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by The Abydos Helicopter
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MUSES Announcement
Replies: 12
Views: 1810

Re: MUSES Announcement

Yes.
by The Abydos Helicopter
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 11644

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

As far as I can remember, this is the only quibble I had with the actual content of a history question, which happened to have a major effect on the outcome of one game and consequently our weekend - the question on Denmark in WW2, specifically the line about the White Buses, which iirc said somethi...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 11644

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

jinah wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:35 am
adaptations of Juvenal by British writers
This was extremely enjoyable Classical Reception, which was a pleasure to hear being asked about
by The Abydos Helicopter
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 11644

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

If and when I have the time, I might talk about my views on specifics of history in more detail, but I'd say almost all the history was well written and well-clued, if perhaps slightly too canonical for my idiosyncratic tastes, but that fits with the set's philosophy (which perhaps just suggests tha...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: OCTAVIAN - A Classics Tournament
Replies: 24
Views: 9860

Re: OCTAVIAN - A Classics Tournament

theclassicsguy wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:37 am
Is there any chance that this set will get posted soon?
There will, hopefully, be a mirror of it in the UK after OOT, after which I hope to hold an online mirror on Discord - apologies for the wait, life has been quite hectic in recent months.
by The Abydos Helicopter
Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)
Replies: 9
Views: 2966

Re: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)

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I will be doing my best to ensure that there is a UK mirror of this
by The Abydos Helicopter
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 13232

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
Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Detailed stats
Replies: 24
Views: 3652

Re: EFT 2018 - Detailed stats

Could I get a link to the Oxford site stats? Oxford and Edinburgh have been added. If someone knows what the Briticizing process was for these sites and can let me know, I'd appreciate it; I'm going to hold off on including that version in combined stats until that's squared away. The combined stat...
by The Abydos Helicopter
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 4427

Re: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion

At least at our site, criticism of the populism tossup included that fact that it's not really an ideology, which led to negs with answers that are definitively ideologies.
by The Abydos Helicopter
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 4375

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I enjoyed playing this set, and would like to particularly praise the history, which seemed to sit nicely within the overlapping circles of "accessible" and "interesting to experienced players".
by The Abydos Helicopter
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 4427

Re: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion

A quick note, might come back with more once I've got a copy of the set - if I remember correctly, Glaucus and Diomedes exchanging armour came up twice, with each used as a clue for the other
by The Abydos Helicopter
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Detailed stats
Replies: 24
Views: 3652

Re: EFT 2018 - Detailed stats

Could I get a link to the Oxford site stats?
by The Abydos Helicopter
Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: OCTAVIAN - A Classics Tournament
Replies: 24
Views: 9860

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: 11
Views: 4269

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: 24
Views: 9860

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: 33576

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: 6837

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: 23894

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: 2745

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: 2745

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: 45
Views: 15917

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: 3105

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: 3105

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: 4296

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: 32157

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: 24
Views: 9860

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: 24
Views: 9860

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: 24
Views: 9860

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: 1985

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: 17097

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: 17097

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: 13710

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: 9099

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: 577
Views: 265400

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: 577
Views: 265400

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: 24
Views: 9860

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: 2068

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: 489

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: 2068

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: 2068

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: 7469

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: 7469

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: 3375

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: 24690

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: 24690

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: 6174

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: 6174

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: 6174

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: 6174

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...