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by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Historature - A Charity Side Event
Replies: 12
Views: 4906

Re: Historature - A Charity Side Event

I've uploaded the packets to the archive. They should be up soon.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)
Replies: 37
Views: 3291

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

I should add one thing: I realize that you need to submit questions through the write.qanta.org site - however, in my experience teams usually compile submitted packets on something like Google Docs before they submit them, to help figure out who's writing what, etc. In this context, a visually simp...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)
Replies: 37
Views: 3291

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 advertise...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)
Replies: 37
Views: 3291

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 Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)
Replies: 22
Views: 4329

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

I'll be hosting a reading of the finals packets this Friday (previously: Wednesday) at 9PM EST in the Discord server used for the tournament
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Seeking Collaborators for 2019 EFT
Replies: 8
Views: 1153

Re: Seeking Collaborators for 2019 EFT

Are you going to have people sign up to be on the bailout brigade? I'm not trying to be snarky--I wonder how many tournaments would be better if instead of issuing a blanket call for help, they had a few people who knew that in cases of emergencies they could be called upon (of course, they might a...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Seeking Collaborators for 2019 EFT
Replies: 8
Views: 1153

Re: Seeking Collaborators for 2019 EFT

At this point we're most interested in folks writing history and science, particularly the latter.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Seeking Collaborators for 2019 EFT
Replies: 8
Views: 1153

Re: Seeking Collaborators for 2019 EFT

I expect this set to be at least 25% complete by the end of April 2019, at least 50% complete by the end of June 2019, and entirely complete by the end of August 2019. All writers will be expected to have completed the same proportions of their committed questions by the stated times or will face f...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Seeking Collaborators for 2019 EFT
Replies: 8
Views: 1153

Re: Seeking Collaborators for 2019 EFT

I expect this set to be at least 25% complete by the end of April 2019, at least 50% complete by the end of June 2019, and entirely complete by the end of August 2019. All writers will be expected to have completed the same proportions of their committed questions by the stated times or will face fi...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Seeking Collaborators for 2019 EFT
Replies: 8
Views: 1153

Seeking Collaborators for 2019 EFT

Hi folks, I'm planning to head edit EFT again next year and am looking for people interested in contributing. Interested writers should be willing to: - Commit to at least 30 questions - Commit to a highly aggressive production schedule, including possibility of losing monetary reward from the set f...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: EFT @ Virginia Tech (11/10/18)
Replies: 3
Views: 811

Re: EFT @ Virginia Tech (11/10/18)

Just as a heads-up, the SGI mirror at Hopkins is also scheduled for this time.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)
Replies: 22
Views: 4329

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

My bad on not doing this before, but I've added a team contact field to the original spreadsheet. If you don't put one, I'll just email whatever address(es) I have on file for team members.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)
Replies: 22
Views: 4329

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

I've assigned remaining free agents to teams. We'll close the field at 8, but if there are more than 32 players, you can ask permission to play as a fifth player on an existing team.

We'll aim to start at 10AM EST sharp on Saturday and run 10 rounds, with a break after 5 rounds of prelims.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)
Replies: 22
Views: 4329

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

It seems like we've got just about the right number of folks for an eight-team mirror, so I'm going to re-cap things at that for now, since that will let us playtest all ten prelims packet we'll have prepared. We will also have two finals packets ready for this mirror. For those concerned about the ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Mirror at UNC-Chapel Hill
Replies: 6
Views: 1216

Re: Oxford Open Mirror at UNC-Chapel Hill

Are there any updates on this? If the UNC team were to postpone this to another weekend (say, maybe late November, to give people a breather after SGI/Fall) then I'd consider traveling. Might bring a caravan of other folks.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)
Replies: 37
Views: 3291

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

Jordan Brownstein, Daniel Hothem, and I are looking for teammates. Preferable those who know science.

EDIT to reflect Daniel Hothem joining our team! Looking for one more.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Collegiate Novice @ Georgia Tech (9/15)
Replies: 3
Views: 694

Re: Collegiate Novice @ Georgia Tech (9/15)

At the risk of stealing Naveed's hobbyhorse, I'm a bit puzzled as to why several experienced college players on Georgia A were playing a tournament explicitly meant for collegiate novices. The same goes for the lead scorer on the team that won SSNCT playing on Georgia Tech A. Are these players novic...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)
Replies: 22
Views: 4329

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

Raising field cap to 10 teams, with the goal of running a nine round RR
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 7
Views: 1442

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Would folks on the East Coast consider consolidating on a single mirror site at Yale? I understand that it would be a bit of a haul for Mid-Atlantic folks, myself included, but it'd be pretty cool to have a huge main mirror like (This) Tournament Is A Crime's Michigan site in 2017.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 7
Views: 1442

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

vinteuil wrote:Length caps are now given in the announcement. (For the record, CO included no 11 line tossups and relatively few of 10 lines.)
I count seven ten-line tossups in Editors 2 alone (edit: four without powers)...but thanks :razz: this is much appreciated
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 7
Views: 1442

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

will be head-editing the set, with other writers and editors including Sam Bailey, Michael Borecki, Stephen Eltinge, Jason Golfinos, Matt Jackson , Wonyoung Jang, Michael Kearney, Shan Kothari, Chloe Levine, John Marvin, Adam Silverman, and Derek So. :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: EDIT: Ou...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18
Replies: 8
Views: 1919

Re: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18

wang why couldn't your team get 2.9 more ppg :sad:
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)
Replies: 22
Views: 4329

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

Seems like the Discord option is settled. I'll actually prepare this time and won't be as much of an incompetent doofus with the software as before.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 11727

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Henri Picciotto phrased a problem about these things in terms of boxes of chicken nuggets. Frobenius numbers answer the question "What is the largest amount that can't be made by combining" these things. Balance puzzles ask you to find a cannonball or one of these objects with a (*) different weigh...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Mirror at UNC-Chapel Hill
Replies: 6
Views: 1216

Re: Oxford Open Mirror at UNC-Chapel Hill

Could the hosts of this tournament create a sign up sheet for people who don't have a team but want to indicate interest? I'd like to play but don't have a team yet
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)
Replies: 22
Views: 4329

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

Updated OP with fee and registration information
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)
Replies: 22
Views: 4329

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

This is the announcement for the playtest mirror of 2018's Sun God Invitational , a medium-difficulty tournament. Please indicate interest and form teams on the following spreadsheet . We are hoping to run a tournament of 8 to 10 rounds and attract participants of a wide range of skill levels and ex...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 Sun God Invitational Announcement (Fall 2018) [Regular]
Replies: 9
Views: 4517

Re: 2018 Sun God Invitational Announcement (Fall 2018) [Regu

A couple of updates: 3) The Skype playtest mirror will still be in September on a Saturday or Sunday between September 15-29 depending on what I decide once I've actually thought about this--the set will certainly be ready for mirroring by then! 4) The set's over a third done and I think it's p goo...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Where does the Commonwealth go?
Replies: 17
Views: 1943

Re: Where does the Commonwealth go?

My preferred geographical history distribution includes 1/1 Continental Europe and 1/1 Anglosphere. This would fit Canada, Australia and New Zealand neatly into the Anglosphere category, along with both Canada's neighbour and former colonial master. American history only gets 1/1 of the distributio...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Where does the Commonwealth go?
Replies: 17
Views: 1943

Re: Where does the Commonwealth go?

At least for me, I learned a lot of *old* world history in high school (like all the old Chinese dynasties, even some African empires), and not much recent (most of my "recent" history knowledge actually came from classes like Spanish). I don't know if this is representative or not. This was broadl...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Where does the Commonwealth go?
Replies: 17
Views: 1943

Re: Where does the Commonwealth go?

Would you advocate such a distribution for a high school tournament's history distribution as well? I'd probably add more US or world history for a high school tournament in place of some of the topics that don't get as much coverage at the high school level, like archaeology and historiography. St...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Where does the Commonwealth go?
Replies: 17
Views: 1943

Re: Where does the Commonwealth go?

This is a very good question and important point to resolve in the history distribution. Since I worked on Cane Ridge Revival, I've used that tournament's history distribution for each tournament I have worked on. That distribution is as follows: 1/1 US History 1/1 Continental European History (i.e....
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Historature - A Charity Side Event
Replies: 12
Views: 4906

Re: Historature - A Charity Side Event

Some people have expressed interest in using the set at a later date, so I am going to postpone posting this.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RAPTURE Online Mirror [August 25]
Replies: 7
Views: 1477

Re: RAPTURE Online Mirror [August 25]

This set is fun and people should play
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Boston Summer Open I
Replies: 59
Views: 10420

Re: Boston Summer Open I

Echoing the praise for Raynor, who did a wonderful job running everything this weekend. I would like to play another summer event in Boston. For RAPTURE, we played five rounds - one initial game in which buzzes in both game rooms were worth the same number of points, and four subsequent games in whi...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Small Circuits, High Schools Teams, and ACF Fall
Replies: 14
Views: 3199

Re: Small Circuits, High Schools Teams, and ACF Fall

More generally, I disagree with the original post, for reasons that I've already discussed in the past. Out of the various reasons that this would be inadvisable, I'll list a few here. The first is that ACF is a collegiate quizbowl organization (and, really, the face of the collegiate quizbowl comm...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Late call: Historature at Tusculum (Greeneville TN) on 8-4?
Replies: 2
Views: 452

Re: Late call: Historature at Tusculum (Greeneville TN) on 8

Is this happening? Please feel free to PM me and I can share the set with you.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Fuck it, let's rank the sets
Replies: 28
Views: 3428

Re: Fuck it, let's rank the sets

TTIAC is the best open tournament I've had the pleasure of playing. Bruce did a fantastic job for his first time trying at that level, and Ike, Auroni, and Eddie all wrote delightful questions. Auroni in particular deserves credit for learning from his (well-done, but far too hard) previous executio...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Age of Empires (Side Event)
Replies: 6
Views: 1231

Re: Age of Empires (Side Event)

The distribution has been modified slightly - I've moved Modern Historiography to the "History" section in order to make room for more Religion/Mythology. Note that there will be a number of time-period-appropriate questions on Christianity and Judaism.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl and Mental Health
Replies: 30
Views: 11586

Re: Quizbowl and Mental Health

Recent I experienced the worst crossover between depression and quizbowl that I've ever had. For those who don't know, I've suffered from chronic depression since sixth grade, for which I've been on medication on and off - it runs in my family and has had extremely severe consequences for other fami...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Boston Summer Open I
Replies: 59
Views: 10420

Re: Boston Summer Open I

Rohith had to drop so we need a fourth as well. Happy to play with anyone (EDIT: tentatively Ophir has joined)
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Guerilla History Event (December)
Replies: 6
Views: 1138

Re: Guerilla History Event (December)

Cheynem wrote:Can this event also be run as an actual in person event?
I'm open to doing so for an event such as PIANO or mirrors of SGI, providing sufficient interest.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Guerilla History Event (December)
Replies: 6
Views: 1138

Re: Guerilla History Event (December)

Postponing this until December to hopefully get more signups and planned submissions.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 3169

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

Copied from other thread: I'd like to make a few comments on the decision to include more art questions from outside of the traditional Western art canon. I personally would have favored a more gradualistic approach to introducing such questions, but it was nonetheless exciting to see a number of su...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 3870

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

I'd like to make a few comments on the decision to include more art questions from outside of the traditional Western art canon. I personally would have favored a more gradualistic approach to introducing such questions, but it was nonetheless exciting to see a number of such questions - both becaus...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 88
Views: 24154

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Inspired by a suggestion from Alex Damisch, I shall have a packet with the theme of "annoying / mean / horrible things to make people say" - not in the sense of the answers being offensive words, but in the sense of the answer being hard to give, or pertaining to making someone say something that's...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Age of Empires (Side Event)
Replies: 6
Views: 1231

Re: Age of Empires (Side Event)

Cheynem wrote:Are there questions on the "Photon Man"?
I was going to put in a trash distribution until I realized it would be way too predictable.