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by Couch's Kingbird
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 13218

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

I was negged on the Mango Street tossup after buzzing in on the first line and saying "Chicago"- I knew it was referring to The House on Mango Street but wasn't 100% certain what it was asking for (and questions on Chicago that drop Mango Street are a thing). Some form of clarification (or at least ...
by Couch's Kingbird
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 7310

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I personally had fun playing the set. More specifically: I enjoyed the lit, although I thought the bonus difficulty varied a lot (some of the hard parts felt very/too hard for ACF Fall difficulty, while some of the other bonuses felt relatively easy). There were also a few (only one or two) question...
by Couch's Kingbird
Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Boston Latin Tournament (BLT) I (Scobol Solo/SCOP 9 Mirror) 10/27/18
Replies: 25
Views: 6331

Re: Boston Latin Tournament (BLT) I (Scobol Solo/SCOP 9 Mirror) 10/27/18

However, the point of a novice tournament is to keep people in quizbowl, not to encourage them to quit forever. Trivia honestly did that. I cannot help but feel terrible for members of my team who were completely overwhelmed and confused by the chaos it caused, and I also observed several other tea...
by Couch's Kingbird
Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Keeping Motivation
Replies: 5
Views: 2383

Re: Keeping Motivation

but at the MS level, it isn't very hard to power most music questions, and I have a solid base on history. If you haven't already, I'd encourage you to start reading harder questions (high school novice or regular at least). You'll encounter new stuff you don't know, and it should be more stimulati...
by Couch's Kingbird
Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: NY/NJ/CT/PA/DE Discussion '18-19
Replies: 72
Views: 14032

Re: NY/NJ/CT/PA/DE Discussion '18-19

Agreed that Hunter and High Tech were strong (worth noting that High Tech was missing Michael Li for prelims/a couple of playoff games, so that affected stats) but definitely don't underrate Ithaca and West Egg. Ithaca was solid during the whole tournament- I didn't see them play, but stats wise the...
by Couch's Kingbird
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 23234

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

From my notes: GK Chesterton was, in my opinion, a pretty hard answerline for prelims (I played morning).
Can I see the If on a Winter's Night a Traveler question? I remember something easy/obvious getting dropped in power. Also beach, France, Keats, du Maurier, Ishiguro.
by Couch's Kingbird
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: High School Player Poll
Replies: 42
Views: 13541

Re: High School Player Poll

Some other players people should absolutely consider (from the Northeast, since I've had the chance to play them over this season): Vishwa Shanmugam from Downingtown STEM is scarily good at both science and literature, and has very deep knowledge in both of those areas. He's also more than capable o...
by Couch's Kingbird
Wed May 30, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 53873

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault)

There haven't been too many underage girls participating in this thread, so I'll chime in. The existence of Matt Bruce does in fact make me feel incredibly unsafe. I'm just one person, but if NAQT continues to implicitly support him by retaining him as a member, I can't imagine attending NAQT event...
by Couch's Kingbird
Tue May 01, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Where are you going to college next year? (2018)
Replies: 29
Views: 12511

Re: Where are you going to college next year? (2018)

In an unexpected turn of events I'll be attending Barnard College next year and will be playing quiz bowl- not sure how cross enrollment and such with the Columbia club works (if any Barnard/Columbia players happen to read this- please PM me!), but I have no problem with starting a club regardless.
by Couch's Kingbird
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: NY/NJ/PA/CT/Surrounding Area Discussion '17/'18
Replies: 20
Views: 6790

Re: NY/NJ/PA/CT/Surrounding Area Discussion '17/'18

Some people in the Massachusetts discussion thread are talking about potential Nats results for the teams in their region. I have absolutely no qualifications to lead a similar discussion about this region, but I was wondering what some of ya'll think. Same here- as I said in the other thread, whil...
by Couch's Kingbird
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: New England Discussion '17-'18
Replies: 24
Views: 6810

Re: New England Discussion '17-'18

Quick correction. AMSA is not the only team going to PACE. Plymouth is also going. As are Darien and Wilton, to the best of my knowledge. Can confirm that Darien will be at PACE, though with a slightly weaker team. EDIT TO ADD: I don't feel qualified enough to type up a report about teams in the re...
by Couch's Kingbird
Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: All-World Predictions
Replies: 15
Views: 6357

Re: All-World Predictions

Fred, quick question: how much are playoff stats considered for All-World team placement? Are they considered any differently than prelim stats?
by Couch's Kingbird
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 18905

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

I don't quite understand what this perception is. If the perception is that high schoolers should NOT be running tournaments, write for tournaments, helping read at other tournaments, taking a lead in regional organizations, etc. at both the HS and then the college level, then that's a misperceptio...
by Couch's Kingbird
Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 18905

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

Quizbowl at the high school level today is good at producing really good high school quizbowl players. No doubt the number of quality of high school quizbowl players and teams has expanded a lot over the years. However, although the number of great players seems to increase as time goes by, the num...
by Couch's Kingbird
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: 2018 Connecticut State Championships at Darien (3/24/18)
Replies: 1
Views: 1680

Re: 2018 Connecticut State Championships at Darien (3/24/18)

There's still time to register for the 2018 Connecticut State Championships! Sign up using our form here (https://goo.gl/forms/r4FIGn4viUz9eMqq1), and please feel free to email us at darienquizbowl@gmail.com with any questions you may have.
by Couch's Kingbird
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Announcing the Connecticut Quiz Bowl Alliance (CTQBA)
Replies: 3
Views: 1924

Re: Announcing the Connecticut Quiz Bowl Alliance (CTQBA)

bluejay123 wrote:Not a suggestion, but I just wanted to say that the web design looks really nice--good work!
Thank you so much!
by Couch's Kingbird
Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Announcing the Connecticut Quiz Bowl Alliance (CTQBA)
Replies: 3
Views: 1924

Announcing the Connecticut Quiz Bowl Alliance (CTQBA)

I am pleased to announce the formation of the Connecticut Quiz Bowl Alliance (CTQBA), a new organization dedicated to promoting Quiz Bowl in Connecticut. Currently the organization consists of Ken Romeo (Middlesex Middle School), Jon Matte (Greens Farms Academy), Michael Borecki (Bowdoin College, fo...
by Couch's Kingbird
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: 2018 Connecticut State Championships at Darien (3/24/18)
Replies: 1
Views: 1680

2018 Connecticut State Championships at Darien (3/24/18)

The Darien High School Quiz Bowl Team is pleased to announce that it will be hosting NAQT’s Connecticut State Quiz Bowl Championship on March 24th, 2018 at Darien High School (80 High School Ln., Darien, CT 06820). The tournament will use NAQT’s IS-174, and every team will receive a copy of the set ...
by Couch's Kingbird
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 19822

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

I'm slightly nervous about posting this here when I know it's not anonymous. Yeah. This is me whenever I post something here, so I feel the need to word everything correctly. It's good to know that there's at least one other person who feels this way. Will second (third?) this as well. I've definit...
by Couch's Kingbird
Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Darien's DEFT Available for Mirrors
Replies: 7
Views: 5775

Re: Darien's DEFT Available for Mirrors

We are still seeking mirrors for this set- if you are interested, please email darienquizbowl@gmail.com!
by Couch's Kingbird
Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Exclusivity in Introductory Tournaments
Replies: 7
Views: 3357

Re: Exclusivity in Introductory Tournaments

If experienced teams is an issue, perhaps split the field into an "experienced/standard" and "novice" division or the like? Emphasize that the novice division should be for new players only (or just restrict eligibility in that division). Granted this does make logistics more difficult (and is not a...
by Couch's Kingbird
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: HSNCT vs. NSC
Replies: 3
Views: 3171

Re: HSNCT vs. NSC

As a team, we are very, very weak on literature PACE tends to lean towards the humanities; if your team is not great with lit, then HSNCT might be a better choice. Other key differences compared to NAQT HSNCT: longer, more humanities oriented questions; bouncebacks on bonuses; no clock; round-robin...
by Couch's Kingbird
Sun Dec 24, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How Do/Did you Study?
Replies: 8
Views: 4247

Re: How Do/Did you Study?

For literature, I'd also highly encourage reading a lot- especially poems and short stories or excerpts from plays/novels, if you're short on time. Find what you're interested in!
by Couch's Kingbird
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: 2017 Maryland Fall available for Mirrors
Replies: 7
Views: 7514

Re: 2017 Maryland Fall available for Mirrors

Is there a private sub forum for the this set? I didn’t see one in usergroups.
by Couch's Kingbird
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Darien Invitational III at Darien (October 21st)
Replies: 5
Views: 2798

Re: Darien Invitational III at Darien (October 21st)

AKKOLADE wrote:Could you post combined stats when you get a chance? Thanks!
Absolutely- I have a couple of corrections to make as well as the morning mixup with the divisions, and will likely update the stats next week.
by Couch's Kingbird
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Book Prizes-Where to Find Them
Replies: 7
Views: 2828

Re: Book Prizes-Where to Find Them

Not sure if this is a common thing, but we have a "Swap Shop" in our town dump, where people leave usable items they don't need anymore/can take said items for free. Ours has a wide range of books in surprisingly good condition. Tag sales can also be good- the Boy Scouts in my town hold a yearly gia...
by Couch's Kingbird
Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Darien's DEFT Available for Mirrors
Replies: 7
Views: 5775

Re: Darien's DEFT Available for Mirrors

A private discussion forum for this set has been created.
by Couch's Kingbird
Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Fundraising
Replies: 7
Views: 2769

Re: Fundraising

I've been considering running a tournament for fundraising (and also because of reasons noted in my bad questions thread) and I was wondering how much the average profit is (I know this varies a lot so just an estimate based on like 10-12 schools would be gr8) . Darien has made around $600 (give or...
by Couch's Kingbird
Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Darien Invitational III at Darien (October 21st)
Replies: 5
Views: 2798

Re: Darien Invitational III at Darien (October 21st)

Thank you to everyone who came today! Congratulations to West Egg for winning after defeating Greens Farms A in a two-game advantaged final (285-410, and then 475-170). Stats are here: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/4612/ I forgot to put divisions in SQBS for the prelims, so that will be f...
by Couch's Kingbird
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Fundraising
Replies: 7
Views: 2769

Re: Fundraising

You could try reaching out to nearby businesses; usually they're happy to support. GoFundMe pages are an option but the likelihood you'd get any yield from that is slim to none. In high school I got monetary help from a lot of my family members but for the most part my team was funded based on how ...
by Couch's Kingbird
Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PHSAT XXV at Princeton (9/30/2017)
Replies: 17
Views: 9938

Re: PHSAT XXV at Princeton (9/30/2017)

Edward Powers wrote:Who won? Who qualified for nationals? Stats are incomplete at the hsquizbowl.org site.
I also am curious to know when stats will be posted. Hunter A won the Competitive Division (over High Tech A in the finals), while High Tech C won the Standard division (over Darien C in the finals).
by Couch's Kingbird
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England date claims '17-'18
Replies: 45
Views: 17418

Re: New England date claims '17-'18

Darien Invitational III has been announced: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=20452
by Couch's Kingbird
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Darien's DEFT Available for Mirrors
Replies: 7
Views: 5775

Re: Darien's DEFT Available for Mirrors

Darien Invitational III, the main site for this set, has been announced: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=20452
by Couch's Kingbird
Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Darien Invitational III at Darien (October 21st)
Replies: 5
Views: 2798

Darien Invitational III at Darien (October 21st)

The Darien High School Quiz Bowl Team is pleased to invite your team to Darien Invitational III on October 21st, 2017 at Darien High School (80 High School Lane, Darien, CT). The tournament will use our housewrite DEFT (Darien’s Excellent Fall Tournament), which is aimed to be slightly below regular...
by Couch's Kingbird
Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Darien's DEFT Available for Mirrors
Replies: 7
Views: 5775

Re: Darien's DEFT Available for Mirrors

Hidden Valley High School in Virginia will be mirroring DEFT on October 21st.
by Couch's Kingbird
Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: NY/NJ/DE/surrounding area discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 20927

Re: NY/NJ/DE/surrounding area discussion

Just to add on a bit about Darien- while obviously we lose Michael, we've got some very talented and ambitious up and coming players and I hope we'll improve over the course of the season. It's also certainly not going to be all returning MMS MSNCT champions. Out of the A team, we return Riya Krishn...
by Couch's Kingbird
Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Working with quiz bowl teammates
Replies: 19
Views: 5923

Re: Working with quiz bowl teammates

I'll be honest, that will be something I'll have to get used to, but I'll swallow my pride and say that I have some work to do when it comes to team chemistry. I'm used to the coach doing the organizing and such, so taking all of that over can be massive and I honestly would like it if people on my...
by Couch's Kingbird
Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Working with quiz bowl teammates
Replies: 19
Views: 5923

Re: Working with quiz bowl teammates

Few of them take quiz Bowl seriously and treat more as a social gathering. Is there anything wrong with this? I mean this is not DI collegiate football where you could possibly make hundreds of millions of dollars (unless you are :kenj:)? Is there a problem with just having fun? Now, do not get me ...
by Couch's Kingbird
Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Working with quiz bowl teammates
Replies: 19
Views: 5923

Re: Working with quiz bowl teammates

Do you have a group of players who are serious about quiz bowl? I agree with the people who've mentioned that not everyone's going to be as serious about quiz bowl as you are (which imo is totally fine). If you do have that core group of committed players, though, consider doing separate, more serio...
by Couch's Kingbird
Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:46 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Darien's DEFT Available for Mirrors
Replies: 7
Views: 5775

Re: Darien's DEFT Available for Mirrors

Penn State will be mirroring DEFT for Nittany Lion Novice on October 7th.
by Couch's Kingbird
Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Darien's DEFT Available for Mirrors
Replies: 7
Views: 5775

Re: Darien's DEFT Available for Mirrors

I am pleased to announce that a sample half-packet for DEFT is now available! Please let us know if you have any questions.
by Couch's Kingbird
Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Darien's DEFT Available for Mirrors
Replies: 7
Views: 5775

Darien's DEFT Available for Mirrors

The Darien Quiz Bowl Team is pleased to announce that DEFT (Darien's Excellent Fall Tournament) will be available for mirrors next season after October 1st. The set will be regular to regular-minus difficulty, a little easier than an IS set, and designed to have accessible answer lines for new teams...
by Couch's Kingbird
Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 46031

Re: 2017 HSNCT discussion

Can I see the tossups on The Moonstone and Persian Letters, as well as the conversion for both?
by Couch's Kingbird
Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: GSAC XXIV Mirror Requests
Replies: 9
Views: 7920

Re: GSAC XXIV Mirror Requests

Since there's still no discussion set up I just wanted to throw some general thoughts out there. The set started out alright, if not a bit stocky- there were also some weird difficulty changes (really/unnecessarily hard bonus parts or really easy tossups; I think a few odd powermarks as well?). Howe...
by Couch's Kingbird
Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: GSAC XXIV Mirror Requests
Replies: 9
Views: 7920

Re: GSAC XXIV Mirror Requests

Can a private group be set up to discuss this set?
by Couch's Kingbird
Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 Connecticut State Championships at Darien (4/1/2017)
Replies: 0
Views: 1441

2017 Connecticut State Championships at Darien (4/1/2017)

The Darien High School Quiz Bowl Team is pleased to announce that it will be hosting NAQT’s Connecticut State Quiz Bowl Championship on April 1st, 2017 at Darien High School (80 High School Ln., Darien, CT 06820). The tournament will use NAQT’s IS-166, and every team will receive a copy of the set a...
by Couch's Kingbird
Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Where do I get Anderson Officiator 10 Buzzers?
Replies: 5
Views: 3707

Re: Where do I get Anderson Officiator 10 Buzzers?

Can your teammates chip in so you can split the price? Often the buzzer discount you'll get from bringing buzzers to tournaments will "pay back" the initial cost of the system.
by Couch's Kingbird
Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Columbia Spring Tournament - March 4, 2017
Replies: 17
Views: 6706

Re: Columbia Spring Tournament - March 4, 2017

2013 in amusement parks wrote:Darien/"Mather" registered for all three tournaments in the cup but isn't listed in the field.
^ we're in the Nationals division.
by Couch's Kingbird
Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England Date Claims 16-17
Replies: 26
Views: 9944

Re: New England Date Claims 16-17

Darien will be hosting the Connecticut State Championship on April 1st. Announcement to come.

EDIT: Announcement here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=19563
by Couch's Kingbird
Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:16 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Midseason Poll
Replies: 64
Views: 28728

Re: Midseason Poll

I'll jump on the train of people interested in/willing to contribute to a player-run poll- it'll definitely be interesting to see how that would turn out, as opposed to these/the Morlan rankings. As for us, while I do think we're underranked, as Michael mentioned upthread we've only fielded a close-...