The seventh annual Harvard Fall Tournament will be held on November 10, 2012. Like it was last year, it is on Veteran's Day weekend to give teams who are traveling some extra time between schooldays. As in the past the set will be house-written and I (Stephen Liu) will be serving as head editor.
Graham Moyer will serve as the tournament director, which means you should register with him by email at gmoyer01 @ college dot harvard dot edu. Please use "HFT Registration" as the subject header and indicate clearly how many teams you will be bringing. If you're not sure, give us a range and we'll make a note of it but you won't be guaranteed a spot in the field until you state a definite number.
We are planning to write 15 rounds, with the last two being special finals packets of slightly higher difficulty than the other 13. In the past we produced a 16-packet set, but as far as I know our 14th prelim packet was never read last year at any of the sites. We will write another packet if it appears later on that a 16th is required. Each packet will include the following:
3/3 Fine Arts
1/1 Social Science
1/1 Geography/Current Events
Some people had issues with the perceived discrepancy between the stated and actual difficulties of our questions, so I'll try to state exactly what we are aiming for. This set will certainly be more difficult than novice sets and some questions will be more difficult than what one might expect from an HSAPQ or regular-difficulty house-written set. That said, the questions should be far easier than nationals-level. For tossups, we'll emphasize harder lead-ins and early clues over harder answer-lines, meaning you shouldn't worry about tossups on overly difficult topics. The bonuses will still be easy 10's and gettable 20's, and you should only notice a difference when you hear a slightly harder "hard" part. These differences serve to better differentiate very skilled teams while doing the best to maintain the same quality of playability for teams not quite at that level.
Since this is also what we were aiming for last year, the best set to look at to understand what I mean would be last year's HFT questions. We hope to use what we learned last year to make this year's questions hit even closer to the goals stated above. (Since quizbowlpackets.com has been in disuse, I'm not sure where you can find the set. It would be great if somebody could let me know what to do with it, since it hasn't shown up anywhere after I sent it to George six months ago.)
Lastly, we will put in extra effort to deliver a set with clean grammar, since that was an issue last year during the first use of HFT VI.
If you would like to mirror our set, send me an email at 7h3 dot white dot rabbit @ gmail dot com. We're especially looking for mirror sites in the Georgia area, the Kentucky/Ohio area, Southern California, Illinois, Texas, and the DC/MD/VA area. The mirror fee is $15 per team.
We'll announce this as the field starts to shape up, but we can say now that we're aiming for a field of 36, mostly due to staffing/buzzer limitations. If you have experienced available staff, let us know! If you can bring buzzers, let us know!
$80 base fee
-$10 buzzer discount
-$20 (experienced) staff discount
Illinois: Rockford Auburn - December
DC Area: Georgetown Day School - April
Southern California: Rancho Bernardo - March/April (Pending)
Georgia: Marist - January (Invitational)
If you have any questions about the set, send me an email. Questions about the tournament can be directed to Graham.
Last edited by gyre and gimble
on Mon Oct 22, 2012 7:09 pm, edited 6 times in total.
Torrey Pines '10