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by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is a collegiate nationals middle part?
Replies: 7
Views: 1169

Re: What is a collegiate nationals middle part?

Rama's very right that it's super hard, even for a team of four elite players, to cover the entire college canon. Based on what I've heard in some Discord and private conversations, it seems the general consensus is that we could stand to have PPBs be one to two points higher - I haven't really seen...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 89
Views: 7739

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

Could the question be posted? IIRC the question said something like "The White Buses operated in this country" which would be a clue that's more correct for Denmark than Sweden (though probably could stand some clarification)
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 89
Views: 7739

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

Not prompting on "(East) Iranians" was an error, and I apologize if anyone buzzed with that (though I'd be surprised to hear that this happened). Unfortunately, though, answers of "Bactrians" and other Central Asian people are wrong, however related they may be; the tossups clues, respectively on t...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 89
Views: 7739

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

For starters, to clarify - covering all phonological variants of an answerline is probably an unreasonable task to expect from editors, and I apologize is this is immediate reading of my post - a team of editors lacking knowledge of this particular phonological feature of Cantonese would not have no...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 89
Views: 7739

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

You're right, sorry we didn't do our due diligence by consulting with a panel of white guys who are extremely into Asian culture. I thought the point of quizbowl was to reward you for being interested in learning about lots of cultures, and that the entire point of this tournament was to try to rep...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 89
Views: 7739

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

A few important answerline related notes that I wanted to mention: 1) Please include Cantonese answers in tossups on Chinese mythology . I used moderator discretion at this tournament to accept a Cantonese variant of "Nezha" pronounced with an "L," as a lot of younger speakers of Cantonese merge N ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 89
Views: 7739

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

A few important answerline related notes that I wanted to mention: 1) Please include Cantonese answers in tossups on Chinese mythology . I used moderator discretion at this tournament to accept a Cantonese variant of "Nezha" pronounced with an "L," as a lot of younger speakers of Cantonese merge N a...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is a collegiate nationals middle part?
Replies: 7
Views: 1169

Re: What is a collegiate nationals middle part?

I spoke with Jacob Reed regarding this issue, since without commenting on the easy and hard parts, I think PIANO middle parts generally did a good job of hitting a similar happy medium of difficulty to this past year's ICT. Jacob offered a vision of middle parts as [paraphrased] "something you think...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 89
Views: 7739

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

First, there was a pattern in several tossups of dropping (very good, but hence very recognizable) descriptions of giveaway-level material around the middle third, which made these tossups tough to buzz on (because it feels just a bit too early for such material). The following is not an exhaustive...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is a collegiate nationals middle part?
Replies: 7
Views: 1169

What is a collegiate nationals middle part?

I had a fairly short, but illuminating exchange with John Lawrence at this past weekend's ACF Nationals during the prelims in which we were both discussing how the tournament was "eta" harder than previous ACF Nationals. (Personally, I thought it was the hardest I've played/moderated). John offered ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)
Replies: 4
Views: 558

Re: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

I've never had the Boston-NYC drive take more than 3 to 3.5 hours in practice, but fair enough. We'll be looking for a site in the Boston area as well, and the OP has been updated in accordance.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)
Replies: 4
Views: 558

Re: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Do you expect there to be a mirror site further northeast than Columbia? If people want to organize one, I'm open to the possibility, but I would strongly prefer to have a bunch of big tournament sites with people of all different backgrounds and strengths playing. I like large events that can brin...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)
Replies: 4
Views: 558

2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

I'm please to announce the 2019 iteration of the Early Fall Tournament , a medium-difficulty tournament designed to serve as an introduction to college quizbowl. Our target difficulty is equivalent to the highly acclaimed 2016 edition of this tournament, with fewer "rough" questions. I will be servi...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: California Summer Open(s)?
Replies: 11
Views: 1293

Re: California Summer Open(s)?

Would love to play a NASAT mirror in the Bay Area and fulfill as-yet-unrealized plans to play an open out there. Am out of town most of late June and start school in mid August - would prefer something in the middle there that doesn't clash with CO too badly.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 22
Views: 1550

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

Do we really need more than 4/4 science in a constrained 20/20 distribution? Again, people should feel free to experiment with distributions as they see fit, but I definitely think science suffers more than most categories of locking out amateurs, and quizbowl is fundamentally a game played by amate...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 89
Views: 7739

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

I don't mean to pick on Alex too much here, since I understand she was very busy, but I was disappointed that this tournament did not follow established practice of avoiding the use of evasive identifiers such "work" in tossups when better, more specific identifiers (symphony, piano sonata, oratorio...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 22
Views: 1550

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

For starters, people who want a tournament with 1/1 math should feel free to write tournaments with 1/1 math! There is no one "correct" distribution. As a non-science player who likes learning about science, my sympathies are with James' argument. Pure math already shows up fairly heavily in other a...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 89
Views: 7739

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

This tournament was fun to read and, like many other staffers, I really wish I could have played it! The history, religion, and current events in this tournament were the best I've seen at the ACF Nationals level and their writers should be really proud. I wish there were more myth because the myth ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 6890

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

I think one possible takeaway from this discussion, as others have suggested, is that D-value (and A-value at ACF Regionals) are acceptable measures for determining qualification - since you have to use something and the statistics will still allow good teams to qualify - but that extrapolating from...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 103
Views: 28401

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

I misread the schedule. At some point I heard something about super playoffs as well and this appears to be untrue.

This being said the tiebreaker thing still seems bizarre to me.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 6890

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

It's probably worth noting that the community also under-ranked Columbia on the assumption that their full A team, as it showed up to ICT, was not going to exist in any form. In any case, this same Columbia A team put up better results than OSU at both Nationals last year and nonetheless got a lower...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 103
Views: 28401

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

I think it's a bit strange that in a field where the middle bracket teams are stronger than ever , we're still using a schedules that privilege the best teams in the game. I think it was a really good thing that lower bracket teams got an equal number of games as upper bracket teams as last year, an...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Online Guerrilla History Mirror - 5/11
Replies: 3
Views: 749

Re: Online Guerrilla History Mirror - 5/11

Confirmed date and added signup sheet. Please sign up ASAP!
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 103
Views: 28401

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

Will second the recommendation of the food trucks, which are absolutely excellent and very affordable. A lot are cash-only though, if I recall correctly, so come prepared!
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 6890

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

I think a lot of these brackets that people are complaining about are the sort of thing you'd expect from a normal snake seeding schedule across six brackets, with some seeding that over-weighted D values. 01 02 03 04 05 06 12 11 10 09 08 07 13 14 15 16 17 18 24 23 22 21 20 19 25 26 27 28 29 30 36 3...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 6890

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

Personally I'd love to see a 40-team ICT with 15 rounds - 7 prelims and 8 playoffs. Presumably teams are willing to pay more for the guaranteed extra rounds. Given that each round takes about 30 minutes, particularly considering the generally excellent logistics of the ICT, you could maybe start pre...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: NAQT and Feedback Rhetoric
Replies: 12
Views: 979

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

Alex, I don't think "harshest criticism" and "harshest treatment" are the same thing. I agree that NAQT should be held to higher standards. This does not mean they should be subjected to our most abusive rhetoric.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: NAQT and Feedback Rhetoric
Replies: 12
Views: 979

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

I don't care! This is one of the worst defenses I've heard for putting up with the sort of inhospitable behavior that serves to alienate core institutions in the quizbowl community from each other. As Mike pointed out, for a community where we spend so much time self-flagellating about how people o...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: NAQT and Feedback Rhetoric
Replies: 12
Views: 979

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

Just wanna put it out there that if you are not a member of the board staff, you should not be spending the bulk of your post telling someone you don't like the manner in which they are complaining about a quiz bowl thing. It is right at the top of the board rules: As a result of the above, and of ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 6890

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

I don't think the alphabet thing was noticed before - if I recall correctly it didn't really come up, since there were not any tied records going into playoffs last year.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 20
Views: 3903

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

I think "history of science" has perhaps gotten a bit of a bad name based on how it has been executed before. Much like historiography questions suck if they don't make a connection to the actual history subject material, science history questions suck if they don't talk about the actual science. It...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 6890

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

If NAQT wants to maintain its consistent position that all games are a measure of a team's strength, I think that isn't the most unreasonable decision they could make. Losing to a playoff team in particular should always count against you IMO - it sure does in the top bracket of ACF Nationals! The a...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 20
Views: 3903

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

Myth is dead :sad:

Excited for the altered distribution, though!
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Mar 30, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Online Guerrilla History Mirror - 5/11
Replies: 3
Views: 749

Re: Online Guerrilla History Mirror - Date Poll

I've realized that I'm not going to be able to run this except on May 4 or 11, so that's going to be the date. The tournament should be fairly short anyways. I'll set up an announcement soon.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!
Replies: 18
Views: 2214

Re: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!

I do echo what Stephen said about the reputation of the Harvard team. I worked hard for three years to try to build a respectable quizbowl program there, as did some two dozen other people. We played lots of tournaments, wrote lots of tournaments, hosted lots of tournaments, generally tried to be g...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: META at HSNCT
Replies: 5
Views: 1260

Re: META at HSNCT

Bump - I assume this event is being held Saturday evening? Not sure if I can make it in early enough Friday evening, and even if I can, ACRONYM and Imaginary Landscape are going on as well.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Age of Empires (Side Event)
Replies: 10
Views: 3395

Re: Age of Empires (Side Event)

Unless anyone has any particular objections, I'd like to announce that I plan on running this event on CO Sunday, provided that rooms are available. I'll plan on having it be quads for now, since the material spans basically the entire distribution except for science. Sign up sheet is available here
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 16
Views: 1925

Re: CO Matchmaking

Unfortunately Itamar can't play with us anymore, so Kai, Wang, and I are looking for a fourth. Lit players particularly welcome.

EDIT: Caleb Kendrick will now be joining us
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DII Midseason Poll
Replies: 14
Views: 3877

Re: DII Midseason Poll

Thanks for putting this podcast together, Max and co. It brings a big smile to my face to see how enthusiastic all these younger players are for the game, and I'm glad that D2 is not being considered a sideshow compared to D1 anymore. Quizbowl is becoming a more diverse game, in terms of talent and ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Tournament Atlantic Mirrors 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 1335

Re: Oxford Open Tournament Atlantic Mirrors 2019

Would love to play an East Coast mirror of this tournament!
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)
Replies: 26
Views: 5521

Re: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)

This is somewhat old news, but I'm super excited to be at Columbia for the next two years at their MBA program! Looking forward to getting to know the team better and playing a couple of awesome seasons of quizbowl
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Online Guerrilla History Mirror - 5/11
Replies: 3
Views: 749

Online Guerrilla History Mirror - 5/11

I had a ton of fun playing the Guerilla History set and would love to give more people the opportunity to do so. Hence, I have organized this mirror for May 11th. Please sign up on this spreadsheet on the "Online" tab. We will start at 12PM EST / 9 AM PST. Payment will be $10 per player, all directi...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 24650

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

I would caution teams playing this set that, in terms of how it played out, it felt similar in difficulty to George Oppen and definitely harder than CMST - if I were to rank it on Ophir's difficulty scale, it would come out around a 4.5, or a "Nats-plus/CO-minus" rating. I would otherwise agree with...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Guerilla History Event (PIANO side event)
Replies: 19
Views: 5815

Re: Guerilla History Event (PIANO side event)

Wanted to thank Nitin, Mike Cheyne, and Matt Lehmann for their work on this set. It was a ton of fun to play, fast paced, and showcased a ton of different people's ideas and approaches to history

Also, congrats to Jordan for continuing to be The Greatest :)
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)
Replies: 33
Views: 6324

Re: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)

Personally I'd rather not have to drive another hour and thirty minutes to two hours (counting both ways) on Sunday, especially after presumably getting back late from Saturday's tournament, and I don't know if the other attending teams have booked accommodations for Saturday evening. Unrelated, if ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:06 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)
Replies: 33
Views: 6324

Re: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)

Re: Guerilla History So, since we have a total of 7 packets and some of these are submissions, it looks like the easiest way to do this tournament is going to be to just ignore a finals and play 7 straight games, with the team that's on bye staffing. If there's a tie for first place, oh well, I gues...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Guerilla History Event (PIANO side event)
Replies: 19
Views: 5815

Re: Guerilla History Event (PIANO side event)

Update: this tournament will have 7 packets: 5 prelims + 2 finals packets. Plan your schedules accordingly! And a reminder, you don't need to submit to play this tournament (indeed at this point it would be hard to do so).
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)
Replies: 33
Views: 6324

Re: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)

Re: Guerilla history - since this tournament is going to be a bit ad-hoc after the event, and since it's packet submission and will necessarily have byes, I'm hoping to run it on a model of "staff on your bye round." With a doubles setup, this should allow us to run the event with a couple of dedica...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Guerilla History Event (PIANO side event)
Replies: 19
Views: 5815

Re: Guerilla History Event (PIANO side event)

Hey folks - I'm told 14 packets are in so far and a few more are promised. I know it's past the nominal deadline, but if you can still help out by submitting, please reach out to either Nitin or myself. I'm extremely glad that this event is happening! Also, if you can figure out who you're playing w...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)
Replies: 33
Views: 6324

Re: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)

Chiming in to say JHU has given me permission to organize a mirror of the Guerilla History event after. Submission is optional, but I highly encourage you to do so - it saves you $10 and we need packets to make the event happen. Plus, the questions are six lines each, so you can bust out some wackie...