Harvard Fall Tournament (HFT) XII is Available for Mirrors

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Harvard Fall Tournament (HFT) XII is Available for Mirrors

Postby jiholius » Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:07 am

Hello everyone!

As the new president of the Harvard Quiz Bowl team, it is my pleasure to announce our 12th edition of the Harvard Fall Tournament set, HFT XII. The set will be available for mirrors from 11/11/17 to 5/20/18 (the Sunday before the 2018 HSNCT). President Emeritus Raynor Kuang (aka UlyssesInvictus) has generously offered to be head editor of HFT XII, and the set will be written by myself, Erik Owen, Roger Jin, and the rest of the Harvard team, with additional contributions from alumni Robert Chu and Sriram Pendyala. We are currently writing the set by ourselves, but are open to the possibility of working with collaborators.

Set Details

HFT XII will consist of 15 power-marked rounds: 13 regular difficulty rounds, and 2 harder difficulty rounds intended for finals. The vast majority of tossups will be 5-6 line of 10 point Times New Roman font before bolding to mark power. A tiebreaker tossup and bonus question from the Big Three (literature/science/history) will be provided with each round, in addition to emergency backup questions.

The distribution is unchanged from last year, and is the following:

4/4 Literature (1/1 American, 1/1 European, 1/1 British, 1/1 World/Ancient/Miscellaneous)
4/4 Science (1/1 Biology, 1/1 Chemistry, 1/1 Physics, 1/1 Math/CS/Earth Science/Astronomy/Other)
4/4 History (1/1 American, 1/1 World, 2/2 European/British/Ancient)
3/3 Fine Arts (1/1 Painting/Sculpture, 1/1 Classical Music, 1/1 Other Arts)
1/1 Social Science/Philosophy
1/1 Religion
1/1 Mythology
1/1 Geography/Modern World
1/1 Popular Culture

Like previous years, we will tweak some of the subdistributions to emphasize certain topics appropriate for high school, while de-emphasizing others that are less appropriate for high school. Popular culture questions will also aim to be more culturally relevant and less "trashy".

Mirrors

We welcome any and all mirror requests! The mirror fee will be $15 per non-host team present at the mirror site, and can potentially be negotiated for special considerations like very low/high attendance, etc. This negotiability is completely at our discretion and is in no way set in stone. If there is more than one mirror request for the same geographical region, mirrors will be awarded based on attendance size, quality/consistency of program, and first-come first-serve (not in any particular order).

If you are interested in mirroring HFT XII or have any questions about it, please contact me at jihopark01@college.harvard.edu. I'll try my best to reply to emails with all possible haste, and will make regular updates to mirror sites in a separate post below. At the end of the mirror period (currently 5/20/18), we will upload the set, hopefully in time for teams to use as practice material for the 2018 HSNCT.

Final Comments

HFT XII will be the third HFT I'm involved with, and I'm very excited to write (mainly science) questions and help Raynor edit the set. Both HFT X and HFT XI were very well-received by players, and very few sets get as far as a 12th iteration. HFT XI was mirrored all over the country last year, and we're aiming to generate the same (if not more) interest with HFT XII. Our highly experienced editorial and writing staff this year will ensure that the set will continue to be innovative and of the highest caliber quality. Finally, I'd like to reiterate that we appreciate any questions or comments regarding anything about HFT XII -- we're here to work with you and your tournament! Just shoot me an email and we'll get the ball rolling.
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Re: Harvard Fall Tournament (HFT) XII is Available for Mirro

Postby jiholius » Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:11 am

MIRROR SITES
11/11: HFT XII at Harvard (Northeast)
11/11: Philly Fall Tournament: FSS Open (Southeastern PA)
12/2: Hoover Invitational (AL/GA)
12/9: MOQBA Fall Championship (MO)
12/16: Houston area (East TX/LA)
2/10: Bay Area (Northern CA)
2/17: Georgetown University (DC/MD/VA)
2/18: Solon HS (OH)
Mid-March: UCSD (Southern CA)
Spring: Southside HS (SC/Western NC/East TN)
4/21: UIUC (IL)
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Re: Harvard Fall Tournament (HFT) XII is Available for Mirro

Postby 1.82 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:08 pm

jiholius wrote:HFT XII will consist of 15 power-marked rounds: 13 regular difficulty rounds, and 2 harder difficulty rounds intended for finals.


I am curious as to why the finals rounds are more difficult.
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