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by The Abydos Helicopter
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 52
Views: 5768

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

There are other errata, but the Sappho bonus' final part is just plain wrong. In a poem found in 2014, Sappho waits for her brother Charaxos to return from this conflict. Odysseus fights in this war in Homer’s Iliad. The Brothers poem isn't (at least on the level of the basic text) about the Trojan ...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: OCTAVIAN - A Classics Tournament
Replies: 22
Views: 7292

Re: OCTAVIAN - A Classics Tournament

Considering that it has already been played at one site (VCU), do you think that there will be an online mirror of this in the near future? I know that I would love to give this tournament a shot, but, like so many others, can’t attend an actual mirror site. Thank you, Will look at running one in S...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Age of Empires (Side Event)
Replies: 9
Views: 1882

Re: Age of Empires (Side Event)

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Extremely looking forward to this
by The Abydos Helicopter
Sat May 12, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: OCTAVIAN - A Classics Tournament
Replies: 22
Views: 7292

Re: OCTAVIAN - A Classics Tournament

UlyssesInvictus wrote:
kearnm7 wrote:Hate to nag, but is there any idea of when/if this will be done and where it will be played? Would love to give it a go.
Bump on this as well, I've gotten a few requests to run this at the Boston summer event.
The aim is to have it done by the end of June
by The Abydos Helicopter
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 22427

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Extremely dull Classics post below: First, there seemed to be a lot of unforgiving answerlines relative to past years. The examples that come to mind are kykaon (the substance in the leadin seems to just be called a potion in many translations, the substance in the Ascalaphus story is just listed as...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Postseason poll
Replies: 19
Views: 5086

Re: Postseason poll

I appear to be mostly writing pro-British posts at the moment, but Oxford should 1) come higher on your ballots now then they did before and 2) be noted as only missing out on the top bracket by (iirc) 20 points in their tiebreaker game.
by The Abydos Helicopter
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 16877

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

From a British perspective, I would suggest that people should vote for Jason Golfinos of Cambridge, who lead his team to the highest placing ever of a British university, Daoud Jackson of Oxford, who led his team to a way higher finish than most predicted, and Evan Lynch of Southampton, who top sco...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: First Hunna Days: THE SQUEAKQUEL
Replies: 6
Views: 2048

Re: First Hunna Days: THE SQUEAKQUEL

mozzarella wrote: the Something Awful forums
2/2 C-SPAM content please
by The Abydos Helicopter
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: First Hunna Days: THE SQUEAKQUEL
Replies: 6
Views: 2048

Re: First Hunna Days: THE SQUEAKQUEL

I am looking forward to this, if only to justify the amount of time I spend on twitter.
by The Abydos Helicopter
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Question
Replies: 44
Views: 10907

Re: Your Favorite Question

"Question: This historian's labelling of a people as "shepherd-kings" was referenced in a debate over the origins of the Jews found in another writer's tract Against Apion. The accounts created by this historian, which are largely corroborated by the Turin Canon, include a description of the wicked...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals (non-Continental Euro) history
Replies: 17
Views: 2084

Re: What did people think of the (non-Continental Euro) hist

As for Briticization, I'll admit that I aimed this at an American audience. If asked for a Briticization, I would happily have handed off some potentially offending content to tweak for difficulty and probably would have cut the US history to EFT level or so. Sorry, I should have been clearer - I d...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals (non-Continental Euro) history
Replies: 17
Views: 2084

Re: What did people think of the (non-Continental Euro) hist

I liked most of the history in this tournament and I didn't think there was much to complain about. I didn't like the tossup on "beys" because I think that a lot of the clues ended up being contrived but I recognise that a lot of those things are hard to ask about so I praise the intent. I think th...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Eyes That Do Not See IX - Fall 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 3516

Re: Eyes That Do Not See IX - Fall 2017

Sit Room Guy wrote:
Mike Bentley wrote:The last mirror I know about took place last weekend. Let me know in the next day or two if you still want to mirror it, otherwise I'll post the set.

(I'm also open to doing another online mirror for anyone who missed the in-person ones.)
I'd be interested in a second skype mirror
Same
by The Abydos Helicopter
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 26844

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

Are there plans for a private discussion forum within the next few days? I didn't see it on the list in my control panel. with modern technology we might even be able to run a public discussion thread I was asking about a private forum in light of the possible continuation of NASAT; ACF Regs was us...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: OCTAVIAN - A Classics Tournament
Replies: 22
Views: 7292

Re: OCTAVIAN - A Classics Tournament

armitage wrote:Are you saying you are canceling this weekend's mirrors?
Sorry if this was not clear, but yes. This week was meant to be spent finishing up, but family has intervened.
by The Abydos Helicopter
Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: OCTAVIAN - A Classics Tournament
Replies: 22
Views: 7292

Re: OCTAVIAN - A Classics Tournament

Apologies to those who hoped to be playing this tournament this weekend, but it's not going to be finished to the standard I would like by then. I had hoped to use this week to finish it up and apply necessary polish, but events have got in the way.
by The Abydos Helicopter
Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: OCTAVIAN - A Classics Tournament
Replies: 22
Views: 7292

Re: OCTAVIAN - A Classics Tournament

Update: this is ~75% written, of which 50% I'm mostly happy with, and the other 25% needs bashing around into decent shape still. I'm also currently in Greece, and have therefore picked up various new ideas/clues. Thus I think this tournament will probably be ready to play by August. In the meantime...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: You're Not Laughing Now, Are You? - A British Side Event
Replies: 4
Views: 1447

Re: You're Not Laughing Now, Are You? - A British Side Event

Short-beaked echidna wrote:I wonder which three post-Blair PMs will be tossed up.
Does depend on how many general elections we can fit in the next month to be fair.
by The Abydos Helicopter
Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: First One Hunna Days (Election 2016) **UPDATE** read OP
Replies: 47
Views: 13778

Re: First One Hunna Days (Election 2016) **UPDATE** read OP

I will be there early on Saturday morning I guess.
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by The Abydos Helicopter
Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: First One Hunna Days (Election 2016) **UPDATE** read OP
Replies: 47
Views: 13778

Re: First One Hunna Days (Election 2016) **UPDATE** read OP

Am very ready to reveal embarrassing levels of knowledge about Lincoln Chafee and other obscure candidates.
by The Abydos Helicopter
Mon May 15, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2017)
Replies: 32
Views: 11115

Re: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2017)

Will be taking the light of Quizbowl to the far north as I go to St Andrews for a 1 year Masters.
by The Abydos Helicopter
Wed May 03, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll: WONDERFUL
Replies: 18
Views: 7378

Re: Player Poll: WONDERFUL

People who I think should get a bump from last year: George Corfield - Holy Christ this dude is good at biology and music - apparently Oxford had 26 PPB on the former and 22 PPB on the latter at Nationals. Despite being a specialist (he can get a lot of science in general) he was also his team's to...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:11 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 567
Views: 224829

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

Would be interested at some point.
by The Abydos Helicopter
Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 567
Views: 224829

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

This may have long become myth and legend, but I'm about halfway through a 20/20 Wheel of Time packet on the few things I remember (and some things I don't) from the series. Let me know if anyone's interested in a reading when the packet is finished (probably in the next week). I could probably als...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: OCTAVIAN - A Classics Tournament
Replies: 22
Views: 7292

OCTAVIAN - A Classics Tournament

This is a preliminary announcement for OCTAVIAN (Oli's Classical Tournament About Various Interesting Ancient Nuggets) This will be a tossup-only tournament written by me. I plan currently on 12 packets of 24 tossups, power-marked, of about 8-9 lines. I aim for the answerlines to be about 1/2 that c...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Oxford Open 2017: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 17
Views: 813

Re: Specific Question Discussion

• Jurassic Coast as a tossup ?! And what's more, including "this coast" and fossil stuff in power ??. For the original British audience, I think it is reasonable as a tossup (I agree that the fossil stuff should not have been in power, and would have said so to the editors if I'd had the time to lo...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion - 2017 FRENCH
Replies: 2
Views: 210

Re: General Discussion - 2017 FRENCH

This was the best time I ever had playing a quizbowl tournament. It was far from perfect, but brought a lot of cool material into the quizbowl fold - particularly the sort of material that used to keep me endlessly fascinated at night in middle and high school, and which inspired me to start playin...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Oxford Open 2017: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 17
Views: 813

Re: Specific Question Discussion

-The tossup on the Covenanters, along with the tossup on Waterford, Ireland, were two examples of the systematic British bias in the set. It seems that though the editors Americanized the set, they either failed to un-Briticize it, or had little idea of what American players know. I wrote the tossu...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Oxford Open 2017: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 17
Views: 813

Re: Specific Question Discussion

If it dealt with the ancient world, chances are I wrote it. Various other history was also mine.
by The Abydos Helicopter
Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 4334

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

Yeah, the Oates bonus--those are pretty memorable last words but it's very, very hard to pull the exact verbiage. I might have asked for a portion of the words ("Oates said he was just going outside and he may be what?") or given the words and asked for the situation. Amusingly, at the UK site, thi...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 4334

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

Yeah, the Oates bonus--those are pretty memorable last words but it's very, very hard to pull the exact verbiage. I might have asked for a portion of the words ("Oates said he was just going outside and he may be what?") or given the words and asked for the situation. Amusingly, at the UK site, thi...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Tue Feb 28, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: FRENCH Open
Replies: 9
Views: 2750

Re: FRENCH Open

I'd say more in detail in a private discussion but: 1) for a 1 man tournament, this was exceptionally well thought out, with a few exceptions. 2) Perhaps my major criticism (which may well have been dealt with by further editing!) was that some answerlines, especially descriptive ones, quite often c...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: HIT (Historically Intensive Tournament)
Replies: 67
Views: 21752

Re: HIT (Historically Intensive Tournament)

Any chance we could get a discussion forum for this?
by The Abydos Helicopter
Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: HIT (Historically Intensive Tournament)
Replies: 67
Views: 21752

Re: HIT (Historically Intensive Tournament)

Having just played the UK mirror of this tournament, I would highly recommend playing this set.
by The Abydos Helicopter
Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia
Replies: 17
Views: 4802

Re: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia

I'll talk about the ~drakaina~ because it's so rare I get to talk about female dragons and because it illustrates a central point. I will admit, the clue about Herodotus should be worded better, but I would not say it's incorrect, that...thing, is definitely a drakaina even if Herodotus doesn't use...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia
Replies: 17
Views: 4802

Re: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia

Myth is a weird category - it crosses over with pretty much every other category (apart from the Sciences). I do not think it should be treated as a pure literary category, but if it is, then it should be written with same view of testing the knowledge of people who have read the texts as literature...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia
Replies: 17
Views: 4802

Re: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia

First of all, thank you for bothering to read my self-indulgent post, and for engaging with it. I might respond to this when I'm finished with TTIAC writing, but one thing to keep in mind is that, you can't get into a question writer's head. I certainly didn't thumb through Graves's index to bring t...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia
Replies: 17
Views: 4802

περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia

Or: Another Discourse on a much maligned Category The place of the mythology category within quizbowl has been often discussed – in every discussion of the distribution I’ve ever read on these forums, and elsewhere, its relative importance and merits have often been attacked, and often not unfairly...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 4940

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion

For philosophy in particular, it is worth keeping in mind that philosophy is one of the categories people are least likely to be significantly exposed to in their general education, particularly modern philosophy. Going too off the beaten path in that category will put far too many people out of th...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 11089

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

(I read, rather than played the set) I'm going to read through the set again later, and will add comments, but I think the most notably "off" question I read all day was the Masaccio tossup which clued the quote above the skeleton in his Holy Trinity, i.e. his most famous single work, on the second ...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Certamen
Replies: 11
Views: 3366

Re: Certamen

Last weekend was my first time bringing a team to a Certamen tournament (which seems somewhat odd, given that I'm a quiz bowler who's been teaching high school Latin for six years). It was, much as I expected, run on non-pyramidal questions with a bizarre tournament format. Obviously I understand t...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Saving the IRC
Replies: 26
Views: 9480

Re: Saving the IRC

As someone whose first venture (along with a lot of other British quiz bowlers [britbowlers?]) onto the IRC was this year's Festivus,one thing I would note is that for a lot of people, especially newer players, IRC is something before their time which requires somewhat archaic programmes to use and ...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 WAO: Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 1045

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

This set was pretty great, and I've got very few criticisms or quibbles, at least in the areas on which I have a vague qualification to talk about.
by The Abydos Helicopter
Fri Dec 23, 2016 11:57 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Sam Brochin Presents™ Packet 2 (full name wouldn't fit here)
Replies: 26
Views: 6666

Re: Sam Brochin Presents™ Packet 2 (full name wouldn't fit h

Auks Ran Ova wrote:You could, theoretically, just read it at Festivus tomorrow.
Festivus is today though, is it not?
by The Abydos Helicopter
Sun Dec 18, 2016 9:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Continuing to rethink the distribution
Replies: 54
Views: 12976

Re: Continuing to rethink the distribution

Will Alston has reminded me that archaeology belongs in my list of "things we need more of in the history distribution." This is very true. Also not all archaeology covers pre-historic subjects - mix in archaeological clues with historical. I also believe, from Regular difficulty upwards, I feel th...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Fri Dec 16, 2016 9:17 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: WAO @ Oxford
Replies: 2
Views: 1511

Re: WAO @ Oxford

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(I'm going to neg so much of my degree in this tournament)
by The Abydos Helicopter
Mon Dec 12, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: community question clinic
Replies: 91
Views: 36209

Re: community question clinic

One of this man’s works begins with the landing of Aeneas in Italy and ends with the death of Drusus. For 10 points each: [10] Name this Roman historian who names a set of vertú-exhorting “Discourses” by Machiavelli. ANSWER: _Livy_ [or Titus _Livius_] [10] Livy’s only surviving work is titled for t...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to be a Good College History Player + other stuff
Replies: 6
Views: 2356

Re: How to be a Good College History Player + other stuff

I'm comically rusty at this point, but I used to be a pretty good history player. One thing I've seen younger players make mistakes with when studying history questions is to get too narrowly focused. I've seen lots of players commit to things like "knowing everything about the Civil War" or "knowi...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Mon Oct 31, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 4699

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

I'm also not sure that Sciron clue is great - it's the turtle that does the eating, while Sciron throws them off the cliff, which misled at least the team I read to (for amusement, here is a tiny turtle eating Sciron himself) https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/74/Drinking_bowl%2C...