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by The Polebarn Hotel
Sat Jul 08, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Top five college teams for 2017–18
Replies: 17
Views: 9439

Re: Top five college teams for 2017–18

Speaking of good D2 teams, Daniel Xu and Luc Wetherbee of Ithaca will be headed to Cornell next year, as will Allan Lee of Great Neck South, Jonathan Tran of Westview (OR), and Shivank Nayak of Westview (CA). Assuming some combination of four of them play, they should have really good coverage and a...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Quiz Bowl & Metropolitan Areas in 2017
Replies: 36
Views: 11297

Re: Quiz Bowl & Metropolitan Areas in 2017

It's worth noting that BrainBusters Fall (and Spring, I suppose) has attracted teams from many of the listed MSAs, such as Rochester, Albany-Schenectady-Troy, Syracuse, and Binghamton, not just Ithaca. The idea behind this is to see which MSAs have tournaments hosted within them. It's great if team...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Quiz Bowl & Metropolitan Areas in 2017
Replies: 36
Views: 11297

Re: Quiz Bowl & Metropolitan Areas in 2017

It's worth noting that BrainBusters Fall (and Spring, I suppose) has attracted teams from many of the listed MSAs, such as Rochester, Albany-Schenectady-Troy, Syracuse, and Binghamton, not just Ithaca. Most of these teams participate in MasterMinds, which admittedly could be worse; it uses NAQT A-se...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event
Replies: 53
Views: 20429

Re: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event

Update: We have five people and we are doing a shootout in room 377. If you want to come and join just knock!
by The Polebarn Hotel
Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event
Replies: 53
Views: 20429

Re: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event

Okay so this tournament will be held in rooms 377, 376, and 374, or just 377 and 374 if we end up having a four-team field. We will congregate directly outside of the rooms at 8:00 and then get started. For now, if you could confirm that you'll be here by bolding your team name in the Google Sheet o...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event
Replies: 53
Views: 20429

Re: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event

Just to be clear, right now the field cap is six teams, because we have three rooms, and two of those rooms will have to play slapbowl because we have one buzzer set. If you want to help us expand, and if you want to play with actual buzzers, then consider volunteering either your room or your buzze...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sat Jun 03, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event
Replies: 53
Views: 20429

Re: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event

Because PACENSC at PACE NSC is in less than a week, I wanted to start organizing logistics. Since there aren't any scrimmages Friday night, which is when we're running it, we're going to have to use participants' hotel rooms and buzzer sets. I've made a new sheet on the original signup doc (link in ...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Fri Jun 02, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Parts of the Lit Canon worth the time to read
Replies: 37
Views: 18323

Re: Parts of the Lit Canon worth the time to read

Midnight's Children is literally the best book though!
Also Haruki Murakami and Orhan Pamuk!
by The Polebarn Hotel
Fri May 26, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event
Replies: 53
Views: 20429

Re: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event

We are near the scrimmage desk! I'm wearing a white shirt and holding my laptop.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Fri May 26, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event
Replies: 53
Views: 20429

Re: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event

We are here, so we should be ready in about 20 minutes.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Fri May 26, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event
Replies: 53
Views: 20429

Re: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event

Aaaaaand we're headed back to the airport because there's a problem with the plane. We'll probably land at around 8:30, so the chances of us getting to the hotel by 9:30 are slim. We're still holding out, though.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Fri May 26, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event
Replies: 53
Views: 20429

Re: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event

Due to some flight issues, we may not make it to the hotel at 9:30. It shouldn't be too long after, though, so we plan on starting as soon as we get to the hotel. I will try to keep everyone posted as we get closer to the time. Sorry about that!
by The Polebarn Hotel
Tue May 23, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event
Replies: 53
Views: 20429

Re: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event

I'm going to close the field for the HSNCT side event because I think we have enough players for 12 teams (10 teams, 3 free agents, and 1 "maybe" team). Free agents should talk among themselves about forming teams, if possible, because I'd rather not sort people into teams if that means there may be...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Tue May 23, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: HSNCT Side-event schedule
Replies: 10
Views: 3703

Re: HSNCT Side-event schedule

I was planning to run PACENSC - our Pokémon side event - after scrimmages on Friday at around 9:45 or so, in which case I suppose it would coincide with Geography Monstrosity.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Fri May 12, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BrainBusters Spring RESCHEDULED TO MAY 13 (Ithaca, NY)
Replies: 8
Views: 4758

Re: BrainBusters Spring RESCHEDULED TO MAY 13 (Ithaca, NY)

With the field set at eight teams, we are planning to run a round robin for prelims and then split into playoff brackets of four, followed by a final. Please try to arrive at or before 8:30 for registration so we can start as soon as possible. We will provide bagels and juice for breakfast.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun May 07, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BrainBusters Spring RESCHEDULED TO MAY 13 (Ithaca, NY)
Replies: 8
Views: 4758

Re: BrainBusters Spring RESCHEDULED TO MAY 13 (Ithaca, NY)

BrainBusters Spring has received Platinum certification from PACE! This means that the top 25% of teams will be able to register for the National Scholastic Championship (or, at least, reserve a spot on the waitlist). We have plenty of space for more teams to sign up, and if you have any questions, ...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon May 01, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BrainBusters Spring RESCHEDULED TO MAY 13 (Ithaca, NY)
Replies: 8
Views: 4758

Re: BrainBusters Spring RESCHEDULED TO MAY 13 (Ithaca, NY)

Just to clarify, this tournament is still definitely happening. We may field additional house teams in order to round off the field if necessary, though we do anticipate a few more registrations between now and the 13th. Feel free to PM me or send me an email if you have any questions or concerns.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event
Replies: 53
Views: 20429

Re: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event

Progcon wrote:Do the writers want any money for this set? I'd be happy to donate some money because I think trash writers should be paid, but do players have to pay?
We're doing this for fun, and we're definitely not going to require players to pay. That being said, donations are certainly appreciated.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event
Replies: 53
Views: 20429

Re: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event

This is almost definitely happening at HSNCT, after scrimmages are over on Friday at 9:30. I'm still working on PACE logistics, but it's looking good.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event
Replies: 53
Views: 20429

Re: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event

Thanks. I think that was a problem with my school email. Here's a new link that should work, but let me know again if it doesn't: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sXsvII5_O9TjEHvMW-OePaM7xo-uzAgEW71Qg_YUG0U/edit?usp=sharing edit: Also, we're probably going to need additional staffers for this...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event
Replies: 53
Views: 20429

Re: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event

I am currently working on the logistics of this tournament. Hopefully we'll be able to run it at both national tournaments. To help with planning, I've made a simple Google Sheet where people can put their teams and which nationals they'll be attending. If you are a free agent, I encourage you to re...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BrainBusters Spring RESCHEDULED TO MAY 13 (Ithaca, NY)
Replies: 8
Views: 4758

Re: BrainBusters Spring RESCHEDULED TO MAY 13 (Ithaca, NY)

We are rescheduling this tournament to May 13th because the date we had originally chosen seemed to conflict with many schools' spring vacations, among other issues. We hope that more teams will be able to come now that we have moved the date!
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BrainBusters Spring RESCHEDULED TO MAY 13 (Ithaca, NY)
Replies: 8
Views: 4758

Re: BrainBusters Spring 4/15 (Ithaca, NY)

Casey, I just wanted to denote that Plymouth is a small school. Troy Harris Thank you for letting me know! I will add that to the field. Additionally, I would like to add that there are some teams interested that haven't yet registered. If you would like to be added to the field, please send me an ...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Eisenhower Memorial Tournament at Princeton - April 15
Replies: 21
Views: 8232

Re: Eisenhower Memorial Tournament at Princeton - Date TBD

I think Ithaca would only be able to make it on May 6.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Where are you going to college next year? (2016–17)
Replies: 37
Views: 16498

Re: Where are you going to college next year? (2016–17)

I'm almost 100% going to Georgetown University next year and I definitely plan on playing quizbowl.

edit: Make that definitely 100%.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ Date Claims '16-'17
Replies: 45
Views: 23198

Re: NY/NJ Date Claims '16-'17

Ithaca High School will be hosting BrainBusters Spring on April 15, mirroring Prison Bowl.

Edit: This is being moved to May 13th.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BrainBusters Spring RESCHEDULED TO MAY 13 (Ithaca, NY)
Replies: 8
Views: 4758

Re: BrainBusters Spring 4/15 (Ithaca, NY)

This post is reserved for field updates.

FIELD (teams/buzzers/staffers):
* = small school
Plymouth (NH) (1/1/0)*
Troy (NY) (1/0/1)
Geneva (2/3/1)*
Pittsford-Mendon (1/0/0)
"Rhine River High School" (1/1/0)
Notre Dame (2/0/0)

Total: (8/5/2)
by The Polebarn Hotel
Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BrainBusters Spring RESCHEDULED TO MAY 13 (Ithaca, NY)
Replies: 8
Views: 4758

BrainBusters Spring RESCHEDULED TO MAY 13 (Ithaca, NY)

Ithaca High School is pleased to announce that the first annual BrainBusters Spring will take place on May 13 at Ithaca High School (located on 1401 N Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY 14850)! Registration will start promptly at 7:45 with staff and player meetings at 8:30. We hope to start the first round no la...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Columbia Spring Tournament - March 4, 2017
Replies: 17
Views: 6712

Re: Columbia Spring Tournament - March 4, 2017

To echo the above sentiment, it certainly would be nice to receive more frequent updates about the field, especially considering that the tournament is in less than a week and we still are unsure of how we can plan logistically because we don't know how many teams to bring.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Columbia Spring Tournament - March 4, 2017
Replies: 17
Views: 6712

Re: Columbia Spring Tournament - March 4, 2017

Is there any chance that the Standard Division could expand to make room for the numerous teams on the waitlist?
by The Polebarn Hotel
Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MASSOLIT (May 2017) Announcement
Replies: 41
Views: 18182

Re: MASSOLIT (late Spring 2017) Announcement

I'd definitely play this. I'll be at PACE but HSNCT is dubious, so I'd prefer Skype.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Midseason Poll
Replies: 64
Views: 28891

Re: Midseason Poll

I would be interested in contributing to a player-run poll as well. I think that players, especially those on a forum like this, are very interested in stats and follow many regions at once just by perusing them each weekend. Maybe that's speaking from my own experience, but I know most of the top t...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Dec 05, 2016 8:55 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Note Taking
Replies: 6
Views: 3480

Re: On Note Taking

Personally, I write down every answerline, who on my team got it (or if someone on the opposing team got it), and whether or not it was power. Usually I am able to scrawl down some clue that I didn't know, maybe something that showed up in the first few lines, that I found interesting or potentially...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 Columbia Winter Tournament - December 3, 2016
Replies: 15
Views: 6544

Re: 2016 Columbia Winter Tournament - December 3, 2016

Could we please have a field update?
by The Polebarn Hotel
Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2016-2017
Replies: 101
Views: 45886

Re: HSQBRank 2016-2017

Ha, I've been ignoring that thread for the most part. Thanks.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2016-2017
Replies: 101
Views: 45886

Re: HSQBRank 2016-2017

AKKOLADE wrote:I didn't attend Penn Bowl, so I can't calculate an adjustment for Penn Bowl.
Oh, I didn't realize that's how you did it. So there never will be an adjustment for Penn Bowl?
by The Polebarn Hotel
Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2016-2017
Replies: 101
Views: 45886

Re: HSQBRank 2016-2017

What about Penn Bowl? Will adjustments for that be forthcoming?
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PHSAT XXIV at Princeton (9/24/16)
Replies: 16
Views: 7013

Re: PHSAT XXIV at Princeton (9/24/16)

How did qualification for nationals work? Was there an official PACE certification?
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Sep 18, 2016 10:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: '16-'17 NY/NJ/LI/PA/Surrounding Area Discussion
Replies: 29
Views: 10268

Re: '16-'17 NY/NJ/LI/PA/Surrounding Area Discussion

Ithaca A this year is going to be myself, Daniel, Andrey, and Luc. The B team is going to consist of James, Vaynu, Francesca, and Aidan. James has seriously improved at lit, enough to beat me to some things, and Francesca and Vaynu have begun to crack down on science and history respectively. Their ...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 Columbia Fall Tournament - October 8, 2016
Replies: 16
Views: 6595

Re: 2016 Columbia Fall Tournament - October 8, 2016

Are the teams currently in the field going to be released to the public? How large is the waitlist?
by The Polebarn Hotel
Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: '16-'17 NY/NJ/LI/PA/Surrounding Area Discussion
Replies: 29
Views: 10268

Re: '16-'17 NY/NJ/LI/PA/Surrounding Area Discussion

That's definitely good to hear. It's looking like we'll be signing up a few teams for PHSAT. I think one of the reasons (at least, for me) that a group lunch won't happen is because students from the same school tend to eat together. Personally, when I go to a tournament and there's more than one te...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Sep 04, 2016 6:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: '16-'17 NY/NJ/LI/PA/Surrounding Area Discussion
Replies: 29
Views: 10268

Re: '16-'17 NY/NJ/LI/PA/Surrounding Area Discussion

Traditionally, PA has been a part of the discussion. It's fine though. It's all trivial.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: '16-'17 NY/NJ/LI/PA/Surrounding Area Discussion
Replies: 29
Views: 10268

Re: '16-'17 NY/NJ/LI/PA/Surrounding Area Discussion

Ithaca doesn't graduate anyone. We're ranked sixth on the Morlan rankings, which is probably definitely too high. We haven't studied much. Expect little. But instead of talking about us, let's make some predictions. PHSAT is going to be pretty loaded. Luke told me Hunter is going, and we are going t...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Aug 22, 2016 11:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament (HFT) XI Is Available For Mirrors
Replies: 27
Views: 14243

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament (HFT) XI Is Available For Mirror

Ithaca High School isn't hosting HFT; Cornell is. The announcement is here.
by The Polebarn Hotel
Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:20 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Stimulants and Rituals for Quizbowl
Replies: 28
Views: 15076

Re: Stimulants and Rituals for Quizbowl

I just drink a lot of water. And usually, since the Ithaca quiz bowl team is notorious for waking up in the wee hours of the morning to attend tournaments that are 4-5 hours away, I have a coffee right before the tournament starts. It hasn't always worked super well, especially when I fail to sleep ...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 54780

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

One thing that I would like to see in future iterations of HSNCT in the statistics would be a small parenthetical by each player's name that tells what grade they're in. In the PACE stats, all (or most) players have (Jr) or (Sr) by their names and to me that seems like an easy thing that would make ...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago
Replies: 78
Views: 41967

Re: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago

Out of curiosity, how many packets are written for PACE each year? And how many of those get used? 25, which includes 18 regular packets, three tiebreakers, two finals, an emergency packet, and the all-star game. This year, due to the round 8 situation, all of them got used but the second finals pa...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago
Replies: 78
Views: 41967

Re: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago

Maybe not just automatically switch them, but I could see the argument for an extra packet to be played between last place teams in Tier 1 playoff brackets and first place teams in Tier 2 playoff brackets to give an opportunity for moving up / down. Given that your team plays in three pools through...
by The Polebarn Hotel
Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago
Replies: 78
Views: 41967

Re: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago

A 21st-24th bracket doesn't exist in which a 3-game round robin could be played. It's the difference between teams playing 3 games and playing 7 in the 17th-24th bracket of reality. And like I said, I'm basing this idea off of stats from the past few years, which seem to indicate that the teams in ...