Writing
Replies: 6
Views: 4135

Re: Question Writing

Currently what we do at Buffalo is offer tournament discounts of about $1/question to those who write AND meet the -$50 deadline (or similar). Since there are 48 questions in a pack, this works out pretty well. I also will be hosting a question writing seminar geared toward improving the questions ...